50 Weeks of Living My Novels
As a pretend Fictional Woman of Action (is pretend plus fictional redundant?), the first must-do on my list is to clean out my energy.
Did you expect me to say, “Work out hard”? Oh please, I’m already in pretty good shape, and no doubt I’ll spend a few of these 50 weeks hurling myself into harebrained jock stunts. In the meantime, it’s my mind/ body connection that needs a lube job.
My character Layla doesn’t do any meditation stuff in her story, but in her backstory she’s dabbled in it. My character Charity MacCay, in contrast, can be superstitious but doesn’t have a mystical bone in her body. But then there’s Modesty Blaise, who I want to be in my next life and who spent time in India mastering advanced mind control.
Me? Hell, I’ll try anything.
Thus I found myself… um… kinda naked, lying flat on my back on a table in a dark room and receiving the sometimes painful energy massage of a Lomi Lomi ritual. It’s from the Hawaiian spirituality of Huna, which has long fascinated me, and during it I felt very exposed. And weird. Especially since I can get self-conscious over things like nakedness.
For me, relaxing and concentrating took a lot of effort on my part, but I though I succeeded.
Turns out only my mind went where I wanted it to. The Lomi Lomi therapist told me that parts of my body never seemed to let go. This explains why some muscles in my legs and hips that have tightened up from injuries still won’t stretch normally. I’ve really got to work on physically relaxing.
See, one reason I used to meditate is ’cause I can go to bed and sleep while still so tense I’ll wake up sick. Once I woke up with bad hives from nerves. Physical relaxation that others can take for granted I’ve gotta work at. And Action Women have GOT to be in control of their bodies.
AND NOW FOR A NEW FEATURE:
Funny and way-too-smart Mike Offut (www.SLC Kismet.com) and I both have a thing for the show Sleepy Hollow, and he suggested that we pose a question to each other each week on our blogs.
Mike asked me, “How would you describe the moment you realized Sleepy Hollow was something you would watch faithfully every week?”
My answer: When I saw Ichabod Crane, as played by Tom Mison, and fell madly in love with him. And because I really liked Abbie’s character and how she and Crane used their brains and skills to escape the headless horseman. Then there’s the atmosphere, which reminded me of Halloween, and the way Police Chief Irving appeared to be in on Sleepy Hollow’s ancient secrets, which go back to the American Revolution. Oh, of course I’m a history buff.