Monday, August 5, 2013

Pigeon Pose, Editing and Back to Blogging

It was only a month, but it felt like forever!

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.
 
 Oh, and there's also the new book.

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!!

22 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Welcome back, Johanna! We've missed you.
Glad your book is coming together and you have a great idea for a new one.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

You've been busy while you were away. I'm not sure I could make my body do that pose though.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Wow, I can't believe you are editing/revising one book while simultaneously planning another one ... unless they are books in a series.

Which is kind of what I've been doing all summer. Revising and then copy-editing one book, polishing the draft of the second book, and planning the third. Since the third book is being stubborn and refusing to coalesce as fast as I want it to, I've toyed with the idea of working on something completely different.

But I don't have a creative brain cell to spare.

Now, see? Who else but writing friends would understand all that gobbledygook I just wrote?

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I especially agree with the part about blogging being a catharsis. Sometimes when I write about my life, it feels like I'm releasing something inside me, and it makes me feel better.

Julie Flanders said...

It's great to see you back! Best of luck with the new book ideas. :)

Barbara Watson said...

Like you, I use my blog in personal ways and love the connections to other writers. Glad you're back. I enjoy your snippets. :-)

Beylit said...

Glad to see you back. You were missed.
My summer has been full of disastrous house remodels and an enormous amount of self restraint at work so I don't bludgeon someone with a stapler or quit on the spot. Normally I would agree that my blog can be full of catharsis, but I've been restricted on what I can talk about which is less than fun.

Johanna Garth said...

Thanks Alex!! I missed everyone a lot!

Diane, you'd be surprised...

Dianne, it's been a CRAZY summer!

Neurotic, I knew you would get that piece! :)

Julie, Hi (waves) and thanks!

Thanks Barbara, I loved your post today!

Beylit, NO BLUDGEONING! Enough said, right ;)

Marjorie DeLuca said...

I agree with all of that. Editing and revising is so intense. It's nice to do something quick and quirky! By the way, my agent's name is Emily. Which Emily is yours?

Emily R. King said...

I'm glad you had a good break! I'm so happy for you that your husband is coming home! I hope your move goes smoothly.

Gwen Gardner said...

Welcome back! You sure have a lot going on. I just moved - twice - sort of. Long story, LOL. Anyway, good luck on your move :)

Morgan said...

I always love your posts, Johanna. So much heart. And I love the analogy. So glad to see you back!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Oh my word. I hurt just looking at the pigeon pose, lol!

The fun thing about blogs is the variety offered. I do enjoy reading them and I like seeing the real side of the blog author. I always get that with your blog.

How exciting that you have a new set of characters already clamoring for their time to talk!

Happy writing.

Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

M Pax said...

Welcome back! Yay for new projects.

I'm editing, but have also made a commitment to write 500 words a day to keep my muscles flexed.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I'm impressed that you can do that pretzel-like pigeon pose. It looks awfully painful. I'll stick with the blogosphere in normal seating position on my desk chair. Glad to have you back, though. I tend to have the opposite problem. I go to blogging and facebook as a distraction from working on my novel.

xoRobyn

Connie J Jasperson said...

Yes - we have very much missed your wonderful blog. How are Children 1 & 2? Glad you are back!

Carol Kilgore said...

Missed you! We had house guests in various forms the entire month of July. I'm welcoming the quiet and return to a little routine. Congrats on making such awesome progress!

Anne R. Allen said...

Johanna--Thanks for your comment on my blog today! It's great to read your positive take on blogging. I think it's necessary to take a hiatus every so often, but isn't it nice to know you missed it!

I'm in edits right now, too--and unfortunately my publisher doesn't quite "get" the book so there have been some squabbles. And lots of "darlings" getting slaughtered. So I deeply sympathize. My blog keeps me going through these bad bits, too.

Ella said...

Welcome back!!! I find summer is the airplane pose, lol. Trying to find me-time is a difficult balancing act~ I look forward to hearing more~ :D

Mark Koopmans said...

Oh my gosh, Julie Anna, we sooo missed you....

Oh...

:)

Sounds like you're back with all batteries recharged and that's awesome :)

And though I have my own series, I *did* miss *your* parenting posts, as they make me feel better about being co-owner to several mini-monsters that make me weep or curl into a fetal position :)

Diana Wilder said...

Welcome back and thanks for spreading the smile. I'm psyched for you~ (And fighting the urge to try the 'pigeon pose') Hm.

Diana at About Myself By Myself

Chuck said...

I knew something was missing from my reader and now I know it was YOU! Hope you are excited about getting a grip on the book and enjoying summer with the kids. Can't get it back. I too have mostly absent from blogging this summer with high work demands, so I feel ya...now go to the pool!!