Wednesday, April 22, 2009

PRO Application Gathering Dust

There are certain things I tend to procrastinate with. My PRO application for RWA is one of them. I am determined before this day is over to send that puppy out. The paper is filled out and the package is ready. I have a partial due to be mailed by Monday, but I see no reason why I can't mail it today.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Balancing Day Job and Writing

As I continue to write I find it hard to pull myself away from my current work in progress to work on my day job. I've always told my friends that working on my writing is much more enjoyable than working on code. Creating a world with its respective characters is much more fulfilling than analyzing a coding project and setting it into motion. It's not as if I don't like web design or programming anymore, it's just that those things may not be where my true passion lies.

I think the main problem lies in that both activities involve long hours in front of the computer. After a while my eyes go loco and an eye strain headache attacks like a circling vulture.

I remember the days in college where I could sit for 10 plus hours in front of the computer and not blink. I used to play StarCraft for hours and hours. Those days are long gone. (And replaced by work, writing, and kids) Now I have to enforce breaks to make sure I can work productively throughout the day. There are various applications out there that track computer time. I may need to use them again.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

WisRWA Fab 5 Finalist in Paranormal

I learned on Tuesday I finaled in the Paranormal category for the Wisconsin RWA's Fab 5 contest. I have a great opportunity for THE PAINTED SPELLCASTER to be seen by Latoya Smith with Grand Central Publishing.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Mad Typist Challenge - 5000 Words

I told myself I would complete 1000 words per day for my new WIP, THE MEMOIRS OF A WITCH MATCHMAKER. Over the past week or two I have taken a break from writing to work my primary job. Today is the day I catch up and knock out 5000 words. The most of done is 3000 so here goes nothing.

10:00 am | 1000 words
1:00 pm | 2500 words
10:00 pm | 3980 words

That's it! Operating system is shutting down. I almost made it!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

My Journey

I actually have two other blogs where I barely remember to post. Most of the time I am now writing/working on web projects/taking care of my family. It's a hard job.

My first novel, THE PAINTED SPELLCASTER, started in November and after a mad rush of writing and editing (eating was optional during the time) I completed it in January. I'm at the point now where the writing bug has bitten me, (I used to write when I was younger in middle school), and now I have no choice but to get the new story out.