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Hell or High Water: Appointment with My Self

I had to make an appointment with my Self, the “come hell or high water” type.

And now I’m finally here with my Self―BITCHOK (butt in the chair, hands on keyboard), an acronym I’ve borrowed many times from young adult author Cassandra Clare.

There’s no way to fool the true Self, but wow did I fool myself it had only been a couple of months since my last blog post!?! I told my Selves (I know you know what I mean) that today was the day, come hell or high water, that I would write.

There’s a funny thing about intention when it’s addressed to the true Self. The Self ain’t playing. It remembers and wants that specific appointment kept, no matter how long it takes. Meditating, exercising and contemplating life over a cup of Darjeeling and a handful of dark cherries isn’t the same.

I had to make an appointment with my Self, the “come hell or high water” type. And now I’m finally here with my Self―BITCHOK (butt in the chair, hands on keyboard), an acronym I’ve borrowed many times from young adult author Cassandra Clare https://www.cassandraclare.com/writing-advice/. There’s no way to fool the true Self, but wow did I fool myself it had only been a couple of months since my last blog post!?! I told my Selves (I know you know what I mean) that today was the day, come hell or high water, that I would write. There’s a funny thing about intention when it’s addressed to the true Self. The Self ain’t playing. It remembers and wants that specific appointment kept, no matter how long it takes. Meditating, exercising and contemplating life over a cup of Darjeeling and a handful of dark cherries isn’t the same.
Darjeeling and Dark Cherries

In this case, my specific appointment with my Self was to write for this blog. Posting on Instagram or Facebook wasn’t sufficient. Those posts weren’t the deal we made. This is the deal.

Then my Self let me know she wanted more. My Self wants me to write to a letter to herSelf. Or is it that my Self wants to write a letter to me? Of course, I know the answer, since I am me after all. There shall be letters―to me, to others, from characters. I saw this letter thing in my mind’s eye grow like mushrooms build in cartoons or anime. Today’s will be short.

Dear Tanya,

Thank you for keeping our appointment, no hell or high water required.

I know you’ve been busy. I see the deer-in-the-headlights look in your eyes, posture and aura. I hear it in your thoughts, your voice, your dreams.

Go easy on yourself. Relax. It’s all okay. If you don’t get something done in a day, so what? Your dreams won’t suddenly vanish. Think of this appointment with me as a first step toward the advancement of those dreams.

Love,

Your Self

Carriage House – Both Workshop and Garage

Back in the day, people rode in carriages instead of automobiles and parked them in carriage houses. The original carriage house on the novel’s fictional Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel estate was quite large. Luther Andersen eventually converted it into both a garage and a workshop.

The Carriage House at Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel

The characters Luther Andersen and his coworker, Carl Nelson, use the carriage house workshop for estate maintenance as well as for their engineering projects. Luther and Carl are keen on environmental solutions and the workshop doubles as their research lab. Solar and wind projects can be seen all around Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel. Hybrid carts used to get around the estate are one example of solar technology. Luther’s 1941 Packard station wagon, “Woody”, parked in the garage portion of the carriage house, is another.

Georgie, Josefina or both, park their bicycles in the carriage house when they arrive at Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel after classes at the Mystic Creek High School.

The Green Carriage House

You’ll find another carriage house workshop mentioned in the novel, the one at Shawn Green’s house. Shawn’s dad and brother, Derrick and Earl, developed the first portion of their “black box” design for the government in this workshop.

 

Thank you for joining me into another peek into the world of my upcoming novel. Stay tuned for more!

 

 

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel [working title], brightens the sometimes dark world of YA and delivers the angst and the weird in this inspiring becoming-who-you-are adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.