Monday, July 30, 2012

Busy Weekend

Family Reunion - Check

Father-in-Law's Birthday - Check

Volunteer at Memorial Bike Race - Check

Stack Wood - Check

Become Olympic Super Fan Like Always - Check

Write - Ahh! Doesn't the world know I have a (self-imposed) deadline to meet?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Staying Focused

When it comes to writing, I'm someone who always needs a side project. I'll take breaks from the novel I'm working on to write some hockey poems or a short story. Sometimes, I even write the opening pages to one of the many stories that's floating around in my head. This can be a positive thing. It means I'm staying fresh, challenging myself creatively.

But, it also means that I've been working on so many things that I haven't finished anything in quite a while.

Well, you heard it heard here first: I will not work on anything else until I finish my novel. I'm focusing on one project, and I'm going to finish this draft of my book by hook or by crook. Soon, too. I'm trying to write THE END before I head back to work on August 15th.

There. I just gave myself a nice little (HUGE!!!!!) deadline.

Wish me luck...

Just Finished: The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
Currently Reading: A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Up Next: Shine by Lauren Myracle

Sunday, July 22, 2012

It's the Final Countdown!

You can hear the music, don't make me sing.

I'm back from residency and beginning my final semester at VCFA. It's crazy how fast the time has gone. I know I've been saying that a lot, but I can't help it. It seems like I was just starting out only a few months ago, not 18 months ago. People I didn't even know existed at the New Year in 2011, I now consider some of my closest friends. And this all happens through a low-res format. Just another piece of magic that can only take place at VCFA.

So now I need to develop a survey about boys and reading, gather the results, and present my findings and suggestions to the community in January, and I need to produce what the faculty deems to be a publishable book by Thanksgiving Day. Yes, that's when it's due. No big deal, right? Actually, it's not. I just have to trust myself and write my story.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Blogging from Residency

Once again, my classmates and I are blogging about our VCFA experiences over at Through The Tollbooth. My specific post is here.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I wonder a lot of things, and these are some of the things I wonder:

On NHL Free Agency Day, why do I refresh my computer fifty million times to see all the new deals? I could just check once at the end of the day. Why?

How come new cars don't allow you to adjust the bass anymore? If I want to blow my speakers that's my business.

What would the world be like if Facebook was never created? Better?

How is it possible that I start my final semester at VCFA next week? Time doesn't fly. It travels at Maximum Warp. Engage!

Why am I always the one to move to the side on an overcrowded path or sidewalk?

What would I do if paper books didn't exist? That's too depressing to think about much longer.