Sunday, June 26, 2011

The In-Between Time

I’m back! Well… actually I never left. I’ve been lurking in the blog shadows – not nearly as creepily as that makes it sound.

Anyway, adjusting to the working world and still finding the time (and energy) to write is tough. I’m finding it difficult to exist fully in both realms – that is, my imagination and the real world. When Imagination takes over, it takes over completely. But I can’t let it the way I used to. I have to exist Monday through Friday until five in the real world. And slipping behind the veil again is not as simple. I don’t know about you guys, but for me, it takes me awhile to settle back into myself (having acted the part of a normal person all day) before I can drift off into Christine World – as the people who witness the transformation like to call it. Not that I mind acting like a normal person all day – it’s fun. And a refreshing breather from my own head. It’s easy to get lost in there.

And in some ways this writing break has been good for me. I was feeling a little overwhelmed by all the editing and needed a pair of fresh eyes. I started up again last weekend and I’m pretty pleased with the progress I’m making so far. But really, I’m just glad I have something to edit. I’m not quite ready to start writing again yet. I’ve got several new story ideas rolling through my head and as soon as I decide to latch onto one, I just know it’ll suck me in completely. And I’ll admit… for now, I’m enjoying this freedom.

Do you take advantage of the time in-between stories? What do you do with it? Or is the call of your next story too strong to take a break?


  1. I love how you call it "Christine World"! I know exactly what you mean - especially after a hiatus, it takes a bit to delve back in to la-la land, sometimes a few days before you hit your flow.'s SO worth the break! Because things that need a-fixin' stand out in BOLD. It's amazing what the subconscious does when you're busy working :D

    Can't wait to see what you've done!!

  2. Heh it was actually Chris that started calling it Christine World - fitting as he's the one that has to put up with it most lol.

    But yes, worth the break!!! My subconscious (and your edits) make it pretty easy to see what needs fixing :-) *hugs*

  3. I don’t know… I imagine I will take a break, but I am still working on revising my first project.

  4. Once I finished my last ms I took a bit of a break... sorta... I kept writing, but just not nearly as much. It was nice to have time to breathe while I wrote... it reminded me that, "why yes, I DO like to write!" instead of it being deadlines, deadlines, DEADLINES all the time!