Have you ever had one of those weeks when you seem to get nothing done? I’ve just come through one. It was accompanied by a migraine that lasted for six days, and I suppose I did get some things done–read a couple of nf research books on funeral services, tried–and ditched–a new internet security program, had a four-hour lunch with dear friends from out of town, and managed to keep up with the blog. Even managed to revise a few pages of a ten-year-old book in dreadful need of tightening now that I’m older and wiser.
And I had several of those stare-into-space moments where you just think . . . and I suppose we all need more of these.
I started thinking about funerals and about how everyone (well, most people) wants to be loved. At our funerals, we all want a packed house and lots of mourners who will stand up and proclaimed how universally well-loved we were.
Well . . . what do you have to do to be well-loved? You have to love well. And deeply. And often. Selflessly. And there’s a story in that.
And then I was looking through some clippings, and chased a story idea down a trail. It petered out, but for a moment there I felt that frisson of excitement that always comes when I contemplate creating a new story, a new world–I could make it happen! I hope that feeling never goes away. Reminds me of that delicious shiver I used to get after a great book or movie ended. I’d hug myself and wish the story world could continue forever . . . been a long time since I felt like that with the current crop of films.
Last week I was offered a chance to ghostwrite a novel. I declined, and I can’t tell you how wrong, wrong, wrong this practice is. If people want to write novels, let them go through the time and trouble it takes to learn how to be a good novelist. Let this person sink or swim on his/her own merits. Why pay someone else to participate in the charade? I hope everyone turns the offer down. I really wish the practice would just DIE and go away.
And that’s about it for today. I’m mused out. What have you been musing on lately?