I had finished a very rough first draft but I was at a crossroads. My characters had built their own lives and the short story idea wasn’t working out with the plot lines very well. I loved the plot that had developed but now I didn’t know how to make it work as a series of interconnected short stories. So I dithered a bit and finally took a day off to consider the situation: novel or short stories?
While dithering about the writing was going on family life was intruding upon my writing time. And then physical issues butted in and I confess: I gave up. For now.
The good news is I loved doing the writing. In the near future I plan to keep experimenting until I find a writing plan that works for my life, right now.
What did I learn?
- Writing everyday is not for me. Weekends were especially difficult. I am a parent and parenting often takes precedence over everything else.
- Having a spreadsheet “yelling” at me that I was behind on my word count was not helpful. I do much better with goals of completing scenes.
- But I do like the idea of seeing my word count progress divided up by writing session. So I am making my own spreadsheet that I can adapt to my writing style/goals.
- Writing while walking on the treadmill was very helpful, really kept me focused. (I am walking as I write this!)
Since March ended up being about a lot more than writing let’s talk thyroid and menopause and allergies. Yes the triple headed monster has re-emerged. The first half of the month I did some excellent healthy eating, I was sleeping well and I felt like I had my allergies under control with the right combination of meds.
And then poof! Total exhaustion, short tempered and eating everything in sight. I went straight from my period to PMS to having another period ten days later. So peri-menopause? Of which I can do nothing about. Or thyroid?
As luck would have it my prescription is due for renewal so I got my thyroid level checked this week and it is higher but still in the “normal” range. But looking at my results on-line and looking at levels from the past five years I noticed (again) the pattern of how my TSH is always higher in the spring. So the doctor is renewing my meds at the same dosage but I will be secretly (don’t tell my doctor!) upping my dosage for the next two months or so during allergy season. (My prescription is filled via mail order and somehow I have ended up with an extra bottle. I have no idea how.) And we will see if I feel better in the next week or so. If I don’t feel better I guess that means it is menopause and you will find me on the couch in stretchy pants eating junk food.
As for the allergies my meds seem to be working pretty well. My only issue is a bit of post nasal drip which leaves me with a bit of a sore throat some days. I can live with that.
Not the March I had imagined for myself, but life is like that. It was a good experiment though.
Tune in tomorrow for an April surprise!