It might be half an hour away for me, but for most of you, 2015 has already arrived.
Be safe, don’t party too hard, and expect to hear much more from me in the new year.
Slow and steady wins the race, many people say. That’s the strategy I’ll be applying in bringing my blog back from the dead. I’ll breathe life back into this page and wipe off the dust, one blog post at a time.
My starting schedule will be one day per week, on Wednesdays. Halfway through the work week (did I mention I’ve switched jobs since my last post in September?).
I suppose I should summarize what all has happened in the past few months, since my last post at the start of September. Brace yourselves for this quick, bare-minimum summary that’s being written close to 1 AM!
I really should sleep, shouldn’t I?
Five weeks of training later, I officially started work on December 1st. What I have not been doing much of during this busy, busy time is writing. I know. That’s the one thing I should be doing, but never fear! As I now am bringing my blog back from the dead, I also vow to start writing once again.
Daily. I don’t care how many words, as long as I write every day (although 1,000 words sounds like a nice daily goal).
There’s the summary of my past few months. Now that that’s out of the way, I’m excited to get back in the swing of things!
So, what have I missed?
Don’t worry, I’m still alive.
Slowly working my way back into things. I’m getting back into writing after working all of Labor Day weekend, the day itself included. Goal – finish book #1 of Kaine and Vera’s story by the end of September. Expect a longer post later this week telling about my busy summer. :)
It’s happened to everyone before. Whether you like to write, draw, study, or do something entirely different – eventually you hit a slump and want nothing to do with whatever it is you like doing. The inspiration isn’t there and even if you want to do what it is you do, you can’t push yourself to actually do it.
“I guess I’ll work on it later,” you might say. Or, “Maybe I need this break.”
Or maybe, just maybe, what we all need is to give ourselves a swift kick in the rear and get back to work!
For me, my passion is writing. Fantasy in particular, with darker undertones to it that make it so much more intriguing to me. Sure, I love writing, but every once in a while, life decides to throw stuff at me and then I hit the inevitable, “I really don’t feel up to this.” stage.
You would think that while sitting at home awaiting surgery for a good month that I would’ve gotten a lot of writing done. Believe it or not, I didn’t. Why? Because the accumulation of everything else going on made the idea of actually writing utterly unappealing. In hindsight, that doesn’t make sense, seeing as writing never fails to make me feel better. No matter how awful the day, I feel better if I write.
Writing draws me into the story, into another world, into the lives of different people. It is the best way for me to wind down, relax, and feel better.
But no. I waited and waited for surgery and got very little writing done. So, this week, I decided to kick myself back into gear.
The best part about that little guilt-trip-inducing message? I’ve written at least double what that white board suggests every day since writing it.
This small gesture, this guilt trip, helped me get back to work. What I’ve realized also helps me is the location. At home, there are distractions – books, movies, those darned video games I just mentioned – so I have to go elsewhere. My safe haven is the library. Nobody bothers me there and when I’m there, I’m completely and utterly focused.
Yesterday, I wrote 4,760 words in just under four hours at the library. Today? 2,168 words in under two hours. The best part? These words have pushed me past the 50% mark for this book which has ignited a new spark of inspiration in me.
So for me, taking the time to go to the library to write, and having this visual guilt trip, is a great help in getting me to write. It might not work for everyone, but I’m hoping this post will inspire some of you to take a look and see what helps you write, draw, study, or whatever else it is that you do!
In fact, share what helps you in the comments! What helps you might help someone else. :)
I’m slowly getting back into things now that I’m feeling better. Most of the pain after my surgery is gone now; all that’s left is a bit of tenderness and some pain if I move in a way that does not favor my abdomen. But, that makes sense.
I’ve started studying Japanese again, so that’s good. Slow progress, but I’m getting back into it.
Work begins tomorrow again, which I’m excited for. I’m so tired of sitting around, so it’ll be good to get out of the house and go make some money and hang out with awesome colleagues!
