Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Finding Inspiration

Sorry this is a late post. I meant to blog several times yesterday but couldn’t come up with a single thing. It’s been one of those weeks.

But working today while so many people are off, I feel inspired. Why is working the day before a holiday so cool? Am I the only one who likes being at work when only the skeleton crews remain? It’s difficult to describe, but somehow I feel special. Like we’re all in this together. It reminds me of being in a school play, going to the school after-hours when the majority of kids are gone, and the school suddenly seems … smaller, doesn’t it?

I’ve been feeling pretty small in the work place lately, and I won’t bore you with the reasons. With the economy the way it is, I’m sure you can fill in the gory details with simple deduction. But today has a different feel to it. This place feels smaller, and for the first time in the last few weeks of hard-hitting depression, I feel like writing again.

How odd to find writing inspiration in such a strange place.

Where are you finding inspiration this holiday week?


Gwen Hernandez said...

Callie: I know what you mean about working when a lot of people are gone. I like the quiet, less demanding atmosphere, and the camaraderie of those "left behind".

I'm going to be struggling to get writing time in this week with the holidays, but I'm hoping to be inspired on a short vacation to Mobile.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Callie James said...

Thanks, Gwen. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Christine said...

I know what you mean, too. I was a waitress eons ago and one year I had to work on Christmas Day--and the place served US liver and onions (because I lived on site -- long story) and we all bonded over that, too. I still remember that place.

I'm not trying to write for now. Just sent off the GH #2 and am reading contest entries and CPs' manuscripts. Giving my mangled mess a break.

I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Callie James said...

Awesome, Christine! I'm glad you made it in time with the GH #2.

I did not but I'm okay with it. I managed to get GH #1 delivered, at least.

I'm spending the weekend reading contest entries too. I do hope to write. I still have my own deadline to finish this manuscript by the end of the year.

Robin Currie said...

The local Panera motivates me - I finally figured out to take my laptop and use the urge!

M.V.Freeman said...

I like that feeling too Callie, because it is so very few and far between.

As for my inspiration...I am going to find it because tomorrow I don't have to cook. I don't plan on leaving to go anywhere this Holiday weekend. I fully intend to sit and write and get my own self back in gear.

Just the thought that I can have the time to write is making me happier.

I hope you continue to get inspired!

Callie James said...

Hi, Robin. Are you still writing then? A sandwich can be great motivation.

Callie James said...

Mary, we're supposed to be motivating each other, aren't we? I've totally dropped the ball there.

I'm not cooking either! My husband and I are going to his manager's house for dinner. I get to bring a nice smelling centerpiece and I'm done for the day. I'm thrilled about it too. It's the only relax time I'll get this weekend!

Thank you Stan and Lisa!


Louisa Cornell said...

Still trying to get GH entry #1 finished! SIGH! I will be cutting it close overnighting it Monday AM. My inspiration? I already paid the 50 bucks!! Not the mention the fact I promised my agent I'd have this book to her ASAP! I am working tomorrow and Saturday, but I'm off Friday and Sunday so I hope to slam those last 60 or 70 pages down. Wish me luck! My inspiration? I don't want to spend the rest of my life at Wal-Mart!

Carla Swafford said...

Vacation, weekends, beautiful days, rainy days, cold days, warm days, oh, heck every day I find something that inspires me to write. LOL!

M.V.Freeman said...

I have also dropped the ball about motivation...but, the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. (That's a quote I found, Tao I think. I like it)

So...onward we write! Keep going Callie!

Callie James said...

I'm right there with you, Louisa. Best of luck to you!

Callie James said...

Attitude is everything, Carla. I think your Call is right around the corner. :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Callie James said...

Wonderful quote, Mary. I think I'm going to use it to get me through December. :)

Jeanie said...

Callie, I also like to work when there are fewer people around. More of an intimate atmosphere, I guess. Louisa, best of luck with the book and the deadline. You can do it, you've done it before!

As for inspiration from the holidays, too full of good food to feel much like writing right now. Spending quality time with the family watching movies and eating leftovers. Hope to get back in the swing of the writing thing before long, but taking a break right now.