Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Little Bit of Everything

Welcome to a mishmash of ‘stuff’.

While we’re finally getting our ‘summer’ here on the Canadian prairies, September seems like the perfect month to set some writing goals. Also a recent email from my writing group has requested that those of us not going on retreat this weekend send in our writing goals. So I’m going to record them here for everyone to see. Perhaps I’ll even keep you appraised on how I’m doing, if I can find a way to make it at least somewhat interesting. Anyhoo, here we go:

Order GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon because that’s the one I picked after last week’s post. Oh yeah, and actually read it!

Enter The Emily writing contest. Deadline: October 7, 2009. Already terrified!!!

Participate in this November’s NaNoWriMo. Always been intrigued by this concept!

Finish this revision of Common Ground by the end of October. Going quite well, but slowly. Only on Chapter Three. Must. Speed. Things. Up.

And lastly, I will work on curbing my use of exclamation points! (oops)

Wish me luck! (darn it)

And because I’m so caught up in revising and critiquing, I’m coming up a little short for a blog post so I’m leaving you with a list of some of my new fall favorites.

New Fav Show: Glee. Love this show. Love it.

New Fav Blog: dooce dot com. Laugh Out Loud Funny

New Fav Song: Dance With Me by Johnny Reid. It makes my heart sigh.

New Fav Quote: Believe that you have it, and you have it. Latin Proverb

What I’m reading: The Chile Queen by Sandra Dallas

Favorite dialogue written this week comes from Lily: “Are you kidding? I’ve got all kinds of tricks stashed in my ‘ridiculous carpetbag’ and I happen to be very good with an umbrella.”

A writing exercise that caught my eye: Write a For and Against article for the same issue. This helps stretch your thinking.

That’s it for this week, folks. Feel free to drop a comment on some of your new favorite things. Your writing goals for the fall. What you use instead of exclamation marks. Or anything else.


thigiru said...
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Yunaleska said...

Goals for autumn (although fall makes sense because leaves 'fall' down).

Keep working on Diplomatic Disaster.

October 1st - in theory might have Termion back from betas. When I do, it'll be revision time. Huge revisions. This will hit query land within a year (ideally by December, but I'm being realistic).

Favourite food right now? soy beans

Favourite drinK? fruit juice (any - with bits)

Favourite show? Any of my anime, although Merlin is starting up on Saturday (BBC1)

Favourite snack? Invisible chocolate.

Karyn Good said...

Hi Yunaleska. Good luck on your autumn/fall goals. ;) Looking forward to hearing more about Diplomatic Disaster and I'll keep you in mind as I work on my own huge revisions.

Favourite food right now? Sushi (in fact may get some for lunch)

Favourite drink? Is, and will always be, diet pepsi.

Hey, I like Merlin, too! In fact our whole family watches it, which is nice. Very different take on the story though.

You're going to have to explain invisible chocolate? Very curious!

Ban said...

Yes Fall makes more sense but Autumn sounds so much better. Just saying the word aloud makes me think of pumpkins, trees decked in orange and red leaves and that smell! You know the one - spicey and earthy with a touch of cinnamon ? Ahhhhh ... sigh ...
1. Not as big on the (!) but I've got to cut back on the (...)
2. Find where I've hidden my patience, probably under a couch cushion
3. Post for every Sunday Snippet, even if it's not a part of any current WiP
4. Write through and leave ALL editing/revising 'till I finish a rough draft
5. Be happy here on Long Island even though I want to move so bad my skin is practically crawling off my body !
6. Start blogging again - I haven't posted in so long I've probably lost all my followers :(
7. Get some exercise - my metabolism isn't what it used to be
8. Uhm ... come up with some more unattainable goals

Yunaleska said...

I adore sushi!

Invisible chocolate: I pretend I'm having chocolate. 0 calories. Also 0 taste....

Karyn Good said...

Hey, Ban. Let me just say, one of my other favourite things in pumpkin pie...

Maybe if you're writing and blogging you won't be concentrating on a possible move. Although I know how it feels to make an important decision then have to wait for things to fall into place.

Can't help you with the patience thing, mine came back once school started again. :)

I think those are obtainable goals, you just need to break them down a bit. Keep me posted.

