I've had a really nice Mother's Day. I started the day with a long walk and some time with my weights. I had a lovely breakfast delivered to me in bed while I read. I'm reading the Song of Ice and Fire books, and I cannot put them down. I've spent most of the day reading. Normally, an hour of uninterrupted reading time is hard to find. Several hours is almost unheard of. It's been an incredibly relaxing day.
When I haven't had my nose in a book, I have been working on the first draft of a new book. It seems like all of my projects come in waves. I am currently revising SuperGym, developing a first draft of a musical, working on an outline for a new play, and yesterday I started the first draft of a new book. I couldn't ignore it. Even with everything else I am working on, I had to start. When I have an idea that I think is good, I have to write it while I can. Ideas tend to fade over time.
Time management is my biggest obstacle right now. I work. I have a family. I am directing one play and auditioning for the next. Life is crazy busy. But, I still have to find time to write. I've been working on putting it into my daily schedule, and I am doing pretty well with meeting my goals. I only work on one project a day. My writing is better when I am focused on one project. I just need to make sure that they are all progressing. I have set my own deadlines for most of them, and I am working hard to stick to the plan. My new job has made it a little more difficult, but I am determined to stick with it. I'm not giving up on the dream.
I just finished a very rough first draft of the new book! I'm ecstatic. I know I still have a lot of work left to do on it, but it is such a great feeling to know that most of the story is there. I even have an ending, and I don't hate it. Amazing.
Yup. I'm that excited.
Most of my focus is now going to be on revising. Two books at two very different stages in the writing process. I also have a play idea that needs my attention, and I have a few other creative projects coming up. It's nice to be in the creating groove again.
Change is good. From now on, my writer blog, My Own Side of the River, will be found on this site. It's just easier to have everything in one place. If you'd like to read any of my previous blog posts, they can be found at myownsideoftheriver.blogspot.com
I'm still spending a lot of my time writing. Life is too short to wait for the perfect time to chase my dreams.
The new book is coming along. I love it. It needs work, and I already have notes on sections that need to be added or expanded, but overall, I really love it. I think when I am finally finished it will be the best thing I have written so far. Practice makes perfect. I wish it was closer to being finished. I can't wait to share it with the world!
If you are interested in being a part of the process, I will be looking for people to read a rough draft and offer constructive criticism. Contact me for more info!
Em is a writer, theatre director, and hiker. She likes mixing horror with magical realism and adding sci-fi twist.