something rare: a real day off

So this is my fourth day off. And by that I mean: I don’t have a deadline hanging over my head. I can fiddle on the computer or watch movies or play with the dogs, and really enjoy doing those things because there’s no little voice in my ear screaming deadline! deadline! alert! deadline!

I really hate that little voice.

Right now, for example, I’m going to talk to the Mathematician about getting take out (because day off = no cooking) and then I’m going to take an early bath and go watch television. Probably I’ll fall asleep in front of the television, and that’s okay too.

The only thing I regret is that I intended to make gingerbread, and I haven’t got around to it. Spicy gingerbread, cut in squares, warm. With whipped cream on top. It’s something I associate with the autumn, along with the smell of wool socks drying on a radiator — except we don’t have any radiators. Which is actually kind of sad.

Every once in a while, I catch the sound of my characters whispering behind the curtain. The curtain which will stay drawn until Monday. They can mutter back there all they want, I’m not starting until Monday. Nathaniel in an impatient mood doesn’t scare me. No siree. He will just have to find something to do until I’m ready to start taking dictation. I’ll admit I’m a little irritated with him myself because he showed up the other day and I asked him who was in Paradise just now, and he wouldn’t give me a straight answer. I’m assuming Luke and Jennet and the boys are in Montreal, but when I said so, he gave me one of his looks.

We have to work on our communication, or the next year is going to be rocky.

7 Replies to “something rare: a real day off”

  1. So you’d be the one ta bug about the best way ta go about making a gingerbread house then! Kidding, I’l manage somehow…You just relax, you’ve earned it. Tell Nathaniel to go check the traplines, that’l keep him busy for a few days.

  2. So glad to hear I’m not alone when it comes to characters not shutting up. Mine talk to me frequently, usually saying or doing the most amazing things when I’m away from my computer, so I’ve taken to keeping a notebook and pen nearby at all times so I can jot things down before I forget. Though I do find that if the idea for a scene or a piece of dialog is a really good one, it’ll stick in my mind for ages, growing and expanding and more often than not, changing (for the better) as the day goes on.

    Peta…

  3. Nice layout!!!

    Nathaniel!! Nathanielllll!!! Can you hear me?? it’s Robyn tell Luke I Love him!!!

    Oops sorry Rosina, thought I’d take the chance to have my voice heard :D and to let Luke know he’s one hot man!!!

    I can’t wait for my book to arrive…the boys eh? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN!!

    Okay I’m all better now!! As you can see by my over use of exclamation points :D

  4. Rosina–

    You know what would be sooooo incredible (she said, from the relative safety of thousands of mileds)? An Into the Wilderness Companion, like Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series Companion. All those delicious details we love to read about to know more, ever more about Nathaniel, Elizabeth, Luke, Jennet, Hannah, and company.

    *innocent grin*

    But I know you couldn’t possibly start it until at least Monday. This is your weekend off, and all.

  5. Day off? What do you mean day off? Get back to writing! I can’t wait another day to go back to paradise to catch up with everyone and see how Ben and Hannah are doing!

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