I think writing is like having a stranger see you naked.
It's totally terrifying.
You're vulnerable. Totally out there. Exposed. Uncovered. Expecting judgement.
This week, writing-wise, I've pretty much shown my goodies to everyone.
The Week in Nakedness (A Recap):
Thing One worked out well. The client was happy. The client wants to pay me. Thing One was a challenge that I've never taken on before, so I'm happy I was able to make it work.
Thing Two is in progress. I've gotten naked for Thing Two (metaphorically) before, so there isn't any anxiety there. It's really just a matter of getting it done.
Thing Three was a pain in the ass to write. Husband reviewed it and thought it was fine. Committee member read it and liked it, with a minor tweak. Crossing Thing Three off my list was like, I'm guessing, what it feels like to lose a lot of weight.
Thing Four, well, I'm still hanging out, all exposed and whatnot, with Thing Four.
Thing Four is related to Thing Two, so it's not like total nakedness. It's more like weird locker room nakedness. Not weird like Pierced Nipple Woman Who Won't Put On Her Shirt*, or Snake Ass** or I Just Pooped in the Bathroom Stall But I Still Haven't Put My Underpants On Woman***, but weird like, I can see you're naked, but I'm still working really hard on having a normal conversation with you without looking like I'm aware that you're naked nor acting like I'm totally freaked out by naked (which I am). That kind of weird.
Thing Four is for a friend and I want what I'm doing for her to be really excellent. I took a chance with how I wrote this piece for her (and forced myself to not write it like I was conversing with the cat) and it's possible that it won't fly. And that is okay. But the anticipation is killing my naked self, and it's cold out, so everyone can see that my turkey is done.
* Pierced Nipple Woman Who Won't Put On Her Shirt spent an abnormal amount of time naked from the waist up in the locker room of my local gym. In the final hours of her abnormal nakedness, I watched her fix her hair while her shirt was on, but she had it hiked up so that her bejeweled tits could hang out. Her boobies had ample time to dry, so this wasn't an issue with ruining a good blouse. I think she was just really proud of them. Weird naked.
** Snake Ass -- I haven't seen her yet, but I get this example of weird naked from a reliable source who claims that Snake Ass has a tattoo that is placed so it looks like a snake is slithering out of her ass. Weird naked. And bad idea for ink. And awkward tattooing session for that tattooist, I'm sure.