I’m between books. The second round of Billabong Bend edits aren’t back yet, and I’m on a self-imposed writing break. It’s necessary for writers to take a holiday sometimes. To read, to play, to fill up the creative well – and to do all those chores that get neglected when a manuscript is in full swing. I’m not a naturally tidy person, not by a long shot, but right now the house and garden are neat. The feed and tack rooms are spick and span. I’m doing that nesting thing pregnant women do before giving birth – getting the environment in order so I can devote myself to my new baby/story. So I’ve made a list – It’s time to start writing a new story when:
1. You go to water the pots and wind up weeding, repotting and fertilising every one.
2. You go to the wardrobe to get a shirt and wind up organising all your clothes by colour.
3. Your usually messy office is spotless.
4. You start raking up sticks around the house and end up with a massive bonfire pile.
5. You have defragged your computer, scanned for errors, and backed up files.
6. Shoes that are usually piled higgledy-piggledy in a box are placed neatly on shelves.
7. You have oiled the saddles and bridles.
8. You have discovered the random article button on WikiHow
9. You look for a coloured pencil and wind up sorting and sharpening them all.
10. You start checking out different social media networks like Pinterest, Vimeo, Tumbler, StumbleUpon, FourSquare, Reddit, Wattpad, Flickr, DeviantArt, Delicious, and BookLikes. You begin to create any accounts you don’t yet have.
11. The dogs are bathed and groomed.
12. The new story is calling out to be written.
Okay, I’ve ticked them all off my list. New book, here I come …