Monday, February 26, 2018

The Moment You Admit February Was a Bust

Let me no longer be in denial.

I have failed.  I extended my deadline for #TLS to 2/28 since I did a great job in January but didn't complete the first draft.  And now that it's two days left in the month I'm not sure I'll finish.

But Feb may have been a fail on the word count goal front and also in completing an editorial map but I did make some progress in understanding the character motives.  Also I think my BIG win for Feb and this probably bled a bit from Jan is understanding what #TLS is.  A lot of times when I work on a project I'll sometimes ask myself does this fit into another story OR could I combine some ideas to make something worthy of a novel.  But instead I found #TLS answered the question I had for one of my other novels.  I'm still treating it as a stand alone but that history is there.

Speaking of history I've been working out some of the character's back story and what I know about them because think where I got snagged is I saw a storyline pulling me in more and found myself getting away from the original intent.  However I recognize this can happen you go into an idea with one thing in mind and discover some other gems along the way.

At any rate I'm still working on #TLS.  I do not know what this means for my revision goals regarding TYW and overall timeline or if I'll just make a hard stop come 3/1 to focus on TYW but at the end of the day I'm working on something.

In other news I recognized a few people for my "Just Because" in February.  I took a coworker out to lunch and tried to write out a thoughtful card.  I also wrote out a card to my cousins thanking them for what they do.  Met with a few ex-coworkers for dinner tonight as well and that was fun.  We always have some really good conversations regarding work and life and various observations.    But then there was a lot of conversation yesterday I partook in from at my great aunts to talking with my cousin.  And for the takeaway is that we all have something we're working on in this lifetime, things we're going through and really does it make a difference with framing yours perspective in order to get the most out of your present.

Anywho I'm tired and I really should try to work on this short story.  I finally started "Odd Scripts" last week and got to a stopping point.  Right now I'm trying to decide if I should expand it or leave it where it is. But I also want to read more of "Still Me" my coworker dropped off her copy at my desk and I started reading it and I'se curious, lol.

I'll likely end up reading a bit, listening to Hamilton (got back into listening to this soundtrack randomly), and then heading to bed since it's 10:40.  I really need to revisit my writing timeline ... ::sigh::

Anywho I'se off

9/52 weeks

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Pushing Onward

I call myself about to work on #TLS when I realized my latest draft is saved on my work computer and I didn't send it to myself like I usually do after a writing session (which was this past Saturday)... an hour or so later I'm back on my regular laptop because in trying to send my WIP to my email address I started playing around with my phone which I intentionally charged in another room.

And now the waning bit of energy I had is gone.  I just want to enjoy my last couple bites of brownie and my flaxmilk then head to bed -_-

But I'm going to try to fight through it and try to get out about 500 words *fingers crossed*

Not too much going on other than I'm behind and at this point I may have to make another project call come 2/28 based on where I'm at versus where I wanted to be.

I had another idea for a short story... I need to try to get one out this month as well.  The working titles for the short stories are "The Clock Maker" and "Odd 'Scripts".  I hope to make the latter more comedic.

Speaking of comedic as I've worked on a #TLS I've continually asked myself is what I want from this and mostly how is it different.  I know, in my heart of hearts, I want #TLS to be a look at humanity and what it looks like as it changes/one loses their own but I've asked myself what hasn't been done in this genre?   Dinosaurs.  That's right.  There are dinosaurs in #TLS ... sort of.  If dinosaurs are a metaphor for old things, old ideas, things that should be extinct then yes there are dinosaurs!!!!

/late night randomness

That aside I did see Black Panther on Sunday with the family.  And a couple things
1.  I noticed the villain Erik Killmonger had the same name as a character in #TLS (minus the last name)... seeing him made me wonder about my Erik's plight as he starts off decent.  Still TBD how his story will go.
2.  Again I found myself asking the question that I think may be at the heart of #TLS, one that mankind or any genius discovery has come across of rather sharing something with world or keeping it hidden in fear of the possible abuse of it...?  And with one of my characters I believe this is an idea she struggles with when she creates *something*

Okay, I'm done.  This should count toward writing.  The morning shower and thinking about #TLS should count too.

