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Digging Deep: The Agnony of Revisions

My dog is an opportunist she watches perched on top of her chair and waits patiently as I prep dinner in the kitchen.  She always  knows there are morsels of scraps in the trash bin and will seize the opportunity to raid the bin as soon as I leave the room.

The end result is disaster across my kitchen floor and the only words uttered across my breath are “SADIE!”  She then like any scolded child slinks to her room and hides for the next hour.


The other day as I removed the chicken bones from the stock and threw them in the bin. The girl could not contain herself and within seconds she had lifted the bones from the trash in front of my very eyes.

The NERVE! She didn’t even have the impulse control to wait until I left the room.

In my life I can be just as impulsive!  It is that moment of throwing caution to the wind  with that extra shot of tequila or two  on the beach and  enjoying the freedom to dance all night long.  A good idea can have the same effect and it  strikes when you least expect it!

The next day usually results with a very strong hangover. The spur of the moment of creating and the end result always a  disaster! But the key of a good idea gone ugly is surviving the  hangover.

My routine is to awaken with weary eyes, blink several times, slumping down in my chair, and then force myself into the process of revision.  The room  spins  from the agony of it all but deep down I know there is a story to tell.  Just as there is poutine waiting to rescue my belly from the heaviness of a hangover – there is a keyboard waiting for my fingers to connect to my brain and revise the story.

If you are good opportunist you wait to share that story not at its first, second, third, or fourth draft. You wait until it is perfected and that your words will be understood.  All you need to do is lift the idea from the  bottom of the bin, polish, and then trim it with cautious love. Some days revising  feel like a  spinning hangover but in the end I know with patience I will be sharing my first novel with you.

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

27 replies

  1. Yeah, that’s why i have such a hard time blogging takes me not one, two, three times but forever.hahahaha 🙂

  2. Darcie, how did I miss that you’re writing a novel? Here’s a big tequila shot to you as you revise……..I get to do the shot, because…….well…….the tequila can have a negative impact on the revisions. 🙂 If you need a reader, let me know.

    1. I have been very quiet about it and have only discussed it with a handful of friends. I wanted to make sure I was confident that I was going to do something with it before I announced it on my blog. It still needs lots of editing but I am excited about the process of finishing my first book.

      I will need a few good set of eyes and may take you up on your offer in the upcoming months. Thanks, Andra!

      1. I am also Canadian, live in Alberta now, but was born & raised in Winnipeg. Would you believe I only tried poutine for the first time about 6 months ago. I was not impressed. I prefer fries with just gravy, but hubby loves poutine.

  3. I guess I’m more like my cats. If the idea is there, I want to do something with it right now. I know for certain that if I wait, I wouldn’t have any interest in it. Once I’ve grasp the idea, I gnaw on it delicately until I’ve done all I want to it. I’m done. Yes, I know, this is not a good way to write a novel.

  4. Hi I was intrigued by your Screen Name, today is January 25…Smack dab in the middle of ‘Carnival’ season that leads up to Mardi Gras….I see your posts are not Mardi Gras Related, but I had a lot of fun reading your post….I am new to the ‘blogosphere’….Thanks for an engaging post

    1. Hi
      Thanks for dropping by for a visit! Sadly, I have never been to Mardi Gras but the theme of my blog is humor and daily musings. It is kind of like a carnival because you never know what is going to happen next in life. Wish you the best! *throwing you beads*

  5. “But the key of a good idea gone ugly is surviving the hangover.”
    Love the metaphor there.

    My writing ALWAYS looks good through the bottom of a glass. The next day, not so great over the top of a coffee cup. But, at least there is something there for me to revise.

    Great post. Thanks

  6. Wowee, congrats on taking on that huge project of writing a novel! Sorry I haven’t been around to read all your wonderful posts in a while, but I’m back to the blogosphere temporarily and wanted to come visit one of my favorite gals! Cheers to you and a pat on the head for your pup!

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