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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Head Down and Writing

Please forgive the lack of posts, but for the past month (actually, the entire summer), I have been in head-down-and-writing mode. According to the last post I wrote on this subject, I officially set aside Cinderella and started working on Fairest, my Snow White story, during the week of July 10th. Since I am now finished with it (except for an epilogue), this story has taken me about 7 or 8 weeks. It’s 20,000 words, which is my usual 2000 word a week average. Right now the story is very sparse, so I expect to add to the final word count during my editing passes.

I worked on Cinderalla, which is also a novella, for almost a year.

It gives me heartburn to think of it. I’ve written entire novels in that timeframe. Seriously. It took me 11 months to write a 120,000 word novel, and 9 months to write another one at 80,000 words. Why did I stick with it for so long? Why didn’t I just set it aside back when I first had that urge just before The Sevenfold Spell came out? I probably have over 50,000 words worth of scenes that are both keepers and deleted scenes. For Fairest, I don’t even have a deleted scene file. That may change as I edit, but right now, all 20,000 words I wrote are still in the story. I am hoping this is a sign of greater writing maturity.

It’s been a hard, time-consuming lesson.

Ok, I’m done whining about it. I expect to have some blog posts soon because I’ve also done some reading. I’ve finished reading three books in the past month, all that I can recommend to one degree or another. And I might do a game review. Or two.

And that’s what I did during my summer vacation. What did you do?

Some Lifestyle Changes

I’m having to make some lifestyle changes. I have a herniated disk, and my doctor and I figure it is from excessive sitting. How embarrassing. But I’m a software developer, and yes, we spend a lot of time planted on our butts. So do writers, so I got a two-fer going here.

So I’ve been trying to think of ways to 1) get off my butt and 2), to make it easier on my back when I must be there. One thing that has to change is my wardrobe.  Why? Because the hurt part of my back seems to be right at my waist. Most of my clothes sit at my waist–I’ve stubbornly clung to the old styles, yanno–right where the pain is. Pants are now absolutely uncomfortable. Even painful. I find myself wearing a housecoat around the house. Yes, a housecoat! Like my grandmother used to wear!

So I took an inventory of my closet and discovered that I have 7 skirts that will probably be loose enough. They are all rather formal looking, so I need to get some more casual skirts. In the meantime, I’ll be very well dressed at work. I do have a couple of informal pencil skirts that I love, but they drag at my waist so I can’t wear them now.

The other lifestyle change I need to make is more movement. I will begin each day with 15 minutes of Yoga. The only Yoga I know is the poses that are included on my Wii Fit, so I’ll start there. Yesterday it really helped, today, not as much. But I figure if I do Yoga in the morning and at night, it can only help. I’ve already started this. I didn’t want to do Yoga when I got up this morning, but I did anyway.

I am also fortunate enough to work at a place with a fitness center. I’ve been taking an hour lunch, but I only use a half hour of it and clock the extra time. I’ll stop doing that. Instead, I’ll go to the fitness center and do a mild workout. I’ll do some more Yoga and then get on a treadmill or an elliptical for 2o minutes. It won’t be an intense workout–I don’t want to have to shower in the middle of the day. It’s just intended to be movement, to keep my spine supple.

It’s a drag to get older, but I figure it doesn’t have to be if I can be smart about it. I know what I have to go to make the next 45 years as good as the last ones, but I can no longer live like I’m 25 and expect my body to keep up. My brain may still think it is 25 (well, maybe 28), but my body certainly does not. So adjustments are necessary.

So if you’ll excuse me, I have some Yoga to do before I begin my evening writing session.