It's Spring time in Vegas! It's been warm and breezy almost every day for two weeks, and I have brushed the cobwebs off my bubbly and bedazzled pink beach cruiser to go for some rides. My favorite thing to do in the afternoon, when the baby is napping and the rest of the family is resting, is to go for a ride. I usually ride up to the nearest cafe and sit in the sunshine. I write, I read, I blog, I listen to music, I have a sweet drink or treat, and I relax. I adore it!
Well, the last couple days, I was noticing that the ride up the big hill was getting more and more difficult. Either I was eating too much In-N-Out Burger or the bike was the one who gained the weight! Which was more likely? (Don't answer that in the comments)
Turns out...it WAS the bike! Well, sort of. The air in the tires were ridiculously low.
I hadn't even noticed. I went straight to the gas station and paid one whole dollar (how stupid is that? to pay for air?) to fill the tire back up. And guess what? Today the ride up that hill was so much easier.
That got me thinking about my writing. Lately, I have felt some seriously flat mental tires. I have been revising my manuscript for months. Waiting for critiques. Revising again. Sending to more beta readers. Revising once more. Etc. But recently I have received some feedback from two particularly awesome beta readers/critique partners, and OMG have my tires been filled back up. I wrote for five hours last night and it was one of the funnest, most thrilling writing sessions I've ever had! I was on a roll, cruising if you will. :)
So the gist of this little bike anecdote is: fill those tires up! Whether you are writing, revising, or doing something entirely different, like school or another goal, get some pumping going (in a non-sexual way...or if that works for you, whatever).
Are your tires a little low? If not, what has pumped you up recently?
P.S. I absolutely adored HUNGER GAMES, the movie! In fact, it's almost all I can think about the last few days. I'm infatuated!