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Monday, October 25, 2010

Linda Della Donna' s Writing Down the Bathroom


The Bathroom - Still Week 3

I live in my teeny tiny apartment while work continues on the bathroom.

The plumbing is in, walls are up, and tub is placed.

The picture above shows workers laying the tile.

It is a slow process.

Each tile is individually measured, must be individually cut, sometimes cut and recut twice in order to make it fit precisely.

The tile saw is set up outdoors in front of my apartment building. Worker #1 makes the measurement. Worker #1 is the installer. He measures twice, and tells Worker #2 the size to cut the tile. Worker #2 is the cutter. Worker #1 hands Worker #2 a tile with instructions which sides are to be cut and what size. It is a huge puzzle and each piece of tile must fit exactly.

Worker #2 takes the tile, goes out the apartment to the tile saw, he measures again, remeasures, and makes the cut.

Sometimes the cut is exact, sometimes not.

Sometimes that piece of tile must get a trim or a shave. Or, worse, it is unsatisfactory, and the process begins all over again with a new tile.

With the help of Worker #2, Worker #1 gets the job done.

The days grow long and hot. Three air conditioners hum loudly, while a skill saw yowls. Worker #1 must yell instructions to Worker #2 in order to be heard above the sound of the roaring saw.

There are different sized tiles for the floor, wall, shower walls, and ceiling. Each one requires a precise cut in order to make it fit.

The job must be done one tile at a time.

Secretly, I wonder, will this bathroom ever get done.

Renovating my bathroom is like writing my book.

Workers work meticulously and tirelessly, measuring, cutting, placing each tile, carefully, inserting each piece like a puzzle, until the entire room is covered. I observe their efforts, and marvel at how they get the job done.

When I apply the same concept to writing my book, before I know it, I am hard at work, one tile at a time, getting the job done.

Today's writing quote. Hope it inspires you to get a little writing done:

"It was dark. All she could see were occasional tall moving shadows which she realized were beasts walking about. She had been stripped of her clothes, and something warm and pungent was gently being rubbed into her body. She sighed and stretched and discovered that she could stretch. She could move again, she was no longer paralyzed, and her body was bathed in waves of warmth. Her father had not saved her; the beasts had." --Madeleine L'Engle

My Writing Tip:

Live in the moment. If you're writing your book, take it slow. Measure twice, cut once. Fit each piece like a puzzle in its proper place. Do it one tile at a time.

Now go get your fastest writing pen and write something.

Go ahead.

I dare you.

See you in print,

xxoo:)L

Linda Della Donna
If I can write a book,
So can you.

2 comments:

Widow_Lady302 said...

Grrrrrrrrrrrr...why is it never enough for some men (and yes women in some cases) that they break our heart they have to stab at our stuff too. >_< I agree with you, "God Bless him" for vengeance is mine say the Lord. I'm counting on him for this one, seriously.

LOVE your tile metaphor, and if I know you..and I feel like I do a bit, your book will be a beautiful Mosaic! <3

Anonymous said...

I have spent the last 20 minutes reading what you have written on BookOrBust. Your writing is like a bolt of lightning. Sharp, crisp and (oh no) en-lightning. I also like how you weave seemingly different strands into a unified theme. Because everything is connected. We just have to perceive how.

I am especially struck by your promise to your husband and how you are committed to fulfill that promise. What I see is that you also made a promise to yourself. And fulfilling that promise is all about fulfilling your life. In the end (or is it the beginning?), you are most accountable to yourself. At least that is what I see in my life, and it has taken me 60 years to get to that point. I am determined to fulfill my promises to myself, no matter how long it takes.

I admire your determination and focus. You inspire me to keep at it - one tile, and one promise, at a time.