Writer Wednesday: Heh.

 

Yeah, that’s how I’m going to describe this week. Just a shrug and a “heh.” I was really hoping that the boys were going to settle in to this new place and that we were going to keep it moving as a happy family. I also thought that the stress of moving would pass over me, allowing me to open my mind to writing again.

What I didn’t plan for, on any of our accounts, was the physical fatigue.

Moving is fucking exhausting. We got movers to do the heavy lifting, but there seems to be a lot of lifting and hauling and moving and pushing and pulling after the fact. Not to mention the fact that I went from very flat apartment living to 2 big stair cases of townhouse living. With babies.

So my body is still sore, my brain is still cloudy, and while my muse is fighting to get these ideas out, communication is getting lost in the haze. I wrote 400 words of Chuck’s Flash Fiction last night, and I have ideas coming at me left and right. I can only pray on the time and energy to get them down on digital paper.

So let’s go to the board:

1) I’m so pumped about Chuck’s Flash Fiction challenge this week. We’ve got to create our own “punk” genre and the muse threw something cool at me: Blacksploitation Samurai-Punk. Oh yeah. Get pumped. It’s going to be a great week.

and I’m still pumped. The 400 words that I have are pretty solid and I’m excited about getting on to this fight. I’m a little worried–this will be the first fight that I’ve ever written. Hope I create something good with the opportunity!

2) I’m going to, for the love of God, edit this prequel for Before Her Time. I’m excited to finish and put it back out there.

I think I’m going to edit it but not post it to my writer’s group. There were two members who read it and commented, and I’ll give them the opportunity to read it again if they’d like…but It has ballooned to almost 6,000 words and that’s a lot to ask strangers to read. We’ll see.

3) I have notes in my notebook for a start of the reboot for the original Before Her Time. What I have (5 handwritten pages) is pretty good. I’m going to digitize and continue. I’d like to post that by the end of the week.

I might have this written, but it would be too choppy to post. And again, I don’t know how I feel about posting super long pieces…we’ll see.

Writer Wednesday: Optimism is fading…

 

I can tell you right now that I’m not going to be meeting my goals this week. My mind is pretty crippled creatively–there are too many things to handle on the home front. I have my notebooks with me and I am certainly writing ideas when they come, but it is hard to ask the muse for output when there are boxes to be packed.

So let’s see if there is anything that can be done:

 

1) Accountability, the prequel for Before Her Time, was well received and torn to pieces by my writing group. I have a lot of work to do this week, and that will be my first priority.

I’d like to be able to have this rework done by Friday. That is my only goal for the week.

2) If I can, I’d like to rewrite and expand Before Her Time, and have that ready for posting to the group by Friday.

Striking through and postponing until after our move.

3) Chuck’s weekly challenge involves the plot generator this week. I’ve hit that button about 100 times in the course of 3 days, and I encountered about 3 viable ideas. I’m going to try to find a prompt, but if something doesn’t pop and speak to me by tomorrow morning  his might be a wash.

Striking through because the plot generator gave me nothing interesting.

 

I’m solely looking to finish this rework this week. Optimism even on this is fading, but I’m committing to getting something done this week. We’ll see if we can get something done…

Writer Wednesday: Tripped Over that First Hurdle

 

Ohhhhmygoodness it’s Wednesday. Already. How the hell did that happen. I swear, I have been writing, but clearly I’m not accomplished! Too much left to do this week!!! Roar! Let’s go to the boards:

 

1) I freaking must finish the prequel for Before Her TIme. I am 2,000 words into this thing, and it shows no signs of stopping. I think that I’m allllmoooosssstttt there, but I think that I have another 2,000 words more before this story is complete. Excerpt by Friday. EXCERPT BY FRIDAY!!!! (roar!)

Can I tell you, I’ve written somewhere in the ballpark of 5,000 words for this short story. Unfortunately, I’ve deleted about 3,000 words of work between Monday and now. I kept writing things, losing steam, staring at my computer, feeling stuck, and then deciding to go in a completely different direction. I did this a good 4 times, writing an average of 800 words before deciding that I went down the wrong path. I think I found the right direction, but I’m at 2079 words despite all the work I’ve done!! SO FRUSTRATING!!!! This story will be finished. By Friday. Come hell or high water!

