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post #21 of 244
Glad I found you mamas over here! I think my mouth fell open when I saw the notice that the forum was closing. At least we can hang out here for now.
I signed up for the course in April
I've done very little (read no) writing since we've been back (a week now). We've all been sick (me and the kids twice in a month, thanks to DH), plus with jetlag, the boys have been up really early every morning and crashing by dinner time. Prime writing time at 5am... but only when there are no children whining in my ear I really hope that this is the end to a very rotten six months... life can only get better from here on out!
post #22 of 244
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Yay..that will make three of us in April
post #23 of 244
If my current schedule is any indication, I'll need a new strategy to make progress. I'm back to creative work, which does suck the juices. And I kinda got pulled into a minor crisis, so it has been a lot of hours. I've already talked to my boss about it, and she knows they'll need to manage my workload to reduce my hours. It's too bad. I like the work (love the paycheck), but need some time and energy left to write my own work.

I will absolutely make some progress this weekend, though. We'll be shoveling manure during the day, which is sure to leave some creative energy for the evenings!
post #24 of 244
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If my current schedule is any indication, I'll need a new strategy to make progress. I'm back to creative work, which does suck the juices. And I kinda got pulled into a minor crisis, so it has been a lot of hours. I've already talked to my boss about it, and she knows they'll need to manage my workload to reduce my hours. It's too bad. I like the work (love the paycheck), but need some time and energy left to write my own work.

I will absolutely make some progress this weekend, though. We'll be shoveling manure during the day, which is sure to leave some creative energy for the evenings!
Life's like that. I've written very little this week..something else to do every day. While I like that in someways, it's good to be busy and it gives me some alone time to think I miss the creative outlet.

I find I write in bursts. When I get the time I just go for it...because there will be times when I'm busy..like the end of Nov early Dec when I had the kids catching every virus going around

Join the class with us in April..that might help you. You can work on your own stuff as the assignments


Things will work out.
post #25 of 244
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Registration is closed but they'll start up a new session in April. I'll probably do it again at that time or another course

If you join for April I'll sign up again..it'd be fun to do it together
which classes are you taking?
post #26 of 244
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I find I write in bursts. When I get the time I just go for it...because there will be times when I'm busy..like the end of Nov early Dec when I had the kids catching every virus going around
have you tried kefir? it tastes like yogurt, but unlike the good bacteria in yogurt that passes through your system along with everything else, the good bacteria in kefir colonizes and continues to fight off pathogens in the gut. I get mine at the grocery store, not too hard to find.
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have you tried kefir? it tastes like yogurt, but unlike the good bacteria in yogurt that passes through your system along with everything else, the good bacteria in kefir colonizes and continues to fight off pathogens in the gut. I get mine at the grocery store, not too hard to find.
They won't eat it. They caught H1N1 and it knocked their immune systems down...we had strep, bladder infection, pneumonia, ear infection, stomach virus, common cold..pretty much every thing out there. I had a mild case of the stomach virus(cramping only) but fought it all off myself.

I'm taking a beginning creative writing class but I'm looking into a novel writing workshop..it's designed specifically for writing a novel.
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They won't eat it. They caught H1N1 and it knocked their immune systems down...we had strep, bladder infection, pneumonia, ear infection, stomach virus, common cold..pretty much every thing out there. I had a mild case of the stomach virus(cramping only) but fought it all off myself.

I'm taking a beginning creative writing class but I'm looking into a novel writing workshop..it's designed specifically for writing a novel.
ever tried kombucha? you really have to like a vinegary taste to like it...probiotic tablets go down easy too - I hope you guys feel better soon! that stinks to be so sick
post #29 of 244
allgirls...got more info on the novel writing course? I haven't actively sought anything, but I wonder whether the structure might be a help. I don't know...

Happily reporting 1300w today. Getting a short work breather, so I put in a decent workout, came home and wrote. That puts me over 11,000w, which is good progress. As long as I keep it up, I need to learn to be happy with that.

Now, for the afternoon, I will shut down, get offline and be here now with my kids. Then I can write a little more before bed. Should be able to write again tomorrow, too, but the rest of the week is yet to be seen. But progress is progress!
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ever tried kombucha? you really have to like a vinegary taste to like it...probiotic tablets go down easy too - I hope you guys feel better soon! that stinks to be so sick
nah..I'm a let the body heal itself kinda gal..I give nothing They seem to be moving past it now..the sugar cravings have gone from the little one and she's eating much better foods. I think we've turned a corner. They had all of that in a six week span that ended two weeks before Christmas but they've been well for a while. I'm not a big herb user myself. Hopefully their natural immunity will kick in now.

