We have reached the end of another month in 2010… time is flying by! It’s time again for the Get Your Words Out Word Count Report. In the month of February, I blogged quite a bit on my personal blog, sometimes managing 7 blogs a week. I also completed a chapter of All I Wanna Do, the epic fanfic that seems like it’s never going to end but will, eventually. I also slaved over my first short story submission, Try to Say No, which I’m particuarly proud of. I’ve heard nothing about it, thus far. My word count for February comes in at 33, 431, beating January’s 31K by a few thousand. I am at 22% of my goal for the year, which seems about right. At the end of March I should be over 25% of my goal. My YTD count is 64,756. Sometimes I just can’t believe I write that many words! I am hoping to get to Chapter 41 this weekend and the beginning of this week and have an update to that story by next weekend. My father is in town so I need to use my time wisely this week!
Monthly Archives: February 2010
Things I need to do vs things that get in the way. That’s what I am dealing with, over here. I need time and space and energy and a clear mind to write. I don’t have all of those elements, but I’m working on it. Dealing with some personal issues that I would love to exorcise with writing. Unforunately I think the writing will be more self involved and not fiction. But we will see. I’d like to pull the short that I wanted to revamp and see if some ideas for turning it into a 3k -to 5k short story come to me. I feel like I am struggling unnecessarily with this? Why doesn’t this come easy? Why aren’t I overflowing with stories to tell? Why am I not just DYING to write, right now?
I’ve uploaded my current piece that I am trying to enter into a short story archive. Thoughts would be much appreciated! Try To Say No I forgot to mention this is a rewrite of a piece I did last year called Calm Waves and Smooth Moon, so if it sounds familiar, it is. :) I have submitted this story to two archives. Because if I didn’t do it tonight I would obsessively edit more until it was worse and I really think, after getting some thoughts from a friend, that it’s at its best. *breathes sigh of relief* One of the archives, I didn’t realize they hadn’t posted a story since fall of ’09. That doesn’t bode well. The other is just one of those internet archives… don’t think I’ll have any trouble being accepted but we shall see. Other sites require first right of publishing or… whatever it is they call it, so I can’t submit until I have something I haven’t submitted elsewhere. I also am reading some advice on being published and submitting your work… I guess I need to prep a couple of different stories, in case an editor wants to read more. Guess I’d better get moving! I’m kind of thinking of digging into my archive and adding to the one about the girl that doesn’t like light. I want to get away from romance for a minute. Feels good to have something done, though. Really good.
Update 2: Geez. What’s a person have to do to find a critique group full of writers (good ones) that are adults? And, sorry, aren’t from the UK? The terminology and style are so different… I can’t write like a Brit and they can’t write like Americans. I joined My Writer’s Circle, finally. Read a couple of great pieces, offered some opinions and such. Overall, though I find a lot of older US writers who write fantasy, or young writers looking for help with speeches and English assignments, and writers from the U.K. *shoulders sag* Believe me, I’m kind of annoying myself, with this. I told Green Eyes that when I ask someone to read something, and they don’t have anything to say, it ticks me off. But if they pick it apart, that hurts my feelings. I’m not sure, exactly, what I want. Maybe I should try to define that, first. In the meantime I have successfully not made any more edits to Try To Say No. I think that’s a good sign. Maybe I should upload it so people can read it and offer thoughts? Heard about a new writing contest. Due April 1. HMMMMM. It seems to me that the winner’s of these contests have a distinct style. The subject matter is fantasty, futuristic, or historical. I don’t feel like I have skillz in those areas. Well. We’ll see… ** Have been up since 6ish. First thing I did was open the laptop and take a fresh look at ‘Try To Say No’. I got some good feedback overnight, over some parts that were niggling at me but I didn’t know WHAT was exactly wrong. Thanks to that person that went beyond a cursory glance and actually read the piece and had something to say besides ‘it’s good, now read mine’. Not sure I will hang out there, much. I know I am much more interested in hearing what people have to say about my piece than […]
Update 2: UGH. Putting it away for a bit, again. Driving me crazy. I keep changing things Protagonize seems like a great site but upon further review, seems more for collaborative writing. And for the most part a lot of 15 yr olds with angst, at least that’s what I’m finding. Read a couple of pieces, one which thoroughly confused me. Offered some words of encouragement but overall felt like I could spend some more time on my own work and closed the page down. Now I am back at my own piece and asking myself questions, like why? Why would my main character stick with this person? Do I need to explain that? What does she see in him? Since this is just a snapshot, should I leave people wondering and asking themselves the same question? Does it just seem like she’s whiny and weak, or does she have any kind of resolve in her? Do I want my readers to like her or hate her? This process is maddening. Every time I think, okay this is the best it can be and maybe I should just save it and email it to the submission site, I read it again, and see more things I could probably change. Grrrr. I need to leave it alone for a bit again. * Update: More editing, reading through, perfecting. And I joined Protagonize, a community of writers who sometimes collaborate on works but most importantly read and offer critique. Sometimes I need to hear from people who don’t know me and aren’t obligated to be nice. Though it’s nice to get that pat on the back from my friends, too. I’m sure I’ll open myself up to a few of those. I’ve posted the current draft at Protagonize here. * I’ve been doing some editing this morning on Calm Waves and Smooth Moon which has now been retitled ‘Try to Say No’. I’m wondering if I need to add more to it… […]
Write. Write. Write some more. Look for some books. Leave the house. WRITE. I am hoping to get a start on Ch 41 of AIWD. Got some ideas rolling around but the chapter needs a purpose. A goal that I need to achieve in writing it otherwise I will write into oblivion. Maybe some planning tomorrow. More editing on Calm Waves and Smooth Moon. I made some really great progress last night before I stopped to watch one of my fave shows. Tonight I have been playing around (obviously, with my theme) and enjoying my Friday night. If I’m reading it right, I should have about a month to come up with something spiffy and shiny for Glimmer Train. I seriously need to start writing things down. I had an idea but it’s now gone. No clue when I am going to learn this lesson. Beginning to yawn and hallucinate. Time for resting. Work tomorrow.
I do not suck. I do not suck. I do not suck. I do not suck. I may never be published but I do not suck. *breathes*
Did not make the time. The break actually felt glorious after kind of a busy day. Hopefully will get some time to look at it more tomorrow. But YAY, because I was talking about AutoCrit on twitter the other night and they tweeted me back and gave me a discount code for 10% off of a subscription. Wow, the power of social networking, huh? Huzzah!
Words are beginning to swim before my eyes. Working on editing the piece I referenced earlier for possible entry to a short story archive. I think it’s a good piece but… maybe I’m just tired. It’s a little boring, to me. Little intrigue or reason to keep reading. This piece will require several edit drafts and then I am hoping to send it through Autocrit to help me point out things that aren’t obvious. The piece could use a coat of polish but honestly, I just want to use it because it’s cool! Shutting her down and snuggling into bed to watch some Criminal Minds before sleepy time!
I have great samples that can be polished/ rewritten and submitted, just for practice. Gee.. I gotta make everything so hard. I am thinking of revamping Calm Waves and Smooth Moon. Giving it a new title and a little more story and submitting it to a short story archive. Have to check to see if it has to have not appeared elsewhere first, since I put everything in my personal archive. After that, I’ll get some prompts and get to writing something new as well as plan out the next chapter of All I Wanna Do… I also want to have something submitted to The Glimmer Train by the end of March. I could aim for the end of February but that’s not a lot of time to produce a quality piece. Going to do it. HAVE to. Pen in Hand,