Monday, April 30, 2012

Z is for Ze End

Not very clever, I know. But I'm posting twice in one day so I can finish out the A-to-Z Challenge in the month it's actually supposed to end. It's been a struggle to get a post done every day (bad planning on my part...mostly because I did not plan ahead at all. Bad Mary, no cookie). 


Still, I do love to finish things--almost as much as I like to start things. 


Every year, I buy a couple of packages of Bic Cristal blue pens (not black *shudder*). I've been using these pens since high school and they are by far the most reliable, consistent pens I've ever come across--and they're cheap. I've tried the fancy ones, the smooth ones, the ones with awesomely comfortable grips all for nought. I always return to the blue pens of my high school years. 
Why? Because they start smoothly and finish strong. The Ze End with the Bic pens is the best. The last bit of visible blue ink disappears into tip and still writes for a good long time. It's a thrill to finish one of these because it's good to the very last pen stroke.


This is my attempt to make like a Bic Cristal blue pen to finish strong here and say ZE END to A-to-Z Challenge 2012! If I haven't yet made my way around to your blog, I'll get there, I promise (It may take me another month but I'll get there).

Y is to YA or not to YA

Revision time! I typed "the end" on my YA action/mystery about a month and a half ago, printed it out and stuck it in a drawer to let it marinate. I know it needs some big ole edits and revisions but I'm not quite there yet mentally.


Actually, I printed it, put it in a 3-ringed binder and have been carrying it around with me in my school bag to marinate. Not really sure why--maybe separation anxiety. I haven't read it or anything...just hauling it around. (Yes, I'm weird. With each blog post, I realize just exactly how quirky I am. *sigh* But it's all good. That makes me interesting, right? Or is it avoidable? I get those two mixed up.)


In the meantime, I've started TWO new stories. One's a romance...that isn't going anywhere at the moment. Romance will have to wait until these two really start to speak to me. Right now, they're being rather tightlipped. 


The other one's an urban fantasy. I think it's going to be young adult but I'm not quite sure yet, thus my post title. My main character is seventeen and about to graduate from high school which means that, at the moment, this story's of the young adult genre. But that could change at the drop of a hat. She might need to mature really quickly (and, in this world, that's a very real possibility) and then she'd be better off as an early-twenties gal. I want to do what's best for my character and plot development so I can write the most kick-ass story possible.


As this is a world that's been developing in the recesses of my brain for some time, I have grand plans for it. I'd love to turn this into a series of sorts--more akin to Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series than one that focuses on just one character's adventures (not that there's anything wrong with those--I love them, too. But the other way seems right for this world.). To achieve this, I'd need a strong first book. Something that people will like and buy and clamor for more (Oh, wouldn't that be nice. Of course, since I'd like to go the traditional publishing route, I have to finish this story, get an agent, sell the book, publish, and promote the book, and hope the reading public loves it. *whew* Scary!).


The question for my work-in-progress: to YA or not to YA?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

X is for Scrabble

No, seriously. Today is "X" day, and X is one of those letters that get me thinking of pirates (arrgh, matey! X marks the spot!) or crossing something out or even the words that actually have the ex- prefix and we just use the "x" instead.


So I went searching online (what did we do before Google? Use our brains? Sheesh. That seems hard.) and with a "words that start with x" found scrabblefinder.com. On this site, they list words that start with all the letters of the alphabet and categorize them by how many letters long. Not being an avid Scrabble player but, rather, someone with an appreciation of awesome words, I found this site rather intriguing, particularly the "Words that start with X" page (some of the words on there have no definition but are still acceptable x-words. I may not know much about Scrabble rules but that seems odd to me. Scrabble players, help me out here.) 


There aren't many. It's an underused, undervalued and, quite frankly, underrated letter. I mean, it's got such pop--it jumps off the page at you and gets up in your face. Not many letters have such panache.


Some of my favorites include:


XANTHIPPE--an ill-tempered woman (been that, would rather be called a xanthippe than a b*tch!)
XEBEC--small, three-masted pirate ship (read many a pirate romance but never has said pirate captained one of these)
XENODOCHEIONOLOGY--love of hotels (interesting kind of love...)
XENOMANCY--divination using strangers (and how are said strangers used, I wonder)
XENOMENIA--menstruation from abnormal orifices (um, what?!? Eew.)
XYLOMANCY--divination by examining wood found in one's path (kind of like reading the bones, I guess)
XYSTARCH--ancient Greek officer in charge of gymnastic exercises (an ancient drill sargent perhaps?


