Hello again! I've cleared out the weeds on my blog, given it a fresh coat of paint, remodeled and turned on the lights. Come on in and make yourself at home, take off your shoes and have a seat. Curl up in one of the overstuffed chairs and have a cup of tea, or espresso if you'd prefer. Hubby likes to roast his own coffee beans.
Alright, let's move forward, up those stairs and set some goals that are possible and flexible with maintainable habits that are measurable and not impossible.
I'm currently working on finally completing Eyes in the Ashes, a story I started during Nanowrimo a few years back. At least I'm persistent. My son would prefer I work on a new story involving a retired FBI agent and a bikini babe, but alas, he will have to wait. An idea I had, not the bikini babe, but about the agent has been percolating in the back of my brain. However, he has made an appearance and wormed his way into EitA, which actually helped move the story from A to Z. I had an epiphany. Well a few actually and filled in the holes. A technique I discovered this past year is having a conversation with my characters. In written form, mind you, discussing the who, what, whys and arguing over who gets their way. Invariably, they do. *grin* Which leads to my goals for the year.
- Current Wip: Eyes in the Ashes - Goal is to finish edits by end of the year. How - rewriting one chapter a week.
- 500 written words a day or 1 hour of editing which equals 1000 words.
- DIYMFA: I'm taking courses online through Writers Village University and currently involved in a study group - Method and Madness. We are working through Alice La Plante's The Making of a Story, one chapter a month. We are currently on Chapter 6.
- Also on WVU, I'm involved in the Novel Writers critique group. There's nothing quite like 6 people taking a look at your chapters and providing feedback. It's been educational and illuminating. Plus when I have more time, probably in the summer, I'll be participating in a few more of the MFA self study courses. They are so much fun and really spark my creativity.
- F2K Creative Writing Course - sponsored by WVU - I've been asked to be an intern for one of the classrooms during the January session. So excited and most likely will be doing the exercises as well which will be keeping me quite busy and off the streets for the next 7 weeks.
- I recently pulled out Julia Cameron's Vein of Gold which I'm going to work through ever so slowly. However, I've already started the walking portion of the program. I recently remembered that growing up, we used to take walks with my parents every night after dinner. So I told my guys and they've been quite cooperative so far.
- I'll be joining in on Row 80 (after a long, long break) for accountability breaking it all down into daily and weekly and hopefully it will push me to post on a regular basis as well.
I'm going to keep it simple and try not to over extend myself.