Autumn—With a Dash of Chill

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Late autumn is here in earnest this week, with some chilly temps and soggy days. It’s been a week for sipping tea and curling up under a blanket with a good book.

I’m finally getting around to responding to blog comments, and I apologize for the delay. Having two new part-time jobs has sent my schedule all topsy-turvy, and I’m still finding my groove and getting into a new routine.

It’s also been a year of introspection, as I really have delved deep into what I want out of this one wild, precious life. I want to be a storyteller more than anything, but I also want to travel, to have adventures, and to help people. So, I’m processing all of that as well as slowly progressing on my stories.

That brings me to the big progress for this week. Here’s where I’m at with my fourth-quarter goals.

  1. Finish a draft of Oak-BoundI’m officially finished with the first draft. I wrote the ending lines a few weeks ago, but there were a number of changes to make before I sent it off to my critique partner. And it’s sent!
  2. Revise Spellfire’s Kiss, once I receive feedback from my kind and helpful beta reader. On hold until December.
  3. Participate in one or two community events each month. Went to a local craft fair Friday afternoon.
  4. Meditate or do yoga twice a week. 
  5. Continue paring away the excess in our home and making the townhouse our own. I found some flooring online for the living/dining rooms, and we’re hoping to go look at it in person on Sunday.
  6. Bonus Goal: Baba Yaga novelette. Now that Oak-Bound is finished, I’m off to work on this story. I’d like to finish a draft before Nov. 20, when I meet with my CP, so I can work on the second draft of Oak-Bound while my novelette, tentatively titled Ancient Charm, rests for a while. Current: 2K/12K.

It’s hard to believe, but soon it will be Thanksgiving, with the winter holidays following fast on its heels. I’m enjoying the last stubborn traces of autumn leaves before winter sweeps them away, while embracing the coziness of the colder seasons.

What about you? What have you been up to lately, writing, reading, or otherwise? I’ve missed the online community, and I’m glad to be back with all of you!

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5 thoughts on “Autumn—With a Dash of Chill

  1. Glad that you are back as well.
    It is a tenuous balance we keep in our life as writers. All the things we want to do and need to do, yet those stories begging to be told. Best wishes on forward progress with all things in your life.

  2. Glad that you’re back. And congratulations on finishing your draft. I’m in the same boat as you with having two jobs and not having the time you want to write. It’s hard to find a balance with all the responsibilities you have to perform. But somehow, we get it done.

    I haven’t been doing much short story writing. But I’m trying to get back into it. I started one story on an inspired whim, but it immediately fell flat. I think it was because I was leaning on others too much to spur me on and I wasn’t feeling the story. That’s become a typical problem with me. I’ll write based on what others have suggested and go from there. It’s like I’m trying to please a certain person. But now, I’m back to the drawing board.

    There was a brief period where I questioned I should still be writing. I posted the question on Facebook and Twitter. I asked the question because I was working through a lot of things I hated about my life and I started thinking about that when it came to my writing. The biggest thing was that after fifteen years, I hadn’t composed a manuscript. I hated how I didn’t have ideas good enough for a novel. That’s why I questioned my value as a writer. But the writing community was so supportive and encouraging. I did get some butt-kicking my way, but the words were encouraging nonetheless.

  3. I’m always happy to see you, Denise, and here about your life as you discover it.
    In the midst of The Big Scary Thing that just landed smack in the middle of our lives, I find that my writing, and the chance to give back to others (as with Spellfire), gives me something else to focus on, something that is my own and nurtures me while I nurture everyone else in the family.

  4. Many congrats on wrapping up the first draft of Oak-Bound! That’s awesome. I’m very intrigued by your Baba Yaga novelette, so I hope progress for that has been going well since this post!

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