Halfway?

July 14, 2008 at 4:46 pm (Uncategorized) ()

So, I already posted over at the main blog about how it scared the living shit out of me that this is the halfway point.  I am not even close to halfway done with what I want to accomplish, so I suppose that means i have to step up my efforts to make up for what I haven’t been accomplishing.

I am the self-proclaimed Queen of Farting Around, and often when I sit down to write, I end up checking email or surfing iTunes for the perfect song for inspiration, etc…but I am making a public commitment to knock it off and get serious.  

So–I really should get to it, don’t you think?

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Hiatus

July 7, 2008 at 8:38 pm (Uncategorized)

My writing goals are currently on hiatus so I can spend some time with my family on a well-deserved vacation to Disney World in Orlando.  Back this coming weekend (July 11)!

My Family

My Family

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Week #3

June 29, 2008 at 4:42 pm (Uncategorized)

This week, I have not met my writing goal, I got in two of my three writing sessions, but when I sat down to write for the third time, life happened and I ended up stopping early and not getting anything done much at all.  It was a good reason, so it’s hard to be too annoyed that I didn’t get it all in, but still…

As far as the writing itself goes, it is not going well.  I may abandon this story idea, the subject matter is not sitting well with me at this point in my personal life, so I think I am going to pick up an older short story and work on that for the remainder of the co-op.  I just have to find it!  I had started writing it out longhand, old-school, in an old notebook, and of course, now I cannot find the notebook!

This next week, writing will also suffer as we are taking a much-needed and well-deserved family vacation to Disney World in Florida. So…

Serena, my wonderful co-op partner, sent me a great present.  I am enjoying it very much.  I hope that she likes the surprise I sent her just as much.

 

 

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Progress

June 19, 2008 at 9:43 pm (Uncategorized) ()

So far this week I am managing to keep up with my goal to sit down to write three times.  I have squeezed in two times already, and am confident I will be able to get in at least one more before Sunday.  I am having a hard time getting started…it is the busiest time of the year at my job (high school English teacher) and with finals, and state exams, and assorted other administrivia type things, it is hard to find any time for anything but I have been keeping true to my goal and finding the time.  Unfortunately, this usually means that I am sacrificing something , and that something is usually sleep.  But sleep is over-rated, right?

I’ve been working on the opening poem to my piece…the first draft came easy (as they often do for me) but the revision is not so simple.  I am good at getting things down on paper, but then tweaking them, making them the best they can possibly be, then I get self-critical, analytical, and self-censoring.  But, I am working on that.  

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My Questionnaire…

June 3, 2008 at 7:37 pm (Uncategorized)

…is under the May archives on the right—————————————->  

in case you missed it.

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Day 3–Vague Goals and a Crazy Ass June

June 3, 2008 at 7:35 pm (Uncategorized)

Ok, so far, Days 1 and 2 were pretty much a bust.  No writing at all.  I did read a book about writing.  Does that count at all??

June is going to be the hardest month of the co-op for me.  I am a high school English Language Arts (it’s what we call English these days here in good ole NY state) teacher. We have three and a half more weeks of the school year, and in that time I have to: review for a final; finish grading 75, 8 page research papers; give a final; grade the finals; review for a state exam; grade said state exams; and do about eleventeen million pounds of administrivia-type paperwork and assorted end of the year bullshit.

I do love teaching though.  I teach 9th graders and 11th graders at a small, poor suburban school just north of Albany NY.  It is hard work with a difficult clientele, but I absolutely can’t imagine doing anything else.  

Well, except maybe being a full-time author.  <<wink>>

Anyway….I am rambling…I wanted to post some more specific goals for myself.

Goals for June:

  • Write three days a week
  • Brainstorm ideas for a short story
  • Begin said short story
  • Stop self-censoring (I tend to worry about scaring the other people in my life with my dark twisty side.  But yet, I know that is where all the good stuff lies and I need to tap into it)
  • Read my new book Writing Fiction:  A Guide to Narrative Craft by Janet Burroway
Goals for July
  • Write short story (I use the adjective “short” in its loosest translation…the idea I have is less than short!  But not quite novella material either).
  • Work on some poems
  • Write six days a week
Goals for August
  • Revise short story
  • Revise poems
  • Begin to flesh out the theme of the short story for a novel based on it
  • Write six days a week
I know these are still not very specific.  I haven’t figured out yet, how much time each day I can devote to writing.  I will have a house full of boys around, and that can make it hard, but I am determined to carve out at least two hours at a sitting.  More if I can, but for me, it probably will be more than one writing time per day, for less time at a stretch.  
In terms of the co-op I mostly need someone to keep me honest with myself.  I am the Queen of rationalization and justification.  Fair warning to whoever gets partnered with me, if something I say sounds like crap, call me on it…it most likely is.

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Questionnaire

May 25, 2008 at 7:35 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Word Nerd Questionnaire

 

1.      At what level would you describe yourself as a writer (for instance, just starting to take myself seriously; searching for a graduate program, etc.)?

I am just wondering if I can be serious about writing, which has been my lifelong dream

2.     What genre(s) do you write?

Poetry and fiction

3.     How do you fit writing into your life right now? 

I have a hard time fitting it in right now, but hope this co-op will help make me more accountable to myself.

4.     What is your goal for this project (June 1-Aug. 31)?

to make a good start on a new novel (am in the planning stages and will update a more specific goal soon!)

5.     What steps do you plan to take to reach that goal?

Outlining, laying out smaller goals, and writing every day

6.     How do you reward yourself (or how would you like to be rewarded) when you meet a goal?

Chocolate!

7.     What writing craft books do you have/like?

I have a ton, just bought Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway. 

8.     Any craft books you’re interested in checking out? 

That one I just bought has me intrigued, I can’t wait until it gets here!

9.     What inspires your writing?

Life, my own fears and dreams

10.  How  would  your author’s blurb read? 

I’m not sure yet…maybe I should write that first!

11.  Tell us about your family (partners, kids, pets, etc.)

One husband, three boys (15,11 and 5), four cats, two dogs

12.  Have you ever participated in Nanowrimo (finished or not!)?

No, but I’d like to next year.

13.  What can you do to make it easier on yourself to meet your goal for this project?

Schedule in strict daily writing times and stick to them!

14.  What are you looking for in terms of support from a writing partner (ex. Exchanging work for critique, being held accountable for meeting a word count goal, etc.)? 

Mostly being held accountable to myself and my goals.

15.  What crafty pursuits do you enjoy when you’re not writing?

Knitting, beading, and I would like to start using my brand new sewing machine someday

16.  What other hobbies/past times do you like?

Reading

17.  What non-writing-craft books have you enjoyed?

Too many to list…I read a lot!

18.  What else would you like to share with us?

Just that I am excited to start and am looking forward to this.

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