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Sep. 26th, 2012 | 03:04 am

If you sit in your hotel room in Mexico and waste a rainy afternoon, does it still count as a writing date if you finish at 2AM? How much coffee is too much? If on the third cup you begin to vibrate, does it add emotional resonance to your work? After an intense emotional discussion--let's not call it a fight--with your paramour, followed by a brisk walk, how many Mexican taxi drivers have to whistle at you before you feel better, and just how racist will you feel basking in their gentle admiration while secretly admitting you don't find Mexican men attractive?

And why not? Is it their shortness, their stony Mayan profiles, their weird range of ages in which they apparently skip from not-old-enough-to-drink to responsible-Papi with no in-between? Is it your terrible, not-even-high-school quality Spanish, that strips all nuance from meaning, causing them to kindly switch to English for your benefit? The fact that 90% of them are trying to sell you something? That you aren't clever enough to come up with a kind but firm rebuttal to "Almost free, Señora, almost free!" or that you want to punch the next silversmith or shoemaker or t-shirt-seller who asks if you're on your honeymoon? Whatever happened to the days of the Mexican divorce?

How many rainy days or too-hot days or emotional-turmoil days do you get before writing is a hobby and not a vocation (or an avocation, let's be generous)? How many days does the muse let you call in sick before you're fired?

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What are you writing this week, or what are you fighting?


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Andrea Blythe

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from: blythe025
date: Sep. 26th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
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If you are writing at all, no matter if you're sneaking it in in small spurts whenever and wherever you can, then you are having a "writing date." Even just scribbling a few maundering thoughts in your blog is enough for the muse to take note.

Besides, every mind occasionally needs a vacation. :)

(And rainy afternoons in Mexico are never wasted.)

I'm fighting packing for Germany. It'll be a mad dash the night before I have to leave... I know it. Words are getting edited on the zombie/Bluebeard story, which I plan to send out for beta-reading tomorrow. :)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Oct. 1st, 2012 12:56 pm (UTC)
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Good point! Hope Germany is terrific and looking forward to reading your story!

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