What a difference a month makes! Last month at this time I was, in the words of Anne of Green Gables, in “the depths of despair.” Would it have helped if I had been warned I could suffer a bout of weepiness and depression after a major surgery? Or would the power of suggestion been enough to bring it on? Not to mention the whole hormonal situation.
But I am back and the Muses are at least whispering great little bits of description and dialog! Life is good and all is well. I’m preparing to be a guest featured author next week at Goodread’s American Historical Fiction Book Club and looking forward to that. And tonight I have a supper date with dear friend and fellow author/blogger Kelly Z. Conrad!
Not surprisingly, the hypothesis for this 4th book is changing again. At this point I can’t even consider it an idea–not even an embryonic one! At the moment, I have this pool of great characters scrabbling for attention and a home in the world of print, and I just don’t know how best to situate them.
But they are wonderful characters (especially the 3 cats, the gray parrot and the German Shepherd) and I hope one day I can do them justice!
So yes, I am actively writing again, if you consider scribbling down fragments of ideas and journaling as active writing–and I do!
So for all intents and purposes, I declare myself back from my hiatus of recovery and depression.
I’m back, baby!
If you are a member of Goodread’s American Historical Fiction Book Club and a fan of The Puritan Chronicles, I have a treat for you! I will be a guest host author the week of May 27! We will be doing a giveaway and discussing the Puritan Chronicles series. If you aren’t a Goodreads member, it’s free and easy to join.
Hope to see lots of my readers there!
Before my knee surgery, Dave and I were taking an evening stroll in our neighborhood, and noticed a little gray mouse paying us no attention as it scurried purposefully down the sidewalk.
Then yesterday evening Dave and I were sitting on the porch watching the storm clouds gather, when I looked down and what should pop its furry little head over the edge of our porch but a little gray mouse!
The little guy hoisted himself over the edge of the porch after clambering up our honeysuckle bushes. He saw the porch was already occupied and by the time I pointed and said to Dave, “Mouse!” he had shimmied back down over the edge and disappeared.
So, it got me thinking of the symbolism of Mouse, and I found this :
Mouse symbolism is that of scrutiny. Mouse represents seeing everything through a magnifying glass, up-close and personal. Mouse is a fearful creature because it is food for many other animals. However Mouse has great power that we can all learn from. Mouse has the ability to see the little details that others might miss; the ability to see a situation for what it really is. The insignificant details passed over by the rest of us could become very important to Mouse. This can be a good thing but it can also be the weakness of Mouse if taken too far. Scrutinizing every last detail can sometimes be unnecessary and harmful. If the symbol of Mouse is being presented to you then this could mean that there is something or some situation in your life that you need to look at closer. The opposite could also be true. Maybe the message is telling you that you’re scrutinizing the details of your life too much, out of balance with trust? Mouse could also be warning you of danger and asking you to pay more attention to what you are doing. Is there some details you are missing right now? Maybe you have a business deal shaping up and Mouse is asking you to read the fine print? Mouse is asking you to honor your perceptions, pay attention to the details in a balanced way; stay focused and on track with your goals; be on the lookout for hidden details that might be harmful or beneficial. Examine everything carefully. Take care and look closely. This is the message of Mouse!
So what details am I missing? Am I scrutinizing something too much? I know for the past month I have been worrying about the future. THAT has got to stop.
I know I need to stay in the moment. FOCUS! My mind is finally clearing and my attention span is lengthening as I recover from the surgery, and hopefully soon I’ll get back onto the writing path!
So I have to meditate and consider Mouse’s message. Be careful, look closely. Pay attention to detail.
I can do that 🙂
It’s been 2 weeks and 1 day since my knee replacement surgery. Knee is doing great. My back is the main physical complaint right now, but worse than that is my moods.
I’ve been told that after surgery your moods take a beating just as your body has, so that explains a lot. I am fidgety and weepy and in need of engaging with others all the time. But, every day I do continue to feel better.
Today is the best day yet. I had a good physical therapy session, then of course we went to Supreme Buffet, because that place just makes Dave so happy! The above photo is of my fortune in my cookie, and I thought it was pretty timely because I haven’t been feeling like being creative, not even READING! But if I DO climb out of the muck of inertia and DO something, I feel much better.
So as I continue to recover and heal physically, I am more mobile now and free to do whatever I like (“as long as you don’t fall,” the Dr. says!). So if nothing else I intend to start journaling again.
Here’s hoping May is a good month for all of you!