Apex Magazine, Journal, Writing

Weekend Blogging: Why It Works

Actually, I have only a vague idea of why I’ve only seemed to be blogging on the weekends lately.

Part of it is indeed the rampant speed of my weekday schedule, which utilizes almost every free moment of my time, which might otherwise be used for blogging. Part of it is because I’ve switched my writing schedule from my lunch breaks to my evenings, and my APEX work from my evenings to my lunch break. It’s made me a lot more productive in both arenas, so much so that I may actually be able to start taking on more APEX work soon! (LE GASP!) I also figured out how to get my internet to work at the local B&N, so I can actually go online and work on that stuff during my break, since my workplace has removed its wifi. T_T

But that means that in the evening, I have a lot more flexibility to do my own writing, and as this past week has shown, that could mean writing from 8-10:30PM, which leaves little time for blogging since I’m usually down for the count by 10 most weekdays. (Note: I am not a morning person. 6:30AM wake-ups make me a grumpy bear.)

Anyway, in short, I’ll see about putting up at least brief posts mid-week, but the longer ones will still likely occur more on the weekends.

So far, this weekend has been a ton of fun, and today seems to be keeping the tradition. Friday, Andy and I hung out with Nate & Sadie and went to the Bridgeport Brewery in the Pearl District of PDX. Much fun was had by all, but man the seasonal Imperial IPA kicked my butt. Tasted great though! ^_^

Then Saturday, after junking out on doughnuts and watching an hour or so of Looney Toons which we’ve gotten from Netflix, Andy and I got him an office chair he’d found on Craigslist for $25, and headed over to B&N to figure out how to get my interwebs to work properly. We did so (Andy’s magic touch=some unknown electromagnetic effect on electronics that make them obey him when they scorn me for doing *the exact same thing*), and I had one of those lovely Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Mmmmm…. Though the extreme caffeine dose (I don’t normally drink coffee) put me in a weird drainage mode all afternoon. I was like a Roomba losing charge even while it sits on its charger!

Later, Kaku and his girlfriend came over for pizza and a movie (HOT FUZZ, why not?!). The pizza turned out pretty good and we all had a great time chatting and eating and hanging out. It was lovely!

Today, I’m thinking about trying to repot our sickly Ficus, get some APEX work taken care of, maybe do a little painting, and then later get some writing done. See below for more info on writing.

Writing Stuff:

So I’ve switched over into novel mode. You’ll notice my to-do lists keep changing, and you’re just going to have to get used to that. I haven’t yet found a mode that fits me like a glove, so it’s experimentation and insanity until I do!

But for now, I’m going to try focusing on one thing at a time. At the moment, it’s writing a novel. That’s right–you heard me say it. I didn’t even use finger quotes or anything! I’m writing a YA novel. That’s all I’m going to say about it, because otherwise I’ll start trying to down-talk it, and I’m trying to move past the self-depreciation. I’m starting a counter here, though to keep track of the progress.

YA Novel:

10733 / 100000

I’m hoping that I’ll be able to focus on this novel for the time being, really devote myself to getting it down on paper, and then, when that’s done, I’ll take two or three months to write a bunch of short fiction. After that, I’ll hunker down and write the next novel (which will probably be part 2 of this one). Maybe with that kind of trained scope I can feel like I’ve accomplished more. Hey, anything’s worth a try, isn’t it?

And never fear, TD readers, I’ll be continuing that story as well, despite this focus on novel writing. I haven’t gotten quite as far as I was hoping with Chapter 18, but I’m getting prepped for it. This slow development shouldn’t surprise you by this point. ^_- Maybe I’ll play a little Deadly Shadows today to get in the zone… Man, I wish I had Metal Age. Nothing like #2 to get me raring to write TD!

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