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On Trauma

My dear friend was reading through a draft of a LuLo sequel and she said, and this is totally spoilery, so I’m going to stick it under the cut, (and there’s like a million billion spoilers in here for my writing, so don’t be all pissy about it should you enter and have something ruined) Continue reading On Trauma

Breakthrough!

I’ve figured it out. I’m writing a romance novelized version of Beowulf. My heroes (and this might be spoilery, but it’s based off Beowulf so if you haven’t read that yet, I don’t feel bad for spoiling) die in the end. Well, it’s a two part thing because there are two sets of monsters, blah blah blah. Anyway, my heroes from the first part die in the end of the second part. And I don’t wanna!! I keep stalling and stalling and watching tv instead of writing and making excuses and doing all manner of junk to get out of writing.

BUT. My evil plague is finally ending and I can *sigh* I guess start listening to Tool and drinking whisky and killing my little precious babies. I think maybe I need to go buy a bottle of Laphroaig because that seems more fitting than the bourbon I have been drinking.

Looks like I’ll be adding more gravestones to the little graveyard in my notebook. And I think it will be tonight because I need to pull the bandaid. So wish me luck, I’m going in.

Creeping Mold Depression Update

Waking up at six when there is a toddler in the house who is not real fond of sleeping lately is next to impossible. Especially since sleep deprivation is a huge migraine trigger for me. So… it’s a balancing act. That’s not working yet, but I’m getting closer. I’m working on my night time routines and I’m trying to streamline the kid’s. But anyone with kids will know how hard this is to do. 😀

My Fitbit came in the mail. I had one and I used it, but then the kid took it and hid it somewhere and even though I have a small house, I cannot find it anywhere. In any case, I’ve been wearing it every day and it’s helping. Took a 4-mile walk with my dogs and enjoyed some room for the thoughts in my head to roll around and spread out on the floor. I need those walks and that space. Shame it took getting another Fitbit and the “Oh no I need to hit my steps!” in order for me to do it.

As for writing… well, I’ve been working on my two copies of Beowulf, both Tolkien’s translation and Seamus Heaney’s for my Grendel project. I thought about entering this Nerdist/Inkshares contest with it, but it’s nowhere near ready for anything out in the wild. I don’t think I’ve discussed this project in much depth, but it’s a crazy romance novel rewrite of Beowulf. Well, I guess this is editing. As for writing writing… well… I’ve been thinking about it. Which is more than I’ve done in a while, so I guess that’s something. I’m coming up with characters for NaNoWriMo and I’m feeling excited about that. I like working out the big stuff ahead of time, the general structure and whatnot, then just setting it free and following my characters on the adventures they will have. I like to leave all the little, juicy, fun details to be discovered as I write.

Ok. I guess that’s enough of this rambling for now.

Back to Basics

My bestest sent me these beautiful inks for my fountain pen for my birthday. I was looking at them, vacillating between awe and terror. They are so gorgeous, but there is no way that I can write words worth this ink.

But, if she has faith in me to use this ink properly, I will put my faith in her.

I picked up a new notebook and have decided to write next month’s project longhand. I know I said I’d only do NaNoWriMo projects longhand, but after this month of stutters and stops and calamity and husbands away on business, I need to get back to basics. I need to get that fire in my belly, that moment when you open your eyes and feel the words churning and rumbling, ready to come out and you sit at your desk before you even go to the bathroom and you work for thirty minutes before realizing you really, really have to go pee.

In any case, the idea for this project has been kicking around in my head since November, just floating, unmoored, not grounded to anything. As I was walking my dogs in a fit of “I’m a despondent writer!!” it hit me and turned into something that could be.

This will also require some research on my part, so I’m going to start writing in February, but for now, I’ll be doing some reading and note taking. Here is a hint of where this is going:

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The Big Sleep is only there because I don’t know when the Mister bought it and I was curious to read it. Anyway. The spine of my notebook reads Le Mort d’Grendel. At least I’ve got a working title. And, the upside to this, all this research reading is going to count towards my book a week resolution for the year. Although, it’s going to be tough going, so I don’t know how much it will help my book count. Then again, if I really wanted to cheat at this, I’d just count Go, Dog. Go! each time I read it to the Entropy Machine. I think I’d be about done with my fifty two books if I did that. 😀

I’ve also excused myself from hitting 50k this month. Churning out 2500 words a day until the end of the month on projects I’m ambivalent toward sounds like hell and a waste. I’d rather do my research and get ready for February and that symbolic fresh slate. I also need to get over this weird hump and get more of The Reluctant Veterinarian out. I’ll go to the coffee shop and won’t come home until I have it posted.

I know any job is going to include doing stuff you don’t like, but it seems like this month life in general has just been doing stuff I don’t like. It’s hard to find work life balance when the whole thing is just being a huge turd. Anyway. Wah wah wah. Call me a wah-mbulance.

In any case, I am getting super excited for this upcoming project. Once I have my background and characters, it’s going to be fun to watch two people fall in love and even more fun to share it.