I give up, let’s do it again

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I’ve been on a quasi break from writing due to crazy hours I was putting in on a project for my daytime job. I say quasi because I was still struggling with the revisions on the werewolf novella (I think I’m up to my 6th try on second new scene I had planned to write).

Recently I commented over on Southern Fried Chicas, that I was going to put the revisions aside for now. I was just tired of hitting my head against the wall trying to achieve something that would address my editor’s concerns while at the same time not feeling like filler to me or requiring a complete rewrite.

The funny thing is, the minute I posted that statement for all to see, I wanted to take it back. I wasn’t truly finished with trying to work out a solution. I just needed to think on it some more. In the mean time I also came up with an interesting paranormal western romance that requires a bit of research. I was going to forge ahead with that while still mulling over the werewolf problem, but that werewolf novella is like cavity I can’t stop probing.

I think (once again) I have a solution, I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of days now from different angles. Going to start working on the new ideas in a minute.

Another writing problem I’ve been dealing with is this blog. I’ve been meaning to wean myself off online for awhile now. The situation at work kinda forced the issue, but I’ve found that now that things have (temporarily) calmed down at work, I’m not all that hepped up to jump back into the fray. Just today, for instance, I spent 3 hours in garden. And later tonight I’ll be baking some spelt ‘n oatmeal muffins to take to work in the mornings for breakfast. I’m reading more, watching TV/movies more, and having more conversations with friends/family. Even hit the AGO a couple of weeks ago and plan visit several other museums around town. Plus, I still have to make it back to the gym on a regular basis, and of course I will be writing (or trying to).

And all that means being online less.

Fine with me.

Except…

I do enjoy my blog and as an epublished author I need to keep a visible online presence. While I using the joke posts as a crutch lately, I would really like to blog with more substance.

So that’s what I’m going to do. Once a week I’ll post something thoughtful (on writing, or what I’m reading, stuff happening in real life, etc). I’ll probably still post the jokes, etc. but the blog—-and the few peeps who drop by, or have me on their reader—-deserve to be treated better.

ps: I’ll let you know how try #7 on scene two works out.

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6 comments:

raine said...

I hear ya on the blogging thing, hon.
And otherwise--glad to hear the werewolves are hanging in there, lol, and the western sounds interesting. ;)

vanessa jaye said...

Raine, a lot of folks are feeling the blogging blahs. Meljean took the summer off from blogging. I think Sasha announced she was cutting back awhile ago (although it seems she's blogging a bit more regularly lately) Alison Kent has been off and on in the past, so has Amie and you've had your bouts of being quiet too. ;)

I don't want to leave the blog up here with the equivalent of dead air because of lack of fresh content, but I don't want to quit it either.

I'm hoping if I have all week to think about what to blog about on the weekend, I'll be more satisfied with the results. Plus that leaves me with with time off to have a life and not waste hours surfing around.

As for the werewolves...

glad to hear the werewolves are hanging in there,

Me too! I can't bear to think of the story languishing on my hard-drive!! I want to sell it, dammit! (Even though it's too late to have it out this year sob!.)

The western is going to fun. I think you'll like it, even though it's probably more ridiculous than having 3 shapeshifters running around on a cruise ship. lol. I think I'll write it next, only because the paranormal element is hot right now (that's not why I chose it write it btw, it's just serendipitous coincidence.)

ps. I took a break to eat dinner, that's why the long ass comment, otherwise I'd be writing! =:-O

azteclady said...

Vanessa, once a week posts (and the occasional "I gotta share this now" post) are a good way to do it--but the most important thing is doing what works for YOU.

*hug*

vanessa jaye said...

Thanks, Aztec! Figure if I plan for one post, I'll be able to pull it off.

Lynn Viehl said...

It's tough to keep up a daily blog (don't I know it.) And after so many years, you start feeling as if you've said everything that could possibly be said about the biz (ditto.)

I've been trying not to think too far ahead, and be more spontaneous with my posts. Usually I queue up two weeks' worth of posts, all checked and rechecked and organized all to heck, but lately I've been doing shorter pieces that I just write on the spur of the moment when I see something interesting (like the J.D. Salinger post I have up now.)

Deal with life and work, and write here when you can.

vanessa jaye said...

"I've been trying not to think too far ahead, and be more spontaneous with my posts."

Maybe I should try this approach more often. Blogger is blocked at work, but sometimes I do think of little goofy posts to write, then by the time I get home I think they're not worth putting up, so then nothing gets posted.

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