Just a quick post this week as I head into Thanksgiving prep insanity and a lovely, long, four-and-a-half day weekend.
First, a ROW80 check-in:
- I’m moving along in K.M. Weilands Oulining Your Novel Workbook. I’ll be diving into her Structuring Your Novel Workbook when I get to the structure section in the current workbook per advice from the author herself. The outlining workbook is excellent! It follows the advice in her Outlining Your Novel book and breaks the steps down into bite-sized chunks that even my over-excitable, scattered brain can latch onto and work with. The workbook makes it really easy to break the process down into small steps, which is my favorite way to work. I’m so happy with my choice to jump into this book right now.
- I am creating a new way to keep a novel notebook. I’m basing it in part on the Bullet Journal technique. I just came up with the idea Monday night, so I haven’t done a lot with it yet, but I’m excited to see how this might work out for me. When I have a couple of months of working with it under my belt, I’ll do a write-up.
- I only got around to doing writing practice once this week. But it was something. This is clearly something I need to find a way to make room for in my life again, because it for some reasong isn’t just happening magically because I said I want it to. Really, some writing habits!
- Fairy rings! The photos above are from a bunch I’ve been taking in the parking lot at work over the past three-ish weeks. I’ve been here twelve years, and this is the first time mushrooms have sprouted. And what’s even better, they’re only growing in the little landscaped space right next to my car. No where else. I’m pretty sure this is a special gift for me from the fairies. Also, it’s really interesting seeing how one batch seems to just disappear, and a new crop springs up in almost-but-not-quite the same spots. And they all look different, different colors, different sizes, different shapes (and that one that is all open like a broken eggshell started as a closed, round-topped mushroom). Really enjoying this little show and getting back to taking more photos.
- I returned to Seanan McGuire’s InCryptid world and am currently reading Midnight Blue-Light Special, the second book in the series. There’s whimsy and a touch of silliness, and yet there’s a really strong story in there, too, so you don’t get bored or annoyed with the light touches. Ms. McGuire is a master at combining light and amusing and sometimes silly bits with incredibly strong story and engaging characters. I’m enjoying this one a lot and will jump right into the third book when I’m done with this one.
- Still catching up on StoryWonk Sunday podcasts. I love these because they’re easy to just listen to. I don’t feel like I need to be taking notes or memorizing things, and yet I can feel my understanding of story structure deepening and my critical capacities sharpening. It’s good stuff. Today I am listening to “Episode 94: Dodge Ex Machina,” and I highly recommend it. They are doing writer improv, taking random story elements and demonstrating how to create stories out of them.
- Getting ready for our traditional Day-After-Thanksgiving tv marathon. This year we’re doing the Marvel films, starting with Iron Man. I don’t know if we’ll make it through all of them over the weekend, but we’re going to try!
Those are the highlights over here. Everything else is story planning and working on a coaching package and a possible writer’s retreat for next year. All very exciting in my head but not much to actually write about yet. What about you? What’s going on in your geeky and/or writerly world?