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...
"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.
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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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.
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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