What about you--any favorite "x" words?

W is for What to Watch

I'm a huge TV addict (I'm trying to cut back...seriously! I swear!) and one of the few reasons I got HBO is because of Game of Thrones. It's epic--beautifully filmed in Croatia as well as several other gorgeous and harsh-looking countries, great actors, heavy political shenanigans, and a dynamic plot. While I could do without the incest and abuse/degradation of the womenfolk, it's part of the world George R.R. Martin created so I can deal with it (though I do flinch at it). 


But what I really like are the people who take GoT to another level. There's brilliant fan art, Tumblrs, fan sites and this:




Y'all. If I played this game, I'd be drunk within the first ten minutes of the show and passed out within fifteen. Love it! Not going to do it but I love that someone had fun creating this.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

V is for (wow, my mind went straight into the gutter with this letter. Sad)

I didn't pre-plan or pre-write any of my posts (yeah, that's probably really obvious by the off-the-cuff feel to each and the playing catch-up parts). I opened up a new Blogger post each time, typed in the letter "is for..." and just went with it. Most of the time, what popped into my head worked, because it was a word I could turn into a decent post.


Until I typed in "V is for...". I must be thinking too much about my overseas romance that's been stewing on the front burner of my brain because the first word that popped into my head was "vagina". *headdesk* How in the world do you do a post that focuses on ladyparts?


Well, I suppose you could, especially if you're a gynecologist, a v-aficionado (or think you are--all you players out there!), or romance writer. Then, you're a bit more focused on the V than most people. 


Still, I think it might be for the best if I just stop right here. Yeah.

P-U adds up to a seriously busy week!

Despite my best intentions, time got away from me and life interfered in my daily blogging. *sigh* Still, it was a productive week:


P--planned the last unit of my middle school teaching career! Next year, I'm off to high school to teach journalism and advise for the yearbook AND newspaper (eep!)
Q--quit drinking Diet Coke daily. Oh, I still get a Diet Coke as a treat every once in a while and when I REALLY need that pick-up at work but gone are the dailies (multiple dailies at that! My stomach lining was corroding) 
R--reorganized my clothes. Time for the spring--no, time for winter--no, it' spring again! Maybe I jumped the gun on this one because, as soon as I did it, it turned icky and cold. *sigh*
S--started research on a new urban fantasy. I haven't yet figured out if I want each book to be a stand-alone set in this world or if one character's going to speak up and take over the whole series
T--to the doctor(s) for a clean bill of health. Well, except I'm too fat. But I knew that and am doing the whole eating healthy/exercising thing to try and prevent more pounds from finding their way to my thighs. I'm also hoping to abandon--never to pick up again--about 40 of their friends! *fingers crossed*
U--unburdened myself of a gone-on-too-long project. It needs to hang out in the trunk for a while. Possibly forever. Despite my best intentions and every possible attempt at resuscitation, it just never really worked. Damn.


Just started reading TRICKED by Kevin Hearne (urban fantasy). So fabulous. I want to hang out with this guy and watch his writing process. Then we can drink a couple beers and have some fish and chips. Yum. His main character, Atticus, is fabulous--just the right amount of snark and brilliance. And his sidekick, an Irish Wolfhound named Oberon, adds the perfect dash of doggie humor. LOVE!


So, what have you been up to?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

O is for Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Last week, I gave my students a writing assignment: Where will you be in five years?


Let's face it. These kids are eighth graders--so, thirteen to fifteen years old--and they're pretty ego-centric and now-focused. Most of them haven't thought that much about the future, except when forced by some cranky teacher who assigns them an essay telling about what they want to do over the next five years of their life and where they think they want to be at the end of that time.


I was pleasantly surprised by how much thought some of them put into it. They're really excited about high school and all the things they want to do during those four years. Many of them want to get involved with sports: tennis, football, golf, basketball, and soccer were the top pics. A bunch of them are going to continue with band and orchestra while a pile want to get involved in something but they're not sure what's available to them. Guess they'll have to explore.


A good chunk of them want an after-school job of some sort--money's a priority, after all. Well, that and a car. What made me giggle were how many really wanted to work at Chik-Fil-A. Maybe it's because they're guaranteed Sundays off?