Karyn Good said...

Well crap, I thought you'd found a miracle type of chocolate. LOL.

And the sushi was yummy!

Helena said...

There's something about this time of year that niggles at me -- I don't have any children in school, I'm not taking any classes myself, I don't have a job that is in sync with academic schedules, I don't have a job, period -- so what is it?

I think you have nailed it, Karyn. Just because it's fall, there is a need to get going at stuff. Fall is also a contradiction of endings and beginnings, but somehow we have to deal with both.

So, I know I will have yard cleanup to do when I get back home (needed more than usual this year), fall cleaning (since I didn't really do much spring cleaning in my house), and finally see if I can't somehow salvage some of my summer goals that weren't achieved.

But the beginnings are more exciting. Notice how some goals are a re-hash from previous seasons, but we can dress them up and make them seem new. I am totally with Ban on her #4 goal -- I must work more diligently to get a draft completed before launching into editing. (Everyone knows I'm struggling with that)

I'm going to try not to use so many parenthetic asides (hard to stop, tho). Oops! But I allow myself a few, just a very few, exclamation marks!

Although I will be resisting the urge to revise my Fiona story, I do have a goal to simultaneously work on my other novel which I have finally been given some encouragement to do. This is the one that I want to pitch at Surrey, tho some may say that's foolish because I know I won't even have a complete first draft by then. I still want to pitch the concept.

Some Favs:

New show? The Vampire Diaries

Books? Just read The Skystone by Jack Whyte, and want to keep reading the series. Also want to re-read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, and this time continue with more of the titles that follow. Both of these authors will be in Surrey in October, so I want to be on top of my game when I talk to them.

Movies? This week I watched Before Sunrise and sequel Before Sunset for the umpteenth time. Love them. (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy play the couple who meet on a train in Europe, spend an evening together in Vienna. They meet again in the sequel after nine years.)

Is that a good enough start for the next few months? New Year's resolutions will come soon enough to take care of anything I've missed.

Good fall topic, Karyn.

Jana Richards said...

Hi Karyn,
My goals for this fall are to make to Christmas without losing my mind! And what wrong with exclamation points anyway!?

I'm just really busy with work (both part-times jobs). I'm in the middle of two manuscripts and not finding time to work on either of them. I want to get ready for Surrey by doing some reading. I was inspired to go to Amazon after reading your post last week and I ordered the Donald Maass books. I also ordered one of Susan Wiggs books since I'm doing a blue pencil session with her there. I just hope I get to read them before I get there. I'd love to read the ones Helena mentioned. I've read four of Diana Galbalon's books but it's been a while.

I'd love to finish everything I've started but that's probably unrealistic. Just putting one foot in front of the other.


Karyn Good said...

Hi, Helena. Fall is my favourite time of year and always has been. I enjoy pulling up the summer flowers and any vegetables I haven't already killed. I like raking leaves (although I should say we have very few trees) and generally getting things put away. However, no fall cleaning happen inside my house, unfortunately.

The whole idea of finishing the first draft without revising is a tough one and one of the reasons I have for participating in NaNoWriMo and BIAW. So I can get the first draft of new wip that's been bubbling around in my head down as quickly as possible and then get to the fun stuff, which for me would be revising.

Good luck at Surrey. I can't wait to hear all the stories and about all the experiences and meeting of fellow writers.

Oh my gosh! I forgot about The Vampire Diaries. I was drawn in by that show too. I'm all about the vampires.

You can't go wrong rereading Outlander. I've read the next two books in the series and I greatly enjoyed them, too. It's going to be very interesting to get to meet her and talk to her! I haven't seen the movies you mentioned but will definitely put them on my list of movies to see.

Have a safe trip home from Calgary and a fun and productive time at the retreat this weekend.

Karyn Good said...

Hang in there, Jana! We're here to help and listen!!!

Things slow down a bit for me in the fall, with the kids back in school, so I've got a bit more few time.

Surrey will be a nice change of pace, although I'm sure you'll be busy every second. How long is the flight to Surrey? Maybe you squeeze in some reading, if you're not completely exhausted! ;)

Glad I inspired you to order the Donald Maass books. Hopefully things will settle down a tiny bit and you get a chance to look them over, even if you have to set them aside for a bit. I'm going to go order my book right now.

