I’ve officially got zero excuses to not get to work on writing…and finishing…Book 2 of War’s End.
As of 10am this morning the recovered drive and data was in our hands and I just returned from the grocery store to find…everything right where it should be.
It was amazing to see it there, in front of me, and it was the first file I opened. 43,979 words, 1/3 to 1/2 complete, with the full story line plotted out.
In some ways, having my data lost was a good thing.
Really, Christine? A good thing? You feeling okay?
For one, it gave me some time to do other things, and that isn’t such a bad thing. Sometimes I get too wrapped up in one thing, to the exclusion of all others.
For two, it was a reminder of just how much I have done, so far, with my life. That I have gotten to this place where I can honestly say, “This is what I want to do with the rest of my life. I want to live and write, create and write, garden and write, and love, and laugh, and exist, and share knowledge…and write. For the rest of my days. Until my fingers and brain tire of stringing words and thoughts together.”
How many times in your life have you thought, “I can’t do that, it would take so long, and there is so little time.”
I thought that about college, time and again, over the eleven years of on again off again schooling it took to attain my itty bitty little Associate’s degree. But I’m damned glad I did it. I even learned to enjoy Algebra…and that took some doing.
I thought that when I contemplated having a second child EIGHTEEN YEARS after my first, and only child was born. My two girls, so amazing, so special.
I thought that whenever I dreamed of War’s End, of the Chronicles of Liv Rowan yet to be written, and Gliese 581. But War’s End is in print, and WE2 is 1/3 to 1/2 of the way done (now that I have my files back).
In the end, all we have is time. How we use that time says volumes about us. I plan to use my time to create, live, inspire, and laugh…as much as is humanly possible.
How about you?
Update: It’s now 4:30 p.m. and I’ve written just over 1,000 words. Now its time to stop and prepare for my class tonight. First time teaching the Edible Landscaping class, and I’ve got no babysitter and Dave’s in class. So I’m hoping Emily is cooperative tonight!