It has been an interesting, contemplative, half week since last Wednesday’s check-in. There has been a lot of reading, so I was happy to see Kait’s admonition in the check-in post to read. I spent some time visiting some ROW80 and WIPpet Wednesday blogs, as well as reading some books. I can’t get around to as many blogs as I would like, but the reading I have done has been very beneficial in pointing out where I need to work on things.
The initial meeting with my colleagues went quite well. Three of us do not have offices, but cubicles (veal-fattening pens), so we ended up getting interrupted a fair amount. Along with congratulating ourselves on what we got done, we brainstormed ideas on how to do better. We talked about our projects and goals, as well as planning a writing day at least once a month.
I managed to meet Kait’s challenge in last Sunday’s check-in post to increase my word count. I’ve written enough already to have next Wednesday’s WIPpet excerpt ready to go. My feeling of accountability there is still working, which is gratifying. My latest entry, if anyone is interested, is on my platform here, with earlier entries easily found, due to the lack of posting there (blush). I’ve settled, for the moment, on my memoir, which is difficult to write, but is helping me work through it all.
I reported on Wednesday that I was starting to see themes for the blogs. My love for words and literary history is deep-seated, such that I don’t think I can give that up. I’ve also been contemplating the impostor syndrome that I still find myself fighting. I know I’m not alone in that, and want to to explore that as well. Finally, I’m looking into topics that crop up while worldbuilding. There are so many things I take for granted in the 21st century. Most people think of technology, but I’m looking at the availability of food, water, shelter, clothing. I know a lot about the 14th century intellectually, but when it comes to describing the life of a character, it becomes a different and emotional investigation.
The horse and I have settled into a comfortable co-existence, with the occasional fright at a shadow, or the discomfort of being too long in the saddle. It is proving to be very good for me.
If you have a chance, do visit some of the some of the ROW80 participants here. It helps immensely to have the encouragement.