Footloose and Fancy-free Friday 5/6 — May 6, 2011

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday 5/6

It’s Friday.  And it feels like it should be a Friday much later in the month for some reason.  Let’s just say it’s been a long week and not all of it pleasant.

I haven’t done much by way of writing at all this week.  Mostly I’m still feeling very uninspired in a lot of ways when it comes to all the projects floating around inside my brain.  Combining poetry collections, books to revise, WiPs, books in development and planned sequels should I be so lucky, I have 19 projects in queue.

Very overwhelming most times.

Today is something to do with public gardens and celebrating their existence.  There’s a coupon at Better Homes and Gardens that will get you into a local garden free.  (Many to choose from country-wide.)  I’m considering it.

But then there’s also a new movie out today that I really want to see.  We’re talking major want.  I’ve been looking forward to this one for who knows how long.  So there’s my dilemma for the day.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday 4/22 — April 22, 2011

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday 4/22

Wow.  What a week.  To quote an aunt of mine, “When one door closes another one opens, but the hallway is h-e-double-hockey-sticks.”

I’m just hoping that a bunch of us aren’t stuck in that hallway for long.

You see, my internship came to an abrupt end this week when the magazine closed for business.  I was not in the office when the announcement was made.  My boss called me on the phone to tell me what happened and that if I had anything left at my desk there’d be people there all day boxing stuff up so I could go get it.

Um, yeah.  Needless to say, life kind of took an unexpected turn this week.

But it’s now Easter weekend and so yeah.  Happy Easter to those who celebrate, and happy weekend to everyone regardless of religious affiliation.

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday 4/15 — April 15, 2011

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday 4/15

I know I said I was on blog hiatus until further notice.  But I am realizing that I have too much come to rely on blogging and the connection to the writing world it brings me to do that.  (For very long, at least.)

It’s Friday.  I have a long list of things to do today.  But what do I want to do instead of all the things I should be doing?

I want to read and write.  I won a grab-bag of ARCs (plus a copy of Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen) from a Twitter contest the other day.  Those arrived this week and they’re so shiny sitting there on my counter right now.  I will read them.  This weekend perhaps.  Stay tuned.  (Also, I may be reinstating the Author’s Bookshelf section of this blog.  Still debating that one.)

I’m more than halfway through my internship at the magazine.  I’ve been looking for a job to fill the space that my internship’s end will leave.  Trying to find a job that I can use those skills gained at the magazine for is proving rather a challenge.  Prayers are appreciated as I need this to come together rather quickly.

On that note, I feel I should clarify.  Well, not really clarify so much as explain.  I have decided to no longer pursue any further schooling for the time being.  It’s really time for me to be moving on.  I am at great risk of becoming a forever-student.  You know the type, always pursuing some sort of degree, racking up more debt or starving themselves in order to pay for everything.  I can totally sympathize with them.  I know what the real draw is in that.  (Aside from the wanting to learn more part.)

Someday I may decide to pursue a doctorate in English.  We shall see.  It’s hard to know.  For now, I’m just trying to work up the courage to call the two literary agencies I sent my resume to.  I know following up is the protocol to follow, but it doesn’t make it any easier for me to do.  I love being social, I love talking to people, but opening the door for major rejection like that over the phone is just something that never gets easier.

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday 4/1 — April 1, 2011

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday 4/1

I feel myself sinking toward a low point in my emotional and mental states.  In some ways history is beginning to repeat itself.  The lows I went through then I don’t want to re-experience.  But they’re coming.  It’s as though I’m standing on the top of a building, watching a tornado sweep toward me.  The building is swaying, ready to tip me over the railing, despite the white knuckle grip with which I embrace that pole.

I’m also feeling rather directionless in my writing.  I may look like the queen of multi-tasking, with so many projects that I talk about in my WiP Wednesday updates, but the truth is far from it.  I cling to these snippets of stories, but none grab me enough that I feel motivated to see them through to the end.  The truth is that many of these projects I’ll lose interest in within a week or two.  Then I’ll float along looking for the next idea to consume me.  That’s what I’m looking for right now.

When I began Oracles Promise it was exciting to me.  I enjoyed creating the world, mythology, history, characters, all of it.  I enjoyed writing it, even though it took 8 years and shelving it two or three times to get that first draft to “The End.”

When I struck on the idea for When the Star Fell it was the same way.  I couldn’t get my ideas down fast enough.  I stuck through to “The End” and have revised it a handful of times.  I’m looking forward to revising it again.

I don’t feel that way about anything in my writing any more.  Not that rush of first ideas, the characters popping through my head, showing me snippets of their story.

Yes, friends, I’m sinking rapidly to a low point and I am grabbing at anything to halt the movement.

Footloose and Fancy-Free Friday 3/25 — March 25, 2011

Footloose and Fancy-Free Friday 3/25

“How much of human life is lost in waiting?”

