I've been talking a lot with a friend who is taking a step back from writing, or at least from writing with an eye towards publication. She's been talking about priorities, and figuring out what's important to her.
Last night, I realized that I've been missing something that is important to me - dance.
My friend Colby has started teaching a Latin/Swing class at a local studio, and she convinced me to come out to her class last night. It was amazing. Not only was it a great class, but about halfway through it, I realized that I need to dance. It's not just a hobby, a fun thing to do from time to time - I need to dance.
I haven't danced in any sort of structured format since last summer's run of 'Chicago' ended. Before that, I hadn't taken a class since I moved in 2007. And I miss it! Sure, I've danced around my apartment; yes, I've used old dance warm-ups and 'Dancing With The Stars' videos to exercise, but it's not the same. There's just something about being in a room full of other dancers, watching everyone in the mirror, feeling that energy... I can't really explain it. But last night, I remembered, and I don't want to let go. So I'm going back next week!
Please, don't think that this means that I won't be writing anymore! I will still be writing - I need to write, much like I need to dance or breathe.
I've been working on fixing "Into the Fog." I'm taking the advice to heart, and trying to expand on it. Tuesday's fiction was part of that. I know that Meliora is a supernatural being, that she feeds on people's fear and/or discomfort. What I haven't fully formed is how exactly it works. I tried the incident with the cat, and while I didn't hate it, I don't think it feels right. It seemed plausible in my head, but I don't like it on paper (or screen. whatever.). That's what I'm working on now, though. I'm working through what needs to be done to get this story filled in, and ready to re-submit.
The other thing I'm working on more intensively is "Partners." It just seems right to work on the piece about dancers. :)