|Left to my own devices, this is what happens.|
Not sure what that says about my books.
Writers are odd ducks. We build worlds, we create events, and we breathe life into—and take it away from—all sorts of creatures, both human and not. Yet, with all this godlike power, most of us suffer from bouts of crippling self-doubt, burnout, and sensory overload.
When my head feels like it’s going to explode with the pressure of all the facts, chatter, and plot points having a fist fight over which should be the priority, it’s time to take a LEGO break.
It’s sort of a form of meditation. A big set comes with several separate bags of pieces, numbered, so you know what order to open them. Start with bag number one. Sort the bricks into piles of similar colors. Already, I can feel my mind emptying. Maybe with a big bag (or in the case of a large project several bags labeled with ones), I’ll sort the individual colors into types of bricks as well. Whatever. It doesn’t much matter, as long as I arrange the piles so they give me room to build.
|Keep your chin up, Frank. Cyclops is breaking|
you guys out.
Then I build.
|It has begun.|
The directions are one step at a time. One brick. Then add these two bricks. Then put this one in the middle. It looks like nothing. It can’t possibly be a castle at the end. In fact, I don’t even know what piece of the whole I’m working on.
|Completed inside, furniture|
and accessories included.
I know it sounds incredibly weird. But it’s soothing. I often don’t sleep well at night for all the characters chattering and ideas poking at me. But when I build, there is blessed silence.
And sometimes in the silence, the tiny voice or idea that was too quiet to be heard over the terrible din steps forward and speaks.
|Welcome to House Vampire.|
My head is now clear.
Rachel writes stories that drop average people into magical situations filled with heart and quirky humor.
She believes in pixie dust, the power of love, good cheese, lucky socks and putting things off until the last minute. Her home is Disneyland, despite her current location in Kansas. Rachel has one husband, two grown kids and a crazy-catlady starter kit.
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