I’m Back!

Odd photo? Not really. After not using my left hand for two weeks I feel like a T-Rex with tiny, little arms. The burned hand is healing nicely. It is a bit stiff and sensitive. Typing is actually good for it.  Good thing because I have tons of work to do. Because of the injury I am way behind on my goals. But on the bright side I had a huge learning moment for my kids. I am constantly telling them that accidents happen, even when you know what you’re doing.

Hungry hungry T-Rex.

Hungry hungry T-Rex.

Not quiet the way I wanted to teach that lesson. But I promise you I will think twice before pouring hot water again.

I had two “writer” experiences this week. Both learning related.

1- In my WIP Dead in the Water, my protagonist makes Carrot Cake Muffins. No big deal except it’s April. April? Well, I don’t think of Carrot Cake Muffins until fall. The spices and fruit remind me of fall and cooler weather. I didn’t think of this until I made a batch this week. In reality this probably isn’t an issue, but it bugs me. I may need to change that to Strawberry shortcake or something that screams spring.

2- And the important issue. The short story I submitted for an anthology didn’t do as well as I had hoped. It wasn’t rejected, BUT they want me to rewrite the ending. The sound you hear is me banging my head against the wall. Endings are hard for me. I knew when I wrote Lake Monster that it could cause problems. It leaves too many loose ends. But I kind of wanted it that way. I wanted it to have an open ending. My thought process was spooky stories told around camp fires. Those stores don’t have what I would call closure. They end, but with the feeling that it’s not really over, that maybe it’s just the beginning. I keep telling myself it’s okay. This is the first time I have written a story specifically for a certain publication. And it was written quickly. Anyway, now I need to brainstorm to see what I can do. I like the story and the characters. If nothing else my baby girl loves the story 🙂

#Row80 is an awesome writing challenge that knows you have a life. Be sure to check out other participants and leave a word of encouragement. Round 3 ends on September 22. I appreciate the little counter that was added to the blog.

Red highlights were a total failure.

Blue highlights with constant progress strike-through means completed.

Pink highlights are goals I’m dropping. Really, no surprise there. I hate them.

Green highlights new goals added.

  • Promotion.
    Goal- 3 emails a week &/or participate in 3 twitter memes.  Nope. I did a little promotion but not enough to count.
  • Write two posts a week, not related to Row80.  Yes. I posted one yesterday and there’s one for tomorrow.
  • Stay on top of Critique group Complete one per week. I am so far behind it’s not even funny. I missed the meeting because of my burn.
  • Edit/revise “Stella” for possible submission to a contest.
  • Sort through critique remarks on Dead in the Water.  Goal: 5,000 edited words a week. I’m not on track for the week but I have made progress. It’s taken longer than a week to edit 5,000 words. I may need to expand the time allowed.  Set1 (chapters 1-3) completed   Set 2 (chapters 4-5) completed  Before I move on to set 3 (chapters 6-7) I want to reread the chapters and move a few things around.
  • Teach them to properly wash clothes
    I’m moving this to completed. I think they have a handle on laundry. there’s nothing like a mom injury to make the others in the household pick up the slack. I promise that was not intentional.
  • Teach them how to make one meal from start to finish without help. Nope! This may have to stop until after volleyball and swim season. At this point, it’s all about the crock-pot.
  • Draw the current kitchen footprint.  
  • Contact a body at the hardware store to discuss cabinet options and prices.
  • Make a wishlist for the kitchen.
  • Plot out a story that popped in my head.  Goal – have a full plot before the end of this round. This has stalled.
  • Create a list of tweets for each story I have out to make promotion easier! – A list of 10 tweets per story by end of round. Done!
  • Free writing at least 3 times a week Nope!
  • Read 4 books a month.
    /4- I read 9 books this month!
  • Write a new ending for Monster, edit, and revise by September 7.

Below are the goals completed so far for round 3.

Completed Goals:

  • Empty cabinet under stove for stove installation. 
  • Teach my girls how to make a dress
  • Edit/revise “Monster” 
  • Edit/revise “Mermaid”
  • Organize my writer’s calendar and mark upcoming due dates and expectations.
  • Buy school supplies and organize all the school stuff.

Deep breath. Okay, I have lots to do. I’m not going to panic. I’m just going to pick a project and get to work.

What was your last learning experience?


3 thoughts on “I’m Back!

  1. Everything in my life is a learning experience. =)

    At dawn, I took a wonderful walk with my son, about to be 15. After that, we sat and talked in the front yard for nearly an hour, talking about all manner of things. He’s a private boy, and I cherish these times when it’s just he and I, and he shares something of himself. He’s such a wonderful blend of near-adult and silly kid. ❤

    Given your injury, it seems like you've made some great progress. Congrats on the not-rejected story. Fixing an ending is a doable thing. I'm with you, though – endings are a tricky business, especially when you want to leave them open.


  2. Glad to hear that your hand is healing and you are back at the keyboard. As far as your writing experiences – 1) Those little details like what muffins are in season drive me nuts as well and I hem and haw over whether or not I need to change it and if anyone else is going to care. 2) I don’t know what I would do if a publisher asked me to change the ending of a story. I would be like, but that’s how it happened, because in mind, my writing is reporting something that actually happened, and who am I to change the facts. Right? I guess you have to ask yourself if this is really a big deal or not. And go with your instincts. Good luck!


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