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The writing saga continues. I had a blitzkrieg of stories fly through my brain last week. The one I shared here was directly inspired as I sat with Nina, but the others came through dreams. I thought they would all be separate stories, but now I see them weaving together into one. There are themes for sure and plot ideas to be worked out, but I'm writing it.

The thing is, I find myself getting hung up on wanting to make the words sing the first time around and it's making for a very halting and painful writing process. In contrast to the mini-story, which just flowed right out of my fingers, the writing of the dream-inspired story is harder and I feel like it's because I'm trying to catch all the sensory details, meaning I keep going back and adding to or deleting from sentences. I've already jotted down (okay, typed up) the skeleton details of the dream, so now I'm going back and fleshing it out. I just feel like I'm trying so hard... anyway, I just wanted to update for anyone wondering.

So for those of you who were wanting more of the first story, there will be more. I'm not sure how much yet, but there will. And the point-of-view will probably change. Or not. I haven't decided who the main voice of the story will be yet, the mother or the baby, because I haven't decided yet if the mother escapes her fate or if her fate changes.

The weekend at the Hualapais derailed my "Artist's Way" habit, but I'm starting again tonight with chapter two. As before, getting those artist dates in is hard, harder than any other thing I've tried. The exercises? Psht -- no problem. Introspection and reflection? Feh -- I eat that stuff for breakfast. But ask me to take my artist self out to "fill the well" and I'm as stuck as a zit-afflicted fourteen year old stuttering through a date proposal.

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