Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Why Is A Raven Like A Writing Desk (an IWSG Post)

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writers Support Group.

For more information and/or a complete list of participants, please click on the above link.

This month's awesome co-hosts are: J.H. Moncrieff, Tonja Drecker, Patsy Collins, and Chrys Fey.

This month's (optional) question asks, "What are five objects we'd find on your desk?"

As this question is infinitely more interesting than my current spate of insecurities, let's take a tour of my desk, shall we? It'll be slightly less terrifying. Probably, anyway. There are knives involved, so it could really go either way.

The desk:

This is my desk, mess and all. I bought it when I moved here, and it's been a very good desk. The only problem is there are far too many places for me to shove random crap. I really need to go through and de-clutter the damn thing one day.

But not today.

Here are five objects one will find on my desk on any given day...

1. Toys

I really love those Funko Pop figurines. Wonder Woman, Buffy Summers, and Ygritte live on my desk, as does Baby Groot, Aragorn, Zoe Washburne, and Battle Cat. And, of course, my pewter pegasus is there at Wonder Woman's side.

2. Books

Is it weird to have copies of your own books on your desk? I feel like it is, but these two are here for reference purposes. Anytime I need to double check what actually ended up in a earlier book, I have them handy. There are some grammar books floating around (such as The Chicago Manual of Style) but they were in the last photo.

3. Notebooks

I may have a slight notebook addiction and, as such, there are roughly 9,000,000 of them in my office. But on my desk one will find my current notebook and the project organization notebook in which I write my weekly To-Do list. That list had spoilers in it (and not just how far behind in everything I am), so it's covered up.

4. Writing utensils

I may have a slight pen addiction and, as such, there are an endless number of pen cups and pencil boxes all over my office (and possibly the house). The two (fine, there are three of them) on my desk are filled with my current favorites and a few odds and ends. That decorated piece of wood in the bottom righthand corner is actually a stake my niece made for me so I can kill any vampires who come to interrupt my writing time. Because my niece is seriously awesome.

5. Weapons

I like sharp, pointy objects. Throwing knives are my current obsession, so the two sets pictured above currently live on my desk. (In the desk pic, they're in their cases beneath the monitor.) I may or may not play with them whenever I'm stuck for ideas. (Please note: if the cat is sleeping in my lap, I play with the slinky instead...)

And that will do it for me today. Possibly the whole damn year, too, given that I've done very little blogging lately outside of goals and IWSG. Should that be the case, I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and end of 2018.

Monday, December 3, 2018

The Last Goals of the Year

At long last, we come to December. I'm not sure how it's December already, and this is terrible news for the goals I set for myself back in January because I am really far behind.

Which brings us to the end-of-the-year push where I attempt to make up as much of the difference as I can.

But first, here's how last month's goals went:

1. Win NaNoWriMo.

If you follow me on social media, you may already know how this turned out. It went a little something like this..

So yeah. I managed a win. I basically dragged myself across the 50,000-word line and called it quits because I am feeling as though the book went in the wrong direction, meaning the plans I've had all along for this story need to be reconsidered and revised. Possibly thrown out entirely and started over. Always a great place to be. But hey, even if I do end up throwing out everything I wrote this month, at least I got a NaNoWriMo win out of it?

2. Don't hide/embarrass myself during this month's book events any more than absolutely necessary.

I'm not actually sure how to judge this goal. I attended two events, made eye contact with a few people, and despite that, still managed to sell a few books. Not a ton of books, but then again, I never sell very many books. So...success?

3. Log at least three miles every day

This one I did. Yay for me not becoming part of my desk chair!

Now for December's goals...

1. Finish writing the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Bad Romance novel

Yeah, that's right. This book still isn't finished. I feel like I'm two completed chapters from the end, but I'm struggling to figure out how to end it. You know, besides happily. One of my critique partners suggested I just kill everyone off—like a Red Wedding kind of thing. Think that means she's sick of this project?

2. Read 11 books.

Yeah, that's right. I'm 11 books away from reaching my 2018 reading goal. According to Goodreads, I need to read multiple books a week for the rest of the year to complete my challenge. That's what happens when you literally don't read anything for two months straight. You know what this's graphic novel time.

3. Walk an insane number of miles that I'll never actually reach because that's how far behind I am in my 2018 mileage goal.

Yeah, that's right. I actually did the math, and in order to make my 2018 mileage goal, I will have to walk a good 15 miles a day, every day, for the entire month. So yeah. That's not going to happen. Still, I will attempt to log as many miles as I can. Or I will sit on my couch and binge watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

That's it for me today. What's on your agenda this month? Is anyone else in a end-of-the-year crunch?

Thanks for stopping by!