Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Go Back To the Book

I confess, I've been chased around this week by the big R word: resistance. (If you've read any of the blog in the past six months, you'll know that I'm a rabid fan of Steven Pressfield's War of Art, which deals with the resistance you feel when aspiring to higher callings, i.e., writing or artistic endeavors.)

So guess what has been carried around with me all week long? Yep, Pressfield has been regular company in those darkest of moments. I know why I'm letting resistance chase me; it's a big week for hubby and me. We will find out how the next 15 months will shake out; one way or the other.

So, I tend to bury my head into style guide issues and freelance work and after dinner, I lapse into fiction land. It may be "sticking my head in the sand," but it sure works. I'm staying sane and Pressfield reminds me daily that this resistance thing can be conquered, if you truly desire to break through.

And I do.

Up to 14k on the fiction and we're headed out tomorrow for the weekend, but I will still be writing. Have no fear.

And remember, resistance is your true north. Whatever you're getting the most flack for, that is probably what you're supposed to be doing.

Keep moving forward.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

And The Curtain Falls On July

Can you believe it?

Not me. I'm still blissfully in denial. I have another month of summer before August gets here. Wake me up when it's September, okay?

On a more serious note, I wrote 2,000 more words on my novel last night. So we're at 12,000 words (yes, I keep going backward, because I'm tossing out sections along the way). No more tossing sections from here on though. Need to just finish a draft and then we can edit.

Lots of style guide work to do today on the job and then some freelance stuff that I need to finish before I head out Thursday/Friday.

I can't wait!

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Monday Again

Great weekend! Hope everyone had a great one as well. I've been so MIA lately on this blog. I will try and interact better in August.

First thing: short week due to vacation; only Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday posts.

Then, it's Shark Week on the Discovery Channel; don't forget.

As for me, we still are in limbo on the move/job for hubby sitch. I am hanging in there and feel great after we accomplished so much this weekend in the yard and house. Pulled out a dead tree and cleared out some dead plants (our winter killed off a lot of our growth) and we made the rounds at the nurseries to choose new ones, plus we decided on our plan to redo the side yard. Should work! If we sell, we'll be ready; plus if we don't sell, it will look great! I decluttered more too. A big help for a home sale is decluttering. Even though we might be completely moved out by the time we put this house on the market.

Writing is going great. This week is another 10k week on the novel WIP. I may not have time for crits, so still waiting on that until later today. Started reading a collection of Anton Chekhov's short stories. Fabulous. You haven't lived until you've read some of those.

Also found a great link to some great short stories out there:

Short Story Vault

Onward forward!