It seems like it has been forever and a day since I updated this blog. My life has spun into a crazy pace between writing and preparing to close on a house and moving our possessions into it. Some things cannot get done on time because it turns out that while work has an elastic quality that stretches like the stomach of a hot dog eating champion, time does not. It remains stubbornly fixed at just 24 hours a day. Nor does human energy stretch as much as I’d like.
We turned in our latest gaming supplement and we are now working on edits. I’m still working on finalizing the Micronomicon special version of Lightning Scarred. I’m hoping that I’ll have a map ready for it.
I’ve given up on the idea that I’ll be able to write a story for the Superstars anthology. This truly bothers me, but there is nothing for it but to move forward with things I must do or can do. My failure at this one has underlined for me that I need to write what I want to write and what works for a while.
I read an interesting book from the Write Stuff Story Bundle (which is still available for another few days): The 30-Day Novel and Beyond! by Stefon Mears which suggests that working up to writing a complete novel in 30 days is really something that should be prepared for. He says developing the ability to write every day, to generate ideas consistently, and to finish a fair number of words is the key to finishing a novel in 30 days . And it makes a certain amount of sense to me.
As you might guess from the title, he’s thinking about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) as the challenge. For that he wants people to have three months training before attempting it. I’m giving myself plenty of time.
For the first month he asks readers to write at least 250 words a day of a new opening of a completely new story. The idea is to train the above qualities just as a marathon runner trains by running slower and shorter distances and then increasing them. Writing 250 words is doable for me amid everything else going on, so I’ve been doing it. It’s been a tremendous relief to write new things that appeal to me in that moment. It’s restored a certain joy in writing for me. So I’ll be continuing with his program which requires 3 months of ‘training’ before approaching writing a novel in a month.
Part of his program is to write short stories, which I’ll do when the time for that comes in the program. But they won’t be short stories designed to appeal to an anthology or the Boy Band or the Girl Band. Instead, I’m going to write what I love, what moves me, what truly speaks to me without an outside goal.
We will be back and forth between Memphis and Albuquerque for the next month. After that, we’ll settle down to longer periods in one place or another since Steve will still be teaching in Memphis. It should be an interesting and exciting life. I’m looking forward to the moving part being over and the settled part beginning.
I hope your life is exciting but not hectic. Be well, friends!