This week has been terribly bittersweet. My birthday party on Saturday was great, so much fun! Then we went to a house party and spent the time taking care of kids waaaaay too drunk for health. But one the kids was really hilarious and actually we had a really fun time messing with him (nothing too terrible). The other was scary too far gone. I’ve been having so much fun teaching my lessons and studying Judaism (more on that in a sec), but then our dog, Foxtrot, got massively sick and had to be hospitallized for two nights. Wednesday was my actual birthday, but nothing but a nod to the day and a bottle of wine shared with Simeon and his parents that night. Of course, dinner and wine with Simeon’s parents is great! But it was overshadowed by Foxtrot’s illness, which even at that point he was still in shaky health.
I packed everything for our trip to England on Wednesday night, not even starting to pack until after midnight, and we needed to wake up early on Thursday so that we had enough time to run our last minute errands and visit Foxtrot at the vet for an update on his condition. Wow, this week has been so stressful.
However, on the plus side, I am extremely excited about my writing! I’ve been battling with writer’s block for a few months now (and minor depression in having to leave Buckingham behind… seriously it always feels like leaving a real man), but now I have new direction. I’ve made my main character a Jew, which just adds so much dimension to my story when you consider that I’ve placed her in early 15th century France, a time in history when actually the Jews were exiled from France, so that in order for her to remain a Jew in France, she would have to hide as a Christian…. Yeah, it’s interesting. On top of that, I’ve actually never really studied Judaism in depth before. I’m having a blast learning the differences in worship and fundamental beliefs between Jews and Christians. I was raised Roman Catholic, and I studied Christianity and Catholicism in particular, so I know enough to be able to spot the major similarities and differences. Question I’m still battling with: How strongly do Jews believe in the Zoastrian principles of good vs evil? I haven’t come across it very much in my studies, though I know that Christians are extremely concerned with the Zoastrian system of belief. Anyone have any direction you can point me in?
So on the airplane today, I studied the Babylonian Talmud and delved into Maimonides, as well as beginning to read through Psalms and the rest of the Pentateuch, from Seattle to Chicago. I also read about the history of tattoos (very relavent to my book) on our phone while waiting for our delayed flight to taxi back in. From Chicago to London, I managed to write about 8,000 words of my book, which amounted to 1 1/2 chapters. Yeah baby! And my mind is racing ahead. I’ve got Chapters 1-4 done and I can’t wait to get to Chapter 5. I may do so tonight, in fact, or at least plot it out. WOOT! Kora has found her inspiration again!!!!