Michaeline: Fallow

Sheaves of wheat, covered in snow

“January” by Grant Wood, via Wikimedia Commons

Fallow, fallow, wallow, swallow. Swallows of Capistrano, and soon it’ll be spring again.

LOL, forgive me. I’m a bit out of practice. I haven’t written a darn thing since January 30th. I cooked and cleaned for the New Year, and then I took a break. I slept. Oh, lordy, I slept! I went to bed early, I woke up late, I took naps, and even now, I’m looking at the bed in the corner of my spare bedroom and thinking a power nap might help me write a fabulous post for the new year. I recognize the perfect post is an illusion, and keep writing.

When I’ve been up, I’ve been reading. My goodness, having a pair of reading glasses is making a difference! I read two Wiseman books about the group dynamics of teens – teens are the best drama generators in the world, so I figured it might be a helpful dash of fertilizer to my fallow, fallow brain. My conscious mind isn’t doing much with Queen Bees and Masterminds; I think the best thing to do with pop psychology is to read it, and let the subconscious mind sort it all out, and bring out the useful bits in a story. I’m also reading a lot of Captain Awkward’s advice columns, so when the advice collides with a likely character, I’ll be ready to capture the whole thing down with my pen and paper.

I’m not quite ready to get back to work (see above paragraph about the siren song of the bedsheets). Monday is a public holiday, so I think I’m going to sleep some more, and read some more, and then catch up on my internet obligations. By then, I should be raring to go back to my old story, or maybe a new story, and turn my thoughts into readable words, and be able to share them with others.

I feel very naughty and indulgent, but sometimes, it’s a good idea to spoil yourself. Isn’t it? We’ll see, come Tuesday morning!

In the meantime, I hope 2018 is treating you all well, and bringing you many things to think about and wonder about.

Michaeline: Stay-Con!

Stay at home and dig deeper into your writing with a weekend plan. (Willard Leroy Metcalf, via Wikimedia Commons)

Stay at home and dig deeper into your writing with a weekend plan. (Willard Leroy Metcalf, via Wikimedia Commons)

I’m so excited for my friends who are going to the Romance Writers of America conference in San Antonio at the end of the month. It’s going to be a great time for them, and they are going to bring back great stories and cautions and advice to the blog!

As we all know, the RWA conference can be quite an investment – the plane tickets and the hotel and the conference itself. But even a small investment in yourself and your writing can yield big results, so I bring to you: the Stay-Con (from the comfort of your own home!). Continue reading

Nancy: Random Thoughts on Writing

In a few weeks, I will share some big news about LIFE, and will hopefully have more time to devote to writing and this writing community. In the meantime, I haven’t focused much on my WIP or fiction writing in general, but I have, in the course of my day job, spent some time with professional writers this past week. While the writing they were doing on my business project was quite different from the type of writing we discuss here, there are some writing truths (not universal truths, mind you; more like generalizations based on this writer’s observations) across all types of writing.

When writers aren’t writing, they’re talking about writing. OK, they probably don’t spend all day every day talking about writing. Probably not. Well, maybe not. But put a few of them together, and you will likely observe them waxing nostalgic over the last complicated writing project marked by long nights and tight deadlines and too much junk food and caffeine. Continue reading