I have completed Week 4 of Ready. Set. Write! I cannot believe it has been a month already! Here is how I did last week:
1. How I did on last week’s goals.
a. Write on 2 occasions.
I did manage to write on 2 occasions! Granted, they were within the same day, but they were spaced out, so I’m calling this one for the win! I also worked on the overhaul of my online class, which I both love, because Psychology is amazing and I love learning, and hate, because this part is tedious and makes me want to scratch my eyeballs out- full-on Oedipus. However, I did learn that when you achieve REM sleep, you stop snoring. I have no idea how that factoid might be relevant, but I found it interesting, nonetheless. I considered Tweeting it, but decided that I did not want to earn the moniker Captain Nerd-Pants. I will totally understand if people reading this blog decide to taunt me with my own feared nickname- I earned it and offer forgiveness in advance. 🙂
b. Achieve 1,500 words.
I achieved 3200 words this week! Huzzah! Come and crush a cup of wine with me and we will wear masks and sing and dance, and oh this is starting to sound like R&J, and we all know how delightfully THAT ended!
This means that I’m almost a 1/3 of the way through my WiP! Wahoo! I totaled it this evening and was really surprised. I very much envy writers that can plan each chapter in advance, and form character arcs that move through the book before writing a word. I have never been able to write like that, not even in school. Remember in elementary school when they made you do the outline webs for essays? I could not do this. I would write the bloody essay then write the outline after, because whenever I tried to cage myself in, no words would come out. I’m still like that. I have found when I’m reading a book, I’m always thinking about what’s supposed to happen next, trying to guess where the author is going to go, or where I think they SHOULD go. That is how I write. I reread the last chapter I wrote and what is supposed to happen next comes out. I usually have a vague idea about the high points of the story, but often those change before I get to the end. This frustrates me, mostly because I would like to be more organized in the way I write, more structured, but often this forces my characters into situations where I’d rather they not participate. This is something to practice.
c. Tweet on at least three occasions- up one from last week.
I lost count after 3. I Tweeted, and even RETWEETED some things! Look at me, moving up into the old-lady land! I did go on a small diatribe about how women superheroes deserve pants, too. Batman wouldn’t go out without his suit, Superman either. Robin didn’t have pants, but he grew up and became Nightwing, and was able to afford his own pants. I just don’t think that it’s too much to ask for Wonder Woman to not have to go into battle with her hiny hanging out. Plus, you’d think she’d want a little extra protection- people are going to SHOOT at her for heaven’s sake, and the Lariat of Truth is not going to tourniquet a femoral artery nick when she gets shot in the ass, because her only armor covers her boobs. Seems like poor planning to me. I understand in the comics she has been redesigned and will feature trousers as part of her new costume, but in the JL movies coming out, she will be pantsless. I weep for her.
2. My goal(s) for this week.
a. Write on 2 occasions. This will not include the writing I’m doing revamping my class, though I imagine there will be a fair amount of that, too.
b. Achieve 2,000 words. I’ve been able to crack the 1500 word mark the last 2 weeks- let’s up the stakes a little.
c. Tweet on at least three occasions. I really am working on this. I don’t know why it’s so hard for me to fit this into my life, but I struggle.
3. A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.
Jesse murmured instructions to me, and I smashed the things in the bowl. The eyes were dried eagles’ eyes. Ew. But Jesse insisted we needed their power of sight to find Chasity, and that no live eagles were hurt in the procurement of the eyes.
“Not even Don Henley?” I joked, but nobody laughed. I did see Hirem stifle some mirth in my peripheral vision. Maybe he wasn’t all bad.
4. The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write).
This week is wasn’t so much time, as my beloved was taking his annual group of student to NYC and I had ample time to tickle the keyboard. However, I didn’t. I know, so many days slip by when I WANT to write and don’t have time, and this week I binged on Fringe episodes on Netflix. Sad, really. And it’s not like I had writer’s block and didn’t know what to say- I knew what was happening next and how to put it out there. I just didn’t. However, I did discover that when cleaning my kitchen, if I fill my sink up with warm water and a cap-full of white vinegar, my counters are smooth and clean and shiny with no harsh chemicals, and my stainless shines like the top of the Chrysler Building. I also made homemade lotion from coconut oil and sandalwood oil, which is GLORIOUS. Perhaps we will call this “the week of ADD affliction,” and leave it at that?
5. Something I love about my WiP.
I always have a hard time with this one, because I don’t get frustrated and start to hate my WiP until after it’s finished and I have to go back and move things around. So right now, we are still in love- it never leaves plates of bacon grease in my sink, or the toilet seat up, or my cabinets wide open. We are happy. 🙂