Yikes, I’m barely making it in under the wire with this, but let’s just pretend we’re on Hawaii time or something, because I’m finally getting my very first What’s Up Wednesday post up!
I don’t usually do such structured scheduled posts…but maybe some structure is just what I need to commit to writing more often. The gals behind #ReadySetWrite (spoiler alert, we’ll get to that in a sec) have this great weekly post called, you guessed it, What’s Up Wednesday. Four quick headings to check in once a week…and a good way to keep me focused on getting a post up for my upcoming weekly Fiction Fridays. But more on that later.
Without further ado, here’s the first of many What’s Up Wednesday posts!
WHAT I’M READING
My unhealthy obsession with Neil Gaiman has only gotten worse since starting his Smoke & Mirrors anthology. I can’t recommend this volume of short stories highly enough. I’ll be honest: I feel like a terrible friend because I’m still behind on several books my impossibly talented author friends have written, but I’ve been so enchanted by Gaiman’s work that I haven’t been able to focus on anything else. (I swear, guys, I’ll get caught up soon!)
Also, my lovely ladies Shannon and Shelly and I were joking about starting a Babysitters Club book club, but I wasn’t joking. I seriously want to do it. Rereading the super specials as an adult? Um, YES PLEASE. After all these years, I still refuse to get rid of my complete BSC collection, much to Donnie’s annoyance, but I don’t care. You know why? Because it’s time to say hello to your friends, say hello to the peeeeople who care! Nothing is better than friends, ’cause you know that your friends are always theeeere!
WHAT I’M WRITING
Well, since I’ve been obsessed with Neil Gaiman’s whimsically twisted short stories, it should come as no surprise that I’m working on a series of short stories with a dark comedy slash fantasy twist.
But wait! There’s more! Like I mentioned earlier, I’m taking part in the summer writing dash #ReadySetWrite. I’ve been working on the same WIP for nearly a year and I’ve completed stalled out. I’m hoping to stir up my creative juices with a couple of short stories to get my head in the game, but my long term RSW goal is to get a first draft finished by the end of the summer. I know myself well enough to not pressure myself with a daily word count, but if I can write 5,000 words a week, I’ll be happy with my progress over the next few months.
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Honestly, if it weren’t for the encouragement and support of my tweethearts like Alice aka @Kangaru, @AmberWest, Scott aka @BCRationalist, and Bev aka @Arthes, I wouldn’t even be taking part in this, or any writing therapy. I’d let my blog languish and die and stop bathing and give up on answering my texts and emails (because I’m SO good at returning them right now)…okay, that’s dramatic. I’m not actually going to turn into the Sloth guy from Se7en (don’t google that if you’re squeamish, TRUST me). But I owe a lot to my cheerleaders. So until I can do it for me, I’m doing it because I have these guys and gals on my side.
WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO
I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching about my priorities and goals lately…well, by lately, I mean “today.” It started with writing goals and word count, but it kind of spiraled out of control into “what do I really want to accomplish?”
Here’s the thing: we moved out to L.A. over three years ago to try to break into “the industry” as TV writers…and quickly learned that all the advice we’d gotten from our screenwriting mentors were bupkis. Breaking
up in is hard to dooooo. So I busied myself with what I considered “temporary” work for a long time. Nothing felt long term, none of the jobs I’ve had since moving here have been lifer jobs…until now. I love what I do. I’ve been waiting so long for my “break,” but I didn’t realized that I’d already stumbled onto something I’m really happy doing, at a company that I can see myself growing at for a long, long time.
And since the universe has a HILARIOUS sense of timing, of course today I got offered the opportunity of a lifetime, the kind of opportunity that I thought I’ve been waiting for. But now that it’s here, now that I’ve really thought about it and talked it over with Donnie and my sister and my dad…as hard as it is, I have to admit that I don’t want the same things I used to want. I’ve never been the one to make the conservative play. I’ve always been of the “no risk, no reward” mentality…but this time, I’m choosing the path of stability and comfort and settling down. And it’s the most relieved AND grown up I’ve felt in my 27 years.
Does this mean I’m finally a real adult?