Archive for January 21st, 2013


Sigh. Where did my weekend go? Why didn’t I get more writing done?

I mean, it’s not like I spent it cleaning my place.  My only housekeeping was to vacuum for the first time in two weeks, but with cat hair covering my keyboard and desk, it’s not like I had a choice.  Then I ran a few errands. Exercised.  Went to that 2:30 a.m. showing at the Van Gogh exhibit I told you about.  But that’s it.

So why is it the only writing I got done over two days was two hours of editing on Saturday?

See, I had big plans to enter all my redlines and changes into the computer (I mostly edit in longhand).  I also planned to edit several more chapters.   But here it is late Sunday night and I got squat.

One of the benefits of planning to swear off writing at the end of 2013 is that I can finally acknowledge I DON’T HAVE TIME TO WRITE NOVELS!  Especially not my chocked-full-of-historical-details tomes that call for endless research and meticulous proofing.

Oh, for the wonderful life of the successful full-time writer.  The kind of creature who doesn’t have to hold down a full-time day job.  Who doesn’t have money concerns.  Who can travel and enjoy life and…

Ah, hell!  I can’t even imagine what that would be like.

Anyway, I mentioned cat hair, which brings up the subject of pets, which brings up a story in the New York Times, “A Cat’s 200-Mile Trek Home Leaves Scientists guessing.”  It’s yet another tale of a pet that was lost on vacation but found it’s way back home – and yes, the kitty had a microchip so there’s no mistaken identity here. OMG, I love these kind of stories.  Yes, they’re sentimental, but the mystery of HOW some pets know things they just plain shouldn’t know always intrigues me.

Here’s a personal story.  Years ago my parents were a young couple and living in a suburb of Denver.  My Dad was with the U.S. Geological Survey and spending a few weeks doing field work in Wyoming.  One night my Mom went to bed, but their dog Puppsie wouldn’t let her sleep.  He kept nudging her and acting excited and hanging around the front door.  Finally my Mom got up and was sitting in the kitchen when my father suddenly arrived home.  He wasn’t supposed to return for another day, and back then long-distance phone calls from phone booths were expensive, so he never told my mother about his change of plans.  Puppsie happily greeted him and then went off and fell asleep.

There’s a book by an English biologist that’s called “Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home,” and one of these days I’m going to read it.  The author, Rupert Sheldrake, wrote another book that I did read called “The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Memory of Nature.”  He has this theory about a collective memory in nature which will either freak you out or fascinate you.  I’m fascinated.

Any strange animal stories of your own to tell?  How do you find time to write? Or do you have to sacrifice other parts of your life just so you can write?