Thursday, March 27, 2014

Update + Some Inspiration

My march writing goals are going along quite well, although they have been slightly revised. John and I have restructured how we're approaching Mobster Monsters--we're sitting down and hashing out what each letter will be. This way I'm not writing a limerick that his illustrations have to conform to, and he's not illustrating something that I then have to write a limerick for. We have our pow wow and then break, with each of us knowing what to do for each letter. So far, we have reached the letter K.

So my revised goal for March is to get through 11 of the limericks. I am also on target to get my character sheets done for the main characters of my novel. I may, however, be putting off writing the novel until the July Camp Nanowrimo. I have a few short story ideas that I would like to get down on paper first. But I haven't fully decided yet. I'll update here once I decide.

Now on to the inspiration of the post. I was perusing some blogs and I came across two fantastic quotes by Neil Gaiman:
  • When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician — make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor — make good art. IRS on your trail — make good art. Cat exploded — make good art. Someone on the Internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before — make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, eventually time will take the sting away, and that doesn't even matter. Do what only you can do best: Make good art. Make it on the bad days, make it on the good days, too.
  • I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

Its amazing how creative endeavors help me reduce stress, but sometimes the fear of failure keeps me from being creative. So I think one of my ongoing goals will be to make mistakes and not let tough things get in the way. I'll keep you updated.

Monday, March 10, 2014

March Writing Goals

Confession--I have a super difficult time setting realistic goals. Its not that I have a hard time making goals. For example:

  • Write a 50,000 word novel every month for a whole year? Sounds great!
  • Wake up at 4:30AM to start writing (when I normally wake up at 8AM)? Sure! 
  • Don't go to bed until I've written X number of words (usually something like 3,000 when I haven't been writing at all)? Go for it! 

See? No problem whatsoever at setting goals. Its just the realistic ones that allude me.

Hence why one of my writing resolutions this year is to only set realistic writing goals! Thus far, it is going well. I do sometimes feel like the corgi in the above picture though. Am I really making any progress? But "you gotta start somewhere." Better to leap over a puddle and make the jump, than to keep trying to jump across a chasm and plummeting to the ground a la Wile E. Coyote.

So with that all in mind, here are my two writing goals for March.

  • Finish a very rough draft of the 26 limericks for Mobster Monsters
    • Basically, I want to just get something down on paper 
  • Complete the character sketches for my outlined Arches National Park MG novel
    • I have about 3 major characters to look at and a small handful of other characters

That wasn't so bad! I feel like the goals are still make me stretch, but I think they are attainable. I'll keep you posted.

Do you have any goals for March?

The Brat Prince Lestat is BACK!

I've been hoping all week that Anne Rice's new book would be something about vampires and she delivered! I wanted something that would redeem vampires from the last decade of castrated-angst-invested-sparkly wannabees. Don't get me wrong--I give Stephanie Meyer props for turning a complete genre on its head, but come on, its time that the head be put back on straight.

Anne Rice's new book, Prince Lestat, is a sequel to the first five books in the Vampire Chronicles. And it looks like she will be doing another series of vampire books, as she has already signed a contract for a second novel. (source)

PRINCE LESTAT will be out October 28th, and pre-orders start in about a week.

Yeah, can you tell I'm excited?