Wednesday, March 20, 2019

I Blew It

My New Year's resolution was to write one blog post a week. Not only did I miss that mark, but I didn't manage a single post for the entire month of February.

So now the question is: Do I get back on track with my resolution and try to write that one post a week? Or do I succumb to the fact that I'm just not going to do it?

Black Lilies is currently at 118%. It's turned into one bad dream where I'm running and running but not getting any closer to my destination. I stopped updating my word meter because, what's the point? I'm doing an author's booth for Jamboree Days in July, and months ago I assumed I'd have Black Lilies at the event too, instead of Chasing Echoes alone--my one hit wonder. But now I'm having to face the fact that Black Lilies might not be ready in time. Even if I finished the book tomorrow (which I won't), the process of editing, revisions, beta reading, publishing...that's all going to take months. 

I'm being house-blocked at every turn. The time I should be spending on writing has been devoted to home improvements. Right now I'm painting all the ugly brown wainscoting in my house white, and it's turned out to be the most grueling project ever. Why can't I be one of those writers who's perfectly content in a whatever-house? Why do I have to want everything pretty? Like, I'm sure Hemingway was surrounded by total disarray and filth, yet continued to happily tap away at his typewriter.

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  1. We had brown wainscoting in the house I lived in growing up, but that thing was built in the 80s. It was okay back then. Lol!

    On the plus side, you're in the home stretch with Black Lilies!! Maybe you can have post cards made up for the event? Black Lilies: Coming This Fall? ^_^

    I still need to go to an event. But my goals aren't going too well this year, either, except for my reading goal. But that's okay. March 20th isn't too late to make new ones! :D

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    1. Our house was built in 2000, but it was an elderly couple who built it, so their idea of modern was a few years (aka: decades) behind. Lol

      I am so close with Black Lilies. But when I look at all the revisions I have to do once I reach the finish line, it feels as daunting as writing a whole novel from scratch (without the thrill of shiny and new). I LOVE your idea of doing the Black Lilies post cards and am totally going to do that! That's brilliant! I'll just slip one into each Chasing Echoes novel sold. By the time readers finish the book, Black Lilies will likely be out. I feel like this plan is actually BETTER than me selling B.L.s at the event, since it's the second book in a series. Thanks for the great idea!

      I still wish you could do an event with me. Damn you and your geographical inconvenience. :P

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  2. Just so you know, I'm really excited to read Black Lillies. I hope you'll consider me for a beta-reader... Although I am often terribly slow at these things. Maybe you could just send me a beta-reader copy and then expect nothing from me and... who knows? Maybe I'll send you pages and pages of detailed notes??? Or maybe I'll just run off with it and you'll never hear from me again. Probably something in between.

    Ugh... I feel like such a lousy friend.

    Anyway, I am the total opposite of you when it comes to housing. I barely care about anything in the house. Except things that make it easier or harder to deal with the kiddos... Anything that makes dealing with them easier is something I want. Anything that makes it harder is something I want to to damn to hell.

    Lastly, I think you should try and post *something* every week. Even just a little thing. Yeah, I know... Pot meet kettle, right? I haven't updated my blog in months.

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    1. I would be thrilled to have you as a beta reader Thomas! If you take your copy and run off with it, it's all good, because I know down the road you'll be back, and then I'll figure out a way to torture you for your feedback. Or--er--something that appeals to you less. :P Moral of the story: NO PRESSURE. If life takes over and you end up not being able to get through it, you are NOT a lousy friend and I promise I won't adore you less. I've learned long ago to not corner my friends when it comes to my writing projects. Some of my closest friends have never read my book and I don't begrudge them for that, because it's simply not their thing.

      See, you're all Hemingway-ish when it comes to your house. Real writers don't care about the chaos surrounding them. I'm a fraud, Thomas. A fraud. *cries*

      I'll try to post a little something each week. Why? Because some weird guy cares enough to make a comment about it. *sighs*

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    2. Fantastic! I can't wait to see it! I don't know if you're aware of this, but I'm a huge fan. I loved Chasing Echos. Anyway, thank you for removing the pressure. Part of me just wants to be included... But I am eager to read it, as well!

      You're no fraud. You've written an actual novel and done a draft of a second one. You are the real deal. Most "serious writers" never do that. You are the bomb.

      I'm happy to play the "weird internet guy" role in your life, in case you're wondering. It's a high calling.

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    3. I love it that you're a fan Tom. You're the 'big scary horror writer' in my world, so the fact that you actually enjoy my book when it's nowhere close to your preferred genre makes me feel like I'm walking on sunshine.

      "It's a high calling." *grins* Thanks for answering that call.

      ~Jodi

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  3. I blew it, too, Jodi. So, you're not alone! I only managed to write one post in February. I've written five this month, so I might be kinda trying to make up for it. :D

    I cannot wait to read Black Lilies. I am ridiculously excited. If you're going and going with no end in site, than you know why I can't seem to finish Loves Daughter. I'm way, way past any word goal and cannot seem to make it stop. Good luck getting it finished. I'm dying to read it!

    Also, I saw the pics of your wainscoting on Facebook and it looks fantastic!

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    1. Yay for synchronized failing! :D

      Thanks for telling me you're ridiculously excited about Black Lilies. It makes me ridiculously excited! I actually made REAL progress on it over spring break, to where it's finally honing in on the climax. I have massive revisions to do on this book but it's a pretty solid first draft.

      Have you tried outlining the rest of Love's Daughter? Maybe it's a simple matter of the book just needing some direction?

      And thanks for your compliment on the wainscoting! It was a horrid project, but now that it's finished I'm head over heels in love with how bright/cheery the house is.

      ~Jodi

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  4. My comment isn't showing up, are you getting my comments? I dunno Jodi, I think your blog doesn't like me. It's wiggy.

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    1. Sorry Dylan, it's been wiggy for years. Sometimes it makes you post the comment twice. I've no idea why. I just tell commenters to be sure to 'copy' their original comment, that way if it blitzes out the first time, they can simply paste it back in.

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  5. We had brown wainscoting in the house I lived in growing up, but that thing was built in the 80s. It was okay back then. Lol! I cannot wait to read Black Lilies. I am ridiculously excited. If you're going and going with no end in site, than you know why I can't seem to finish Loves Daughter. I'm way, way past any word goal and cannot seem to make it stop. Good luck getting it finished. I'm dying to read it!

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