Jeff O'Handley, Author

Jeff O'Handley

The Doubting Writer Finds His Voice

Back to normal…for now

We have a saying around my office to describe those draggy, low-energy days that happen from time to time: “Feels like the day after a board meeting.” That’s because our board meetings take place in the evening, they run typically two, two-and-a-half hours long, and there’s a certain degree of stress in preparing for and participating in them. The day after a board meeting tends to be a little hazy, hard to get started on things, hard to concentrate on any one thing (especially if we’re distracted by talking about things that got done–or not–at the meeting the night before).

Today is going to be one of those days.

Yesterday, the Magpie and I drove the Catbird back to college, which meant leaving around 8 in the morning and getting back just before 8 last night. I did all the driving (not out of any sort of chauvinistic “I’m the man, so I drive” attitude, but because neither of my girls has a license at this point, which is…odd, but is what it is right now), and while there was no snow and mostly little traffic, I’m finding that the older I get, the more I feel it. I’ll probably be having a little of that “Isn’t this day over yet?” feeling around two o’clock.

Thanksgiving was good, it was nice to have everyone home, nice to stuff ourselves on turkey and all the works, nice to hear my girls doing their silly things together. Writing was also good for me: I managed to do a full read-through and note-making on my massively-bloated WiP, and I’m hoping to start working on the second draft of it starting tonight (and I still really like it !!!). The previous project is with Agent Carrie and will hopefully be ready for submission by January. Seems like a pretty good place to start the final leg of 2017.

That’s it for me; how’s things with you?


2 Responses

  1. They've never gotten all the way through to licensed. Both have permits. One actively drives and needs to take the test. I'm not sure why they're so reluctant.

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