Did you know that I used to be a waitress? I’ve mentioned that, here and there, but it was longer ago than my eldest child is old, now, and sometimes I don’t even think about it –
But then, something reminds me…and it’s like I’m back at the Old Faithful Inn again, at lunchtime, staring at over 600 customers clamoring for 300 seats, half hungry after seeing geothermal forces erupting more or less on schedule, and the other half in a rush to get out there and see the geyser cone blow its top, as though they’ve forgotten its name in a place that bears it –
Ummm, it’s called Old Faithful for a reason, folks. It isn’t putting on a show; it’s just doing what it’s done for a very long time now. It doesn’t need you there to do it, and it’ll do it again so predictably that there is actually a schedule posted just outside the restaurant…
Oh. Where was I?
Oh, yes. Waitressing in Yellowstone.
When a waiter is overwhelmed, and struggling to tend to their tables, it’s known as being “in the weeds”. No one wants to be “in the weeds”. I used to have nightmares of having those 300 seats to tend to all by myself – and no matter what people ordered, I could only deliver stacks of folded laundry (years after this, Old Navy did a commercial that gave me flashbacks…)
I’m a bit in the weeds with my writing, just now. Mostly, it’s due to a focus on NaNo prep and OctPoWriMo and my abscessed tooth, for which I am on a fairly strong antibiotic. My focus and stamina are on getting better, and the big stuff, so lots of little stuff is falling like leaves into those weeds…
But maybe it’s a good thing. I’m feeling a creative surge coming on, bubbling up like the hot sulfurous waters rumbling underfoot before they roar up from beneath the surface.
I’ll settle into my little weedy nest. It’s early days, still, and there’s no need to rush things that will happen in their own time. I’ll let images and ideas grow in this fertile soil, while I rest a little, and regain my strength, and prepare…
How are you feeling, with 9 days down and 71 to go? Are you where you want to be, soaring along? Nestling down into the weedy places with me? Migrating, with a new nest far away to look forward to?
I include only those goals I addressed during the session. I’ll assess my progress on all October goals at the end of the month, and my progress toward my 2014 goals at the end of the round.
Short Story Revisions for Submission
Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems. On target.
Share each feature post to 3 diverse places. On target.
I think so, for those I completed.
Maintain blogging schedule; find a comment rhythm that supports a 2-3 day turnaround. Not so much…
I’ve been dealing with a badly abscessed tooth since Saturday. It’s feeling better, but I seem to be moving in slow motion; my brain is fatigued and a bit muzzy, and this area took a direct hit.
I’m a post behind, and comments are backed up for about 5 days.
Will be a focus this next session.
Scene of my waitress nightmares…
Finish plotting The Earth Doth Move (for NaNoWriMo 2014) by October 31. On target.
- G/M/C/D’s complete for 2/3 characters, and in progress for the last.
- G/M/C/D’s complete: 54/60 scenes.
I’ll do scene summaries and Cheat Sheets together, for efficiency.
Complete OctPoWriMo Challenge; write 31 poems in October. On target.
- 14/31 complete.
Lunch at the OFI – that trout is delicious, and the pickle is kosher!
Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level. Target attained!
Read at least one of the TBR books on the bookcase by my bed. On target.
- My Stroke of Insight: page 49/199.
Stay current with my two FutureLearn classes; Shakespeare and His World and Exploring Play. Not so much…
- I didn’t have the focus or endurance to fit these in more than once or twice.
Yes, I’ve been to the Crow’s Nest- terrifying and beautiful!
Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts). On target.
- Smoothies:1; Yogurt: 2. Nuts off this week’s menu, due to dental issues.
Eat broth or vegetable-based soup at least once each week. Target attained!
- My Accomplice brought me acorn and butternut squash soups – delicious, especially the acorn! Goal met with delighted taste buds.
ROW80 Sponsor duties:
Visit my “team” twice weekly. Target attained! Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit. Target attained!
And a last, lingering look before I go weave some new leaves into my weedy little nest!