Saturday, October 01, 2011

Tempus Fugit

Donis here, Dear Readers. Time passes so quickly that it alarms me sometimes. How did I get anything done at all in my real life when I worked for other people? The truth is that I didn't, or at least I was only able to do whatever was absolutely necessary to live.

Now my work is writing, and work at it I do, and yet it still feels to me that I'm always short of time. Days bleed into one another, and weeks, and months, and a year passes without my quite being aware of how it happened. It seems that I'm constantly busy, and yet I feel like I make little progress.

Yet when I remember the monumental events in my past, the ones that changed my life or set me on a new path, I realize that most of them happened quickly, sometimes in an instant. I think of that when I'm frustrated, when it comes to me that I have less and less time in front of me to fool around with and wonder if it's just going to be like this for the rest of my life.

In the words of that immortal philosopher, Yogi Berra, "It ain't over 'til it's over."

With that in mind, I keep plugging along on the new book, and I finally see an end to the first draft, at least. I need a few more good weeks of writing. October is shaping up to be very busy, so I'm working hard to get as much done as I can before things get crazy(er).

As for the new book, it's interesting to see how it's shaping up. No matter what you plan to write, things show up in books that never occurred to you when you started out. Funny. You dig deep for your characters, and bring up a lot of stuff that was way down inside yourself.

4 comments:

Hannah dennison said...

Donis - great post! I feel we are in the same place with writing our new books. I envy your luck be able to write full-time. How I wish I could! The weird thing is that I do more writing during the week when I have to go to work - than at weekends. Weird.

Donis Casey said...

I understand, Hannah. When you're in work mode, you're like an engine that keeps going and going. A body in motion tends to stay in motion. A body at rest tends to stay at rest. When I was working, though, I had too much ordinary life stuff that had to be caught up on over the weekends.

Frankie Y. Bailey said...

I never seem to catch up on my ordinary life stuff. With a day job, I always seem torn between mopping the floor or finally getting my home office organized or sitting down to work. And then I have to decide what to work on at that moment.

I keep thinking that if I could just come up with a system. . .or could add another 4 or 5 hours to each day.

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