20 August 2017

Busy Fixing Things

As one can see from the date of my last post, it has been a very long time since I let you know what's up in my writing world.  Unless, of course, you follow me on Facebook.  Even there, I wasn't posting much.  I got the domains for two of my ideas, one being this site and the other being Niiganabiik's World.  Now, of course, I had planned on having my author's blog over on the site of my projects for my fantasy world.  Hooowwever, that caused a few problems.  Then, the past two years hasn't been easy ones as both my parents journeyed on to the next world.  Readjusting hasn't been all that easy.

Thus, my surprise when I once again took up the reins to continue on my chosen path of authorship, lo and behold, the dreaded error when I tried to check how far I'd gotten before the earth shaking events.  Hmmm.

I got those straightened out and here I am, with two sites up and running.  Well, limping along more like it.  The reins I'd picked up were no longer attached to something that would help me, so I had to drop them and walk once again.  Guess that's how it's supposed to be for me.  Ahh well, walking strengthens me.  And I got some professional help to deal with the more technical aspects of getting my works out there for all the world to see.

And some of you are aware that I got involved with Holly Lisle's writing site.  I started checking out the manuscripts I have, checking to see that I'd been following her suggested ways of doing things.  I'd decided she'd be a better mentor as her way of doings matches mine to a certain extent.

I had set up things in Scrivener, Aeon timeline and Scapple.  It had been an obviously long time since I'd done any serious editing, it's taken me a few weeks to figure out what the heck I was thinking of when I put a note here, tacked one up there, wrote stuff on my index cards and other such minutiae of the writing life.

Light bulb struck this morning as I was thinking about rewriting the whole thing, as this is one of the suggestions I'd come across whilst looking for tips and other encouragement for Camp NaNoWriMo.  Holly has this thing called "Tentacles" and I'd looked at it again.  I already had a lot of what she suggested and a great day for the happy dance.

I remember thinking at the time, I shouldn't get too far ahead on some of the revision stuff as I might lose focus.  Sure enough.  Started heading out in all kinds of crazy directions.  I know I am not one of those who can multitask.  Why, I've spent my life telling my sons that I can only do one thing at a time.  Here I was, trying to juggle so many balls that when I finally discovered those balls had chains, it was time for me to let them drop.  Course I had to be fast on my feet so they wouldn't clunk me on my poor, overworked brain.

Now, I've had a rest, a breather and am ready to carry on.  This site and Niiganabiik's World will be seriously overhauled and I hope to have a store set up here as well as the one over on Smashwords.  I had those pages worked out and ready for uploading. Well, cept for the store which will be worked on by a professional.  Not sure what her business name is at this point, so will edit this later when I find out.  See ya and have fun.

07 September 2016

#IWSG Insecure Post 3

September 7 Question: How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

Well, I schedule writing time.  Then, when life catches up to me, I ditch that in favor of the current crisis.  When life happens, I write in the early morning hours for an hour or two.  On days when the weather isn't cooperating or nothing major comes up, then I write for hours to make up the time.

I discovered a handy dandy gadget for tracking words over to the NaNoWriMo site.  This year is the first year I've set a major goal of 1,120,000 words for the year.  At the start of the month, I was ahead.  However, the past few days have not been too good for my writing.  Thanks to my industriousness in the month of August, I am still in reach of my month goal, currently set at 97,000 words.  That means I'll have to put in some extra hours beginning this week.

My schedule, however, doesn't quite agree with that word goal.  That means I'll have to make some tough decisions with the choices I'll have.  Perhaps, it means my writing will have to be broken up into 2 shifts, morning and evening.  However...I am not an evening person.  I have put up a few index cards that remind me to write something each day, even if it is only 500 words.

I tried writing on my phone with one of the handy dandy gadgets.  That doesn't work, cause the autocorrect is the bane of my life.  I haven't figured out how to turn it off yet.  I have written a few posts to be scheduled on my blogs.  When I can find the time.

I guess this has forced me to think about what it is that I want to do.  I'd rather write.  Finding time to get the other stuff in my life done is what is the problem.  Off I go to get the necessary stuff done, like decluttering, cleaning, cooking, going to town.  Oh, that is a trip and a half.  That's a whole day out of my day.  At the least, four hours and can turn into six or eight hours, especially if we stop to eat.  And we don't stop at fast food places.

Now, don't get me wrong, I love my family and will do things for them, willingly.  It's this goal of getting my books done.  At least, the ones I've been working on for the past decade or so.

I would like to say, at the end of 2016, that my books are done.  D O N E.  And start on one or two more with the ideas I've come up with whilst revising my current projects.  Hmmm.  Wonder how I can get the other stuff done whilst I work on my writing?

03 August 2016

ISWG Insecure Post 2

Question of the month: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

The very first piece of writing I ever did was a poem, back in the day.  Wrote it during class when the teacher asked a question.  That was my answer.  As to where it is?  Unknown.  I gave it as a gift to an Elder who worked with the Indian Studies department at the college I attended.

I liked her.  She taught me a lot that I didn't know I was learning at the time.  She always had time if she saw that we were troubled about something, gave gentle correction when needed and encouraged us to stick to the schedule at college.

It was this piece that "sprang forth from my heart" that needed very little correction that caused my absence from the writing world for years after that.  Cause shortly, it was to be my folly to mention it to the aforementioned girl who gave me the unwanted advice that all writing sprang forth needing no correction, no editing, yadda, yadda.  My folly was I took it to heart.

It's always been an inspiration?  Nah, a revelation to me, that someone besides a teacher actually liked my writing.  Just thinking of that now gives me encouragement to keep on.  It only takes one, can mean so many different things.

Well, that's my lesson for the day.  Giigawabamin noongom!  See ya later.