WhewAugust 13, 2007
I have a new coffee-shop! That is just so exciting to me. I'm well enough now to ride my bike there, which is thrilling to me. Maybe you're a bike rider, so you won't understand, but ohmygod, riding a bike is SO COOL. I'm still kinda terrified of it, so that adds to the thrill, but I heard through a friend of La's that there was a good coffee-shop in San Leandro, called Zocalo. I looked it up, and it was only 2.5 miles from our house! Totally do-able, even in my still-recovering state. And it's a flat ride, with a BIKE LANE all the way there. I am in love with bike lanes. I don't think I'll ever ride on a street without them, really. They're so polite! They give the impression of safety! (Although I trust nothing and no one, don't worry.)
So it's a sweet ride there (kind of through the hood for a while, and then suddenly, you cross the border from Oakland to San Leandro, and there are trees! Gardens! The line of demarcation is so sudden and obvious it's mind-boggling, really), and then the cafe is just so nice: It's big, open, lots of tables that seem constantly full, free wifi, really good coffee, nice people, music quiet enough that iTunes on my computer drowns it out, couches, a kid's play area, the roaster actually roasting beans in the same room with you, putting up that heavenly smell.....
And I'm writing. Still not well enough to go back to work, can't talk for 12 hours straight although a couple of hours is okay, so I'm using this vacation-like time to write. And I've got a new method -- called the Treadmill Journal, I stole the idea from here. Basically, you write your plan of action and how much time you're going to spend on it, then you do it, then you write about how it went, and then you plan the next day's writing. Granted, I've only done it for four days. But it's been successful in that I have to plan when exactly I'm going to write the next day. I never do that, never plan in advance, and every day I expect to find time to write, and then I don't, because days fill up and go by, don't they? But if you have a plan, it's easier to write. I'm lovin' it, and I'm loving getting actual writing done. I've plotted to the end of the novel I'm working on, and OH LORD LET ME FINISH A BOOK. With three novels more than half-way done, one 500 pages long and ALMOST done, it's frustrating never to be able to finish. It's just a mental block -- always more fun to start something new rather than finish the old -- and I know if I just finish one, that will be the kick I need to finish the others. I don't even care if they're good endings. Just as long as they END.
But I'm not in a great hurry. Heading toward an ending is good enough right now.
And I'd also like to jump on the clutter-purge bandwagon and clean out my writing/yarn room, but every time I get gung-ho about it, I feel tired. This throat of mine lets me do only some of the things I want. By the end of the day, I'm pretty much guaranteed to feel like ass. Riding my bike five miles just took it out of me for a couple of hours. So I think I'll retire to the couch and continue reading the book I'm LOVING, Dishwasher, by Pete Jordan. Ah, the best kind of confessional-memoir. He's a guy who spent years attempting to wash dishes in all 50 states. He wrote a zine about it, and this is his book about those years, and something about it is so comforting. And he's just so damn funny. You might enjoy it.
Off to the couch.