Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Always Look On The Bright Side of Life (an IWSG Post)

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

(I'm assuming that anyone coming to this blog is well-versed in the IWSG by now, but if you're new, please click on the above link for more information and/or a complete list of participants...)

This month's awesome co-hosts are...Tonja Drecker, Beverly Stowe McClure, Nicki Elson, and Tyrean Martinson!

This month's (optional) question asks, "How would you describe your future writer self, your life, and what it looks and feels like if you were living the dream? Or if you are already there, what does it look and feel like? What would you change or improve?"

I'm going to kind of answer this question, but kind of not, and then I'm probably going to ramble for a little while because I'm me and that's what I do.

I've spent most of the year in a pretty deep funk from which I have not yet managed to escape.

Which means that me living the author dream these days is pretty much me wanting to pull an Emily Dickinson or a JD Salinger-type thing and move to an isolated cottage on an island off the coast of Maine where I would live with a pack of Irish Wolfhounds with whom I would take long, moody walks along the shore and never publish another book ever again.

(See: funk)

But as I am incredibly lazy, I probably won't do that. At this point, I wonder if I can find my way out of the funk, but as the options are I either will or won't, I don't really need to talk about it. Instead, I am going to focus on what I did manage to accomplish this year. It's not a very long list, but that's okay.

—I finished the Terrible Romance Novel and sent it out to three beta readers, one of which was my brilliant and lovely goddaughter because she begged to be allowed to read it first, and there is nothing I wouldn't do for her. Including writing and finishing a terrible romance novel. Well, she loved it and sent me the sweetest, funniest text messages about the story while reading the story. Which means, even if I don't do anything else with this project, it was well worth the effort. I love that kid. Even if she now wants me to write a sequel.

—I participated in and won NaNoWriMo this year. I crossed the finish line a whopping five days early and barely dragged myself over it before succumbing to the flu, but I still managed a win. Sure, I didn't accomplish what I had hoped to accomplish with this particular WIP at the start of November, and sure, my characters spent an inordinate amount of time talking about goats for some reason, and sure, most of those 50,000 words will likely end up in the deleted scene file before long, but it's cool. A couple of interesting scenes came out of it, with some interesting and unexpected character interactions, which will perhaps beget other interesting scenes/character interactions sometime in the near future. And maybe goats will turn out to be super vital. I doubt it, but it could happen.

—My brother who always has done a much better job of promoting my work than I ever will (again, see: funk, and general awkwardness), recommended my fantasy series, The Coileáin Chronicles, to a co-worker of his who not only read them but liked them enough to actually be interested in reading the third book in the series. She's not the only one, either. There's, like, three people (none of whom are related to me) who want to read it. And while that feels like a lot of pressure (again, see: funk and general awkwardness), I really do appreciate their interest. Those are not short books, and I am grateful for anyone willing and able to make the time commitment to reading them.

—I somehow ended up running four separate writers groups in my area. (Yeah. Four. I don't know how it happened, either.) And even though I run these groups (meaning weird, ramble-y, ultra-awkward and funk-prone me spends a fair amount of time standing front of people and talking out loud to them about various things), people keep showing up for the meetings. (Yeah. I don't understand it, either.) So I am celebrating the fact that I haven't (yet, anyway) killed the groups.

And on that note, that's gonna do it for me today.

What are you celebrating this year?

As this will likely be my last post for 2019, let me take this opportunity to say Happy Holidays, everyone. Whatever you choose to celebrate, I hope it's a good one.

See y'all next year!