Physical Work-Free Mind


I had started to believe a similar sentiment over the last few months.  Truth is, we had so much going on, it was hard to focus.  The ideas were still coming, but putting them into a cohesive pattern turned into a chore.  The family is dealing with a bit much.

Most of it is personal–not things to share on a public website, but I will say we could use a lot of positive wishes.  (And okay yeah, I managed to write an entire book during.  I’m die hard, I tell you.)

But one thing I’ll share is my husband has wicked skills in remodeling.  We’ve gone back to expanding his remodeling business and this past week, I’ve been going into work with him.  We needed the together time and I’ve wanted to see how I’d do in the remodeling gig.  

So, I’ve been helping with the wallpaper removal, masking and painting of a 3100 square foot house.  He did all the hand texture.  And really well, I might add.

I have a new respect for what my husband does

He’s good.  I’m thinking of doing up a website for him and getting him more flip houses.  These are great because I can work on them, too and wow, does it get you into shape!  Okay, I’ll admit, I was on Advil yesterday.  My poor writer’s body is not used to climbing up and down a saw horse all day.  <g>

The work is physically challenging and it’s wonderful to see the finished product, but it also leaves the mind free to wander at times.  For example, while stripping wallpaper.  For the most part, not a fun job–but, I got some excellent plotting time in.  The hubby did get a little tired of me jumping out of my skin every time he walked up.  I do tend to focus. He started whistling from the next room before approaching me.

But he caught me jotting in a notebook, noticed the pathetic limping and talked me into staying home to write today.  I do have a deadline for a short story–one I’ll announce as soon as it’s accepted. 

In other writing news, the critiques are going well.  I’m hoping to have the first of my Norse YA trilogy off to my agent within a week.  I’ve got high hopes for this book.  And yes, I’ve still got a lot of hope for my Dweller.  It’s still out making the rounds.  The process takes a little longer than I expected. 😉

But, I love the world I created there and book two is sitting in my head. Complete.  Seriously.  The whole book is there and waiting for me to fill in the five or so chapters done on it.  Beri tends to stomp around and break things every once in a while.  She wants her time.

So, I do apologize for my lack of witty posts on my neglected blog. I do see you all still visiting in the blogstats–and I appreciate you hanging in there with me.  All this hard work will pay off and book sales will be announced here.  And you will all be here for it.  How fun will that be?????


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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11 Responses to Physical Work-Free Mind

  1. Glad you are having fun with the remodeling. Sometimes I wonder if I would be happier if I worked in something hands-on manual labor like that rather than an office.

    Good luck with everything you have going on.


  2. relliott4 says:

    I actually enjoyed it. It is more physical, keeps you busy and there’s a real satisfaction in seeing the finished product. Plus, there’s that free mind issue and as writers, we do like that, don’t we?

    Thanks for the wish of good luck. I’m gathering up as many as I can. (g)

  3. Jen says:

    Congrats on that short story!

  4. Soak those sore muscles and love the cover for the SS. Carol

  5. relliott4 says:

    Thanks Jen!

    I soaked Carol. And soaked. And soaked. heh

  6. Celise says:

    Maybe you can work this into a story somehow. Since your husband has so much experience with it, I think you’d be able to build a character around it.

  7. Rinda says:

    i could. 🙂

    But I do miss his old work. He loved it and looked damn good in a suit. Ready for the economy to pick up now.

  8. Dawn Y says:

    Wow, Rinda. Your Norse YA sounds interesting to me. I love it that your characters are throwing a fit to be written down. Sometimes I feel that way about my current WIP. I can’t wait to read your Norse YA. I hope it gets picked up quickly. I’m interested in stuff like that. Sounds like it will be cool.

  9. Glad to read you’re getting to help Robert and spend time together. 🙂 The physical work is so good for sedentary writers . Bear bought a wii. We’ve been playing and I’m sore! Shows how out of shape I am.

    Enjoy the work. I can’t wait to read the short story!

  10. relliott4 says:

    I hope it is as cool as it sounds, Dawn. 🙂

    Sara, I’m soooo not used to it. I’d like to go in with hiim a couple times a week from here on out, if possible, though. Would be enough to stay in decent shape.

  11. Scott from Oregon says:

    Yeah, when I stopped remodeling and building I tacked on 40 pounds pretty darn quick.

    What was good for the back turned out to not be too good for the front!

    staring at walls is great for idea gathering.

    Just don’t do too much of it or your mind will begin to resemble the walls…

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