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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, June 3, 2011

Getting back to business

Now that the holidays are over, the hair crisis has simmered down, there are no major events scheduled until August, I am getting back to the business of writing. I found out on Tuesday that I won't be having my knee replaced any time soon. Whew! I sure was dreading that. Although I have osteoarthritis and very little cartilage left, the hydroaulinic acid injections worked and I am not in pain. The surgeon said I should increase my daily exercise and even try to add folkdance back into my life and see what my knee can handle.

With no surgery on the horizon, I am hoping I can shift my energy and attention back to this voice which came to me in Ireland and asked me to tell its story. I've got 12,000+ plus words so far; the story is emerging, albeit slowly. Why is it so difficult to allow myself to get into a meditative state in order to write. What am I afraid of? It feels so wonderful when I do it, it just doesn't make sense that I'd resist, but I do. Any thoughts?

The lazy, hazy days of summer are a perfect opportunity to hunker down and get this story flowing on a regular basis.

How about you? What are you plans for the summer?


Unknown said...

Summer plans on hold at the moment until Linda gets back on her feet literally & we get over the shock of having our heat pump repaired. We still want to get back to the mountains for at least a couple of days if not longer.


I was in Washington for Memorial Day, it was extremely hot but wouldn't have missed it for the world.
Have a good day.

Joanne said...

Okay, here's a thought, just a thought, on your resisting writing the story. Deciding to write a novel is a huge commitment, without a doubt. So can that be behind it, the resistance not to write, but to commit, seriously, to completion of the book?

I'm in the middle of a manuscript revision right now, immersed in an older story I'd written, and having a good time with it. It's amazing what time away from the project lets me eventually bring back to it.

Paul Anthony Shortt said...

Getting my second book finished, that's what! I really think it's harder to settle into writing that second book than the first. Maybe because we feel we've got to be better than the last one?

Grammy said...

Hi, I've never actually written a book, but don't know if I really have one in me. Hadn't thought about meditating to bring one to the fore...Interesting thought.

Jules said...

Man, that is great news about your knee but does this mean we won't be hearing your Little Richard impersonation? :)

Try taking your meditative writing to another place; park, desert, somewhere you relax.
Have a great weekend.
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Karen Walker said...

Odie, hope Linda's recovery is a speedy one.
Joanne, that's a thought I need to ponder...thank you.
Paul, yeah, I think that's part of it.
Grammy, neither had I, but it seems to be helping move the process along.

Liz Fichera said...

Writing, writing, and more writing. Those are my summer plans, although I have a couple of trips to Chicago planned.

Suze said...

It's not fear, it's inertia. Kick its a** by sitting on yours and just channel, my love.

Karen Walker said...

Jules, that's a good idea. I'll give it a shot.
Liz, sounds wonderful.
Suze, okay!!!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm many chapters into my next book, and with my speaking schedule light in July and August, I should have it done and revised by the end of summer.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Maybe it's fear?
Good news on the knee, Karen!

Karen Walker said...

Diane, that's awesome. You go, girl.
Alex, I'll let you know as soon as I figure it out.

Manzanita said...

So how is the red hair treating you? Having more fun than the blond? Summer is teasing us like a big flirt. Happy you can avoid surgery. That was good news.


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Summer is looking busy until the first of August, then a bit slower. Hope your writing goes well!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Maybe it's only natural to balk a bit at starting a second book. Completing the first is such a monumental task that it's a bit daunting to tempt fate by tackling another.

As for this summer, we'll be spending as much time with the grandchildren as we can. (Number twelve is due in October.) And writing, writing, writing. (And hopefully, on something more than the blog!)

Karen Walker said...

Manzanita, the red hair is kinda cool - hubby still not used to it. But I kinda like it.
Elizabeth, hope you and your family have a lovely summer
Susan, that would be true if I were just starting, but I've been working on it for awhile now. It was hard to start a second book for the very reasons you talk about. This is something different.

Jennifer Shirk said...

That's good news about your knee.
I usually get very little writing done in the summer because the kids are out of school.
But I"m almost done my first draft so I plan to just edit and plot this summer, which will work out perfectly with my schedule. :)

Dafeenah said...

My summer plans are simple, trying not to melt lol. I tend to also be my own worst enemy when it comes to writing. I feel for you with the knee. So glad you found something that works.

Karen Walker said...

Jennifer, sounds wonderful - enjoy the family time.
Dafeenah, please don't melt - we'd miss you!

Helen Ginger said...

Karen, I don't know how busy your life is, but perhaps you need to disconnect. My most productive time of writing was during the four weeks when I was at a writing center. No internet connection, no meals to fix, no cleaning, etc. I wrote and walked and wrote and wrote.

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

So interesting the commonalities we are sharing - both just beginning something new - and both our stories will take place in the U.K. (mine mainly in Wales). For me it's often a case of staying away from it long enough to call me back!! Thanks for your note on my post, and here's encouragement to us both: Here's to that shitty first draft!

Karen Walker said...

Helen, I think you are absolutely right. I need to figure out how to give myself that.
Melissa, yes, yes, yes.

Hilary said...

Hi Karen .. that's great that the 'fear' of the op has receded for now .. I think the longer you can go without being 'attacked' by the surgeon's knife the better life will - that knife has its uses .. but by sure I'm glad he's bypassed me!

Now the serious business of red hair .. summer .. HUGS .. and the Kiss of Blarney Stone .. boy are you tempting fate ..

Oh well .. just get on with it then!! Let us all be successful and happy in our ventures, with no fear hanging over us .. release those irons ... cheers for now .. Hilary

Julie Flanders said...

My plan is the same as yours, to hunker down and get writing. I'm intrigued by the story you mentioned, I love stories that take place in Ireland. Best of luck with finishing it!

And, I'm glad you don't have to have your knee replaced, I can imagine that is a huge relief.

Happy weekend!

Better is Possible said...

Resistance is a funny thing. When it's time, you'll write. The story is there and when the labour pain comes, it will more uncomfortable to not write than to give birth. Breath and relax. Just a thought.

Talli Roland said...

Lots of writing! :)

Thank you for your wonderfully supportive comment on my blog on Friday. I really appreciate it!

Karen Walker said...

Hillary, Oh, Lord, tempting fate? That wasn't the intention.
Julie, thanks and happy writing!
BetterisPossible, thank you.
Talli, you are more than welcome. i meant every word.

K.C. Woolf said...

So great you don't have to get surgery any time soon!

I'm looking forward to a long summer holiday, with some travelling, meeting up with friends and family and lots of writing.

Exactly 1 month to go! :-)