The present is harder to write about than I thought it would be!
Mainly because right now, I'm writing the HOURGLASS sequel, and I'm facing a scary scary impending Deadline of DOOM.
So it's a little crazy pants around here. I keep forgetting to eat, and to brush my hair. I don't move for long periods of time, except to type. My behind is spreading out like butter melting in a skillet, without even the promise of pancakes once I'm all done.
But, I will have created another story, hopefully one you'll enjoy. The sequel is different from HOURGLASS in lots of ways. It's stretched me as a writer and as a person.
It's funny how writing fiction can make you look at real life differently. I believe the present is about learning from past mistakes, and trying to figure out how to apply the lessons to the future.
Here are some things I've learned lately:
1. Because my time with my family is so sparse right now, I'm trying to be intentional when I am with them. I look into their eyes and focus on listening to what they're saying, instead of mentally plotting/writing and only half-listening. I try to be "present" in the moment with them, if you will.
2. I've learned, the hard way, that I need to be thinking about what I'm doing, about my "present" business, which is writing book two.
Several times I've come across people talking about HOURGLASS on Twitter. It had all been lovely and kind, until about a week ago, when I saw my writing and my story get, as we say in the South, LIT UP.
It was so ... O_o
But it taught me a really solid lesson.
3. I try to be intentional with my family. I try to be about my own business. But outside of my tiny world is a whole big world, with people who live and breathe.
Our state of mind can color the way we see things. For me, choosing kindness over controversy means that my soul is quiet. When my soul is quiet, I am in the moment, instead of worrying about what has been said or what will be said. There's no worry for wrongs of the past, there's no anger to anticipate in the future.
4. I'm choosing to live in the space in the hourglass that filters the sands of my past into the sands of my future - the immediate moment.
The tiniest window of time, and the only one in my control.
What are you learning right now? Why do you love living in the present?