Man at Work


man at work

You know how sometime the last thing in the world you want to do is write?  Or work on anything creative?  That’s sort of how I’ve felt for about, oh, 4 or 5 month now.  I think flying from India to the US to Thailand kind of interrupted my creative mojo.

But it’s back.  I woke up a few mornings ago, opened a word doc and started writing.  In the last 3 days, I’ve written about 11,000 words and have finished (well, rough draft finished) two short stories and one travel article.  Oh, and got another 5000 words working on a sort project, procrastination novel as well.

I kind of forgot how great it feels to be productive.  I’ve mixed it with some explorations–took a boat ride down the Mekong yesterday and drank homemade whisky in a small Laos village, but am overall making better use of my free time.

I have one more story half-formed in my head, and a couple more non-fiction, travel pieces I want to work on.  For the next month I’ll be traveling through Vietnam and will be able to work on that.

And then if plans work out, I will spend 3 months in Chaing Mai working on my next novel.  I figure 1000 words a day (a modest goal) at 3 months equals a 90,000 word rough draft.  It won’t be as easy as all that, of course, but I am excited to start working on it.


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