|(Well aware that we're an apostrophe short in that tweet,
but I maintain that it's just invisible.)
The last few months I've been extremely busy, which in my view is the only reason I'm allowed to use for not writing. I have one translation deadline after another and in order to get it all done, something's gotta give. Which is why writing a novel is the first thing to go - translation pays the bills.
Because the thing about writing is that I'd rather not start in something that I know will need to be an entire novel length type of story than knowing that I can only manage to write for about an hour or two one night and have no time to return to it for about a month . I believe in a certain flow, and I'd rather not staunch that once I get started. I don't want my ideas to crowd my brain when I should be translating and thus writing an entirely different story, while my own gets forced into the backseat where it needs to stop whining and wait till I have more time on my hands.
This weekend I finally managed it. I took an idea that I'd shelved a few months ago and kneaded it into a short story of approximately 12,000 words. The reason is that I saw a competition come by on Facebook and I just wanted to give it a go. Also, I've just finished my recent translation of Mystic (by Alyson Noël), and am allowed to give myself a weekend off to prepare for my new translation. Also, this was the weekend in which we celebrated my mother's birthday and had a family get together on my husband's side of the family, so I figured I wouldn't get much translating done anyway.
Once again I'm absolutely proud of myself for writing the story. I've been keeping track, it's cost me a total of nine hours over three days, so far. Not bad, huh? One or two more edits or at the very least re-reads and I'll send it in. I'm not sure that I have a winner on my hands, but I need to write to keep that part of my brain happy and well-oiled, it seems. And it turns out that I feel much better as a result of unplugging that cork for a few days. At least one of the story ideas got out and got turned into an actual story, no matter what becomes of it.