In my current #WIP, there is some mopping up to be done by my 2 main characters. It's a gruesome task in comparison to the mopping up I am doing in preparation for the long weekend (i.e. laundry, making picnic plans, final edits of the aforementioned tale).
So, even though I feel like this is the never-ending edit, things could be much worse. Wait till you read what task they are tackling
I plan to take it easy for the next few days, but that doesn't mean I won't still sneak in some brainstorming for other WIPs. Besides, what better way to do so than staring up at the clouds from under a shady tree?
In other writing news:
- One of my fave Brits and constant source of inspiration DJR has finished the first draft of his latest novel, Dog Eat Dog. Cannot wait to read it!
- I hear the first edition of the Red Penny Papers is going to be stellar, with pieces so far from Aaron & Cate. I better finish my submission and hope it gets accepted
- Barry Napier really is conquering the writing world with the acceptance of his poetry collection, A Mouth For Picket Fences. GO Barry!
- I'm completely jealous that my fellow hi-fiver Katey is going to the Mutter Museum to do a little research! Yes – medical oddities are fun!
- Miss Beanses has started posting snippets of stories that will appear in the From The Dark Side Anthology. Looking forward to reading more!
Funny how it's Summer and I seem busier now more than ever. I guess when you're freelancing, it's harder to differentiate between seasons. Or week. Or days. Or hours.
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From The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
She waited in the cold,
muttered, “You’ll die out here…
your rotting body…
“Just a stone,
The stone,” she whispered,
I know you're probably sick of hearing me go on about my ambient music obsession. So, you may be just as enthused as I am to have something new to gush about.
Dark ambient is perfect for Winter writing time, but Spring & Summer are made for something lighter and brighter.
One of my fave people in the world and an awesome writer to boot, David, shared a little video of his recent road trip. Not only was it cool to see him in action (since we have not met IRL yet – pesky ocean between Canada & the UK and all…), but the video was extra cool for me because I got to see him driving in his now infamous car, through the sunny streets of Wells, with the perfect driving-through-the-sunny-streets-of-Wells song playing.
The song in question is A Million Miles Away by Ulrich Schnauss but I am equally in love with the title track Far Away Trains Passing By, Suddenly The Trees Are Giving Way and Wherever You Are.
Music: Ulrich Schnauss: A Million Miles Away – Far Away Trains Passing By
Somehow, I've managed to stick to my minimum of 500-words a day almost every day this week. It wasn't even conscious, either. But having my Writer's Accountability Chart (aka bulletin board) desk-side as well as adding it back into the right-hand sidebar there –> has kept me on track.
So, I only managed just under 3000 words this week, which isn't earth-shattering by any means, but I refuse to make myself feel guilty for not doing more. After all, that takes all the fun out of it!
I didn't hit every goal I set out for myself last Sunday, so I resolve to make up for it this week. Besides, Summer t.v. is terrible except for True Blood on Sunday nights, so I see myself doing much better this summer overall.
How I Kicked It This Week:
- met my goal of hitting a minimum of 500-words almost each day (with over 1K on Friday)
- policed myself better in terms of playing games, chatting and such when I should be writing (hence the improved word count)
What I Need To Improve:
- missed a few of my blog days this week (but I suppose quality is better than quantity)
- Looking at my WAC, I need to read more! I have tons to read, just need to make more time for it
Goals for the Coming Week:
- much more brainstorming, outlining for various projects
- cut the cord on this short story already and move onto something shiny & new
How did you do with your goals last week? What are you hoping to tackle this week?