I've been AWOL for the last few weeks, tying up odds and ends, getting ready to go back to school--wondering if I'll need brakes before winter sets in. It's been snowing up in the mountains. I guess I missed my chance to see Rainier. The air has that peculiar NW smell--moist like it's going to rain any second but not in one of those muggy Southern ways where you just want to crawl into some A/C and shut the door. Cold and wet. Like standing in front of the refrigerator when it's hot outside. Funny how it was ninety not more than a few days ago.
I had some family issues and personal issues, and no clue why everything always seems to happen at the same time, but it had a huge impact on my last workshop. Probably the strangest one I've ever done--on short story structure. It didn't have "umphf." Very weird, although I'm wondering if maybe asking people to write a short story during the workshop had something to do it? Justifying myself, lol. It's better than saying I didn't connect. It's strange though--like standing in a fishbowl. I've always liked it better when people talk to me. Or maybe it was the focus? I'm all about theory, and this was the practical application for stuff I've talked about for years. Interesting thought, since my practical stuff always happens during the deconstructions and they usually don't do as well as the workshops, and the workshops are theory...and, yeah--I can chase myself in circles if I don't stop. Next up is Emotional Structure--another theory workshop. If it does well, I need to take another look at why I got off tangent with the pragmatism, lol.
Ultimately, it's all about the book. Half formatted now, with an intro and everything. I suspect it's going to be the digital equivalent of a tome. Every workshop I've ever done, and all the blog posts and all the bits and pieces I have in folders. I've been poking around, looking at the enhanced e-books that include video and hyperlinks, wondering if I can fit in a power point or it'll have to be done as video. Or maybe just text to start and an enhanced version when I figure it all out. I dunno. Bunches of thoughts, and I don't want to finalize anything before I write the ES workshop. Short Story alone was 35 pages.
I need to spend some down time, and found the perfect "do-something" hobby. Donut shops. I know, kind of goofy, but I'm a big fan of apple fritters and chocolate-covered custard filled. A new donut shop opened up in Lake Tapps, and I'm so there. Anything billing itself as the Washington version of Voodoo Donuts needs a visit from yours truly. Maybe tomorrow.