We started a new unofficial “theme” this past week at work. February is the start of the fiscal year, so it’s the work equivalent of New Year’s resolutions. 😉 My all-time favorite theme is still, “Don’t be a fun-sucker!” I don’t think ANY theme can beat that year! OMG! I’m still using the term “fun-sucker.” Most FANTASTIC meeting…ever! Picture a group of people, all in their nice clothes, all saying “fun-sucker” repeatedly, too fast, and it starts to sound like something VERY inappropriate for the workplace. Good times! 😉
This year’s theme is all about “loose ends.” Finishing projects, not starting new projects until the old ones are complete, it’s all sane advice, but I’m starting to become “loose ends” obsessed! My life is FILLED with “loose ends,” both at work and at home. My hubby refers to it as “shiny object syndrome.” We’re fine until something shiny catches our eye!
So…in the spirit of this year’s theme, I’m tweaking my ROW 80, round one goals, just a smidge. I’m no longer as obsessed with word count, but I AM moving steadily forward. I’m approaching the finish line of my book. FINALLY! It feels good to be tying up this MAJOR loose end in my life. I’d like to have everything set by my birthday. I think that would be fun and somehow appropriate. In the end, no matter what, I want my writing to be FUN!
By the way, ROW 80 is a friendly group that’s there to help writers focus on their writing goals. Each writer decides what they would like to accomplish in the next 80 days. We check in on Sundays and Wednesdays with their “linky tool” and are welcome to adjust our goals as we need to. If you’re late getting started, that’s OK. Round 1 lasts from January 2, 2012 through March 22, 2012.
I did a Blogophilia post this week. I’d skipped a couple of weeks, and I REALLY did miss doing them. I’m so happy that my buddy Sue, figuratively gave me a kick in the tushie! Why? Because Blogophilia is fun! Writing short stories are fun. Writing, in genereal, is fun! Did I mention this already? Yeah, well I sometimes need to remind myself and make sure that it sticks. It’s so easy to forget, especially when I get too caught up in the technical stuff. Goals are great! I’m a huge fan of goals, but I never want to forget why I got into writing again. I NEVER want writing to feel like a job. That’s NOT…me. I don’t want to get into that mindset. I HAVE a job. It pays the bills. Most days, I LIKE my job. It’s not perfect, but what job is? Writing is NOT my job. If my life was a cup, then I’d see my job as something that empties my cup, a little at a time. Writing fills the cup back up again. It keeps me in balance. Too much obsessing over either work or writing, and I’m an unhappy Juli! Nobody wants that. 😉
I do a LOT of reading. I’m on my fifth or sixth book written by a new-to-me author. His novels aren’t the stuff that classics are made of, but they’re REALLY entertaining. I’m sure they could be picked apart and poo-pooed on, but I like them. When I read them, I get the impression that the author doesn’t take himself too seriously. There’s a lot of joy and silliness in his novels. I hope that I’m able to convey a similar vibe in my own books and short stories. Tragic comedy seems to be my writing style.
Amy Kennedy wrote an interesting post for ROW 80, about being true to your own voice. Make sure that you click on the link. I’m not very good at writing dark and brooding. I’ve tried, but I can’t do it. I enjoy reading stories that are dark. I think that writers who CAN do this are AMAZING, but for good or for bad, I know that my characters are NEVER going to have any bloody battle scenes of their own. I do have a bloody microwave scene, but that’s been pushed to Book Two! LOL
Take care everyone!