February Pessimist Joy says, “Why did you wait until I get home from work to start watching TV, when you haven’t done anything but sit home all day? And when you know Jake and I want to watch Sparticus…which starts at 7…”
Optimist Joy (who I’ve dubbed Optimist Prime) says, “How thoughtful of you to take away the distraction when I know I should be writing instead.”
…my “to do before I leave for Florida” list. On a piece of yellow construction paper. Because it will be easier to find while I am checking things off. Isn’t that optimistic of me?
I’m trying my best to stay positive. My lack luster performance at optimism for the past month and a half has left me pretty darned pessimistic. I plan on turning a 180 and really start trying my damnedest when it comes to my aspirations and ambitions. Florida will mark a new turning point in my life and I plan on making the best of it. I went into 2012 with big goals and resolutions but I haven’t followed through with any of them. This trip may damper some of those goals but that will leave time for me to work on the others. My new goals are set so Florida and the writing community better watch out for me. :-P
“If your theme is “Man will always be outdone by Mother Nature,” then your setting must reflect that — a harsh and untamed forest whose thicket is impenetrable and whose every barb and briar cuts the flesh of those who pass? Yes. A Minnesota shopping mall holding a pageant for little girls dressed like strippers? No. That setting props up a different theme which is, “Pageant moms should be air-dropped onto a distant tropical island, and then we should use that island for nuclear tests.”—Wendig, Chuck (2012-02-17). 500 More Ways To Be A Better Writer (Kindle Locations 1802-1805). Terribleminds. Kindle Edition.
Work has been busy lately. But now that the half-days are over-with, I can concentrate a bit more on my story (which seems to have veered slightly off course). It frustrates me to look back at my story notes and see a large chunk of my outline…not in my story. Don’t my characters realize that I worked hard to plan out their lives for them???
I’m sad that I haven’t been writing as much as I would like. I have been at least 500 words off of my daily word count goal every day. That is, every day that I actually write.
I’m planning to get a lot done at writer’s group this weekend. But until then, I’m hoping to get at least 2k per day (which is a really reasonable goal). If I get a couple really big pushes then I can get back on track. Hopefully. Anyway, back to the word mines…
I’ve shared some of his stuff before. This is the official launch of their new website (which looks awesome). You should totally check it out and also donate to help fund research for a cure for muscular dystrophy diseases. Please help! I will! Oh, and please reblog to help spread the word!
…probably means that I’m getting things done. Like writing. But instead, it’s because I’ve felt half dead all week long and I’ve spent my spare time nursing a headache and trying not to sneeze myself into oblivion — I wonder if you could really do that…
But I do have some good news! It’s Sparticus Day! And tomorrow is writer’s group! I still have to figure out what I’m going to bake for tomorrow… And then Game Nite at Leah’s! I love my cousins soooo much! And here’s some more exclamation points to emphasize how happy I am that it is Friday: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have too many things to do, to have an hour taken away from my weekend. Ugh. Mom got me my luggage today. I bought lime green luggage tags to match. Hopefully, I won’t be able to miss my stuff on that silly conveyor belt at the airport. Just in case though, I want to get a really obnoxious sticker to plaster on the back or the side. It’s a soft-sided suitcase though, so maybe a patch would work better. I feel like such a geek, being excited about luggage but, truthfully, this trip (specifically the departure date — which isn’t even set in stone yet) is becoming such an ominous figure in the near future. I have approximately a month and a half before we leave and I feel like I have a million things to do.
On the writing front (which is totally going to be the title of my writing blog, once I get my own website set up), I’ve been working on my supernatural noir novel. I am totally out of my element. Thus far, it has been pretty “normal” (i.e. no supernatural stuff yet) but it’s finally come to that point where all the weird stuff has to be let out. I’m hoping that it’ll flow naturally and not feel forced.
I know that I’m not suppose to edit while I am writing but this time around, I can’t help myself. Frayed Not is sitting (very lonely) and brewing while I work on this one. I loved that NaNo novel while I was writing it and I’m sure that, with a lot of editing, I can make it into something of worth. But for now, I’m putting it on the back burner because I’m still too close to it and, frankly, the thought of editing it just makes me want to pull my hair out. I don’t even know where to start… *sigh*
…I’m so far behind schedule. With work, being sick, Ginny, and getting things situated, I can’t seem to get in any good, solid writing time. I suppose that this is one of the reasons why I’m looking forward to writing group tomorrow. I really want to make up for my lackluster performance this week. I’m pretty stoked that I have that 7 hour block (actually, it’s more like 4) set aside for some quality writing time. I’ve been so busy that I even forgot about the reenactment newsletter up until yesterday. My epiphany went something like this:
JAKE: (stuff about reenacting)
JAKE: (more stuff about reenacting)
ME: …oh [beep]…
Katie’s 8th birthday dinner is this weekend. She’s my niece. I hope to see her more this next month. Anyway, she’s adorable and even though I know a lot of eight year olds, I don’t know a lot about her so I wasn’t sure what to get her for her birthday.
Mom bought me a luggage set as an early birthday present. *happy dance* It’s a bright, obnoxious shade of lime green.
ANYWAY…I have 1 hour to write before I have to go back to work for the last time this week. I’m so glad that it’s Friday…
"Kumo to Rouba to Shoujo" Yasuharu Takanashi and Hiromi Mizutani
"Minoru’s Theme" Keitaro Takanami
"A Wild Fancy" Keitaro Takanami
"Something Funny" Keitaro Takanami
"They Come and Go" Keitaro Takanami
"Spilling Salt" Keitaro Takanami
Mostly from scores. I like instrumentals when I’m writing so I can focus on the mood and not the lyrics. I usually get distracted by them anyway. I think there’s only two with words and they’re not in English (both of which are in Latin). Most of them stir up certain emotions or reactions in me, which is why I put them there. Some of them just seem to fit a certain emotion. For example, “A Wild Fancy” has a burlesque show feel to it so it brings forth a feeling risque or perhaps a lustful feeling (of course it’s really caricatured because it’s from a TV show but it still illicits that feeling).
I’m totally stoked to get a lot of writing done. I think that if I keep my current pace all throughout this month, my word count should be sufficient enough that I don’t feel like hiding my head in a hole when it comes time to turn it in.
I started my new story (Neither This Noir That) and it seems to be going well. I summarized it for Jake and he’s pretty stoked for it as well. I want to see what other people think about it too. I’m turning the first section into writer’s group today to see what they think. I usually don’t let people see my rough drafts until I’ve gone over it at least once. This’ll be a first (and possibly a last) for me. I don’t really know what I want to focus on right now. I’m thinking plot line, sentence flow, and tense (because I’m always having a problem with tense). Maybe pronoun and antecedent disagreements? Because when it comes to my writing those two are always at each other’s throats.
So I was filling out the chart that was sent to me by my YoCW group. I put in the word count total from my 2 hr writing session today (which was 1k less than yesterday). I was sad about that to begin with but when I looked at the calculated stats, it said: “At this rate you will complete: NEVER” in bright red letters. I just about died until I realized that the column that I posted my session word count was for TOTAL WORD COUNT. Apparently Excel thought that I lost 1k words. So I put my total words (for March) in and now it JUST says that I’m behind schedule. Gee thanks, Excel.