“Day of rest—sort of moody.”
An idea. Two, actually. Fuck. Also, I roast a duck. She is beautiful and delicious; the kids eat Mr. Noodles instead. I don’t say, “Ungrateful bastards.” I don’t even think it. They were all conceived and born in wedlock, after all.
(This seemed really funny when I thought it. Sorry. A good editor would cut it.)
The idea percolates. Goddammit. I don’t have time for this, I need to finish… Not now, not yet.
This phrase: “but not at any cost.”
Lunch with my dad. Reflections. Family. Origins. Conflict. Disappointment. Why are we here?
I know why I’m here.
I spend $2000 of imaginary money. Commit to spending $2000 more. Gulp. Do not think about the idea, I have no time.
Also: a date, a confession, a resolution. Oooh. I like that rhythm. Would it work as a book title?
You: This is very confusing.
Jane: I am very confused. Except for the brief moments when I am so-very-clear I can’t breathe.
“Today I need to be domestic.” First words in my process journal. Instead, I re-read The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope, my favourite parts. Say yes to an opportunity, a new one. No idea for it yet—just the opportunity. The idea—two, now I need a third—grows.
I’m not stifling it any more. I suppose it’s time. My spring is coming early this year.
I write a first draft. Yes. I ask an editor for work (=money). Yes. I write blurbs (Yes!). I say… yes, yes, yes. OMFG how am I going to do it all?
I re-arrange all the furniture and books in my space. You know what’s coming.
Long walk, cigar, drink with a friend, sheesha with a lover, text from you.
“No back ups for 740 days.” Daily reminder from my laptop; I wish it would stop nagging me.
You: Fucking back up your work!
Jane: It all exists somewhere else too. Don’t worry. But yes. I’ll do that. As soon as I finish… mmm. Yes.
So I don’t actually finish or start anything on Sunday. Putter around. Throw out half my closet. Read a bit more from The Great Work of Your Life. Eat, walk in the sun, witness a human tragedy in the making, wasted life. Or is it?
We have, each of us, a life-story, an inner narrative — whose continuity, whose sense, is our lives. It might be said that each of us constructs and lives, a “narrative,” and that this narrative is us, our identities.
If we wish to know about a man, we ask “what is his story — his real, inmost story?” — for each of us is a biography, a story. Each of us is a singular narrative, which is constructed, continually, unconsciously, by, through, and in us — through our perceptions, our feelings, our thoughts, our actions; and, not least, our discourse, our spoken narrations. Biologically, physiologically, we are not so different from each other; historically, as narratives — we are each of us unique.
Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat
Quoted in “The Building Blocks of Personhood: Oliver Sacks on Narrative as the Pillar of Identity,” Brainpickings.org
“Each of us is a… story.”
I like that.