It’s Wednesday! Time for what’s up. This is gonna be a shorty and a not so goody because it’s already 11pm. Whoops.
Hey, cut me some slack here. Busy news day falling on an actual sick day makes Nicole a tardy girl. (Even more so than usual.)
So, this past week. I’ve been suffering from something writer’s block adjacent. Let’s call it writer’s cramps. It’s where I feel fine and I’m chugging along on a writing sprint and then all of a sudden, CRAMP. Everything seizes up and I get mentally constipated. It sucks. It eventually passes, but that fleeting feeling of WHAT AM I DOING OH GODS MY MUSE HAS FORSAKEN ME I’LL NEVER WRITE AGAIN…well, it’s not a good look for me. I do a lot of panicked tugging of the bangs.
Shit, this should probably be in the What I’m Writing section. I’m terrible at this.
WHATEVER. This is my blog and I’ll do what I want, you’re not my real dad!
Let’s just get into What’s Up, shall we?
WHAT I’M READING
I’m nearly finished with Neil Gaiman’s Smoke & Mirrors…just in time for the release of his new novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane! But I’m going to try to exercise a modicum of restraint and NOT jump right into it, not when I have so little time as it is.
So instead I’m sticking to my darling (and easily consumed) medium of comic books. If you’re not reading the Young Avengers, Hawkeye, Saga, and All New X-Men, YOU ARE MISSING OUT. Seriously. “Non comic book fans” (boo hiss, I hate even writing that phrase), don’t despair: Hawkeye and Saga are both noob-friendly. You don’t need to know anything about anything to appreciate the witty, gripping storytelling. And if you ARE a comics aficionado and you’re not reading YA or ANXM, you’re dead to me. Fix it now.
WHAT I’M WRITING
I’m not. Well, I mean, clearly I’m writing right now, but I’ve kind of stalled out on my damn WIP again. I just can’t figure out where to start. I’ve written and rewritten the first few chapters too many times. My plan for this week is to charge ahead to the “where it gets good” point.
Why? One reason: I’m rubbish at exposition. Setting up a story without giving everything away is a major weakness of mine, so I’m just going to come back to that instead of using it as an excuse not to write. Know thyself and yadda yadda yadda.
My goal for this week? To write at least three new chapters. I don’t care if they’re the next three chapters, the last three chapters, or randomly scattered pieces of the story. I just need to start creating that content. Once it’s there, I can hack it down to what I want it to be eventually, but I’ve got to get the story on paper.
Didn’t hit my word count goal from last week (came in at 3000 words with a 5000 word goal, ouch), so I’m going to try a more “abstract” goal. Honestly, I have no idea what the word count will end up being if I can manage to hit this week’s 3Ch goal, but maybe that’s the kind of wiggle room I need to make progress without feeling like a schmuck for not hitting my goals.
In the meantime this past week, I’ve been sticking to my short stories. I started a new one during a #ReadySetWrite Twitter party this week, and I like where it’s going. It’s the first thing I’ve written in third person in a long time, and it’s whimsical and silly and I kind of love it so far. Letting it simmer now, maybe I can tackle some of it for next week’s goal. Who knows?
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
I’m big on quotes. Always have been, always will be. I don’t know what it is about me, maybe I’m just easily swayed by words (I think it’s an INFP thing). Anyway, I ran across this slice of fried gold and it was one of those GET UP OFF YOUR ASS moments for me:
You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and God damn it, you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about the business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way. – ELIZABETH TAYLOR
This one really hit home. Lately it’s been hard to put one foot in front of the other, as Liz says. It’s hard juggling mental and physical issues, ya dig? I’m both emotionally and physically compromised…I’m a sick Spock, so to speak. (NERD ALERT.) But this quote reminds me that it’s not an option to sit around feeling sorry for myself. There’s nothing to do except keep at it until maybe it doesn’t take as much effort to be a functional human being.
Wah wah waaaah. I swear, I’m doing better. But being ill doesn’t do a body or a brain good, and today kinda stunk. But hey. ONWARD.
WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO
When not being the crampiest, weakest, fever-dreamiest girl in town, I’ve been semi-productive…ish. Going for walk-jogs (when I can), trying to get out and visit family and friends (when I can), and planning ahead for when I feel better. Cases in points: we booked our trip to Hawaii (yay!), I’ve been planning my trip to (and coverage of) Comic Con (YAY!!!), and I’ve been plotting and scheming with my families to throw my sister’s two going away parties before she leaves to teach abroad for a year in American Samoa (NO YAY BOO BOO BOO I AM CRY). See? I’m keeping busy (when I can…today the only thing I got up to was napping, watching HGTV, and mustering up the energy to work from home when a major story broke…hey, news is 24/7).
Oh, also: I tried dyeing my hair with henna for the first time this weekend. It was a WHOLE THING. Don’t worry, I took lots of pictures, because this madness warrants its own post. Stay tuned.
Welp, that about wraps it up. This “shorty but not so goody” is already over 1000 words (why can’t I write creatively this easily?! Ugh! Scumbag Brain.), AND it’s 11:50, so I’m barely making it in, but barely still counts. SUCK IT WEDNESDAY, victory is mine!