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A to Z Challenge: Z is for Zone

a-to-z HEADER [2015] - aprilWell, we made it! Time to do the happy dance and breathe a sigh of relief. It’s been a crazy, hectic month, but I’Badage linkedm so proud of myself for meeting my commitment to blog every day, and I intend to continue checking out posts on the list as long as I can.

On this, the last day of the month of April, I look outside and see mini leaves on the trees. The sun is shining, and the temperature is expected to hit 15 C (60 F) this afternoon. Plus, to make the day even more special, tonight is the annual Mother-Daughter dinner, a fundraiser for breast cancer research. Tonight my natural daughter, my chosen one, and I will all sit down to be wined, dined and pampered with this year’s them, A Night  in Paris. Oh yeah. After a signature cocktail or two, I’ll be in the zone.

Z is for Zone

ZTime and Again, my husband will say to me, “I told your that yesterday, but as usual, you were In the zone.”   And nine out of ten times, he’s right. When I’m involved in something, I’m so completely focused on that one thing that, just like someone looking through a telescope, I can see that little point, and nothing else. It becomes my world, the object of my concentration, the center of my universe.

Needless to say, getting into the zone is essential when i write. I need to put the characters inside my head in charge in order for me to be able to let the story flow. Right now, I’m within ten to twelve pages of finishing The White Lily, and that’s my goal for the day, so don’t talk to me, don’t even blink in my direction, because, until it’s done, I won’t even know you’re there.

When I’m blogging, I have to give my muse free rein to organize my thoughts into a coherent whole, and when I’m out celebrating, I have to stifle her and all the voices in my head clamoring for attention, forget plots, and heroes and heroines, and relax, enjoy myself, and the company I’m with. This summer, I have plans to do just that, but I know myself only too well. The voices in my head will get their say every now and then.

As I reread that last paragraph, I realize that I sound like someone with a serious mental issue, but every author knows exactly what I mean. I’ll be taking my first ever cruise this summer. When I board the ship or enter a port, go into a room or attend a show, I’ll have to fight the urge to look around and engrave the details in my head to use in a later book. I’ll force myself not look look at people and imagine them as characters in a book, Ans most of all, I’ll have to tamp down my urge to write it all down in the notebook I carry in my purse–well maybe I’ll jot some of it down..

Tonight though, the zone I’ll need to be in is the one where I’ll set all those wayward thoughts aside and concentrate on having fun. The fun zone–seems to me it’s been a long time since I made it there.

Take a moment to check out the other Z blogs and have yourself a wonderful year!  If you’ve got time, drop by again, or visit my website for more about me.



Finally retired after more than 30 years as a teacher! Now, I get to spend my time gardening, enjoying my grandchildren, and writing. I finally completed the number one item in my bucket list and Crimson Romance published my first novel, Fire Angel, in April 2013. Since then I have published 24 manuscripts to date and don't plan to quit writing for a long time yet.

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