Here's my boy, dressed as a construction worker/crossing guard/something or other at the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum.
At the moment, I have a couple of construction projects going. While my son is at camp this week, we're doing a "While you were out" makeover of his bedroom. New paint, curtains, bedspread, wall paper border, closet system, the works. And hopefully (though it won't happen this week) a new bed.
I'm really enjoying what I've gotten done so far (a lot of shopping and room prep) and looking forward to painting and everything else. A chance to step away from the keyboard and do something different. A chance to let my mind wander to story ideas and plots and characters while my hands are busy doing something else.
My other construction project is One Sheets for the conference. I've got two ready, and two more to do. Upon the advice of my wise and sagacious crit partner, I need to do some heavy-duty rewrites of the sample chapters for one of the stories. It is a ressurection of a previous work, and as she so aptly pointed out in a recent crit, the writing, while adequate, isn't in the voice she's come to recognize as mine. Too many of my early-writing trappings are there. She suggested just outlining the story scenes that I had, then going back and rewriting them without looking at the old manuscript. Letting the writer I am now form the story I thought of back then.
Occasionally, a particularly pithy piece of advice will clobber me over the head, and the resultant ringing resonates in my skull. She's right. She's so very right. And she showed me a killer place to begin the opening scene. Now, if I could just get all the painting done that I need to so I can get all the writing done that I want to! :)
So what about you? What projects do you have going? Anything under construction? Do renovation/decorating/creative ideas in one area spark your writing?