10 December 2014

Continuing the good progress

This week has been a good mix so far of business and pleasure/social life, thanks to reconnecting with an old friend. A while ago I decided to stop working 10-12 hours a day and stick to 6-8 a day, which has left most evenings free to hang out with family, go to shows and relax. What a difference it makes to my energy levels!

On that note, it's time for my weekly check-in about my own writing process and projects...

ROW80 Update
"A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life."

Show up to writing 2-3 hours/day.   
Mostly on track. Which is to say I continue to show up to writing every day and accomplish things, which feels really good. This week so far I've had a breakthrough about my pseudonym's WIP and am *this close* to being done with the short story I've been editing. I  have also written a short creative nonfiction piece about having dinner with a friend I hadn't seen in a long time (an exercise in writing a scene from daily life and something I'd like to do more often), a short poem, and some random fragments that happened to float into my head.

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On track.

Read for fun.
On track. This week I'm reading The Moon and Sixpence by Somerset Maugham, which doesn't necessarily have the most engaging premise in the world but which I find interesting because it's peculiar and for the clever turns of phrase. A few of my favorite quotes:

"I forget who it was that recommended men for their soul's good to do each day two things they disliked; it was a wise man, and it is a precept that I have followed scrupulously; for every day I have got up and I have gone to bed."

"Love is absorbing; it takes the lover out of himself; the most clear-sighted, though he may know, cannot realize that this love will cease; it gives body to what he knows is illusion, and, knowing it is nothing else, he loves it better than reality. It makes a man a little more than himself, and at the same time a little less. He ceases to be himself. He is no longer an individual, but a thing, an instrument to some purpose foreign to his ego."

"There is always in [moral indignation] an element of self-satisfaction which makes it awkward to anyone who has a sense of humor."

Continue posting twice a week on this blog.

Posted twice last week, and this week there's today's post plus one on Friday - either an interview with my client E. S. Gibson, who recently self-published her first novella, or a post about my favorite books and writing tools for those who need some holiday gift-giving ideas.

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  1. Reading for fun....

    Oh... I used to do that.

    Seriously, I have a problem. Since getting serious about my writing career, my reading for fun has been reduced to all but nil. I know it should not be that way... I should be reading more! But I find myself burning out halfway through even novels by favorite authors that I used to devour.

    I should put this on my ROW80 goals for the next round.

  2. Great progress on your goals. Wonderful to read for pleasure. Just read an article on that - how it improves your writing. All the best in the week ahead.