Killer Year–The Class of 2007

The Summer Office
August 6, 2007, 3:34 pm
Filed under: Patry Francis

For weeks, I have been thinking of putting up a notice on my blog, explaining to anyone who might be interested that I was on a summer hiatus. For a long and wonderful time, I saw the world in blog posts. Everything and everyone around me was part of a grand and unpredictable tale that might be written about, turned to poetry, photographed, or when I was feeling particularly intrepid, even sketched–and then amazingly–incredibly really–shared with whatever kindred spirits might find it.

But then summer came and something happened. I took up residence in a new novel. My mind, once focused on the glittering outer world, grew utterly consumed with the citizens of this shadowy inner landscape.

I stopped seeing friends, both real and on-line. I didn’t go to the gym. Trips to the beach or the movies held no interest. I know this sounds unhealthy, but it feels–marvelous! It’s a feeling you can only have when you’re doing what you were born to do.

Soon I opened the summer office. Now every morning when I wake up, I put one foot on the floor, and I say thank you. Then I put the other foot on the floor and say thank you again. Thank you for the day. Thank you for the story that hums inside me. Thank you for a chance to be a crazy hermit and write, write, write.

I pour a cup of coffee; if I’m feeling ambitious, I might even comb my hair, then I call the dogs: “Come on girls, it’s time to go to work.” (Fortunately, my yard is screened by trees on all sides so I don’t frighten the neighbors in my pajamas.) Laboriously, my old shepherd-lab rises from her mat and heads for the back door; and the Jack Russell, who is snuggling with the last person still in bed, begrudgingly follows. They take their places on the deck; and I open my laptop.

Life, my friends, is good. Thank you. And thank you again.

In other news, Press 53 has recently announced the Open Awards Writing Contest. Winners will be published in an anthology to be published in 2008.

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I hear you. I’ve been thoroughly anti-social since the middle of July. And if you’re not really “taking up residence in that other world” you’re just putting words on paper (screen?) So, it sounds like your book’s going well!

Comment by Rosemary Harris

Rosemary: So nice to hear from someone who thoroughly understands…

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