A little break from me

WIP update:
• Did not hit 30k words this weekend. -_-
• Did finish writing Chapter 7 though! ^_^
• Am considering upping my weekday quota to 1k words each, and my Sat/Sun quota to 2k words each. o_O

This weekend was beautiful, despite my allergies and the gnarly headache I got on Sunday. Andy and I played 9 holes of golf, checked out the iPad, and ate at a new restaurant downtown. For the record, yes, the iPad is very cool. Andy is even thinking about getting one. Personally I’d prefer the Verizon iPhone rumors to be true, buuuut I’m not gonna hold my breath.

Other than that, I just did the usual: read, write, sleep, play with Riley, and eat too much (particularly of the chocolate variety).

My life is fascinating, isn’t it?

Oh, it’s not? Well… okay then. Maybe you’d like a little break from me. Maybe you’d like a glimpse into someone else’s life? Maybe you’d like me to blog about something other than myself for once?


This week I’ll be posting a 2-part interview with blog-friend and fantasy author Todd Newton. His book The Ninth Avatar has just been released by Trapdoor Books, and he kindly took the time to tell us a bit about the book and its (unique) journey to publication. He also has some great thoughts on writing, and pictures of his 2 adorable pups.

Sound good? Great! Then stay tuned.

In the meantime, I’ll be at the driving range working on my swing. ^_~

15 responses to “A little break from me”

  1. Sonja Avatar

    I can’t imagine having a blog about my writing, particularly *while* I am writing something book length. Your life is consumed by it, but it’s not at all exciting when you can’t discuss the specifics. So I applaud your continued efforts! Writing about other writers at this point seems like the way to go. :)
    .-= • Recent post by Sonja: In which my feelings about the dentist speak volumes about my feelings about my life =-.

  2. Kristan Avatar

    “Your life is consumed by it…”

    You hit that right on the head. For me, life is cool that way; for others, I know it can get boring. I don’t know that I’m *consciously* trying to “spice things up” on the blog as a result… but I wanted to showcase Todd’s book since he’s a blog-friend, so the timing worked out to offer respite from my monotonous first drafting, hahaha.

    I think you’re right, though. Specifics — in some areas — would help illuminate what I’m going through in a more interesting way than just the word count. I’ll have to think up some posts on that.

  3. Rachele Alpine Avatar

    Ohhhh…please let the Verizon iPhone rumors be true. I went crazy when I heard that the other day. It would be so great!

  4. Les Avatar

    You’re making me wanna go golfing woman.

  5. Jon Avatar

    Ugh, I hate ATT so much! If there is a Verizon iPhone, I may have to ditch my Blackberry too and buy one.
    .-= • Recent post by Jon: Waking Sleeping Beauty and Creativity =-.

  6. Sarah Avatar

    I enjoy hearing about your word count…and your other thoughts too. Saw this quote today:

    “She must find a boat and sail in it. No guarantee of shore. Only a conviction that what she wanted could exist, if she dared to find it.” — Jeanette Winterson (Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit)
    .-= • Recent post by Sarah: Solstice and Seasons =-.

  7. Trisha Avatar

    Understand I come from another generation, but I have a question. If an up and coming young writer didn’t keep up a blog, would that allow them more time and potentially more inspiration to write? For example, I just don’t get Twitter. No one, and I mean no one, is THAT interesting in their daily life. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy some social media. I lurk about on Facebook and check out what friends are up to or exchange little snippets. But, if a writer didn’t spend some portion of their day devoting their brainspace to deciding and writing in their blog, wouldn’t that allow them more time to focus their writing efforts?

  8. Kristan Avatar

    Rachele and Jon-
    Let’s all cross our fingers and our toes and our elbows and do a Verizon iPhone dance!

    If your wrists are hurting you as bad as you say, I don’t advise it. As it is, I have to be careful just with the combination of golf and typing. :(

    Precisely. Must remember that: CONVICTION. Sigh.

    Another generation or not, that’s a very good point. Something I’ve been struggling with myself. “They” say in this day and age that a writer needs a “platform” and needs to know what’s going on in the industry and all that, but like you said, doesn’t all that detract from the actual WRITING? I keep thinking I have achieved balance, but I’m not sure the evidence supports me. I think I could be doing better. So yeah… pondering that.

  9. Rebecca @ Diary of a Virgin Novelist Avatar

    That’s great you are feeling good with your word counts and want to up the ante…I just suggest treading carefully. Remember when I upped my word county from 1k/day to 2k? I completely stopped writing! Now, I know that was me not you…but doubling your word count is a massive undertaking. Maybe start with 750 instead of 1000?

    Alright, shutting my pie hole now….
    .-= • Recent post by Rebecca @ Diary of a Virgin Novelist: Learning to write a novel =-.

  10. Kristan Avatar

    LOL no no, it’s a good caution. In fact I wrote almost nothing yesterday. Granted, I’m not sure it’s because of the pressure (though that doesn’t help) but rather some other problems I’m facing with the WIP. Still… point taken. :P

  11. Dara Avatar

    Just write what you can, whether that’s 500 words or 2000. :) I know it’s easier said than done though–the only reason I’ve been typing my story like a mad woman is because of Fast Draft. That and the agent contacting me…gave me lots of motivation, even if what I’m writing now is utter crap and will need to be edited extensively.

    Just do what you can! :) And don’t beat yourself up over not hitting a certain amount each day. Each word/sentence/paragraph etc. is more than you had before!
    .-= • Recent post by Dara: Fast Draft: Day 2 =-.

  12. Kristan Avatar

    Good advice. To that end, I think I might make my quotas a range — like 500 TO 1000 words, and 1000 TO 2000 words, instead of a strict minimum.

    Also, I read up a bit on Fast Draft. YOU ARE INSANE, WOMAN! In the BEST possible way, hehehe. I might have to try that someday…

  13. Margot Avatar

    Will never get sick of you!!!
    .-= • Recent post by Margot: Heads Up =-.

  14. Emily Jane Avatar

    This week’s been sucky for allergies here too!
    .-= • Recent post by Emily Jane: 80s Time Traps, McCartney & Gaga, and Weapon-Wielding Monarchs: April = AWESOME =-.

  15. Meghan Ward Avatar

    I am so getting an iPad! As soon as the 3G comes out. And Trisha – I have a guest blogger who is going to blog about exactly that in a few days. I think it’s something we all struggle with – how much to blog, how much to write, how to fit it all in, etc. I know for me it’s tough to tell whether blogging is really useful or just a distraction from writing.