Ready. Set. Write! (week #5 for me)

My writing theme for this week: back to the notebook.

Ready Set Write!1.  How I did on last week’s goals:

I abandoned them and worked on something else instead, and I totally don’t regret it because I got over a huge hurdle with another WiP.

2.  My goal(s) for this week:

Write a chapter of the new thing (Is it a book? A collection of essays?  A novella? Only time will tell.) and work on Where I Write.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:

On a Wednesday afternoon, she asks me to fetch her rings in their little box from the bedroom. They are too big for her now, so she isn’t wearing them. She shows me the different ones, telling me which is which, although I already know. She wonders if she should give me a particularly special one now. I’ve always coveted that ring, but I want to wait. I’m not ready to take Mama’s rings.

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write):

Attention Deficit Disorder

5.  Something I love about my WiP.

I’ve finally given myself permission to write it.

Ready. Set. Write! (week #4 for me)

As a monumental improvement over last week, I’m actually remembering to post this on Monday.

Ready Set Write!1.  How I did on last week’s goals:

I did okay. Would have liked to put a bit more time in, but I made a lot of progress with Where I Write.

2.  My goal(s) for this week:

Get Where I Write into submittable form.  Period.  Write another blog entry.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:

She wants me to tell you that for as long as I can remember, I have written every chance I get: at school during recess; in the back seat of our family car on the long drive to Yellowstone; in the bathroom through a thick haze of red wine while my boyfriend slept; in the fluorescent-sharpened break room at work.   Tell them, she urges.  Tell them how the only thing that mattered was your writing.

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write):

Lack of energy.

5.  Something I love about my WiP.

That this week it feels more authentic.

Ready. Set. Write! (week #3 for me)

I cannot believe I forgot to do this yesterday.  Well, yes, actually, I can.  I can forget just about anything on a Monday.

Ready Set Write!1.  How I did on last week’s goals:

Great, actually!  Blog entry – check.  Where I Write – coming along!  Thoughts – marginally organized, but congealing.

2.  My goal(s) for this week:

Get Where I Write into submittable form, or at least one revision away.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:

I write in the shade of restless eucalyptus trees with their strands of peeling bark.  I write their dusky, pungent scent.  I write from the bottom of my grandparents’ swimming pool where I scrape my nose learning to dive the summer of my ninth year.  At night I write from the stars of Orion’s belt, the first constellation I can name.

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write):

Distractions!  Weird interpersonal crap (which I seldom have to deal with) that had to be dealt with. Not exactly drama, but close to it.

5.  Something I love about my WiP.

That I can still surprise myself when I write.

Ready. Set. Write! (week #2 for me)

Back again keepin’ it real, folks!  I did okay this week – couldn’t have done better considering all I had on my plate, but I’m really, really trying to fix that so I eliminate the worst of my writing impediments and always have time for my creative endeavors.  They are not, after all, indulgences.  They are as essential to my well-being as the protein shake I had at 10 am this morning.

Ready Set Write!1.  How I did on last week’s goals:

Like I said, I did okay.  I covered a coworker’s vacation at work, and she apparently does the work of three people, so sleep was scarce and spare time was scarcer.  Still, I submitted to the Ashland poem contest thingy (took longer than I thought because their website was squirrelly) and wrote a blog article that (hopefully) doesn’t suck, but I made zero progress on Where I Write.  No worries – onward and upward!

2.  My goal(s) for this week:

Work on Where I Write and start organizing my thoughts about the nonfiction piece I want to write about trauma.  And, write another non-suckish blog entry.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:

Although I relished my newfound status as a “professional” writer, the novelty of the [Internet] articles quickly wore off, and churning out 20 pieces on a single keyword became tedious at best. After being assigned the keyword “barbecue sauce,” and then later “cash gifting,” I decided that perhaps I needed to expand my horizons. (The prospect of writing ten articles about popular condiment or a notorious scam can do that to a person.)

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write):

An average of four hours of sleep per night and the workload of four people.

5.  Something I love about my WiP.

It’s the absolute truth, and writing it is f***ing cathartic.  Oh, wait, this is the Naked Notebook – it’s already R-rated.  Fucking cathartic.

Ready. Set. Write! (week #1 for me)

Okay, I’m giving this a try.  Accountability is the key to keeping my pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), so I’m joining an group of writers who get together every Ready Set Write!summer and track their progress, share their goals, their writing impediments, and their (sometimes mini, sometimes big) victories.  Hugs to all you writers who believe in your words and do what it takes to keep at it no matter what!  (I signed up thru host Katy Upperman.)  Monday posts follow this format and describe our progress the preceding week/outline goals for next week:

1.  How I did on last week’s goals.

I’m just starting out with RSW, but I’d set some goals on my own that I managed to complete (piece submitted to publication, etc.).

2.  My goal(s) for this week.

Submit poem to contest thingy in Ashland, write a blog entry that doesn’t suck and schedule it, and continue revising my “Where I Write” essay.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.

The weekend of our garage sale found me in no mood to watch people paw through Mom’s things.  Exhausted and emotionally raw, I glowered at women as they kicked off their sensible shoes and shoved their ordinary feet into my mother’s classy sandals.  Who did they think they were?

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write).

Well, it’s unoriginal, but…finding time to write.  In the midst of work, family, my car catching fire (Yep. That happened.), our outdoor sprinklers failing in the 100-plus-degree heat and…you get the picture.

5.  Something I love about my WiP.

It’s sentimental without being maudlin (I hope).