Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Nervous Energy

Revisions done, long overdue beta reading mid-process, and only three precious more weeks of school.  The garden is planted, the bathrooms cleaned, and the lawn reseeded.  This weekend the boat got washed and waxed and hauled out to the dock.  Most of the tourists have left until Friday and my son has completed is four-day baseball game stretch. 


See this is what I do when I am in a holding pattern . . . waiting for notes and submission plans from Ginger.  I suppose I could crack open one of my three WIP's or polish up my completed YA contemporary to shoot her way.  But that would require me thinking creatively; and in the back of my mind, I have the unspoken need to keep all my creative energy welled up in case Fatum (aka Atlas-F) needs another round of revisions.

Any ideas on how to stay this crazy amount of nervous energy I have screaming through my system?  I could start baking incessantly, but it is too hot to turn the oven on.  I could clean the grout with a toothbrush, or perhaps I should start reading. Read anything good lately?


  1. Oh, can I answers either. Let me know when you figure it out!

    How close are you to Burlington, MA? We're doing another Meet Up on June 21, we could commiserate. :)

  2. Three weeks of school left? My kids get out this week. I am rereading Delirium now. It's got great voice. I recommend reading it. I can always shoot you some chapters over, if your that bored. Lol

  3. "Holding" can be important too. That's normally when I go into the frenetic sort and throw mode. Stuff seems to accumulate when we work on novels!

  4. Wow. I have no idea. Perhaps there's nothing to do but wait it out? I know that's not much help...

  5. Well you could always critique a finished ms from a friend. ;)

  6. I say WRITE!! I don't think storing creativity makes it stronger--I think the more you use, the more you have :)

    But good luck with whatever you decide!

    OH! And if you haven't read it yet, I HIGHLY recommend Divergent.

  7. Do something fun that you haven't done since you were a kid! Go on a picnic! Blow bubbles! Fly a kite! Draw with sidewalk chalk! Getting in touch with my inner child helps calm nervous energy for me. I think it's because it takes me back to a more carefree, joyous time!

  8. Divergent is great, I second that recommendation.

    I would also say, read something that differs from what you have been reading and writing lately. It feels like a genre vacation.


  9. I would stretch out those muscles that are so involved with writing (neck, back, wrist, arms) and go walking as often as possible. With the extra energy, I'd organize my writing desk. I plan to do all of these things when I reach my writing goal in under three weeks. Good luck!

  10. Hmm- free time. I remember what that was :-) You could play with the kids and the dog. Go for a walk. Take a notebook and write down ideas you have for WIP's or future stories. Chat with your friends.

  11. PK -- send it over. I would love to give it a read.

    Sheri & Mary -- took your advice and took the dog for a walk by the dogs. Now we are both tired :)

    Laura- I would love to fly a kite, but I think it would be ill advised giving the lightening outside. Going to put it on my list of things to do with the kids this weekend!

    Monica & Sarah -- Divergent . . . haven't read it but will download it tonight! I am thinking a glass of wine, a soft chair, and a book once the kids go to bed would be perfect

    Claire and B. Kaur- I agree, nothing to do but wait . . . and keep my fingers crossed

    Kristin - I am on Cape Cod but will see if I can swing the next meet-up. Would love to meet some fellow N.E. YA authors

  12. could let all your frustration and anxiousnes get pent up and then vent it all on your new WIP with your fantabulous co-author.

    Ooooor, you could work through plot ideas for a second book in case Atlas-F gets picked up (fingers crossed fingers crossed fingers crossed)

    OOOOOOOOOOOR, you could open your back door and let your dog run out.

    I'd opt for #1 or #2 but you might be more sadistic than me:)

  13. It is always about hurrying up and waiting, right? lol.
    What do I do in those times? I play legos with my kids! :D