Needless to say, it's been a thoroughly off week here at the Sanderson Creativity Factory. I got some awesome feedback from my tireless beta readers - and it totally derailed me. (Through no fault of said readers - so don't feel bad, guys. This happens to me sometimes. I kvetch and then I get over it.)
On the other hand, getting derailed means sometimes you get to see things from a different perspective.
Think about it. You're speeding along on what you think is the right track for you, and WHAM! You're knocked off the rails, with your chapters scattered alongside the path like a toddler's lincoln logs. At first you lay there, stunned. Eventually you realize you have two choices: Lay there and whine about it OR get off your bruised buns and start putting everything back together. (Or the unthinkable third choice, which is to get up, wander off and leave everything laying where it is.)
Picking everything up is going to take a lot of work, and I'm still standing amidst the chaos wondering how the hell I'm going to do that. Humpty-Dumpty's crew had it easy compared to this. (And what the hell was the King thinking sending horses to put Humpty back together again? Seriously. They don't even have fingers, let alone opposable thumbs. Sheesh.)
This beautiful brainchild is trashed and the pieces are scattered through a friggin' forest full of trees I can't see. (Or is it the forest I can't see? I can never remember.)
I guess the long and short of it is that I'm not feeling too bad now. I see the work. I'll do the work. Right now, though, I'm taking a little time to assess the damage and see if this train will ever skim the highspeed rails again. Or if I have to get an entirely different train to carry the load from here on out. Wish me luck.
How was your week? Anything interesting to report? Are you chugging right along or facing a derailment of your own?