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And the Writer Said, Let there be Blogs (and a ROW80 Check-In)

blog fatigue: (blawg fuhteeg) noun

  1.  the condition of being overwhelmed by one’s blog and/or the number of blogs to read, often characterized by an avoidance of blogging related activities and a loss of the pleasure previously associated with those activities

Ill-GottenLast week, we discussed whether or not an epidemic blog fatigue was on the horizon. The consensus seemed to be that the risk of blog fatigue has indeed sky-rocketed but it doesn’t have to take any of us down.

Blogging and social media gives writers the opportunity to connect with a vast number of other writers, to see Continue reading “And the Writer Said, Let there be Blogs (and a ROW80 Check-In)”

Tuesday Toss-Up

Got Blog Fatigue?

Dirty feet and passed out?Recently, author and blogger Nathan Bransford asked if there was an epidemic of blog fatigue on the horizon. Are blog readers having a hard time keeping up with all there is to read? Are (some) bloggers beginning to wear out from a heavy posting schedule or from balancing work, writing, and family demands with blogging?

For me, the answer is: yeah, kinda. Lately, I’ve been struggling to keep up with all the great blogs I want to read. There are so many posts that catch my eye Continue reading “Got Blog Fatigue?”

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In Time (a 500-word story)

Here’s some flash fiction for you, inspired by writing challenges from two fabulous writers, Ozlem Yikici and Haley Whitehall.

Ozlem Yikici’s Transparent Tapestries prompts:

  • Painting/Photography by an Artist: Maurice Utrillo’s Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, 1931 (It was this beautiful painting that planted the seed for my piece)
  • Random lines of Poetry by Poets: Lighthouse by Gerard Woodward
  • An Art Movement/Writing Genre: Purism

Haley Whitehall’s Dreams prompt:

  • This challenge is dream inspired. Everyone has dreams of some kind–day dreams, nightmares, goals for the future, thoughts about being someone else or living a different life. (This prompt immediately brought my opening line to mind.)

The Ruined House

In Time

In my dream, I make it home in time. Continue reading “In Time (a 500-word story)”

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Just Another Day on the Job (a 500-word story)

This time around, I’ve combined Haley Whitehall’s Body Language challenge, Billie Jo Wood’s Solstice Sunday, and my Creature Feature challenge (see mash-up below for links) into one 500 word story. Here you go…

magic sphere

Just Another Day on the Job 

She drummed her fingers against her thigh and shot the kind of look that would start a fire.

Fortunately, there was plenty of cloud cover.

I nudged Tom, my trainee. “Assessment?”

“Common fire sprite. Juvenile. Range: two feet. Requires full sunlight to start a fire. Containment protocol: capture in JN-32 spherical containment field and transport to Breach.” Continue reading “Just Another Day on the Job (a 500-word story)”

Tuesday Toss-Up

Shifting Over to Post-a-Week

I’ve been thinking about switching to Post-a-Week instead of Post-a-Day. I really liked the idea of posting everyday but it doesn’t seem very feasible to me now. It’s become a matter of quantity over quality. I don’t really want to make a ton of small posts declaring what I have and haven’t done in a day. There’s nothing wrong with that but I wanted to write more about my process and about writing and about my journey. So, I’m switching to post-a-week. I wish there was a custom option such as post-twice-a-week or post-thrice-a-week. Still, I’ll go with post-a-week and, if I have enough material for twice or thrice weekly postings, that’ll be icing on the cake. Mmm….cake.

Tuesday Toss-Up

2 More Short Stories in Progress!

It seems as if getting my writing routine (at least somewhat) together and rededication to the Morning Pages has definitely helped me get going. Both of my manuscripts are on hold right now while I’m focusing on writing short fiction. They are still challenging to craft but feel a bit more like instant gratification. I think that’s what I need right now…something I can “churn out” rather than agonize over. Then again, I could probably apply that same attitude to the manuscripts…it’s probably mindset more than anything else that determines whether I agonize over them or not. Still, short stories are just faster from start to finish and that’s what I’m currently after.

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In a Flash

I’ve been hearing a little bit about flash fiction since I came back to my writing. I hadn’t tried it though because it seemed a little intimidating somehow. However, my experiences with the OneWord writing exercise made me brave enough to try. This morning (as a part of my new morning writing routine…yay me!), I looked up writing prompts on Writer’s Digest and discovered this gem: “Only two weeks into the New Year had passed and Tim had already broken his first resolution: Don’t kill anyone. Write this scene.” I gave it a whirl and was pleasantly surprised to find I was actually able to finish a whole story. It’s in very rough form but nothing a little editing won’t fix. It needs some cutting to really qualify for flash fiction (under 1000 words, I think) unless I decide to expand it into a short story. Either way, I am well pleased.

I’ll share the story here when I’m done editing and rewriting. Not sure when that will be because I think I want to try to write a few new short stories or flash fiction stories before I edit anything else, including my manuscripts. I think that would help build up a little confidence in my own productivity.

I’m also thinking that my renewed efforts with the Morning Pages (see Morning Pages Inspiration) is beginning to pay off. My muse is no longer giving me the silent treatment…even if she is still a little scary.

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Trying to (Re)fomulate a Writing Routine

When I first got back into writing, the excitement of reconnecting with my storytelling fueled my writing. I had challenging days here and there. For the most part, though, I was excited to write and that excitement was enough to carry me through my lack of routine. Since the lack of consistent routine wasn’t hampering my productivity, I (wrongly, I now think) assumed that I could just seat-of-the-pants it all the time.

No problem. After all, isn’t that what I did when I was a kid? I wrote whenever the inspiration struck and inspiration struck virtually Continue reading “Trying to (Re)fomulate a Writing Routine”