Writing Journal 4.28.2019 (Coming out on 4.30.2019): General mental chaos and real life things shut down the writing train last week

Yeah, basically, nothing got done and I got lazy as all hell for the past week. Nothing to be excited about numbers-wise or in any other context.

+380 words written.

Days writing:  1 of 7.

Days revising: 1 of 7 for 30 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 1 of 7 days.

Two major explanations for it:

  • Game of Thrones. I went over that the last time I did one of these, so I won’t repeat them here.
    [I was just about to talk about what I wanted to defend regarding this season, but then I realized that my parents are starting to watch Game of Thrones but are only at the end of Season 5. They actually read this blog, so no way I can spoil that for them.]
  • Basically, I have less than four weeks before the end of the school year (there’s going to be two in-service days after Memorial Day, but I can work those days in my sleep). Right around now is when everyone in teaching is stretching to the end, trying to wrap up whatever we can wrap up in the amount of time that we have, and just looking for the end of it all. This year has been different, of course, since we actually had to increase the length of the school days to compensate for the weird number of snow days we had this year. That’s been a grind, but it is for the best since we’ll be out of school before the end of May. I’ve had a great year at my new school district, but I think everyone, students and faculty alike, are looking ahead toward the end.

Obviously, all of that hasn’t been good for my creativity. Some writers seem to thrive on chaos, but the writing mechanisms work better for me if I’m in a mellow mood. Looking forward to the end of May.

Here’s the project updates (ha ha):

  • Project A: Delaying the Writer’s Market subscription until the end of May, shop it around after then, maybe one more proofreading edit/follow-up revision, yadda yadda yadda.
  • Project B: I’ve got nothing. Probably haven’t looked at this for three weeks.
  • Project C: My stir-craziness regarding the end of the year and the physical-mental breaks you need to deal with an endurance situation lent itself to a new poem referring to an old kayfabe term. I’ll add it on with the rest of the new items.

    The projected deadlines for those projects (an attempt by me to keep myself accountable for all of this).
  • Project A, begin querying agents and publishers: Sometime in early-mid summer 2019.
  • Project B, finish major redrafting of the rough draft (more of a second rough draft rather than a more focused revision): End of summer 2019.
  • Project C, finishing creating rough draft poems: End of 2019.

I’ll stick to the schedule next time – promise.

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