There is nothing like the support of a friend, but a friend who has been where you are is priceless. In my last post I talked about problems I was having with not knowing the motivations of my characters. When I made it to my amazing writers group they had lots of encouragement and reassurances for me. The ring leader, Elise, also gave me an anecdote about not knowing why her serial killer had a certain MO only that he did. She said that it was about half way through the book when her detectives started working out the case that she figured why. So for now I will keep writing what is going on and worry about the why a little further down the line.
1. Write 500 words per day on any project.
This has kinda happened, but I can't give details because I wrote in a notebook instead of my word processor. I am SO not about to count those words scribbled down, but I will say for the purposes of this I believe that I met my goals. These are the things that happen when you must be on the go in a computer unfriendly place. I am proud of myself for getting something done and I like the things I wrote. Which may be a strong indication it is crap, but it is another thing we worry about on another day.
2. Blog at least every Wednesday and Sunday.
Yay for the blogging thing! I seem to have this added to my routine. I was loosing a lot of time finding pictures, but I stumbled across this blog post and landed at a site called Pixabay. It is quick and easy to use, but most importantly full of awesome.
3. Check out at least 10 posts from each new ROW80 linky before the next one comes out.
I was able to read 10 blogs, but only commented on 8. I am pretty sure my phone hates Wordpress because it gives me fits and looses my comments. Have you ever noticed that when the interwebs eats your comments or post you are not as witty the second (or sixth) time you type it out?
4. Use Twitter at least once per day.
Honestly things have been demanding my attention and I wasn't even sure how often I posted in the last few days. Luckily I installed the handy Twitter plug-in and it held the information I sought. I have posted at least once every day. I wasn't able to make an original post on Friday, but that wasn't a requirement.
5. Post on my author Facebook page at least 3 times per week.
This did not happen. I will definitely try harder next week, but due to the hectic demeanor of the last few days I am not going to beat myself up over it.
6. Read 1 book per week.
Still reading Sherlock Holmes slowly. A friend recommended Go Rin No Sho or The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi. It is a classic Japanese philosophy book. The quick things I have looked up say it is mostly about marshal arts, but the person who recommended it said it was about applying strategy to all things you do. I will probably give it a read just to see. I read that The Art of War by Sun Tzu, which is on my reading list, was inspired by The Book of Five Rings. So my curiosity has been piqued.