Here I am a day late for my ROW80 check-in, and I feel completely unapologetic about it. The last few days have been, to quote the prolific Chuck Wendig, amazeballs (actually Chuck has a lot of really awesome, though mostly NSFW* terms for writers to… um, ponder).
Anyway, absolutely friggen amazeballs!
Not only have I again caught up with all of my goals, I’ve been exceeding them (well, not totally, I still haven’t started that creative art thingie I was going to do, except a bit of coloring on one of those so-called “adult coloring pages” I printed off a while ago and had lain around. I’m working on it slowly, bit by bit.
Here is something I drew myself for that very purpose you can download and color yourselves if you’d like. It’s not Great Art, it’s just a sketch I made once. If you click on the image before you download, you should get a full page image.
And besides… I have had too much fun with my wonderful characters to want to do much more than spend my free time with them. Especially Atyr… she’s hard to ‘relate’ to, a lot harder than most of the others. I find myself not connecting to her, a lot. She’s got religious and political views that are alien to most anything I’ve been raised around. And while I’ve made some study of martyrs, there is a deep difference between knowing the acts of someone so devoted to a belief and the inner feelings of such a person.
And a long time ago, I realized that for all that she lives through her choices, Atyr is a martyr to her faith. To her, life is her punishment for not serving in her religious duties better, even despite the fact that those in charge of the temples she had been raised in were not acting in the interest of the people they served or the good of the world at large.
But Atyr believes in ideals, not individuals. And I’m more the opposite. I believe in individuals, then groups with more caution. Ideals…. no so much. It always seems to me that everyone has their own interpretation of an idea—there doesn’t seem to be a universality to many things, and those tend to not involve higher level thought: basic needs, etc.
Yeah… she’s a zealot. And I think a lot of my problem with working with her is because people with that dogmatic a personality make me very uneasy even to be around.
But enough of my writing problems (what few there are… one character out of several, and lots of words to write about all of them)…
Here’s some nori before I start the assessment of my goals. I think I want to make something like stained glass out of this stuff. Isn’t it just awesome?
And now my weekly assessment:
- Goal: working through three chapters weekly of James Scott Bell’s Plot & Structure (including exercises)
- Progress: still detoured progress here, though I not done much Syd Field’s Screenplay either; some other library book reading… and an overdue fine to pay tomorrow
- Goal: catching up in my local critique group (including submitting something this week)
- Progress: group is on hold for the month of April; however, finished all the critiques I owe; now need to submit something
- Goal: typing two pages a day of old notebooks in
- Progress: one page ahead of count
- Goal: (VIG) Write new words daily! (the Five Sentences thingie)
- Progress: getting ALL the words… am so loving this time with my characters
- Not a Goal but Progress Anyway: managed to sort out and discover several files for bits of story and notes I’d thought I’d long lost and place them in Scrivener projects with the stories they belonged to *happy dance*
Again, since this post was late, and I was having serious doubts about getting anything done on Wednesday, I’m holding off one more week before I consider adding in extra projects. We’ll see how things are by mid-week (fair warning my mid-week check-in will be on Thursday because this one is a day late).
Hope you had fun reading and plotting your own creative endeavors. Before you go, why not visit a few other awesome ROWers here!
- or most daily life… you can do serious damage choking on that latte if you read these while drinking