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Monday, April 15, 2013

Mid-Month Update

While the A-Z goes on around me, I’m sticking to my own quest to write 5K per week on my newest project.  I’ve completed almost 13K since the first of April, which puts me ahead of my goal, although I won’t deny it’s been a struggle, since it requires research that steals from the writing time, as does the normal push-pull of day-to-day.  Last week I had to travel out of town unexpectedly, and since the battery is cooked on my laptop, I went 24 hours with no writing, which meant playing catch up on the weekend. 
Then there is this. The trip out of town, personal in nature, touched me in unexpected ways so when I’d finished my thousand words on Friday, I wrote a blog post on the subject.  Once I’d shaped it and tweaked it, I was set to press “Publish” on Middle Passages, until during what was to be my final read it occurred to me the topic was current and universal enough that my essay may be marketable.  That meant more time on edits to make sure it came in just under 650 words, before I sent it off to a local publication.  I was left with hope, a few less words toward my April goal and no Monday blog post.

Sometimes, writing can be like any other hard work, a challenge, drudgery and frustrating in its failure to flow.  Even on a day I feel that way, I have to acknowledge this.  Massachusetts is one of the only states to celebrate the Patriot’s Day holiday.  I have the day off from work. There are plenty of things I could and probably should be doing.  But still, I choose to write.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You're making good progress. Hope you have success with that essay.
Writing is just one of those things that never seems to go according to plan.
Hope you have a good writing day today.

Unknown said...

Stick to your goals above all else, Liza. Hard work and determination is what gets it done, not much else, if I'm being completely honest.

I truly believe the time investment/quality ratio is very real in writing. You put the time/words in, good stuff will come out. Sounds like you're doing just that. :)

Robin said...

So sad that this day turned so ugly for Massachusetts. I am watching the feed on my TV and am just horrified.

However, I am happy for you and your writing...

Old Kitty said...

Yes - just heard about the horrible Boston event! :-( It's a marathon for crying out loud! :-(

Sorry, Liza!! Read Robin's comment just as the news broke out here.

Glad your writing is taking unexpected twists and turns!! All positive and wonderful!! Well done you! take care

Bish Denham said...

Hey, you go where you have to, write when you can. And in the process maybe you've made a little sale. Sounds good to me!

mshatch said...

We celebrate Patriot's Day up here in Maine, too. Or, the banks and Post office and Doctors do, but businesses don't.

Carol Kilgore said...

You're one of the many I thought about as I watched the tragedy unfold today in Boston. Hope all you know and love are safe.

Gina Gao said...

It's really important to stick to your goals.