I’m in my favorite sweats and zip-up hoodie, sitting in this window seat with a stack of books, pages to be edited, and this long overdue blog post to write.
Oh, and because it’s a fun fact, this window seat just happens to be in the bed and breakfast where we had our wedding, three years ago this very week.
And they have coffee. Like, good coffee, complete with a delicious breakfast.
Today is lovely.
I’ve been trying to pinpoint the reason I haven’t been blogging as much lately. It’s not because I don’t want to, or because I don’t like it, or because I’ve forgotten. It’s partially because time is flying by. Much of it is due to more focus with revisions, as I’ve mentioned.
Mainly? While tackling this huge project, my days — though productive and lovely — have started to look the same. I’m kind of doing you a favor, I think, by not bombarding you with daily iterations of, “Oh, and today — just like yesterday, and tomorrow — I got up, had coffee, sat at (black chair by the window with Mr. Cat draped across my lap/desk with Crazy Kitten/favorite Starbucks table) and worked on making my scenes better. I got stuff done — probably not as much as I wanted to, but still. Progress.” I don’t want to bore you.
I started thinking, though, that this is probably still information worth sharing. Maybe someone might even find it encouraging. Because, really? Consistency and diligence and focus is kind of the goal. And redundant as it may be to report, I’m actually doing well with this goal. (I don’t mean to make anyone feel guilty by saying I’m doing well, by the way. Not every goal is going so well. Perhaps I should make another post altogether for goals I’m not doing so hot with.)(Creativity Workshop, I had good intentions. Truly. I did.)
Even with progress being made, it’s nice to break up the routine and write at a new place this weekend. I brought stacks of work, even though it’s a mini-vacation of sorts, because I think there’s a certain freshness that comes from writing in a bright, clean, unfamiliar, quiet, complimentary-coffee-at-the-ready kind of place. Words and ideas look fresh here. Focus feels sharper.
I think this is largely due to the window seat.
Here’s to focus and freshness and summer sun. What do you guys do when you want to — or need to — to spice up life with a little freshness? How’s everyone doing out there?