Today, I wandered to the library and managed to start writing chapter 12 of my yet-untitled book, so my writing is finally progressing again, too. My short-term plan is to finish this chapter tomorrow. Let’s see if I can do that. ;)
Speaking of my writing, here’s a short teaser as an apology for being so in-and-out lately!
Disclaimed: This teaser is from the first draft, so it hasn’t undergone editing yet.
“Who says I won’t take advantage and betray you?”
My lips curved upwards in amusement. Cute. He thought he could intimidate me. I’d have to set him straight about that. “You can’t betray someone who doesn’t trust you, because that someone expects to be betrayed.” I caught my foot behind his ankle and yanked hard towards me just as I thrust my weight forward at him. The motion threw him off guard just enough for me to yank my wrists free and shove him away from me. The entire thing took less than two seconds.
Kaine stumbled back two steps, quickly regaining his balance. Even now, after I shoved him off of me, his smirk never faded.
“I’m not afraid of you.”
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How’ve you all been?
I swear, I don’t abandon my blog on purpose. Really.
Long story short, I ended up in the ER on Easter – well, more like at 1:30 in the morning after Easter – and one thing led to another and I just had surgery last Friday to have my gallbladder removed. Let me tell you something. Gallstones? Not pleasant. Not at all.
I’m starting to feel better now. Still dealing with a bit of pain after the surgery, but it’s a lot better than it was last week and I’m picking things up where I left off.
Pain aside, I managed to get some writing done during the past month, as you can see in that nifty word count widget in the sidebar on the right. Not as much as I’d like, but progress is progress. So, my goal for that still-untitled book?
Finish it by July 15th.
Why then? Because I leave for a week of vacation on the 16th and I know I can finish it by then. I have 7,5 weeks worth of writing and an estimated 50,000 words to go. That means a lovely 6,666 words a week until then.
So, that’s my goal. And I will get it done and I will blog at least once a week until then. That’s a promise.
Now, tell me, what have I missed?
It seems the powers that be are working against me to prevent my writing. I’ve dealt with some personal issues this past week and am now stuck sitting at home for a few more weeks because of it. Yesterday, though, I kicked myself into gear. If I’m going to be home, I should be somewhat productive, at the very least.
1,019 words written yesterday and my goal is to finish chapter six today!
Speaking of which, I interrupted my writing to give you all an update here, so I’d better get back to work. But, since I’m getting back in the swing of things, I’ll share a snippet from chapter six with you before I go!
Disclaimer: This snippet is from the first draft and therefore hasn’t undergone much editing yet.
Something shattered outside this forsaken room where Kaine kept me locked away. My temporary guard stopped pacing and clenched his hands into fists, glowering at the door. It went oddly still on the other side of the door, save the distant shouts somewhere else in the hideout.
“Who are these people?”
I heard the guard’s soft murmur and suppressed my smirk. “The bringers of your death,” I told him, offering a polite smile.
The thief threw a quick glance over his shoulder. “What’re you talking about?”
With a crash, the locked door flew open, slamming against the wall beside it and cutting off any response I may have given. Georg barreled into the room and aimed a punch at the guard. The man sidestepped, threw his own fist, and rammed his balled hand into Georg’s left side.
Barely flinching from the contact, Georg moved in rather than back. He stepped forward, grabbed the guard by his throat, and tossed him to the left like a doll. Kaine’s follower gasped when he collided with the wall, falling to the floor, then barely had time to roll onto his back before Georg’s foot slammed into the side of his head.
When Georg stepped away from his opponent, the man wasn’t moving.
Well, I thought he’d last longer than that, at least. I shook my head.
Georg turned, finally facing me, and raised an eyebrow as he took in my current situation. Wrists shackled to the wall above my head, ankles shackled in turn, making it impossible for me to move. His lips curled in mild amusement.
I showed him my fiercest glare. “Don’t say anything.”
The moral of this story? Messing with Georg is definitely not recommended. :P
How have you all been lately?