Day 181 – Workshop Troubles

Last week a met up with a friend to go over her most recent picture book draft. It didn’t go well. She said I didn’t understand the issue she was trying to solve. I claimed I did that she just didn’t like what I had to say and told her that interrupting my brainstorm session wasn’t going to get me or her anyway. She got grumpy (we writers tend to do that). I got exasperated (another thing to which writers are prone) and finally she said, “I’m just tired of getting 15 different answers from 15 different people.” Which made my laugh out loud because that is the nature of workshop and we all hate on it a little bit. Occasionally, you get the feedback you need, but it’s rare. This happens because what we get on the page...

Day 180 – Progress Report

Current Project: Memoir Status: In Progress Time Spent:  Writing: 12 hrs. Blogging: 4 hrs. Networking: 2 hrs. Reading: 8 hrs. So much of life is coping with loss. Multiple people in my life are dealing with deaths of parents, grandparents, unborn children. Then there are the smaller things lost jobs, pets, and relationships. Loss shakes you, reminds you to take inventory or where you are, where you hoped to be. It makes you ask questions. Am I squandering time? Am I doing what’s best? It makes you wonder if there are any solid answers to those questions. Anyway, I squandered time this week and kicking myself for it. Too much thinking, not enough doing. Same old hole fallen into again. It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free...

Day 179 – Filling the Well

Yesterday I got so caught up filling my well (after writing for a solid 2 hours on a Friday nonetheless!) that I forgot to blog. Sorry. Fancy gin may have encouraged my forgetfulness. Anyway, filling the well, my newly chosen favorite part of the week. This week I made food. Yes, I make food all the time, but not Thai food that forces me to venture out of my comfort zone and into a Korean market for red Thai peppers and napa cabbage. This particular episode was inspired by the release of the Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine cookbook. It was so beautifully crafted and the ingredients so intriguing, I invited friends for dinner a week in advance before I’d tested any recipes. I could think of little else all week. Thankfully, the recipes, Thai fried rice and...

Day 177 – New Strategy

As I said in an earlier post, the out pouring of support I’ve received for my project recently (although very much appreciated!) had the opposite effect than expected. I felt more pressure to succeed, do a perfect job, be entertaining, which of course led to some serious avoidance behavior around writing. So I came up with a new strategy. When I’m feeling stressed about writing and find myself procrastinating, I will sit down for 30 minutes and write no matter what. During that 30 minutes, I will inevitably realize that the floor needs to vacuum or the air conditioner vent needs to be change etc. Whatever the urgent matter is doesn’t matter, I make note of it and finish my 30 minutes of writing. After my 30 minutes of writing is through, I set...

Day 176 – Feral Cats

The day got away from me because of a feral cat yowling under my window last night. My head was groggy all day. Nothing good got down on paper until this evening, now that I’m magically full of energy just in time for bed. I hate, hate, hate it when my sleep schedule gets screwed up. It takes days to recover. Anyway, despite the feral cat fiasco, I was able to take a couple pages of mush and turn it into a usable paragraph. Funny, I always thought I’d crank out pages and page and pages everyday, but it rarely happens. Instead it’s a lot of meandering, jotting down whatever comes to mind and the picking through it the next day in order to figure out what the hell you were trying to say in the first place and much too often you find that you...