In the meantime…

When I’m not writing, quite frankly, I don’t know what to do with myself. Writing sets the schedule and the tone for my day. When I’m not doing it, I’m essentially useless with other stuff.

As I said in my last post, I finished the new version of my novel just before Spring Break, and it’s now being read. I should get it back sometime soon, but until then, despite the fact that I can’t stop thinking about things I want to revise, I’m not letting myself look at it.

Secrets of the Sari Chest needs time to settle.

In the meantime, I’ve been going to yoga or taking long walks at night with my neighbors. I’ve also been kicking around the idea for a short story, catching up on my New Yorkers and reading novels. I have a writing workshop this weekend, which I’m cramming in between swimming and piano lessons, a child’s church retreat, the kids’ Sunday school, husband’s tennis game, and a birthday party. Thankfully, this will be the last crazy weekend of the school year. We’ll still have busy weekends, but they won’t be the kind of weekends where I want to tear the hair out of my head.

I managed to throw together a nice (though simple) Easter dinner on Sunday for my family (and extended family) even though we’d just gotten back from California Friday night. And since then, I’ve been thinking more and more about diet. I’ve flirted in the past with significantly cutting down on dairy in my diet, and then I watched Forks Over Knives, and I’m even more convinced I need to reduce it. So I’ve been searching the web for good vegan recipes. I’ve even started making my tea with almond milk (which I’ve found I actually like).

See? This is what happens to me when I’m not furiously working on a novel. I start thinking I need to be a vegan. I guess it’s time to get out Novel # 2.


5 thoughts on “In the meantime…

  1. oh, you’re so funny! I’m LOL about how you ended your post. You know… going dairy free was surprisingly easy for us, really… I mean, the boys still eat cheese in school, but they don’t complain about not having it at home (and I don’t try to make vegan versions of cheesy dishes, these are always a disaster). I really like almond milk in my chai. Now, we need to buy soy milk for Linton b/c he doesn’t care for almond. You should go slowly and not stress about it, maybe it will come naturally.

  2. My girls are not really into cow’s milk, but the one who actually drinks thinks the almond milk is better. I’m a little concerned about baking, though. What do you use to substitute butter? I’ve heard Earth Balance is good, but it’s just oil, right?

  3. Hi,

    I read your comment over at Mel’s blog on the MFA post. I look forward to popping by and seeing what you come up with from that. I’m still curious as to what Creative Non-Fiction actually is…as nobody seems to have explained it yet.

    Best wishes,


  4. Hi Casey!
    Thanks for stopping by.
    I’m certainly no authority, but the best example I know of for creative nonfiction is memoir. It’s truth, but told in a way that sounds literary. Hope that helps.

    Take care,

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