Thursday, July 5, 2012

THIS IS THE SPORT


I've been writing like crazy.
It's been good.
Every summer it's like this and I love it.
I write all day.
Depending on the project (half the summer I spend editing the next year's manuscript and the other half, I'm writing new words) I have a word count goal. When I meet the goal, I get to go to the pool and swim.


The last two days have been amazing. I wrote over 4,000 words a day and went swimming as a reward and the water is 86 degrees and laps are easy to do and it's just awesome.

I said to Mr. King last night, "Dude, look at me. I'm as happy as I've ever been. I love writing new words. I love my job. My life rocks." Right after that, I beat him in a ping pong match 2 games to nil. I was on fire.

Then, I woke up this morning to the next editorial letter which is like the 15 minute warning whistle at the pool. It indicates this:

YOU HAVE A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME BEFORE THE BLISS RUNS OUT.

It's not that I don't like editing. I love editing. I have been quoted about editing. In today's letter, my editor reminded me of this quote and I will share it with you.

Last time we talked edit letters, she wrote and said, "Thanks for being such a good sport about revision."

I replied and said, "I'm not a good sport. THIS IS THE SPORT."

You've heard it before. Writing is revision.
It is.
It is.
Writing is revision.

But sometimes, I love that feeling of new words. It's like easy laps. It's the joy of getting on the diving board and getting air enough from the spring to nail a perfect inward pike.

Today, I tweeted this.


I know I will feel like that in a week's time.
I'm not a dramatic person, but I tell the truth and the truth is: I will feel like that in a week's time. 

And so, I'm going back to the bliss until the whistle blows.

Go swim.


4 comments:

Kristen Pelfrey said...

I've said it before. I'm going to keep saying it. In fact, maybe it's time for t-shirts.
A.S. KING IS A ROCKING AWESOME GODDESS.
It would look good on a cape, too.

Liviania said...

My takeaway from this: I wish I had a pool. Why did the city put in a rec center without a pool? What was the point of that?

A.S. King said...

Liv, our pool is the shizz. We volunteer like a few hundred hours a year to run it, which can get pretty stressful with all the new laws and all the old jobs that have to get done. Then, we have to listen to the few snarky gossipy people every summer who like to criticize it (but who don't show up for meetings or to help) but those moments in the water? Are worth every. Single. Minute.

What is a rec center without a pool? I do not know.
I do not know.

Kristen YOU ARE THE SHIZZANG.

Matthew MacNish said...

I'm trying to appreciate the little things right now. Like weekends - the only time I have time to write - but the old day job is making it pretty frackin difficult to appreciate anything right now.

Sigh. I still need an ARC of Ask the Passengers. Who should I beg for that?