Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Late Report Again
I did start Exercise Across Abbott, and that's a good thing. From 6 May 13 to 9 June 13 I have to track my workouts and try to increase the number of minutes each week. The first week we went to Boston to pick up Little Propette #1 so it was easy to keep the minutes to a minimum. I increased the next week by 53 minutes. This week I am on track to increase again, even though I had a cold the end of last week through yesterday / today.
I've also been studying Greek a bit more.
I'm feeling extra guilty though because I let the deadline for two writing contests slip by and I didn't submit anything, although I had started stories for both.
I know that both Terry Pratchett and Ray Bradbury say that you need to write daily. I think Pratchett said 400 words and Bradbury said 500.
Not an excuse (or maybe just a little excuse, please don't tell Sister) but one thing that has me a bit flustered is that I've stirred up interest in Howlina, and while I am interested in that story, it is just a bit too involved to get into right now. Also, I really want to write a mystery story, but I'm not really sure I can do it. All the previous mysteries I've written just don't seem to work. I'm also fidgeting with wanting to write a fantasy, and a horror story (two different stories), but those come easy and they feel like cop-outs, but on the other hand the better fantasy stories and better horror stories don't come easy. I suppose that seems like several (excuses) but it really comes down to state of mind. I'm not sure what state of mind I want to put myself into and keep myself in long enough to write a story.
I know I can throw 1,000 words on a page a day, but I have to stop doing everything else to do it and in the end I have a pile of pages each with a pile of words. I've done it multiple times and I have multiple unpublishable novels to show for it. I don't think that's the answer.
And anyway, that's not a goal I set for myself this year.
I suppose I should go off to check the job boards and do ten Hail Mary's.