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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AROW80: Round 3 Closing

This week does not feel like the end of Round 3. Last week, that felt like the end of Round 3. Last week I had such a  great week. While this week feels a bit lack luster in comparison. One must sojourn on, through bogs of eternal stench or deadly deserts. :-)

But....I will not let that deter my writing, choices, or attitudes. I got this!!! I can do this. I just had a rough few days and trying to recover. The Day Job has been a bit zooey and with this and that deciding to go wrong, or not quite right, I get a little thrown off. This is proof why I don't like talking on the phone, as that is 95% of my job. But, I like my job and it pays the bills.

So, what have I been up to? Well, prepping for OctPoWriMo and my Book to Movie adaptation month. Last year I looked at Charlotte's Web, Wizard of OZ, The Dark is Rising, and Wrinkle in Time. It was quite the time, both re-reading these stories and watching the movies. I have my 4 of the month. Wanna know what I am working on? Well, you gotta come back to see. Okay, that's not fair, I will tell you that I am reviewing The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. That will be the first week of October.

So, Poetry and Movie/Book Reviews. Yup! It's a return to  my roots at the beginning The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is gearing up, as is the Historical Ghost Walk for the Falls Harvest Fest and Halloween Improv shows next month. So many things to prep and be in charge of! I am plugging along.
of this blog. And lots of Theatre Goodness in the coming months.

I am excited though. Maybe a little crazy. It comes with the territory.

Onto the AROW80 goals:
      *Reading: started Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie. This is a fun and easy read. I love Miss American Gods by Neil Gaiman. His is a thicker text, but the characters are interesting and the story is engaging thus far. I think I am on page 92 of 588 pages. Yeah, got a bit to go. Will probably read either Stardust or The Graveyard Book next.
Christie's work. there is something relatable about her stories and characters. I am almost halfway through the book. Also working on
      *Editing: I have edited more this week than written. To be honest. Trying to go through a new round of revisions on Crying Mascara. It's a good story, but I feel it's getting hung up on the little stuff when submit it. Trying to get it  published. Nothing yet. Have had a few good comments and criticisms about it. Am determined to make it better, but am a little impatient. That is the new thing I am working on, trying to not be impatient when submitting a work for publication. I have discovered that f I keep revising, I won't stop. Is this something other writers go through?
      *Visiting: I am proud to say that I am sticking with visiting other blogs everyday, between 3 to 4 blogs and commenting on them. Also using social media to connect with fellow writers. I can always use it more to the productive means than the procrastination, but it's all about balance. Some days there is so much crap to shift through. Also, I try to put out as good as my followers and readers would want to read on a blog, twitter, or newsfeed.
       *Submissions: I submitted to one journal. I discovered over last weekend that some of my pantoums really work. Of course, it helps that I could read them aloud. This I think is why pantoums work as poetry and why you need to read them out loud. Anyway. One down, two to go for submission this week. 
 Fell short this week:
      *Blogging: I have not blogged this week. My heart wasn't in it Monday or Tuesday Also, I didn't have an idea what what I wanted to blog about. I am looking to take time tomorrow to blog to make up for the slack.
      *Writing: Did not write a lot in the last few days. Feeling less inspired and distracted by the theatre projects. Need to change that.

To work on:
      *Blogging (The normal stuffs)

Planning on hitting Round 4 pretty hard, what with OctPoWriMo in October and NaNoWriMo in November. After yesterday's revelation, I am more determined to try harder to make my writing publishable material, keep this blog interesting while gaining new readers, and generally making good trouble in the world. Fall has kick in overdrive in the Twin Tiers with the swatches of reds, yellows, and oranges. What is your favourite part of fall/autumn, Dear Readers? I love the colour change and the crisp mornings. Oh, and pumpkin spice coffee too!

Go and check out the Blog Hop for the last of Round 3 ROW80-ers! Have a great rest of the week. See what I have to say about The Last Unicorn.


  1. 1. Labyrinth, Return to Oz and The Last Unicorn! You shot an arrow straight into my geeky girl heart. =*)

    ii. What is OctPoWriMo? I have not heard of this. Do all participants review book-to-movie adaptations? Can you pick whatever you want (e.g. every single movie/mini-series adaptation of Pride & Prejudice)?

    c. Great progress on reading, editing, visiting & submitting! And I can totally relate to getting stuck re: blogging & just not knowing what to say/talk about. Are you going through a phase of too much stimuli/stuff in the brain & too little space for thoughts? I keep coming back to this idea of creating mental & emotional space for the Muse. So important! And so hard sometimes!

    Looking forward to reading your updates next round!

    1. Thanks!

      OctPoWriMo is a poetry challenge similar to NaPaWriMo. You write 31 poems in 31 days.

      The Book to Movie Adaptation reviews are my own thing I do for the month of October. Sorry, I must have smooshed my ideas together. :-)

  2. My 10 year old and I were just talking about The Last Unicorn! I've read the book, and seen the movie countless times...

    I find I need times of doing and watching and other input to fuel the creative surges I have. It's a little like surfing; I ride the waves, and set a variety of goals so that I can do more prepping type things in the lulls, and be free to indulge the surges when they burst over me.

    I haven't checked out the OctPoWriMo site yet this year, but since it's on my October list, too..I think I'll take the opportunity right now! =D


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