What to leave behind
I leave for Sikkim in a week and my manuscript (well, half of it) is coming back today from New York with revisions. Don’t get me wrong. I am excited to see what my editor has to say, but somehow my books always seem to bounce back at the most difficult times. Although, even as I write this, I am trying to think of a time in my life that is not difficult. Maybe it feels more challenging than usual because the dilemma is not simply how will I find the time to work on it, but should I take it to Sikkim? If they send me hard copy, then no, because the manuscript weighs about one hundred pounds, well, maybe seven, or two. If it is electronic, then I could bring my computer and work on it while I am waiting in airports and sitting around in the Himalayas. Who needs to visit monasteries? But my computer has a battery life of 15 minutes and is not a lightweight object. Then there is the huge stack of student papers that I would like to grade sometime soon, maybe in the next century. I had had a vision of myself in a jeep, hair blowing in the Himalayan wind, heading up into the mountains with approximately nothing, maybe a canteen and a backpack with a clean t shirt. I think I will stick with this and leave the papers and the computer at home.