Life on the sofa continues. You would think that by now (day 17) I might just have succummed to an addiction to day time TV and the biscuit tin. Not so, dear reader I have been productive!
In between the odd forray into TV land and diving head first into the biscuit tin (come on these things are just too tempting sometimes and perfect abstinance is just plain boring) I have been scribbling away and tapping on the old laptop.
Actually I have tapped so much that the 0) key has now gone a bit wonky and misses those out completely whenever it feels like it. This can lead to interesting reading especially when you are typing recipies and on your read through discover that you are advising follks to use a teensy 5g of flour when 500g was what you were looking for.
Note to self – edit, edit, edit!
Anyway on with the chat. As I said I am being just a tad productive which makes a huge difference to how one views this sofa entrapment. When I am writing/wrestling with laptop and it’s little foibles I get into my ‘zone’ (sounds horribly new age and woohoo but there you go) and time just flies by. I can write for 6 hours solid and not come up for air, thoroughly enjoying every minute and just being in the moment, it’s great.
If I don’t make the initial effort to start writing then I can get swallowed up in what’s on tv/maybe have another biscuit/read another magazine/get into yet another book/spend money on kindle/surf net/hang round facebook etc – oh it is all just too horrible to contemplate and all a total waste of time. Well actually it’s not really as it acts as a buffer between the all-out wirting bits and I don’t suppose I could keep that up non-stop. Just wish I could be in the productive zone a bit more the than the other one.
So what have I been writing? Recipe ideas and the outline of a whole new Scottish cook book. I can’t wait to get into the actual making/cooking process and doing the photos. I can ‘see’ everything completed and in front of me right now in my head, just have to have the steady feet to get about and be able to create the reality.
On Saturday afternoon I completed the first draft, got it all out of my head and into the laptop. It felt GREAT! My friend Ali phoned and suggested she pop down for a visit and she’d bring dinner. Well she was wonderful, she cooked a full roast in my kitchen and we had cocktails, wine, chocolate cake and movies. Good chat was the order of the evening and we put the world to rights.
There is a lot to be said for Sofadom; It gives you the stillness and time to get things done that you maybe didn’t think you were up to – this latest book, and it shows you who your friends really are – those who keep in touch by phone, email, text, blog, facebook and best of all come round in person and meet the sofa face to face.
Onwards, ever onwards………