Kristevik, Sweden (CREDIT)
A few years ago, I used to get essays filled with NFL and NBA dreams. This time around, only two students just know they are going to be the next Michael Jordan or Devin Hester. A couple already know they are military-bound. Two adventurous souls want to take some time off after high school and travel the world. The majority, however, are off to college (a couple with Yale and Stanford dreams! More power to them.). What do they want to become? Architects, anesthesiologists, doctors, teachers, musicians, therapists, and lawyers. A surprising number want to become journalists and authors and photographers which is so very cool, though many will change their minds when they see how rough those roads can be (some will stick--it'd be awesome to see my students' names on articles and books!).


Many said they really have no clue what they want to do but they are going to try a whole bunch of different things until they find something that sticks. A lot mentioned the pressure they feel to please others when choosing their future paths. Some talked about their dreams and how they didn't feel that their family believed in their ability to succeed, which made me sad. 


But the assignment accomplished what I set out to do: make the kids think about their future and get excited about what the next five years might bring. 


What about you--where will you be in five years?

Monday, April 16, 2012

N is for Nathan Fillion

I have a confession to make: I'm in love with Nathan Fillion. It started with a sick fascination when Fillion played Caleb in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (he was a very creepy dude with a bad Southern accent) and developed into full-fledged puppy love when I discovered Firefly, another Joss Whedon series. Fillion plays Mal, a soldier-cum-space pirate with a heart of gold and a ready pistol.
Malcom Reynolds, captain of the Firefly
These days, Fillion stars on one of my favorite shows, Castle. He's a super-successful and wealthy author who tags along after Kate Beckett, a serious NY detective, and helps the cops solve crimes. Castle's led a varied (and rather debauched) life though he's still managed to raise a perfect daughter and maintain a very successful career 99.9% of authors can only dream of. 
Castle with his "Writer" Flak Jacket
As a character, he's got to be a blast to write. He's intelligent, creative, adorable, and has a great sense of humor. Take this bucket list of Castle's, for example:
Castle's Bucket List (click HERE for full list--there are 50 items)
This bucket list is so telling about the character and his life. Most of this is never seen by the audience (though I'd like to see him juggle chainsaws and literally lose his pants gambling) but it gives a lot of insight into Richard Castle's quirky brain.


I think I'm going to have to try this technique out with one of my characters, just to see what might be on her bucket list. Then I might have to write one for myself. Skydiving, anyone? 


What's on your bucket list?


BTW, if you're a Nathan Fillion fan, don't miss him in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog where he plays Captain Hammer (it was available on Netflix last time I looked). Hilarious and tragic.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

M is for magical places

Whoever said, "A picture is worth a thousand words" totally had it right. It's one of the reasons I adore Pinterest (sorry for the ongoing love-fest with this site but, before Pinterest, I had random images saved and stored all over the place. Now, I'm organized AND inspired. Double win!).

From National Geographic
The Swallow's Nest in the Ukraine overlooking the Black Sea (credit)
A fog-filled street
Ireland. Bregagh road near Armoy in County Antrim.
So. Cool.

Friday, April 13, 2012

L is for Lazy

I'll admit it--I can be a very lazy writer. Oh, I have grand plans and dreams.


What I really want are the words just to flow off my fingertips. I want to be one of those writers who can produce 5k worth of worthy words (try saying that five times fast!) each and every day. 


I strive to be a writer who can produce several books each year (really, it's the only way to survive as a writer. I mean, how many writers actually get that million-dollar deal? Most writers are mid-list, nose-to-the-grindstone folks who have several series or stand-alones that come out each year. Reality check!).


I'd love to do the butt-in-chair, hands-on-keyboard each and every day and, thus, add to my story each and every day.


But I don't and I can't. At least, not at the moment. But I'm working towards it. There's a someday in my future.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

K is for Kill Your Darlings

It's an old expression in the writing world, advice originally given by William Faulkner (though it was probably said in different ways long before him). The full line is, "In writing, you must kill your darlings." Stephen King added to it: "Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler's heart, kill your darlings."


When writing your drafts, it can mean don't be afraid of offing characters, even if you really, really love them. Sometimes, it's necessary to move the plot forward. Sometimes, you just need a good murder to build conflict. Sometimes, even though you like the character, that character's really a complete and utter jerk and would only tick off your readers. Nix him. This is the one time when murder's actually legal (oh, and so very therapeutic).
Source: bravenewwordsdebut.blogspot.com
When revising, it can mean don't be afraid to delete those passages or even whole chapters where the story just isn't working. The scene may be gorgeous--filled with passion and prose and beautiful imagery--but, if it doesn't move the plot forward, it's useless. Unless you're writing a literary novel. They seem to be filled with useless passages that get all prosaic about trees or doors or may flies. (Sorry, I'm not a huge literary novel gal. I much prefer my stories to be fun-filled and action-packed. I'm shallow like that.)


