Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Changes: A Wicked Carousel


Project: “Forged in Blood”
New Words Written: 400
Present Total Word Count: 1,590
Goal: 100,000 by Mid-April

Percent Reached: 1% [yup, still there]

Things Accomplished in Fiction:

I feel bad about falling further behind and frustration accumulates. I have dedicated two hours for these 400 words, until I realized that the issue was the computer itself. For reasons beyond my comprehension, I can’t complete anything [in the creative fiction category] on the blasted keyboard, while with everything else I am the fastest typist in the world. I even edit like a fury with the keyboard, but when I need to write fiction, the chemistry dissipates as well as my focus and I blame the temptations that come with the Internet aka Twitter and the e-mail and researching, when I should be creating. So I am doing something that is frowned upon:

Writing by hand is outdated and inefficient as far as time management is concerned, but I’ve got the special connection with the pen, the paper and the hand. Call it alchemy. I get to spend time away from the screen, which strains my eye and away from a machine that makes Prozac and wine a heavenly combo. Typing the story up, while reading it aloud will even help me during the editing process and I am serious about giving this story a better body. In the longer run this will restore my focus and help me build a stronger novel.

Things Accomplished in Real Life:

I’ve stayed at home, because the temperatures outside made me chicken about even thinking to go outside, which I did despite of it. I simply had to visit a friend, who just returned from Holland. We haven’t seen each other in a month and there was much catching up to do. She even brought me this sweet guy:

‘Who wants to reach the top, must first hit the bottom’

Art Spot: I spotted these on a website sworn to illuminate the treacherous self-decapitating fashion decisions. While I do think that going to a café in these would be a social suicide, I do imagine that they would be kick-ass for Halloween or conventions.


Charles Gramlich said...

I hardly ever write by hand anymore, though in the past I did it a lot. I just can't read my own handwriting. But it's worth giving it a try.

Harry Markov said...

It is actually working. I did way more today than yesterday. True, it takes way too much time, but at least it gives me progress.