Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Back in Black

Oh.  I think that's supposed to be "back on track."  I just love song lyric post titles, though!  I'm wearing black pants.  Does that count?


This past week, I've been feeling a lot like a spinning record (sinusitis and a plugged ear from said affliction).  It doesn't help that as I'm writing this Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round" is playing.  The lightheaded, fluffy feeling and bouts of dizziness (much decreased and less frequent, thank you) seem to be skewing my perceptions of the world right now.

This is supposed to be about writing, though, and my ROW80 check-in.  Sunday I was still too sick to look at the computer long enough to write a post.  Plus, my brain wasn't doing well with stringing thoughts together let alone writing them down.  So...

I haven't done a lot of writing.  A couple of days worth on the novel.  A little time on Sunday with a notebook writing down an idea for a piece of flash fiction.  And then a newsletter.  And then some of my ROW80 compatriots told me about this thing some people are doing, writing a story a week for a year.  It's called 52 Stories, and it sent a thrill of excitement up my spine.  Seriously.

You see, I started with short stories.  First as a storyteller, making up stories in the lunch line as a small schoolgirl to keep myself and my friends entertained while we waited.  And of course my dolls (yes, Barbie included--I loved Barbie, so there!) had very exciting and elaborate lives.  Barbie's boyfriend was G.I. Joe, and sometimes Ken, too.  And they were spies.  Except when they were vampires.  And they often lived in a large mansion or a castle built out of jigsaw puzzle boxes and hardcover Reader's Digest Condensed Books.  And then there were the elaborate stories I concocted and made the other neighborhood kids reenact with me.  But I digress...

Short stories were where I started.  And I know I can do them while I'm still feeling shaky about being able to finish a novel.  And I really want to finish something.  I want a challenge that I feel will be really challenging (a story a week will do that) but that I know I can do.

So I'm doing this.

I'm changing my goals slightly to accommodate my new love.  Here's the new, improved Round 2 list:
  • Write at least 15 minutes each weekday; weekends are optional--this is staying the same, but the writing will be mostly working on short stories now. I will probably continue the discovery writing process for my novel idea, too, because the two kinds of writing are different and compatible.
  • Post a story a week--this is new and goes with the 52 Stories.  I'm not sure if I'm going to post the stories here or set up a semi-private blog for them or what.  There's that little, niggling voice that tells me if I publish them on my blog they will be unpublishable elsewhere.  I don't know for sure that this is something I need to consider just now.  What if I just write them for fun and to share with people just so I can start enjoying and improving my craft again?  What if this set of stories isn't for publication but just for fun?
  • Participate in the ROW80 Twitter discussions and use bookending techniques there to help me stay on task--I'm still occasionally jumping in on Twitter and still would like to do more.  I'm ditching the bookending.  It just feels like one more thing to do, it doesn't seem to be adding anything to my writing, and it feels like an annoyance with no benefits.
  • Read and comment on blogs each check-in, even if I only have time for one or two.--Sticking with this; I didn't do any since last Wednesday because I've been sick, but I'll be back to it now.
There you have it.  My first story is in the works.  I'll let you all know what I decide about where I'm posting (ideas on that are so very welcome!) once I figure it out.  See you later!

5 comments:

lorig said...

Glad to hear you are back after your bout of ilness. The short stories idea sounds like a challenge. Good luck with your goals.

Nicole Rivera said...

I'm so excited to see you'll be joining us in our #52Stories journey! I know what you mean about not wanting to post them all on your blog for fear of not being able to publish later. I've been thinking about that as well! I think, at some point in my 52 weeks, I may abstain from posting one or two :)

Good luck!!!

amybethinverness.com said...

I am highly in favor of posting stories on the blog, even knowing that makes them less salable later. Yes, it helps your own craft to write and share. It is far better to write MORE, and just keep the best stuff back to polish up and, maybe, just maybe, publish.

amybethinverness.com said...

I am highly in favor of posting stories on the blog, even knowing that makes them less salable later. Yes, it helps your own craft to write and share. It is far better to write MORE, and just keep the best stuff back to polish up and, maybe, just maybe, publish.

Kim Switzer said...

Thanks, Lorig. It's good to be feeling as if my brain is working again. :)

Nicole, I think I'm going to be posting them, but I'm planning on putting up first draft stuff so I think it won't be an issue later if anything seems particularly worth polishing and submitting. So, me too on the putting them up!

Amy, thanks for the input. I'm going to do it! Eek! :D

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