Well, I didn’t do much for CampNaNo in April. I got about 5000 words into Draft Five, was not feeling my writing, and quit while I was ahead. Eventually I brainstormed some and hammered out a new outline that I actually have some faith in. But I haven’t started rewriting it. I haven’t even tried.
Austin and I close on our house on Friday, which is certainly exciting in other ways. But that means the next two weeks will be a tornado of painting, installing ceiling fans, moving, cleaning our old place for the new tenants, etc.
In less fun news, I’ve had to work a lot of overtime this past month because of all the dye production trials I’ve helped run. One of my projects has gone from 1L lab experiments to 30,000 lb batches. We’ve had to troubleshoot it a great deal, and we still haven’t gotten it in the bag. Either way, the stress and the long hours have definitely taken their toll on me. I haven’t wanted to look at a laptop in weeks. I have wanted to take about a week off of work to relax, get my sanity back together, write some, and focus on our move. I’m not sure that’s going to be possible, especially if we plan another trial the week of Memorial Day.
But I look forward to June. The summer is warm and inspiring. The dust will have settled and we’ll have doubled our living space, hopefully making way for us each to focus on our own projects (I feel for Austin – he has no space to do anything of his own right now, so he usually just watches TV or plays games, and then I feel like I ought to spend time with him doing that stuff, so I get pulled away from my work….bah. Looking forward to giving him a room to practice his viola, record his Youtube vids, and work on his animation.) Plus, Austin will be out-of-town for a week in June which will give me nothing better to do than to write ;) And I’ve got ConCarolinas coming up at the end of the month, which is always ripe with creative, extraordinary people. A lot of my inspiration comes from chatting with brilliant people and seeping off their energy a bit.
In the meantime, I probably won’t be around much. I still keep up with my “favorite follows” on WordPress, but I don’t have much to say about writing at the moment. So, the blog will be a bit quiet. Hopefully, when Draft Six returns to full swing, I’ll be back with a whole summer’s worth of insightful writing thoughts ;)