Sunday, June 28, 2009

Reading: Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz
Listening to: Jimi Hendrix & BB King-The King's Jam 1968
Writing: Not enough

Okay, that last part isn't completely true. Doing the Summer Writing Challenge, I have written 9,346 words on a new novel. Since June 8. For me, that's FAST. It also makes this the second longest document in my computer, the first being the 55,000 word first draft of a novel I may never actually finish. It's a shame, on that--I like the concept, but just can't get it out right. Maybe one day I will have the tools to do that. But this new book is going well. At times it takes off on its own. If you are a writer you know how cool that feels. If you're not, I can't explain it so you will. But the characters, the idea, the personalities, it's something great. Of course there will be a lot of editing before it's ready for anyone to see it, and some of the things I think are great today may seem like utter crap tomorrow, but it's been the most fun I've had writing anything so far.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Meme Time (Better than Mime Time)

I was tagged by bettielee for this meme. Of course, I'm not savvy enough to know what a meme is, but I'll play along 'cuz it's fun.

Sinful Nature
"Sometimes you can learn more about a person by what they don’t tell you. Sometimes you can learn a lot from the things they just make up. If you are tagged with this Meme, lie to me. Then tag 7 other folks (one for each deadly sin) and hope they can lie."

Pride -- What is your biggest contribution to the world?
I once found the cure to the common cold, but lost the formula... Dammit!

Envy -- What do your coworkers have that you wish was yours?
Autographed picture of Kari Byron hanging above my printer.

Gluttony -- What did you eat last night?
Goat cheese and fried newt, angel hair pasta with squirrel brains sauteed in butter.

Lust -- What really lights your fire?
My wife and Kate Beckinsale

Anger -- What is the last thing that really pissed you off?
I don't know, everything pisses me off!

Greed -- Name something you hoard and keep from others.
My Coca Cola... nobody touches my soda!

Sloth -- What’s the laziest thing you ever did?
Since I've been on disability all I've been is lazy... it's driving me nuts!

I tag the following people:

Jamie Mason
Queen of Swords
Tabitha Todd

Now I challenge you to figure out which answers are real, and which are horrible lies.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Baby Toes

Is there anything in the world cuter than baby toes? So tiny, with soft skin, never yet marred by the ground. Of course, that's an observation maybe only a parent can fully appreciate. But you look at something so small and wonder how they can ever grow up. The miracles of God and nature are truly something special. So if you're feeling down, depressed or blue, look at a baby's toes. I guarantee it will make you smile.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I Need A Drill Sergeant

Over 1600 words on my Summer Writing Challenge piece since I started it on the 8th. That's pretty fast writing for me, maybe deadlines are a good thing for me. A good deal of my problem is staying motivated. I want to write, I need to write--it's the career I desperately have to make work. I'm not qualified for anything my body can physically handle, and since I'm on disablilty I have the time to work on it. But it does me little good if I don't utilize the time I have. Maybe I need to find someone who can keep me in line. A friend I can report progress to on a weekly basis, who will let me know if I'm slacking.

Any takers?

Monday, June 8, 2009

I haven't left, but...

I haven't been around much, which is good. It means I've been writing. I'm putting everything I have in progress on hold for now to do a summer writing challenge. Write a complete first draft during the summer; like NANO, but with a little more time to do it. This is, in a big way, to see how I do with deadlines.

So let's see if little Rachel lets me have the time to write, lol.