With all the year-end stuff and the links last week, I haven’t said much about what I’ve been doing in reading and writing lately, so today is update time.
My dad gave me a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble for Christmas, so I went down and bought five books and a magazine. It’s an eclectic bunch, reflecting my interests.
For learning my craft better, there’s Conflict and Suspense by James Scott Bell, The Scene Book by Sandra Scofield, and the most recent edition of Writers Digest. To see what other fiction is out there, I bought Charlie All Night by Jennifer Crusie and Vixen by Jillian Larkin. And as an Alaskan history buff, I got Anóoshi Lingít Aaní Ká: Russians in Tlingit American: The Battles of Sitka 1802 and 1804 by Nora Marks Dauenhauer, Richard Dauenhauer, and Lydia T. Black. I’ll enjoy working my way through the stack. I’m reading Beluga Days by Nancy Lord right now, because she will be speaking on a panel soon, about writing science creatively. We have so many great authors in Alaska!
I’ve been busy with writing too. I entered Fools Gold (the Skagway book) in the Golden Heart contest sponsored by RWA. Since then I’ve been revising my Nome book, Quicksilver. And of course I’ve been trying to keep up with my “business” writing, checking emails, keeping up with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc., and I started a few boards on Pinterest. It has been really fun to find cool pictures for Pinterest!
I signed up for the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood’s Winter Writing Festival. It’s kind of like Nanowrimo, except that each writer creates his or her own goals. The idea is to earn 50 points by the end of February. Since I’ve been having some health challenges lately*, my main goal is to keep my hand in as much as possible and do some editing. My plan is to earn at least one point each day, two or three if possible:
Ruby Slipper Sisterhood Goals for Winter Writing Festival: 1 point each:
Revise 20 pages.
Write 10 new pages.
Write 20 minutes of one writing sprint.
Business writing: Write blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest entries &/or work on agent queries for one hour.
Read one hour.
Take weekends and Valentine’s Day off to keep balance in life.
*My health challenges are not life-threatening or anything, but I have a “sinus headache” that isn’t really a sinus problem and makes it hard to focus when the pain kicks up a notch or two. I’m working with my GP and ENT, and hope to have solutions soon. Then I fell on the ice and broke a bone a week ago, now learning how to type with one hand and doing some reading when the pain meds don’t knock me out. Perseverance is my middle name!