Everyday life here is not exactly hectic like it is in a city. Life on a daily basis, before self imposed work, pretty much revolves around walking the dog, seeing wallabies and birds, and then making the other half’s lunch and breakfast all before 7a.m. Soon I’ll be able to add a swim to the morning lineup.
The rest of the day currently follows a typical agenda. I check my email accounts and blog before making a cup of tea, then I plunk myself in front of my lap top at the kitchen table to go through the most recent edits sent by my editor. That’s when the real work begins.
Usually I ask myself, “What possessed me to write in the first place?” The edits may not be in red but they are every bit as daunting staring back at me from the screen, especially at the moment when I am working on the first chapters of the book and have such a long way to go. However, then I remember…this piece of work is the most important thing I will ever achieve in my life.
It isn’t like I haven’t achieved other things. As an adult I suppose one of my greatest achievements was completing three university degrees (two of them honour degrees). I paid for my education, on my own. I can still recall paying off that hefty student loan, that was a happy moment. I’ve also lived and worked in three different countries. I have done loads of other things too, but none of that is as important as what I have yet to achieve, and to be honest, I hardly think of what I have already done in my everyday life.
My everyday life revolves around what matters now.
Until my manuscript becomes a fully fledged book, I haven’t achieved my job, my duty, my purpose for existing. My everyday life is all about reaching my future goal. Everyday I have to tell myself I’m one step closer, one page farther, one more chapter along in the process of editing.
As I edit, I find myself thanking God for my editor. I have over researched and over detailed my work knowing full well I would be forced to cull it back. In other places I have left things out which need to be added. I already know what needs editing but I get caught up in the information and without some guidance my heart won’t let go of those little details, so important to me but not so important to the general reader. That is what happens when you love the people you write about, when they become your world, are part of who you are, and have played a part in the last 3 years of your life.
Anyway, since the manuscript is an immense part of my everyday life, I thought I would take a photograph of what a writer looks like working on edits sent from an editor. It isn’t glamorous and it doesn’t end at 5p.m.
This one is coming in at the last minute but it only hit me last night that I could use this as a “near and far” example.
I have to go to a fancy dress thing in about a months time. However, I do not want to go to the expense of buying a costume that I would probably only use once because it would be so specific I would not be able to adapt it for further use. To top it off they often tend to be poorly made.
Instead, I am looking at many pictures and checking out various “how to” sites to come up with my own pattern. To be honest I think I am learning more by doing it this way than I would if I just paid for a pattern. This way it fits the way I want too. I don’t have to conform to the ready made costumes or the sized patterns.
Anyhow, I have only got the shirt done (I might add to it later). I still have the corset style top and the skirt to make. I have some of the pattern pieces sorted but I still have loads to do. I’m so near and yet so far. I hope I get it done in time for the night!