Monthly Archives: April 2013

Getting Started After a Break

I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Vietnam. I met my daughter in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon to those people my age or older). Parks, motorbikes, museums and great food all made for an exciting few days.

View from Hotel in Saigon

View from the Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

In all, I visited the Mekong Delta, Dalat, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue and Danang. It was the trip I always dreamt of taking and it was even better than expected. I’ll write about it in more detail in upcoming posts. But right now I have a problem.

I can’t get started writing again. I did some writing the first couple of days back even though I had a severe case of Jet lag, but now I have to push myself just to put this into print. To be honest, I’ve  had a lot to deal with in the last week. My daughter, MaiLynn, found another side of her family in Vietnam, and I’ve had to revisit and partially mentally revise my relationship with her father. Difficult to do since he died eight years ago.

I’ve also had to readjust to my living situation. Living with my husband and his two brothers in a relatively small house has its challenges. Privacy and solitude are nearly impossible, and it’s difficult to move around the house when people are sleeping. I think I’ve found the solution by coming to the nearby community college with its student union and library and free wi-fi. I’m here now and I think I need to make this place my new writing office. I’ve worked here before and need to get into the habit of packing up my writing supplies the night before and silently sneaking out in the morning so I don’t wake up the brothers.

So….wish me luck with getting back in the groove. Do you ever lose your momentum? What do you do to get your writing groove back?