So…there was a weekend. People were busy doing things. Lots of things. Me? I mostly kept my head down and my mouth shut and wrote lots of words. I did some stuff but I’ll discuss it below in the appropriate section. 😆
Writing: Sometimes, books seem to write themselves. The words pour out and I’ll suddenly come to a period or a question mark–even an exclamation point on the rare occasion. I stop. I realize my feet are cold and swollen. My neck is stiff and my hands are cramping. An hour or more will have passed and even if I can barely stand up out of my chair, I’m exhilarated. Other times, I sit and stare at the last line I wrote knowing it sucks but not sure how to fix it, nor how to move forward. Lately, with this book, it’s been far more of the latter. I was way behind on my word count and while I had a few future scenes either sketched out or completed, I was well and truly stuck. So, Saturday, I did all the things that normally work to get me unstuck. That’s how I figured out I had the time line all wrong. So I sat down to plot the time line. FYI? I NEVER do that. I’ve done timelines for birth dates and such but never a day-to-day “calendar” of events. Trust me, this book needed it. So I was standing in the kitchen waiting for my vanilla soy milk to heat in the microwave in preparation for my next of way-too-many cups of coffee trying to explain this to Lawyer Guy. Even with the new time line the end of the book was eluding me. I was just over halfway in my word count and normally I have at least an inkling of the end. Then it hit me. The whole knotted-up mess of a plot unraveled just as pretty as you please and dang if I didn’t sit down and rip out almost 3K words. So, I’m back on track and hit just over 35K words. So yay!
TV: Yeah…still not doing a whole lot of TV. In trying to avoid the news, I tumbled across the WGN series, OUTSIDERS. I’d watched the first couple of shows and drifted away. Then I watched a show from somewhere in the middle of the season as the channel ran a marathon on Saturday in preparation for the new season this week. I got sort of intrigued so I DVR’d the shows. I’ll give them a look see at some point, see if it holds my attention this time. I’m two LUCIFER episodes behind. I need to get my word count done early so I can catch up before tonight’s episode. Other than that, I’m watching FIRST 48, NIGHTWATCH and LIVE PD. 🙄
Movies: I caught some trailers over the weekend and I know there are some I want to see but sadly, the only one I remember is one I have no intention of ever watching. CHiPS might have been cheesy back in the day but I LOVED that show! Jon and Ponch and the whole crew! Well, some numbnuts has gone and made a parody movie of it. Grrrr. Oh! FANTASTIC CREATURES. I didn’t watch the last couple of Potter movies, but I want to see this one as soon as it hits cable.
Books and reading: Most of what I’m reading is secret, contest stuffs. No revealing until after the winners are announced in July. 😉 But I’ve also grabbed a couple of sale/free books to add to my stash: IN FOR A PENNY, by Nancy Naigle and Kelsey Browning, a cozy mystery starring little ol’ southern ladies of the gray-haired variety. THE THIRTEENTH MAN, by J.L. Doty, is an outer-space fantasy. I also snagged BRIDES FOR BROTHERS (Midnight Sons #1) by Debbie Macomber from the library. Since I’ve been in a slump where reading for pleasure is concerned, I thought I’d go out of my usual “comfort” zone to see if I could shake things up.
So, that’s pretty much my run-down for the weekend. What did y’all do? Got plans for the week? I’m writing. That 1/31 deadline isn’t getting any further away but at least I’m back on the right track and really liking this book now. 🙂 Time for another cup of coffee because daylight’s burnin’ and this dang book ain’t gonna write itself…