The Easy Way Out



Whirl-fire (Photo credit: Loving Earth)

Doing a WIPpet this week almost didn’t happen.  I didn’t realize what was wrong until reading Dawn Montgomery’s ROW80 sponsor post Monday.  In fact, the post resonated so much with me, I reblogged it.

Slogging along editing my work hasn’t been working well.  I want to spend time with the “fun characters”.  While I like Alanii, I feel I know him too well.  I really like ‘Listii , but he gets no face time in Courting.   And even he doesn’t surprise me as much as I feel like I need now.

So, next week, since the ROW80 will be on break, I’m also going to take a week off of the WIPpet to just spend some time having fun without expectations of my characters.  I can’t even promise I’ll write or work on anything writing related…  thus no Work In Progress.

All that doesn’t mean I haven’t done anything since last week.  Here are four small paragraphs from Courting the Swan Song ( 2-6 = 4).

The Semisnii was called to join him in the Laniini’s private study, a fact that Alanii appreciated greatly. It suggested less official sanction of their meeting. Or rather, a more official level to the meeting and a less personal one on his part.

Natural Woman

Natural Woman (Photo credit: patriziasoliani)

Again, when he saw the woman, Alanii was reminded of his first impressions of her. Kiriina was incredibly lovely. It was enough to make him wonder how she’d been ignored for so long by the other houses for their sons. After all, her recent escapades proved her to be as much the proper House Lady as any other woman, and her appearance would have been a boon to nearly any man’s arm.

Even your own.

Alanii was beginning to hate his conscience. Why, he wondered, could he not bring himself to take the easy way out, the way that had been handed to him, the way that stood now before him with false demureness and gorgeous blond curls… Why, when all the world seemed set against his desire to make good on his words to Vissellii Marae, was he so determined to do so?

Tossing confetti (who doesn’t love confetti?) and cheering on our WIPpet Mistress of Ceremonies, KL Schwengel for directing the WIPpet linky each week.  Come on and spend some time with us.  We’re a fun bunch.

ROW80 Check-in

ROW80LogocopyWelcome to the last check-in for Round 1 of 2014.  Wow…  is it really 2014?  I could have sworn just a few years back we were partying like it was 1699:-D

Well, let’s spruce things up with more than just check-in notes, but also a note or two on how things have changed since the beginning of the round.  After all, the ROW80 is a challenge.  It may be the “challenge that knows you have a life”, but having a life shouldn’t stop us from trying to improve ourselves as much as we can.

  • write every day; at the minimum, do 5 sentences  sentences written, but lacking the fiction element
  • overall, I kept this goal on track; some weeks I missed a few days here and there, but yeah…  on track
  • finish a complete (rough) draft of Courting the Swan Song   slow, slow progress
  • not even close; I’ve been plodding along on with a pace that would make a tortoise giggle, but I did work on it
  • make twice weekly blog posts (WIPpet Wednesdays and Some Thing 4 Sundays) on target
  • this goal came out fine; some ST4S posts ended up being posted on Monday, but otherwise, all good
  • maintain active sponsor participation doing good
  • most sponsor tasks didn’t get done on “the day”, but everything has gotten done
  • energize myself with more physical activity two workouts Monday, slow stretches and movement Tuesday
  • seeing a steady improvement here; joining in the YMCA Fitness Challenge probably has helped
  • reclaim my writing space  haven’t touched
  • very inconsistent progress here, one week on, one week off
  • go through some piece of my electronic home (desktop, laptop, server space, Dropbox, etc.) email sorting, nothing more
  • somewhat the same story, though usually the weeks alternated; clearly more consistency needed here
  • laugh more, hug my family more, share myself with friends more…  Boodle Time!!!  (now I need Hubby Time)
  • this goal has been a big time win all ROWnd, and life is so much better for it
  • attend chats and sprints on Twitter (at least one of each) one sprint
  • I added this goal mid-round because I’d noticed a lack of connection with my fellow writers; progress has been inconsistent here, but I’m glad I tried for it

In all, I would call this round more chaotic than consistent (and if you remember my original goal was to build consistency in my writing process.  I don’t call it a loss, but I would like to continue to pursue a trend toward more regular writing (among my other goals).

Veggies, lentil, meat - you could easily pass ...

Veggies, lentil, meat – you could easily pass that off as a balanced meal (Photo credit: sumeet.moghe)

Since this upcoming round will also include JuNoWriMo (which I will definitely be involved in) as well as one of the CampNaNoWriMo (which I may or may not be involved in), I don’t think I want to change the focus too much.  My plate feels full enough for good emotional health.  Better limit the number of snacks…

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25 responses to “The Easy Way Out

  1. Everyone needs a break now and again. :) Sound as though Alanii is having a hard time with this situation, though it’s obvious he thinks highly of the woman.

    • Well, he thinks Kiriina is very pretty (when she’s around, he can’t help seeing her appearance). It’s the politics involved that are messing things up for him right now.

      Yeah… I figure one week off does us all good here and there. See you in two. :-D

  2. I can relate to that feeling of slogging through writing. When I go on vacation in April, I’m planning to do very little (if any) writing and no editing of any kind–my own or anyone else’s. I think a challenge for us as writers is that with most jobs, people get planned vacations when they don’t go in to work. I know that for me, I tend not to take that very seriously; I still write even when I’m supposed to be on vacation. Tough balance.

