Sep 2, 2014

On Getting Buried

I had big plans for August. It’s usually one of my more productive months. The sun is blisteringly hot and the temperatures are over 110, or they’re in the mid nineties but it’s so humid you can cut the air with a knife (thank you Monsoon season). I’m stuck indoors. I fool myself into thinking I’m back in an Oregon winter by turning on the rain, keeping the blackout curtains shuttered and sitting directly under the aircon vent (it’s where my desk is).

But this year August has been… odd.

I’ve been buried in revisions that, aside from the very first one I tackled, try to suck the very life out of me. I go through page after page and end up with more red scribbled over the lines than the actual lines themselves. Blame it on the fact I’ve left them to sit for so long, blame it on the fact my brain has been searching for any opportunity to take a road trip (something we’ve inexplicably gone over a year without).

Evenings are usually when I have a chance to sit down and do the things I think of as Admin. These blog posts, website revisions & additions, actually getting things onto my social media. This month I’ve neglected them all. I get home from the day job and can barely be bothered to make dinner.

So As I work up my monthly tallies, I see the true extent of just how much I didn’t do. The last week had an odd writing push, I even found traction on a project on Friday that gave me the highest word count I’d had all month. I didn’t even get much reading done – Tragic.

So, my goal for September is just to unbury myself. To get things sorted out, organized and back into some semblance of “not a steaming pile.” And maybe get more accomplished than I did in August.

Did anyone else lose themselves in August?

Sep 1, 2014

August in a Nutshell

Words Written: 28,464

With the exception of the final week, you can see my writing was quite… nonexistent. I’d like to blame that on the fact my nose was stuck in revision pages… but I don’t have a lot to show for that either.

Books Revised: 1
I was hoping to get 4 books revised, but three of them turned out to be such messes, I’m still slogging through them.

Print Books Acquired: 6
Images of America: Arizona Rangers by M. David DeSoucy
Timepiece by Myra McEntire
Infinityglass by Myra McEntire
Unspoken by Sara Rees Brennan
Sword of the Bright Lady (ARC) by M. C. Planck
The Betrayal of Flynn Monroe (by moi)

Books Read: 3

Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan
Sword of the Bright Lady by M. C. Planck
White Lady by Jessica Bell

Aug 12, 2014

I made a workbook for my lists!

The schedules I make for myself change rather often… and they’re rarely about time. I spend a lot of time deciding what level of production I need to obtain. Largely that production comes in word count… sometimes it’s in pages. But it always, invariably, includes lists

I love lists and being able to check items off or cross them out. I am a completionist at heart. Pretty sure I’ve talked about how much I enjoy being able to cross things off my to-dos.

So as part of my ongoing attempt to increase my productivity, I've decided to make monthly work books. All it requires is a piece of cardstock, some normal weight copy paper, a needle and some thread, and I've got a bound book inwhich to compile my lists for the month

This is what the cover of Augusts looked like after I did a little decorating

Beta#1 wants me to draw dragon eyes in the empty spaces on the back.... and color in the rest to look like scales.

So far it's been super helpful.

(I'd show you today's, but I made a note of someone else's email address on it... and it wouldn't be nice to give that out!)

Is this enough evidence that I'm addicted to lists?

Aug 11, 2014

Missed Deadline

Sometimes it's nice being my own boss... there's no one to yell at me when I misss a revision deadline because I have an epiphany that demands a book's ending is rewritten. 

You might be wondering why I'm not working on that. Why I'm typing this up instead. The answer? it's difficult for me to slash things to pieces with one hand while I munch down some lovely feta and pesto pasta salad with the other. Typing, I can do. So I'm eating lunch and chattering at you.

Revisions are an interesting process. Largely, because I spend the weeks I'm revising, learning what I did and didn't put in a book. There's a lot in my head that doesn't go into a story... sometimes it's the options that didn't make it in when I'm plotting out a scene (Did I rain down hellfire? or was it only acid rain? or was that deluge plain water... but in quantities that would drown anyone?) and sometimes it's things that should have gone in... like a brief reminder who a character is when we haven't seen them in this book.

The thing I love most about revisions happens when I'm chugging along, and I set it aside for a moment to "do life" and find myself struck with some piece of knowlege or plot that will make the story better. 

That's what happened this time.

So Ray's book is getting a new, expanded ending,  and it is going to be fantastic! And that is why I'm not mad that I've missed that deadline. I get to set a new one.

Aug 8, 2014

Writing Anywhere... Everywhere

If there’s one thing I love about writing, it’s the fact that I can do it anywhere – and in fact I tend to do it everywhere. If you follow my oft neglected instagram feed, you’ll see the occasional Manuscript with meal/beer picture in the mix. (okay, it’s cider.)

Truly, I have some form of writing medium on me at all times – even if it is only the “notes” app in my phone. On a typical day, I’ll have 1-3 notebooks, the iPad and its keyboard, and my phone on me – occasionally we can count pages for editing among those, and there is always a sea of pens sloshing at the bottom of my bag.

Any spare moment I get, I’ll pull out something to write on/with and get a few words in.

Honestly, I spend most of my “out and about” writing time at bars. Largely the stolen moments are while the DH is out smoking, or when I feel like ignoring the world, but still want a pint. And I’ve noticed that for the majority of the places I like to write, they all have a common theme – they all have wonderfully deep bars. Maybe someday I’ll talk about those specific places.