Monday, January 5, 2015

A Look Back At NYE

Every night of my vacation I fell asleep the moment my head hit the pillow. Granted, it was a little later than I usually stay up, but still. Then last night, with Sunday night dread taking hold of my brain, I lay in bed for over an hour thinking, thinking, thinking. First it was about how unhappy I was at having to go back to work. Then it was about the next book I'm working on and as I lay there I wrote about two pages in my head. This is totally normal for me, but I just wanted to sleep! I'd even crawled into bed early to get a good night's sleep. Alas, it wasn't meant to be.

And then I thought back on the vacation and how wonderful it all was. So relaxing. Recharging. Decadent. Fun. And while I'm not the type to get all crazy on New Year's Eve, we ended up going to the #2 party in Puerto Rico at our hotel El Caribe Hilton and it was crazy bananas. The people watching alone - outfits like you would never see in Boston. Cleavage, sky-high heels, skin. It was amazing just to stand in one spot and watch people.

At one point, after midnight, we were at one of the outside bars sipping sangria when two guys tried to make their move. I started chatting with one of them, not particularly interested but trying to be nice - hey, it's a new year - and the following interaction happened.

Guy: So what do you do?
Me: I'm an author.
Guy: No way! You write books?! I fucking love books!

And then he went off about "Hemingway, man! That guy!"

Even though I nodded my head and smiled I was internally thinking, Is it kosher to just turn and walk away from a person mid-sentence?

But even though that is a memorable quote that we later joked about me getting tattooed (don't worry, I won't), the thing I took away from that moment is that for the first time in my life I answered that question by saying I was a writer. That might seem silly, coming from someone who has published three books, to not qualify myself as such, but until now it never felt like I could really say, Yes, I am an author. 

And I'm going to stick to it moving forward. I feel refreshed and tonight I already have what I plan on writing worked out in my head so I'm off! Goal set - First draft's hopeful completion - June 1st. There. It's official.

Sooooo much to write!

Happy Reading!


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