It’s been a busy week with writing-related activities, but aside from Monday, no actual work on my novel. I’m dreadfully behind on JulNoWriMo, and while I’m confident I can catch up and still meet my goal, I’ve also accepted that with my possible change of direction, I may not. The next 16 days will help me figure out a lot.
This week, I posted my first review on a book review blog started by a couple of NaNoWriMo participants, The Last Page. The review is an edit of one I posted here, for The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls. I’m aiming to post a review every month or two, but I wanted to get the initial one up, which I why I tweaked one I already had written. And that’s a book and artist I love, so the more people I can spread the word about EA to, the better.
I’ve also been working on another blog that is kind of more for me than anything, but it’s open to anyone who cares to follow. It’s about changing my eating habits and trying to be healthier, both physically and mentally. One thing I’ve realized is I might have a time management issue. I’m not sure, but I feel very busy a lot of the time. As I posted on my health blog yesterday, I may try tracking what I spend my time on, and figure out what is really important, and what I need to cut back on. Or is this hecticness all in my head? Maybe I just need to step away from NCIS (the only TV show I really watch anymore, because USANetwork has it on ALL THE TIME, and John watches it A LOT OF THE TIME…and I get sucked in to that show easily.)
Then there’s my online critique group, which takes a little of my time, but is absolutely necessary. No way I’m cutting that out.
So why did I join the book review blog? Like I said, it will only be a review every month or 2, as time permits. And I like challenging myself to write in different styles. I don’t do that enough. The vast majority of my writing is for my novels. Some is personal journaling, others for this blog and my health blog, and much less than I’d like is for freewriting poems/essays/etc ala Natalie Goldberg, and my writing group’s anthology, In the Moment. So the book review blog will be a good way to force myself to write just a little more in a different style. I believe writing in different styles helps one to grow in all the styles in which one writes.
I also haven’t read much lately, so I made a point of downloading a new book last night and reading the first few chapters – The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright. Maybe less NCIS, more reading? I think yes. (But Abby is just so adorable, how can you resist the perky goth?)
So now that I’m caught up on most of my other writing, I’m going to read a bit, and work on some of my own. Oh, after I finish my critique for this week.