Greetings and Salutations most fabulous readers. I have done a 180. From the depths of despair to contented productivity. And to ice that cake I just read an article that explained so much to me about me lately. I love this article. It just, perfectly explained me to me. And since it did it better than I could, I’ll link to it here so it can explain me to you.
Moving on: writing. I started edited my spy novel again. Some of my beta feedback is very clear and definitely moving my novel in the direction I want it to go. And that’s really what matters, where I want this novel to go. I still have some on the fence questions. Is the sex too much? Do the spies really have to kill every bad guy they encounter and if they do, does that make them unlikable? Does two G starting names really cause that much of an issue? And what the heck do I rename Gareth if two G names really is a problem? But aside from that, I need to fatten up the second half of my novel. It isn’t even a walking skeleton because it has no tendons or muscles. It’s just a barely articulated skeleton. LOL. I rushed it. I set a hard goal for myself and made it by cutting corners. Gotta fix that.
Taught my first Nano to Publish class at the coop. Got an email from a parent, who was sitting in on the class, the next day. “I don’t know how good a writer you are but you are one hell of a speaker.” Laughing. If I just combine that with the people who say I write just like a talk…that’s one hell of a compliment.
I’ve decided to report on my stated 2016 goals each Wednesday for a little prod of accountability.
– Participate in one flash fiction challenge per month.
√ October just started, I have time still, don’t get all pushy on me now. LOL
– Prepare and teach “Nano to Publish”.
√ Yep, almost done now. The October meeting will be a wrap up and an intro to Nano for new folks. We are continuing on next year with less emphasis on a time line. The workshops will be more, come as you are and we’ll help you get to the next place. First Saturday of the month, 1130AM-1PM, North Bend Library.
– Any time I am not actively working on my 2015 Nano Novel, write 2500 words per week on my spy novel until it is done. (After four years, it’s time to put this mess to bed.)
√ Rockin and Rollin. Next goal: Ready for readers in 6 weeks. If you want in, let me know.
Non writing goals
– Prepare and teach two classes at the coop for the 2016-2017 school year.
√ This is going pretty well. Had a student drop my Geo class, but three others turned up to add it. LOL. Nano is a blast. I made my students write a description of a setting in 30 words or less. They were wigging hard. “30 words!! But that’s so little.” Yep. Mwahahahah.
– Take better care of my body, ie. stop compulsively painting, crocheting, and writing until my back or shoulder is so tore I can barely use either.
√ Doing ok on this but my shoulder is still tweaked from all the house painting.
– yoga daily.
√ 5 days this week.