That is a quote from the fourth (and absolutely unnecessary) Indiana Jones movie.  And it’s so applicable.

Everything in life comes down to choices.  Same in our writing.

I grew up in Utah.  That’s no secret.  From 4th grade through graduation with my master’s degree I lived and breathed Utah.  I was comfortable there.

I had it in my head that I was one person.  I was the person who could go to a function and feel alone inside that room teeming with people.  I had my place where I belonged and I thought I was okay with that.

Then I moved to another state.  And for the last seven months, I’ve been making choices.  Many were choices to be that person I thought I was.

Then I made a choice.  I decided I was tired of going places and only socializing with those people who knew me as this person.

I’ve made that choice in subtle ways over the last few months.  Grudgingly, at times, but I’ve made it.

And you know what?  I like the person I’ve decided to be.  And this subtle choice has led to wonderful opportunities in my life, both opportunities that have been fulfilled and opportunities looming on the horizon.

At what point will your characters decide they’re not the person they think they are on page 1?  Because that’s the moment that their arc and their story come to life.  That’s the moment that your readers turn those pages as fast as they can because they want desperately to see that character reach all that potential and get all those opportunities that this decision brings.

I for one can’t wait for tomorrow (figuratively) to see what the new me accomplishes.

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday 3/11 — March 11, 2011

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday 3/11

I always do this to myself: a tragedy happens and I glue myself to the television.  It’s not healthy, but it’s what happens.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this earthquake and tsunami.

It’s the weekend, finally.  I needed it to be the weekend so much.  Maybe I’ll actually be able to work some on When the Star Fell.  You know, when I’m not busy living my life and working on other projects that demand attention.

I face a dilemma, now, too.  I feel like I need to separate my networking professional persona from my personal Facebook.  The plan would be to create a page for myself where I can network and such, and leave my main profile for very close friends and family.  Meaning most likely you would only remain a friend on Facebook if a) we’re related, b) we’ve met in real life,  or c) I have a very good personal reason for keeping you as a friend on my profile.  But how to tell everyone?  I mean, it could come off as awfully rude if I’m not careful.  But I also don’t want to cull my profile’s friend’s list without any explanation.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday 3/4 — March 4, 2011

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday 3/4

Have I really been running this feature for a year?  When I typed the title into my box, Blogger wanted to auto-fill 3/5 as the date.  I guess it’s possible as I’ve had this blog for over 2 years now.  (Official birthday was back in October, but I didn’t start posting regularly until the following June, making a secondary 2-year birthday coming up in a couple of months.)

I compiled my list of agents to query, complete with a spreadsheet to track how and when to query each.  I’ve still got to fine-tune my query and write a single-page synopsis, two-page synopsis, and maybe a three-pager.  None of the agents on my list require synopses longer than that.  Whew. *wipes brow*

That will be the task for the weekend.

I’m working on a post about pitching/querying.  Hopefully Tuesday.  Also, I promise to be more regular in my blogging and social networking activities from now on.  Though you may not hear from me until the evening on days that I’m at the office for my internship.

Happy weekend, everyone.

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday 1/14 — January 14, 2011

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday 1/14

It’s Friday! Woohoo!

My weekend is looking like a mixed bag.  I have a lot to do but not all of it is burdensome.

First up will be homework because I need to get it done so I can enjoy my weekend with a guilt-free conscience.  This will likely take up much of today.  That’s assuming I don’t protest and go to the movies.

Because, you know, I really want to go see a certain superhero movie that opens today.  And I have cash floating around in my wallet.  Just enough to cover the cost of the ticket.

Then I’ll be diving into the first part of my next round of revisions: reading the critiques from betas.  Then I have to let that all simmer in my head while I read for pleasure and finish up a crit for someone else.

There’s an ice cream social to go to.  Church to be attended.  A lesson to prepare.  And more reading to do.

Oh, and trying to mentally prep myself for the start of my internship.  My editor asked me if I could start early so I start on Monday.

I bought a professional-looking tote bag that has a laptop sleeve and plenty of room for anything I might need to take with me to and from the office.  It’s cute.  It’s black.  It’s totally me in so many ways.

How’s all y’all’s weekends looking?  Hope they’re fabulous!

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday 1/7 — January 7, 2011
Footloose and Fancy-free Friday 12/17 — December 17, 2010

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday 12/17

It’s almost Christmas!

And it’s almost my birthday!

For a birthday gift to myself this year I think I shall allow myself to relax and read for a while.  I think I need to do a lot of non-writerly things to refresh my muse, creativity, and find my motivation again.  That’s what these next few days are going to be.  And I may or may not be blogging much or commenting on many blogs.

I also may not be around much on Facebook or Twitter.

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a great December.