Following links in posts and other people’s blogs can lead to interesting destinations and ‘Cat Waxing – 101’ opened my eyes to a whole world of metaphor I’d previously missed [apparently ‘cat waxing’ is a metaphor for procrastination. ..].
As none of my cats showed the slightest inclination to get a bikini wax I was thrown back on my own resources and came up with the image on the left.
Yes, I know it’s pretty awful but like all the images I create on Corel Draw 4 it’s only meant to help me visualize the world of Vokhtah. If I ever finish the story [two books and counting] I am going to look for a talented cartographer and/or illustrator to turn these visual notes into something more appealing.
Hideous graphics aside though, these visual notes do help me stay in touch with the story even when, as now, I’m feeling less than inspired when it comes to words. It’s not that I don’t know where to take the story from here, I do and that is the problem. Filling in the missing chapters is making me feel as if I’m in limbo because the story requires neither creativity [i.e. working out where is the story going] nor problem solving [i.e. working out how to edit/restructure to make it better]. It’s just work.
When the need to wax the cat becomes completely overpowering I go out and commit genocide on weeds or stagger around with very big rocks or … clean the house.
-sigh- I hate to say this but I really do feel a bout of dusting coming on. Maybe if I call it Autumn Cleaning I won’t feel so guilty. Bah. Who am I kidding? It’s not even autumn yet.