Monday, March 9, 2015

Motivational Monday


BEING A WRITER IS A 
GOOD OCCUPATION IF YOU WANT THE WALK
BETWEEN THE KITCHEN AND BATHROOM
TO BE YOUR DAILY COMMUTE.
(Lauren DeStefano)

Do you know how many times a day I go up and down the stairs in my town house? A lot. So much so, you'd think I'd have "buns of steel" by now. But, alas, no. 

I'm not complaining though. It's still one of the best commutes ever. No construction, no traffic accidents, no snow. I can do it wearing pajamas or shorts and a t-shirt. If I want to "carpool" or need some company, I can grab up one of the tortoises. 

But we all know that writers travel so much farther and further than that. We're sitting at our desks but our minds are somewhere in a dystopian future. We're staring out the window but our minds are visiting a murder scene set back in the late 1800s. We're pouring our third cup of coffee of the morning but our minds are watching two lost souls find happily ever after at their neighborhood's new dog park.   

Whew! No wonder I'm so tired at the end of the day. I put a lot of miles on this old imagination of mine. But I'm still up for another trip...or two...or two hundred. How about you? 

32 comments:

  1. I travel across the galaxy - yes, it's exhausting!

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  2. Well, my last book travelled a mile to the other side of my town... But I love that I can stay home when it's pouring with rain, decide how high to have the heating, listen to music that I choose, and - yes - wear my PJs while I curl up with my notebook :-)

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  3. We are definitely explorers, aren't we? And there's no need to update the ol' passport or lose sleep over currency loss. If only I could benefit from my Fallon's (my MC) athletic life, I'd be set.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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    1. I never really thought of my writing self as an explorer but I like it!

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  4. I do enjoy my writing commute. Although, sometimes things get a little rocky or bloody. ^^;;

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  5. Yes! We save so much time and money on petrol and bus fares. I like being able to go where I like and where my characters like.

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  6. I run up and down the steps a lot too, doing laundry between writing scenes. I love working from home. The best days are when I don't go any where except outside to exercise.

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    1. I totally agree with what you said about the best days. :)

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  7. It helps when I can't sleep too, I just take a trip!

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  8. Gosh, this is true! My writer's butt proves it.

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    1. Oh yes, I have writer's butt, too. Unfortunately. Sigh.

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  9. That is a cute quote, and yes the imagination travels all over the place! I also like to putter around the house and garden doing mindless things while my mind works out book problems. And a daily walk also helps my imagination shake off dust.

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    1. This quote made me chuckle when I first read it. :)

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  10. Love it--especially the quote! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I love traveling back in time for my stories. A fun perk of the job. :)

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  12. Madeline, I got a good chuckle out of this! My commute to the bathroom is on the same floor but I have to go up and downstairs between my loft office and the kitchen. Good exercise, and sometimes I get ideas on the stairs!

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    1. I have to go up and down the stairs to get to the kitchen, too - if I want more coffee or to heat up my coffee, to get some water or a snack. Although, by doing that, I suppose I might be working off some - okay, very little! - of what I'm eating and drinking.... :)

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  13. Most definitely! And I love my commute. Beats the local bus system a million times over (not to mention waiting for a bus in -40C. No thanks!)

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    1. Or what about having to scrape the ice off the car before you could go anywhere? I don't miss those times at all.

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  14. Yes, my imagination gets me out farther than my car on most days! :)
    Hope you are having a great week, Madeline!

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    1. It was a good week, but I'm looking forward to the weekend. Hope you have a great one!

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  15. Awesome!!! I do LOVE my commute. We're on a one-level but we're looking at houses. Note to self: make sure a bathroom is on the same floor as where I'll be working!!! I don't mind a stairway to commute back and forth to bed but I do make a lot of "commutes" to the bathroom and kitchen!

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    1. That bathroom - office - kitchen commute is way more important than you think it is. :)

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