Even though I’m in WAAAAAY upstate New York (near the Canadian border) we’re still getting ready for some possible battering from Hurricane Irene. We live in a rural area, and we tend to lose power when somebody breathes too hard on the wires, so we have to be prepared to go without power for a few days, as well as some heavy duty rain. Of course, my computer only has a 1 hour battery, because I was stupid when I bought it and never really thought beyond my purse strings. SO that means my preparations for a storm translates into “getting all possible writing and electronic communication done”.
The morning was spent finishing up two articles that were actually due today, so I don’t think that counts as getting ahead. I’m going to get another one (hopefully two) finished before bed tonight, and print out the research for another so I can work even if we lose power. It’s a complicated academic paper anyway, so it will be easier to write if I have all my sources lined up in front of me. Writing about Oscar Wilde by candlelight! Fun! (No, seriously, I’m that much of a literary geek.) Speaking of which, I need to figure out in which of my billions of shelves, boxes and piles of books I put my copy of “Dorian Gray.”
I also put in some work on my own long-dreamed of non-fiction writing guide. I have a form I’ve used for years when writing a vampire character, and I’ve polished it up a bit to share with the public. I think that’ll be a good way to drive some traffic to my site AND help people out. When the book is done, it’ll be a great PR tool. Also? Fun.
Did the first draft on my 500 word short story for Associated Content… who pays nada, but really, I just needed an excuse to finish a piece of fiction, which I haven’t done since my last novel was published back in, what, 2006? Talk about serious writer’s block. I never want to go through a creative desert like that again, no matter how ill I might be. This is what I was hoping would happen once I started writing articles again. Writing anything shakes loose my imagination, and eventually the muses start snapping at me again. In a good way. 😀 So today, 500 words that are pretty mediocre, eventually back to decently told novel length. Yay!
Today in Publication:
Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block — Just what it says. These are things I use… when I’m not sunk in a pit of despair… that actually work!
Another writing article: How to find inspiration for writing a novel. Again, advice I use myself!