The irony of this post is that time got away from me, which is why I’m so late in getting it up here. Time is such a conundrum for humans. It dictates every aspect of our lives, yet it’s invisible and passes, it seems, at different speeds for different individuals. I remember in my twenties, time stood still. It dragged. Now, later in life, time just flies by. For example, where the hell did 2010 go?
It was just a little while ago that I was pondering this about 2009 as 2010 loomed, and now--surprise!—it’s 2011. Is that even a valid number? I mean, really? TWO THOUSAND AND ELEVEN? It boggles the mind.
Well, it boggles my mind anyway. I don’t think I’m the only one, though, or else we wouldn’t have all those sayings about time, such as
Time flies when you’re having fun.
Time got away from me.
Time stands still for no man.
Timing is everything.
It just takes time.
Time heals all wounds.
Time after time…
and so on…
I guess because being a writer has been so much a part of my life for so many years that I work on an alternate time frame. I have to plan a Christmas or New Year’s story well in advance, for example, or plan when my next novella will be done or plan for the release of my latest book weeks or months in advance. Publishing is like crafting in that you’re constantly working now on something that won’t see the light of day until at least a few months from now. If you’ve ever wondered why you can walk into a hobby store in July and find winter crafts or yarn colors for fall, or if you’ve been to a hobby store lately and been overwhelmed by all the Valentine’s Day materials, that’s why.
The changing of the years is a great time to reflect, and today I’ve been really thinking about my writing. Though I’ve been a writer for years in other areas, my first erotic short story, Grave Circumstance, was published in December of 2006. It seems like a million years ago, but it really wasn’t. It’s just been four, but so much has happened and I just have to wonder…
How did all those words come out of me?
Where did they come from?
Will I run out?
Only time will tell. LOL
To readers everywhere: Thank you so much for sharing our passion! May we all find many fantastic stories to read, write, and enjoy in 2011. Have a great New Year’s everyone!