Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Writing Through Disruptions



Up until two days ago, this was our hall bathroom. There were only two rooms in our entire house not damaged by Katrina: this bath and Steve’s office. If anyone had asked my preferences, the hall bath was the one room Katrina could have utterly destroyed with my blessings—it was pitifully in need of a drastic overhaul. But of course, things never happen that way.

Needless to say, we’ve had a lot of other priorities in the last two and a half years. But renovating the main bath has suddenly become a necessity. Why? Well, the bath was broken into two very small, awkward spaces, with little room to maneuver. And that has suddenly become an issue because as soon as we can arrange it, my mother will be moving in with us.

My mother is ninety now (and no, I’m not a senior citizen; my mom had me very late in life), and we’ve finally had to admit that she can’t continue living alone. She’s still surprisingly spry and agile for her age, but I know that might not always be the case. The time to renovate the bath is now, before she moves in.

There’s going to be a lot of other juggling involved. Steve’s office will become my mom’s bedroom (which means new flooring and a new paint job—I did say it was the other room not hit by Katrina, didn’t I?). Sam’s bedroom will become Steve’s office. Sam is going to be moving into my mom’s house. And then there is the whole musical cats issue—my mom has a cat, Sam has a cat, Steve has three cats, I have two cats…yikes, this would be a lot easier with less cats!

In the meantime, I’m still struggling with the rewrite of THE DEADLIGHT CONNECTION—which has somehow managed to add a hundred extra pages into the manuscript. And I promise I’ll be posting more on applying screenwriting techniques to novel writing. Soon. Inshallah.

6 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I know what you're talking about. Seems like there is always some disruption or potential disruption that has to be dealt with before or during a writing period. So far my summer has started off with several and I've gotten no writing done yet. We'll see.

liz fenwick said...

It's a wonder you can write at all with all that happening!

Steve Malley said...

Everything would be easier with fewer cats, but not nearly as worthwhile...

Sphinx Ink said...

Good luck on the remodeling...I know it will end up being a lovely room. You and Steve have good taste and are both perfectionists, so the finished bathroom will not only look good, it'll be well-constructed.

As for the cats, I agree with Steve Malley, but will broaden his saying to include dogs, too. Everything would be easier with fewer pets, or even none at all, but life would be less worthwhile. Cheers for our furry children!

Sustenance Scout said...

Good luck with the renovations...and the revisions! K.

Shauna Roberts said...

Are you doing these renovations by yourself too? Good luck with them. It's good that your mother can move in while she's still doing well and doesn't feel forced into dependency.