Sea Changes and Far Horizons

It’s not a light at the end of the tunnel, more a light at the edge of the horizon– the same sort of hope, but not quite. Because tunnels are directional and horizons move, and I’m never quite as home on the sea as I mean to be.

It’s only been two weeks, but things are starting to settle in to the patterns I need them to. I’ve dealt with being one-half of a family before, left behind to keep things moving forward while my other half is a world away (Well, three-fifths a world at least). So it’s familiar this time, the rhythms I fall into when there’s no one else to pick up the slack.

Still, with three dogs, a house, an elderly cat, a job, and a back that has decided that bending at the waist is an optional past-time– the boat is doing a bit more rocking than I’d like. I have no idea how people with children and full-time jobs manage, I’m floundering enough without having to care for anything sentient (myself included)!

But thanks to living in an internet age, I know that my other half is safe and sound and as long as I don’t manage to burn the house down it’ll all turn out okay.

And on that note, I’m going to go check the oven…

Martha Bechtel

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    1. Martha Bechtel

      I do that a lot, I think it’s a habit left over from writing all of the fan fiction drabbles (100 words exactly). I get lyrical when I get in the zone. *grin*

      1. Cool! One thing, though: how do manage to get more than a sentence at a time that’s awesome without spending an hour thinking about it? That’s never happened to me. (Except sometimes when I’m writing poetry, but that doesn’t count and your writing is still better.)

        1. Martha Bechtel

          Just lots and lots of practice! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been writing ever since grade school and it takes a while to get settled and find your own writing style. Something you can try doing if you want to practice is write a sentence a day based around a prompt (like the website

          A lot of my story prompts come from writing alphabet warm-ups where you write a sentence for every letter of the alphabet. Most of the stuff like that I actually throw out, only the good ones make it into the prompts! *grin*

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