Monday, January 10, 2011
The Saddle is Feeling Good
Okay, I'm not knocking out 10,000 word days like some writers. But then, I've NEVER had a 10,000 word day, so I don't feel so bad.
But I am feeling like I'm back in the saddle again. I am scheduling myself and following said schedule. Well . . . mostly.
Some things happen just because they're supposed to, you know? I was stymied for a good method of delivery for my amazing biological threat agent. I researched online and nothing felt right. A bomblet? Come on . . . bo-ring.
And then, on Christmas day, Fred came into my life. He was visiting his uncle, our neighbor, with whom we share most major holidays and an occasional beer.
I might be making some of this up—you know how that goes—but I'm pretty sure Fred was Special Ops. I'm pretty sure he's Mensa. And I know that right now, Fred works for a company called XE. Who most of us know better as "Blackwater." After we got through the obvious political connections, I decided Fred could be interesting. We spent an intriguing Christmas day and evening with him and his stories.
And then I realized he might be the answer to my bio threat delivery quandary.
So, I invited Fred back for New Year's Day and our crab bisque and crab cakes and money salad with black-eyed peas. To brainstorm—his words. But they were kind. The term 'brainstorm' makes it sound like I would have something to offer. The truth was, his uncle is a widower and I offered actual food. As a bribe. Easy decision on Fred's part. And, um, my only contribution to the 'brainstorming' part of the afternoon was madly taking notes.
Now, thanks to Fred, I have a cool method of delivery. And the saddle is feeling pretty good again.
How about you? Are you in the saddle? Have you ever had something happen to you at just the right moment for you manuscript?
CR: Secrets to Die For by L.J. Sellers on my Kindle. Had life not intervened, I seriously would have finished this one days ago.
It's all better with friends.