Tuesday, July 13, 2010

detail work

I was working in my shop yesterday. It was the little stuff (sanding, fitting pieces)that you don't think should take very long and then, before you know it, the whole afternoon is shot and you are all sweaty and stinky. I think writing is like that. A first draft really does go quickly. It is the detail that can make or break a story that takes all the time. It is the stuff that most readers take for granted.

Have a happy Tuesday!

9 comments:

Jenn said...

What were you making in the shop?

Jamie Eyberg said...

Jenn, I was trying to finish a patio table I started months ago. I have gotten a ton of projects started and finished since then but the table continues to mock me.

Natalie L. Sin said...

I keep telling myself to slow down with "Active Imagination." I'm afraid I'm going to get ahead of myself, and wind up doing some major back tracking!

Aaron Polson said...

It's the sanding and fitting little pieces I suck at. I think it's all about patience and the ability to lose yourself for an afternoon. A good thing, indeed.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Nat, I think the great philosopher Dory, the fish, said it best. "Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. . "

Aaron, I thought it was the ability to cover myself in sawdust for an afternoon. I like your explanation better.

abrokenlaptop said...

If I ever tried to make anything in a workshop, I'd lose limbs.

Well, no, I hammered a piece of wood to another piece of wood when I was a kid, and called it a boat.

I can make you pretty origami bats, however.

-Mercedes

Jamie Eyberg said...

Mercedes, I have never known anyone to lose limbs in a workshop, only digits. Origami is cool, but I would end up with paper cuts and probably get an infection and end up losing digits anyway. Origami is dangerous now that I think about it. :)

Danielle Ferries said...

I admire anyone who can build/construct anything. I am dangerous with a hammer.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Danielle, hammers can be dangerous. Just ask my fingers.