Thursday, December 09, 2010

Prodigal Me

Okay, so here I am. And yes, this is going to be a real post. You know, as opposed to my fake ones. Just to catch up, I started out NaNo month rather well- on the second week in November I only had about 15K words left (give or take 10K) until my book, The Fall, was completed. Well guess what...November came and went, and I still have 15K (give or take 10K) left. So yes, basically I failed.
Over the past 2 months I've also gained about 10 lbs.

Granted, I've had some pretty good excuses. Every Fall my husband's family flies from England in chunks (mother and boyfriend, father and step mother, sister and brother-in-law). This usually goes on until the beginning of December. This time it ended in the second week of November...but since then, honestly- I've just been recovering. When people are here I don't do anything but eat like I'm the one on vacation...and this is bad. Because typically they want American food. You know, like this.

Anyway, so that's really just an excuse...because I should be Practice Rooming. I should be finishing that dang book so I can start on the MG one...the one that's been shelved (in the virtual sense) for the past few months. This isn't easy, folks. I mean it was easy to get was easy to jump into it and get excited about it- but somehow, things happen and life changes and before you know it, you missed your deadline. You lose your motivation. Then you struggle to get it back again. Which is what I'm doing now. Which is why I'm writing this post.
I know I need to start blog surfing again. I know I need to be chatting with my critique partners, reading more, writing more. But I can't think of it as homework either. It's like I have to fall in love with my book again. Fall in love with writing again. Somehow, starting in September, I got derailed. Sidetracked. Somehow, when I was away, one of my favorite bloggers went on hiatus and I dropped out of The Practice Room and I lost touch with my writer peeps.

Basically, I need all of you back. Do I need to stand outside your houses with a boom box? Because I will...if you live on the East coast...and in North within walking distance to my house.


Jonathon Arntson said...

Well, thank goodness I am too far away! Oh, and there are your traumatic memories of Lake Mich for backup.

I miss you too. I am still in hibernation though, so I'll be back in about a month.

Good luck picking up where you left off and show those 15K (give or take 10K) whose boss. When I come back in January, I want to see the battle wounds.

Tina Laurel Lee said...

So can I count on seeing you at the practice room? I would like that.

Heather Kelly said...

I think that "fake it until you make it" is a good quote for this. I dropped out this fall too, and I'm calling it time away, time to recharge, and whether that is actually true, any time that you take off of writing makes the writing fresh when you return. So, whether you are loving your story or not, fake it until you make it. Put in an hour. That first hour is the hardest. I certainly resisted getting back into revising, at least until I started reading all the blog posts of all the people who are getting agents and book deals. It's so inspiring. But the truth is that unless I put the hard work in, that. won't. be. me. So, I'm getting off my ass and revising my story. And I hope you will too.

love and miss you.

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