Editing the Weekend

on May 5, 2014 in Misc

tired old

First, a fact completely irrelevant to writing…

There’s a product called Tired Old Ass Soak Mineral Bath Salts.  When I saw it at the health food store I almost bought it, just ’cause I loved the label.

As for writing, here’s some good news: I’m actually enjoying my semi-final editing of my second Charity MacCay novel.  I say semi because I’m neurotically never satisfied with anything I write so I always keep tweaking and polishing.  I know some writers dread the editing process, but for me it’s always been easier than writing the first draft.   By the way, Hemingway said he re-wrote the last page of A Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times because he wanted to get the words right.


The kinda bad news is: I did NO editing this weekend.  Why? Well, my sister is in town so when I’m not spending time with her I’m catching up on everything else.  Wanna know what I did today?

I exercised for about an hour.

Cleaned the kitchen

Did two loads of laundry

Finally packed away all my Compass Master research that was taking up room in my office.

Replaced them with file folders of research related to my Charity MacCay books.

Vacuumed around my desk where the boxes of stuff had been, thus scooping up a few year’s worth of dust bunnies.

Got stuff out of my storage unit in the basement that I’ve been meaning to give my sister.

Rearranged the boxes in that unit because they were falling down on me.

Finished vacuuming the rest of my place.

Went grocery shopping.

Took out the recycling and garbage and kitty litter.  And on and on…  Okay, and I watched Mad Men and Masterpiece Theater.

See the photo above of Hemingway?  THAT’S how I wish I’d spent my weekend: just writing and being somewhere out in the wild world.  I swear that next weekend I’m gonna edit and then play outside and do nothing else.  No cleaning, no errands, NO HOUSEWORK!  But at least it’s been good spending time with my sister.

So how was your weekend?  I bet yours was a lot more productive on the literary front than was mine.


16 Responses to “Editing the Weekend”

  1. Hey, now your work area is clean and ready to go! Start writing today.
    I did work on my manuscript this weekend – first time in weeks – and it was awesome.

  2. Helena says:

    Alex – I’m so glad you could work on your ms — no doubt it’ll be another bestseller!

  3. I love taking baths. Being Japanese, I kind of grew up on them. My favorite past time for when a friend from out of town visits is to book us both appointments at the local Japanese spa that basically knows me by name now. I think that there’s nothing better than sitting in an Ofuro bath with a friend, drinking tea, and reclining the head to allow the sliced cucumbers to stay on your eyes. Then afterward, a sit in the steam room for about 30 minutes and then the sauna. Then a full 90-minute kura massage with a massage therapist. That’s my kind of day instead of biking, hiking, or going through some museum or something like that.

    I’ve been house sitting my brother’s dog. But yesterday, I cleaned my apartment up. I vacuumed everything including all the hard to reach nooks and crannies around furniture. Plus I really suctioned my couch. I read that couch cushions can gain up to 30% of their weight from dust mite excrement (which I’m allergic to).

  4. Helena says:

    Michael – A Japanese spa sounds wonderful; it sounds like you know how to relax the right way. And I’ve got to find out what a kura massage is like. The only ones I have are painful but effective therapeutic/deep muscle massages.

    I’m lucky I don’t have allergies, because they really can be terrible, especially when it’s dust mite poop. Blech. But now that your place is clean I hope you feel great. There’s kind of a fung shui element to cleaning a home, isn’t there? As if it affects our energy on a subconscious level.

  5. One day while we were on vacation, I never even opened my laptop. It. Was. Wonderful.

  6. Helena says:

    Carol – Good. For. You!

  7. Hart Johnson says:

    Great to get time with your sister! There are a few things that need to unseat the writing and family is one of them. For me editing is sometimes painful, sometimes fine–totally depends. Usually FIRST edit is really hard and the rest I don’t mind as much. And I TOTALLY need Tired Old Ass Soak Mineral Bath Salts!

  8. Helena says:

    Hart – Don’t ya just love a product named like that? Especially after a hard day of editing.

  9. @Helena: I’m not sure I really understand what Feng Shui is. Whenever I’ve tried to understand it, the definitions and interpretations are different. I just group it with those things that I consider “made up.”

  10. Nas says:

    I’ve done everything but write! Al the best to you!

  11. Helena says:

    Michael – I kind of joke about feng shui, but in reality I can have a strong sensitivity to how a place feels; but that’s more in a comfort or decorating sense. Or maybe it’s just a female nesting instinct.

  12. Helena says:

    Nas – Sometimes sitting down and writing is more relaxing than all the other stuff we do, isn’t it?

  13. Old Kitty says:

    My goodness I’m exhausted by proxy! LOL!! Seriously! You did more in one weekend what I’ll do in a year cos I’m pug-lazy! You deserve a full week of tired old ass mineral baths! LOL! :-) Take care

  14. I could use some of those salts. Sounds like you’ve been busy — now everything can be set aside, and you can edit. I’m a recovering perfectionist, so I try not to allow myself more than five or six passes before a manuscript is ready for the world. Otherwise, it will never be ready.

  15. Helena says:

    Old Kitty – Buying a new house is far more exhausting; I don’t know how you do it!

  16. Helena says:

    Milo – You sound like me when it comes to writing. I’m never satisfied with what I write and keep editing and tweaking and agonizing over every word. But your own writing shows how good you are!