The last couple of weeks since my last post have seen me firmly in the grip of The Winter Blahs. It’s been cold and snowy and gross outside. I hate cold weather and snow. Yes, snow is pretty when it’s falling, and immediately after, but then it gets all slushy and dirty, and I just want it to melt. We’ve had 2 decent snow storms in the past 2 weeks, with another inch or so falling today.
I was also on an antibiotic that made my stomach upset, which made it hard to concentrate on anything. I guess I’m a bit of a baby about upset tummies. And I haven’t been sleeping well for reasons unknown.
Combine those 2 factors with a hard push of wedding planning, which is really quite tiring, and writing has taken the back-back burner. But today, I stayed home and promised myself I wouldn’t leave the house. I worked on Phase 2 of the secret project, did the critique for my online critique group, and worked on Lesson 5 of How to Think Sideways. I still need to do the exercises from Lessons 4 and 5 though. I now have Lesson 8 waiting for me, and will get Lesson 9 this Wednesday. I’m hoping to catch up a little this week, depending on what the exercises are, and have told myself I must take a break from wedding planning so I can get back on track with my writing goals. Really, the only big things left to plan/reserve are flowers and the cake. There will be a lot of little things to plan, but as far as stuff that must be reserved/ordered in advance, I’m doing pretty well, and know I can afford to take a break from the planning. But the way my mind works, I just want to be done. I don’t want to have to worry about little things from now for the next 9 months. Though from what everyone tells me, there will always be little things, no matter what.
Because of the techniques I’m learning in How to Think Sideways, I’m debating if I should push back my goal of finishing my revisions on Divided, and therefor also my goal of finishing writing Ravaged. I know there are parts that need a lot more development, and I think these techniques will help me a lot. However, it will also take longer than just basic revisions of show, don’t tell, not overusing the word “I,” and fixing the talking heads syndrome. I have a bit of time to decide what I want to do. First I have to finish Phase 2 of the secret project before I get back to editing Divided.