But, even if you take Faulkner's advice, don't delete those words completely. Generally when I write, I have a "dead words" file for each project. Even though a scene or character doesn't work in its current incarnation, it might be perfect for something else down the road. Or maybe it'll never leave that file and stay buried forever. That's okay, too.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

J is for Journey

Everyone is on a journey of some kind. It starts when we come bawling into the world and ends when we take our last breath. But, beyond death and taxes (oh, crap! I still need to do mine!), everyone's journey is different and has many different paths to follow.


But that's all too serious. 


Here's what I think of when I think of Journey:

ORIGINAL JOURNEY AWESOMENESS with STEVE PERRY!!

When I put Journey on in the classroom these days, my kids don't roll their eyes, they sing along. So Glee's good for something, anyway!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I is for Inspiration and Innovation

Today was an inservice for my new job at a new high school. It won't open until next school year but we're getting together, learning a bit about each other and figuring out what we want our high school community to be.


It's inspiring to be around so many enthusiastic educators. They're from all walks of life, all levels of experience, and filled with different experiences. We talked about the kind of "family" we want to build, got to know a bit about the close-knit community of which we're going to be a part, and explored innovative teaching methods.
Inspire wallpaper rainbow
From HERE
Innovation and inspiration should be an integral part of education but unfortunately, not enough educators are inspired to be innovative. "But this is the way we've always done it" is a statement that can be heard echoing through many a-hallway.


But the way we've always done it just isn't cutting it in this 21st Century world with these 21st Century learners.


The world of publishing is facing the same dilemma though, I have to say, many publishers and authors seem to be embracing the innovations available. Take Coliloquy Publishing for example. It's creating "active" books that function somewhat like the old school "choose your own adventure" books. (Cool article in PW HERE.)


And then there's the brilliant J.K. Rowling and her Pottermore. Currently set to open to the general public (i.e. people like me who were too lazy to get up a the butt-crack of dawn and constantly click the refresh button until they got into the site and registered as a beta reader), Pottermore is supposed to be a "unique online experience" and a new way to experience the fabulous world of Harry Potter. I do wonder, once it is open to the seething masses, if it will crash the entire internet. Anyone want to take bets?
Inspiration and Innovation are fabulous, as long as people are open to them. Great things can happen, if we allow it.

Monday, April 9, 2012

H is for HEA

Not sure what an HEA is? Then you might not be a romance reader. HEA--Happily Ever After--is the bread and butter of the romance. Without it, what's the point? If you want to read a romance without an HEA, check out Romeo and Juliet. No HEA to be found.


Romance novels were my first real book genre obsession. Of course, I always loved books (thanks, Mom and Dad, for always reading to us and having books in the house!) and read a ton of different stories (Nancy Drew was a favorite, especially THE CLUE OF THE WHISTLING BAGPIPES, since I played pipes. Though I was offended by the way the music was described and Nancy's seemingly effortless ability to pick them up and play them. Yeah, right.). But once I snuck my first romance novel--introduced to me in 8th grade (I think?) by my BFF--I was hooked and read romance by the pound.
Picture from Deviant Art by Lardacil, romance, kissing
Found this HERE on Deviant Art and love it!
I've moved on to other genres since then but the romance genre--whether it be a historical bodice-ripper or contemporary love story--will always hold a special place in my heart. What genre(s) do you love? Or are you an eclectic reader, not really tied to any particular genre?

G is for Good Intentions

Oops. Since I missed Saturday's "G" post, I had every intention of posting on Sunday to catch up but there was Easter Brunch, which turned into sitting on the back deck in the sun chatting with family and friends, which  evolved into me helping Mom with computer stuff, and me going home and picking up INSURGENT by Veronica Roth. (So very good, by the way. It comes out in May and, if you liked HUNGER GAMES, you really should check out this series. DIVERGENT is the first book and INSURGENT is the second. Awesome and action-packed!)


So, despite my good intentions and, really, time to do my "G" post, I didn't. But I'm back on track, now!

Friday, April 6, 2012

F is for Oh, F---udge!

Do you curse?


