Monday, March 2, 2015

The Promise of Progress

During my last post, things were in motion, and I was gearing up for a move from one end of the east coast to the other.

Then Wednesday happened.

On Wednesday, it appeared as though everything was on the verge of falling apart on both ends of our move. Our buyers weren't buying and our sellers weren't selling. I, of course, dealt with it with my trademark rationality and maturity, and woke up on Thursday morning resigned to the knowledge that not only we were starting over at Square One, but that I was also going to have to go back to The Store and ask for my job back.

But then...we didn't.

I'm still not quite sure how it happened, but deals on both sides were pulled from the fire and beaten with a blanket until the flames had been extinguished, and now things are (PLEASE DON'T LET ME BE TEMPTING FATE) back on track.

The last day for our buyer to back out is Wednesday, which means between now and then, I shall look like this:



In order to help distract me, I am starting work on Part Three of Second Nature. That's right—I said Part Three. That's not a typo, either. Some time Friday morning, I managed to eek out those last two scenes that I told you about last time. Yesterday, I briefly considered adding a new scene to Part Two, but have tabled that idea for the moment, leaving me free to tinker with Part Three.

I know how it starts, and I have an idea of the Big Events leading up to the end. I just...I haven't quite figured out the middle. It's just a hazy thought bubble at the moment. I'm hoping that if I start writing from the beginning (of Part Three) that the characters and I will discover what's going to happen together.

Or, we'll just stare at each other all day until I give up and go pack something. Mindless manual labor is often good for the story process. (That's one of the reasons why I was at The Store so long. Well, that and my OCD, control freak tendencies)

And I know I said in my last post, I would be taking a writing hiatus after the completion of Part Two, but I really need a distraction. I think the hiatus can wait.

On that note, I'm out of here. Hope all y'all (my Florida realtor is teaching me to speak southern) are having a great Monday. Thanks for stopping by!



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  1. Hope both ends of the deal go through! Cool you got those two scenes done and are starting on book three.

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    1. I really hope so too. I'm not a nice enough person to go through all of this again. =)

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  2. Hope everything works out with the house deals. And that's beyond awesome that you finished Part Two!! If you're feeling the inspiration, I say run with it. Forget the hiatus!

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    1. That's what I was thinking, too. I was all jazzed up when I finished Part Two, that I just automatically went on to Part Three. Gotta ride that wave of creativity whenever it shows up, right?

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  3. I've lived in FL for about twenty years now, and I still don't say "y'all." I do say "you all" but that's about as close as I get. :)

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    1. What's funny (or potentially funny) is that I say "y'all" now. But I think my realtor may be concerned about my ability to fit in in my new town.

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  4. Sounds like life has been bumpy for sure. Yes. Writing is a great distraction.

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    1. Yeah, I just don't do particularly well when life is in flux. I like have a concrete path to follow so I can make plans. When things are up in the air too long, I get nervous. And possibly cranky.

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  5. Will keep my fingers crossed for you! Hope part three of Second Nature ends up being a good distraction for you in the meantime... :)

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    1. I hope so, too. I'll probably end up torturing them even more than I would normally. Because I'm rational like that...

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  6. I hope everything works out! And good luck with Part 3! :)

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  7. Hold on until Wednesday. Stress usually stops me from writing rather than driving me to it. Do they speak like that in Florida.

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    1. Stress often stifles my writing, too, so I might not get too much accomplished, but I can always pretend the opposite is happening.

      And I don't know about the general Florida population, but my realtor does talk like that. :)

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  8. We're in the middle of a cross country move and there are days I'm ready to toss it all and live under the radar. I'm glad your fires were put out and I hope that everything goes smoothly until you are in your new home! I need a writing distraction, too, but I'm too stressed out and, since I'm querying, I don't want to add to all the house selling stress with query rejections. Blah.

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    1. Well, I've only written about 50 words today. Fortunately, I'm not in a position to worry about querying. I wouldn't want to add to the moving stress, either.

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  9. I have my fingers crossed that all goes as planned. Good job on all the progress with your writing! Don't go back to the store! :) All the best.

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    1. I didn't go back to The Store. At least not yet...

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  10. PHEW!
    Glad its calmed down.
    Writing breakthroughs! I'm so glad you are having them!
    No breaks!
    Keep going!

    Heather

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    1. I do like writing breakthroughs. That's drama I can handle. But just barely...

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  11. So many upsets and worries. I think I'd be packing just to push fate along a positive vibe. Good Luck MJ.

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    1. I did work on packing some things this afternoon. Now my office looks like a tornado went through it, but I packed a few things.

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  12. Oh wow. Well, I hope there are no more back-outs. Go have fun with writing and discovering your story :)

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    1. I sincerely hope there aren't either. Both my significant other and our selling realtor think there won't, but I still have to worry. It's just in my DNA.

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  13. Great work on finished part two. Physical labor helps me work through stories too. The house only gets cleaned around here when I'm stuck on a story. Have a good week!

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    1. That's about the only time when I do housework, too. :)

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  14. Oh my goodness!! Good luck with all y'all got going on there!

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  15. Should I hold off on w00ting until Wednesday?

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    1. Personally, I'm holding off until Thursday.

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  16. Writing is a great distraction. So is reading, but you got all those books boxed up, so keep writing!

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    1. I had to borrow Harry Potter books because I really wanted to read them, but mine are all packed. The only books I haven't packed yet are my college lit books, and a bunch about weapons.

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  17. There's something about the house buying process that lends itself to these small catastrophes. There's always a point where one party is going to back out. And then it's smooth sailing afterwards.

    Good luck with Part 3. You need a good distraction.

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    1. It's been a while since I've gone through the house buying process, so I forgot how stressful it can be. I've never done the house selling thing before, and I kind of hope I don't have to do it again for a very, very long time.

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  18. Really hope the move goes smoothly for you - I'll be keeping my fingers crossed! Good luck with Part 3 - sometimes writing is the best distraction :)

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  19. Good luck with the move and with getting started on Part 3.

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  20. Sending good vibes on the houses, the not-going-back-to-The-Store and the new section of the book!

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  21. Gah, and I thought roommate issues were stressful, I couldn't imagine the stress of house hunting/selling! I with you luck!

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  22. Here it is, Wednesday! I hope your backers never backed out and you'll be on your way to the beach. Glad you got those scenes hammered out. Yay for part 3!

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  23. Well, you messed up that Southern closure. You said (translated) "Hope all you all..." Come on; you can do better than that. :P

    I hope things go through on both ends.

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  24. I hope everything goes smoothly from now on. I've only ever bought a house with nothing to sell. That joy still awaits me at some time in the future. Awesome news that the writing is going well - and serving as a well-deserved distraction :-)

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  25. Moving, especially when the buying and selling of houses is involved, has GOT to the one of the most stressful things on earth. Hugs and here's the Maalox.

    Re: part III... Have you ever tried plotting backwards? Start with the end and moved back scene by scene from there. It helps you stay on track with the linear cause and effect stuff and avoids bunny trails.

    IWSG #142 until Alex culls the list again.

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  26. Today's Wednesday, so I'm hoping all went as it was supposed to. I absolute hate buying/selling houses. I want to never ever have to do it again. That won't happen, but a girl can dream.

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  27. Praying and hoping for everything to go the best way!

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