My brain is getting squishy.
Writing a book is stretching me in all kinds of ways. Mostly good, as it’s been one of the most exciting, albeit challenging, tasks I’ve taken on. I already want to write more, ideas swirling in me, despite the fact that some days there is nothing remotely coherent left in me.
Of course I’ve had those points along this process of wondering how on earth this is going to take shape and oh my gosh, this isn’t good at all, and I completely doubt myself. But then a coffee with a friend or a morning at the Farmer’s Market will breathe new life and new ideas and new courage into my brain for one more day or one more week, and I remember that our stories are indeed worth sharing.
For years, I’d been writing in coffee shops, but after our local coffee place moved to another town, coupled with the Starbucks being a good 15 minutes away, it led me to discover that the library opens when school starts and offers some cozy areas to set up shop. And it’s saved me a lot of money in coffee drinks, so that’s a plus too.
Writing at the library is both calming and empowering, with its rows and rows of books – captivating stories and beautiful cover designs and some of the greatest words ever written, right in front of me.
Last week, I celebrated reaching 35,000 words. I try not to get too fixated on word counts, but then again, it also keeps me focused and gives me cause for little celebrations for reaching milestones as I work toward my deadline less than two months away.
This coming weekend, Evan and I leave for a trip to Austin, Texas. When he was scheduled to attend a banker’s conference there, we explored the opportunity of me jumping along for the ride… and we are thankful for willing grandparents holding down the fort for our first trip away together longer than one night. I’m treating the trip, with no obligations on my end, as a sort of writer’s retreat, and I am looking forward to this time so much.
We will be celebrating our 8-year wedding anniversary, and during the days of the conference, I will have space and time wide open to write, to think, to read, and to just be and enjoy.
I am hopeful to up my word count… but I am more hopeful to find words that count. Whether I write 500 words or 5,000 words on this trip, I am excited to have some free days to let myself mull over the words that matter in this story, the words that should be written and recorded and told.
For those of you who live in or who have been to Austin, where should I go on my writer’s retreat? I’m looking for a good breakfast cafe or coffee shop, a good spot for lunch, and anything else I can’t miss seeing while we’re there.
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