I was working. Then I opened another window and started typing. A short story is starting. Sometimes you can't help yourself. It's like slipping that tiny bit of chocolate in your mouth when no one is around to see. Except now I've told you. Pretend you don't know that I'm cheating on my deadlines, okay?
I am about to start writing the YA novel due in September (though it may be extended to October 2). Anyway, the outline has been returned to me with notes, all of which seem doable, and I have a new document all open and ready. The title is typed in (one word; starts with a … Continue reading Chapter 1, We Meet Again
In grad school I recall being envious of some of the other writers in my workshops—they could be so funny. And funny writing gets an immediate response: you laugh; thus it's good. My kind of writing doesn't really make you laugh. Get a little lost, feel a little uncomfortable, say oh that's pretty, maybe. But … Continue reading Apparently I’m Funny Now
The advice on my last post was really helpful—thank you. I spent last night seeking out fellowships and residencies to apply to this year (I still think of "years" as I did when I was in school...) and I made up a nice list for myself in iCal. The first deadline is in September. I … Continue reading A Deadline of My Own
Last night, I was thinking of all the things I need to do: all the writing projects I want to finish and/or start and/or at least pay a little attention to, but I have this freelance work to keep me busy at the very least through October 15. Not to mention normal life, which sweeps … Continue reading Overwhelmed and Under a Ton of Bricks
I just visited Helen's blog and found some wonderful news. Her science fiction novel won the Children's Book Council of Australia's Frustrated Writers' Mentoring Program competition. I'm so excited, it's like I won something. Congrats, Helen!
I am such a Pisces. Either I read all the traits of a typical Pisces a long time ago and molded myself into one, or else all those horoscopes are written just for me. Jonathan tells me: Recent events have left you in no doubt about the need to effect a repair. Something IS broken. … Continue reading Horoscope Superstitions
My litany of complaints for the day is above. I guess the worst is that one of my writing deadlines was pushed up a week, which only means I have to work harder this weekend than expected. The coat hanger? E is dealing with it as we speak. The window office? I didn't really want … Continue reading Lost a Week, Should Have Gotten Coffee This Morning, Had a Bad Lunch, Cannot Get a Window Office, Thunderstorm Soon and No Umbrella, Coat Hanger Stuck in the Sink
This is what E, my other half, just said to me. He then said: "I can't wait to read all the books you'll write. And I get to read them first." He's not one for empty compliments. And yes it's true: everything I write, he reads it first. Being a writer has been the most … Continue reading “You’re my favorite writer.”
You wake up early one morning not feeling too well. But you're under deadline. And you have only three hours before you have to be at work. You: (a) Down some painkillers, hop into the shower, and get dressed anyway. Even if you write one story for this freelance project it's one more than you … Continue reading Pop Quiz