Archive for February, 2007


Not much going on today… training this afternoon (ugh!… long story)

Probably could have written more, earlier… more later, though.

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Almost clear…

Here we are, on the 27th of the month. Another one almost clear, and another day now almost gone.

I’ve managed to find a break in my wall – I started scaling the library fence yesterday and rescued a floundering book that had been languishing on a dresser, waiting to be continued. With any luck, I hope to be able to put a short marathon together to try and finish the book in the next few days (with about 100 pages to go…)

I have also managed to chain myself to a keyboard for the last couple of days, generating over 300 words. Considering the last time I logged anything was before the local “Valentine’s Day Masacre”, a brief moment for celebration……. OK, now I have to keep chugging. I’m feeling like the current project is about one-third done, but I want to finish this one before I start another project. Also… with another NaNo project looming around the corner (ScriptFrenzy in June) and an ideal goal of a story/project per month, I have some serious mileage, er… wordage, to churn out.

Once I finish the current project, I’ll probably shelve it for a a month or so before going back to proof and revise, which I think is going to be the plan for most projects… with the shorter projects getting a little less time in the “proofing box” before coming back out for review. It’s also the shorter ones that will be the first to be sent out for solicitation and publication, too, so I want to focus on some of the shorter works for a majority of my projects. Develop and finesse some of the elements through shorter works, to refine my process for longer works.

I think I need to look for writing contests, as well. If I can get a couple of themed stories I think I can control my word count a bit better as well – and it is also a more specific (and deadline oriented!) venue than general submissions that take categorized stories.

When I progress to the submissions, though, it will be time to generate a spreadsheet/database in earnest for publishers and to track submissions. As twisted as it may sound, I actually look forward to the idea of getting a rejection letter… at least then I can say I have truly started on the path to being a writer, and probably done more than others that “want to write”!

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New Week…

I can’t remember if I had posted this before, but I have been offered “permanent” employment. When I started back in August, there was a six month window that had to be covered – a mandatory probationary period – before completely securing the position and benefits of state employment. While everything is not official (I am waiting for the final letter that says “congratulations!” to be delivered), I have been told that the paperwork is in process to make everything official.

Personally, that is a huge weight off of my shoulders, as I have been holding off on my major plans until everything was resolved. My next step is to prep for the GRE, with the hope of admission in the Fall (or, at latest next Spring) so I can start taking advantage of the “free course” option.

There is also other news on the job front. Jenn had applied for a supervisor position back before Christmas, and fielded the interviews during January. She received a call today, offering her the position. She will be starting in the middle of March, about one-third of the way through the healing process for her leg. We are mildly concerned about the move, as we have enjoyed some flexibility in our hours and being able to ride together to work… We are not quite sure how the job changes will impact some of those, but she will still be in the same building, just down a different hall.

In other news… I am getting a little frustrated with myself for sitting on a book… I’ve been in the same one now since early January, but I am waiting to start some other novels until I finish my current read. I may just need to lock myself away for a while to churn through some pages…

In still other news… I am going to have to rethink some of my writing strategies. Either that, or get very good at outlines and long note processes. Often times, although I carry a notepad around with me, I often use it for little more than notes. “Here’s an idea” or “What if [something]” are the majority of the entries. Sometimes, when a passionate moment strikes I can scribble away and fill up the page with a core nugget for a scene or story.
My challenge lies in the fact that I do most of my actual writing while sitting at a computer. If I don’t spend time around a computer, I don’t even think about writing. I print out “progress pages” (completed draft pages for later edit & review, or as reminders for what has been done so far, to build the story forward during non-computer times.
I need to either a) start writing on a notepad and fleshing out my stories – a matter of training my body and mind to produce with that method, or b) get a(nother) laptop to carry with me for all of my writing projects. While [b] would be more fun, [a] is both more economical and more practical.

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Friday and shaved legs

Yes, it is Friday. Unfortunately that means another day that is almost gone, but also a weekend of potential that lays ahead.

I ended up with the trainee all day yesterday, so what would have been an afternoon writing session was dashed to bits like old wooden ships off of the North Carolina coast.

My wife had her first follow up appointment today with an Orthopedist to track the progress of her broken leg. As the removed the bandages before taking her to get x-rays, we actually had our first opportunity to see the post oporation wounds – and actually the first time we had been able to see much of anything since wrapping it in the ED on the 14th.

She had two incisions – one on the interior of her leg, the other on the exterior. The interior was about four inches in length, while the exterior ran about nine inches. The incisions were stapled together – the lines looked like strings of pink caulk that staples had been put through.

“It’s a good thing I had shaved my legs the night before,” she had joked through gritted teeth while we were in the ED. “That’s good,” was one of the nurse’s reply, “since it will be the last time for about the next six to eight weeks.”

At today’s appointment, we followed up on that joke. “At least you won’t have to worry about shaving those two lines,” I jested. She responded, “Well, those are the areas I usually miss, anyway, so it works out.”

Simple things to find humor in, right?

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Thursday, and updates…

Here we are, or Thursday, and I havbe a few updates… Admittedly, I will have MORE updates once I review my past posts about things I should write about…

Like this one: I found my flash drive, so I should be able to get some writing done today.

Or this one: A little more of the back story of the broken leg. My wife ended up having surgery on Friday, where they had to put in 2 plates, and handfull of pins, a couple of rods, and about twelve screws. The put her in a soft cast, wrapped it and (finally) got her a room in the hospital (she had stayed her first few nights in the ED).

PT, which had been planned for Saturday ended up not happening until Sunday morning. By late Sunday afternoon, we were rolling to the house. She is now experiencing the joys (yeah, right) and frustrations (a lot) of waiting for bones to heal, and having limited movement/mobility.

Now I need to log some words… with other projects already planned for me for tonight… at least I will get a chance to read (I feel bad… I’ve been stuck in the same book for almost two months… I’ve got some serious churning to do if I want to reach the 26-30 book goal for the year… ouch!)

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Wednesday and Writing…

Geez… I completely missed yesterday… I spent too much time on “other things” while at work (steady call volume, but mostly working on other “projects” – non-writing related).

I haven’t been staying at the house recently, since my wife has gotten out of the hospital and has been at her grandmother’s, so any of my thoughts and opportunities to catch up at night have “frittered” away…

On other sides, I finally had planned to work on one of the stories today, and I could not find my flash-drive… now I get to hunt for that, as it has notes for several stories on it…

Here’s to the hunt!

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Where has time gone?

Not much to report at the moment – for lack of time, not information. Most of the weekend was spent in or around the hospital, and Friday was more “hurry up and wait” (in the tradition of Thursday!), so I was a bit out of the mindset for writing. Come to think of it, I didn’t really think of a lot of things over the weekend, writing related. Under the circumstances, though, I think the response is, “Can you blame me?”

I will try to follow up and post more later… there is good news, however. My wife is out of the hospital (but still quite a ways from being able to go home). Yeah, I think.

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