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No, I didn’t fall off the face of the earth…

I got a new day job.

The good news is it keeps me busy.

The bad news is it keeps me busy.

But I am slowly making progress on the edits from the coach I hired.  Key word: slowly

But even slow progress is better than none.  So I’ll keep trying to fit in time to write – scratch that.

I will make time to write (revise) and I will finish this book.

Just don’t hold your breath.  I’m not ready for that level of responsibility yet.

Ending the week with nice progress

I got up early this morning and edited 41 pages!  Was about to head to bed tonight, but realized I hadn’t posted about it yet, and I just had to share.  What great progress to end the week with!

The hard stuff is right around the corner, so I’m taking the quick, fairly easy pages for granted while I can.  But the end is so close, I can almost taste it!

Mark me down for at least another 20 pages tomorrow before we head out to watch my daughter’s soccer team play in the freezing cold.  I got some new gloves tonight, and am excited about trying them out.  They work with my phone so I don’t have to take them off to text.  Can’t wait!

Okay, I can wait.  It’s going to be in the low 30s and could be raining.  In fact, the whole tournament might be cancelled if it gets really bad tonight, so we’ll see if I get some extra writing time tomorrow.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

British Morning Tea

Over the past few days, my church read through the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation in just under 80 hours.  We had thirty minute shifts starting at 12 midnight New Year’s morning and ended this morning, Sunday, Jan. 4, at about 6:20 AM.  It was a pretty cool endeavor.

While others in my family read, I followed along using one of the pew Bibles which was a different version than the one used for the reading.  As I read along, I was amazed at how different the versions were.  Word choices, sentence structures, even tenses were changed, but the meaning conveyed by both was the same.

As a writer I found these differences interesting, and a bit disturbing.  I’m in the part of revisions where I am analyzing each sentence, each word, and deciding if it works, or if there is a better choice to get my meaning across, and to be shown so dramatically how many ways there are to say the same thing raised the question about why I am agonizing over it so much.

My sister and her husband read books aloud to each other and she has told me how he inserts synonyms on the fly as he reads.  She finds it fascinating, and a part of me does, too, but as an author I know how much thought is put into each selected word.  To have it changed so frivolously seemed wrong to me.

After an all night party at our house one year, my brother-in-law asked for British Morning Tea instead of coffee.

“British Morning Tea?”  I was stumped.

“Yes, like hers.”  He pointed to my sister’s cup of English Breakfast Tea.

Similar.  But not quite right.

And so I’ll keep on agonizing over my word choices and sentence structures until I get it right.

Check-in:  I met my goal of 20 pages (and exceeded it again by about 15 pages).  Tomorrow is my first day back at work after 2 weeks off so I’m going to go easy and just set a goal of 10 pages.

Thanks for checking on me!

Things I have learned

It’s 2015.  I have not yet finished the book.  I have, however, learned some things in the past couple of months that will help me finish it by 1/20/15.  This date is not arbitrary; it was pre-determined by the date of my local RWA chapter’s meeting.

Here are the things I’ve learned:

1.  Being public about my goal really does help me.

2.  I should have kept updating the blog daily, too.

3.  I suck at writing through the holidays, and I need to improve in this area.

4.  It’s okay to take a break as long as you get back to work.

5.  Write first, do everything else after.

I’m sure there were other lessons, such as “Have Desk, Will Travel” and “Close the Curtains” but I’ll save those for another day.

The theme for today is write daily.  When I started this blog at the end of October 2014, I wanted to use it in the style of Nony on “A Slob Comes Clean” – basically throwing myself and my problem (not sticking to my daily writing) out there and making myself accountable.

For a while I did that, but then I started feeling like I needed to make the blog more meaningful (to other people) so I would feel more comfortable marketing it and therefore get more people here to hold me accountable.  But that’s not what I started it for.  Yes, I plan to get there eventually, but for now, I really need this to be all about my struggle to set this habit and write daily.  So, to answer Lessons 1 and 2, I will be updating the blog daily (or as often as I write) again, until I get this habit set.

For Lesson 3, thank goodness the holidays are over and I can get back to my regular life.  Have you heard the adage that busy people get more done?  I didn’t believe it at first, but it’s true.  And even though I had already learned this once,  I had to learn it again.  I am most productive when my schedule is full.  If I have to work 8 hours a day, plus do all the mom things, I still get more writing done than if I have TWO weeks off work and just have to get together with family and get ready and through Christmas and New Year’s.

As for Lesson 4, I’m really good at taking a break.  Not so good at getting back to work (on writing, that is).  My plan for this area is to set a timer to work and a timer for a break.  That way I can’t get endlessly distracted by laundry or dishes or cats and their never-ending supply of fur, and will get back to work when it’s time.  I didn’t even mention games or Twitter or Facebook.  Maybe I shouldn’t use the timer on my phone….

Finally, as I’ve mentioned before here, write first, and do everything else later.  I’ve already messed this up by writing this post first, but now I’m getting to work on the book.  I have to get through at least 10 pages of editing today. I’ll check in when I’m done.

Happy 2015 to all of you.  I hope you are setting goals, making resolutions, taking the lessons you learned in 2014 and putting them to good use in the coming year.  If not, get to work!

Four days!

So far, so good on my goal of writing every day this week.  Granted it’s only Wednesday, so it’s only been 4 days, but that’s better than I did last week!

Started a re-write of a scene today that I’ve been putting off for a while.  So far it’s going quite well.  Now that I’ve been through the whole beginning of the book and gotten things pretty squared away there, the rest of it might fall into place easier.  Wouldn’t that be great?

I have to confess, though, that I’ve been tempting the Universe.  I have been writing AND exercising this week.

Don’t worry.  The house is a mess.

Emerging From the Holiday Cave

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!  Mine was evidently a little too good.  I got sucked into the Holiday Cave and couldn’t find my way out.

And now five of the nine days I was going to give myself for Thanksgiving AND Christmas are gone.

GONE.

I worked last Monday, then not again until last night (Sunday).

But even though I stayed up later than I wanted to watching “Talking Dead” after the SHOCKING mid-season finale of “The Walking Dead”, I honored my alarm when it went off at 5:20 this morning and I got up and worked for an hour this morning.

I must continue to do this for the rest of the month.  And I better get a lot better at revising because I have a lot of work to do on this ms and not a lot of time.

 

A message from the universe

You know how sometimes you read or hear the same message everywhere?  It’s like the universe is trying to tell you something.

The message I’ve been getting — and am finally understanding — is that because I have a full-time job, in my spare time I can either write, keep my house clean, or exercise.  But I can’t do all three.

Lately I’ve been choosing to write.

This weekend, when I’m not trying to squeeze in 8 hours of work, plus an hour commute, plus some family time and some writing, I might clean my house.

Might.