Life Sentences, Day 134: Gone Fishin’

February 11th, 2011

Today I did pretty much nothing. And it felt great.

For the first time in a couple of months, the whole day wasn’t about writing.  I did real stuff: rearranged my writing space and put a first-rate office chair there instead of the alarmingly rickety dining-room chair I’ve been using. Paid bills.  Threw things out.  Did four loads of laundry and folded clothes.  Basically never left the house.

And then, about 4 PM, I made a pot of coffee, screwed my courage to the sticking point, whatever that means, and took my first post-coital look at the last three chapters of PULPED.

And I liked them.

I opened the two denser chapters up by adding a little more than 200 words, mostly to let some air in and/or to delay a revelation by a beat or two.  (These chapters are bristling with revelations.)  Read them again and pronounced them good, and just for the hell of it, looked at Chapter One.  And tweaked it and Chapters Two and Three.

I liked them, too.

So maybe I won’t wait two weeks before doing the edit. Or maybe I will.  I feel like I have an infinite amount of freedom, which is how I always feel when I finish a book.

And then I had a moment of true luxury.  I realized I’d been wrong all day about what day of the week it was.  I never know in Asia, but here in the States I usually do. PULPED canceled all that out for me.

And soon I’ll be writing Poke and Rose and Miaow again. Life is so good.

Oh, and I wrote a piece about settings in a book for “Travels With the Muse,” a terrific blog run by novelist Joyce Yarrow.  For those who just can’t get enough of me, it’s here.

7 Responses to “Life Sentences, Day 134: Gone Fishin’”

  1. EverettK Says:

    Life is good. 🙂

  2. Laren Bright Says:

    What do you mean that TODAY you did nothing. You do nothing every day; you’re a writer.

  3. Lil Gluckstern Says:

    What a nice place to be. I thought you had a busy day, but very different in style. There is something very um-cleansing-about doing four loads of wash. Sorry couldn’t resist. I did see the Yarrow blog, and if I hadn’t already read them, I would read your books, definitely. And thanks to Everett, I read all the writer blogs you did last winter. Very interesting and instructive.

  4. Suzanna Says:

    Hi, Tim

    Your feeling satisfied with what you have worked so hard to produce is just wonderful to see. But the fact that you’re also having so much fun doing it is simply one of the most inspiring things I get to witness! Again, congratulations and thanks for sharing it with us every day. We’re so lucky : )

  5. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Boy, I really do have my feet up. Haven’t answered anyone in 48 hours.

    Life is good indeed, Everett.

    Laren, I’ll excuse that remark because it comes from another writer. It’s funny, though — even though I’d already written about ten novels and knew how hard it could be, when I was planning (5-6 years ago) to quit everything and write fulltime, I envisioned an essentially languid existence. Yikes.

    Hi, Lil, and it was and continues to be nice, although I’ve confounded myself by moving straight into the editing of PULPED. Doing wash is a good focusing activity, completely mindless and immediately rewarding — unlike most of the things we do, it shows us instantly the results of our work as the pile of dirty stuff dwindles and the stacks of neatly folded clean clothes grow. Like chopping firewood, but safer. Unless you drink the lemon-scented bleach, of course.

    Suzanna, thank you, and thanks for continuing to show up so I can share it with you.

  6. Sylvia Says:

    That sounds wonderful (and Laren’s comment made me laugh out loud).

  7. Larissa Says:

    Pardon me while I try to catch some of that calm, relaxed aura. (c: Well done and can I say, again, that you’ve earned it? (c: Bravo! Enjoy it!

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