Sunday, November 9, 2014

Writer's Ramblings

It's officially my favorite time of year: Fall!
It's also my favorite month: NaNoWriMo.

At this point I'm so far behind in writing, I need over 2,000 words a day to meet the deadline.
Not. Gonna. Happen.

Unless I am dishonest.

I am working on the novel I started last year and didn't win with. I was in college and barely had any spare time to write un-college-related words. This year I have become more social and barely have any time to write words.

My career is all official and my classroom is all set up in a newer, more efficient way, but I am still finding that many things are taking up my time. I still have to plan lessons. I still have to plan events. I still have to learn to say no. Sometimes things are suggested and I like to try them, but sometimes change rubs me the wrong way. I have to deal with pushy people, jump through hoops, and do things the way I feel most comfortable; which may mean changing slowly. Emphasis on slow.

That's not all that has taken my time..

My sister called me up to use my mad organizing skills (which apparently accompany my control issues but do not go far enough into the 'cleaning' realm to satisfy my co-workers) to help her dig out from under piles of girl-child toys and artwork. It took 2 Saturdays to do two rooms. It was therapeutic.. for both of us.

Thursday nights Hubby and I have taken up a new hobby.. Trivia night. We go to a local restaurant and so far, we have kicked butt. Well, he has.. I have been able to answer one question out of..60 since we started. But that is not the point. The point is to get out and have adult conversations with people who *gasp* Don't Have Children and who *double gasp* don't understand our jobs enough that it is not worth talking about them.

Trust me, talking about your work is not the way to a healthy relationship. Sure, you have to vent, but if that is how you spend EVERY evening.. not cool. He was totally right in getting me out of the house to meet new people. Thanks, Hon!

Then there was the movie we went to see this month.. and another I want to see coming out. This has been the Year of the Movie for my family. We have seen more movies in theater this year than ever. There were some good ones! It is a luxury that is finally in our price range and we have run with it. It is good family time.

Movies and movie trailers can be inspiring...

I did get a few ideas spinning off of them...

But I didn't write them down in the dark theater, so they are gone forever. *sigh*

I also am still doing a second job tutoring because I love working with Autistic kids. I also love the extra money. It has funded the changes in my classroom, my wardrobe, and even "Awesome Christmas" which will be coming this December. It takes about an extra 2 hours (with drive time) 3 days a week. I find it rewarding, even when the progress takes months or a year. It is a break from the rigors of the classroom. It is a place where I have almost total control. It is usually fun.

I guess writing, like any job, is not always fun. There are days when things don't go the way they should. The muse could be out. The outside comes into your head space or work space. Sometimes non-fiction, blogging, is the only thing that can be written because it is in the way of the creative, fiction side.

Hey, maybe I should do a more non-fiction novel...hmm, confidentiality..

As long as it never gets printed, who cares?!

Monday, July 28, 2014


I won 3rd place on DegreeStory! You can find my name under the winners on the right panel. I am quite pleased. I tried to put just enough details to make it endearing, but not enough to embarrass or upset anyone. This is also important for me to keep my job!

I had a rough year. I did. That doesn't mean that I won't have issues this year, either. What it means is that I did a lot of learning.

I am pleased that I won. I entered on the last day of the contest, with minimal proofreading and editing by myself. I tried to get a friend or two to proofread, but neither were interested. I guess this means I am better at writing than most others who entered. That sounds quite conceited. I shouldn't pat myself on the back like this...
I take my victories where they come.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Writing Challenge

It is July Novel Writing Month! Did you know? JulNoWriMo

I am taking this challenge to write 50,000 words in July. That's 1,667 words a day. More if I take a break on the 4th for Independence day, and the 5th for another celebration of Independence day. Single spaced, that's about 3 pages, even with dialogue.

In a WriMo, anything goes. Even if the writing is complete crap, count the words and move on. Word vomit can be cleaned up later. The goal is the finish line. The goal is to write The End and to like what you have done.

My last two posts on my writing resolutions and what holds me back are going to help fuel me through this.

Plus, it's my summer break and I am determined to reawaken my passion for writing and love what I do every day.

My first Writing Resolution was to finish what I start. I have started this writing challenge, and I will finish it! I'm sure it will fuel me to more blog posts, more time spent editing, and more projects finished. Then I can focus on accomplishing my next two writing goals. (Getting critiques and marketing)

As far as turning my stumbling blocks into stepping stones, I am tackling them in reverse order. I am no longer burdened for time (number 3). I have a story that I have outlined to be my muse (number 2). All I lack is a writing partner.

In this case, I take a sort of "If you build it, they will come" approach...

If I keep writing, blogging, and critiquing others, I will find a writing buddy. I will find a muse. If I go where the writers hang out, I will find somebody who is willing to take on my questions, inane ramblings, and enthusiasm for my story and reciprocate with advice, ideas, and laughter.

For now, though, it is back to the work-in-progress.