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Last Week :)

Whoops, I meant to post this on Friday.  But that’s okay, I have a little more to report after today, too.

me with my laptop outside under treesI’ve actually spent a fair amount of time writing outside with my laptop.  I’ve been taking a lap-desk out and just hanging out in the backyard.  I don’t have very good internet access, especially if I’m away from the house, but that hasn’t been much of a problem; I’ve mainly been editing a short story I wrote, so the few times I needed to look something up quick I just used my phone.

The idea to write outside with my laptop started after last week, when I gardened.  A few weeks prior to that, a brand new deck was built at the back of the house. So between the deck and all the gardening, my backyard is a very happy place where I’d like to be hanging out in as much as possible during these short summer months.

The first afternoon I went outside, I didn’t hang out on the deck because I thought that it was in direct sunlight through the entire afternoon (until about mid-evening).  Well it turns out that it isn’t; I can sit out on it writing on my laptop until 2:30pm!  At 2:30 there isn’t much shade left because the sun is almost directly overhead, making it really hard to see the laptop screen.  But that’s okay – 2:30 is the time when I relocate to a shadier part of the yard.

So earlier this week, I planned out edits then started working on that short story.  The short story is the one I mentioned during my Blog Planning post from earlier in June.  It ended up sitting a bit longer than I had planned, but that’s okay since I’ve been working on it.  The story started out at 1,245 words; it’s now up to 2,264 and I’m not quite done this editing pass; hopefully I’ll be finishing it over the next few days.

I’ve also done a lot of work on Sustainably North this week.  I finished reading the book I wanted to review on it this month, You Grow Girl by Gayla Trail .  That post was written earlier in the week, then edited and scheduled on the blog for tomorrow at noon.  Then today I figured out another two posts: an article about disposable vs reusable plates (written and scheduled – that will be on the blog on July 2nd at noon) and another book review (I fluked into reading a book that I thought was a good fit for my July theme of parties – that post is written but I haven’t decided if I want it appearing on July 9th or 16th).  I’ll need to get another three posts figured out for July, then I can move onto my August theme of camping.

So yeah, it’s been a busy but very productive week.  I’m actually really happy that I’ve now got a bit of breathing room on Sustainably North (especially since there’s a long weekend next weekend, and my week is already shaping up to be quite busy!)

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Blog Planning

Over the last week, I unfortunately haven’t done a lot of writing.  Well, that’s not exactly true – I did get an article written for work, which *should* be in the paper next weekend (depending on whether or not the paper actually publishes it). But I didn’t get a lot of personal writing done.

What I did do though was a bunch of planning for Sustainably North.  I decided I’m going to try treating that blog like a magazine.  By “magazine,” I mean that I came up with some monthly themes; my hope is to write an intro blog post for each theme at the beginning of the month, then two regular posts and one book review.  During months with five weeks, I’m not quite sure what I’ll do for that last post.  I’m currently thinking I’ll do another Article Roundup, but I’ll have to see once that happens.  Nearer the end of the year, I’ll assess whether or not this strategy is working.

So for June, I’m going to continue writing about gardening stuff.  I’m already doing that a bit, so I thought it would be an easy topic to continue in order to transition to “magazine” in July.  Ideally I’d like to have my posts all written ahead of time (so far I’ve been writing Sustainably North posts pretty last minute), so I’m going to hopefully use June to help me get that set up.  I also have a book picked out for a June review, so I need to get that read, too!

Other than working on Sustainably North stuff, I also did finally type up the handwritten first draft of that short story I wrote over the long weekend.  I’m really glad I did it too – the notebook I’d written it in was sitting out on my table for like a week!  Feeling fed up with it sitting out was what finally got me to stop procrastinating and get it typed up.  I’m hoping that over the next week or two, I’ll have a chance to start revising it. 🙂

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Last Weekend Writing

So last weekend was a long weekend here in Canada.  I set myself a couple of low-grade writing goals: get a post written for Sustainably North (that’s kind of a given), and write a first draft of a short story.  The Sustainably North post ended up a short rant about garbage and what to do about cat litter (I don’t have an answer to that last one – if you have any ideas, please let me know on the post!)

So that left the draft of the short story.  I knew what I wanted to do – I found a market on Duotrope that wants short stories about monsters (and not the usual ones either). With a bit of thought, I decided to write about a monster from Imezza (specifically a kraken, because why not?)  I originally started developing Imezza specifically to write short stories in it, so this seemed like an easy choice.  Unfortunately, as much as Imezza is developed, there are still gaping holes in the setting.  Which makes it very hard to stay focussed on writing in the setting right now because I keep getting sidetracked by research needs.

The main problem I was having last weekend was that I decided to focus on a character whose species hasn’t been very well developed by me to date (whoops!) And then the kraken itself started giving me grief.  Do kraken look like octopus?  Squid?  What do their eyes look like?  That last question sent me onto the internet for probably 45 minutes or so.  I now know how octopus eyes see colour.  But I never did track down what colours exactly octopus eyes come in (I ended up having to image search octopus eyes to see what colours they come in).

