Today I’m not doing a huge post. I’m so tired. I’ve struggled this past week, but that’s okay. I’m pulling hard on my reserves. I’ve done so much this month, that I’m allowed downtime. But if you ask me — I’ll tell you I need to keep going. Yet, my body informed me in no uncertain terms I was taking time off. So, with sore hands, aching body, and a headache that lasted two days, I took time off. I plotted my next story– got the basics down. Did some basic writing of the plot, got the blurb somewhat finalized and then collapsed in bed. Read about 4 books. Mysteries to be exact. Mysteries I promised myself if I did good this month. Ask me if I think I deserved them. The answer is YES! I deserved them and I’m unrepentant! But I also realized that slow and steady wins this race every time. 

Yes, I’m writing. In fact, tonight, for the first time in about three days, I wrote over 3k. It felt good and my hands aren’t cramping. That’s amazing for me. Before, my hands were whimpering under the pressure. The weather here affects my arthritis and my fibromyalgia. I used to deny that I had fibro, I did. Right up until my arthritis specialist proved without a shadow of a doubt I had it. Oh that freaking hurt. Then I was informed of the Tortoise effort. Slow and steady. Keep moving. Go slower, but move. Low impact, low resistance, but movement is necessary to help in the long run. I realized that this was a lot like writing to me. Slow and steady, keep moving. Stop only when you can’t do more. Low impact, low resistance when you plot and plan– have a plan- it helps when you hit bumps in the road. Suddenly, my health and my writing were in the same boat. Stupid boat. (Yes, I still don’t like having health issues. I deal with it, but I don’t have to like it!) 

So, I spent the past few days doing important things- resting. Letting my inflammation go away. Trust me, it was not pretty. My fingers looked like sausages. Big, fat sausages. *sigh* They hurt to bend, they hurt to type for longer than fifteen minutes. And the idea of sitting my chair to type- you had to be kidding me. My head even ached at the thought. Then I slept. Oh, I slept more than I ever thought possible. LOL More sleep than I had in weeks. Yes, I think I warded off getting sick. But again, slow and steady to the rescue. I listened to my body– with some urging from some good friends. I didn’t want to listen. I thought about pushing through– but I needed this rest. I feel tons better now. In fact, having rested, it took an act of major proportion to get me back on my feet. I was like–“I don’t wanna write. Blech!” So, my friend told me a bunch of my Nano friends were in the chat room. Boom! Guilt. So, I logged on and suddenly, I was writing. I needed it. Next thing I knew– I had one chapter done. Then I had another. I had done plenty for this day. Two chapters after a couple of days off. Yes, slow and steady.

Tomorrow is another day– we’ll do more. We’ll plot a bit, we’ll write more. Things will balance out. That’s how I have to look at my writing– it’s a balance. But I think all writers look at the trade-off. What’s in it for me? What do I get out of it? For me– it’s the fact I’ve gotten another story finished, I can make people happy. But more so– I can say, I’ve done it! It’s done! Slow and steady. I might not be able to keep up the pace I’ve done this month– tons of writing at such a huge pace. But let me tell you something, if I can manage 3k a night, every night for 5-6 nights a week– then honestly, I’ve done what I’ve wanted since my breakdown. I’ve found a level that would make me happy. Even if it’s half that and it’s something I can do all the time, regularly– then it’s something I can be proud of. Right now, that’s my slow and steady– creating the writing habit– whether by typing, Dragon dictating, or recorder dictating– if I do it daily, then it counts. It’s my slow and steady. It wins the race in the end- just like the tortoise. It keeps me healthy and happy. Go me! 

 

ROW80 check in– I’ve done about 1200k plotting, over 6k writing this past week, and edited 10k of stories that were submitted to publishers. *does happy dance* I think I’ve done well. This coming week, we’ll see what happens. I’m hoping for at least 3-6k. That would be good and getting the rest of this story plotted. LOL If that’s done, then life is good!