I'm going to try turning this page from a blog into a writing diary. It's a bit of an experiment, and I have no idea how it'll go or if it's even worth spending my time doing, but hey. One of the things I need most is to find a way of keeping myself motivated and on track, and the only way to find out what works is to try it and see if it works. :)
So, the plan: at the end of the day, I'm going to spend a few minutes reflecting on what I did that day, if I accomplished what I wanted to do, and what I want to get done tomorrow. (And that checks off what I wanted to accomplish today.)
Tomorrow, it is time to get my nose on that editing grindstone and knock out some of the Wild Tides edit.
My favorite coffee shop, Java Joey, closed its doors a couple of months ago. They do still have one small place, but it's in the ER entrance of the local hospital, and that's kind of a weird place to get a hot chocolate and sit down to write. I mean, it's a big lobby area that's a little more sterile hotel than typical ER, but still. People who walk through that door are, like, bleeding profusely and stuff. Inspiring, maybe, in that morbid kind of way, but not exactly a place to settle in for a couple hours of writing.
Fortunately, I finally was able to find the coffee shop I kept hearing about existing on this useless little stretch of road between DuBois and Luthersburg, and its hot chocolate is awesome, the cafe is comfortable, and I'm finally back in business! I need the sort of intentionality that comes from *going somewhere* to write to kick my lazy ass into gear, and Aegis Coffee Roasters will be seeing a lot of me. :)
It was, overall, a decent day. I finished Part 1 of the Wild Tides edit today, and Part 2 is already in decent shape from the previous draft, so I'm feeling pretty good about the progress of this edit. The Other Worlds box set is set for release on the 5/23, so White Stone is on track for getting a little more exposure than it's had previously, and my email list autoresponder is in good shape for the possibility of new subscribers, though maybe it could use another email or two in it to kind of round out the series.
Aegis is open until 8 pm tomorrow, so I think I'll get over there after work and get going on the edit for Part 2 of Wild Tides. (I expect to make good time on Part 2, since it's already decent; Part 3 is where more heavy edits are again needed).
A good day. Preproduction on a few new stories is moving along at a nice clip (I'm completely in love with StoryShop for this!), and I knocked out about 2k words of editing tonight, so, good day.
I've actually got a virtual hangout scheduled tomorrow afternoon with a group I'm a part of. Looking forward to that. :)
Didn't make it to yesterday's virtual hangout. :( Fortunately, the group is very active, so there should be more chances to hang out with them in the future.
The Wild Tides edit is moving along nicely, and I've even figured out how to tie up a few little loose ends, so I'm pretty happy with that.
I didn't get much done today, writing-wise, since most of the day was spent celebrating my birthday (which was yesterday). Went for a ride with Mom and a couple of friends, ate cake, and had dinner at Station 101. I had a good day, even though there was no writing done. Sometimes, a day off is just what's needed, and I enjoyed it.
Tomorrow will be spent making up for the work I missed doing today.
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