It’s time to get back in the habit of blogging. The move and lack of internet for a while messed up my schedule. So here’s a post about what I’ve been doing the past few weeks.
Moving, as I said, has taken up much of my time. I realized I have far too much stuff, when the mover with a cargo van and 14 foot enclosed trailer couldn’t fit everything. A 2 bedroom apartment should have been no big deal to fit in the space. So as I unpacked, I got rid of more stuff. As time goes on, I’ll get rid of even more.
One key area I need to downsize even more is books. I have an Amazon Kindle, and my original plan was to slowly replace physical books with eBooks, and only keep those that aren’t yet available in eBook format (which is, unfortunately, many of my books.) Then I realized that I don’t have to wait until I replace the book. As long as it is available for the Kindle, I can get rid of the book now. Then whenever I do want to read it again, I can buy the eBook then. That will clear a few shelves.
I’m also an OCD neat freak who can’t stand boxes or clutter. It drives me absolutely crazy, so the first week after moving I turned into an fiend unpacking. I had all the boxes unpacked within a week of moving. A few things still need to be organized a bit, but for the most part, there’s nothing left to do.
Then I had to clean the old apartment. I finished that last Friday, turned in the key and said good riddance.
Aside from that, I’ve started a new writing challenge. Several months ago I joined Savvy Authors. It’s $30 a year, and you get a discount on workshops if you’re a member. I think I’ve already made back that $30 as they have some fabulous workshops. Available free to members is the June Bootcamp. It’s like a mini-National Novel Writing Month. Members form groups of 5 and write or edit as much as they possibly can. The group with the most words written and pages edited (there’s a point system to even it out) at the end of June will win a free workshop. I’m the Team Captain of W.O.W. – Wordsmithing Other Worlds, an urban fantasy team. So far our team is trailing, but on Thursday we made a strong push and got an amazing amount of words – 13,018 and 15 pages edited (I’m the one editing, though I’ve been adding words as well as I write new scenes.) We just might have a chance. I’m hoping some of the current leaders will trail off as the month goes on, giving us a chance to catch up.
I also decided I need a solid plan for my writing. Not just “I want to finish editing Divided Heart, then rewrite and finish Ravaged Heart.” That wasn’t cutting it. Bootcamp gave me the kick in the rear to get going again, but I needed more than that. Jessa Slade, a member of Savvy Authors, wrote an article about a spreadsheet she uses to track her goals. I adapted it to my own needs, and so far it has been useful. I have my goals (10 pages edited a day) and know that, at that pace, I will be done editing by June 18. Maybe sooner. I also created one for my word goal for the rewrite of Ravaged Heart. My goal is to complete the draft by Oct. 31, so I will have a clean slate for NaNoWriMo. Beginning July 1, I only have to write 750 words a day to meet that goal. Not a problem at all.
And finally, yesterday while reading a post in one of my workshops about criminals and how they think, the whisper of an idea for the third book in the series floated into my imagination. It’s barely there, and I’m going to let it incubate for a while before poking at it too much. I’ll need to do some research, but the idea is there. It’s no more than I started with for the first 2 novels, so I’m confident it will be enough.
I’m also kicking around ideas in my head on how to rework this blog. I’m thinking I want to focus solely on writing, since that’s what I really do. I love dogs, but it’s not my area of expertise. So we’ll see where this leads.