Fiction Daily.
A blog on writing, writers and why we read. Posted most mornings by Marion Blackburn.
Small upheavals-good news for writing?
If you've been reading a while, you know that for me, organization is a big part of writing. Whether ordering notes and ideas, or just clearing off my desk, it seems whenever I'm not writing I'm cleaning up.

So in preparation to get down to business on the novel, French translations, Buddhism and other projects in the new year, I am re-ordering my office. For a Christmas and birthday gift, my mom is having a couch recovered for me, which I will bring into the office sometime next month. There's also an old art deco chair which she's having redone.

Thinking about having a real couch and small table in my office is exhilarating. At last I'll have a place to sit that's not in front of a computer. A place to think and have stacks of books to read, big dictionaries, paper.

It's also scary. I'll probably have to move the large dresser that's been in my family for decades out of here. It's just too big. It will probably go into the bedroom, which is very light and airy. I don't want that to change. I'll have to clean out my closet to make room for clothes.

At the same time, the mandala I brought back from Atlanta after the teachings by His Holiness needs to be reframed. It's just not big enough to hang over my desk.

Meanwhile, there are the notes, files, papers, old make-up, soaps, clothing and junk everywhere in my closet and under my sink. All this must go. Oh, the bathroom needs fixing and the attic and loft should be cleaned out.

So what does all this have to do with writing? Maybe a lot. Maybe I do need order for mental clarity. Or, maybe it's just another delay tactic.

That's what we'll find out.

2007-11-24 12:40:28 GMT
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