A half million dollar project and a promotion have taken over my life. The only writing or editing I’ve managed to do in the last seven months are strongly worded emails to the vendor. Although if your think about it, emails are really just short little blog entries. Only instead of saying what you are feeling at the time or ranting about the injustices of the world, work emails are little tests of political savvy or in some cases, political suicide (public service announcement….always double check spell check).
Did you know there is a subtle art to slapping and praising someone all in one beautifully constructed sentence? I’m diligently working on my technique under a Jedi master of this art. Unfortunately, I’m also very passive aggressive so while I have the praise part perfected, I’m still working on my slap. Email fencing is not my preferred writing medium but writing words is writing words. All the great writing advice is if you want to be a writer, you need to write.
Reading is the second piece of advise. I’ve been keeping up with the reading because after a 10 – 12 hour day of dealing with the tremendous of amount of crap that comes out of technology, I unwind and save my sanity by disappearing into books. Worlds in which I am only an observer have been my comfort these past few months. In the back of my mind, I’ve been taking notes and have some ideas of what stories I’d like to write next.
In a few short months, it will be Nanowrimo time again and I’d like to have an outline ready to go instead of the ‘winging it” method I used last year. Editing last year’s novel is just too overwhelming right now so instead of not writing at all, I’m going to write on my blog and start jotting down ideas for my new writing project.
I’m hoping bit by bit to retrieve parts of my soul back from technology and my day job. Before I go, I’ll leave you with this piece of advice. Never argue with your technician. You are not right, if you were, you wouldn’t need our help.