Of viruses and the virtue of silence

What a few days it has been. I was scheduled to leave for San Francisco on Sunday the 5th of June… only to come down, on the evening of the 3rd, with a lightning case of gastroenteritis. I missed my flight to SF, of course, and spent much of the weekend with a fever on the phone, calling up Quantas New Zealand at odd hours (thank you, Auckland office, for opening your lines at 4am – British Airways in Frankfurt was incapable of being open after 2pm in the afternoon…)

Four days later, here I am, much better if still a little puffed, with the lingering feeling of having been run over by a train. My main regret is that I missed visiting properly with good friends in San Francisco, but I have been able to spend the extra drop of time with family. Goodbyes are always bittersweet, the time spent with precious people always too short.

Writing-wise, this holiday has been a moment to sit back and reflect on new projects, and what I hope to be doing in a couple of years. I really haven’t had the time to think about these things over the last two years or so – there has always been a deadline looming, a word count to achieve, some promotional event to worry about. Now, apart from the proofs of ‘Oracle’s Fire’ to read through before July and the book’s release in October, I am free.

And what a feeling it is. I can’t overstate the important of ‘mind space’ for the writing process. Work deadlines, appointments, personal obligations and social media crowd out that all-important mental silence, the matrix where ideas are formed… the moment I fulfill my contract, slow down, shut off facebook and pick up a notebook, the creative juices begin to flow again.

Ripeness is all…

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4 Responses to Of viruses and the virtue of silence

  1. A pox on all viruses, Mary! But it sounds as f it was a satisfactory trip overall. There is never enough time to do everything you want to when travelling, is there?

    I hope a wonderful new project tickles those creative juices, very soon!

    • MaryV says:

      Thanks so much, Satima! Yes on all counts… Very satisfactory, very necessary, and productive.

      Now for a safe return home!

  2. So glad you are feeling better! The full list of Vogel winners you were wanting is here –


    I hope you enjoy the rest of your time out and get some fantastic stuff out to play with once all your commitments are met. x

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