I do. I admit it. 


My mom (hi, Mom! And sorry!) was firmly against that kind of language in the house or in her presence but it crept in anyway especially after I hit high school age. I clearly remember the first time I used "pissed" in her presence. Boy, was she pissed! Poor woman. It was all downhill from there.


But because most of my friends cursed and everyone in my band--filled with guy-guys and blue collar workers and carpenters and other professionals from all walks of life--cursed, it just became part of my lexicon. Until I became a teacher.


I've cursed exactly once in front of my kids in my teaching career (so far, anyway. I've come *really* close this year...). I had an undiagnosed ADHD kid named Da'Shon who couldn't/wouldn't sit down. Ever. So I was constantly saying, "Da'Shon, sit down!" Except once, I didn't. It slurred together to, "Da-SHIT!" I was horrified. The kids thought it was absolutely hilarious but didn't think much more about it...or tell their parents about it. (I told my administrator to CYA--cover my arse--and he burst out laughing. He knew me and Da'Shon well.)


So, here's my question for you, fellow writers and readers. Do you notice cursing in a book? Does it turn you off? What about if it's a young adult book?


To me, it can be warranted but I've been turned off by stories that are filled with too much cursing, even if it fits the characters or situation. In real life, people might curse a lot (holy cow, you'd think my students were sailors of old by the amount of cursing they do in the hallways, especially when they think there aren't teachers around) but, in a book, I think it needs to be used sparingly and appropriately, for emphasis, mostly. I don't mind it in YA, either, as long as it's used in the right place by the right person. Cursing in a book just to curse really turns me off. 


It also depends on the genre. With my YA adventure, there are a few well-chosen and carefully placed curse words, mostly to emphasis the terrible situations the characters find themselves in. But I recently started a romance and my female main character is really mad at the beginning of the story (she found her fiancee banging another woman on their wedding day) and she's got a pretty dirty mouth right now. I'm not fussing with it too much right now, since I just started writing it and she might end up with a much cleaner vocabulary on the rewrite but, right now, it suits. 


So. What do you think about foul language?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

E is for Earworms

You know those songs that get stuck in your head and you can't get rid of them, no matter how many times you try? Yeah. EARWORMS. They're insidious little suckers who worm their way into your subconscious until you're singing, "I got a pocket, got a pocket full of sunshine" over and over until you want to rip your hair out.




Did you know 98% of people experience "involuntary musical imagery"? It irritates women more than men (yeah, I can second that research).




In Germany, an earworm is known as "ohrwurm", a type of song that typically has a high, upbeat melody and repetitive lyrics that verge between catchy and annoying (citation).




I actually avoided posting videos of some of the more hideous of the earworm-age like any form of Christmas music (I HATE "Jingle Bells", especially when my students sing it...in May) or Disney's heinous "It's a Small World" (that ride is nicknamed "The Asylum" amongst employees, which I can well imagine).


Earworms are part of the reason I can't listen to music when I'm writing a first draft. I'm way too easily influenced.


What's an earworm that drives you bonkers (if you can think past all the earworms I just threw at you)?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

D is for Distractions

I'll admit it. I'm easily distracted, even when it's something I love doing like reading or writing. What are my distractions?

  • My dogs (can't they see I'm busy? Sheesh.)
  • TV (So many good/useless shows, so little time!)
  • Music (I want to sing along...)
  • The neighbors (don't they know I don't want to hear them mowing or having fun or anything? Silence is golden, people!)
  • Pinterest (haha--I sucked some of you in, didn't I? Yeah, happens to me a lot)
  • Twitter (Massive time-suck but so interesting)
  • My blogs (this one and my book review blog, The Book Swarm. I have sooo much to do for them!)
  • Google Reader (filled with intriguing blogs)
  • Other books (I wanna read this, no that, no that!)
  • New shiny writing ideas (they're so pretty and much more interesting!)
  • My parents (you all just love to just stop on by to say hi, especially when I'm on break. Sheesh. Horrible people who love me. God forbid.)
  • Friends (Again, horrible people who just want to annoy me...er, spend time with me)
  • House (laundry, dust bunnies, piles of stuff, closet, and so on)

...and a zillion other things. Probably a lot like most other people in the world. So, so many distractions.
Love Writer Unboxed!
How do I stay on track with my writing?

