Yesterday, I bought some writing stuff. (I get to write off the writing stuff on my taxes next year, which I think is kind of cool, since it’s technically a business for me.) I bought Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” workbook, a blank journal, and good ol’ Strunk & White. I love new notebooks. They are empty, but still full of the potential and promise of wonderful things. For that reason, they also overwhelm me. What if Idon’t write something amazing in there? What if I don’t fill it up? (I never fill them up…)
I have been listening to a podcast that I love and recommend to writers. “I Should Be Writing” has really helped motivate me to get back to writing and try to make a go of it. I like it because Mur, the hostess, has a great attitude about writing. She doesn’t proclaim to be the best, an expert, or to even know what she’s talking about. A testament to her podcasting skillz is that she is a sci-fi/fantasy writer and I’m not but I still get a lot out of her podcast.
I’ve decided that I might have a novel in me. I meet people all the time, and been in classes with people, who are sooo confident they have the next great American novel in them – and they really don’t. But I have a story that I’ve been kicking around for a while. If you’ve ever been in a writing class with me, you won’t be surprised to know that it’s based on a Tori Amos song. I haven’t finished the short story I’m writing yet, but when I do, I think it might be time to start my own novel. I will keep you posted when I do.
This hundred words thing has kind of been working out well. It makes me think of my deal with myself at the gym. I only have to do 20 minutes on the days I don’t feel like working out. Just go, get on the treadmill and do 20 minutes. I’ve never yet stopped after 20 minutes, I always do an hour. So like writing here, if I just have to do 100 words, it’s easy to do 300.
Also, I’ve just finished a book. It’s called “Firethorn.” Now, I have to say I just picked it up at the library because it had a nice cover. A guy I used to be friends with always said that those companies who publish books do a lot of research on what *I’d* like and so he doesn’t feel bad about buying books based on the covers. The book is a fantasy/romance novel. It turned out to be not my cup of tea. My feeling is that this book had plenty going on but it was all monotone. Even the sex (and there was plenty of that, too) was one note. I didn’t love it. I did finish it, though. BUT…it also turns out that it is a trilogy.
Do I read the others? I haven’t decided.