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GRAPEMO Week #1 Kick-Off

newport2newport dedicated her first post of the month to Grapemo! Everyone, please check out her Creative Journaling entry: a beautiful collage! Thank you, Melodye.

Quote of the day: "Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."--E.L. Doctorow

Knowing I had to work today, and knowing I'm still far behind on my revisions, I spent a solid eight hours working on Annabeth yesterday. So intent was I that I never heard the announcement that Borders was closing; only when a barista accidentally (at least I think it was accidental) knocked a trash can into my chair did I realize it was exactly 9 p.m. I was the only customer left in the cafe.

Jolting myself out of Rinn's world and back into mine took quite a bit of effort. Cold air slapped my face as I pushed open the door (which was instantly locked behind me in case I changed mind) ran across the parking lot, jumped into my car, and started the engine.

I saw neon signs from surrounding businesses. Cars passed by me, spraying slush onto my windshield. My wipers flapped, streaking snow and salt over the glass. I craned my neck to see the traffic light, veered off through the intersection, and headed home in the dark...

Yet Rinn was still was me--or rather, I with her. My mind was stuck back in her attic bedroom, watching her flying fingers break away a wall to reveal the secret. I felt the crumbling plaster jam under my own nails and sift through my fingers. I heard Rinn's radio blasting a song warning her there's no way out of here. Her tortured thoughts spun crazily through my head, drowning out mine. It wasn't until I pulled my car into the driveway that I almost, almost, felt like "me" again--not the girl whose life I just shared for 8 hours.

How jarring is it to jump from one world to another when you're not given a chance to make a gradual transition?

Weird thought of the day: When you leave that abruptly, do you think your characters notice? :)


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Feb. 2nd, 2010 11:34 am (UTC)
And I'm glad you're a part of it. xox It wouldn't be the same w/o you!
Feb. 2nd, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
Wow. I absolutely love days like that. And yeah, it's so hard and jarring to pull out when you're not ready. I don't do so well with that aspect, myself.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)
I wonder what'll happen if, one day, we can't get out?

Food for thought from a psych nurse, lol.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
Holy CRAP, Jen, I think I was in Rinn's world right there too! You're such a writer and I'm an imposter! Yep, an imposter, I say! :)

I <3 you! :)
Feb. 2nd, 2010 11:36 am (UTC)
LOL! I love you too, girlfriend. Now get to work!
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