A slice of happiness


I was going to blog a little about how writing is perhaps is supposed to be this hard (A thinly veiled rant), but instead my uncle sent me this picture from Little Sis’ wedding showing the stack of books wedding cake that Natalie made for her. Little Sis is the cutie in the Jane Austen-style wedding dress. Unfortunately, her husband is blocking the view. Oh well, she’s a little camera shy and it’s all about the cake anyway.

I’m still going to say — this writing thing is tough right now. Maybe I’m missing Little Sis. I’m not going to bug her in her early days of wedded bliss though this book needs her desperately!

But maybe it should be this tough. Maybe you should never be quite confident in the book you’re writing. I don’t know if I can write these characters. I don’t know if I’m making them more complicated than they have to be! But perhaps that’s the exact level of paranoia you need to keep writing?

I have a Write-In today and I hope to bang out another scene. Sometimes the words flow and it’s euphoric. Right now, it’s just work. 🙂

In case you’re wondering, some books in the stack:

  • Wonder Boys – the book that Little Sis’ hubby was reading when she first came up to speak to him
  • Oliver Twist – An orange-striped book in homage to Oliver (aka Ollie cat), their tabby beast

I have to find out what the other titles were. The groom’s cake was a bunch of cupcakes with pirate flags. Very cute.

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  1. December
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 10:09:19

    I love the book cake!! How sweet is that?
    Good luck to you, I don’t know nuthin bout writin no books, but I do know what my mama told me…
    Marry rich, love will come later.

    Wait… no, keep on truckin. Thats the gem.

  2. Dara
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 11:11:10

    That cake is awesome!

    And sometimes writing can be a chore…and I’m always wondering if I have what it takes to keep the story going. Just keep pushing through!

  3. Victoria Janssen
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 12:22:01

    I totally need a cake like that.

    As for the writing…I don’t know any writer who isn’t neurotic. I think we survive by figuring out all our neuroses (lack of confidence, difficulty buckling down, whatever) and finding coping mechanisms that work for us. And changing the coping mechanisms when necessary.

    I am rarely confident while writing. I always think, if I had more time, I could do better. Not sure if that’s true or not. I might spend a lot more time dithering if I had more time. Who knows?

  4. Jeannie Lin
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 17:47:46

    Thanks ladies! – Still truckin’ here! Thanks for the pick me up.

    I totally wish I’d gotten a close up of the cake. Speaking of cake…I wouldn’t mind a slice about now. No! Must stay focused.

    I feel a lot better after today’s Write In. Goes to show, the only way out of this mess is to your way out.

  5. Cynthia Justlin
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 14:56:20

    What an awesome cake! Love it!

    And what you said about not knowing whether you can write these characters or not…*sigh*…really hits home for me right about now. This WIP is HARD, and if I didn’t love it so much, I think I’d just chuck it and save myself the grief. But then again, if I did that, I’d never know if it could turn into the beautiful thing that I envision….so, I guess that means I’m stuck with it. 🙂

  6. Jeannie
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 16:13:36

    Cynthia – If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it, right? 😉

    I’m glad you’re finding the love. It will shine through in the final product, I’m certain.