Journal

Feb 2019

Writing Update:

AHHH I finally finished the latest draft of the gothic novel, and now it’s time to have my first readers have a go at it. I’m so nervous, because this book has taken so much more work than I ever anticipated. It was supposed to be a quick adventure romp, but turned into something else completely. I guess I’ll see what the reaction is?

The word count is up to 80k words, which is a creep upwards of about 3k words, despite having cut an entire chapter.

On My Mind Lately:

It’s well into the new year and time to shake up my routines.

This year I’m trying to track my reading a little better. I set up a spreadsheet to break down my reading list by genre, publication date, and jot down some quick thoughts. I might start a quarterly favorite reads blog post and I’m toying with some new graphical headers for this site. The latter is one deep rabbit hole to fall down, and someone please call an intervention if I start fiddling with my blog template again.

I have been itching to make things, because I’ve been stuck in my head edit mode for so long. I need to get back to creating for my own enjoyment alone without any stakes involved between drafts. Having something physical to hold instead of an electronic file is so satisfying.

And then there’s spring cleaning. I’m into my 3rd year of doing a konmari on my house. The first year was the hardest, but now it’s enjoyable. Gone are those pre-pregnancy clothes that no longer (wishfully) fit, and out are the shoes that pinch my toes. Most of what I own either makes me feel great or feel cozy. Our house doesn’t have a lot of closet or storage space, so this helps keep things manageable.

Lastly in the realm of setting good habits, my goal is to try to keep off social media in the mornings and substitute reaching for my phone in the evenings with my e-reader. I fail some days, but on the days I manage this I feel so much better. Writing in the morning also means that I’m in a good head space for it all day and get more done overall.

Are you trying to set any new habits this year?

Things I Enjoyed:

GET TO WORK HURLEY. Episode 12 ~ All of Hurley’s writing business podcasts are great, but this one resonated particularly well. It’s all about how narrative shapes the world, ourselves, and our futures. Why blog? Why write? What does it matter?

2018 Locus Recommended Reading ~ A really good list, if you’re looking for book recs! It includes many of my favorites from last year.

6 Comments

  1. Definitely also trying to read more and internet less. And sleep earlier (in part because IB is always just barely squeaking into school in time for breakfast…).

    Congrats on finishing these edits!

  2. Congratulations on finishing your draft! So exciting. ^_^ Sounds interesting, too. Also, I had no idea that Kameron Hurley had a podcast. She’s a fantastic writer! Thanks for sharing the link.

    My goals will be to keep a regular writing/editing/etc. schedule and continue using my new planning process so I can write my next novel like 800% faster than the last, haha. Also, minimize my social media usage and be more purposeful about the way I use it (i.e. have specific goals in mind). I’m shooting to publish my novel (finally) in the fall, as well. There are new responsibilities associated with that, so I’ll have to use my time more carefully!

  3. “Lastly in the realm of setting good habits, my goal is to try to keep off social media in the mornings and substitute reaching for my phone in the evenings with my e-reader. I fail some days, but on the days I manage this I feel so much better.”

    Limiting social media is very beneficial, I’ve found. I check FB every couple of days, and I’m not on the others at all. Blogging may reach fewer people these days, but I get to do exactly what I want, in the form I want, and that matters a lot more.

    And yes, too, on the e-reader. Reading goes better when you can really fall into the book (applies to writing, too).

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