Mental Health Monday–An analogy…actually, it’s more of a metaphor, or, um, well, I have some news and I linked it to writing AND mental health (really, I did)


house simpsons - RE: The real simpsons house

Ok, so I usually post on a mental health topic every Monday, but this Monday is special because it’s ALMOST Closing Day on the house!

I say “almost” because it was originally scheduled for today, but because the selling bank wasn’t ready, it’s been put off until Wednesday.

I’ve been working on purchasing my Dream Home since June of 2010, so I guess a couple more days of waiting isn’t so bad. It’s been a time of excitement, angst, worry, frustration, waiting, biting nails, whining, daydreaming…erm, well, you get the point. (If anything, all the emotions I listed above pertain to mental health, so technically, I’m sticking to task, right? Right.)

That being said, the house is a bit of a fixer-upper, so all the excitement I’m having about signing my life away joining the ranks of home owners is just the beginning. Now comes the real work. New roof, new septic tank, new plaster, buffing the hardwoods, cleaning the bathrooms, getting appliances, etc, etc, etc, forever and ever, Amen.

I’m gonna be super cheesy here and link this to writing. Think about it. We fall in love with “an idea,” toil and slave over whether or not it’ll “work,” lay a few thousand words out on paper, type “THE END,” “Woot!” with glee…

…and start tearing it apart again.

Right now, as excited as I am, I’m also quite terrified of ripping the house apart. Why? Cuz you never know what you’ll find. You’ll never know how challenging it’ll be to face putting the pieces back together again.

So why in the H-E-double-hockey-sticks did I decide to do this (this applies to picking up writing and buying a fixer-upper, by the way)?

  • I love adventure.
  • I think it’s important to try new things.
  • I think learning is the TOPS! (Nerdy, huh?)
  • I love a challenge.
  • I know the house and my writing will be better for all the work I’m putting into it.
  • I’ve got my eye on the prize–a renovated house and a sparkly manuscript.

Ok, enough mixing metaphors…I’m not even sure this is clear, but, hey, everything’s a WIP, right? LOL!

So, folks, perhaps you could share with me what keeps you toiling on a WIP or project?

Don’t forget to check out Lydia’s and Sarah’s posts today!

19 comments on “Mental Health Monday–An analogy…actually, it’s more of a metaphor, or, um, well, I have some news and I linked it to writing AND mental health (really, I did)

  1. Doris says:

    Interesting analogy!


  2. Charli Mac says:

    Congrats and good luck. There’s nothing like working on your home and making it a reflection of who you are. That being said we have a bazillion WIPs in the house. The key is to start one job and finish it.

    My writing, well, I am still working on that first. It’s been 18 months and a labor of love. Why? I love my characters and I think they have something to say that others may find interesting and endearing. Oh, and there’s that little piece where I hope to get paid for it one day. 🙂

    Good luck Wednesday.

  3. Sarah says:

    That’s not a bad analogy! Especially because, with both a house and a manuscript, sometimes it’s hard to figure out when you’re “done”. You can keep tinkering forever, but especially with an ms, at some point, you have to let it go. Er, with a house, you just work on it until you run out of money. And, that said, I hope your closing goes really smoothly!

  4. Ciara Knight says:

    I understood your analogy just fine. Of course, you are living a dream of mine. I’ve always wanted to restore an old mansion. 🙂 Good luck with everything!!

  5. Kerri Cuevas says:

    Like you said, eyes on the prize 🙂
    Good luck, the house will be great!

  6. ROFL! I love that analogy. You tear it apart, you put it back together, and when you think you’re finished, you find new things to tweak, er, repair. 😉

  7. Stephanie McGee says:

    Because getting lost in my WiP, whether it’s in world-building for a new one, outlining (in either step I use), writing that SNI first draft, or revising, is my happy place. It’s where I can refresh my head and re-focus. At the end of a long day of school and work and all the other obligations I have, I can get lost inside a world where I control everything. And I can hang out with dear friends that won’t go away.

  8. Emily C. Sims says:

    I like your metaphor 🙂 It’s not cheesy, it’s perfectly right!

    Congratulations on your house!!

  9. Cinette says:

    I think it’s the perfectionism I suffer from that keeps me fussing over my manuscript and my renos. I haven’t finished renovating the first time over, but I’m already going back to where I started and trying to make it ‘just right’. That goes for my manuscript as well!

  10. Perfect. I love your reasons and they make perfect sense. Maybe because some of them are mine, too.
    Happy Monday!

  11. Wow, thanks for all the supportive comments!!!

    On another note, it looks like closing day will be during the worst snowstorm of the century, lol! It’ll certainly be memorable!

  12. Lydia K says:

    Finding a house starts out that–it turns into finding a home, and then the emotions kick in.

    I am so psyched for you, girl!

  13. Congratulations! May you enjoy every minute of this challenge. Blessings to you, Laura…

  14. vtremp says:

    I love your analogy! Everything is a wip! Congrats on becoming a homeowner and good luck with the fixing up (the house and the ms).

    All the best,

  15. Indigo says:

    Congratulations on the house! As a small home owner, I can give a few tips on fixer uppers. If you can do it yourself, even if it’s a learning experience – do it. If you need someone else to do work for you, never, ever settle on the first estimate no matter how good it sounds (this is from experience sadly).

    Most importantly make it yours. Let your own sense of style and love be the testament of where you live.

    I honestly love fixer uppers, putting that kind of work and dedication in your home is like none other. Kind of sounds like our WIP’s doesn’t it? (Hugs)Indigo

  16. Lynn Rush says:

    IT’s not cheesy to relate this to writing. Gosh, I relate tons of things…almost all things to writing. We’re just geared that way, right?

    Please say yes, because otherwise I’ll think I’m a total freak. *just kidding*

    Congrats on the house. That’s awesome. IT’ll be lots of work and worth it all! Enjoy!

  17. Paul Greci says:

    Congrats on the house!!
    What keeps me going is the desire to learn. Learning is fun and often fascinating whether you’re figuring out how to build a plot or rebuild a wall. Great analogy!!

  18. Having bought and renovated several houses in my life, I know exactly what you mean. It’s exhilarating and a little scary–but that’s all the fun part.

    Congratulations, and enjoy!

  19. Congrats on the house. I like the analogy.

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