Off to write.  Here's to progress!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Seeking Inspiration

I'm still in a bit of a rut when it comes to any head way with working on #TLS or with the TYW.

Been blaming most of my lack of progress on shark week -_-  But I haven't given up on trying to accomplish my goals for the month.  Here's to hoping this funk or whatnot passes.

I doubt very much I'll get any words in tonight... re-watching "The Wind Rises" because there was something about the movie that moved me and thus the purpose of ze entry.  I haven't been reading as much, mostly because there is also some mental hang up with books as well.  It's like there part of me that's got one foot out the door with just about everything.

At any rate sometimes as writers there's this expectation that reading a lot will help with developing your craft.  And I don't argue against that but I also think other medium's can do the same.  Recently I watched "Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl" which was sad but entertaining.

I also watched "The Girl w/ All the Gifts" expecting to get something from it since it involved zombies and #TLS is a zombie novel.  I suppose in some aspects I did but of all three films the most thought provoking question that got my mind spinning was "The Wind Rises" and it was it that made me think of my #TLS characters specifically Vin and trying to get back to her plight.  Also I definitely cried watching "The Wind Rises" and I'm tearing up now as I re-watch it.

Part of what happened in #TLS is that I got stuck in introducing a character who I feel shapes some of what happens in the novel (from a backstory perspective) but their story isn't necessary to Vin's decision... or maybe it is.  I don't know.  It feels like a case of over thinking but not having enough well thought out plans.


Well in other news attended a mixer last week and saw the last 50SOG film with a friend as part of a lady date.  I didn't float last week and I didn't make it to the weekly write in either (didn't make it yesterday either).  I did spend some time with the niece and we went bowling which was good but she noted I seemed sad.  I also booked a PwaT event in early March with my other niece.  Will hopefully post pics of the last one at some point.

Other than trying to write this week and possibly seeing Black Panther nothing too much going on.

And now that the chicken pot pie is done I'll probably start wrapping up to get ready for bed.

I'se out ^_^

7/52 wk update

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Resolutions Update & Feb Goals

Happy Tuesday!

Not much traction has been made with #TLS since the 10k day it seems.  I’m starting to think large writing days somehow drain me for days.  But there is also some mental anguish with the writing as of late.  And due to the weather yesterday I decided on not going to the weekly write in.

In short February is not off to a great start.  And without looking at my list of resolution I know I’m behind in books read as well and I need to produce a short story this month.

That said the goal in Feb will definitely be to:
- Catch up on GR challenge
- Complete revision prep
- TRY to finish #TLS
- Complete one short story

This means delaying my revision another month but I feel like its better to go on with this strategy than be unrealistic in my capabilities given history.

Other than that not too much going on.  I attended my first Painting w/ a Twist event.

And later this week I’ll be attending a Wine & Chocolate Mixer with a friend (though I didn’t realize until I booked that it was a Wine & Chocolate SINGLES Mixer)... At any rate plan on trying to enjoy the night.

Which makes me think... has anyone ever been bamboozled?  Thought I don’t think I was absolutely even through the event is listed one way on FB but differinitely when you go to buy the ticket,

And I’m off for now, will try to start my story “The Clockmaker”.

6/52 wk

Monday, January 29, 2018

Writing and New Things

So far I’ve adhered to my once a week post.  Yay!  One month down 11 more to go.

This won’t be a long post as I’m tired and currently waiting for mi Madres at the casino so I should at least try to sneak in a few more words.

Today I had a bit of a meltdown at work involving one of my projects, blaming it on PMS, and because I did and just wanting to work on my novel a bit I decided to attend a weekly write in.  Long story short I reached out to confirm they were meeting at Starbucks and they were.  So I joined and met a nice group of people while getting in some words and enjoying some hot soy milk ^_^

This week I’ll also be likely doing my fourth float, which I”m excited for because last week was just great.  I came out glowing, lol.  And I was in a really good mood after it and my back felt good.  But besides doing another float I also plan on doing my first ever Paiting w/ a Twist on Saturday.  It’s another solo outing.  And I’m okay with that :)

I’m behind about 26k with #TheLastStop and hoping to do some damage but I also recognize I need to finish up my editorial map if I’m to stay on track for my TYW Revision.

