Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I started this post as an e-mail to my RFW partner L'Aussie Denise. I haven't really communicated with her in a couple weeks, and she's been very patient as I try to get my blogging life back on trac. You know what THEY say about quitting college; you'll never really get back into it if you take a break? Well, I think the same can be said of blogging - or any (healthy) habit you take a hiatus from.
Hell no, this isn't a "I'm quitting blogging" post. Get yer fingers off that un-follow button . .
Slow blogging is not NO Blogging. For me, that means I do more lurking from my google reader than posting or commenting. (Posting comments through RSS feed just seems weird to me still.)
I'm just behind, and saying I may be there a couple weeks longer than expected. That doesn't mean much to anyone but me - and a few authors I said I'd have the guest post/book review up by a certain date, and my RFW partner who expected a level of participation on the Appreciating the Zealotry post (thank you to a few of the A-Z hosts who participated in our event and allowed us to steal one of their gadget-logos) which I'm still catching up on.
During April I had some everyday sh-iza to focus on; and didn't get as much writing done as I thought I would during my blogger break. I feel good about the real-life/family guff I attended to. Made it easier when my father passed away, as I was already ensconced in family issues. I know my dad's faith was at work there, not my belief in universal coincidence. He had a way of looking at things that calmed my mind . .
Now you're wondering where the "Who's Bad" theme comes in? Well, I'm bad; but not in a "gee I'm so sorry I've let everyone down" type feeling bad - though I do feel some guilt that things are getting postponed a week. I'm feeling Bad A$$ right now.
Cuz, I got a short story completed. That's right! Who's been writing on a new concept? Well, not totally new; but I took a project that started as a 200 word prompt, then grew to a flash, and eventually a short story that got two outright rejections and one (or two) no responses, and re-wrote it almost totally to a new concept with a few hours to spare before submitting to my ftf crit group.
Seriously; that's what I've been doing while not checking e-mails, or commenting, or putting together future-scheduled posts. I've been writing. Most of you are familiar with that concept, ya do it everyday; but for me, it could be months between full on writing sessions.
Who's bad? I'm bad, baby; I not only started that rewrite, but I even put in a brand new last line that worked well into the new concept. Turns out that story I was having trouble getting just the right length and selling was actually the end, not the entire plot. See, what have I been telling ya'll about my writing: I always write the end, then have to figure out how all my characters got there. Why didn't I see this months ago?
Well, maybe I was waiting for just the right prompt idea . .
My crit group had a lot of good feedback on how to make the new story flow better - and of course that thousand or so words that was left of the old writing pretty much didn't fit anymore. Except the one section . . Nevermind. I spent four nights working on this story concept (Wednesday through Saturday) getting practically no sleep b/c I still had to go to the day job (and pull overtime on Saturday). Sunday night, I took the evening off and was in bed by 10p.
I'm still reading through all the feedback; but it is the first full length story I finished THIS YEAR. And over 6,000 words too! I'm pretty proud of myself for starting and finishing a concept - with a publisher in mind. Oh, I'll share . .
Tuesday, May 22, 2012