Well Darn…no Mega Millions for Us

At about 2:30 a.m., the puppy decided that sleeping at our feet on the bed was just not enough. She crept up between us and pressed her overly warm little puppy body against me. When I woke up, she bathed me in adorable doggy kisses and by the time she had settled down, I was thinking of Mega Millions and couldn’t sleep.

No worries, after an hour of tossing and turning, I gave up and went into my office to my computer. Since I don’t live in Maryland I can pretty much rest assured that my life will not change in any drastic way from its current existence. And honestly, I wish the winner well, they are in an unenviable position.

If I had that much money, I would definitely not be cleaning houses anymore, or teaching classes, but I certainly would continue writing. Perhaps I would create my own publishing company and then put my books into mainstream stores, without the hassle of agents and more. Go straight to my root audience and see if I didn’t get people reading what I’d written then, damnitall.

And then there is the permaculture/sustainable living institute that Dave and I have dreamed of…

Oh well, back to reality, right?

I fell off the writing wagon this week. One of the problems with having as many interests and priorities as I do is that I get distracted and things get backed up, or my brain is overtaxed with other stuff. Like having to spend THREE HOURS re-creating my financials for the past three months for our main checking account. What can I say? It was easier taking the old file we had recovered and then adding in every transaction that has occurred since.

Despite falling off of the writing wagon, I’m now up to 48,598 words in Book 2. Still on the chapter “Young Love” and hoping I can wrap it up soon. That will leave me with just 14 chapters to write, plus editing/finishing six more.

If I get my poop in a pile, I could get this finished by the end of April, edit it for one month, and then publish through Lulu by end of May, beginning of June!

And that would then free me up to begin writing on Gliese 581 OR Chronicles of Liv Rowan.


It is now 4 a.m. and I might as well get started…

I’ve Got No Excuses

I’ve got zero excuse to not get some serious writing time in today. My cleaning client just asked if we could change his appointment time to next week and so my priority list looks something like this:

  • Plant a bed full of seeds
  • Do some homeschool with E
  • Buy chicken feed

This list is not in order of priority…they are all a priority!

So I’m hoping to get some serious writing done today. I’d like to see at least 1,000 words on War’s End and both blog posts for today done and active on the websites.

Time to get to work!

Finished a chapter – “First Summer”

One of the decisions I made in my two months of waiting for data to be recovered was to slightly change up how I write each day.

First, my goal remains the same – to write each and every day

But where I found myself tripping up is that I would sit down to write on the fiction projects and find myself distracted by the blog posts. I would then rationalize to myself, “Well, I HAVE to do the blog posts, people are depending on me!” So I would do them first, and then it would be late and no time left to write on the fiction projects.

Excellent delaying/procrastination tactic, don’t you think?

In any case, I decided that I would make a rule. I must write on a fiction project, which obviously is War’s End Book 2 now that I have my files back, FIRST, before writing on the blog posts. It’s a delayed gratification. People read my blogs right away, they don’t necessarily see a book until weeks or months down the road. So its harder to write the fiction, there’s no one there clapping me on the back and telling me I’ve done a good job.

Well, except for me…and maybe Dave…[sigh]

Yesterday I had a horrid headache, there was also Storytime at the Library and a cleaning. So I got zero writing done. The problem with this? Well, I was supposed to have two blog posts written for Wednesday – one for TDN and one for HA, but I had nothing done. NOTHING at all!

Last night I also had to teach a class. By the time I returned from that, interacted with the family and had a bite to eat it was friggin’ 11pm at night. Little ‘ole me, who is usually peacefully snoozing by 9pm, was up way past my bedtime.

All night I tossed and turned, knowing I needed to get the blog posts done, but also quite clear that the fiction came first.

So I just finished writing the chapter “First Summer” in WE2. I’m up to 45,519 words now. So I just spent half an hour or so writing about 500 words. Not bad, and I learned an interesting twist to the story.

It is always interesting to see where a story leads you. Who knew that Jess was a writer? And best yet, the type of writer she is. But the details on that will wait…who says I can’t keep a reader in suspense?!

It is now 7:15. I’m going to grab some coffee, let the puppy out of her box, and then get to work on the two blogs.

I’m feeling damn good about myself!

Update @ 1:45: Up to 46,546 total words on Book 2. I’m making progress but I think I’m done for the day. I made another decision, one that I may change my mind on later, but, who knows? Basically, when I would get to a point where I felt ‘stuck’ I’d attach a little note on what I thought should happen in the chapter and then go on to the next one. “Young Love” was one such chapter that I did this with. After I finished “First Summer” I began paging through the manuscript and found myself at “Young Love” – I started to go past it and find something else ‘easier’ to write. But then I turned back and dove in. It is strange where the story leads you. It’s also oddly satisfying. I had to do just a touch of the obligatory review one does in sequels. It had been on my mind for a while, and something I was doing my best to talk myself out of, until I realized it would add to the depth of the characters, add to the backstory, if I simply did a little review and then moved forward in the chapter. It really worked.

So I’ve written well over 1,500 words today. Yippee! That’s satisfactory progress, indeed. And I’m plunging forward with the difficult to write (read that “I don’t know what happens, so I try to avoid it”) sections. Go me!

I’m BACK…in the Saddle Again…

I’ve officially got zero excuses to not get to work on writing…and finishing…Book 2 of War’s End.

As of 10am this morning the recovered drive and data was in our hands and I just returned from the grocery store to find…everything right where it should be.

It was amazing to see it there, in front of me, and it was the first file I opened. 43,979 words, 1/3 to 1/2 complete, with the full story line plotted out.

In some ways, having my data lost was a good thing.

Really, Christine? A good thing? You feeling okay?

For one, it gave me some time to do other things, and that isn’t such a bad thing. Sometimes I get too wrapped up in one thing, to the exclusion of all others.

For two, it was a reminder of just how much I have done, so far, with my life. That I have gotten to this place where I can honestly say, “This is what I want to do with the rest of my life. I want to live and write, create and write, garden and write, and love, and laugh, and exist, and share knowledge…and write. For the rest of my days. Until my fingers and brain tire of stringing words and thoughts together.”

How many times in your life have you thought, “I can’t do that, it would take so long, and there is so little time.”

I thought that about college, time and again, over the eleven years of on again off again schooling it took to attain my itty bitty little Associate’s degree. But I’m damned glad I did it. I even learned to enjoy Algebra…and that took some doing.

I thought that when I contemplated having a second child EIGHTEEN YEARS after my first, and only child was born. My two girls, so amazing, so special.

I thought that whenever I dreamed of War’s End, of the Chronicles of Liv Rowan yet to be written, and Gliese 581. But War’s End is in print, and WE2 is 1/3 to 1/2 of the way done (now that I have my files back).

In the end, all we have is time. How we use that time says volumes about us. I plan to use my time to create, live, inspire, and laugh…as much as is humanly possible.

How about you?


Update: It’s now 4:30 p.m. and I’ve written just over 1,000 words. Now its time to stop and prepare for my class tonight. First time teaching the Edible Landscaping class, and I’ve got no babysitter and Dave’s in class. So I’m hoping Emily is cooperative tonight!