Quiet Time

April 12th, 2005 · 2 Comments
by Booksquare

We are popping all over the bloghood today, borrowing cups of sugar here, pausing for a little conversation there, admiring new posts on various home pages. One would almost think we’re anticipating difficulty posting tomorrow. One would be right, though we will give it our best shot.

Moorishgirl discusses her recent retreat at Hedgebrook. First, let us applaud her ability to cut her ties to the world and buckle down and work (we find special joy in those vacations to places without the Internet; it turns out we can survive without constant email access). And to survive in the wilderness…well, she’s a brave soul. Once the strangeness of quiet wore off and the voices started talking, the tough stuff began:

I started to reorganize my chapters, shuffled scenes around, and, after staring at the stuff for a couple of days, I realized I had to cut the first part of the book out–nearly 20,000 words. It was painful. I couldn’t turn around and start writing again right away; I went for a walk, took a long bath, and spent the day reading a book.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • KathyF // Apr 14, 2005 at 5:57 am

    Speaking of moors (sort of, weren’t we?) I went to Yorkshire thinking to escape the blogging addiction for a few days, and lo, there’s a McDonalds with wireless.

    Miles of lonely moors, thousands of sheep who probably don’t blog, and they plop a MickeyD’s down just for addicts like me.

    They also serve carrots at McDonalds here. Which also sort of negates the whole point.

  • Booksquare // Apr 14, 2005 at 8:10 am

    I’m not sure what the life lesson is — avoid the moors (good pun, by the way) or avoid wireless hotspots. Or maybe avoid sheep. Yes, that’s it. Also, do not eat the vegetarian fare at McDonald’s. Just trust me on this.