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Really! A desk has fallen from the sky and alighted in my “office”! (Now, to fix the roof!)
Ok. Technically, that may be a slight hyperbole (probably a good thing). The desk was already in my office. It didn’t fall – it emerged (Nope. Still scary imagery.). Let’s say that it was discovered/found/unburied. Think of my office as an archaeological dig of boxes packed with the intention of moving which never happened.
The point is that I have a desk. Well, part of a desk. Enough for a laptop and drink. What more does writer need?
Time. And money. And sleep. Lots of sleep.
Just kidding. Kind of. (*sobs*) That said, since my brain is obviously running on fumes (and where does one get a refill at these prices?), I am going to tentatively promise a novel update for tomorrow. I will even be rearranging my work schedule to try to guarantee it. And by posting this, I will be leashed to the collar of duty and unable to give in to laziness, procrastination, or exhaustion!
So… novel update tomorrow maybe probably kind of….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…
Pieces of inspiration,
Ready and eager for a start,
Outnumbering their creator and
Jockeying for a start, a sliver of an
Ever-shifting schedule that simply
Cannot make room or time –
That is – unless another piece of work
Stops, shares, or subsides.
This poem is, unfortunately, too true. I have lists upon lists of projects that I would like to work on, and there simply are not enough hours in the day to get to all of them. Even on a rotating schedule (that I may or may not have tried to plot out).
Also unfortunately, some of the projects are more necessary than others (that dang dollar sign problem), so to make time for the ones that are needed, I have reduced my posting schedule for twytte to 3 days a week plus the novel updates, which I will try to keep to once a week – preferably more consistently than I have managed recently (I am hoping that the reduced number of posts will help me actually meet that goal.).
Anyway, for the foreseeable future, I will be updating twytte with freshly-written prose or poetry on MWF plus the two novel updates (I haven’t decided on a firm day for those yet). If there is anything you would like to see more of (or less of), please contact me – I would love to hear from you.
Finally, and as always, thanks for reading!
You may have noticed that posting times have been odd or that the novels weren’t updated last week (or maybe not, which means you haven’t been reading, *cue depression*). Seriously, though, my schedule is going to be very strange this week, which mean the posting schedule is going to be even more erratic than usual. Like today, posts may be later in the day or even still count as today only because I posted them before I went to sleep (hey – that’s still my day).
When you’re waiting for a story to continue, I know that delays or uncertain schedules can be frustrating, so I’m going to *try* to do an extra update of Deathwalker and Wind Town (either a longer word count or an extra post) this week to make up for missing last week. I can’t promise that I will because, hey, crazy schedule, but I’m going to try.
Also, as we round the curve into the final few months of my writing challenge, does anyone have any requests for what this blog should be after the year’s challenge ends? I will definitely continue to post writing here, but I won’t have to stick to the same rules once I complete the full year. I could set up a new challenge, make the rules of this one less rigid, or any number of things. So if there’s anything specific you really like or want to see more of as the blog continues, this would be a good time to chime in.
Welp, that’s it. Thanks for your patience and for reading my random writing (yay, alliteration!). Now, it’s time to get back to work!
I can’t seem to go very long without writing something about sleep, can I? I’d say it was a sign I need more, but I already knew that – and knowing doesn’t seem to help.
But I didn’t interrupt your day to talk about that.
No, I just wanted to let people know that the novels are going to pause this week. It’s the same old story (hmmm. Let’s do a little more worldbuilding before posting again). I expect to be plotting this weekend. If I succeed at weeding out the time, they should be updated again next week.
Cross your fingers, and thanks for your patience!
Although I do not follow a strict update schedule (other than something has to be added daily), those of you who have noticed my writing patterns may have expected a Wind Town update today. I do try to update both novels weekly, but I also haven’t assigned days to update each one. And that was a very deliberate choice.
You see, there are several major risks to posting a novel online as I write it. One of the major risks is getting pretty far into it and realizing that I’ve gone in the wrong direction. I’ve seen this problem with several online comics over the years. They get to a certain point, and then, they just stop. I understand time commitment changes and things like that, but sometimes, the authors just wrote themselves into a corner or realized that they didn’t like where the comic was going anymore. I really don’t want to do that to these books, and having been through the experience, I really don’t want to do that to you readers.
I can promise that if I run into that problem (knock on wood), the story won’t just stop. Instead, I’d make the necessary revisions and update the changes. Unfortunately, that may not be too pleasant for readers either.
The goal is to avoid those revisions altogether – either by planning ahead or by finding ways to make any issues that come up work anyway. To do that, I really need to know where the story is going. Usually, I’m more of a discovery writer following a loose outline. The further I get into these stories, the more dangerous that method is going to be.
That’s the main reason I haven’t dedicated myself to specific posting days for the novels. If I start to work on one of them and feel like I need to do more worldbuilding and planning before I try to post anything, then I would rather delay the post than mess up the story. I may mess it up anyway (it’s a challenging experiment), but if I do, I’m going to go down fighting.
Thank you for bearing with me while I do.
So… I just got in (much later than I expected to). I had planned to get up at the usual time, but I don’t see that happening now. That means that tomorrow’s (today’s?) update will likely come a few hours later than usual. Sorry about that, but I think we’ll all be better off if I don’t post on Deathwalker in my sleep.