The class..I'll pm you a link if you like. I've got 2 of my fb friends registered and it's great practice. I really liked it. Had my first chat last night..it was very light hearted and fun. I drank scotch and told this story...had 'em laughin'

Oh..I wrote my first entire show for the news. I did the interview, transcribed it and wrote it..let's hope the producer likes it

I'm not writing much..exhaustion. But it'll come back, it always does. I do wonder how people on strict deadlines do it
post #31 of 244
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Happily reporting 1300w today. Getting a short work breather, so I put in a decent workout, came home and wrote. That puts me over 11,000w, which is good progress. As long as I keep it up, I need to learn to be happy with that.

Now, for the afternoon, I will shut down, get offline and be here now with my kids. Then I can write a little more before bed. Should be able to write again tomorrow, too, but the rest of the week is yet to be seen. But progress is progress!
awesome!
post #32 of 244
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Registration is closed but they'll start up a new session in April. I'll probably do it again at that time or another course

If you join for April I'll sign up again..it'd be fun to do it together
i'm thinking of doing this also... i am in some desperate need of connection from other writers! my editor/lit agent is on medical leave right now for who knows how long and i feel lost without her... with no one else to read my material i get stuck often in a 'this sucks' rut.

anyone else ever look back at something you've worked your dear ass off and see it all as flawed? obviously i don't really think it is but sometimes it's hard to convince myself that.
post #33 of 244
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i'm thinking of doing this also... i am in some desperate need of connection from other writers! my editor/lit agent is on medical leave right now for who knows how long and i feel lost without her... with no one else to read my material i get stuck often in a 'this sucks' rut.

anyone else ever look back at something you've worked your dear ass off and see it all as flawed? obviously i don't really think it is but sometimes it's hard to convince myself that.
Yay! I've done that but sometimes I look back and go "that was good!" so it evens out..lol
post #34 of 244
Well, I have thousands of words toward my novel that I have to completely rewrite because the focus was wrong. So, um, yeah. But kinda both, because I'm happy with the writing itself, craft-wise, and I still find the story compelling. It's just a logistical issue...that will make me re-do the whole thing.

I never answered the question about what it's about.

My story is about a cross-cultural couple trying to create their own sense of family as a clash of cultures incites betrayal and deception, and the consequences ripple through their lives. I'm exploring the limits of breaking rules to do the right thing, unintended consequences, and of course forgiveness--its benefits and its limits.

I've got a MC who allows himself to be convinced to do things he knows are wrong out of guilt over his own good fortune, compared with his family who suffer in poverty. He realizes very quickly he made a mistake, but he's committed acts that can't be undone, and the consequences affect innocent people. The choices involved in "fixing" wrongs can be devastating, criminal and even fatal.
post #35 of 244
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So I did my second assignment on Writer's village and signed up for mentor support

I'm finding it very helpful.

I really enjoy the chats. They're fun!

So what is everybody writing? I haven't written this week. But I needed to put it down. I've been busy with other things...such is life but I'll be back at it today!

I have been reading my manuscript

I get lost in it though and forget to revise..is that good?

Oh and I'm deep in plans for my book launch party! It's growing...it might be bigger than anticipated and I'm a little nervous about my reading though I don't usually mind speaking in public, it's a bit different when it's your own stuff kwim.

I am organising a new nutritional snack program at the school and it starts to day..big job but so worthwhile. Gotta scoot....

Allgirls
post #36 of 244
Subbing...and just signed up for the April session of the writer's workshop.
I really, really need to work on my novel. I get distracted by too many other things, and it would be nice to see it done!
post #37 of 244
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Subbing...and just signed up for the April session of the writer's workshop.
I really, really need to work on my novel. I get distracted by too many other things, and it would be nice to see it done!
what I've learned about the editing process...

write that first draft as fast as you can! because the second draft is soooooo much more involved, you just would not believe the amount of work that goes into polishing and perfecting.

Just get that first draft done...then get down to the real work
post #38 of 244
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I love editing

I am also enjoying the class considerably! I just finished and posted my third lesson

I think you'll really find it helpful! I love learning
post #39 of 244
yeah, I like editing too. It's the original writing I find difficult. For some reason I am able to write nonfiction like anything, but I stress about the fiction! I think it's an attachment thing.
post #40 of 244
wmf, me too! I write for a living, and I can crank out copy like nobody's business. And it's good copy. But pulling this first draft out is like pulling teeth. It's got to be because it's really, truly all inside. It really kind of is pulling teeth. Impacted teeth.
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