August 2017 Writer’s Life Review
August was an interesting month. Full to the brim with both excitement and mind-numbing boredom. And with far less reading going on than normal, much to my annoyance. I could seriously have used a good book or five to break up the boring parts of the month. But with a new month comes new adventures, goals, and glimpse into this writer’s life.
Some may ask, why choose a content theme for each month? Doesn’t that just hinder creativity?
And I admit, it was hard to choose the theme for this month. I was more concerned with moving the blog from my now defunct free WordPress site to here, my shining new site. More concerned with not trying to bang my head into a wall or becoming a grumpy mess because I haven’t had much chance to just sit and read unless it was going on 1:00 A.M. Thank the universe for a vast array of easily found and quite relaxing Fan-Fiction stories around 1,000 words in length. I’m an avid reader and I may have flipped out without them. But in the end, I did get the theme picked out for this month.
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September’s content theme is…productivity. I have a passion for productivity methods. Most notable being my passion for my Bullet Journal and a recent passion for Asana. This passion mixes with my passion for writing and reading,spurringg me to do more, write, more, and read more. Perfect for my first month on a new site, especially since I cut back my posting schedule to help the move run smoothly.
Fun fact: I went from picture books straight to H.G. Well’s The Time Machine as a kid and was an avid list maker.
August brought some interesting things development when it comes to writing and productivity.
I’m an avid user of Ryder Carroll’s Bullet Journal®, having used it for over a year at this point. But during August, it became pretty obvious to me that spending so much time in the digital world meant I also needed a digital tool. After doing some research, I settled on Asana and set about trying to find the perfect way to use it for tracking writing-related tasks. I’m slowly getting the hang of it and think I finally have something that works.
On the writing front, August means I put a project I’ve been struggling with on hiatus until further notice. I love the project. It’s a Young Adult Science Fiction retelling of Romeo and Juliet. What’s not to love? But I was starting to dread opening the Google Doc. to work on the story. So I decided to do something else. Something fun. A novella or short novel I could submit to somewhere like Riptide Publishing if I polished it hard enough.
The story is an F/F Fantasy Romance that place in a world modeled vaguely on the Edwardian Era. I’ve managed to get a brief, one-page synopsis of the story written. Now I’m on to composing a 3-page synopsis and fleshing out the world. There is a quest and the meet-cute has one of the women bursting into the other’s life in an unexpected way. (And vampires! Because I love aliens, tech, vampires or vampire-like beings, and orcs. )
I also wrote a flash-fiction piece that is thoroughly character-based in its conflict and will hopefully be sent out on submission soon. Which brings me to my goals for the month. During September I want to:
- Expand synopsis to 3-pages and worldbuild.
- Write a 1-page synopsis for a different F/F Fantasy Romance.
- Draft a short story.
- Write one chapter of current in-progress Fantasy Romance.