Writing Wednesday: Mopping Up

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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Music Monday – Far Away Trains Passing By

Far Away Trains Passing ByI 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

click below to listen!

Ulrich Schnauss – A Million Miles Away.mp3

Writing Check-In: Week Ending 27 June 2010

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?