Monday, December 28, 2009

...and back to the grind we go...

Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays!  I don't know about you, but for me, today means getting back to business and work.  My real job anyway.  The holidays are always too short but then again there's always been something about getting back to a normal routine that I love.  And so back to the daily grind I go...

This holiday I managed to get three whole days off in a row (huge for busy season and there were many hours put in to attain said goal)!  I've noticed that time away from my desk and numbers always seems to allow me more brainstorming/creative time for my writing.  While I didn't actually sit at my home computer writing away or even doodling, somehow, magically I felt inspired and now I have the problem of figuring out which new story line I would like to start on first after the new year.  The characters are all fighting it out in my head as I type...they're actually quite loud really...the holidays must have stirred them up.

I find it odd that these things come to me at random moments and times.  In the shower.  Listening to a song on the radio.  Reading another book.  Daydreaming.  There's no way to tell how or when this will happen and it surpises me each and every time.  Part of the fun of writing I suppose and much better than staring at a blank page, which unfortunately, also happens frequently. 

Recently the song "Meet me on the Equinox" by Death Cab for Cutie from the New Moon soundtrack has been very inspirational to me.  My sister bought me this soundtrack for Christmas and so I have her to thank for this one.  I don't know what it is about the song - something about the mood that I feel really fit the book just seems right.  I played it on repeat this morning on my way to work as I brainstormed my new story in my head.  And no, it has nothing to do with vampires at all...but it does involve young teenage love and so my brain seems to work best when in that mood.  I listened to it six times.  Thank goodness I ride alone because I'm not sure others would have the patience for it.

So - how was everyone else's holiday?  I hope you each had time to spend with family and friends and found whatever it is that keeps you going.  For me - it was a time to remember all the wonderful things and people I have around me and to really think about what I want and need out of life.  Let the new year's resolutions begin! 




  1. Still on holiday here! (I've no day job, but the hubby is taking time off from his.)

    I'm always inspired by music! Guilt Machine's album is my big inspiration at the moment.

  2. I'm still on holiday! But so glad you had some time off. It sounds like you are crazy busy and the ideas are shooting off in you life fireworks. Hope it stays that way. I'll have to check out Death Cab for Cutie. I love songs that can inspire you like that. Right now it's Sia's Breathe Me for me as well as Him's In Joy and Sorrow. It fits the mood of my latest manuscript.

    Hope you're having a wonderful holiday season.

  3. My holiday isn't over yet. I have at least two more weeks of free time (from school). I love Death cab for Cutie, their songs are inspiring!

    Have a great day :)

  4. I got the New Moon soundtrack as well, but so far have only listened to the Muse song. My song on repeat currently is "Your Love is a Song" by Switchfoot. Also, "Santa Will Find You" by Mindy Smith. So what if Christmas is over?!

  5. I love that soundtrack. At first, not so much, but not I LOVE IT! I loved most of the songs before I saw the movie, but after I saw the movie, I loved all of the songs! Very inspiring. I also find the Twilight soundtrack inspiring, as well as the new Paramore cd.

    Hope you have a Happy New Year!

  6. When I'm writing a book I listen to certain songs on repeat in the car. Music is very inspiring. Love that song, by the way.

  7. I'm so jealous of all of you still on holiday! Please enjoy a little R&R for me!

    I'm making a list this morning of all your suggestions and plan on downloading them to Itunes tonight! I love all kinds of music and I love finding something new!

    Kimberly - I LOVE paramore as well. My sis got me tickets to see No Doubt this past year and it was an amazing concert...paramore opened for them and I was an instant fan.