Okay, I’m finally feeling better (or, at least, back to about the usual level of sinus problems that I experience this time of year), and I wrote a scene for I Will Be King on Tuesday and plan to do some more writing today. I’m not sure what I’ll do, yet, but I need to get something done. Last month was a complete bust on writing, since I was ill for more than half of it and had grading sandwiched around the illness. I’ll have midterm grades reported next week, and there’s not a lot I need to do for my classes before then. The week after is Spring break, and aside from getting my taxes done, I should have a lot of time for writing that week. It will also be about the time I start walking again, and that might help me get back into my writing routine. (I’m reluctant to walk right now, since this is the time of year my allergies act up [fluctuating between freezing and thawing], and I don’t want to have another sinus infection like the last one.)
It’s taking me awhile to get used to the new keyboard, but I’m getting there. I might go back to my writing roots by doing some scenes by hand until I’m used to the arrow keys, backspace, and delete buttons. They are placed differently on this keyboard than my old computer’s, and I keep hitting the number lock, shift key, the zero on the number keypad, the alt key (instead of ctrl key), and missing the up and down arrows altogether (they are half-sized keys below the shift key). I still have to look for the delete key to avoid hitting other keys that I don’t want to hit by mistake. All of these are problems, since I use the backspace, delete, and arrows extensively when I write a first draft, and it’s slowing me down A LOT. At least with a handwritten first draft, I can just cross things off, write in the margins, number inserts and write them on another page, draw arrows, etc., and then when I type it, I can make the revisions without needing to use those keys near as much. I know this sounds like I’m whining (and I am, in part), but there is an important reason for why this is a significant obstacle: the more time I spend looking for keys, making mistakes, etc. the more it slows me up and distracts me from my writing and the more difficult it is to get into the flow of writing and (more importantly) to maintain that flow. When I wrote the scene I mentioned, I kept losing my train of thought instead of running with it because I had to keep looking for the keys to move the cursor around and delete words. That’s why I might write by hand for awhile, even though I need to get comfortable using this keyboard.
My poem [old maple] has been published by Whispers…, and the print version of 2016: A Year of Poetry is available through CreateSpace today (for $7.99) and through Amazon early next week. That should bring you up to date on my writing situation for now. Hopefully, my health will continue to improve and I’ll have something more positive to report next week. In the meantime, “Tomorrow…” is an apt poem to post, since it could be a metaphor for my writing at the moment. However, for those of you who know me well, you’ll realize it isn’t a metaphor at all….
The sink is full
of dirty dishes.
One clean plate
sits in the cupboard.
One more day to
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