After organizing data most of the last check-in period, things went rather well these past few days. I started reading some of the books that my fellow ROW80 colleagues had written, planning to post reviews. I’m impressed at the talent in this group!
I did work my requisite two hours every day. I posted on my Lapidary Prose blog on Saturday; I read and took notes on several short stories and novellas; I worked on the next journal article.
However, one of the short stories I wrote last year kept coming to mind. I’m sure all of you know how that is—one is just working along, and the character pops in your head. Mine said, “You know, you gave me pretty short shrift toward the end of that story. There’s more story there; you crammed three years in pretty quick there.” Sad thing is, he’s right. It’s not that I got tired of the story or the characters—not at all. I wrote in the ROW80 main blog post that I’m used to fitting my writing into corners, but I ran out of corners. I was days out of major surgery, hundreds of miles away from my family, and I just ran out.
So, I may just have to carve out a little more time to give to that story. My professional writing and creative writing really feed off one another in a rather weird way. While it’s true each takes time from each other, each gives energy to the other.
I’ll probably have to tweak the goals a bit. I’m going to see how it goes in the next few days.
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