July 2012


I was doing 250 words a day as a goal, but Jen and I signed up for stickK together.  It looked like a time commitment would work better with their site than a wordcount commitment, so I said ten minutes a day/an hour a week.

This works a lot better than I expected.  I almost always write more than 250 words, and I feel like I’m making a lot of progress on the story I was working on.  I plan to up the time later to a more ambitious number.  (Jen chose five hours a week.  There’s no way.  I’d be setting myself up to fail.)

I also signed up to run more than 134 minutes a week.  I usually run 3-4 days a week for 45 minutes at a time.  This is also going well.

I didn’t even put money on either one!

Future running goals include running outside (right now I’m treadmill only) and eventually signing up for a race.

I finally reached the central conflict on the story in progress!  As one of my nieces’ other aunts pointed out, some add clay to an armature and some chip at stone.  I’m usually the former.  Which is why the amount of whacking I’m going to have to do on this one is so disconcerting.

In other weed-whacking news, it occurred to me that the hurricane story I was working on in 2007 anticipated the Occupy Wall Street movement, and I may have to fish it out and try (again!) to finish it with that in mind when I’m finished with this one.  Note to self:  Less (or no) cyberpunk, more politics.

I’ve already had that special moment when you realize that you’re probably going to cut 6,000 words from your short story in progress. Today I had that special moment when I realized that I’ve written 13,000 words and haven’t reached my central conflict yet.

This is the point where my ex would traditionally inform me that I was writing a novel. Nope. I think it just took me this long to figure out where the hell this thing is going.

I read an excerpt from “The Last Wasicu” in the Broadpod, here.  It’s one of my favorites of mine.

These were taken by Luke McGuff at Wiscon this year.  You can see the entire collection here:  Wiscon Photo Booth.