On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

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Friday, November 18, 2005

Day Job v. Writing

Day job v. writing. I was working yesterday, indexing documents (my current project) and thinking more of my writing than normal when I went into the kitchen to get some tea. “We go through cups like there’s no tomorrow,” said my neighbor in the next cubicle who takes care of the kitchen (it's part of her personality to ensure everything in the office is tidy). I murmured something, I don’t even know what as I jolted back into reality. Here she was thinking about styrofoam cup supplies and I was in a tall forest of golden sunlight talkng with the Sidhe, thinking of crafting an urban fantasy.

Since she’s worked with me for years, she knows my mind goes off and twists a bit…but this dichotomy was deeper yesterday. We would have been totally baffled by each other.

Then there's the guy who asked, when he learned I was a writer, if as I was doing normal things, I wrote in my head like "Robin turns down the short hallway, seeing her reflection in the glass door...." I said no. Maybe I think of dialogue, but it isn't about me.

If possible, may you be lost in musings today, and if not, well, you can always work on the kitchen...


Blogger Michele said...

Heh, Me?
I work IN the kitchen....
BBQ Country Style Spare Ribs tonight.....fresh potato & egg salad with a side of green beans.
I wonder if there is any Italian bread around?

10:21 AM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Oh, yum. Good thing I'm eating lunch...then off to Harry Potter tonight.


1:30 PM  
Blogger CE Murphy said...

*snicker* Several months ago, when I was working on THUNDERBIRD FALLS, which is written in first person, I got up and went to the kitchen and got some gorp and tossed it into my mouth, and thought, and this is *exactly* what I thought:

"This isn't," I thought, "exactly what I wanted. Maybe I was thirsty instead of hungry.""

Then I thought, less clearly, 'crap, I'm thinking about myself in the active first person,' and then, in the active first person voice again, "Well, this can't be a good sign."

I *never* do that. I thought it was both horrifying and really funny. :)

3:18 PM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Catie...sounds funny, but as long as it is only occasional I guess it's ok...until you turn to "We..." And I'd imagine that this would be mostly an idiosyncracy when writing in first person. I used some first person present in Heart Quest and it's interesting...I've never even considered writing first person present.

Smooches, enjoying and envying that Ireland experience -- though I did know about stoves and NATURALLY since I'm a tea drinker, electric kettles -- we usually stay at a place with a kitchenette.

7:56 AM  

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