Sunday, September 9, 2012

Beauty School Dropout...

This song (one of my faves from that great musical Grease) has been running through my head as I contemplate the various things I've dropped out of, lately.  Camp Nanowrimo, for one.  I've considered even dropping ROW80, since I'm woefully behind on any goals I set for myself, but then I remember my Word of the Year: DETERMINATION
Firm or fixed intention to achieve a desired end...
My desired end is to finish Terris and the Angel book.  I need to just focus on writing whenever I can.  Even if it's only a couple of hundred words a day, if I can write that much, so be it.  I hate feeling like I am back where I was last year: tired, exhausted, stumbling over myself to get any little bit of writing done.  
New Baby isn't a baby anymore, he just turned 1 and he's got 7 of the 8 teeth he was working on, so I'm hoping there is an end in sight—a lull in the storm of GETTING ALL THE TEETH.  The 5 am wake up time that worked so well before he was born is obviously not working when I'm getting an average of 4 hours of sleep a night.  I've been using up my valuable naptime writing space to sleep, so really, it's here and there that I can eke out a few words.
It's not all bad, however.  I finished part one of Luka's story and I've started in on Nikka's.  The buildup for this go around is going to be a little bit like Compis, so the pacing is slower for her story.  Some of the readers liked that and some didn't, but I can't help it.  The story must be told as it should be.  Luka's story is action-packed enough to make up for her slower first part. Luckily, her second part will pack some punch. Zyander is kind of a mix of both.  He's got a LOT going on in Terris, so I hope I do his storyline justice.
Aeris is still selling like hotcakes, which is fun to watch.  Amazon sales prices confuse me.  First Compis was full price, then $.99, then full price, then $1.03 (of all things) and now it's back to $.99 again.  Who knows where it will be tomorrow.  Odd.  I would just like to say, I have nothing to do with that.
Here's hoping I get more written next week and will actually FEEL like posting my word counts. :)
Happy Reading!


CASS said...

This is your Aunt Cathy...You can do this maybe slower than you would like but if it gets done in the end, who are we who cannot write to criticise. A little here and a little there will still end with a wonderful story!! We who love them salute you!!

Michael said...

Ooh, I certainly do not envy you with the child getting the teeth phase. We're mostly past that now, but my daughter still has a few to go.

You know, the great thing about the ROW80 challenge is how flexible it is. If you're only getting a little bit of sleep, set your word count much lower so you're at least getting something written. All those smaller days still add up in the end.

Hope you get more sleep soon!

Beth Camp said...

Your post shows you are thinking about the writing -- in spite of sleep deprivation! Persevere. And celebrate those teeth. There will be a story there someday. I appreciate ROW80 for the encouragement. We all doubt ourselves. Sometimes we sail through the week of writing and can report great progress. Sometimes we go more slowly. I hope the coming week goes well for you.