The incredible character of “Auntie Mame” from the novel by Patrick Dennis, which was turned into a movie (with Rosalind Russell in the title role), a Broadway musical (with Angela Lansbury), and a movie based on that musical (with Lucille Ball) is someone everyone should have in their life, but chief among them should be authors. The signature saying of this fictional icon is:
“Live! Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!”
Often times when I was working on “The Role” I’d deny myself the luxury of going for a walk outside, or attending a party, or meeting my husband and his co-workers for drinks. I did this in the hopes that by denying myself this pleasure, I’d feel compelled to get some “real work” done. Ultimately, I usually ended up sad about missing out, and annoyed at my manuscript. Whenever I’d decide to do the opposite and go, despite being behind, the results were always better. The reason for this is, as authors, if you go out into our great big world, you can bring some piece of it back to the page.
Now that Spring is in the air, and my daughter is one year old, the social calendar is starting to fill up months in advance. I keep thinking “I should keep some weekends free, I’ve got a book coming out!” While I certainly make time for author events, I’m also determined to get out there and live. That way I can make the most of my writing time, by living a life worth writing about!