Friday, January 19, 2018

Celebrating Art, Writing, Blogging, and Breaks from Alll Three



I'm celebrating the "art spirit" this week. Yesterday was Art Club again, but no pictures of their work yet, because the kids got so fixated on their little masterpieces that they didn't finish in time and are going to finish them next week. I love this class. I love their commitment. Parents came to pick them up, and stood around waiting, while the kids hunched over their easels, until I finally said, "Let's make next week a finish-up week," so they (and I) could go home. These are the new easels we have this year, thanks to the South Natomas Community center. We purchased them at University Art Supplies on J Street for an unbelievably affordable price. Then I used the backs of art tablets and clips to provide a solid backing for their work. They can clip the canvas to it and have a stable surface to work on.

I'm also celebrating being back to work on a novel I started years ago that involves a ghost. I got through the whole story once, but then bogged down half way through the re-write because of a character who took on more importance and who would change many scenes, and I hadn't envisioned those scenes. So it's been cooking this long while. This week I've been working on the characters' back stories and also different kinds of timelines: one for simple events that took place in the world around them (politics, disasters, etc.) that some would remember, and then the general timeline of events plus births & deaths of characters, and then the timeline of the story itself, when it starts, when it ends, and marking birthdays celebrated or holidays and a funeral that occur within that space, ages of the various characters at the time of the story's present. It's a lot of work before I start the new rewrite, but it feels wonderful, because all the characters have come alive for me again. I feel like they are right next door — although in another century.

I'm also celebrating that I feel so much more focused after a long writing "drought" where nothing was happening. That's right. No writing. No blogging. Just the minutiae of everyday life. It seems to have been beneficial.

How about you? What are you celebrating this week? Are you working on a WIP? Enjoying respite from your writing projects? Discovering new hobbies? Just taking it easy? Any one of those can be so enriching.

Celebrate the Small Things  is a blog hop co-hosted by Lexa Cain at: Lexa Cain,  L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge , and Tonja Drecker @ Tidbits Blog(You can go to any of these sites to add your name to the links, if you want to participate.)

14 comments:

Richard Hughes said...

Sounds like that novel's going to keep you busy.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Richard, That's probably so. I hope the writing spurt continues! :-)

Rosi said...

Glad your work on Granny's Jig is doing so well. Can't wait to read the latest version.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Rosi, Actually it's the grunge work that's going well right now. Necessary, though. I think I bogged down because I kept putting this part off. :-(

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm so glad you are back writing, and so glad you are back blogging. I hope you had a very productive time away from your blog and your book comes together well in the rewrite.

I look forward to seeing the children's art, because some of them seem to be really talented.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks so much, Bleubeard and Elizabeth. It's quite enjoyable to be immersed in the book again. I do think time away from it was helpful. Have a great day.

Lynda R Young said...

That's a lot of celebration :)
Best wishes on your MG

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Linda, hope your writing and various projects are going well. Thanks for stopping by.

Donna K. Weaver said...

It can be a lot of fun to visit an old project--if only to see how much we've grown as writers.

Victoria Lindstrom said...

Hi Elizabeth! Great post on celebration. I'm celebrating 2018 by working on a new manuscript. All the best, Mitty!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Oh, Donna, I surely hope that's what I find out! :-) The teacher is very good. She gives homework that simply forces you to push ahead. So this is the year I plan to finish it!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Great! I'll look forward to reading it when you finish! May this be a year of promise and fulfillment!

Julia Thorley said...

Sometimes we need to take a step back, pause and then step forwards again. Here's to a creative 2018.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hello, Julia, and for you as well! Have a great day.