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Monday, January 14, 2013

Time, where is all of the time?

I have found that working on a manuscript of any kind, whether it be for a book or even a paper, takes a lot of time that just doesn't seem to be in adequate supply.  I find myself at the end of the day wiping the sweat from my brow and wondering a) why I am so tired and b) where did all the time go?  So many times, the best prepared plans to sit and write get laid to waste by the demands of the day.  I know that I cannot be the only aspiring author to have this particular issue, and I hope and pray that this is not always going to be the case.

That being said, I have managed, in between washing my husband's clothes, cooking, cleaning and working on school work (I am still working on an undergrad degree at this time) to commit close to 4,000 words to paper (well, computer, lol).  I feel pretty good about what I have done, but there are times where I wonder when I will be able to sit down and dedicate myself to this project.

I guess part of my problem lies with my stellar track record of starting something and then either never finishing it or it taking years to finish.  I worry that this will turn out like the crocheted blanket project that I have been "working" on for 2-3 years.  (Honey, I promise, I will finish your blanket, but...I can't say for sure when!)  So, here is my question to you: do you run into this same problem?  What have you done to "correct" it?  Believe me when I say, I am all eyes and ears, so please, by all means, let me know!

Well, I guess that is enough insecurity for one day!  I wish you all a fantastic week, and for those of you who dream, remember to go for that goal, and never, ever give up!

"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
George Eliot

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

WIP: Now there's something I never thought I would say!

So, after much hemming and hawing, on my part of course, I have been working steadily on my first book or anthology submission.  I am still thinking on whether I want it to just be a short story or if I should really jump in with a full length novel.  It is really a hard decision to come to, but I think I am going to just write until my fingers fall off and then go from there.  If it ends within 10,000 words, then short story it is, but if it keeps going, then full-length here I come.

I am new to the world of writing, and I don't profess to know very much about it.  I know that personally the idea of sharing what essentially is my baby with the world is a terrifying concept.  I am preparing myself to one day set my child free, letting them loose in a world full of critics, hoping, like any parent, that they learn to fly and not fall flat on their face.  I imagine that every one has experienced this feeling when they write.  It bursts forth from deep inside you, no longer remaining chained inside one's head.  It's a heady feeling, I won't lie, but it so scary as well.  While you know that you can't live with it inside anymore, the idea that someone may read and reject your work, is a slimy worm that works through the mind.  So, to say that I am a bundle of nerves at this point is a gross understatement.

Like I mentioned in my first post, I want this blog to be about my journey, not so much the end result.  Whether I succeed or fall on my face, well, that is all on me, but maybe there is someone out there just like me who is scared of taking that first step, and maybe by sharing my journey they will find the courage and inner-strength to write themselves.

I can honestly say, I am a heck of a lot better at encouraging everyone else in reaching for and achieving their goals than I am at following the same advice.  Hypocritical of me, I know, but hey, at least I am honest about my hypocrisy.  Anyhow, my muse is twisting my ear at the moment, and if I would like to keep that particular appendage, then I need to get back to work.

Thank you for reading this and may you find your inspiration!  No matter what your dream is, follow it!

 "The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away."
- David Viscott

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Take a deep breath...

Well, 2012 brought a number of changes to my life, one included blogging for the first time ever!  2013 promises to bring even more changes. Once more I venture forth into the blogger-verse, not to write book reviews but to work on writing my own novel for a change.

Who would have thought that I would be taking this step?  This has been a thought in the back of mind for longer than I could recall. I never dreamed that all that I have done in the last few months would eventually have led me to this point in my life.  No one is more shocked than myself, believe me.  

I hope to use this blog as a way to share some of what I am working on, and also as a basis for finding out what it is that you, the reader, think not only of my work, but what you would like to see more of in the literary world.  This will also be a place for me to let loose when I hit a wall, and maybe with your comments and suggestions I can find a way past it.  I would like this to be an interactive experience so please feel free to leave comments, questions, etc.

So, here goes!  Wish me luck!  :-)