Already harder than I thought. Sometimes I forget what a struggle it is. Ugh.
I just turned in that manuscript. I am DONE. And, soon, it will be October, and what I’m hoping to be a new outlook on life. It will take effort to: Be positive. Be focused. Not be a workaholic at work. Write for myself and only myself with only my own self-imposed deadlines. Pick aContinue reading “Plans of Outstanding Proportions”
I’ve been setting some things aside to inspire me when needed. Now that I’ve reached the end of my deadlines, the time has come. This beautiful post from my magician friend Lucksmith at Bored Ludic? gets my heart pumping each time I read it. He says (and please forgive me for quoting so liberally): IContinue reading “Inspired”
1. First sentence. It all rides on the first sentence, so go all out. Do not start with the long, extended description of the train. Start instead with the sentence that had been on page 2 (the belly shirt, the blowjob bracelets, the gum). This is the sentence that started the story in the firstContinue reading “Latest Story Theories”
Can it be? Oh, yes. I reached the end of the manuscript. Easily, swimmingly—actually it went pretty fast and I even did line edits this morning and, turns out, the thing’s not as bad as I thought. I think. Seeing as I already asked for, and was granted, an extension until Monday morning I willContinue reading “All Pages and Scenes Accounted For”
I am no closer to the imminent end to the endless manuscript that will be holding me hostage through the weekend. But today was a better day, even still. Yesterday I got my revision notes on my Alice manuscript—one that I thought would surely carry through into October. But the revisions were much simpler thanContinue reading “A Little Less Heavy”
This latest deadline is really weighing on me. I have to force the pages out—and then, once out, I’m afraid to look at them again. I’ve never had this much trouble with a project before. I’m thinking it’s not really about this project at all, is it? It’s about what comes after the project. It’sContinue reading “Heavy”
Page 50. That’s all I’m gonna get today. You know it; I know it; we all know it. I have to be happy with page 50… Okay, so page 50. Will someone carry me home now? I’ve reached page 50 and I’m too tired to walk.
I am high up on the twelfth floor, banging out these pages at a laborious pace that is killing me slowly on the inside, down in there where it counts the most. And yet for some reason all I can hear, from the street twelve floors below, is the ice-cream truck. It’s blaring its song,Continue reading “Invasion of the Ice-Cream Song”
So I wasn’t sick. I wasn’t sick all week. Oh, who am I kidding. I had a cold. And I was so exhausted after not being sick that this week I slept in every day and ended up writing only 2 pages toward the final 80 due in less than a week. So you couldContinue reading “What’s in Me”