Friday, October 29, 2010

Signing Off...

Unbelievable – the end of October and the end of Prairie Chicks Write Romance – where has the time gone? For the past month, as each of us took turns to write about the past and the future, I’ve wanted to send an e-mail with "NNNNNNOOOOOOO!" plastered all over it. But, all things must come to an end and it’s time here on The Prairies to say good-bye.

Over the last year, my love of writing and my desire to write has taken a major hit. Rejection upon rejection wore me down. And I could not see past the disappointment. I wrote less and less even though I was writing a blogpost every day over on Janet’s Journal. Muse up and left, taking EE with her (you know it’s bad when they leave together). I had seriously considered giving up.

But the voices in my head will not relent. Nor will those that support me and continually tell me that I am a writer. Those two factors push me forward – force me to continue to pursue my dream. Even if that dream is just to entertain people. I started an online story simply to write – without the worry of submission, agents, publication. The response has renewed my creativity, given me back some of the confidence rejections had stripped from me. And Muse and EE have returned (they are still hunkered down in a corner, but at least they are present).

I am seriously considering signing up for NaNoWriMo. This is brand new territory for me; I am a NaNo Virgin. I figure the premise of just writing, getting all those thoughts, plots and voices down on paper is exactly what I need to get back to the way I write. I’m hoping that the excitement will lure Muse back onto my shoulder, whispering ideas in my ear. NaNo might be the major jumpstart I need to get back to serious writing, serious goals – put to rest the need to follow the rules or someone else’s idea of the writing process.

Whatever you are meant to do, move toward it and it will come to you. ~ Gloria Dunn

My future? I will write! And continue to chronicle my trials and tribulations – and a bunch of other stuff (running, reading, East Coast photos) – on my personal blog: Janet’s Journal. And I will pursue my dream:

There are some people who live in a dream world, and then there are those who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into another. ~ Douglas Everett

May all your dreams become reality – Happy Writing, People of Blogland.



DebH said...

See you around, Prairie Chicks! I'm so glad to know where I can find y'all on the Web. I look forward to seeing what happens with each of you in the future. You all contributed great stuff here on the Prairies and I really appreciate the work that went into it. I've learned much during this blog's run.

Janet, I really appreciate your candor about your struggles with writing and dealing with rejection. I think I'm a lot like you in that department. I'm glad you've been rejuvinated with the positive feedback on Mickey. (which I've REALLY enjoyed).

Again, thanks to all the chicks. You did a great job here and I'm glad you're leaving it up so we can return to refresh our brains on some of the awesome ideas you blogged here.

It's not a final goodbye (since we can find you other places) just a "See ya later!"

Janet said...

First - Happy Birthday, Deb! I hope you have an awesome day - followed by an awesome weekend (I go by the theory that if you're birthday lands on a Friday, the whole weekend is yours for celebrating :)

So glad you've enjoyed the articles here on The Prairies! And we're so happy you followed us on our journey. I think leaving the articles up for future reference will benefit many - including myself, as I'll come back and reread.

Thank you for the kind words - both on my less than enthusiastic response to writing over the last couple of months (another reason I felt unable to blog - I really didn't think anyone would want the 'doom and gloom'). I see know that that was all part of my journey and there's many who go through the stage of despair (more than once or twice, too). And thank you for reading Mickey Spencer - so glad you enjoyed it!

Good luck on your navigation in this crazy world of writing, Deb. We'll see you around blogland :)

Joanne Brothwell said...

Wonderul post, Janet.
It is hard to see the blog go, isn't it?

I'm happy to hear you are getting back to writing. I am too, am 8,000 words into the next one, and I'm not looking back. It feels great to just write again.

All the best! I'll see ya around the blogosphere!

Janet said...

Joanne - it does feel great to just write again. Amazing how easily one can move away from that feeling, that excitement of writing a story. That's what writing should be - exciting! Getting caught up in the authorial side can drain you of that energy. So glad to hear you're back at it :)

Dream. Move toward it. Reality.

Silver James said...

Whatever you are meant to do, move toward it and it will come to you. ~ Gloria Dunn

YES! Do this. Especially now, considering the announcement over on your Journal! I, too, will miss the Chicks. I am honored to be an Honorary Chick and I'm glad to know where to find all of you in the webverse. Live your dreams until they come true!

I won't say goodbye, instead I'll leave a light shining in the window and say instead, "Fare well, friends."


