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Hello there!

I am Jedi Dwarf, scourge of the Dark Side,* also known as Susan.  I’m the newest member of the group, but have been writing practically since I was born.  I’m excited to get some feedback from others in my genre(s) and continue work on what I’ve come to think of as The Novel.

I’m still figuring out the odds and ends of blogging, so bear with me.  I’m quite excited at the prospect that this post will go up while I’m away, traveling to my alma mater for a rousing game of football.

Which brings me, somewhat clumsily, to my topic today: writing and traveling.  How do you manage it?  I’m still searching for an answer myself.  After all, traveling, unless it’s an emergency or work-related, is often supposed to be fun–a vacation.  But as you may know, the writer’s brain never turns off.  It churns as you wait to get scrutinized in airport security lines, it plumbs others’ conversations for material as you choke down peanuts and watch clouds go by, and it especially snaps to life once you reach your destination and are assaulted by the sheer foreign-ness of this new place you’ve discovered.

But you’re supposed to be enjoying yourself and maybe be *shudder* social.  You’re supposed to do things.  And you do, and you have fun.  I love traveling.  I love exploring new places.  It’s fuel for my imagination and calms the Air Force brat in me.  If I can’t move every 3-4 years, at least I can pack up and do a mini-move every couple of months, gosh darnit.

But traveling kills, kills my writing.

I’ve tried to bring notebooks along with me, and I’ve thought about returning to writing things out long-hand (a post for another day), but nothing’s really worked.  There’s little time, little privacy, and little energy.  Some vacations, it was okay not to write.  Sometimes you do need a long break from everything.  But others, like this quick jaunt to the Midwest…how do you cope with that?  It’s only three days, but three days is a long time to be away from a draft.  You forget characters, big questions you were going to tackle, and you have to start up all over again. Ugh.

So this time, I’m going to bring along a small notebook and am going to force myself to write at least 500 words a day.  It doesn’t matter if it pertains to stories or is just plain journaling.  It doesn’t matter if it *gasp* has misspellings and grammar mistakes.  I will write.  It won’t completely solve my problems, but hopefully, it’s a step in the right direction.

I’ll also have lots of fun and hopefully not be too tired for the next evil dwarves’ meeting.  Until then, take care!

*Known to tempt writers to procrastination, run-on sentences, and all other means of evil.

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  1. Nicely done Jedi Dwarf, and what of misspellings and grammar errors. If your going to make an omelette you have to break a few eggs. So go break a few eggs, throw them at the MiIlenium Falcon. Egg Princess Leia while your at it. As is often said around the swamp, ‘no good deed goes unpunished.’

  2. susanff

     /  October 14, 2011

    That should be “If you’re…” 😉 😛

    I don’t think I’d egg Princess Leia, she’s one tough cookie. But I’ll take on Darth Vader any day!

    • I don’t know, she has her moments, but man in the first Star Wars she annoyed me to no end for some reason. I liked her better in the secon one.

      • susanff

         /  October 21, 2011

        I mainly love how she keeps Han on her toes. That banter gets much better in the second movie, for sure. Clearly, those two were made for each other. 🙂

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