Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Status Update #2 and GOAL Update #1

It's honestly been crazy these past few weeks. I know it's because summer is coming to an end (I really don't want it to!), kids are going back to school, people are returning from vacation, etc. -- so things are picking up.

Progress has not stalled however!

Where am I now?


I'm not sure if that's good or if I'm writing slowly, but it's impressive to me! Especially considering where I was not too long ago. :)

I'm going to start doing regular status updates--I'll probably try for a weekly post to recap word count, and any other intriguing tidbits that may happen in my not so intriguing life.

Alright, let's set a goal (since where would we be without them?):

GOAL #1:

60,000 words by the end of October 2009

Attainable? I think so. I just need to stay focused.

Wish me luck.

I'm bone tired right now--it's been a long day, but I'm going to go try and finish this chapter and get started on the next one. We are currently on Chapter 9.

Bye for now!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Status Update #1

I am up bright and early on Saturday morning and I am back up to 21k! :) I am taking a little break and I had to come and provide updates.

This is extremely exciting for me. I'm not entirely sure how long I'll be able to keep it - I suffer from constantcompulsiverevising-itis. Quite serious.

I've learned though. I used to actually DELETE (should that be a four letter word?) everything I had and start from scratch. You have no idea the hours I spent lamenting over lost words. As time goes by, it's hard to remember exactly what it was you wanted to say and how you wanted to say it. That's why we write it down! Now instead, I keep the old stuff, and merely start anew if necessary or do my favourite: REVISE.

I'm going to go re-read what I have and see if I like it. It's currently at six chapters. That little walk earlier in the week really helped me! I need to declutter my life and mind, figuratively speaking (maybe literally?). Where do I start?

Okay, I'm off - I need to make this a very productive day.

Bye for now!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Grounds for Inspiration

I just got back from a long walk along the lake shore. Can I first mention that I've lived in an area backing the waterfront for over 6 years and I have never gone? How is that possible? It was amazing! I don't know what made me go today, but I am going every week from now on.

It was so calming and peaceful. I think everyone needs to take the time to do something like that - something that truly makes you feel at ease and in sync with the universe.

Although I was just a few short steps from "civilization" and reality as it is, I felt as though I was millions of miles away without a care in the world. Apparently lots of people have already discovered this - I'm late in the game, as usual.

Apart from some crazy killer dragon flies, it was perfect!

For the first time in a long time, I was able to just clear my mind, and it felt really good. I came home all excited and brimming with ideas for the novel. I'm going to go write them down before I lose them. I don't know how long this sense of euphoria will last, but I'm hoping for a while.

Bye for now!