2) Flash Fiction for Chuck this week? Let’s pick a line right now… Here we go: “That plan didn’t fly, superhero, and now we’re short a bazooka.” I liked this line the first time I read it and it has been with me all weekend. I envision a wedding. Let’s see.

*sigh* What the hell, man… I have a good idea for this one…but I am not going to do it unless I finish this short story. The goal is to get to this tomorrow night…

3) Write out 1000 words of a YA concept that I have. I’m going to guard this one close to the vest because I think that the idea is interesting and viable. I might share this with my writing group before I put it on this blog. Well… maybe I’ll share a little bit. We’ll see. :)

 

Yeah…studies show this isn’t going to happen given the pace of what I’ve accomplished so far this week.

4) Start the rewrite for Before Her Time. Notice I said “start.” Very ambiguous! Let’s see if we can make that a 100 word minimum, just so I don’t get cute and write only one sentence.

augh!!! So much bitten off this week. There is, like, NO FREAKING WAY this is going to happen!!!

 

Ohhhhhhhhh the pain! The agony of faaaailllllluuuurreeeeeee!!!!

SOMETHING is going to get done this week!

I’m done whining. Time to go write!

Writer Wednesday: Productive, but More is Required!

 

Oh my, is it Wednesday already? I’m feeling like I’ve done a lot, but not enough! Did I bite off more than I could chew this week? Let’s see…

 

1) Work on an idea for a new character/story, that connects two interesting ideas that came to me this weekend.

So I’m about 1,000 words into this. It’s a prequel for Before her Time, which is going to turn into a little series (or something even larger…we’ll see). I need to pick up the pace if I want to get this done, though!

2) Rewrite Before Her Time completely and submit that for critique also.

I don’t know if this is going to happen. At my current pace, I’ll be lucky if I’m done with the prequel by Friday…

3) Return to my novel project, and create one complete area of world building–focus on Religion and Culture this week.

*sigh* Short story writing is really killing my novel writing… I’m gonna mark this in the epic fail column right now.

4) Enter Chuck’s sentence contest this week with the goal of winning.

Done! 🙂 Wish me luck!

Writer Wednesday: What a Long Week…

 

What an emotional and incredible week–I’ve been allllll caught up in Supreme Court stuff this week. I have done some writing, but most of my time has been dedicated to news. Thanks to Jeff Kent’s suggestion, I also researched Amazon KDP for publishing some of my short stories. I’m exploring this, but I’m still unsure. Is it worth the cost of cover art and what not? What’s up with the 30% vs. 70%? And yeah, I mean, is my writing good enough for that? I just don’t know…

Let’s go to the board.

1) 5 posts this week. Yup, we’re gonna do it. 

This is post 3 of the week. Looking forward to popping another out tomorrow!

2) Complete the short story that I started last week, The Hand that Feeds You, and post it for critique. 

Working on this tonight. Going back from scratch, but not in a bad way. I know exactly what direction that I want it to go in. Looking forward to my writing community tearing it apart on Friday.

3) Write this week’s flash fiction for Chuck’s challenge. I rolled a good one! Superhero plus Occult Detective, must have forbidden love and a pool of blood. Ohhhhh yeaaaah. It’s gonna be awesome. 

Will probably spend most of my time writing this on Thursday. I have an idea rattling in my head. I think that it’s going to be awesome if I can pull it off.

4) Rework the short story that I wrote for my writing community this weekend. It kind of went out of control, but I like the concept: Michael and Gabriel go all cowboy style in the wild west looking for Lucifer. I know, I know, I know, it doesn’t sound awesome, but like, there is something about it that has the potential to be awesome, so I’m working on it. Don’t judge me! 

I haven’t received any feedback on what I originally posted (probably not a good sign). Will table this to Saturday.

5) Come up with a new schedule for work on my novel, A Terrible Thing to Waste, because my current timeline is broken (which totally sucks). Post for accountability. 

*sigh* I feel this beautiful story slipping away from me. I haven’t even thought about it. Writing a novel is important to me. I want to do it, I need to do it, and this story means a lot to me. I will make this a priority this weekend.

