I was over at http://www.fmwriters.com/ last month when I noticed their “STORY A DAY” thingy. I was fascinated by the number of people who planned on writing 31 stories in May. I restrained myself, I only planned on writing 5 during the month.
I succeeded in writing zero. Zip. Nada.
My streak for the year is unbroken. I’m hoping to change that.
During the month of July, I plan on participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s different than November’s NaNoWriMo in that you can work on other things than novels. I am planning on outlining something have been threatening to write since I was six years old.
It seems to be so much easier to talk about what I’m going to write than it is to actually write!
Don’t get me wrong, I do have some successes. For example, last Tuesday scored me some points in my own mind. In addition to all my everyday stuff, I wrote 250 words on one project and accomplished some serious outlining on another. It just seems that days like this are few and far between. I don’t think that I am very disciplined.
Wednesday and Thursday? I accomplished very little in the area of writing. I helped Mother with her computer, a very worthwhile thing to do. It just isn’t WRITING. I fixed some of the problems with my computer, which does help me write. It was worth doing, it just isn’t WRITING! I installed software updates. I just didn’t WRITE.
On the other hand, a friend trusted me to critique his novel. I haven’t gotten very far reading it in the “first pass,” but I’m enjoying it. I have noticed more things that have been done well then things that need reconsideration and revising.
Today seems to be another day that I’m looking for excuses. I am moving slowly. I think part of that is that I’m not breathing well. I also have sciatic pain down one leg. Both of these things will impact my word output.
But, I HAVE written 250 words on one of my projects so far. Maybe I’m not the worst writer on the planet when it comes to procrastination after all!
While I miss teaching Sunday School, I deeply appreciate the opportunity to listen in and participate with Pastor Hull’s adult Sunday school/Bible class. We are currently going through the Gospel of John.
Since he encourages us to “think theologically,” he encourages questions. Sometimes they go up and down rabbit trails, but eventually, we come back to the point. One of the rabbit trails on Sunday a week ago was about contemporary Christian music.
I find it trite and shallow for the most part, but my taste is not the determining factor. (That probably is a very good thing!) 🙂 If it was up to me, CCM would probably be limited to the weakest radio stations in the lowest bandwidth Internet outlets.
And yet… That isn’t the core of the issue. One of the justifications was that, since you aren’t doing something overtly bad, you are doing something good. Another of the justifications was that, since the Name of Jesus is mentioned, it is a good thing.
I’m not so sure about that. IF the mere mention of Jesus Name is a good thing, we would encourage cussing. It isn’t the mere mention! It’s reverence, delight, thankfulness, repentance that spills out THE NAME OF JESUS.
Your mileage may vary! Listen to what Pastor Hull has to say for yourself.
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This position is paid by the State of Texas through an agency. I have little say on the pay rate.
Happy Monday! I am celebrating, indeed! Today is the first time I have been in the wheelchair for anything other than going to the emergency room in about 10 billion years. Okay, it was only mid-January or late January. It just feels like a reprieve from a horizontal prison.
Maybe I could pretend it was my transport to Mars colony? Outside my window, I don’t see the grass from our new house… Maybe I’m really seeing Olympus Mons.
This makes me want to re-examine my New Year’s resolutions and call today “RESET” day. It is time to get back to writing…
I haven’t been in this blog since early January. Part of that is because I was just goofing around, avoiding writing and writing blogs.
Six weeks of that time, I was in the hospital. READ THIS for more gory details. Catching up from being in the hospital is taking more time than I planned, to
o. Just catching up with email has been a career move!
Tomorrow, I am planning to sit in the wheelchair for the first time since mid-January. Let the celebration began! After that, I am planning to go back to SNOWFLAKE OUTLINING the novel that has been in hiatus.
I haven’t been to church in about 1 billion years, either. I don’t think I will be making it to any services this week. I don’t have the stamina.
I have been hearing about “the Snowflake Method” of plotting a novel for years. Once I even dedicated a whole five minutes to trying a snowflake outline, but it didn’t work for me. (Five minutes is not what it takes to do this process! It takes that long to think about thinking about taking step one!)
I wanted to think that I could make up the novel as I was going along. I had heard that Isaac Asimov was a “seat-of-the-pants” outliner, so I assumed that that would work for me.
It didn’t. I go full speed for a little while, and then run out of story to tell. I didn’t know where I wanted to go.
I’m slowly working through this process to see if it works for me.