Saturday, April 26, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Welcome to snowstorm 4,321,987 of the year! I bet you're ready for some summer now, huh? Don't worry, you're not alone in this.
Here's the bad news: We have several more weeks of our current situation.
If that true fact has you considering bodily harm, let me point out again you're not alone. I was over winter after the first storm.
That's why I started listing things I like about winter. It's on Twitter and I try to post one thing a day. All of my tweets are dead-serious, no sarcasm.
So far, I've shared:
- snowmen with real scarves
- The Stripey One snuggles a lot more
- the way snow clings to conifers after a hearty snowfall
- sunlight on freshly fallen snow
- small dogs in sweaters, Corgis in particular
- brightly colored winter scarves and hats
I'll share one new thing per day until warmer times hit.
If you want to join in, use the hash tag #winterlove.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
So the fact I struggled for breath just thinking about my WIP caused even more anxiety. I didn't think too much into the why of it all but over the last few days I've come to the conclusion that most of my recent tweaking is due to unrealistic expectations I set for myself.
Despite what I said publicly, internally I kept my goal of revising this project in 31 days while working the day job and querying and handling life. The truth is, I couldn't. No matter how much I wanted it, I'm a 2-4 month revision girl. Because I set down something I couldn't realistically achieve, everything else in turn became backed up. Which caused yours truly even more anxiety. This could've been avoided if I accepted my strengths and weaknesses in terms of writing and revising.
Of course, acceptance is hard. Everyone wants to believe they're stronger than they really are. In some instances, this is a great thing to do. But in this case, accepting what you can and can't do is the key to figuring out whether you've established a reasonable timetable for your goals. But the question remains: How do you map out your strength and weaknesses?
The first thing to do is be honest with yourself. If you never pay bills on time because you blew all your cash on something frivolous, that's a weakness (and possibly an addiction of some sort). If you're an ace at prioritizing yourself and everyone around you, that's a strength. Sit down and be honest about your strengths and weaknesses as they relate to what you're trying to achieve. Once you have these figured out, you're one step closer to creating realistic deadlines.
When setting goals and deadlines, it's very important to know what works for you. This way you know what you can comfortably manage while giving yourself permission to overreach just a bit. Eventually the part that is outside your comfort zone WILL be your comfort zone, and you can add on a little bit more. The point is to become more efficient, not burn out after 5 weeks.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
You are Robin
Young and acrobatic.
You don't mind stepping aside
to give someone else glory.
Honestly, I don't know much about Robin other that what I retained from the 1960s TV show. (Note: This isn't much. And that I'm only 49% Wonder Woman? That's disappointing!
I promise next time I'm here, I'll have something useful to say. In the meantime, take the quiz and share which superhero you are below!
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Another big thing for me this year has to do with writing*. My goal for 2014 is to get to the next level in my writing career. I've spun my wheels for too long, not to mention The Timeframe That Must Not Be Named sucked out my soul, so now it's like do or die while I catch up from two years of my creative life.
Alicia, stop bitching willya?
Not bitching exactly, but more like explaining myself. Because when everything else has gone belly up, it is really a challenge to continue fighting that one more thing. So, this shiny goal begs the question how do you get your writing career to the next level?
The answer: persistence. And a game plan.
This sounds pretty simple, but then again the best plans should be so you're guaranteed to stick with them. As long as you have something mapped out and stick with it, you really can't lose.
And my personal game plan is busy. Granted, it's only planned through March, but baby steps are still steps**. I think these steps will help keep my creative life fresh and active, while pushing me forward to that publication goal. It's also in a manageable chunk that allows enough room to reassess and plan for April-June.
- Continue querying PHOENIX RISING
- Revise SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT
- Continue querying PHOENIX RISING
- Complete SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT revision and send out for beta feedback
- Research stuff for ASSASSIN PROJECT
- Continue querying PHOENIX RISING
- Complete ASSASSIN PROJECT RESEARCH
- Synthesize beta feedback for SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT and revise as needed
So this is the first quarter game plan to take my writing life to the next level. I'm telling everyone the plan to keep myself honest. Yes, Lurkdom, I'm asking you to keep me honest. Feel free to ask me anytime to make sure I'm not slacking. We all know how much I love Bejeweled.
Have you been struggling with a similar issue lately? How have you managed it?
* You're shocked. I know.
** Remind me of this later when I grumble about futility.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Don't worry, this isn't going to be one of *those* posts.
My main goal for 2014 is to get back to social media. I miss Twitter. I miss Pinterest. I miss The Lurkdom. Now that I've finally adjusted to the new day job, I feel that I can incorporate it all back in my life.
Which brings me to my second goal for the new year: Balance. It's so easy for me to get sucked into one particular part of life whether it's writing, Facebook games, reading... you get the picture. This year I want to be able to do all of this and remain sane. Oh, I'm also aiming to drop the ten pounds I already gained from the new day job.
So! Be on the lookout for me here, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Happy New Year!
Friday, May 3, 2013
Fortunately for you, Flippant Girl is here to help.
1. Bring a stenographer. You'll be too busy being in awe of your workshop leaders to take notes. Because you don't want to kick yourself for not doing this, find someone to do the hard work for you. Let them write down the crucial bits while you fangirl/fanboy out over how brilliant so-and-so is.
2. Wear roller skates. With only a few minutes between conference sessions, speedwalking is too slow. Zip through the crowds to get that prime seat for you and your stenographer. You'll appreciate the skates when you're also rushing to that book signing/bathroom stall/open bar*.
3. Say something memorable. You're going to meet a lot of people, including industry pros. When you do that follow up thing in the weeks to come, you want to make sure that these people remember who you are. They'll definitely remember the girl who has the theory that squirrels are taking over publishing versus the dude who talked about the literary importance of Jonathan Franzen.
4. Host in-room cocktail parties. We're writers. Drinking seems to go in-hand. Besides, after a day of fawning over your literary crush or being crushed from a manuscript consultation, you'll want to unwind. Bring on the Solo cups and fill the sink with hotel ice!
5. Collect as many business cards as possible. Almost everyone will have one and it's your duty to collect them all. Think of the scrapbook you'll have later one.
Create a book fort. You're at a conference with 600 attendees. If everyone has at least one book in their bag, you can do it. However! Pictures or it didn't happen.
* Not that conferences have open bars. That's wishful thinking.