My friend Gene Lempp wrote eloquently in his blog this week about personifying the resistance you feel when working toward your dreams. When it’s only the voice in your head, the constant bad companion, the banshee song of low expectations, there’s nothing to fight, because it’s you. When you create a persona for that voice, you can imagine that voice as coming from someone or something as real; you can ball up your imaginary fist and punch it in the face. You can slash it in the face with a sword. Or maybe physical violence is too good for your resistance. Maybe humiliation is the weapon you need. After all, he uses it on you, right?
Works for me. Folks, meet Georgie. He was just on his way over to the corner to sit quietly for a while. He laughed when I considered putting my goals in print for the world to see. He thought I wouldn’t do it. Uh-huh. That’s your corner over there. Go siddown. What’s that, Georgie? I haven’t done it yet? You’re right about that. You were on your way somewhere, right?
I have many projects in various stages of development (or re-development, as it happens). I’ll start this out with a listing of the projects from newest to oldest. I’ve spelled out the titles for finished projects; unfinished ones have a three-letter designation.
Turning Springs: a finished novel-length manuscript available for sale at Smashwords dot com. Get your sample or the full novel (if you can stand the cover) here.
Of Sentimental Value: a short work in the same milieu as Turning Springs.
CON: a short work in a modern setting for which I’ve already finished the rough.
MGC: writing the rough and content editing this long novel about mining in the Turning Springs world.
ANG: This steampunk novel screams series to me, but I’m only writing one and I’ve just started.
BRD: a four-book zombie story so new that I haven’t even found all my notes yet.
These are just the six active titles. I have files and files of titles and ideas and little scraps of paper and sticky notes that require translation that haven’t seen daylight yet. But they will. What was that, Georgie? Huh. That’s what I thought you said. Here’s what I said: shuddup.
I’ve been trying to work on four projects a day, but that hasn’t worked out. I have trouble shifting back and forth at an artificial time boundary, so I’ve given up that method.
Instead, I examined the process by which I plan, construct and write a manuscript. I found natural stopping points between individual tasks, perfect for moving on to a different project at its own natural cusp. That method also feeds my need for accomplishment that I might not get in just a couple of hours of work on one project. And Georgie hates that, which I like.
What’d I do this week? I finished the last of writing the rough for Chapter 9 and all of Chapter 10, which brought me to a landmark (20% roughed; take that, Georgie, you punk) and stopping point for MGC. I spent a little time on process improvement (setting up a content editing checklist and much of a line editing list as well). I started a synopsis for ANG, rejected it, restarted it, rejected it, mind-mapped the problematic issues, and restarted it. Better.
So, next week? I’m planning to complete the first four items of the following list and start the fifth:
- Finish the synopsis for ANG.
- Get the editing checklists into some kind of a viable form (I hope to need them this week).
- Draw a new cover for Turning Springs.
- Review a book I just finished for Goodreads.
- Start the first edit on CON.
In addition to those things, I need to do a lot more checking in on social networks and helping out where I can.
Georgie has reminded me that I don’t know how to draw. And that I haven’t come close to reviewing a book since college book reports, lo, those many years ago. And if I’m expecting to beta-test my content editing checklist on CON, I’d better bring an extra month to work with me next week, ‘cause I’m also going to want to do another one of these TWaN reports.
Yes, well, there will be another TWaN report next week. In it, you’ll find the progress I made for the week. And all about what happened when I reconsidered physical violence in dealing with Georgie.
Oh, you’re running? Georgie, Georgie, Georgie. You’re just gonna be out of breath when I start pounding you.
Thanks for reading!