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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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. 🙂