I started in 2002. Now, I haven’t been writing that whole time. No. And in fact, you don’t even want to know all the crap that’s gone down in the last 7/8 years. Trust me.
The problem is, I keep re-prioritizing what I think are the most important things to do in life. Sometimes I think the book just needs to get written and sometimes I think, why would I waste time writing a book when I could-be-out-having-fun-since-I’m-going-to-die-anyway-and-it-could-be-soon-and-in-that-case-what-will-I-regret-not-doing-the-most…
I could be baking. That gives me a lot of pleasure. I need to find a job and fast (well, I am trying to do that). In that other “lifetime” I think I would have liked to have been a dancer. So, in this one, I do it at least sporadically. (The click of “outside” shoes on a wooden floor as I walk out with my bag banging against my thigh…)
I could be giving back to my community or building one or doing various social things or planning more activities… helping people… Practicing my guitar.
I just read a post by Marc Andreessen (and yes, he has invested in Fluther.com) about maximizing personal productivity. I keep going to back to it, because it’s interesting but also, there’s this incredible whiff of freedom surrounding it. It’s tantalizing. Freedom–I just want to inhale–as if it’s a virus I could catch. I love the days of totally open schedule and that feeling of time, stretching out like one of those slow moving airport walkways ahead, of course, always faster moving then they look.
Now I am trying to be productive in the exact opposite situation, where I know I have a short and very finite period to write something.
All of which brings me around to the point that the book isn’t finished although people keep saying, are you sure because “perfect can get in the way of good.” Or finishing. Very true. But still, I laugh uncomfortably and say, “Uh… yes, I am sure.”
Regarding finishing the book though, there’s a missing piece and I just had this idea about love and the lubricating nature of love (and I haven’t yet thought of an analogy), and something about the Heisenberg principle too, and how the structure of the book has a similar effect in that it affects the characters or the the central character as it progresses. Cannot be seen and unaffected, right, structure connecting to meaning, form influencing function. It’s on my mind.
So, yes, I am writing a book, but first, I’m going to yoga.