It seems this week’s posts all feed into each other. So onto the next topic writing. I don’t tend to mention it much on this blog except for in November, when many of my nearest and dearest endeavor to write 50,000 words in the company of many other writers old and new. We take over cafes, bars, deli’s across the boroughs and try to make it happen with varying degrees of success.
I don’t write as much the rest of the year that I would (remember all those other crafts? And work? And sleep? Oh and sometimes I like to talk to/see other people) but I am trying to fit in a better schedule then November’s insanity but I made it so. I overbalanced for writing but I was still knitting, crafting, reading, though my social time and writing time were the same and that helped immensely.
So what is it that I do write when I get around to it? Fantasy, urban fantasy to be exact. Modern day, set in the “real-ish” world, usually, New York. It’s a good city for hiding things, or showing how out in the open things are. And I like that the city is built for building the most diverse and disparate cast of characters and still seem believable.
I have stories in the works about, gods, werewolves, superheroes, aliens, witches, humans +, wars, global warming, angels, demons, and then some. I have to finish and workshop these things long before I can start shopping them around and in the meanwhile I’ll keep pounding away and someday hope to post a book announcement.
For now I just hope to write something I can show my writing group before 2013. Things that I want to get done. So many things.
But I do have a goal of editing 1000 words or writing 500 new ones a week. As someone who has days when she had written 8k words in a day part of this is a bit of shame. That little voice in my head will just tsk and say “really? 500 words? 1000 words you already did? How fast can you read and you had no time in 7 days? And how long were you on twitter?” At this point the voice gets snarky-er.
Last week I tore down about 19,000 words to about 8,000. So I know I can do it. I also know if I don’t have an reason to stop, like getting off the bus or going to sleep I will go past 500. I enjoy writing and I always think I should do it more often as if there is someone other then myself stopping me. I tend to work out scenes when I can’t do anything else, like walking home or showering. Granted I tend to say this after every NaNo so we’ll see how I do this time around.
Granted I have a new toy that should help as the CEO at our company gave everyone iPads as a Christmas/10th anniversary present. And I just read a post on how to link my scrivener to Dropbox and make magic happen. And there will be a scrivener app for the iPad in the future. All I can say is yes please, do you need a beta tester?
So it turns out I had to frog the mitten for a different reason. I had the colors alternating in the wrong way. I’m almost black to where I frogged from so that mostly works.