So the goal this week will be to:
- Finish out the first draft of #TLS
- Complete editorial map for TYW
- Start POA (since I didn’t last week)
- Attend PwaT event
- Look into bday plans
- Finish reading book

Oh in another news I did sign myself up for a vegan cheese making class in March.

And I’m off.

5/52 wk

Monday, January 22, 2018

... When All You Want To Do Is Sleep

This past weekend was a success as far as writing and for that I'm thankful that my friend even thought to challenge us into getting caught up with our word count.

The way the bet worked is that whoever wrote the most over the weekend won.  Granted I never learned what would be entailed if I lost.  However we created a safe zone of 10k.  Had they lost I planned on having them perform a Disney song (was thinking How Far I'll Go from Moana) but I had other songs in mind including having compose their own original Disney like song, lol.

At any rate after nearly writing 15k across the weekend, staying up until 3am doing some analysis for work I am tired.  However I worked out that I should aim for 3k each day but tonight I think I'll just satisfy myself with getting in maybe 500 words or so in so I can head to bed.

Though if today is any indicator for writing the rest of the week I'll likely be aiming for another 10k this coming weekend.  But I don't plan on slipping the rest of the week.  And if necessary I may take a day off.

I still need to get through my revision prep, since the plan is to complete #TLS this month and focus on TYW and Year Two for the next couple months.

My hopes/plan for this week:
- Add an additional 20k to #TLS over the course of the week
-Start POA doc
-Dedicate 2 hours to TYW revision prep / editorial map
-Work out/pay bills

At any rate I shall head off to try to get in.. 100 words, lol.  My ability to stay up is fading.

4/52 weeks

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Late Week 3 Post

This won’t be an incredibly long post but I didn’t want to break my chain of weekly updates thus far.

I’m still making steady progress with #TLS and I want to say a couple things emerged this week while writing however rather than give those things away I instead want to relay a hack I tried out this week in regard to my writing.

It’s nothing new by any means but it’s a trick I haven’t tried using until this week.  I had worked late on the 18th and by the time I got in and got everything in order there wasn’t much time to write.  Plus there were potatoes I needed to peel.  This was about 11 ish at night.  So the idea struck me to peel potatoes AND work on #TLS by using my Voice Memo feature on the phone.

I’d use this before while driving to quickly jot down a story idea but that was about it.  Well for about 16 minutes I peeled potatoes and talked, writing out a scene via memo.

So how many words can one speak into existence in 16 minutes?  I had guesstimated about 800 but then I remembered there were times when I lost my train of thought or gaps in time when I thought I’d just stopped talking.  And while there were moments such as those, at the end of the day I guessed MAYBE I’d managed 500 words in those 16 minutes.

Turns out it was closer to 1500.  Granted as I transferred those words to my document (which took me an hour to do because I didn’t talk as slow as I thought I was) and I did as to it as I wrote but most of the words came from that 16 minutes of audio.  So while it was an effective way of multitasking, it still took me about an hour to transfer it but still not bad and something I’ll definitely do again.

In other news I had my second float this week.  I’m thinking I’ll do it again this week but it’s so odd. I start off just hating the stillness of it all and asking myself why did I do this, I just want to go but at some point I eventually relax into it and come away thankful for that quiet moment.  However during this week’s float as I did really sink into there were a couple times my body just jolted.  And I had this idea it was probably because someone had probably texted/called me.  Sure enough I checked my phone after I was out the tank to see I did receive a call.  I think it disrupted the spiritual calm, lol.

Well I’m off to try to get caught up with #TLS.  Have a challenge with a friend and we’re both behind but right now they are doing better than me with the ‘catch up this weekend’ goal.

I’se out