I just got home and checked out our blog to see who might have posted and what they had to say. DOH !!! The blogpost I was looking for was mine! I offer my heartfelt apologies and I'd give each and every one of you a jelly donut (MMMM Donuts!) if I could.
I worked the Black Friday sale - 11 pm until 8 am and my mind has been mush ever since. Sorry, but this body is NOT meant to go over 24 hours without sleep. It gives me a serious case of Snow White syndrome. I start out Grumpy move on to Sleepy and eventually become Dopey. Hence my forgetfulness.
I had one of those odd little moments this morning on my way to work. I drive by this particular pasture every day. There are three horses and a pony grazing there every day. They've been there for years. And today they made me smile - a full blown, hey I'm smiling on the way to work (trust me that never happens) smile. It was raining a nice steady rain and I glanced toward the pasture and saw - three horses and a pony wearing RAINCOATS! We're talking each in a different color with a hood over their heads and holes for their ears belted and buttoned up raincoats. I don't really know why it made me smile. They did look rather silly in their brightly colored macks. Perhaps it was because they seemed so comfortable in them. Or maybe it was the idea someone loved these guys enough to go out in the rain and kit them out in raincoats. Whatever it was, it made me smile.
It struck me that writing is sometimes like this. You cruise along writing, grinding out those words and every now and then you take the time to look up, read what you wrote and it makes you smile. Perhaps your characters finally look comfortable in your novel. Perhaps your words fell into place and something about them makes you smile. Perhaps just once every writing day we need to stop and look for the horses in raincoats in our work. Being a "suffering artist" doesn't mean you don't get to smile. It just means you have to look for a reason to smile.
What makes you smile in life? What makes you smile in writing? And do you ever give your characters those moments to smile?