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Sisyphus (photo via Yahoo images)

“No, I do it. I do it.” Followed almost immediately by “Mommy, help!”

This is what I’ve been hearing several times a day lately from my three-year-old. Yes, he has reached that age where finding the delicate balance between independence and security is a tricky proposition indeed. And I don’t think we ever really grow out of that stage, do we?

Definitely not if we’re writers!

Writing is a solitary activity when it comes to actually sitting your butt in the chair and writing. But before that time comes, there’s a lot of brainstorming and thinking out loud (listeners optional) and sharing and commenting and revising and encouraging…

I’m glad that I’ve found the ROW80 and blogging friends. The encouragement is so helpful. And at times, when the words won’t come and writing even one. more. sentence. makes it seem like Sisyphus had it easy, knowing I have a group of people in my (virtual) corner definitely makes a difference!

So, in terms of actual writing, not much has happened in the past few days. But there has been a lot of what I like to call percolating happening. I’ve got several story and poem ideas percolating in my brain, words and phrases and images swimming around, jostling for various levels of attention, coming in and out of focus and waiting for that moment when it will just be right to let them out.

When I try to explain the percolating thing to my non-writing friends, they just look at me like I’m crazy. Of course, they do that a lot anyway, so I’m used to it. But I know that you will get it.

And, of course, I’ve been keeping up with the reading a short story every day. I’m still fascinated with Neil Gaiman, but I’ve also recently discovered Lydia Davis. I firmly believe that all this reading is helping with the percolating. And for me, the percolation stage is absolutely vital to my process.

So, while I’ve been relying on the help of  these published writers as well as my virtual community, there will come a time, and I think it will be soon, when I’ll sit down, ready to write, and do it!

Here are the status updates for all the other intrepid  ROW80 writers!

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