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An interesting day of quiet achievements on a personal level. Hmmm, that sounds like Nick Earls talk. I've been rereading Zigzag St at night in bed. There are some absolutely beautiful phrases in that book, I'll share them some time. Anyway. Last night I looked up the theme for the Mass today, it was all about Jesus being the Lamb of God. Now, there are lots of songs about Jesus as shepherd, but we only have one good Lamb of God actual song (and not a response, got lots of those). So I just chose some general songs, made a powerpoint, got to church early and set it all up. And wow, people were really glad to see me back and I had most of a choir sitting with me at ten to ten. And I didn't have to play the piano, until communion, when the holiday pianist's son, who was altar serving, came over all faint and she had to go out the back to see him, so I had to step in and play one song! That was fine! I felt I was back. Plus JCjnr was making jokes about me during his sermon! We'll miss him when he goes next month.

Then later, after our friends left (the ones that always pop round after church), I went to a coffee shop in Seatoun to meet with two of my old (well, they're actually young, not even thirty!) colleagues. One I see all the time, but the other has been teaching in Samoa. We laughed and laughed about our tough times at the old school then Molia regaled us with tales of life in Samoa, how slow it all is, what she had to adjust to over there, stinging centipedes crawling out of the classroom sink, policemen with nothing better to do than direct her into a parallel park, queue jumpers in the bank, taxi drivers that want to marry her, weddings being front page news, it's all quite hilarious. And she has had to learn to take life much slower. If you order something and it takes 45 minutes to come, well, that's what it takes. There is no point getting hot under the collar. And it's hot there, she showers 3-4 times a day!

Thing was, it was great to laugh and laugh and laugh, until people were turning round to gaze at us, mostly with amusement! We three used to share a lot of laughs when we worked together, mainly so we didn't cry. But it was great then, and was great again today. It's awfully healthy to have a good laugh. Puts a lot of things in perspective.

And this evening? It's really really hot here. I'm writing. I'm polishing Safe. It's going well. Bits are being deleted, but all for the good of the greater whole. It feels good. Anything I wrote and felt uncomfortable about, is OUT. Sometimes you write something, and you feel it's necessary even though it makes you squirm. Now, a few months later, I can say, 'Out!' and that feels a lot better!

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greenpizzazz6
Jan. 20th, 2008 06:07 am (UTC)
Sounds like a good day!

We three used to share a lot of laughs when we worked together, mainly so we didn't cry
And that's what you have to do somethings, because laughing is infinitely better.
natesmountain
Jan. 20th, 2008 06:20 am (UTC)
-because laughing is infinitely better.
It is. If you can find the funny, you can get through just about anything, in my opinion!
ringbark
Jan. 20th, 2008 09:16 am (UTC)
As I might expect, life in Samoa sounds like it has most of the same stories as life in Vanuatu.
natesmountain
Jan. 20th, 2008 10:46 am (UTC)
well, then, you must have had a lot of laughs about life in Vanuatu! I bet you could fill a book with the tales!
moth2fic
Jan. 20th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
Your laughter with 'old' friends sounds wonderful! Almost as good as a second holiday! You're having a good summer and I'm so pleased for you.
Leaving a book alone for a few months is a good idea - you come back to it and find it all new, and can go through saying 'Did I write that' with expressions ranging from satisfaction to dismay. Also, you're more 'distanced' and editing is easier - like you say, you can delete things for the greater good of the whole. Not that Safe needed much change in my opinion, but I read it with a reader's hat on rather than an editor's.
I'm so glad you're writing again - and editing counts as writing, by the way!
natesmountain
Jan. 20th, 2008 10:52 am (UTC)
-You're having a good summer and I'm so pleased for you.
Thanks *g* it is a good summer, and one thing I've really liked is the reaction I'm getting from a lot of people who really seem genuinely pleased to see me after a break!

And it's really HOT here tonight. The children can't sleep. It's nearly midnight and I'm considering sitting out on the front porch for a while just to cool down before bed.

-like you say, you can delete things for the greater good of the whole. Not that Safe needed much change in my opinion, but I read it with a reader's hat on rather than an editor's.
Hee! Thanks. I gave Safe to a friend to read, who does a lot of editing and writing. I asked him today how he got on. He didn't read it all, because he really needed a print copy - reading for a long time on screen isn't that great for a lot of people. But he said he thought it was pretty good and was pleased I was still working with it. So that was nice.

And yes, editing must be considered writing. I am writing and rewriting. It's hard letting go of some scenes which contribute to the story but are weak in themselves. Because then I have to find a way to work around them! Still, it's better to delete things that make me squirm, I'm sure of that!

And thanks, for your positive support still!!! Love your icon! Again!
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