A New Plan

So, my new goal is to write in this blog once a week. It might be anything. It could be flash fiction. It could be a funny thing Caitlyn did. It could be my latest rant about the price of carrots. Who knows?!

(I actually don’t like the price of vegetables in general, but we’re not going to talk about that right now.)

I’m happy to report I’ve done at least 1,000 words every day this week. My goal for my days off is 2,000 words and I’ve nailed that too! Not only that, but I think I finally have the ending of “In the Corridors of Light and Dreams.” And it’s not some trite adventure-story ending. It’s going to require the reworking of a lot of foreshadowing, but that’s nothing new for me.

I’m trying to get better involved with the OC Writer’s Group. I’m going to start an online critique group. While most of the group seems to really enjoy Write-Ins, that’s not really my cup of tea. For writing, I need some semblance of quiet. I can’t have people talk to me and I don’t deal with interruptions well in those cases. I’m kind of the classic “solitary writer.” It’s one of the reasons I have trouble with social media and such.

In general, people confuse me.

Anyway, here’s a funny story:

My dad has a bird named Mitzy. And he regularly watches Caitlyn on Wednesdays and Fridays. She really likes that silly bird. And one of her things she does when she learns words is attach various verbs to proper nouns (and that fact that she can do this is AWESOME).

So she’ll go DADDY WORK, MOMMY WORK, MIMI WORK, PAPA WORK. It’s crazy cute. But she’ll also say MITZY WORK!

Laura usually responds, “Mitzy doesn’t work! She’s a bird!”

In the last few days, Caitlyn started something new:

Caitlyn: “MITZY WORK!”

Me: “Mitzy doesn’t work.”

Caitlyn: “MITZY A BIRD!!”

It’s psychotically cute. Seriously. Like mind-meltingly cute.

 

Good luck and have fun!

-rks

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Getting Out to Push

Okay, so here’s the thing. I’ve become somewhat complacent with my writing progress and it’s been, frankly, terrible. I’ve had some really good days, like the time where I did 2,007 words in the space of 45 minutes (ish). On a lunch break in my car. Pretty snazzy.

But I’m starting to realize a ton of my potential writing time is going up in smoke, mostly through gaming. There are other drains on my time, but instead of whining about how little time I get to write, I need to make some priority changes.

I’m still not sure what I’m going to do. I don’t want to just cut off my subscription to WoW, because that’s overkill. And I still enjoy it and it’s nice to relax. But I’m pretty much rushing from one thing to the next in my life with no space in between. Come on, a blog post can take like ten minutes!

I’m not okay with this anymore. I need to force myself to write.

There are many days where I don’t want to go to work (let’s be honest, it’s most days). Where I’ve had a fight with someone, where I’m tired or don’t feel well. When I had bad dreams or feel lazy or unmotivated. But guess what? I still go to work.

Why?

Because I have to. Because I need the money to provide for my family. And because it’s who I am. I have a very strong work ethic. It’s deeply ingrained within me. I hate being late to work…or anywhere for that matter. But because writing is a solitary thing…I let myself slide all the time. Primarily because I don’t have external pressure.

So I’m going to have to turn up the pressure, I think.

Oh yes, and one other thing. I’ve decided to take down most of my deviantArt stories. I’m not going to remove them entirely, but I’m going to put them in storage. One of these days, I need to go through and record all those comments for later.

Anyway, I’m also going to try and launch an online critique group, though I’m not sure exactly how to do it. What form should I use? Should it be email or forum based? Etc, etc. Any good suggestions out there.

I want to finally get my rear in gear. And I’m tired of just talking about it.

See you soon!

-rks