Monday, October 18, 2010

Writing Update: October

By *NoCompletion on
I must admit that I started the last month with many good intentions. My goals included editing the entirety of Homebody and getting out to a friend via snail mail. As of this writing, I've gotten about 1/4 of the way through the editing, and haven't been able to send the draft out.

Part of the problem is my own laziness; I've been derelict in my duties as a writer.

But, part of the problem is the fact that my husband and I found out a few weeks ago that we'll be moving by the end of the year. We'd put our house on the market, and in late September, got a contract. So, now I'm packing and looking for a new place to live. Ugh. (This last comment comes from the part of me that hates any form of change.)

I have made some headway, I'll say that much. Just not as much as I wanted by this point. And my brain is working overtime coming up with ideas for plot and character changes. Unfortunately, thinking is not doing. I must start doing more. (Makes me think of Yoda: "Do. Or do not. There is no try." Yeah, I need more discipline from the Jedi Master.)

I have had the pleasure of attending the Muse Online Writers Conference last week. Man, did that kick my butt in gear! And it was a good diversion to potty training my daughter and wrangling three dogs (two more than normal since I was babysitting my mom's dogs.) At least I was able to refine my understanding of grammar, learn more about blogging and Facebook fan pages (did you notice the subtle change to the blog? And, I now have a fan page on FB!) All good things, but they didn't get me any editing done.

Anyway, despite the anticipated trials of the next few months (especially since we're gearing up for holiday season), I'm going to do what I can to set aside some time on a daily and/or weekly basis to work on my projects. I really want to be able to start submitting to agents come January 2011. And the only way that's going to happen is if I have a polished manuscript.

With that, I'd better get back to work.

Until next time,


Tanya said...

Ugh, right along with you. I'm excited that you sold your house, but I feel your pain with the moving, the change and the lack of writing time. It's so tough!!! I've fallen into a deep slump over here simply because of the massive amount of stuff that HAS to be done. I keep forgetting to make time for the things I WANT to do. Hopefully, you'll be more successful in that endeavor. :)

Liberty Speidel said...

@Tanya, Thanks!

The one good thing about the age of my kids is I'm forced pretty frequently to sit down and rest since I'm nursing our son. Sometimes I can do some writing and editing, sometimes I'm too worn out! Of course, being forced to sit down means I don't get things done (or don't get as much done as I'd want.)

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