The forty-fifth interview on TBPL Off the Shelf went live today! This time I interviewed author Lorraine Reguly about her new non-fiction book, and how she got involved in copywriting. You can find the interview here!
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. 🙂
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! 🙂
I love my apartment. I have since I first saw the place, and knew I wanted to move in. The only issue with it is that it is tiny. I’ve been using my kitchen table as my writing space since moving in (and also the living room + lap desk setup I have). But neither of them are quite right.
So earlier this week, I bought a rug.
The rug was step one to make the space more comfortable for writing. Step two was to bring my office chair here. It’s been stored at my parents’ place since I moved in because I didn’t think I had enough room for it here. But my kitchen chairs are too low for regular writing – the angle hurts my wrists after awhile. So after researching chair storage solutions, and talking things over with my dad, we hit on the solution: move one of the kitchen chairs out, and just have the office chair at the table all the time. The office chair is higher, so my wrists are at a better angle now – I wish I had thought of this waaay sooner!!!
So now, I’m in the process of bringing more office things from my parents’ place. I brought a load of writing books and other things here today.
My dad is going to help me bring a shelf over tomorrow, which is where a lot of this stuff is going to live. This is also a great opportunity to go through the writing books I own and purge some things. I already went through some old magazines, recycling most of them. I think the books will be a bit harder because it’s a bit tough to tell what will be a good reference to keep. Wish me luck over the next while!!!
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!)