With the husband away, I’ve been keeping busy, mainly with sewing, although a few other tasks have come to hand. Tonight I did some reading of The Hawk; usually I read first thing in the morning, but then usually I don’t write a blog entry this late in the day.
Usually by now the husband is home, dinner has been partaken, and I’m content to ramble with the man I love. But this week isn’t like most weeks I know.
Now, I could say that about much of 2014; usually my loved ones don’t undergo chemotherapy. Usually I don’t fashion quilts. Usually I’m writing… Writing, hmph! Not much of that this year, but perhaps that’s foreshadowing the way my life is looking to evolve. Less words, more fabric, hehehe. Um, hey, fabric, pretty colourful fabric…
No, no, this post is about writing, or the lack of it, but sometimes in order to write correctly one must look back at what was written, or think about what is going to (eventually one of these days) be written. Because one of my favourite parts of writing is foreshadowing. It’s like being able to see into the future, gleefully taking stock of all that is still to come.
Now, I have no idea what’s happening tomorrow. I mean, I can assume what will or won’t occur, but within the confines of fiction, I’m aces with the realizations! Okay, I’m pretty good at it, and The Hawk is a perfect example of how sometimes I’m even smarter than I know. Of course, it would takes ages for me to give the background on this or that plot line to fully illustrate just how clever I am, although clever isn’t truly the correct word; damned lucky are the best words to describe how I fall into writing. I am gosh darned blessed to put this scene here, that twist there, and only in reading over the whole bleeping enchilada do I get to savour that, well, blessedness. Not luck at all, merely the awareness of writing something that is more like a gift than a chore.
That’s what writing is for me, when I manage some. It’s the biggest treasure in the world.
Now, treasures come in a variety of guises; some are amazing, like the extra chocolates left over from the party favours I made this afternoon. Some are trickier to discern, like my father’s chemotherapy. Fatigue and nausea continue to plague him, and Radium 223 is still a no-go. But he’s here, five and a half years after cancer was diagnosed, so I can’t complain, and neither does he, which means I really can’t gripe. And as for writing, or the lack of it, well, I’m placated when I read a few chapters of a VERY LONG BOOK, finding that what I set into motion in chapter 22 plays out very well in chapter 71. How cool is that? And now in chapter 72, I’ve planted the seeds for what’s going to occur in chapter…. Well, I don’t know the number yet, but one of these days I will.
(I’m sure of that.)
Ahem, and when I do, I’ll smile, thinking to when I foreshadowed the fact that The Hawk got that far. Not sure I’ll post about it, maybe I’ll be too tied up in sewing. Right now, Christmas place mats adorn the quilt wall, my godchild’s quilt sewn into rows, which need to be sewn into a quilt top. But the finished party favours are taking space on the work table, why I’m not pinning rows together, but blogging instead. And if that wasn’t enough….
Master Z has made his appearance! I’m a de facto grandmother as of late last night, to an eight-pound, nine-ounce bundle of joy. It’s an odd sensation, I’ve never been a grandmother before, but now his photo graces my phone’s lock screen, and I’ve been considering that little miracle on and off all day. The party favours aren’t for him, but they are baby shower-related, which I’ll wax more about soon enough.
Let’s just say that for now, Buttercup is still the grand-basset. But in a few months, she’ll assume the moniker of grandma-dog. She’s a grand old lady, if nothing else, worthy of all the loves given to her. There aren’t any bassets in The Hawk, but one of these days, a story will come along, with her name written all over it. And in the meantime, I’ll be thinking about the WIP, which is The Hawk, whether I’m writing it or not. Foreshadowing counts, that’s all I’m saying.