Still not writing, but that’s all right!

I don’t know which is worse, having no story idea at all or having too many to choose from. I can’t decide which of three ideas to develop, so for now I’m not writing. I’m all right with that. I’m reading and catching up on some episodes of Mad Men, Revolution, Person of Interest, and Rectify—my new favorite.

That’s not to say I’m not thinking about writing. At least once a day I decide which book to work on, but before long I’m undecided again. I’d say that’s a clue to wait. Maybe I’ll write a new short story or two. Maybe I’ll take another look at that first novel I wrote. Or birth a poem.

maggieWe have a new puppy in our house to occupy me too. She’s a miniature schnauzer named Maggie. My husband and I have talked on and off about getting another dog since our springer spaniel, Lizzie, died. But coincidences surrounded the arrival of this dog in our lives.

First, I dreamed about my father and then, in that half-waking state afterward, I thought of the white puppy he told me he had in his childhood. Two days later, my husband happened to see a classified ad by a woman needing to sell her white puppy. She was asking $350—my husband offered her $50. She gasped and turned him down, of course, but he asked her to keep our phone number, just in case.

The woman said she got several calls and checked out a couple of prospects, but didn’t like them for one reason or another. She called us back and asked if we’d like to meet Maggie. So we did and found her perfect for us. On the way home, I realized I was hazy on the date our Lizzie died. For some reason, I always remember it as being in April, so I got out the vet records. What I discovered is that we adopted Maggie exactly four years after we lost Lizzie. Coincidences, yes. Still …

Anyway, that’s the state of my life as we head into mid-May—can you believe almost half the year is gone already? So yeah. I’m not writing, but who knows what tomorrow will bring? Maybe I’ll start work on the best novel of my life—the best so far, at least. What’s up with you?


16 thoughts on “Still not writing, but that’s all right!

  1. Welcome, Maggie! She looks completely stunned and ever so slightly acrylic! I don’t suppose it will be long before both characteristics are a thing of the past. As will your writing desert – could be it’s your brain telling you to just ease off and live your darn life for a while, eh? Brew up the ideas and let them ferment until they can’t help but come busting out. You’ll be all over yourself with possibilities then 🙂


    1. Well, Suzanne, I already have notes and bits and pieces written on all three ideas, so I hope by the time I exit this “desert” one of them will have made itself known as the next great American novel. 😉


  2. What a cute little lady. Gee, if I had a new puppy, I don’t think I’d be writing much either. Well, I’m not writing that much anyway and I don’t have a cute puppy for an excuse. I mean puppies need to be walked, played with, played with again, played with some more, fed, etc. etc. Well you know the scoop. Enjoy your non-writing time. I’m actually jealous. Ever since Emilia, I have been dreaming of puppies. LOL.


    1. Well, Christa, it seemed with just the two of us sitting around here all day we needed some amusement. 🙂 Plus, with my husband having someone to watch TV with him now, I won’t feel so guilty when I do sequester myself to write.


  3. Aw! Very cute. My cat doesn’t approve, but he’s not the boss around here…who am I kidding? 😉
    I’m not writing either as I gear up for the promotional blitz of my latest novel. With any luck I will take the rest of the year off and simply network during this time. I have ignored my family enough and need to hang out with them more, and not push myself so hard as I have done.
    Both of us taking time off sounds like a perfect time to get together, my friend. I was hoping to meet you for coffee or wine, but I suppose it’ll have to be at the local dog park now, huh? *grins*



    1. My cat doesn’t approve either, Jimmy, but she’ll get used to it.

      Good luck on your Seeing Ghosts promotion and then your time off. And I don’t do dog parks or coffee, but I do do wine. 🙂


          1. I don’t suppose that was of the Long Island variety, huh? *sigh* No, I didn’t think so… 😉 Seriously, though, we live too close not to hang out one of these days.


  4. I’m not writing, either! I do feel it building up, though, and I have three good ideas brewing and one started with research, an outline, and a whole first chapter that I wrote like 10 weeks ago. I’m hoping to continue it soon. Enjoy your break! Putting books out there is a lot of work and you deserve it. Your little Maggie is adorable. My main character in my country music book is named Maggie. It’s a great name. 🙂


    1. I do need this break, Michelle, to clear my head and let go of all the angst. The writing will come when it comes.

      Congratulations on your “country music book” sale to Rhemalda. And I’m excited for what you’ll write next—whenever that is. 🙂


  5. Oh my. I went cold when I read the time you adopted Maggie! Welcome Maggie – Shadow says meouw, for a dog you’re very cute!! 🙂

    And don’t even talk about it being May already! Where has 2013 gone?? And I still haven’t started my next novel (but to be fair to myself the last 18 months has been tumultuous – 15 funerals of close family & friends in 20 months, and that’s not counting 3 *very* close family members all diagnosed with the Big C in the last 8 of those months) But – enough self-pity! – when I realise another year is almost passed …definitely time to return to the ABC’s of writing (Apply Bottom to Chair and Write)

    Wishing you many happy years with Maggie, Linda! 🙂


    1. Oh Judy, “tumultuous” indeed! 😦 I can certainly understand why you’ve been distracted from writing. I’m guilty of falling prey to self-pity with FAR less reason. I wish you well with your writing and may the last half of this year be brighter for you. 🙂


  6. Hi Linda:
    I’ve been going through a tough time too. I’ll tell you about a highlight though – “Brevity of Roses”. I really enjoyed it. I’m glad you took the time to write it. It’s one of the few stories that I’ve been able to focus on during this time of false starts for me. You should be proud of your little baby.


    1. I’m sorry to hear you’re having a down period, Robin, but THANK YOU so much for letting me know that something I wrote gave you a little respite. 🙂 I will definitely feel a little prouder of Brevity today. Were you the one who left a new review on Amazon under the name Erica?

      In any case, I wish you more brightness soon.


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