Thursday, January 27, 2011

Days 125 to 145 - First you have to find the horse...

It's been 20 days and all I've done is muck about. It's all well and good to say "Just get back on the horse", but where's the damned animal gone?

The 5DI entries are due on Monday. It's my dream prize - five days of intensive critique on my novel manuscript. I was working towards it at the end of last year until I completely lost interest in the whole project and moved on to something else. I've refound my enthusiasm for that plotline (with drastically altered characters and turning points) and I have until Monday night to get it into shape. I'm sure I can make that deadline, I just have to find, saddle and finally mount that darn steed!

Word count - 761

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Days 123 and 124 - LibraryThing = Awesome Evil

Sometimes I just get sucked into something and, carried away with a boundless enthusiasm and passionate desire to be THE BEST at everything, I end up spending hours planting crops (damn you Farmville), killing 10 of various creatures and delivering virtual messages to virtual people (damn you World of Warcraft) or.... entering every single ISBN in my house onto the computer (thrice and double damn you LibraryThing!).

Yes, my husband and I are nerds of the saddest variety. We spent all last evening passing books back and forth, entering ISBNs, talking about our recommended reads and arguing over whether or not it mattered that the cover art provided wasn't identical.

I can't quite remember now why I thought it was so important that I do as much as I could as fast as I could, but I now have over 1,000 recommended reads - hopefully enough to keep me going for a while!

On a separate note, I'm concerned that none of the stories I'm working on are really firing my enthusiasm at present... I'll have to think about what to do next.

Word Count - 695

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Day 96 to 122 - Indulging in Christmas Spirit

Oh, I had such a good break!

I made an agreement with myself that I wasn't going to write anything for the rest of December. It was hard. In fact, as the month went on I found myself getting some really good ideas and it took an awful lot of self-control to go and play World of Warcraft instead of sitting down and writing.

But I think the break has done me good. I'm looking forward to the new year with boundless enthusiasm, and I have some great ideas that I'm dying to write.

I've made it my New Year's Resolution that I am going to send something to a publisher this year. Now all I have to do is write something, then edit it, then edit it again, then polish it and I'm away!

Word count - A blissful 0