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Sorting It Out

To my honest astonishment, I finished fleshing out my antagonist yesterday. It could easily be described as a huge brain dump. By fleshing him out, I’ve been able to organize my mind mapping document a great deal more. I’ve gone back and forth on whether to outline this story. I don’t think I will, at least not in the traditional sense. This mind mapping will likely serve as the outline in a very loose sort of way.

The next thing to flesh out is setting and get a few more details on the secondary characters that I know about. I think after that, I’ll have to think through the possible events in the story. Right now, my brain is still mush so I’m not sure how fast I’ll get there. But I’m farther along than I thought! I’ll be glad when I can put pen to paper on this one. I don’t want to think about how long it’ll take me to write this one.

On a side note, I saw that ChicSparrow finally released their Carroll collection. That leather is a beautiful turquoise color! I would absolutely adore a traveler’s notebook in that color but unfortunately, they aren’t making composition notebook sizes anymore. And considering that I have about 4 composition notebooks that I haven’t even started using yet, it doesn’t make sense to switch to a different notebook size just to be able to use a traveler’s notebook cover.

I’m having second thoughts about my poetry. Part of me says it’s personal but part of me says I should be sharing it. Then again, what I’m writing right now is personal and I’m still sharing it publicly. I know I can’t make money off my poetry, not really. But maybe I should reconsider posting them here on my site for others to read. That would take a lot of time to post all that poetry though. That’s the sort of thing that would take away from my actual writing time. Dunno. I’ll have to give it some more thought.

Mood: A sleepy green star. Tired

Music: Emilie Autumn – “Dead Is The New Alive”

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Attacking the To-Do

It took longer than I expected but I finished fleshing out my main character during this morning’s writing session. There are more details than I think I’ll ever end up using but some of it spurred on some future ideas that could happen to the character. I feel really good about how he turned out.

The next thing to flesh out is my antagonist. I don’t think I’ll need to get into the same amount of detail I did with the main character but who knows what will happen. I’d like to get him done this weekend if possible, but it might take longer. Mostly, it’s because today’s to-do list is pretty full.

My car has been needing maintenance for over a month now, so I’m getting that taken care of. We need to do our weekly grocery trip, get cat food and swing by Best Buy to replace some charger cords. I also need to do the dishes before cooking dinner tonight.

My wife’s hand is doing better. I think they plan to remove the stitches next week. She can’t ball her fist yet but she’s able to curl it some. Getting there!

Paid off my laptop and made an extra payment on my wife’s car. It feels good to mark one thing off our debt list and to start attacking another. I’m still concerned about the upcoming layoffs but hopefully that won’t impact me. Time will tell.

I guess I better wrap this up. My pen is fading fast. I’ve apparently used all the ink up without knowing it! And of course, I didn’t bring a spare. So much for getting that antagonist work done. Ha! Rest in peace little pen.

Mood: A working green star with a computer. Busy

Music: Jon Bon Jovi – “Blaze of Glory”

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Had to Step Away

I didn’t post yesterday. That was partially intentional. I noticed that I’ve been posting everyday and that wasn’t what I had planned on. Honestly, I didn’t set out with any posting schedule in mind. In the back of my mind, I guess I was thinking I’d be posting 2-3 times a week, but I wasn’t married to the idea. I just felt I would write when I had something I wanted to say, which I guess is what I’ve been doing. I just didn’t want to set the expectation that it would be a daily thing, despite my behavior otherwise.

Life wise, the day was filled with back to back conference calls and a good amount to urgent issues that required my attention. I did manage to get a lunch break! While I nuked my frozen dinner, I decided to try to catch up on my social feeds. Boy was that a mistake. I think Goodreads and Pinterest were the only ones that weren’t dripping with anger, hate, politics and venom. Yesterday was one of those days where I seriously considered deleting my social accounts.

After I inhaled my lunch, I used the rest of my limited time to brainstorm and map out my main character. I feel like I made a lot of progress during that session, even though I didn’t get to finish. I’m hoping to have another successful session later today. I’ve got a good idea of what I need to do in order to get to the point where I can start working on the first draft. I’m thinking I should be able to start mid-June, but we’ll see what happens. But like I said, I’m feeling pretty good about yesterday’s work and path forward. I’m glad I have writing to turn to when the world is in chaos.

Mood: A working green star with a computer. Productive

Music:  Van Halen – “Right Now”

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