Day 146 – Procrastination List

Here is a list of things I did today instead of writing. Walked dog Experimented with new paleo recipe Went grocery shopping Read blogs Determined who each of my friends hangs out with when not with me via social media Tried new food truck Read books on writing Read books on writers Drank wine Sang Beseme Mucho to boyfriend while he was trying to be productive Baby talked to my cat Laid on floor and baby talked to dog Felt sorry for myself Convinced myself not to be ice cream Repeatedly opened my fridge and freeze even though no new items had been added to either Thought of witty political retorts to posts on Facebook then convinced myself not to post them Fantasized about being so much cooler than I am now Thought about putting on a bra then convinced myself not...

Day 145 – The Final Countdown

Current Project: Short Story/Picture Book Revision Status: In Progress/Final Revision Stage Time Spent: Writing: 12  hrs. Blogging: 4 hrs. Networking: 3 hrs. Reading:  6 hrs. It’s official. The short story is going out by Wednesday of this week. I did some preliminary literary journal research on Duotrope and found 5 good candidates for submission. The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. – Bertrand Russell...

Day 144 – Revision

My final short story revision is shaping up. I have a reader who was kind enough to spend several hours wading through both my drafts to pinpoint how to best bring both together. My second draft departed from the first draft too much. The material wasn’t bad just disconnected from the tone of the original. Despite that the material is still good and some of it usable. Now, to weave the best bits together. That’s it. Then comes the worst part, sending it out for eyes. That’s the hardest part.

Day 143 – Honesty

Honesty is a tricky balance. In writing honesty is valued, I seek it. Push the envelope. Say the things so many people think but are afraid to verbalize. Life is different. Often people who bend the truth, who tell the comfortable lie get by. I haven’t figured out how to reconcile the two. The more you write the less reconcilable it seems. The world teeters on so many pretty lies, the lies we tell ourselves most of all. If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood. – Peter Handke Prompt:  Write a beautiful lie.

Day 142 – Putting It Off

I put writing off until last. I hate days like this. It wasn’t on purpose. It was subconscious. My story is growing into something I didn’t expect and not sure I like. So I slept in instead of writing. Then I was cooking instead of writing. Running instead of writing. Cleaning the kitchen instead of writing. I was about to be cleaning the dining room instead of writing, but I stopped, pulled out my notebook and forced myself to sit down among all my excuses and write for just 15 minutes. Just one new sentence, I told myself and I did. Small changes add up. Consistently making different choices, not matter how small, can change a life. Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. – Louis L’Amour...