Refreshed and Revised (Day #6)

Well, I made it.  It’s Saturday, the last work day of my first Embrace the Detour work week.  I feel… good.  Tired, but only on the outside.  On the inside, I feel oddly refreshed.  I say oddly because I have never been a person who operates well on less than 8 hours of sleep, and this week sleep has been noticeably absent from my (non-) schedule.

And yet.

I’ve been creative.  I’ve been (relatively) productive.  And best of all, I’m gaining momentum.  I feel myself ramping up for more – more ideas, more pages, more progress.

I’m in the zone.  And I have my daughter to thank for it.

When I started this project, I thought that having a baby around was going to make writing more difficult.  I had it wrong.  Having a baby around makes finding the time to write more difficult.  But the writing itself comes easier.  Ideas flow freer.  Inspiration abounds.

I’ve found my muse.

She’s tiny and cute and hungry all the time.  And she inspires me like nothing else.

That’s not to say that this week has been easy.  I’m still getting adjusted to Life with a Newborn, still figuring out how to balance baby and book and blog and being a mom, and I suspect it’ll be quite some time before I have a handle on things.  But that’s okay for now.  My muse and I, we’ll find our way (with Husband’s help – he’s better with maps).

In the meantime, I’ve got work to do.  Eleven weeks to go.  Twelve chapters to write.  I’ve gotta keep on keepin’ on.

And so, at midnight tonight, I’ll press pause for 24 hours, and then I’ll be back, ready to tackle Week #2.

For those of you interested in the hard numbers, I offer my Week #1 progress report, a brutally honest summary of how much I accomplished (not that much), how many rules I broke (two), and how many rules I’ve decided to abandon (one).  Oh, and I’ve revised my game plan accordingly.

Sure, I wish there were more checkmarks and fewer x’s.  I wish I were ahead of schedule instead of slightly behind. But at the end of the day (or, in this case, my inaugural week), I’ve decided to embrace the idea that this project, like its author, will always be a work-in-progress.

“Half my life is an act of revision.” – John Irving


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