Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Writing goals and not reaching them.

The RWA National Conference is only 21 days away and do I have my novel finished? NO.
Have I done my synopsis? NO.
Practiced my pitch? NO.
Shopped for appropriate 'professional' clothes? NO.

So much for that list of goals I made up in January!
The novel is progressing, but not nearly as quickly as I'd hoped. The paranormal, Elements of Attraction, that I began in January ended up getting shelved after 40,000 words. It wasn't working, the flow was off, I dunno... I just know that I struggled to get every word on the page and writing began to feel like a horrible nightmare of a chore. I will go back to it, someday, because I love the idea, and the characters. I just don't think my talent was equal to my ambition.

So I began my current wip (currently untitled) in mid-May, weeks before the kidlets were due to be set free from school. Not great timing on my part, but at least I'm enjoying writing again, when I manage to grab a few quiet moments. My hero is a professional soccer (football!!) player who gets roped into running his sister's bridal salon while she's busy having a baby. Sound like fun? I hope so :)

Also on the plate, I'm judging two writing contests (I know, I know... what was I thinking?) but it's been an interesting and educational experience. There's some amazing raw talent out there and some entries have me thinking - why aren't these people published?! Others are... well... meh. These are the most valuable to me because I can analyze their mistakes and (hopefully) learn how to avoid/correct them in my own work.

That said, I'm retreating back into the cave. Not the Writing Cave, but the Kid Cave -- where glue, Webkinz and minigolf rule!!

Oh - almost forgot... Law of Averages got a pretty decent review from The Good, the Bad and the Unread. *squee*


Amy Ruttan said...

Webkinz. My daughter loves hers. I have to let her back on one day to play with them.

And that sounds like a fantastic story. Get to work woman. I have to start reading the entries. ACK. As soon as I get these edits done, ACK!

Kealie Shay said...

WOW... and I thought I had a hard time saying no!

I hope it all starts to settle down for you... or not. I guess it depends on what environment you need to work! Are you like me... chaos causes creativity? LOL

That story sounds... hilarious! I can just imagine all sorts of hijinks. Looking forward to seeing it!

Shelley Munro said...

Hey Wylie,

Don't feel so bad. I'm not finished, I haven't worked out a pitch yet and while I've thought about clothes, nothing has happened. Meanwhile I keep getting edits in my inbox. In fact, I stayed in bed this morning and asked hubby if any edits had arrived today. Hiding worked great. So far, so good!

Bonnie Staring said...

21 days until San Fran? Ack!

:::races to the mall:::

:::tattoos pitch onto left forearm so it's handy:::

:::notices typos and dangling modifiers only after it's done:::

Thomma Lyn said...

Oh, your current WIP indeed sounds like fun! :-D I can't wait to read it!

And congratulations on the review, my friend. That's fabulous!

Ann said...

Congrats on the review and have a great time in SF. :)

Kimber Chin said...

Envying you big time re: San Fran!

You're going to do well.
I have so much faith in you, Wylie.
And don't forget, this year, you have a couple of great, great, GREAT stories to showcase, Law Of Averages and Destiny By Design. That should be boost your confidence!

Tempest Knight said...

Awww... *hugs* You sure have your plate full. Take a deep breath, drink some chamomile, and organize what you have to do in order of importance (and stick to the plan!).

Wylie Kinson said...

Thanks Amy - and good luck with those edits!

Hey Kealie -- I must return your blog visits... and I will -- as soon as this madness stops! In the meantime, thanks for commenting :)

Shelley - How I'd LOVE to stay in bed and make it all go away. Or at least buy myself a little sanity break. Alas... the kidlets get up far too early, demanding mom's attention :S

Wylie Kinson said...

Bonnie - thanks for sharing in my/our extreme pre-conf franticness!

Hiya TL! And thanks for reading the review :)

Ann - thanks! You've been busy yourself, I see. The meme is fab!!

Kim, thanks for shining some light upon my DREAD!! You're so sweet and I wish you were coming to SF too. We'd have such fun :)
Maybe another year...

Tempest -- that's EXACTLY what I tell myself I'm going to do EVERY SINGLE DAY... but something (someone?) always messes me up. As my mom keeps reminding me, I am my own worst enemy!!