February 24, 2009: Happy Choice

This morning, I went back and forth about bringing my Alphasmart with me on the bus. I had half a dozen books to bring back to the library, nearly filling my largest tote and more than enough to make my seat cramped if I was sharing the two-seat space with another rider. Since the odds were pretty good I’d have to share, I wouldn’t be able to use my Alphie on the ride in; I wouldn’t be able to use it at lunch because I was going to the library. Sure, I’d be able to use it at the end of the day for the 10-15 minutes between getting on the bus at my stop and arriving at the other stop, but was that enough to make it worthwhile, all that awkwardness in the morning.

I’m not entirely sure what made me decide it was worth it. I think it was as simple as “Better to have it and not want it, than want it and not have it.”

I’m very glad I made that call — I ended up having a seat all to myself, and I spent the whole ride in working. I hand-wrote about 300 words before bed last night; I entered those, then kept going, writing another 300.

I’m happy with everything I’ve written so far, and most of it is there for a purpose I understand. A character stepped on stage at the end of it that I want to use, but I’m not sure what to do with him in the context of the scene, or even in the whole story. Everyone named and defined has a job to do; I don’t know what his is yet. That’s okay — I have no question I’ll figure it out.

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