by Linsey Lanier
1. a collector of miscellaneous useless objects
2. any of several bushy-tailed rodents of the genus Neotoma of western North America; hoards food and other objects
I have to admit I froze solid when Tami announced January’s challenge was about our workspaces. Yes, I’m a private person, but that’s not the reason I was filled with dread. The real reason is that I would have to admit to the world what a packrat I am.
It’s true. My workspace is usually a mess. That’s because (1) I don’t clean in this office. I write in it. (2) As a writer, I generate paper. Lot’s of it. Edits of my current wip. Notes about books I’m reading. Notes about books I’m writing. Stray thoughts. Contest feedback. Notes on a napkin from a cop show. Etc., etc. (3) I accumulate books and I like to have them around me for inspiration (see photos). (4) Also, like many of my blog sisters, I collect quotations and other bits of inspiration (on cards, usually) to keep me going. (Unlike my blog sisters, I don’t put the quotations neatly on a cork-board. I just tape them to the side of my monitor. See other photos.)
Since taking that quotation picture, I’ve added one: “You have a flair for adding a fanciful dimension to any story.” I love that. If it sounds like it came from a fortune cookie, that’s because it did. I’ve been collecting them for years. I used to keep them together with a paper clip, but as of a few days ago, they are now in a plastic bag on my desk.
Why, you might ask? Because… hold your breath… a few days ago, I cleaned up my office!!!
Yes, it was the end of the year and I usually do something like that, but this time, I went all out. I even chronicled my progress in an e-book I’ve been intending to write for ages and ages. I hope to make it available on my personal blog, soon.
Here I am again, continuing my exploration of WordPress. I am digging into Lisa Sabin-Wilson’s WordPress for Dummies and learning a lot.
After exploring the themes, my favorite by far is Fjords04, which I am currently using.
A few weeks ago I had one of those wonderful procedures in the hospital where they put you under and probe your insides with a lighted tube — with a microscope on the end of it, no less (from the top part of my body, not the bottom, thank you very much).
Anyway, I rather enjoyed the anesthesia and the day off from work. I came home happily sedated and slept most of the afternoon away. I was surprised I could sleep at all that night, but I went straight off to dreamland. My rest felt weighty, groggy, though.
The next morning I woke up with that heavy, unnatural feeling. Then suddenly I knew something had happened. I had done it.
I had dreamed an entire novel.
I’ve heard of people who have had this experience. One, I think, got a runaway best-seller out of it. As I lay there in the dark, I reviewed the major plot points. I was amazed. Yes, I congratulated myself. I had done it. This was a book. It seemed like a good one. Maybe even a little like that best-seller, I dared to hope. And I was certain, absolutely certain that I would remember it — at least the major points. I mean, they were right there in my head. Crystal clear. Or what seemed like crystal clear at the time. I promised myself I’d write it all down as soon as I got up . . .
The next night, I had just laid down and gotten all comfy and cozy in my bed when it hit me. Oh yes. I dreamed a novel last night, didn’t I? With a sinking feeling, I remembered I had gotten up, got dressed, gone off to work, came home, ate supper, watched TV and went to bed . . . without even a single thought about what I had dreamed.
What in the world was that book about? No idea. I strained and struggled, spat and sputtered, but there was nothing. I couldn’t remember a single, solitary plot point. Only a vague, wordless impression. And barely that.
Ah, what might have been.
I haven’t lost hope, though. For one thing, I’m pleased with the content of my current work in progress. And maybe I’ll have the dream again, or even a better one. Maybe sometime when I’m very relaxed and it’ll come back to me. Who knows?
Have any of you had that experience? Have you dreamed a book or a part of one? Did it work out for you? I’d like to hear about it.
Now I’m going to try an average size post (for me). Let’s see, what should I put in here?
Well, I did want to list the other Themes I tried out:
- Ocean Mist
- Sweet Blossoms
I also wanted to add a picture. Do you like my new hairdo? (Actually, that’s not me. I’m not sure who it is, LOL.)
And now I’m going to add a post I did back in April on PF&HT. On second thought, I’ll add that as a new post.
As you can see, the Theme I’ve chosen is Fjords04. It was the most take-your-breath-away theme I saw, after looking at all of them and trying several out.
However, the posting space is kind of narrow, so I’m wondering how it will work out with long posts. Perhaps this theme is for people who’d like to post only a few sentences at a time. I’m not sure.
I do like that I can log in and post whenever I feel like. Fun!
I am also trying to see what paragraphs look like with this post.
As some of you might know, I’m a member of Petit Four and Hot Tamales, who are on Blogger. No offensive, but so far, WordPress is way cooler. 🙂
I’m editing this post because I created it earlier. However, it was before I changed the date, so it’s appearing at the top. Sigh.