Pink Think: “And so I’m still giving some thought – I will transition hopefully into the corporate world. And I look forward to getting involved in several other areas that I have a great interest in.” – Hugh Shelton

photo by Sandra Silva on Trek Earth

One of the most challenging parts of writing a novel for me are the transitions, where I move from one scene to another.

Right now, in my own life, I am having to contemplate transitions myself.

I took a bit of a break after finishing my historical novel Blemish, which is a novel set in turn-of-the-20th-century Philippines. It is the story of a 17 year old debutante whose life is turned upside down when she is diagnosed with leprosy.

This past week, I simply refilled my well: I rode horses with the family, wrote out my Christmas cards, caught up with volunteer and paid work, and read books voraciously.

Where do I go to from here? I could, for instance,

1.revise Blemish
2.start a brand new story
3.extensively revise another historical novel, Girl From Gurian
4.take up a job as a circus trainer

The last item is part tongue in cheek, part not. My kids are old enough I can work outside the home for part of the time, but the job needs to be flexible enough so when my husband is off, I can be off, too. I’ve toyed with the idea of temping which will give me income, flexibility and variety. I want to explore options other than freelance writing. “Published Novelist” would be fine and dandy, but until then…

I’ll be 40 in August. I am yearning to reinvent myself, to shake out of these doldrums. Is this what they call midlife crisis?