I’ve been crying a lot the last few days. Whether it’s because of hormones, or because of sadness over the cats, it doesn’t matter really. I’ve felt sad, and so I’ve been crying. Or I’ve been frustrated, and so I’ve been crying. Sometimes I’ve been angry, and so I’ve cried. I’ve tried not to judge it too much and just see it as my psyche needing to purge extra feelings.
Not that I haven’t been entitled to extra feelings. I’ve had a frustrating week, I feel. I’ve been feeling the absence of the cats very keenly for some reason. It was the same Moon sign as it was when YinYang died, and it was also the same time in my hormonal cycle as it was when I was dealing with both of their illnesses.
I’ve also been working on my book, which is always frustrating. I do a little bit, and then get stuck. Usually because I’m waiting on edits from other people. I hate to put it that way because it makes me sound ungrateful, which I’m not. I’m extremely grateful for the time other people are giving me towards editing or just plain reading and opinion-giving. I’m starting to get really antsy, though. I want to move forward, and I can’t.
As such, I’m trying to divert my need to write something into other projects, like the other two writing projects that grew out of the primary one: the travelogues, and the one I refer to as “tapestry” which is made of all of the photographs and letters and other objects from my grandmother that tells the story of the women in my family. It sheds a lot of light on the relationship between the women in the family too, at least Mom and Gram anyway. It’s interesting, especially when overlaid onto the history of the timespan it covers. Unfortunately, it’s a fuckload of material. There are letters that span over 70 years, and almost as many photographs. Not to mention all of the genealogical information. I’m drowning in all of that stuff. It’s overwhelming.
The travelogues, on the other hand, are almost written. Their drawback is that they’re dependent on the main project to make sense, to a certain extent. Unless I remove all text that refers to the main storyline. That would make them sound weird, though. I don’t think they’d stand on their own, not all of them anyway. I’d have to try it and see.
Then there are the blogs. I have this one that I’ve been working on that I’m thinking of adopting a daily theme for. I.e. Meditation Monday, Witchy Wednesday, so on and so forth. It would make me stay on top of content and would hopefully draw more traffic.
I’ve also made another site that might not necessarily be a blog per se, but a place to put more formal articles and that is more about me and has my name for a title. A site for a “writer”, as recommended by Writer’s Market, which I’ve been reading for the last two days in the absence of the ability to actually do any writing. I also made a separate Twitter account and am thinking of making separate Facebook and LinkedIn accounts as well. I had a LinkedIn account but recently deactivated it because it was pretty well useless. Then again, I wasn’t using it specifically for writing purposes.
So this one will probably stay pretty much the same topic-wise, it will just get re-organized. The other one will be more formal and will hold my articles that I spend more time and research on and will hold more biographical material.
Looks like I’m really serious about trying to be a professional writer after years of bellyaching about being an amateur one.