This is the point, halfway through the roiund, when I’m pretty sure that people are starting to say “eh…maybe I need to rethink this.” I know I am. Things are going all right, but there are some things that I’ve been ignoring, and I need to find a way to work them in. So, anyway, a status report:
Having spent the better part of the last couple of months working on novel-length projects, I’ve discovered that I miss writing short stories, vignettes, short memoirs, etc. Mary thinks that I should work on stories of my family and childhood, of which there are many, some of which are pretty funny (such as the time my brother developed a fungus infection on his scalp because he was entertaining my cousins by walking around with a plunger on his head). The more I think about it, the more I think that she might have a point there.
I still plan on finishing the NaNoNovel that I’m working on this month and the Fast Draft novel I did last month. Those are significant pieces of writing that I should complete, and the NaNo challenge is still doable, provided I write in the neighborhood of three thousand words a day. Thanks to Fast Draft, I don’t see that as a problem; however, if I don’t quite make it, I’m not going to lose sleep over it. For the record, I am currently at 6,849 words on that.
Also, the “Thursday Ten” feature that I’ve tried hard to do every week will be a biweekly feature, at least until I get better at generating ideas for it. I might have one for tomorrow, but I wouldn’t count on it.
I started reading Easy Innocence, another Georgia Davis novel by Libby Fischer Hellmann. I’m doing something that I have intended to do with just about every book that I’ve read lately: I’m identifying each of the scenes and making a list of what happens in each one, and relating each scene to the basic structure as per just about every book on outlining I’ve read. There’s something that I’m missing, and I had better find it.
I’m doing what I usually do when faced with big projects: retreating from everything (and everyone) else. I’ve been ignoring Twitter and not being involved with the ROW80 community. That’s really a part of what ROW80 is intended to foster, maybe even the second most important thing next to the personal goals. I apologize for letting it slip as I have. So, I’ll be around more frequently than in the past. (I know: don’t threaten ME, Buster!)