Warning: This is a no-edit zone…
Note: My thoughts and prayers are with those in the path of Hurricane Isaac. Be well, stay safe.
SOMETIMES IT TAKES A HURRICANE
It’s been a squirrely few days around here. It started when what’s now Hurricane Isaac took aim at Destin, FL and it continues today.
The interesting thing, though, happened yesterday. We were under a hurricane watch, tornado watch, and it was a sunny, breezy day. It did rain last night, but I digress.
We’ve lived in hurricane country most of my life, so when a storm is coming, I know to stop and prepare and stay alert. Okay, so we all know there are never convenient times for storms or major disruptions, so I won’t belabor the point. It’s enough that we all know it.
Anyway, I spend two days doing all we do to get ready for what (at the time) was barreling toward us.
I’ve been making some adjustments on the career front. Debating on what projects to next tackle and which means most, and I most want to do. The problem isn’t a lack of ideas, the problem is I have twelve books in four separately trilogies and I want to write them all for different reasons. Needless to say, I’ve been torn, weighing and debating internally and with a trusted associate.
Well, I’m up to my earlobes in preparations and all of a sudden it hits me that I don’t have to sliver focus or divide readership, I can bring them together instead. All I have to do is spin like a hurricane and view all these terrific projects through a center lens. I needed an eye of the storm.
A hurricane has a center—the eye wall. Outside it are bands that wrap around the center and draw energy from the water. (See where I’m going with this?)
In my mind, I looked at the projects and I found the eye wall. It was right there before my eyes. I just hadn’t seen it. Now I do. And each of the trilogies is a band, wrapping around the eye wall. Tons and tons of energy can transfer.
Now I’m excited. And I know exactly what to do: Loosely link the trilogies by making each one a band that wraps the center eye wall. Woohoo! I’m more than excited. I don’t have to go off in four directions. I just need the strength in the core and those bands.
Finally, the nagging matter is settled and my mind is at ease. I know exactly what I want to do and how I’m going to do.
Sometimes it takes peace and calm. Sometimes it anger or some other fierce emotion that commands focus to get you to see the obvious by viewing things differently.
Sometimes it takes a hurricane…