A Few Things...

on Thursday, March 24, 2016
    I've been having a really rough week full of migraines. I was totally feeling great. Yesterday. Then, once again, I didn't sleep and now I find myself laying on the couch in my pajamas because I can barely stand up. Luckily, I have an adorable puppy to take care of me when I can't take care of myself.

    Anyway, because of these crippling headaches, I've been less than productive in everything except cuddling with the dog. Like the fact that this blog post was supposed to be written yesterday (but I forgot). 
    My Powerful word count hasn't changed much because I got stuck at a particularly difficult section of chapters and I'm not sure how I want to edit them. Seriously, cutting out a character is difficult! So with that added onto changing two character's names, I'm really struggling. I did go back through the first 9 chapters and add in bits and pieces of more description for certain scenes, and I haven't taken those extra words into account. There's still a few more changes I want to make in the early chapters, then I have to push forward with edits.
    And if you'll look to the little sidebar, underneath Powerful's word count, I added in a word count for A Fairy's Tale! Last weekend, we took the train up to Salt Lake City for the day, and I got a lot of writing done on the way. I've got so much creative energy bubbling up inside me, and editing doesn't give me the needed release, so I started working on a very rough draft of A Fairy's Tale to combat that. So far I've only written 4 1/2 scenes which equals 1 1/2 chapters. 
    Writing A Fairy's Tale is very different than Powerful because there's a handful of scene breaks, and I can write in shorter spurts. Each scene is about 400-1000 words, so depending on the scene, I can get them written fairly quickly. So that's what I've been doing in my spare time this week. I also transferred all my notes into the correct notebook so I can work when I'm away from the computer. I can't do edits away from the computer, but I can at least get something done!

    I also found something I wrote down years ago, and I really liked the quote and decided to claim it as my own, so I made this in about 5 minutes with some online photo editor.

    I still feel this way today. In groups, whenever I try to speak, I'm spoken over. But when I write it down, it's there forever, waiting for someone to find it and listen to it. I'm gonna keep searching through my old writing for more quotes like this, because I really like it. 
    That's my update for now. Hopefully next week will be better and I can get a lot more work done, cause soon enough I'll have to focus on packing and moving and I won't be able to write.


Alex said...

I love that quote as well! So true for me as well. I've taken to, when somebody is rambling and won't let me get a word in edgewise, repeating the first few words of my thought until they let me talk. Mostly with family though. My close friends give me room to speak and if I tried it with anybody else they might think I'm extraordinarily rude.

Hope your migraines subside soon and you get all the writing done next week? :)

Kristie Suul said...

I recently had a friend give me a letter because she says she expresses herself better in writing than with speaking. Writing gives her time to organize her thoughts and get everything down right.

I do a lot of rambling, in writing and speaking, but I'm told I'm a good listener. In my family we tease each other about our various listening skills. There's the sister that made listening and not interrupting a New Year's resolution. There's the sister who insists that no one ever listens to her and she gets this look on her face when she thinks she's being ignored.

I struggle with wanting to jump in and say something in the middle of a person talking. I think if I wait I'll forget what I'm thinking or that by the time it's my turn to talk it won't be relevant. (Like a person talking about their day and they get to lunch and I want to say, "Oh, yeah, I love blah blah, I just had some of the best blah blah the other day." but I don't want to interrupt, but I doooooo.)

Heather Hayden said...

That's a great quote! I have the same issue in groups at times. I also have trouble pronouncing words/speaking clearly and that makes it all the more difficult to speak up.

Your puppy is so adorable and I'm glad she's taking care of you. Hope you feel better soon. :)

Lidy said...

Hope you're feeling better. At least you have a wonderful nurse to hug on.
Love the quote as it's so true for me. I speak better with a pen than my own mouth.

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