Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wanted: The End

"A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people."- Thomas Mann

I've been really frustrated lately with my inability to actually complete something I've written. It's partly due to the fact that my writing time isn't quite as abundant as it used to be, partly because I'm working on several projects, and partly because ON those projects, I'm working toward a specific word count -- longer than usual for me.

I told a friend yesterday that writing short is easy. The first 30,000 words? No problem. But after that, it's tough. For whatever reason, I don't always have enough story for more. I think I do have enough story for my fantasy, especially with the changes I need to make, so the only issue with that is just getting the words down. Geoff will have enough story, too, once I start writing in the heroine's POV (duh).

Still, I want something DONE.

So, I challenged myself to a writing contest. A short story of at least 7500 words by Friday morning. And, then another one of at least the same length by the end of the weekend.

They may be garbage, but my psyche needs to see "the end".


Dakota did amazing in agility last night. She got over all her fears without telling me. Ran the entire course off leash (except for the weave poles -- they were new, and she didn't know what to do with them). She did the frame, the see-saw... everything!! Not even any hesitation. Amazing. I was utterly shocked. I have a sneaking suspicion we'll be moving into the advanced class when this one is over. Wow. She really loves agility. It's incredible.

There is one other couple in class with a Golden Retriever mix who has always been the best dog in class -- and now, she isn't. Last night, the handler grinned at me and then turned to her dog and said, "Now, you need to pay attention and do as well as--" (finger jab toward Dd) "show-off over there."

We have a good class of folks, and I really like them so would be sad to go away into another class, but I think it would be good for Dakota. Next stop: AKC Agility Championships!



You Are the Artist

You are unique and inspired. You aren't happy unless you are making art of some sort.

Almost anything can be a catalyst for your creativity. You find the whole world stimulating.

You have beautiful visions, and you're good at expressing them. You like people to see what you see.

You also have an inventor's spirit. You're always thinking up new ideas and concepts.


Diane Craver said...

Glad Dakota is doing well in his class.

Hope the new writing goal goes well. Sorry about not having as much time to write.

Ceri Hebert said...

I'm an artist too.

Congrats to Dd!! Don't laugh at the championships...could happen!

I have a harder time with shorter works than longer. My shortest is 13500 words. Good luck with your challenge. Maybe you'll come up with some awesome stories!

Dru said...

I'm an artist.

Congrats to Dakota. Agility is her calling. Onto those championships.

Good luck with your writing. You'll see the end.

Have a good Thursday.

Tori Lennox said...

And yet another artist here. :)

Brandy said...

WTG Dakota!
Good luck with the deadlines you've set yourself.
I guess I'm the only one who was different. *G* (Don't go there. *G*) I was a Communicator:You are a collector and facilitator of knowledge. You love storytelling and teaching.
You light up when you're around other people, and you especially light up in front of a crowd.
You are a charismatic person who's genuinely a joy to be with. You remind others to have fun.
You love life, and you're wake up grateful for every new day. This attitude makes the people around you love life as well.

Some is accurate, some is not. I am horrendously shy, no getting up in front of people for me. *G*

I hope you have a good day!