During my vacation from my other job – the one where people notice if I don’t show up – I worked on my YA novel which I will refer to as TOTMMCBICSWOIA. (The One That is Making Me Crazy But I Can’t Stop Working On It Anyway).
But as vacation was coming to a close I kind of crashed. I’ve been debating the value of continuing on with this beast. Again. Not the first time. I’ve been torn between 1) I’ve spent so much time on TOTMMCBICSWOIA, how can I stop now? VS. 2) I’ve so much time on TOTMMCBICSWOIA I have to stop and get out while I can.
As the Clash would ask, Should I stay or should I go?
This morning I received a link to a blog post on plot – I believe it’s been linked to and tweeted and all that kind of stuff already but I just read it a moment ago.
And… I think I might actually have a plot in TOTMMCBICSWOIA. Kind of exciting. The scales are tipping toward staying. At least a little longer.
But today I am off to San Francisco! For a Vermont College of Fine Arts west coast extravaganza – and lots and lots of talking about books and writing and being crazy. (TOTMMCBICSWOIA) Very very excited. Faculty presenting are Margaret Bechard, Julie Larios and David Gifaldi – Yay!
For all those high school seniors with one more week to agonize over where to attend school in the fall, I hope they find somewhere they love as much as I love VCFA. Even if it took me several decades to get there. I picked my first college by opening the big book of schools in my high school counselor’s office and blindly sticking my finger in to see where it landed. No wonder about the several decades to figure things out. Now I just hope TOTMMCBICSWOIA doesn’t take that long.
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK