Just Some More Writing Talk

Hello everyone!

I just started realizing this week how incredibly difficult it can be to get your writing rhythm back once you’ve lost it. It’s something I’ve noticed before, but I never realized it was quite this difficult, I think.

For me it seems like I did okay in June. I was writing some each day, and I still managed to enjoy my summer with my wife, who was off. And then July hit and it all fell apart. I didn’t write everyday. When I did, it seemed like I was forcing my way through some of it. I had times of decent amounts, but not consistency.

That’s kind of where I’ve been the last few weeks. I’ve been pushing hard, trying to get my rhythm back, but it hasn’t been coming as well as I’d like. I’m getting the words out sometimes, but not always feeling all that inspired by what I’m writing. I know the story, I know what I intend it to be, but it just feels… blah, somehow.

About Wednesday this week it started feeling a little better. Thursday was a bit of a rough day, since I was struggling with a headache all day and not able to write as much as I’d like, but it felt good when I did. And then today I felt like I got quite a bit done. I’m starting to fall back into my rhythm. I wasn’t exactly in love with what I wrote today, and I know I need to go back over the scene and revise it a lot, but at least it felt like it was moving things along toward my goal. That felt good.

So yeah, I’m thinking I may actually get my groove back soon and wrap the first draft of this story up.

That just opens the door for revisions on the third installment in the Non-Vampire trilogy. It’s been sitting there for a few months now, waiting. I need to comb over it with fresh eyes. I can edit all I want, but I needed that time away to read it like a new story so I can see how it flows and how it feels. How it moves through this existing tale of the series so far. Once I do that, I’ll let someone else take a look at it and see what they think. So maybe it’ll be out sometime this fall. It is still untitled, sadly.

I feel like some of the summer heat has broken. I hope it stays gone, honestly. I like the 60s and 70s, not so much the 80s and 90s. I can survive up into the 80s, I guess, but once it reaches the 90s it gets tough. If it tops 100, I’m basically stuck inside where the air conditioner is good. I need to move to somewhere colder, I guess, but I don’t like the cold either. What can I say, I’m picky.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Writing, But It Is Going Very Slow Right Now

Hi!

Lately I’ve been a bit bogged down on my writing speed. I’m still making progress, but it is going painfully slow. I can’t really explain it. It’s not writer’s block because I have the ideas and know what I want to write. It’s almost like I go into slow motion while writing. I’ll look up after writing for what seems like half an hour, only to realize it has really been over two hours. It’s weird.

One possibility that has occurred to me is that the summer break for the local schools has drawn to an end. My wife being a teacher, we were together most days over the summer. We had lunch and went out for a little while doing one thing or another on most days. And now she’s away and I’m here alone, working on my book. While I worked on it during the summer, with her here, the place just feels different now.

Another possibility is my allergies are just driving me nuts. This could be a stand alone problem, or it could be just a contributing factor. For whatever reason, July seems to hit me really hard allergy-wise, and I’ve had it bad the past few weeks. The past week or two have been especially hard. So maybe I’m just kind of in an allergy-induced zombie state.

There’s also the possibility that I have just been mentally distracted. Just off somehow. Whatever it is, I’m toiling away and making progress.

So, onto another topic I guess.

What do you all think of that primary win for the Democratic party the other day? She has a chance to be the first lesbian, Native American member of the house if she defeats Kevin Yoder in the general election. Yay for LGBTQ representation in Congress!

I heard about an ugly incident after that primary that Ms. Davids won the other day, though. A local activist, a young woman who was the youngest delegate for Hillary Clinton two years ago, went to a rally after the results were in. She congratulated each candidate for running a good race, and most of them were nice to her, even though they didn’t win the election. Not Brent Welder. From what I have read, he went on a rant against her for some reason. He went so ballistic on this poor girl that he didn’t stop until she was in tears.

Wow, now that’s a class move there, Mr. Welder.

So seriously, whatever your political views and whoever you were supporting, I hope that any of you reading this out there know that you treat others with more respect and better class than this guy apparently did. I think the Democrats in Kansas should be very happy that their nominee isn’t as big of a jerk as this guy comes across as.

Have a good weekend!

Sticker Shock At The Dealer

Hi everyone!

Today we took a car in to a dealer to get some standard service done. We have never taken our car to this particular dealer, but we wanted to have the little car checked out carefully. All of the service has been done on this thing regularly since it was brand new, so we didn’t really expect anything too large.

Imagine our surprise when we got an alert right away that it was going to cost over $1000 to fix a headlight, that something was wrong with the horn, and that several hundred dollars worth of brake work needed done immediately.

Ahhhhhhhh!

Exploding Head Image

Whoa, what?! Um……. no?

Please no?

So after talking about it, we decided to hold off on part of it. One of the headlights, it turns out, does have a problem, but $1000 was quite excessive. The brake ‘problem’ was that they just needed new pads soon, not something awful that had to be replaced (At a VERY inflated cost) by them. The horn problem was not a problem, they just wanted us to upgrade to some optional horn that was available on the car when it was new.

So yeah… crisis averted.

Hopefully.

I think I can actually fix the headlight myself (At least I think so), and the other stuff we can do somewhere much, much, much cheaper.

Phew!

Talk about stress inducing.

How was everyone else’s week?