Despite all the research quagmires, in the end I did succeed in crafting a first draft of a story.  It’s going to need a whole lot of work, but at least it’s a start.  And in the process, I hit my writing goal for last weekend, so that’s a win in and of itself. 🙂

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Autumn Update

I’ve been rather quiet on here since talking about refreshing my writing space  and submitting that short story (omg I forgot to mention – it was accepted!!!) The reason was that I was working on a big freelance project that came my way.  Once it was over, I had to deal with a couple of personal things (and honestly rest my brain!)  I read four books over the last week, which was great (I hadn’t read any fiction since early September); one of them, Brandon Sanderson’s Warbreaker, was absolutely fantastic!

Today was a day spent catching up on email and whatnot.  I went through all the Duotrope emails I’ve ignored over the last few months, looking into a few more listings that sounded interesting.  I also signed up for my very first game jam, which will happen in mid-January.  I don’t have a team yet (as far as I know, I’m the only local person who has signed up so far); I figure I’ll just make a small game on RPG Maker or Twine if no one else signs up (since I do not have the coding know-how to make an engine or anything fancy like that).  I’m really excited though – I’ve always wanted to participate in one, and now there’s one being held locally (previously this particular game jam was held only in Sudbury – that’s not too far away, relatively speaking, but the time of year is so iffy with the weather).

So now I’m not quite sure what I want to be working on.  I have two RPG Maker projects on the go (both Tears of the King and Memories), so I wouldn’t mind working on one of those.  But I also wanted to write four polished short stories this year (and to date I’ve only written one).  With just over a month left of the year, it’s looking like I may have to sacrifice one in order to achieve the other.  So I’m going  to take some time to decide on what exactly I want to be working on through December.

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Short Story Submitted!

I submitted the short story I was working on last week today!  😀

It took me a bit longer to edit than I had thought. More than anything, I had a hard time finding the time to actually sit down and edit (I was exhausted all week for reasons unknown). But thankfully I managed to sit down, edit it, and submit it today.

The market I submitted it to says they try to respond within one month of receiving a submission.  So I’ll report back once I hear something. 🙂

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Holy Crap, I’m Actually Writing a Short Story!

One of my goals for the year was to write four polished short stories.  To work towards that goal, I signed myself up for Duotrope a few months ago (I subscribed to them years ago, but ended up unsubscribed because they stopped accepting Paypal).  My goal this time was to keep an eye out for markets that sounded interesting (and hopefully ACTUALLY submit something somewhere).  I found a few markets that seemed to fit the bill at the beginning of the month.  Well, the month is almost over, and yesterday I realized I had done no short story writing at all!  So I took another look at the markets I was planning to write for, chose one, and wrote about 100 words of a story yesterday.  They were crappy words, but they were words all the same.

Today I sat down and thought a bit more about the story (specifically the characters, but also the setting – this is not set in one of the worlds I built).  Once that was done, I set to work revising the bit I had already written.  Draft 2 is now over 700 words long, with things (obviously) fleshed out a lot better in this draft.  I doubt it’s going to get much longer, so I’ll be editing and revising it over the next few days before hopefully submitting it by the end of the week.  Wish me luck!  🙂

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Memories Currently on the Backburner

I should have written this post a few weeks ago, but I had to put Memories aside for a bit.  I’ve thought about it long and hard, but I still don’t know how the game is supposed to end.  So on the advice of my brother, I’m putting it aside to work on some other things for a bit.  Hopefully with a bit of distance I’ll be able to figure out where the story is supposed to go.

I honestly feel a bit like a failure.  I was really hoping to have the game done by now.  But that’s not how it’s going, so time to focus on something else!

Life is pretty busy right now (when is it not?) but over the weekend I pulled out a short story I’ve been wanting to edit for quite awhile.  The story was written as part of my NaNoWriMo blob.  I originally wrote the story for a friend after his dog passed away, but I never felt right giving it to him (and let’s be honest: it was a super rough first draft that was crap – I wouldn’t want anyone to see it until it’s rewritten and edited).  I came up with some editing ideas for the story last March, but never got around to implementing them until today.  Even if the story doesn’t stay the way it currently is, I’ve added 300 words (it was originally about 600 words and is now over 900), and it is shaping up a bit (it’s definitely stronger than it was!)

I had a pretty fun couple of hours working on it.  First I brought a notebook outside with me (it was a beautiful day!) and started writing.  But after a page and a bit, I ended up grabbing my laptop and bringing that outside because I needed to be able to move some things around and expand on other things a bit.  I took a break to go for a walk, then worked on it a bit more.  I’m thinking tomorrow I’m going to print it out so I can do another editing pass on it (I prefer to edit on paper, at least for the first while – it’s satisfying to mark things I need to change up with pen!)

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