  • Lists--these keep me focused on what I need to get done and generally work to prevent left turns
  • Writing spots--I have three in my house (yes, I need some variety). The one in my office works best when I'm incredibly distracted because it's got my idea boards, a huge monitor, and no TV
  • A schedule--this is an ongoing struggle, since my schedule is ever-changing
  • Turn OFF the TV and music--again, because I'm so easily distracted, both of these things really pull me away (ooh, the tv...so bright and shiny!)
  • Attempt to say no--why is this so hard? It's just two letters. I've gotten really good at saying it at work...now for the personal life!
What it really boils down to is making time for the things you love. Many times, you have to give up or cut back on something else. If what you love is worth it, you'll make the sacrifice.


So, what about you? How do you tune out the distractions and focus on your writing or reading or project?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

C is for Chests

Okay, I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for half-naked men with well-sculpted chests and abs. And my "Male Characters" Pinterest board is filled with lovely half-naked men showing bits of themselves so I thought I'd share a few of my favorites:
Shirtless Joe Manganiello in a Muscle & Fitness photo shoot
Joe Manganiello
Shirtless Channing Tatum in a GQ photo shoot.
Channing Tatum
Two very hot, shirtless rugby players
Two lovely Rugby players
Photo of shirtless Shawn Christian
Shawn Christian
These boys worked really hard (heh--get it?) to achieve this state of perfection. It's only fair that I share it, right? Plus, I'm a very visual person and, besides just drooling on my keyboard over these lovlies, I do actually use them as character fodder for my stories. They're very inspirational. Very...*drool*


I'm going to go write now. My current hero is in a kilt, which makes it even better (ooh, I'm really looking forward to "K" now!).

Monday, April 2, 2012

B is for BUTT Haulin'

This morning, I took the fuzzy mutts for a long walk along the Riverwalk. It was warm and sunny and beautiful--perfect weather for a nice long walk. 

Fi out in front, as usual
Fiona, my little pup (she's around 18 pounds right now), must have been a sled dog in her former life because she's the one who keeps Finn (who's a bit over 30 pounds) moving, tugging him along when he tries to sniff every blade of grass along the way. She gives him the most disgusted look when he jerks her to a full stop. She's all over keeping up a blistering, butt-hauling pace. Finn...not so much.

Heading home
As a writer, I'd love to keep up a Fiona-style writing pace but while school is in session, I'm much more like Finn, easily distracted and more apt to smell every blade of blade of grass rather than doing the butt-in-chair, fingers-on-keyboard (BIC-HOK) when I get home.

But if I'm really serious about eventually becoming a full-time writer, I need to find a happy medium. A lot of unpublished writers think that, once they sell their first novel, they'll be set. They'll be able to quit their jobs and write and life will be perfect.

That's a lovely fantasy but, really, it's just not even close to reality. A writer needs to be able to produce consistently and continuously--two or more books a year, for example. A writer needs to be able to juggle marketing her book, writing, family, life and probably a full-time job--at least for the first few years. The best way to do this is to come up with a plan and stick to it. Write daily. Aim for either a specific amount of time each day or a specific amount of words each day. 
Chillin' after a long walk down the beach (FL last year)
This is what I need to do, rather than sniffing every blade of grass. I need to adopt Fiona's butt-haulin' attitude, keep plowing forward, and keep my goals in front of me. It would also be helpful if I had a Fiona-type writer friend to prod me along when I pause to sniff the grass for too long!

What about you? Are you a butt-hauler or more of a sniff-the-grass kind of person?

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Am I really doing this again?



It's April and that means it's time for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge! I really can't believe I'm doing this again--mostly because April is one of the busiest months for me. Of course, I say that every month when school is in session.

So, what am I going to post about this April? Um, I don't know. Not really. I have some ideas--writing, weight loss--but I haven't come up with a solid plan yet. Hum. Maybe I should get on that, considering April is upon us. 

I've become a master procrastinator this school year. I'm not really sure what changed--I used to be quite organized with my lists and calendars. This school year, however, I still have those things but I'm not using them and then time does what it does best and everything catches up with me. 

So what am I hoping to accomplish with this insane blogging schedule? 
  • Get back in the habit of blogging on a consistent basis
  • Get back in the habit of writing on a daily basis, no excuses
  • Chart progress on my new novel
  • Track my revisions on the old novel
  • Track my weight loss progress
  • Record my exercise time and what I did
  • Meet some new bloggy friends and add to my Google Reader
Alrighty then. I think I have a plan! See, procrastination isn't always a bad thing.