Editing Woes

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When you do a read-through of your edits from yesterday, for a travel piece you are writing – and you laugh for 5000 years.

“The locals had a quick shat and it was agreed that we needed to go to the farmer’s market across the street…”

Pretty sure that was supposed to be CHAT there Samantha.

Just a Question!

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For the writers out there who are also still working a full time job (other than their writing), how many hours a day do you find to work on your projects? Is it all in one chunk of time, or do you break it up through out the day?

I’m having trouble finding time for my creativity – so any advice would help!

Thanks!

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Jumble Round Up

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After a great start, I now haven’t updated in ages – oops. Life has been a little on the busy side. Lots of The Beau and his Daughter’s 16th birthday celebratory items going on  The birthday prep(s) and executions were big fun, and it’s been so wonderful to be a part of her (their) life. Between being generally busy, visiting the Grandma’s, working on my garden, working at the job, sprinkling in a  few migraines – I have been a bit down for the count.

 

I have been productive in several areas, however.

First off – I started a garden! My Grandma was nice enough to let me use a garden bed at her house that she hadn’t worked in about 3 years. It took me 4-5 hours to get up all the bark and plastic covering, dig it up, turn in new soil & fertilizer and get the new plantings in. This is my first crack at gardening, and because I live in the Pac. N.W,  most of this is an experiment.

 

These are at week 2 after planting. Next week I hope to update with week 4, as it’s grown even more since then. Also, within the next couple of days I’ll upload the pictures of my deck (mostly herb) garden. To the garden at the Grandma’s I hope to add a late planting of potatoes and sweet potatoes (probably way too late, but I still want to try it.)

 

In the writing life, I’ve dug out my Camp NaNo 2012 novel (a historical romance with working title “Coming Home), thinking I was merely going to edit the thing – and have since realized it needs a complete re-write, including the removal of several characters (or merging thereof).

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By the end of June my goal is to have a workable, cohesive outline and plot lines. If at all possible, I’d like a get a jump on the writing of now needed scenes, as I will be on vacation for most of July. If I can get most of the scenes written out, clear out my head in July, then I can edit it all together by (hopefully) the end of August. Anywho, that’s the goal!

 

I cannot wait for July! The 10-17 the Beau and I are driving to Yellowstone to camp for a week! (well, we’re camping for 4 or 5 days out of the week due to driving). I’m so excited! I went to Yellowstone with some family a few years back for a quick trip and fell absolutely in love!

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone took my breath away and made me feel gratitude in God on such a level I cannot even describe.

Also, my Aunt, cousin and I took some fun Wild West Pictures

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(I’m on the right.)

 

This will be The Beau’s first time in Yellowstone  – and after last year’s trip to Glacier, I can’t wait to experience it with him.

3 days after we get back from Yellowstone, we’re headed over the mountains to Lake Chelan, where my family has camped every year for 20 some odd years. This may be the Beau’s Daughter’s first time coming with us – and I’m looking forward to introducing her to the clan.

SOooOOoo, ROLL ON JULY!
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Once I stop feeling like death, I’m also looking forward to pounding the pavement a little more and getting back on track for Camino/long hiking practice. The Beau and I aren’t planning to do our Camnio til 2017, but I need all the practice I can get.

Well, this has been a long post, and thank you for bearing with me.

OH MY GOSH! As I was typing the last bit, a humming bird just flew up to me, and hovered not 3 feet in front of my face, zoomed around my deck garden and left. Less than 30 seconds later it did the same thing – but chirped at me a couple times, went around the balcony and left again.

Clearly it’s asking where the heck the juicy flower and food are. I suppose I need to get a hummingbird feeder!

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Hope everyone is well!

Coming Home

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Today, after a very long time – I finally picked up my pen and began to write again. It was wonderful to open the folder of my very rough first draft and my clutch my red pen, poised to eagerly correct. I’m coming home, I thought. Then, I giggled, feeling very clever, because the working title of my novel is “Coming Home”. Feeling very smart and writerly, I pulled out the first couple pages, trying to remember where I left off over a year ago and went,

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Wow. It was brutal. In two hours I got through two pages and one partial new scene I had left out writing “til later”. I cannot describe the equal parts elation and frustration I felt. Thankfully, I know writing can be a slog – especially edits – and I know I love writing more than anything. I’m just terribly out of practice. Quite frankly, as with most writers, I enjoyed the agony just a little bit!

My goal is to get through a page a day, except for on Sabbath – until I am comfortable doing more. Also I signed up for a free course on Coursera that starts June 20th. The course is called “Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade”. Quite frankly, I believe it to be below my ability level, however it will be a much needed refresher on gramatics and punctuation.Also it will help jump start my writing process and habit.

The goal is  to have at least one book published – or well on it’s way- by the time The Beau and I head out on our Camino (April 2017). Then, after the Camino, I hope to be able to write about my/our experiences as Peregrinos as well. Long story short, like most, I want to be able to live by my pen someday – whatever it takes.

Anywho, stressful or not, it feels wonderful to come home to writing.

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Hope you all have a good night ❤

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