I slept in this morning (10am!) and when I finally reached my computer at 10:40am, the Weather.com toolbar app said… 93 Degrees in bright red. Living in Ohio, I never expected to go through days, much less weeks, at a time with temperatures consistantly over 95. I like the summer. I like swimming, sunflowers, and miniature golf. I do not, however, like sweaty boobs. (Yes, I said sweaty boobs)Now my weather.com tool is blessing us with an excessive heat warning (heat index up to 110 Degrees) and it looks like this…
Despite the fact that Dave and I have the boys this weekend and we always like to do something fun with them, we made the executive “Team Awesome” decision that today is an inside day. Games/movies/reading (for the boys), homework (for Dave) and writing (Me) are all that will really be accomplished, outside of the mandatory eating and chores. This, to me, is an awesome change of pace. I’m enjoying watching Dave work on Adobe Illustrator, as he’s less than a week into using the program and he’s already blowing my mind with what he’s doing. Perhaps at some point he will let me post some of his stuff on here.
For me, I have a goal. I would like to get to 5,000 words minimum on my book. Considering I’m starting the day with 3,724 and this blog post is already 230 words long, I don’t think it should be an issue. For once, I have a steady stream of ideas, and I know where I want to go. I have questions, however, which are troubling and hinder my creativity despite the fact that they have nothing to do with the storyline.
- Should I be double-spacing?
- Should the pages be formatted for a certain size?
- Should I bother putting the header/footer on the pages now?
- What do I want the cover to look like?
- How long will the copyright process take?
- Who can I get to proof-read the story?
- Is the book even worth my time to write? (I’m enjoying the process, however will anyone want to read it?)
I wonder if Stephanie Meyer, J.K. Rowling or Robert Jordan ever had any of these thoughts? I know I’m writing my book for self-publication specifically for e-Readers which they probably weren’t worried about/focused on at all, however I would love to know what thoughts passed through their minds as they were writing.
I heard a great song when I was listening to slacker.com at work today and right away had to share it with Dave. (I’ll share it with you in just a second.) While it seemed like it written especially for me to share with him, I related to it just that just more because of the line:
Everyday a million things cluttering up my mind
Let me share the song with you, and then I’ll write more…
What Means the Most – Colbie Caillat
Colbie Caillat – What means the most from Miss Whatever on Vimeo.
OK, so back to a million things cluttering up my mind…
I have so much on my mind lately. My brain never ceases to tease me with a bunch of “what ifs?’ and to-do items. My to-do list feels as though it’s a million miles long, and by the time I get home from work I really don’t feel like working on any of them. My brain is exhausted from thinking all day and I just want to veg out. Unfortunately that’s not how I work. Here are a few of my many thoughts…
- How many words can I write in my book tonight? Yes, I finally started writing a book about a month ago. I have the general story line worked out in my head, but how to get from here to there is puzzling to me. I’m about 3,500 words in, and from what I’ve gathered on the internet, an average size chick-lit starts at 60,000 words. So, yea. I’m struggling.
- I have an idea for another non-fiction book, however I believe it would be best written under a pseudonym. While my family and loved ones will know it’s out there, I’d rather that a big part of my past doesn’t. I think the fear of its discovery has kept me from starting to write it.
- How do I get hired permanently by my employer? I’m working my butt off, as I have for the past 14 months, and would like to be a permanent associate.
- Do I want to pursue another degree and open my job opportunities up tremendously? I’ve been applying for jobs at a local (great) university in hopes that I will be hired there and be able to pursue another degree for free. (Yes, they pay for employees to take up to a certain number of classes for no-cost besides books). My only dilemma is that I have no idea what field I would want to pursue degree wise at that university. I want to be creative and not pursue a field just because I could make more money in that field. I just wish I knew what creative field I wanted to go into.
- What do we need to do and how do we do what we need to do to buy a house? Plainly said, we’re paying too much rent for what we’re getting, but other apartments in the area are even more expensive than ours. However, we could buy a decent sized house and pay the same as we are now. Unfortunately I’ve heard that a temporary job (even if it’s 14 months long so far) doesn’t get viewed as a “real” job by mortgage lenders, and my credit score is… less than favorable. I know I need to work on the credit score, however the job situation takes me back up to “How to get hired permanently
- Four short years ago I got paid double what I do now and was tremendously unhappy… And broke. I was living off credit cards, unable to pay their bills, and paying thousands of dollars of year in bank fees due to interest and a constantly overdrawn bank account. Now, we still live paycheck-to-paycheck, however I have learned to budget. No, not all bills get paid every month. But rather than pay tons of money in bank fees, we’ll deal with phone calls reminding us that our payment is late… again… But I’m happy. We’re happy. TREMENDOUSLY HAPPY!
I wish I could say my brain freeze was due to a Slushy or Cherry Limeade. Unfortunately the “diet” I started yesterday through myfitnesspal.com only allows for 1200 calories per day.
Perhaps, my brain, like the rest of my life, is stretched thin.
My computer at work needed to be worked on this afternoon, and after straightening up my desk, I found myself with nothing to do. This is a rare event. In fact, it hadn’t happened since I started there a year ago. So, I tried to come up with ideas for a fiction book.
Yea. That didn’t work so well. Everytime I try to write I wind up back in the non-fiction category. And I’m not sure I’m ready to write about what I want to write about. (That’s all I’ll say considering I DO want to write it… Someday)
I long to be creative, however I have absolutely no idea what I want to do or how to get my creative juices flowing. Oh! I put a beer in the freezers and forgot about it. Perhaps beer will help.
No, I’m not a regular drinker, nor do I put my faith in alcohol to solve any problem. I have God for all things, good AND bad. With that said, perhaps now is the time to pull up my Bible on my Kindle and look for inspiration.
My dear friend, Amber wrote to me yesterday that she needed my help/support. I will help Amber with anything (legal) and asked for the details. As it turns out, she bought a book a while back called “No Plot, No Problem” by Chris Baty. For months it sat in the bag the store put it in, and then it sat for a while longer on her kitchen counter. She finally cracked it open and decided to embark on the 30-Day, 50,000 word novel challenge.
When I read this I knew that not only would I support her, I would embark on he challenge with her.
Starting next week, we will be writing every day for 31 days. At the end, hopefully we will have a (promisingly not-so-good) work of literary fiction. If you would like to join us kn our challenge, pick up a copy of Baty’s book, and be sure to check out his website here.