Nearly three thousand words.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about The Exoneiric and I just haven’t been able to get it off my mind. Well, the other day I found this song and it completely unlocked this torrent of creativity I had pent up for a while. It allowed me to get in the zone of the world of Akhirah. I was able to see the characters and their plight clearly. I ended up being able to finally rewrite the first chapter and it came out to 2,800 words! And I did that in one day, which is a productivity I have not seen in a few years. I’m baffled because usually, I am never in the mood to write during the summer season. But maybe I’m finally growing out of that shell. It makes sense to me because… the heat of the summer reminds me of what Henri and Zyler have to deal with on a daily basis. Well, minus the humidity.

The Imagination Switch

It’s occurred to me that I’m not an agile thinker. When I write, I have to be completely immersed in my imagination. That is, if I want to produce my best writing, of course. It helps when my senses are immersed as well. For example; seeing snow outside, feeling the brush of silk against my skin, hearing whispering gusts of wind, smelling hints of sandalwood in the air, tasting warm honey on my tongue, etc.

When I’m totally immersed, that’s when I love writing the most…because I feel like I’m in another world.

But realistically, I find it very difficult to immerse myself on the fly. For instance, I have an hour lunch break at work. From buying my lunch to actually eating it, I would’ve taken 25-30 minutes already. That only leaves me with half an hour. Now, in the past, I would be able to churn out maybe 500 words in half an hour. Nowadays, it takes me the same amount of time just to “immerse myself” in the writing mood.

After I get off work and get home, I have to take care of dinner and sometimes laundry, along with my almost three-year-old. It’s extremely hard for me to get into the “write” frame of mind whenever my daughter is running amuck in the house. So realistically speaking, the only time I can write when I get home from work is when I’ve put my daughter to sleep at around 9 or 10 PM. At that time, however, I’m exhausted.

(Facepalm)

Maybe I can eat at work and then take my hour break? If that works out, then I can, at best, crunch out around 1,000 words in an hour. Even if it’s only 500 words per day, it’s better than nothing.

Introducing…my new easel!

Art

Today I received the Ravenna Sketch Box Easel by Art Alternatives. I ordered it from Amazon and what’s great is I actually got it for free since I recently received Amazon credit. I’ve been so frustrated lately because ever since my drawing class started, I’ve been using my husband’s pant press as an easel. It was ghetto, but it worked.

But now that I have a legit easel, I’m super excited to get back into drawing! 🙂

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Letting the characters drive the story

Lately I’ve been working on The Exoneiric. I had gone on a break because I was hospitalized last year and then I got a new job earlier this year. When I came back to writing, I got all the way up to Chapter 10. Though, as I continued to write, I knew I wasn’t happy with how the story was developing. I felt like it was missing something.

So…I started over. Not completely, but almost. I modified Chapter 1 a bit according to a few critiques I received. I modified the plot so that the characters are in the front seat, so to speak, driving the story. Characterization was never my strong suit but I’m learning as I go. As of now, I’m working on Chapter 6.

Some days it’s a struggle because either the world or the character’s themselves elude me. And that’s what I’m working hard on now—world-building and characterization. I don’t force myself to write anymore because whenever I do that, my writing suffers terribly. For now, my muse switches between a slow burn and a raging fire. So long as the flame is lit, I’m happy. 🙂

2nd Writing Site + Online Class

On a whim, I decided to purchase a one year membership for SFF-OWW. They improved their critiquing system a little bit so I’m happy about that. There’s not a whole lot of activity still, but I’m hoping I can find some fellow writers to share crits with, eventually.

Anyway, I’m starting an online class next Monday—Introduction to Drawing. I’m excited!
Ready for class!

Updates on TE

Wow, I haven’t written on this blog since February! Nearly four months of inactivity. *Shakes head* Anyway, I’ve decided to rewrite the plot line for TE. Plot line A just took way too long for me to unfold and I honestly didn’t know where I was going with it, being a panster and all. So I decided to just start over from the end of chapter 1. So far I have Chapters 2 and 3 revised. I’m going to work on 4 next, right after I catch up on some crits on Scrib.

It’s a rule.

“It is hard to wear a gun in St. Louis in the summertime. Shoulder or hip holster, you have the same problem. If you wear a jacket to cover the gun, you melt in the heat. If you keep the gun in your purse, you get killed, because no woman can find anything in her purse in under twelve minutes. It is a rule.”

Excerpt From: Laurell K. Hamilton. “Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter #01 – Guilty Pleasures.”

New Job + Going Back to School

Beginning March 1, I’ll be starting my new job and then a few weeks after that, I’ll be going back to school after a year-long break (not by choice). I definitely have a lot of anxiety at the prospect of these two major events and with that anxiety comes the instability of my writing mojo.

I was on a roll with TE. I’m working on Chapter 10! I never knew I could even get this far. But here I am. I’m scared that I might not be as productive with writing once March hits but I hope I can figure something out.