MIA

*Gack*  I missed my Sunday ROW80 update, and think I’ve been listed as MIA in most of the social networking arenas I (used to) frequent.  I breeze in, peek around, and scoot out – usually without comment.  It’s the age old adage about not having enough hours in the day.  Truth is, there would be plenty of hours in the day if I didn’t have to spend 9 ½ of them at The Job.  I’m not whining (not really), because in this day and age, I’m grateful to have The Job.  Without it, I wouldn’t have all the other things I have.  But it also means the hours I have outside of it are precious.

And I’ve been obsessed with BD&L.  Need.  To.  Finish.

Plus, lambing will be starting soon.  No, that’s not some weird writing ritual.  And with nicer weather, I get to work the dogs more often.  Not that the weather has been totally cooperative, but when it is, everything else gets shoved till later.  That’s a big part of my life.  If you have no clue what I’m talking about, visit my other blog at Shadowdance Farm.  A blog, also sorely neglected.  *sigh*

So, where am I on BD&L?  So glad you asked. *please note dripping sarcasm*   I’m seeking medical attention for the flat spot I’ve developed from my forehead repeatedly meeting the surface of my desk.  Good thing I have a hard head.  It could be a lot worse.  As it is, I probably need to replace my desk as well.  Meaning. . . ???

Meaning I’m still in flounder mode over the changes I’ve made.  But, thanks to input from my readers *waves and blows kisses* I may finally be getting through it.  A POV switch was suggested.  I explored that more yesterday and decided to go with it.  That will also help fill in some of the gaps from the last time we saw this character.

When not fighting my way through that, my muse has been tossing random scenes and characters at me in a most chaotic fashion.  I’ve been forced to write them down.  Ignoring them just causes problems.  They pester me until they are on paper, figuratively speaking.  But their pestering has had me pounding out well over 1,000 words a day — which, if nothing else, is good exercise for the writing muscles.  One piece, in particular, will either turn into a short story or novella.  I like it, and the characters, I’m a bit stuck on a certain point, but really haven’t given it a lot of attention.  I might post it here as it progresses.  Rough draft.  A freebie for those interested.

And that’s it.  Check out my fellow ROW80‘ers here.                        Write on!

15 Comments:

  1. Yay for finding ways around the troublesome changes! Keep working at it! 😀

  2. Congrats on getting stuff down. Writing is always productive… and it’s good to get the pesterers out…

    • I’m thinking, if I didn’t get them out, I would certainly wind up in one of those nice white jackets, muttering to myself. LOL Writing and schizophrenia go hand in hand methinks.

  3. I’m seeing a lot of similar posts by other writers. I think we’re too focused on the social networking and not enough on the writing. We have lives and responsibilities, too! I honestly think society as a whole is reaching a saturation point with all this networking!

    • Unfortunately, I think you’re right. Social networking has becoming huge. I try to keep mine to a minimum, but still feel the pressure when my on-line families don’t hear from me in a while. The sad part is, they probably still hear from me more than my natural family!

  4. The Job makes it hard…I totally understand where you’re coming from. I love my job (and am grateful for it after being out of work for 2 months) but it does make outside of work hours precious and rare. Just keep getting words on paper and you’re winning. Good luck!

    • It would help if I did love my job — lately, not so much. Which makes being here. . . there (I’m certainly not commenting while at work *cough*) . . . much more difficult. ;p

  5. It’s tough when we hit those spots in our WIPs, but usually for everything there is a reason. I hope this roadblock just means your WIP will be that much better for your frustration! Plus, it’ll be easier on your forehead. 😉

    • I *know* it will be better. That’s my mantra of late. And I’m looking into a padded desk. Not only will it cushion my forehead, it will dull the thud. 🙂

  6. I have to confess, online is taking up more and more of my precious writing time. Finding a way to balance FB, Twitter, blogging, reading blogs–it’s rough. I think I may cut the blog down to 4 days a week. I’ve also had to limit my online time to 4-5 times throughout the day. 😉

    I say go with your muse. You never know where she might take you and my best story changes came from my what if this happens tangents.

    • I’ve really cut down my Social on line time. I’ve just had to if I want to get other things done and not get the, “NOW what are you doing?” look from the hubby. 🙂 Hmmm… two blogs, another blog I’m supposed to contribute to, one forum, Twitter, two Face Book accounts… that doesn’t sound so bad, does it?

  7. Yes, I’m with you in the time management crunch. The people at work have no respect for my capricious muse (who always strikes in the middle of an assignment). 🙂 Someday’s I’ve got the Social Media mojo, other times, it falls to the wayside for other pressing matters. I do love the ability to schedule posts out in advance. One less pressure.

    I’ve been practicing my breathing, working on just keeping balanced.

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