    • Some writers I know make a point of taking a day off. I even had originally planned a writing sabbath for this round… then the “shiny” took over and I wanted to get this done and that done and something else done…

      Rest up, Amy. It’ll be good for your soul in so many ways. And I’ll join you, virtually of course.

  3. I think you did a wonderful job with your goals. Best of luck with Camp NaNo if you participate! I’m already settling in on my bunk. :)

    • Oh, you convinced me (I didn’t take much convincing, as you can see… I’m a WriMo whore… whore? not sure if that’s the word, but I just can’t say “no” to a WriMo).

      Thanks for the cheers on the goals, Kate.

  4. Taking some time off is a necessity for me on an all-too-frequent basis. It does help recharge the batteries!

    Alanii does have quite the active conscience, doesn’t he? Love the names of the characters, and the “ii” usage – it makes for a cohesive world, to have similar names like that. Nicely done!

    • Yay for recharging the batteries… :-D

      At this point Alanii is being pummeled by his conscience. He ha his impetuous moments, but they usually lead o situations where he starts feeling like this, because there are no good ways to fix things…

      The double (ii) thing is a source of a lot of teasing on my husband’s part, Xina. Since most of my first drafts are handwritten, he likes to ask me about Alanü. I’d probably change it if I could bring myself to do so without giggling too much. ;-)

  5. Sounds like you made good progress on most of your goals this round. Good luck with your WIP!

  6. I get it! Sometimes, you just have to keep your word, regardless of how little sense it seems to make. :-)

  7. Nice snippet!

    I’m crossing my fingers for you that the consistency goal starts to work better for you in the next round. :)

  8. I’m intrigued by this passage Eden. What’s going on with Alanii that he feels he’s got to go against everyone’s advice and do what he thinks he should? Maybe I’ll be able to read the whole novel one day and find out… :)

  9. Oooh, doncha hate it when the ‘easy way out’ is lovely, and *right there* – and the way you know you were meant for is not….?

    I’m liking Alanii more and more these days…

    As for the burnout…sometimes a break is essential. Thanks to the two masters of the concept who live here, I no longer seem to have burnout. I keep enough options open that there is always something else *jumps up and down on tables, throwing succotash on Klinger’s mink stole, chanting, “We want something else!”*

    After completing a 122K word draft for NaNo, I wrote very little beyond blog posts for January and February, and on into March. It was a great time for making pre-editing notes and plans, noodling with characters and plans, reading, connecting with family, and watching Enterprise (and some other stuff, too).

    After all that output, I needed input. That simple.

    Now, I’m getting deeper into planning my April stories, and T’Pol and Trip’s stories, too. I’ve written a few thousand words, maybe more as I dove into the actual revision process (Chameleon will be a near-total rewrite, and will take some time. Bounded will be the same way, but later in the year),

    For the next two months, I’ll be writing more, revising somewhat less, and supplementing my blogging with some reruns here and there, to avoid overwhelm.

    I’ve got a lot planned, but three months with less writing have me fired up for the challenge of it all.

    I hope you continue to feel your own ebbs and flows more deeply as time goes on, and to trust in them, and yourself.

    And that all this somehow involves more ‘Listii! =D

    It kind of

    • “It kind of…” (doing that response folder thing again to me of not finishing a sentence?)

      Well, I can certainly give you a big tidbit here. A lot of Alanii’s conscience comes down to something that happened between ‘Listii and he.

      And you’re meeting Alanii the way I first got to know him now instead of the perfectionist adult he grew up into. There’s a reason I wrote the “fanfictions” the way I did. Alanii had grown up “off”, but I knew why. And I realized I wasn’t getting the depth of why through. So I’ve gone back to try and see if I can make his story in my head work as well on paper, so to speak. Because he’s an awesome character (as is, actually, Val… just different from his brother because of the kind of pressures placed on him).

      Anyway, I’m glad you’re enjoying “meeting” him.

      I think I picked the wrong week for a break. Working right now feels like it would be the best thing in the world.

  10. I think you did a good job with your goals. :) I think consistency takes working up to and you did that!

    And something has to be wrong with that girl. Just my sneaking suspicion. Like maybe he doesn’t see the crazy in her eyes the other people did. ;)

    • I certainly hope so, Gloria. Consistency has always been one of my problems.

      As for the crazy… Well, maybe he does see it; but he doesn’t want to at the moment. After all, he is a teen age guy. :-D

  11. The ever elusive consistency! As you know, I can relate to the difficulty. Round Two will be a juggling act, with things that have to be published for work, and travel to present other papers, that will then need to be published, and rinse and repeat.

    My biggest failure this past round has been keeping time set aside for friends and family, as I hibernated far too often this round. Lots of room for improvement there.

    • Winter inspires hibernation in all of us. Though, perhaps more hibernation time with family would have helped you feel better about that goal, sometimes it just doesn’t help the way we wish it would.

      Sounds like you’re in for a chaotic Round 2, Elizabeth. If you need help (or just an ear to rant to), I’m available. Because that rinse and repeat has a habit of taking out more than just the dross….