Writing Writing Writing, Wait . . . What?

By JC Lynne

Caution: Shameless plugs ahead.

I don’t know about you, but the deeper we get into 2020, the more I feel like we’re living in a dystopian novel. An overwritten, overly dramatic, dystopian novel.

Pandemic, Rising Fascism, Black Lives Matter. We don’t need super volcanoes or murder hornets.

And yet, we’re writers. We have to write. Okay, I can’t put that on you. I HAVE to write. My regular day gig is out of the question. I’m a yoga instructor who had the Rona and by some accounts can catch again.

Teaching in person isn’t exactly floating my boat at the moment.

Despite living most of my days in volunteer self-quarantine (we’ve been training for this our whole lives, people!), the friggin’ laundry still piles up. I’m barely wearing pants! How does it happen?

Sure, I’m pulling weeds and cleaning the house, but I can only dig so deep into domestic goddessness. I’m supposed to be writing.

You think we would learn.

On the bright side, I’ve done all of the voice work for The F*cking Yoga Book: Yoga for The Rest of Us. And I’ll be planning that book launch schedule so when the sound engineer has it cut, look out non-yoga world! That energized me to face the process of building my online yoga brand.

Keeping you safe, keeping me safe, and getting our groove on.

Another boon, the narrator for my Esau Trilogy fled L.A. to where was that, you say? Colorado Springs! So we ripped out The Esau Emergence audio as well. Whew!

Heston Moser, JC Lynne, Director Lillie Fischer, Audio Producer Luke Fischer. No animals were harmed during the production of this project, but a few whisky bottles may have been.

I’m rewriting a murder mystery project after waking up at 3 a.m. this morning with an epiphany. I hope. I even remembered to jot it into my sticky note app in coherent sentences. I’m still wondering what bestseller I’m missing with my hamster, tacos, and cherry-red suede.

I may actually be productive in this pandemic after all.

Despite feeling lost and unemployed, my writer’s brain has kicked into action.

Action Items:

  • finish the third Esau draft.
  • Launch The Esau Emergence audiobook
  • Launch the entire F*cking Yoga Book: ebook, audiobook, hardcopy
  • rewrite murder mystery
  • build an online yoga company
  • avoid stabbing The Beard
  • read any one of or all of the books I’ve downloaded
  • fold the laundry the minute it leaves the dryer (harder than you realize)

Sure, some days I’m paralyzed with a flood of emotions and despair over the current social and political climate. I’m on a light news diet balancing the need to stay informed and the deluge of WTF is happening.

But, today I’m making plans, writing this post, listening to dailies, and basically feeling hopeful. If I can string a few more of these moments together I might make it through an actual week without a hysterical meltdown.

Side note, the current best selling titles on Audible as of this morning were, in no particular order:
  • The Art of Not Giving A F*ck
  • So You Want to Talk about Race?
  • Too Much And Never Enough
  • How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Breath
  • Becoming
  • The Art of War
  • Tension Release
If that doesn’t sum up our collective anxiety, I don’t know what does.

What action items are keeping you going?

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