I have no fancy post planned for today. No “how-to” or “reasons why” post. I’ve been trying to write one for a few days now, with seven different half-finished drafts sitting in their folder, but nothing wants to come together quite yet. I didn’t want to miss another Wednesday of posting, though, so how about a bit of a ramble/writing update for today?
I’ve been really proud of my writing work ethic lately–and by lately I mean the past two or three days, not exactly long term. I’ve been staying on top of my daily poems, gone through a few drafts of a short story, and come up with an interesting direction for the novel I’m working on. I’m not going to meet my goal of having a novel draft done by my birthday, but that’s okay because my goals have shifted and changed how they needed to. Instead, I’m working on poems for submitting and for piecing together a small collection to self-publish. I’m working on short pieces, both fictional and memoir. And I’m working on figuring out just how to get everything out there. My poetry contest submissions were mailed out on Monday, and I spent an afternoon flipping through the 2013 Writer’s Market finding magazines and journals to send work to.
I’ve also been trying to work more on my desktop than on my laptop, to the point where I’m actually not using my laptop all that much, except maybe for a little bit of photo editing. I do still waste way too much time on my phone when I’m done working, and I want to cut back on that, too, but for now I’m content. My general rule is no internet before noon or after 9 p.m. It’s not hard and fast, because I do still check Facebook on my phone when I wake up, which I know is a terrible habit, but it’s a start. And I do get on the computer by about ten each day, so I get two solid hours or so of writing in before browsing the internet, if I choose to. Sometimes I do, sometimes I keep working. Sometimes I come to my blog and do a bit of both.
Really, I’m just trying to make writing my life. It’s always been my goal to do so, but even with the last year free from school, I really didn’t manage to throw myself into it until recently. I think I just didn’t know where to begin (aside from actually writing, of course), so I kept putting it off. I would overwhelm myself with publishing options, so I didn’t pursue them. I guess being totally broke is pretty good motivation, though, right?
And lastly, on the non-writing front: I’ve started watching “Girls” (thanks, HBO GO), am trying to stay on pace with my reading each month, and have been trying to keep the apartment at least relatively clean since we’re now at the “apartment showing” stage of moving out of here and into the house. Oh, and I’m counting down the days until my birthday (19). And it’s a Monday, which means it’s a post day! I’ll try to have something fun planned for then. No promises, though.
So how are you, dear reader? How is your day going? How have you been the last couple? What is your life story? Your dreams and goals? I want to hear it all.