Year: 2011

I’ve sailed into a slight case of the doldrums over the last couple days.

Perhaps it’s to be expected.  I have to keep reminding myself that, after having such a successful week last week, the expectation can’t necessarily be that the next week will be even better.  Sometimes it works that way, but more often than not, a great success requires a follow on period of reflection, regrouping and simple basking in the pleasure of having done well.

I think this tends to lend itself to a softening focus, a blurriness around the edges of the day.  But no worries.  It isn’t as if things have gone South.  On the contrary.  By most standards, I am doing quite well, and have just today crossed the 40k mark.  It’s just fun (and funny) to watch the ebb and flow of the tide of my motivations on this sea of a manuscript.  How’s that for a metaphor?  😀

And in honor of said metaphor, and said doldrumic period, I present a great tune from Declan O’Rourke: Marrying The Sea.  Had to put the video together myself, from old Youtube scraps and slivers of footage I had laying around. I hope you enjoy it!

And I hope your Tuesday is going well. Happy writing!!

😀

There are not many downsides to living in one’s head all the time.  Balancing the different elements of one’s life–friends, family, work, fiction–can be a challenge, but all in all, the payoffs are worth it IMHO.

I have come across one thing I miss: spending more time outside.  When I first joined the Navy, I worked as an aviation electrician’s mate (this was before I got picked up to be a pilot).  This meant I spent tons of time out of doors, and that was one of my favorite parts of the job.

But I am starting to see a trend here with writing fiction, especially if I am ever fortunate enough to be able to do it full time.  I have this image of myself, several years older, emerging from the dark cavern of my office, pale-skinned, eyes round and white like teacup saucers, after having written fiction for three days straight.  Sunshine?  What’s that?

So I’m taking a breather this afternoon.  Maybe I’ll go outside, live in the sun for a few hours.  Who knows what might happen?  The sky’s the limit!

And what kind of music best captures that ray of sunshine optimism, the best anthem for stepping out a bit?  How ’bout a little shot of Britpop for starters.  Anyhoo, enjoy this video, and I hope, wherever you are, you’re having a blast!!!

Feeling like a smoky, jazzy Saturday, so I’ll keep it short–especially since I still have some writing to do to reach my wordcount goal.  I hope your weekend is off to a grand start, and the writing (or other endeavors) goes well.

Here’s a little jazz to set the mood.  Maybe it’s a little obvious, as jazz selections go, but this tune totally captures that cruising feeling ideal for getting some writing done.  Or just hanging out.  😀

Stay groovy!

Notwithstanding my goofy superstition chat yesterday, I am extremely happy with my NaNo performance so far.  In fact, I’d have to say that this has been one of the best weeks of my life, writing-wise.  Lots of wordcount.  Lots of good ideas.  For the first time in a long time, I’m feeling in my element.

This morning I took a half hour and looked over some of my earlier chapters.  Certainly, they’ll need a lot of fixing up.  My first drafts are very messy.  But I also saw some flashes of–dare I say?–brilliance.  At least brilliant by my own standards for my work.  I’m relatively hard on myself most of the time, so when I see something I like–especially if I don’t have the slightest idea how it got there–I naturally think it’s an act of genius.  😀  Do you find the same thing with your own writing? 

It was nice to revisit some of those scenes again, even if briefly, and I’m looking forward to getting the first draft finished so I can spend a little more time on them.  Thus I’m feeling happy and warm and somewhat introspective this Friday.  😀

But wait!  There’s more!  I have other business to discuss.  Two things, in fact. 

First, Chris from The Kelworth Files interviewed me yesterday on my NaNo experience.  If you haven’t checked out Chris’s blog, you really should.  He delivers solid content, day in, day out, as evidenced by this recent roundup post he put up. 

Second, I received an award.  Francesca over at Zap’s Lobster Tank gave me the Lovely Blog Award.  Thanks so much Zap!  I’m a new follower over at her place, but I’ve been nothing but impressed by her work ethic, style and sense of humor.  In fact, she reached her NaNo goal: 90k words in 15 days!  Talk about smoking up those pages!

I’m supposed to pass this on to fifteen folks, so I’m going to choose some fresh faces this time out, some folks who I’ve recently come in contact with or have been around lately that have impressed me.  In no particular order:

1.   Vive Le Nerd
2.   Far Away Eyes
3.   Let Go Of The Past, Live Today and Create Tomorrow
4.   Crazy California Claire
5.   The Organic Writer
6.   Mainewords
7.   Moody Writing
8.   My Literary Jam & Toast
9.   I Am A Man
10. Michael Offutt
11. Insomnia Strikes
12. The Girdle of Melian
13. A Daft Scots Lass
14. Live High
15. Writing In A Nutshell

These are all really great blogs and you should go check them out.  Now.  It’s alright.  I’ll wait.  😀  Anyway, thanks for stopping in.  Enjoy this great classic video and have a totally groovy weekend!!