11 February 2010

Getting a Life

So here's the thing: Outside of work and this house, I have no life.

Not that this is a bad thing. I don't particularly love where I live or most of the other people who live here. (CG1 and anyone who knows me well enough to read this blog, obviously excluded).

It's your classic case of square peg : round hole.

Sure, reading and cooking and eonophelia (no, that is NOT sex with dead people) are hobbies, but they don't require much social contact.

Like the self love, you can get by for a while, but there's no substitute for real human interaction.

So tonight I attended my very first writing work group. With other people. In a home other than my own.

And it was pretty cool.

Now, I don't write fiction. Sure, I exaggerate a lot but I'm not sure that counts.

I write non-fiction. Boring, work-related articles, essays, blah-blah-blah.

But I've been noodling around with an idea for about a year. A fiction-ish idea.

I know, right? It shocked me, too, when I found it rattling around in my head.

The problem is that I have no idea how to let it out. I need help. So when a friendly-acquaintance mentioned a writers group, I jumped on board.

It's a minor commitment: two hours, twice a week. Hell, I spend more time than that folding laundry.....and at the very least it forces me out of the house and into creative mode.

And I don't have to do anything gross like pre-soak or clean the lint filter. So, we shall see.

Stay tuned!

7 comments:

alejna said...

Cool!

(And you know, I had to look up eonophelia. Just to make sure it wasn't sex with squirrels, either.)

Comet Girl said...

Is love of wine or love to whine?

Emily said...

Good for you! Looking forward to writing reports.

Merisi said...

KUDOS!
Wished I could come along.

Happy Valentine's day!

Nancy said...

Sounds great. I wish I had a writing group nearby. I live in an area where only 30% of the people live here year-round. In fact, not many lights on in the houses until Friday night when all the people from San Francisco and the Bay Area drive up to ski. But I'm going to keep my eyes open - you never know there just might be a group meeting somewhere. Good luck with the writing idea.

fatboyfat said...

Like you, I also write for my job. Workaday things. Boring, worthy things.

And like you, I joined a writing group. It's expanded my mind and taught me to experiment. Some of the pieces have found their way onto my blog in recent months (now yo're going to trawl through them to guess which ones, aren't you?)

Reading this update from you, it's like I'm looking in a mirror. Obviously, for several reasons, it isn't but you get the point.

Indigo said...

Good for you! I think you'd be surprised at how easily the characters begin to write their own story once you get started.