 

My goodness. I turned to my husband this morning and lamented that it’s only Wednesday. Time seems to be moving so damned slowly. But if that’s the case, I should have way more to show for my week. Time to get it into gear!!

Writer Wednesday: Rough First Half

Nooo, it’s Wednesday already!?!?! What the Hell happened??? I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything this week!

Let’s go to the board:

1) At least 4 posts this week.

This is 2 out of 4. I’ve got time!

2) Continue World Building, producing some material that will be good enough to use for plotting.

I haven’t even opened Scrivener this week. Lordy, I’m behind.

3) Develop one of the two short stories that I found inspiration for over the weekend.

I haven’t written a word of fiction this entire week. Blog posts? Yes. Critiques? Yes. Replies to comments? Yes, even! But fiction?? NO. Big fat no.

4) Work on a Flash Fiction, but not the one that Chuck posted. Work on another one.

Roar. See item 3.

5) Finish personal market spreadsheet, pick a few magazines, send off my two lit fic short stories.

Spreadsheet is open, but I haven’t added to it.

 

Basically, I’ve done nothing this week. Wooooowww….

But here is the good news. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. As a football fan, I’m all about that miracle in the 4th quarter. This little report card is a great kick in the rear. Gonna get to work!

Hope you are having a more productive week than I am!

Writer Wednesday: Short Weeks, Extra Work

 

How are you doing, writing world? I feel like my fingers have been flying all day every day this week! What’s up with that!?!?!

Let’s see what I’ve accomplished for all of this typing:

1) More posting, more plugs: I’m going to write 5 posts this week and I’m going to link to at least 3 other writing blogs that I enjoy. More shout outs means a better writing community for us all.

This is post 3 of five this week! And you should totally check out the guest post that I wrote for my good friend over at Notebook Blogairy! (See what I did there?)

2)  Finish my Friday Flash Fiction (I’m 800 words in) and have it posted.

Oh yes! Finished this and got some pretty good reviews on it! Will post in a moment!

3) Work on world building this week for the novel, A Terrible Thing To Waste.

This is my primary task this evening…especially because I’ve come to a bit of a world building conundrum…and a plot problem simultaneously. Much pondering must occur.

4) Look for a market for Missed Opportunity, which is now finished. (Maybe use Duotrope? Is that a good thing to use?)

I have not done this, mostly because I haven’t decided if it’s a good idea. In other words, I’m a bit chicken shit. Gonna force myself to do this.

5) Critique at least 2 other works by other people in my writing community

Working on this. Nobody has posted anything recently…so I might not be able to do this one…

6) Begin work on a new short story. Short stories on Saturdays haven’t been working, so we need a new day. Find inspiration, find a day, and get writing.

Inspiration hasn’t really struck me yet. My head is swimming with many, many other tasks. Hopefully, while I’m twisting my hair, lightening will somehow strike.

 

Not a whole lot is crossed out yet, but the progress bar is slowly moving toward the right on every one of these tasks! We’re gonna have a successful week. I can just feel it!

 

How are ya’ll doing, writing friends? Share your progress!

Writer Wednesday: Work Done, Work to BE done!

 

What a week. Where do the hours in the day go? No excuses, let’s go to the board:

 

1) We’re gonna do it this week: 5 posts on this blog! Can I do it?? Let’s see!!

This is post 3 of 5 this week!

2) Tighten up Missed Opportunity and repost the story to my critique forum. I’m late on this. This must be done tonight before I get to other things I need to do!

Done and done! I am so pumped to say that I am done with this story. I can’t wait to start looking for some places to submit it to!!

3) May was designated to characters in my novel. This month, we’re working on culture/politics/religion and other aspects of world building. This week, I’m working on culture. So excited!

I haven’t done a lot with this yet, but I WILL tomorrow night. This week, I’m thinking about designing the main setting where the book will take place: I originally imagined it to be a school, but now I’m more imagining it as a thinktank. This change makes me really excited and will put a lot into the plot!

4) Create a Flash Fiction for this week’s challenge. I didn’t get a chance to finish late week, but this week, I’ll have something posted by Friday. My words are mint, divorce, moon.

