Row80 Nov 26th

yellowstone bearDid I mention I actually saw a grizzly bear while in Yellowstone National Park? Those suckers are extremely hard to come across anymore. They used to come down to dig through the trash, but since they’ve made the bear-proof bins, sightings are much rarer. Not that I’m opposed to keeping bears away from the trash (and close proximity to kids).

This bear was really close, but thankfully there was a substantially sized river between us and it. I was ready to shove my people back on the bus if it even got close to the water. But I constantly see other tourists being less than smart when it comes to wild animals. They just want to pet the bear, or the bison, or the coyote. Say what? Wild animals will eat you on a whim? 😛

THE GOALS

Okay, time for Row80. How am I measuring up?

Finish outlining Book 2. ACCOMPLISHED.

Read “The Fire in Fiction” and one fiction book. Progress! I went to a business conference which was mostly interesting, but in those few instances where the speaker wasn’t doing it for me, I pulled out this little book and gave it a read. I also had some time on a bus lately, so I got through a couple of chapters. It’s really helpful to read stuff like this when you’re revising. It makes you stop and consider your own story and inspires you with new approaches to revisions.

Rework Book 2. Progress. This one will likely remain as progress. Although I got to a certain point in the book and felt an inclination to go back and strengthen a few things before continuing on. It’s that whole cut one string and see where it leads. Sometimes it takes you forward and then you realize it also leads backward, too. Ah, writing. We really have to love this to torture ourselves like we do.

BONUS GOALS: # 1 Write at least one short story. No new progress.

#2 Do further plotting for Codename Clemmings. No new progress.

I think once I have Book 2 reworked, I’m going to work on Codename Clemmings again. When I’m not thinking about Book 2, I sometimes think about other projects (so do we all). If I’m not feeling much inspired with Clemmings I may actually strike out on a brand new project, just for kicks. They say it revitalizes your writing to do something completely new. I found it did with Clemmings when I originally started it.

I would do it now, but I feel like Book 2 needs to reach a more solid state of improvement first.

Oh, and one more thing, Happy Thanksgiving to all my USA bloggers. I hope you get to eat lots of delicious food and enjoy the company of those you love!

Are most of your writing projects within the same genre? Have you branched out, even if just for practice? What do you do to keep your writing fresh and renewed?

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