Monday, January 26, 2009

Moving Forward

The past few days have been like a cold splash of water across my face. I'm not happy and I'm not doing anything about it.

I'm not sure which is worse at this point. My life kinda sucks or I'm lazy? Sheesh. I guess the latter effects the former...

Today's grime economic news (did ya hear like 50,000 people in this country lost there jobs today) did little to raise my spirits. But, for now, I seem to have a job so I guess I won't complain.

Anyway, my writing has stalled. I got about 30 pages of hand written stuff...and boy was that a horrible idea. Not only did my mind have to work, but so did my body? Yikes. Worse, I've been trying to backpedal and type up what I've got and it's so dreary and mind-numbing transferring it over to Word.

Experiment over. Bad idea. Bad idea.

I thought I could "move on" and work on something else (like my Uncle Stevie suggested in his book ON WRITING) but alas I cannot. It's been 2 months and a couple of days...I'm going to start editing my book. Wednesday. Today the decision was made. Tomorrow I'll psych myself up...and on Wednesday I'll dive head first into it.

One thing that working at my current job has taught me--I have an almost obsessive-compulsion to finish a project before I'm able to start another (I only wish everyone felt this way). I can't seem to get into anything new...there is something I have left to finish.

I hope the time I've taken away will make my mind fresh enough to tackle what is arguably the hardest part of writing. I do know that this will make a good number of people happy--so that's good. I have no idea how long it will take me to read and edit this thing. I do know that the last 20 pages will need some tweaking. I also know that the first 120 should be in pretty good shape (having been edited somewhat last fall).

It's a bit early, but I'm starting to put my first "readers" into tiers. Leah will be the second person to read it (after myself, of course). This is out of both love and proximity. After that I guess I'll move a little further out. And so forth, editing a little bit with each tier.

Anyway, wish me luck--and I'll keep you all posted.


Anonymous said...

Good luck--I hope I'm on one of those reader tiers. :)

Jason said...

Of course you are.