In one of my past blog entries, I mentioned that it is a good idea to put your manuscript to the side and focus on other things like – well – life.
Things happen that demand your attention that have nothing to do with your writing career . . . or do they?
Last week, I started to remodel the shower in our master bath. This is a project that I needed to do to assist my wife. We need a shower with a low threshold, a shower seat, and grab bars. To make a long story short, she needs these accessibility aids because she lost her right leg to cancer. The good news is that she is cancer free for over two years now.
Back to the blog. Ever since I started writing, I’ve looked at normal things from a different perspective. As I began to disassemble the old shower, I realized that I was learning things about the house that I had forgotten. We built the house eighteen years ago. Revealing areas under the floor and behind the drywall that had been hidden all that time was quite an adventure. I didn’t find any valuable baseball cards or hidden gold coins, but I did find that there are spaces in the home that could be exploited . . . in a suspense novel. Hollow walls, spaces above ceilings and below floors are all convenient places to hide guns, incriminating papers and other evidence, or to install mini-cameras and microphones (insert evil laugh).
So, thanks to this remodeling project, I was able to take a break from writing. But now I can’t wait to get back to the keyboard. My wife is just hoping that I don’t get sidetracked before completing the bathroom. I hope she doesn’t find what’s behind the wall mounted soap dish.
What Dear? Back to work? Whatever you say, Darling.