I have an idea. I know that there will be a mint julep in it somewhere. I was hoping to get this done during nap time, but seeing as my eldest son has decided not to take a nap…soooooooo….we’ll see. But I am running out of time. I will take the time tonight!

5) Get inspired for Short Story Saturday (something I haven’t done in a few weeks)

I have a few ideas rolling around in my head. This, too, will happen.

 

Are there enough hours between now and Friday to get all of this done? I don’t know!

Writer Wednesday: Progress, Inspiration, Accomplishment

 

Hello Writing World! How fairs the week? Despite various life obligations this week, I’ve been able to get a lot done! Let’s look at the board:

 

1. 3 Blog posts plus a bonus. We’ll slowly build to five posts a week.

Here is post 2 of the week, and I actually think I’m going to be able to get to five by Saturday. Technically, I don’t count Saturday as part of my work week, but I’ve got a lot of ideas rattling in my head soooooooo, I’m going to write a few posts and schedule them to pop on different dates. Look out for them soon!!

2. Put up Missed Opportunity for critique and integrate critique into a true final.

I have put up my story for critique this week. I haven’t received any feedback yet. Hopefully I will soon.

3. Write a Flash Fiction for this week’s challenge, which has to do with psychics and what not. I chose Divination… I’m not going to lie, I’m not wholly excited about this challenge (paranormal doesn’t turn me on as a reader, so it isn’t singing to me as a writer.) We’re gonna challenge ourselves and make it work! (And my offer still stands. I’ll link to yours if you link to mine!)

I haven’t been able to write the short story yet, but I do have a few ideas in my head. Hope to get it together tomorrow.

4. Dedicate this week to Junia and Tinsley, the last two characters of my novel to work on. I’m excited to be finishing this phase of character building. Gotta try to stay on schedule so that I can start writing on August 1st. It’s so close and yet so far and there is must more to do!

I am done with character building for my novel! I will write out character sketches for them in prose form and put them up on this blog some time next week. I’m so pumped! On to culture/religion building!!

Progress and a Little Light Reading

It’s Writer’s Wednesday. Let’s see how this little writer mama is doing this week:

1) Three blog posts. No freaking excuses. And at least one other one. (Because clearly we aren’t ready for 5 posts a week yet)

I’m on schedule for this one! Wrote an extra (and pretty good) post yesterday! (I’m about 50 pages out from finishing Animal Farm by the way. The ideas are really starting to spark for this story again.)

2) Begin rewrite for Never a Day with the intent to have it completed on Thursday evening. (No promises for posting. This will go through an extensive polishing process.)

I’m not convinced that I’m going to be done with Never a Day by tomorrow evening. I will have a good chunk done, but I don’t know if I’ll be at “the end.” Especially because I have a Flash Fiction that I really need to get with. We’ll see.

3) Create character profile for Junia.

Poor Junia has been by the wayside this week. She’s talking to me and I haven’t been listening. I’m praying that these boys are going to take the nap that I just put them down for (unfortunately, I can hear them through the nursery door just playing away) so that way I can get to her and give her some of my attention. We’ll see. But I’ll be getting with her one way or another.

4) Work on Friday Flash Fiction Challenge. I got a cool one for this week: “A forlorn farmer is searching for a legendary weapon.”

I have SUCH a great idea for this flash fiction. It came to me while I was getting my eldest out to drop-off playgroup. “Stand by Me” randomly started playing on my Pandora List (which is a problem, because that’s my Fresh Beat Band Pandora lists…Lordy…) Anyway, a scene came to my head, and I’m like, yes, this is going to be awesome.

 

And actually the scene that I have imagined for my little flash fiction goes well with the links I’m about to provide. I try to write about voices and people and perspectives that I never see in media. I’ve written a bit about that before on this blog, and I’m sure I’ll do it again. But I’m going to put the spotlight on a fantastic essay written by Kameron Hurley about narratives regarding female characters. Chuck Wendig wrote a response to that article which I also liked. You should absolutely take the time to read them both.

I can’t believe that it’s Wednesday already. I hope that you are having a great and productive week!