Taking this seriously, results

So, it’s been about a month since I decided to start logging my writing hours, and here’s what I’ve found:

  • In a good week, I can put in 10-12 hours of work on drafting, editing/re-writing, blog posts/formatting, and promotion work.
  • Rougher weeks merit 1-2 hours at best, tons of guilt I can’t shake at worst. Heavier on the web stuff over actually writing/editing.
  • Average weeks, I hit 3-5 hours all together, hitting 500-1k words, unless I have a strangely good writing day.
  • None of this counts time spent daydreaming, world building, and otherwise mentally wandering Asylum.

So yeah. I suck XD

That’s harsh, but that’s how it feels. I spend so much of my time falling asleep/waking up due to working nights. It’s hard to write when you’re groggy, and it’s hard not to be groggy when you sleep twice a day. So the real thing I’ve learned is that I’ve got to do something about my sleep schedule. No idea how yet, but there it is. If I want to take this seriously, something’s gotta give.

The Write State of Mind: April

Despite the relative blog-o-sphere silence, I’ve been getting a lot done lately. Real life has been  CRAZY, but that’s sent me fleeing into the pages of Asylum for some much needed R&R. There’s something peaceful about impose ordering on the chaos that is Asylum’s first draft, the illusion of actually being in control (as if my characters would ever actually listen to me. It’s a nice lie, however).

In addition to that, we’ve picked back up progress on Cirque du Vols, so with any luck, we’ll have our second completed novel under our belts soon. Wouldn’t that just be something?

Editing is finally starting to feel like a sustainable process, instead of just something we do in fits and bursts. I think we’ve gotten the head of steam we need under our belts to make releasing Asylum a reality instead of a distant goal. Still not sure on the exact ETA, but it seems more attainable than it ever has before.

So keep checking back, and hopefully we’ll be in the Read State of Mind soon.

A day late, but not a latte short :P

I have an interesting concept of “weekend”.

I’ve been working third shift for about 8 months now, and I think I might finally be making the adjustment. As with any food service job, “weekend” is whenever you can find it. For me, that seems to be Mondays and Tuesdays. So if you’re of the coffee having crew, well, just save me for last. I’ll share a weird TGIF- I can’t Monday until caffeine moment with you.

This week has been much like the last, and the last. I am still in throes of new boyfriend (Yes, I’ve accepted the fact that is my boyfriend, and I’m actually even starting to be happy about it. :P), but I think we’re slowly starting to come back down. I’ve hit the point where I miss doing me things, so maybe this little blog vacation is over?

And while I haven’t been posting, I have been working on some things behind the scenes. Asylum is still resting and revising as time and brain allows, but I’ve also spent a little time lately working on a collab with a certain blogger and Thread wrangler that long time readers will be excited to have back. I know I certainly am. Excited enough that “Thread parties” is now a tag of its own, that will hopefully grow and grow as time goes by. This stuff is super fun, guys. If you’re at all writerly inclined, you should think about attending one yourself.

So that’s where we’re at. Somewhere between coffee share and the Write State of Mind. It’s spring time, I’m allowed to lose myself in a little twitterpation, right?

The Write State of Mind: March, or something

I am in the throes of a ridiculous trick of brain chemistry.

For those of you who are familiar with an NRE (New Relationship Energy) high, you know exactly what madness I’m going through. For those that don’t, the important part is to know that I’m far, far from the Write State of Mind.

Strangely enough, I’ve still been doing a fair amount of writing, just very little of it geared to Asylum. But sometimes it’s good to step away from a big project and unwind a bit. Plus, at least one of these side projects will wind up on the blog, because Ali is at it again. Stay tuned, Zig fans. That’s all I’m saying.

Aside from that, a lot of my writing lately has been either correspondence, or open ended musings that could be correspondence, if I actually sent them to anyone. It’s been a lot of self-exploratory type stuffs, some of it enlightening, some of it just practice writing better smut. 😛 Regardless, it’s got me feeling that itch to write again, and it’s really been a while since I’ve felt that.

Oh, and I’ve met a dragon. Fun fellow. He likes books.

The Write State of Mind: February, week DONE

Winter decided to happen all at once in Kentucky.

We’ve had a very mild winter, up until now. On the plus side, being snowed in has led to LOTS of good writing time. 🙂

We’d hit a point in the Asylum edits where the events simply did not happen the way we had written them – nothing that couldn’t be overcome, but, well, they did need re-writing. And that takes time. And The Write State of Mind.

I’m not gonna lie, I love editing. I love generating new content, but I love editing more. It is sooooo much easier to take a word pile and fix it, to take a story line and tighten it, to take an existing character and flesh it out than to start from scratch. In fact, starting from scratch is kind of like pulling teeth. It’s exciting, and an adventure- and if any of you have ever actually read a real adventure, you know 90% of adventure is SUCK. Sleeping in the elements, lots of walking, lots of trying to be killed. First drafts are like that. The only thing that keeps me going through them is the NRE of new characters, and the excitement of being the reader and needing to know what happens next.

I don’t have that anymore with Asylum.

Don’t get me wrong- I will have that again with Asylum, once we get back to truly generating new material. But needing to generate new stuff in the middle of old stuff? This has been the greatest hell I have ever faced as a writer.

Yes, it’s been fun. Writer Hell is still something I willing subject myself to, because it’s fun. This just isn’t the funnest of the fun. Trying to marry one scene to another, trying to keep the characters in line with who they should be, trying to work forwards and backwards at the same time to make sure nothing I’ve written now means I should change something I’ve written then, let alone will need to write afterward-

It’s a bit like being a Time Lord, really, only without the actually having a gift for time travel. Maybe being a Companion is a better analogy.

At any rate, that’s where we’re at. I think (I hope, I pray) we’re past the new generating work (for now) and can go back to polishing and tweaking and making great headway like we were before. Thank goodness for Snowmageddon giving us the dedicated time to write it, cause we needed it.

The Write State of Mind, January

Ever since starting the night shift, my sense of “week” has gone right out the window. my work week starts on Wednesday, my shift starts the day before (so Wed night for a “Thursday” shift) and I kinda sleep anywhere from 2pm to …well, 2pm, depending on the shift. So I’m a little all over the place.

Because time is relative anyways, I’ve decided to adjust my “Weekly Writing Goals” to something more closely aligned to my new concept of week. In other words, whenever I think to look up and go “Hey, it’s been a while since I’ve done that…”

January has been a good month for writing. I FINALLY have a new laptop of my very own, which means Caitlin and I don’t have to play pass the comp to get our editing done. We’ve got… *runs off to check* roughly 40k edited (jeez, that much? holy cats…), so I feel it’s coming along nicely. I’m not sure how much of a buffer we want before we go live, but I’m feeling more and more confident it’ll be by winter’s end.

 

Writing goals, 2014 to 2015

Another year down, another season of goal setting I may or may not attain. 😛

The last remnants of the plague are dripping slowly from my head (sorry for the lovely imagery there) and work on Asylum’s edits are back under way.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with 2014. I didn’t meet all my “goals”, but I set goals I didn’t expect to reach so I had something to strive for. For a first year of serious writing, I feel like I got a lot accomplished. I fully edited one novel, made good headway on another, and more importantly, I learned a lot about my writing style and weaknesses. I feel well armed to go into 2015, and that feels good.

I don’t have any concrete goals for the upcoming year, other than getting Asylum up and running before the summer. I’d like it up before Spring, but I’ll damned if it’s not up before it’s second birthday.