There are times when I can’t stitch: when my hands hurt when holding a project and stitching and when I’m taking care of DH (or worrying about him). But DH is all better now and the stress has gone away.
In January, my hands bothered me a lot and even the wax bath wasn’t relieving the pain for more than a day or two. I needed something else to occupy my time. I’ve always wanted to write, so I bought a couple books about starting to write to see if that would occupy my mind. It really took off!
I started a quick 5-page outline of a story that came quickly to mind. By the beginning of February, I had added to it, changed lots of things, but still had no ending. Hmmm. I kept reading books about plot, conflict, developing characters, etc. By the end of February I had a detailed 25-page outline of the book (the ending still not written).
I started writing the book at this point. I had a couple chapters done by mid-March when I went to Tennessee to meet my new granddaughter Emmi. Then DH had his knee replacement and you know how all that went. But sitting here the last six weeks taking care of DH and keeping track of all the medications, I had a lot of free time. I tried stitching, but never got more than 30 minutes at a time. So I picked up the outline for my book and went back to writing.
I read a lot of Cozy Mysteries, shorter books (150-250 pages usually), that don’t have violence or swearing. A body is found and the mystery needs to be solved. That is the type of book I’m working on. I worked on it most days and my goal was 500 words a day. But I really got into it and I found that most days I was writing over 1,000 words a day and the last week before DH was released from all medication, I wrote 13,000 words – and I have an ending, finally. The first draft of the manuscript is 37,000 words and 174 pages.
I know it’s a mess. It needs more conflict, better chapter endings, more detail about many of the characters. There are more scenes to add, some to delete, and a million other things. BUT, I’ve had a ball writing this! Ideas for improving it pop up all the time, so I keep a 5×7 folio with me all the time. I jot down ideas, even write a short scene sometimes. I don’t know when this will be ready for anyone else to read, but I’m going to keep at it. I’m really enjoying writing.
And my hands haven’t hurt even one day for the last month or so!
And I’ve gotten back to a stitching schedule again as well. Last Friday was the first day working upstairs in the morning, working on my rug for two mornings and Penelope’s stocking for two days. No needlepoint report this month, but I’ll have lots for next month, I promise. Cross stitch downstairs has also picked up some. I’ll show that to you on June 15th. It feels good to have things back to “normal.”