|A Round of Words in 80 Days|
Round 4 2012
The writing challenge that knows you have a life
These check-in posts will contain any commentary I have about encounters with the goals since the previous check-in and any relevant links.
Below the commentary is my current reading list for the READ CRAFT goal.
Last month I finished the edit for Blow Me A Candy Kiss, the short story I'm planning to use as the experiment in self publishing. This was on my original Goals when I first joined ROW80 last April. It is now ready for beta readers. Anyone interested can say so in a comment or email me at the email in the sidebar. A link to an earlier draft can be found in the ROW80 Goals page linked under the spreadsheet below.
|2nd Workstation and Indoor Workout Space|
But after two weeks of walking over it a dozen times a day without incident, Sunday I slipped and fell. It was a terrible jarring and left bruises on the inside of one leg and top of the other shoulder and a gouge inside my left wrist about an inch long and an 8th inch wide and deep. It missed the vein by less than half an inch so it could have been worse. My neck still feels whiplashed and too many muscles and tendons to name are still whimpering and whining. But at least they are not screaming like Monday morning.
I'm debating whether it is worth completely rearranging the boxes of stuff to make room for the tramp without blocking the path. But I've already put over two weeks into this project. I think I just need to be careful. Starting by NOT wearing slick soled shoes because they are cuter than the safer ones.
There is also the possibility that over the next few weeks I'll be able to expand the space I have available in here by helping Mom sort through the boxes of papers and other stuff and the archaeological dig on her desktop. But I can't wait for that to get done to start getting busy. This has already been a two week process of fairly steady work getting my own stuff organized between the two rooms.
The self-reflection I"m trying to practice has not given me much insight. There are so many variables. It could be it's just one of the waves of this mood disorder that I have to ride out. Or it could be the self-reflection itself peeking under the depression that, so they say, always cloaks anger turned inward. Anger was an impermissible emotion in my upbringing so I learned to become unconscious of it but when that failed guilt and shame would attach.
My moods are still volatile but better by far than early February. For the most part of most days I'm accommodating myself to the new realities shaking out from the lifequake that hit me the last week of January. The details of which are covered in ROW80 #69 check-in. and this Sunday Serenity I won't keep reiterating the story in these check-ins. The most important fact affecting ROW80 goals is that my 5 week visit at my Mom's begun in early January has been extended indefinitely. It has been a huge disruption in itself not counting all the disruptions of life, thought and emotion behind the whys and wherefores.
How many times have I had to confess that last? Umm don't want to count. Now that the essentials of organizing and moving around of stuff have been tended to it is time to make this the focus of the rest of the month.
My Brain on Story
see moar kittehs
The Storyteller's Spouse is also an exploration of story itself and features a married couple the female lead being a novelist and her husband a raconteur with a rep for tall tales, fish stories and war stories and life of the party yarns. Neither of them have an especially good grip on reality so their POV scenes are exercises in unreliable narrator.
Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Go by Les Edgerton
Write Good or Die! edited by Scott Nicholson (a collection of essays by inde authors. many of them self-published)
The Act of Creation by Arthur Koestler
What Matters in Jane Austen? by John Muller Net Galley a NF that purports to answer many puzzles in the Austen novels. Since this discusses writing and techniques of fiction
Trust the Process: An Artist's Guide to Letting Go by Shaun McNiff I just lifted the strikethru I put on this the week I left home in January as I brought it back with me this week
Jung and the Tarot: An Archetypal Journey by Sallie Nichols Since I'm reading this for an understanding of character type and the language of symbol understood by our unconscious as well as research for a character who is a Tarot reader
13 Ways of Looking at a Novel by Jane Smiley This was one of the 24 items I checked out of the Longview library on my sister's card last Thursday.
The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick. Found this while spelunking the stacks looking for the Smiley book. Who knew. Dick was a mystic. I've only read one of his novels and a few short stories but now I've got to try to find and read everything!
Mystery and Manners by Flannery O'Connor This is a reread for me and has had significant impact on the development of my storyworld in the early months of its inception. My Friday post was about my current encounter with it after checking it out of the Longview library again for the first time in over a decade.
The Right to Write by Julia Cameron
The Fiction Writer's Handbook by Shelly Lowenkopf Reviewing for blog tour tomorrow.
A Cheap and Easy Guide to Self-publishing eBooks by Tom Hua read this online
Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Leher
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg Just finished this last fall and wrote an overview of it for that check-in along with my musings on how to apply what I learned.. This is where I've been getting the most help with learning how to recognize a habit, determine if it is desirable and if so maximize it but if not change it.