As much as I hear about the blogosphere being a time suck, in my month away all the positive attributes of the blogosphere (that negate any of its time sucky qualities) kept popping into my head.
Here are my top three.
Friends: Writer friends. There's been enough said on this topic by other people. I don't need to expound. Writer friends are in a category all by themselves because they KNOW about the day in, day out slog of writing a book. They're irreplaceable.
Practice: Like yoga, writing is a practice.
For me, editing a novel has a lot in common with being in pigeon position all day (okay, maybe not that excrutiating) but my point is it's only one muscle and writing requires that you be brain-fit from head to toe. Blogging, in my opinion, keeps the words fresh and nimble, ready to jump over large objects in a single bound.
Catharsis: Not everyone uses their blog in the same way I do. Some people have a pinpoint focus on their product. Some people have a specific theme like my very good writer friend Jenny Milchman who uses her blog to celebrate other writers' accomplishments by publishing their 'Made it Moments'.
Me, I just sort of talk about whatever's on my mind. This blog really is like a journal made up of little snippets of my life that take about twenty minutes to get down on virtual paper. I missed being all catharsis-y with you guys.
In my absence from the blogosphere I've basically spent every free moment in pigeon pose (see #2 above). The Virtual Life of Maisy Parker, is turning into exactly the kind of dark ride through the upper middle class privilege of east coast suburbia that I always envisioned it being.
This is, in no small part, because Agent Emily has the same kind of vision for the book that I do. She's got me working hard. Pigeon pose, ripping open passages instead of muscles until the book is exactly where it needs to be before we start the submission process.
In my spare moments, when I haven't been distracted by pleas for ice cream, pool time, need to edit, phone calls, the imminent move that is tick-tocking its way closer every week or that beautiful summer sun, the next book has been weaving its way into my mind.
Scenes are being formed. Motivations understood. Losses calculated. I think it's going to be good. Really, really good. With any luck, by the time September rolls around I'll be in the passionate stages of a brand new affair with my latest book crush.
What have you been up to this summer? Fill me in....catch me up!!