A year since my last post?

•Monday, 8 March 2010 - 11:16pm • Leave a Comment

Wow. That went fast.
I have some things that I’m working on, but truth be told, the writing has taken a back seat. Not that I’m abandoning it – no, no, no – but where I haven’t been writing, I have been ramping up activity in art and illustration. Part of the plan: writing is blending with the illustration for a few new projects, but nothing I can talk about now.

Perhaps I should rekindle this blog…

Oh, hello

•Monday, 2 March 2009 - 9:50am • Leave a Comment

I’ve been writing more about my writing life over on regularjen.com and less here. There isn’t really much reason to keep going with this one since writing is my career goal anyway and the main blog has become more appropriate for the content. Not sure what to do with this one, but I may see if there’s a way to suck the content from this and integrate it into regularjen.com. Or not. Haven’t decided yet.

Could help, could hurt

•Thursday, 26 June 2008 - 7:34pm • Leave a Comment

It’s almost like writing your own obituary— I wrote a dedication, the dedication, that is to appear in my first published book. In a way this is both the strongest push to finish a project and the most intimidating one. Will I ever get to use it? Hell yeah. And it’s terrifying to think about. It’s there to encourage and empower.

That’s why I’ve put it on a post-it note in front of my desk. It stares at me, begging to be used.
One day, little note. One day.

Back in the game

•Wednesday, 14 May 2008 - 8:53pm • Leave a Comment

I signed up for a writing site that features a marketplace for articles. I wrote one; it’s an audio book review for a best-selling title. I did what the job outline suggested and not only covered all the key points required but added my personal voice to the review. I didn’t particularly like the audio book and I tore into the author a bit (professionally, of course), but the words I wrote were true and in my style. And guess what—

My review sold.
Yes, I’m back to selling some writing. Pennies in the bucket, sure, but selling. Feels amazing.

I’m after more of that, please.

Not the typical intimidation

•Monday, 31 March 2008 - 3:02pm • 2 Comments

I was just reading through an article (found through StumbleUpon) that talks about the common points of intimidation that overcome many writers.

  • “I could never write as well as _____ can.”
  • “What could I say that hasn’t already been said by someone else (or worse, said better)?”
  • “I don’t know if I can keep up a writing schedule.”
  • “What if nobody likes what I’m writing, or thinks I’m an amateur?”

The interesting thing is that these are not the same bullet points that intimidate me. Not even close. Mine aren’t so much run-of-the-mill anxieties, but are pretty specific to me and my brain. You’ll see the ADD/ADHD issues loud and clear.
What I worry about:

  • “I don’t know if I’ll ever fill in the blanks. The highlights were enough for me, and now I want to move on to the next story.”
  • “What if I don’t remember enough to be faithful to the events. I don’t want to be called a liar.”
  • “How many beginnings before I can finish a story? What if I can only write beginnings?”
  • “Which country am I writing for now? US? UK? Can I even separate my native English from my adopted English?”

I don’t have any doubt in my ability. I know that all the major stories/themes have been written already— it’s how you make the story your own that matters. I can keep to a schedule through discipline (when I don’t choose to ignore my own nagging). The opinions of others don’t factor as a concern because I know I won’t please everyone. I’m sure my list is probably shared by others out there, but the points aren’t usually covered by writing pep-talk books, advice sites, or blog posts. Perhaps I’ve just created a project for myself… 😉

Blockity block block?

•Saturday, 22 March 2008 - 9:25pm • Leave a Comment

Is there a spout to pour the words? I have several projects going on and seem to get ‘so far’ with them before I either fizzle or fear.

Damn it. I want to stop folding when shit gets hard.

Been thinkin

•Wednesday, 14 November 2007 - 6:27pm • Leave a Comment

Instead of trying to keep my writing bits separate from my ‘normal’ blog, perhaps I should just focus on one all-encompassing outlet for the thoughts.

This blog is under threat of being made redundant.

The real focus has always been over at regularjen.com anyway…