Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Writing in between procrastination

I finished my current WIP and was only 5 days off on my deadline. I blame visits from family and other volunteer work for that 5 day lapse.

It's really essential for me to set a deadline on a book,otherwise I will procrastinate. It only took me 10 books or so to figure that out.

Not sure what's next. I have 2 ideas but neither is really grabbing me. The characters aren't talking to me yet. I may switch over and work on my Sci Fi series a bit earlier than I planned. I targeted it for a re-read/research in June with writing to start in July. I may slip it in earlier.

Or I'll just continue my research for the 2 books and then switch.

Or ... maybe I'll take a break.

Who knows?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Writing in between ... moving ... again?

About this time in 2011, we put our house in MN up for sale. Long story short: it sold immediately, but we didn't close until July. After that, it was a nightmare of litigation that got resolved in 2013 (long story, best told over a drink in a bar).

Now here we are, 2014, and we're considering putting our house in IA up for sale to move to a different place in Iowa.

Why this madness? Several reasons: the new place would be closer for hubby to commute (like, within walking distance of his new office); cheaper; maintenance provided (I am getting older, despite rumors to the contrary); less work to maintain the home; newer home.

LOTS of things have to fall into place to make this happen, but there's a chance that yes, I may be packing it up and moving it all again. I've moved 30 times in my life, so this is not a biggie for me, but it is a PITA and will cut into my writing time.

So stay tuned. I maybe Writing In Between a big shift in my life.

We shall see....

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Writing in between ... holidays

I set a goal for myself to finish my 3-book series by the end of 2013. I had one book done, 1/2 of another finished, and one to write. On September 1, I cleared my desk and started to write.

And I did it. 150,000 words in 102 days. And they're good words, too. No crap there. I may need to tweak a bit when I edit, but I'm pleased.

I worked around several holidays, birthdays, visits from family, trips out of town. I noted only days I wrote (102).

You know how I did it?

BICHOK.

Butt In Chair, Hands on Keyboard.

I focused and I knuckled down and I did it. It really helped to set a deadline for myself, so I'm doing that from now on with every writing project.

My current deadline? April 15 to finish writing my WIP. Use May to edit manuscripts and get them submitted. Use June to edit that 3-book set.

Then start writing another 3-book set.

You heard it here first: April 15. Tax day. Deadline day.

I'll report in as I go.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

And yes, I am still writing

I just had to get the legal fuss off my mind before I could write about writing.

Yep, I am writing. I am finishing one book, have edits to do on another, have sold another one, and re-written another. Sounds like I've been busy and I have: conference appearances, workshops, and, well, life.

It's hard to juggle it all, but it can be done. I've found a marvelous way to get a lot of writing done:

I take my ancient laptop with no WiFi and I go to another room (right now it's the porch because the weather is fabulous) and I sit and I write. No distractions. Just writing.

Sometimes the best way to think outside the box is to get outside the box, get outside your comfort zone. You might be surprised what you find there when you do.

Thoughts on the Florida legal crap

I'm thoroughly peeved by the whole Martin/Zimmerman hullabaloo, and you know why?

We do not have the facts. No matter what you read in the paper, the way the law works, the FACTS are what is presented in court. It's not what you read on Huff-Po or heard on Fox. It's not what you read in the New York Times. All of those media outlets have a slant no matter how they try to make it look like they don't have one.

The facts are what is presented in court, and the facts are what the jurors take and use to make their decision. I wasn't there and I didn't listen to testimony. I didn't hear what was presented to them. So I have no idea what they heard that made them come to the decision they did.

But they did their jobs. They were handed a case, they followed the rules of the court (at least I assume they did. If they didn't, then the court should have reprimanded them and handled it). And they came in with a Not Guilty verdict.

It doesn't matter what you think -- the jurors did what they were charged with doing. Was it a travesty of justice? Maybe, but our courts don't care about justice. They care about the law.

Okay. Enough soapbox for now. I'm just getting tired of all the pontificating about injustice. This wasn't injustice. This was the American legal system at work.

Live with it.