No, I'm not necessarily talking about the small transitions in a story, say, from paragraph to paragraph. Although those can definitely be hard too. (For the record, I usually deal with them by choosing the easiest, most obvious transition I can think of.)
But today I'm thinking more about the bigger transitions. Today, I'm acknowledging that I'm in a funk. And I've been in a funk for a couple of months...just about the time I moved across town into a new home, and just about the time I gave up my research career for scientific writing. I'm in a funk, which is strange because I don't think I should be in a funk. I just bought a new home that I'm totally excited about. I'm loving my job and my boss, and I'm getting paid more than I was before. So, why the blech?
I think back to those (rare) occasions when I finish one story and focus my attention on another. Whenever that happens I tell myself that I should be thrilled that I finished something and thrilled that I get to start something new. But usually I don't feel very thrilled. I feel lost. I feel a nothingness that doesn't help me get very motivated. In my writing, having finished enough stories, I've learned for the most part just to let these phases pass. I might be down, but I know it's temporary.
Well, today I'm realizing that I should probably take the same approach to life. I'm in a funk, but most likely it's temporary and caused by nothing more than the difficulty of transitioning.
So, that's where I am today. And maybe things are finally turning, because I've spent the last three nights working hard on Cyberlama again, and I finally sent in the manuscript for my crime novella, Bread, to a small press after I got the full request over five months ago. With my revisions, I'm taking the Bailey approach and using pen and paper, and really I'm only saying that because I wanted to talk about Bailey. And I also want to say "Tolstoy"!
As for Michelle, I drew a winner from the nice comments on my Monarch post on Monday. The winner is: J.B. Chicoine - writer and painter extraordinaire! J.B Chicoine, you said you were trying to win it, well, here you go! You can thank the Math Goodies Custom Number Generator if you really want. Or you can thank me. I love carrot cake. Please send me your contact info to dmalasarn (at) gmail (dot) com.
We also have another winner from Judy Croome's guest post, "A Wounded Name." S. P. Bowers, you win a free copy of The Story of an African Farm and Judy's own Dancing in the Shadows of Love!
Oh, and one other thing, if you want, you can check out my terry-cloth-monkey-mom interview at the Potomac Review blog here.