Swans, Leon Spilliaert
I look forward to diving back into the great white sea that is A Lamentation of Swans, but these past months I’ve realized that the horizon is no longer vacant and endless. There is land over the rim so I’ll keep swimming.
I’ve fretted over aspects of the novel, worried at points of view like picking stubborn threads from delicate fabric, and generally fussed the story into a coma. I’ve come to see that there is nothing wrong with my vision for the book, that all roads begun and abandoned are innocent pathways undeserving of my contempt. I must stop turning my yellow bricks into ash, and accept that the wizard is real and right. Any path I wish to follow, any gate I wish to step through is fine because I know the overall arc, I love the characters, the place, the ideas–I don’t need to keep floundering in the great white sea. Relax, breathe, keep swimming, the sea will carry me to shore.
My only GDR for 2009 is:
Finish A Lamentation of Swans.
In mid-December I picked up a copy edit job by way of a writer friend. In addition to my enjoyment of the work, it was nice to make extra money in the most expensive month of the year. I finished the job last night. I was reminded of my goal a couple years ago to develop a part-time freelance writing business. I’ve not forgotten, but so much gets in the way of things I want to do. There are a couple additional goals I’d like to accomplish this year, but I’m not placing them as GDR’s because I do not want anything to distract me from working on or finishing A Lamentation of Swans.
So, with that in mind, these are THINGS I WANT TO DO:
Design a freelance writing website offering editorial services.
Send Loose Daddy out to agents.
However, there is only one paramount goal this year and I want nothing to distract me from it.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!