The last two months I was seriously in need of help and support. The Insecure Writer’s Support Group made me feel welcome, calmed me down, and pointed me in a new direction.
Over the holidays, the family and I saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and all agreed (even the teenager who isn’t a Lord of the Rings fan) it was an excellent movie.
It’s a blog hop on the first Wednesday of each month where writer-types can share their insecurities and/or encourage others.
I soooo need this.
I was excited F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was a novel my daughter’s English class was reading this semester. Last year, when her class read my all-time favorite, To Kill a Mockingbird, she and I had wonderful discussions.
I wanted to repeat the experience.
Now, it’s been many years since I read Gatsby. I decided this time I’d read along at the same pace as the class and get the benefit of their discussions in talking with my daughter later.
Well, sort of. The kids are back at school and I have all kinds of time to write. But I’m not. Or, at least, not as much as I could.
As oblivious as I am to most things in the writing world lately, I couldn’t miss the bruhaha over blog photo usage. Just read Bloggers Beware: You CAN Get Sued for Using Pics on Your Blog by Roni Loren and be horrified.
This summer is going by in a flash! At least that’s the way it seems to me.
Pffftttt. Gone. See-ya.
I apologize for being AWOL here, folks. So much has been happening I’ve found it difficult to get on the internet. I haven’t been here, on Twitter (much), or reading other blogs (so sorry to the folks whose blogs I used to comment on regularly). I joined a writers’ social network and didn’t get past: “Hi, I’m E.K. Carmel and I write epic fantasy fiction…”
I’ve been reading, though, and managed to write a couple book reviews on Goodreads.
Oh, and I’ve been watching the Olympics, jumping up and down and cheering for my favorites and sometimes for athletes I’ve never heard of before, but whose personal stories are so incredible. Gotta say, it’s quite the vicarious energy boost.
And, as expected, my family has been keeping me on my toes – or at least on the roads.
Despite all that, I’ve made progress on my novel. I’m learning to grab whatever time I can early in the morning and throughout the day. Honestly, I have to because I’m fried by the time the sun goes down.
I’ve completed most of my revision course and am finally at the “cutting” stage. Yeah!!! But I have so many new scenes to write, it’s disorienting when I speed through ones that only need minor touch ups, then slow down to write new material – speed up – slow down – speed up – slow down.
I now consider it a good writing day when I emerge from my room and have to shake my head and focus before I understand what language the natives are speaking.
Anyway, I hope you all are productive and successful in whatever endeavors you are striving toward.
This morning, I got hit by a series of ideas from my Muse and all I can say is:
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
The intensity actually made me dizzy for a while. Too bad I had to break the moment and take my kid to Driver’s Ed.
No, I was NOT driving impaired.
One thing I regret about my ConCarolinas experience is not getting enough photos of the author panels.
What’s wrong with me?
Thank God my husband was paying attention and reminded me to get one with Faith Hunter. Honestly, I was so tongue-tied around her but my inner fangirl was screaming! Faith writes the Jane Yellowrock paranormal fantasy series and is a contributor to the group blog www.MagicWords.net .
Alright. Alright. On to the writing goodies…