Archive for November, 2006

Thursday, November 30th, 2006
Small, Small World

Alison recently talked about writing with a day job. I know many of you out there do work around your day job/night job/school obligations. I quit my job with the airline in 2002. I started writing full-time in the fall of that year. In 2004, I decided I wasn’t pulling my weight around the home front. Mind you, dh didn’t think that. I did. (I feel that way every couple of years. It’s just my nature.) So I went to work part-time at a used bookstore. (I know. I know. Used bookstores are bad.) I thought I’d have plenty of time to write, since I was only working 20 hours a week.

See like Alison, I used to get much more done when I was super busy. But I guess over the last four years something changed. I’d come home from the bookstore and instead of being fired up and ready to write, I wouldn’t want to see a manuscript–much less work on one. I think her advice in her entry was absolutely true. It’s important that your day job be a complete 180 from your writing or you’ll spend all your creative juices at work and have none left for home.

Anyway, back to the small world. Something strange happens when you work from home for years. I still LOVE being home, but my world has shrunk to frightening proportions. Everything ‘seems’ crisper/more immediate. Unfortunately, that includes worries and anxieties. I live in my mind 24/7. Sometimes that’s a scary place to be. *ggg*

I don’t have any plans to go back to part-time work, since I make the equivalent in money from my writing and I have no idea what I’d do. Being a flight attendant for fourteen years doesn’t exactly set you up with bankable skills. *wg* But, and this is a big BUT, I do need to get out of this small, small world I have constructed. It’s not healthy. Dh is always after me to go somewhere to write. I do have places around, but I’m never fully comfortable in them. I suppose this means that I need to seek out a location that I do find comfortable. So over the next few months, I’m going on a ‘writing spot’ search. I know there has to be a place out there where I can sit, stare out the window and write without feeling self-conscious.

What do you look for in a writing spot? Does it have to be quiet? Comfortable chairs? Noisy? What do you think makes a good spot?

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006
November Gone in a Blink

I heard the sonic boom that signaled the end of November. Man, what has happened to this month? This year? There’s no time to catch up. Sigh.

For the past six days I’ve worked pretty steadily on my manuscript. I’m happy with what I’ve edited. I have thirty more pages to go, then I’m going to try one of the suggestions Chey made over at the Midnight Hour. I think I’m going to grab note cards and throw out random ideas. I need to take my three act structure and break it down even further.

Without conscious thought, this seems to be turning into my writing process. I start a book with an idea or a line. Eventually I learn enough about the story to break it into a chronological order of events, then I go back and divide everything into detailed chapters.

I’m to the point now that I need to put together the chapters. For some reason it makes the writing process speed up for me tremendously. I am also seriously considering writing the rest of the book in third person, then going back to change it into first. But that would take a LOT of work. I’ll do that as my last resort.

Other than that, had a great day yesterday. Very low key. Putting together everything needed to redesign my site. I know I’ve been talking about doing that for quite a while, but now it’s an absolute necessity. I have to set up something for my new series with Tor. Had an exciting moment yesterday, when I was added to the Tor author list. Kept waiting for someone to say, “Hey, you don’t belong here. Get out!” *ggg*

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006
I’m Not Here

You can find me here.

Sunday, November 26th, 2006
Worth a Look

I thought these two sites were worth a look, since their subjects coincide with a couple of earlier blog entries I’ve made about publishing before you’re ready.

Saturday, November 25th, 2006
Rolling Along

I’m about to do my Japanese lesson now that I’ve finished working for the day. I re-read my chapters and tweaked a few things before moving onto chapter four. I may actually end it in a different spot, since I like this one sentence so much. It depends on how much I can add to the pages I have. Right now, I’m only sitting at ten pages, if I cut the original chapter. That’s a little on the short side. But I don’t know if that’ll stop me. *g*

I still can’t believe that Thanksgiving is over and we’re heading for December like a runaway Mack truck. My nephew turns two on Dec. 1st and I still haven’t ordered him a gift. Bad Aunt. Bad. Bad Aunt. 🙁

I plan to spend the rest of the weekend working. Shocker, I know. I need to get caught up by Monday. I want to write forward. I really hope this book is good because I am bleeding big, fat, crimson drops for it. There couldn’t be much more blood without a body present. I am a little worried that I may freak out my agent. :-/ I’m already freaking out my critique partners. Always a good sign. NOT! *g*

Friday, November 24th, 2006
Stuffed Like a Turkey

We had a nice quiet Thanksgiving dinner last night. Both dh and I elected to work. He has a presentation to give next week and I had the chapters that have been sitting in front of me for weeks, waiting to be reworked. We stopped long enough to enjoy our turkey with the trimmings, then went back to work. At least I finished three full chapters. I’m going to type in the changes today. It’s strange that I can get more done on one holiday day than I have in the last few weeks. :0/

Other than that, no big plans this weekend. I’d love to go to the movies, but I know they’ll be packed. The stores will also be insane and I don’t like to shop on a good day. My sister on the other hand was up at the crack of dawn to hit ALL the sales. Bless her heart. I do know that some people actually enjoy the chaos, but I’m not one of them. My preferred method of shopping is via Amazon wish list. *g*

Have anything special going on this weekend? Any unexpected news or pleasant surprises?

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006
Happy Thanksgiving Early

I hope everyone who celebrates this holiday enjoys a warm meal, good company, and creates lasting memories. For the rest of the world, may you spend time with the ones that you love. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