When it's all one can do to simply concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other, one should wear extremely kickass shoes! You know the kind I mean!

Janet C. said...

"...wear extremely kickass shoes!" Love that quote, Karyn.

I have many goals - all revolve around me getting organized (OCD is coming in to play as I put stuff away - I really should get some counselling for that). Of course, getting ready for Surrey is top priority - yet, the boxes still get my undivided attention.

Then there's the manuscripts. Lady Bells needs to be revisited. Gillian and Mac need to be finished. There's two others that are lingering in the partly done stage. And I have an idea for a mystery with a wanna-be private eye.

And I need to find a job. Man, the fall better extend well into December for me to accomplish all my goals.

Favorite new daily excursion - Beach walking.

Karyn Good said...

Wow, Janet, that's quite a list. But you can do it! And I can see how you'd want to get your space organized first. Then you'll be able to concentrate on the other things.

A mystery with a wanna be private eye. Sounds very interesting. Can't wait to hear how things are going with Mena and Hugh and Mac and Gillian.

And enjoy the beach walking. On a scale of one to ten that's got to be at least an eleven!

connie said...

Hi Karyn
I will comment properly a bit later, but right now I want something clearly understood by everyone....Jamie is MINE!

connie said...

Fall or Autumn? Autumn when I am enjoying it and Fall when I'm not.
When I was in high school in Niagara Falls, I walked every day along a street 200 years old. Huge maples met way overhead and glowed with all the autumn colours you can think of and then some. I can still see it in my mind - thank goodness.
Now Fall is a whole other kettle of fish! I go into it shuddering and complaining like someone walking into an extremely cold lake. I go slowly, backward and mostly screaming. It leads, inexorably, to winter. There can be no forgiveness for it.
Fall goals: to throw out at least a third of our belongings or open the house to visitors as an entertainment centre (Look at all the junk she's got!)
I am going to get up early every morning, go to the gym with the neighbour next door, and then come home and WRITE!!! The house would be condemned if the health department ever caught wind of it so I may as well ignore it some more and write, read, write, read and write. Right?
I will not feel guilty about using commas to suit myself, ordering books from Hampstead House every month, and using my own writing style. With commas.
I will write down everything of interest that I have read recently,
because I get madder than a wet hen when I try to find it again and can't.
I will contain myself while doing research and not get waylaid by interesting stuff in whole centuries before and after.
I will enter some contests and BIAW. I will not enter NaNoWriMo until I know what it stands for. (I have a reputation to uphold. What if it is smutty stuff?!?!)
I will encourage Janet(at fish knife point if necessary)to find some more neat exercises. May even have a go at it myself.
And,I will never mention any of this again, as there isn't a hope in Hell that I will actually accomplish most, if any, of it!

Silver James said...

Hey, Karyn, I'm running WAY late today. Oops.

I'll "friend" you for NaNoWriMo. I'm Silver Norwood there. Don't ask. Another of my infamous long stories, though I keep hoping the time will come when I can change my user name. We'll spur each other on to victory! I love NaNo, btw. get finishing polish done on the newly renamed PROPHECY OF THE BLOOD and get it submitted so I can get to other projects in line to be finished before November 1.

I love Autumn...warm days, cool nights, a new vigor and energy. I do some of my best writing in the fall.

Oh..another comment to blogs in a timely manner. :D

Karyn Good said...

Hey, Connie. I'll arm wrestle you for him!

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month or (insert some clever witty smutty alternative, which is entirely beyond me at this point in time).

Those are great goals, Connie. When you're done culling at your house maybe you can come to mine!

The exercises Janet posted were very helpful weren't they, but you're right we may need to give her time to get settled. I think it would be a great idea for you to post one while that's taking place.

Write, read, write, read. Absolutely right!

Karyn Good said...

Hey, Silver. Everyone's allowed to run behind, says she who missed Saturday post and begs your forgiveness!

I'm looking forward to my first attempt at NaNoWriMo and would love a 'friend'.

I hope things go smoothly with Prophecy of the Blood so you can move on to those other things. Looking forward to updates!