It is great to be back in the blogging world, writing and catching up with all of you. My little hiatus really wasn’t lengthy at all. What’s a week? Five days at the office or of shuffling the kiddos off to school, or maybe both if you’re the kind of busy that would drive me crazy.
For me, it was traveling to West Virginia for my Granddad’s funeral. It was a farewell, but it was also a trip back in time to my own childhood and even to my dad’s. I will write more on that later, because I want to be able to come back some day and recapture those thoughts. It was getting back into the groove of work after bereavement leave that followed right on the heels of a 10-day holiday break. It was getting back into the gym and a lot of writing. It was making some tough but exciting decisions.
The Writerly Highlights:
1. I’ve come to the tough decision to stop being a contributing writer for the Life List Club. Note I did NOT say to stop Life List Clubbing. I’ve gotten so much out of getting to know this group and still plan to keep on keepin’ on with my goals just as if I were still reporting on them. I also plan to keep following the contributing writers and hope you will too – I’m keeping my LLC blogroll right there on the sidebar for your convenience.
The next LLC blog round robin is next Friday, January 27th. While I won’t be guest posting, I hope you’ll stop by for my recap of my LLC experience and my personal thanks to the members of this very special group.
2 . After letting it sit for a few months, I’ve made some revisions to my short story “The Not-So-False Prophet” and shipped it out to a potential market. In a weird way, this tale is sort of a different twist on the plot that has become one of my current longer WIPs, “Like There’s No Tomorrow.” I feel good about the revisions I made, which involved cutting out an ending where I went off on a tangent that took some of the punch away from the finish rather than adding to it.
Lesson Learned: I need more patience. Just because I think a piece is done doesn’t mean it is. Incubation time is good, and I now have enough items in the hopper that sitting on a piece for a while doesn’t mean I’m not moving forward with others.
3. With the exception of a few days of setbacks due to my family issues and work craziness, I’ve stuck with or exceeded the 500-words-a-day goal I set after hosting Gary Gauthier’s post recommending this approach. After trying it for a few weeks, I give it a solid “A” as a good technique for working or otherwise super-busy writers. We shy away from writing on some days because it feels like we don’t have enough time to do our words justice. But really, when you think about it, how long does it take you to pour out 500 words when you’re on a roll? Not long at all. I can do it with my first cup of coffee. Knowing that’s all I have to do gets me in my writing seat. But I almost ALWAYS go over the 500 words, sometimes by miles. And if I don’t, that’s still OK.
4. Finally, if you haven’t had enough of me already, please pop on over to Marcia Richard’s blog. Marcia is celebrating the first anniversary of her blog, “Sexy. Smart. From the Heart.” I’m super-thrilled to be featured as one of the women who have been a big part of Marcia’s blogging community.
5. OK, I know I said “finally” just a second ago. This time I really mean it. I was checking out a few new Twitter followers recently, and one of them was Squawk Back. What I stumbled into was a very intriguing publication with a wide variety of unique, interesting and sometimes downright captivating short fiction. Check them out, either as a potential place to submit your own work or just an escape into some good reads.
Amidst all this living and writing, I managed to finish Stephen King’s latest novel, 11/22/63. Please check back on Tuesday for my thoughts on his latest creation. Until then, happy writing and reading!