Helena said...

Thank you for putting so much of yourself into Prairie Chicks, Janet. You and the other founders were always such beacons of light and wisdom for me when I became part of the chicken coop.

Yeah, it already feels a little empty, but I think we have a lot to be proud of in our little run at blogging about writing.

I am also trying to decide whether to do NaNoWriMo (as I said in my final blog). Last year was such a positive experience -- once I got past the crashed computer on the very first day! It was very liberating just to WRITE. And not to worry about how it sounded, whether scenes were in order, whether the characters really belonged, etc. etc. Just write. So it's very tempting to do it again, and let my re-write languish. I'm sure you will let us know over at your Journal, and I will be there.

Just got back from SiWC -- another great experience. I'll be letting you know all about it in the near future.

So long for now, Janet, and Prairie Chicks. It's been a blast!

Janet said...

A light shining in the window - I like this, Silver.

And it has been great getting to know you here on The Prairies - wow, there have been some great discussions!

I love that quote - it's my new favorite. And I plan on following it every day - because if I can't make my dreams a reality, no one else can!

Farewell, Friend :)

Janet said...

I can't wait to hear all about your conference experience this year, Helena (hint - if I'm on MSN, we could chat).

I'll miss most those Chicks who aren't blogging regularly (hint - get your blog up and running so I can keep up to date with what's happening with you). And I will miss The Prairies - I, too, am very proud of what we all accomplished here. Never say never, we might be back in some form in the next little bit.

Happy Writing, Helena - and I hope to see you soon (either out here, or when I come home in the spring - another hint :)

Jana Richards said...

Hi Janet,
I'm glad you're getting back some of your enthusiasm for writing. Writing is work, but it should be exciting and fun. It should feel like what we're meant to do.

I'd love to do NaNo but I'm busy with the day job. Also, we're going to be away for a few days visiting our oldest daughter in Toronto, which will be fun. And I'm sure I'll also have a bunch of editing to do on my latest work when you get through with it!

But I think you should enter NaNo. Just write and don't stop to edit. Don't even think about it. Tell EE to take a hike!

Hey, are you going to be around for the spring retreat next year? That would be awesome!


Janet said...

Jana - I'm almost finished with your manuscript. Look for it soon :)

I like the idea of just writing - so NaNo would be perfect. But, like you, I have that pesky day job. Such is life, eh?

Have a great time in TO visiting your daughter. And I'll be MSNing you soon!

Janet said...

Oops, forgot to mention the spring retreat - would love to come, but am no longer a member. There might be a problem. I'm planning on being out west in May - I want to run the Saskatoon half marathon. Hopefully, I'll get to see you (maybe a stopover in W'peg is necessary?)

Anita Mae Draper said...

Thanks for reminding me about Deb's birthday, Janet. It also kicked in that I needed to check the comments on my Thurs post.

It sounds like you're really enjoying the east coast, Janet. And that you're rejuvenated in your writing. That's even better.

Would be great to see you in May. Especially to cheer you on. We shall see, my dear, we shall see.

Train hard, but not too hard. :)


Jana Richards said...

Hi Janet,
I'm not even sure when the spring retreat is next year. I hope it's in May. I'm sure we could make an exception for you, member or not. And if you need to stop in Winnipeg, that's great.

Good luck with the marathon. You're turning into quite the runner! Congratulations!


Faith said...

I've often thought about Nano, but never have the extra time. However, I did crank out a full 88K novel in one month before, so I guess that would count as the same thing, lol.

Janet said...

Thanks for stopping by, Anita. Yes, Deb mentioned her birthday in the comments on your post, but she had also commented on our post announcing the end date (way back at the beginning of October) that we would be ending on her birthday. What can I say - sometimes the memory's really good (and other times, dismal).

Take care, Anita :)

Janet said...

Hey, Jana - I have to find out from Molli when the retreat is - then look for seat sales around that time. I'll have to check with the Chief Organizer and see if she's going to let me come for a weekend of writing and fun!!

Janet said...

88K Novel in a month? Holy cow, Faith. Talk about putting the pedal to the metal! NaNo, if you sign up for it, would be a piece of cake.

If you do sign up, good luck. And thanks for stopping by on this our last day on The Prairies.

Faith said...

I wrote that book when I had a camper office, so I was out of the house, away from the kids for four or so hours at a time. It's amazing how much one can accomplish without "mom, mom, mom, mom..." LOL!