And now, as I slog through line-editing this manuscript by Monday's due date, I point you to a beautiful, and surprising post on Charlotte's Web.
Three years at my company and, as a reward, I got an extra week off. So, what to do with the week? Go to an undisclosed location overlooking a notoriously turquoise sea, sit with E on the sand, and read as many books as I can fit in my suitcase. (Note to self: Bring extra … Continue reading Help Me with My Vacation Reading List?
I finished the YA novel yesterday morning. I lie. I didn't exactly finish—I just wrote through to the end. It's about 6,000 words too long and choppy in some places, but now I have the weekend to get it in reading shape for Monday. Also it's only a first draft, so a revision is a … Continue reading Forgot to Mention
I was asked if I wanted to write another one of these series books for next season. (The first draft of the one I'm writing now is due on Monday.) I considered. I sat there a minute or two, looking at the email, feeling inside myself to see how I should respond. I wanted to … Continue reading The Day I Said No
That maybe sometimes that's not so bad? I did the scene I couldn't complete this morning and I'm extremely happy with it. There was a moment where I moved even myself and was smiling inanely at my Starbucks table, to the confused looks of the people around me. I'm glad I waited. It turned out … Continue reading Lesson Learned from Stopping Before I Was Done Yesterday
...that you just can't write another word. I think it's happening right now. Regarding distractions—hence the name of this blog—in the last hour I started thinking up ideas for a YA series I would like to pitch, the novel I would like to write, and a short story I would really like to finish. It's … Continue reading Sometimes It Happens…
Susan over at ReadingWritingLiving has found an animated version of how I've been feeling this week. Apparently I'm not alone. The animation is grotesque. And so true.
I've been quiet for some days. It's because I've been madly trying to reach this writing deadline, now about a week away, and then tackle multiple deadlines after that. I won't go into detail yet again about how I screwed myself by saying yes to too many things. I'm boring even myself. This is just … Continue reading Stop Means Go
Write a sentence. Ugh. Write another. Ick. Stop. Scratch mysterious mosquito bite. Open Safari to check messages, no, bad, don't do that, close Safari. Stare at wall. Stare out window. Return to screen. Start another sentence. It becomes a paragraph, a whole page, you're on a roll! Oh, um, no you're not. You just stopped … Continue reading And So It Goes (it has to… it’s due 10/2)
I had a little battle with myself early this morning about going out to write before work. This took place on the couch in the living room where I stumbled before I was able to focus my eyes and make it to the shower. (That was strike one.) Bad Me: Let's stay here and just … Continue reading My Dueling Personalities