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The first

I finished the first draft of a new short story last night. I feel too blah about it to read it yet, but I am sure it’s not as bad as I imagine it to be (after all, the last time I felt blergh about a story it placed 3rd in the Ergo Fiction Search Term Challenge, and found a place in Tales for Canterbury. Feeling this way is not an indicator of worth of the story, but that’s probably a whole other blog post).

It got me thinking, though, and after doing some math this morning I realize that it’s the first story I have started and completed since the earthquake hit, back in Feb.

Which isn’t to say I’ve been doing nothing. I’ve worked my ass off in those three months on the anthology, I just hadn’t realized how much of a backseat my own writing had taken until now. One short story, and like, 4 scenes on the novella. In three months. I think I produced more after the birth of my third child πŸ˜‰

In any event. This one is done, and I am hoping that by passing this milestone I’ve signaled to my brain that I am back on board and ready to work. So many writers around me are gearing up for SoCNoC over at Kiwi Writer’s, and I’m finding myself…envious, you could say. I want to work on something new, too! But I have to finish this novella first. I’m hoping to get the rest of this version finished by the end of June so it can get back to some readers for feedback, because my end game goal is to be finished with the submitting of the MS before the end of the year so that I can either self pub it, or whatever. I have SO many ideas lined up that need to be written, I just need to get back in the habit. Take some deep breaths, and focus.

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9 thoughts on “The first”

  1. Following the Feb22 Christchurch Earthquake I have found it hard to complete much writing as well – once the stories did start coming back, I took it as a great sign that I was healing, and life and creativity were starting to return back to normal. And now exams preclude me from getting too much of my creative work done. It sure is frustrating!

    1. Hi Joel πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I think a lot of people struggled with their creativity after the Earthquake – I’m thinking the same as you. Things are starting to go back to normal. I also understand that life is frustrating! There always seems to be something cropping up πŸ˜‰ Good luck with your exams!

  2. Good on you for getting back into the swing. Getting that creativity out into something takes so much more than just sitting down to type out the words.
    And double good on you for finishing a story! The work and the process is something, but the end… well, that’s a thing of magnificence! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you. Yes indeed, it is a thing of magnificence! It’s only after ‘the end’ that the real work begins, in some senses πŸ˜‰ This story is going to need a fair bit of work.

  3. -hugs- Congrats! Bet it feels wonderful to close the book on the first draft of that short story. You deserve it. You’ve had a very, very busy few months and I don’t know how you do it. -applauds-

    1. hehe, thanks Sadie. You’re like my personal cheering squad! It has been a busy few months, nice to get back to my own writing now πŸ™‚

  4. When the very earth you walk upon betrays you, you do have to take a bit of time and re-align your expectations as well as your sense of reality. What is real? What is dependable? How can I protect and provide for my loved ones? Heavy stuff. Some muses never come out of hiding after events like these. Yours is pretty darn resilient–and since she is part of you, (and since the other part of you is doing the butt-in-chair bit) you should feel pretty darn good about her and about yourself. Attagirl! :)TX

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