When rain finally comes to San Diego and the first promises of Autumn inspire you despite the humidity, it’s the perfect time to write. In the words of a crewmember aboard Prince Eric’s royal ship in The Little Mermaid, there was a, “hurricane a comin’!” Hurricane Kay brought us thunderstorms and a smattering of rain so I seized the chance for all it was worth! I love the rainy, gloomy, gray weather far more than my little corner of the world gets it. Being disabled and mostly wheelchair-bound, a drier, arid climate helps to keep me going whenever I need to go anywhere (rain + powerchair = No Bueno!). In a perfect world, I’d live somewhere cool and damp with plenty of forest hemmed in around the city or town I settle in. Rain is the best kind of creative weather for me.
But I digress. I used this past weekend’s storm for R&D on my newest WIP. Inspired by the likes of Donna Tartt’s, The Secret History and M.L. Rio’s, If We Were Villains, I plan to pen my own journey into academia. I have always loved learning and spent much of my 36 years in school. It is the subject, no pun intended, I feel the most confident and comfortable in. And while it is a good idea to venture out of our comfort zones, I plan to do so in other ways. As a result of this work in progress, I’m attempting to set my own schedule: Something I can more or less live by now that I’ve graduated college and am not working a standard 9-5 anymore.
Perhaps by jotting down these thoughts both in my journal and here, I will help hold myself accountable. We’ll see. In the meantime, I continue to strive for progress, not perfection.