Monday, March 31, 2008

Monday, March 31, 2008
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Warm and rainy

The third of my three-part series on writing and research is up on Mystic Lit. Stop on by! And thanks so much to Billie Hinton for inviting me to guest blog.

Ann and Stacia, I’m working with a realtor in the area I plan to relocate, which is nowhere NEAR here, but in another state. It takes anywhere from 4-6 hours to get up there, so I have to look at possibilities online and when I go up, I have to physically look at places in bulk. I can’t just hop out to look at a place on my lunch hour. There’s not a realtor in 100 miles I’d trust – they don’t even tell the truth about the flood plain we live on. On top of that, the biggest realtor in this area was in league with the first set of evil developers, trying to help everyone get kicked out of the building. I wouldn’t give them a penny of commission, and I can’t wait until the Karma Dogs show up to extract their revenge. I’ll probably have dead realtors in quite a bit of fiction over the next few years!

I don’t want to move twice – I want to find the place I plan to live in for the next X amount of years, and then I’m moving once and STAYING. Unfortunately, if I can’t leave the premises to house hunt, it doesn’t matter if I’m working with sixty realtors – until I can actually get a chunk of time where I can be away from here without worrying about the next volley the scumbags throw at us, I can’t get anything done. We are under siege here, and I’m trying to pull off a major relocation while still holding the fort on the home front. It’s taking more time than I’d like – but I also don’t want to just move into the first available place. It has to be MY HOME. I’m not going to buy it sight unseen, and certainly not vibe unfelt. I don’t want to do an interim move and then another move in six months to a year. There’s way too much going on in too many areas of my life for that to work.

I can’t believe Script Frenzy is starting tomorrow! I made the difficult decision not to mentor this time around. For National Novel Writing Month, I “adopt” first years and send out encouraging messages with writing tips every day, as well answering individual questions. I mentored thirty-six writers last November. This year, there are three friends doing Script Frenzy – two other full-time writer friends and another friend in the UK who also did Nano – and I think the four of us in a “Circle of Encouragement” towards each other is going to work better. If I do Nano again in fall, I’ll probably mentor, although I’m going to change a few things this year. But this April – I’d be doing all of us a disservice. The home-and-hearth stuff needs too much attention.

My goal is 5 pages per day, which will easily get me to the 120 page limit by the end of the month. However, I usually work in beats and scenes, so we’ll see what happens. Tonight, I’ll go over my outline again, so I’ll be ready in the morning.

I have to repack my writing bag because I can’t even lift it. Which makes no sense, since my flash drive is smaller than my lipstick. So, I’ll take it all out and start over . . .

My onsite assignment was cancelled, so I’ll make another trip to storage, but the rest of the day is dedicated to the essay and the fairy tale. I gained a writing day! Woo-hoo!

Better go and make good use of it, right? 😉

Oh, crap, there go the table saws. Time to turn up the B-52s . . .

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:


5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.


Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
. Edited by Colin Galbraith. This is a collection of short stories, poems, and other pieces by a writers’ group of which I am a member. My story is “Pauvre Bob”, set at Arlington Race Track in Illinois. You can download it free here:

Published in: on March 31, 2008 at 8:08 am  Comments (5)  

5 Comments

  1. I just caught up on your blog – I always find what you say (even if it is non-writing stuff) so interesting. 🙂

    I’m planning to get back to writing today.

  2. LOVE the B-52’s. ROCK LOBSTER!!

    I hope the siege ends soon. You SO need to get out of that place. You deserve all the peace and tranquility in the world!!!

    XOXO

  3. I truly hope your situation ends sooner rather than later.

    Good luck with your essay and the fairy tale.

  4. Here’s hoping the siege ends soon.

    And I can’t wait to see those realtors in a good, juicy novel. :o)

  5. I sincerely hope the situation and seige ends soon. Good luck with Script Frenzy!
    Sending more Hugs, just because.


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