Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Trick or treating is done, and the boys made a haul. Tomorrow, I begin NaNoWriMo -- add me if you're on there, I'm motherofboys247.

I'm off to finish Halloween with a few Buffy eps from season 5, two of my very favorite: Checkpoint and The Gift.

In the meantime, hold my place. I'll check in with my progress on NaNo.

As long as I have a rough manuscript (yeah, really rough) by month's end, I will have succeeded. Then I give myself to May to revise. I'm dreaming, aren't I Jaimes?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

This is the makings of a good day

During an interview, a professor of writing said she especially liked my cover letter. She said it "had a voice." I will probably be teaching a course or two for them in the near (January) future.

Yes. That is a good day.

Carry on.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What I love about writing

What I love about writing:

--The thrill of nailing a particular sentence, scene, or moment.
--Getting good advice, talking through a scene, or just plain commiserating/communing with other writers.
--Hearing a fellow writer has "made" it: gotten an agent, sold their book, made the list.
--Feeling like I have a "project" going that will hopefully one day move from my hands and heart into the public's.
--Feeling like I am an artist, creator, and the Queen of all I imagine.

What I dislike about writing:

--The subjectivity. Is someone giving me a good critique, or should I go with my gut?
--The despair of knowing a particular scene, sentence, or moment is DEFINITELY going to need a rewrite, but trying to push past it when the words won't come.
--(And if I'm painfully honest?) Hearing a fellow writer has "made" it: gotten an agent, sold their book, made the list.

But we keep doing it, we push past the insecurity and certain self doubt and live for the days like today when someone says, "Yours stood out. It had a voice." And it's not because we're glory hounds-- it's knowing we're not crazy. It's outside validation that we should continue, so we can someday be the one with the good news.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Who's with me?

I'm doing NaNoWriMo for the first time this year. I'm going for it. My goal is to get 30,000, but if I get 50,000 I won't complain.

If you sign up, I'd love to be your buddy-- I'm motherofboys247. :)

I'm going to bang out that rough draft of my ghost-seeing teen and her bipolar mother and the aftermath of attempted suicide.

Honestly, it's not that dark, haha. It's all in your style/tone, I suppose.

So, join and add me as a buddy. You know you want to...