The Mad Morphing of #MAYkingItWork

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By Hartsook Photo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by a comment by a friend who will remain anonymous (Hi Debs! Oh wait, that’s the opposite of anonymous), let’s come clean: #MAYkingItWork might not be taking the shape you intended.

It’s certainly not taking the shape I intended.

What’s that, hypothetical reader? Am I ready to rhombus? Huh? Oh, I see, not the shape I intended… Geometry humor. How long have you been holding on to that one?

That long?

But I digress.

The universe has certainly rumbaed (see, hypothetical reader? I can humor too) its way over my plans for Aunty Ida’s next adventure, but life happens and real adventures are more important that fictional ones.

Hmm. Usually.

The air is electric with change, some for the good, some for the not-so-good, some we may not know for quite some time. We are watching the Earth turn in real time, and we’re turning with it. Sometimes we must adapt.

And that includes our writing plans.

Words are words and projects may differ, but as long as we are making progress with something, we are #MAYKingItWork.

 

Have a dusty, unfinished manuscript you need to work on? Join us in May for #MAYkingItWork! Commit to a project and commiserate with us!

Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

Peruse Montraps Publishing.

 

 

How’s #MAYkingItWork Going? WEEELLLLL

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This painting has a very odd title: Master of the Female Half-Lengths [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

So. I’m really not making #MAYkingItWork work. Like at all.

On the one hand, I think there’s a really good reason for it. Given what’s going on with our, uh, “government,” for lack of a better word, I can’t take my eye off of the news. It seems that things are happening, and they may be happening quickly. This may be the most pivotal moment in history in most of our lifetimes.

It’s tough to look away, let alone to disappear into another imaginary world.

On the other hand, that sounds like it might be a bit of an excuse, doesn’t it? What’s that, hypothetical reader? That’s what you said?

Hmm.

And, as it often goes, I now have a new idea I want to work on. So many shiny things.

How’s it going for you? Anyone made progress?

Have a dusty, unfinished manuscript you need to work on? Join us in May for #MAYkingItWork! Commit to a project and commiserate with us!

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Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

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#MAYKingItWork: Decision Day

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Commitment is a strong word.

If you’re with me for #MAYking it work, a challenge to pick something unfinished and get to it, you probably know that, when Friday seemed like a good chunk of time away, we all agreed that we would choose our manuscripts and/or projects by today.

OK, fine, maybe you didn’t say it out loud, but you were definitely thinking it. Well, today is Friday.

And I’m still waffling. I want to pick one particular project, but inspiration for another without far to go came last night. In the contrary way my brain tends to work.

Contrary brain.

Anyway, I will not be diverted! I am going with my first choice: another Aunty Ida book.

There. Said it. No backsies. I’m on it.

How about you? Did you choose? Was it harder than you thought?

Have a dusty, unfinished manuscript you need to work on? Join us in May for #MAYkingItWork! Commit to a project and commiserate with us!

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Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

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#AtoZChallenge: Wolf

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By U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters (gray wolf Uploaded by Dolovis) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

So “Wolf” is my real last name. You can imagine the teasing I had as a child; people would deliberately mispronounce the first half of my first name as “Is a” and you’re smart people, you can fill in the rest.

But I’ve always liked it. In sharp contrast to my first name, it’s easy. Usually. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve called a customer service line and they can’t find my record because for some reason they think it’s “Wols.” Even when I say “Wolf. Just like the animal.”

Any takers on what a “wols” is? What it eats? Where it lives?

I like to think I carry the spirit of the wolf with me (or maybe the wols, too, depending). It’s interesting how a name can shape us, especially since they’re usually given to us.

It’s why naming a character can be so difficult at times. I admit I’ve changed names in the middle of a manuscript or even further when it just didn’t feel right, after I’d gotten to know the character.

But hey, we can’t all be Wols.

Have a dusty, unfinished manuscript you need to work on? Join us in May for #MAYkingItWork! Commit to a project and commiserate with us!

Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

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#AtoZChallenge: Unfinished

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Uakari male; en [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Ally from The Spectacled Bean got me thinking about unfinished things with one of her recent comments. About getting started but not getting further.

About all those beginnings stored somewhere in this computer far away from hopes of endings.

Maybe some of them aren’t meant to be finished. Maybe some are just stubs of ideas and nothing more. Or maybe that’s just a pseudo-poetic way to justify moving on to the next shiny object.

Hmm.

So here is my pledge. When I finish the short story I’m currently writing (it has somewhere it needs to be!) I’m taking one of those unfinished pieces and completing it. Who’s with me? Hands up!

We can do this!

Probably.

UPDATE: Looks like a bunch of people are in for what we’re going to call #MAYkingItWork! Yes. I’m really calling it that. Yes, I totally insist.

 

Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

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Gearing up for the A to Z Blogging Challenge

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So as the A to Z Blogging Challenge barrels toward us, I’ve been tidying up odds and ends with one of those to-do lists that’s about 75% aspirational. Are the to-dos to-done?

Nobody’s a perfect list-crosser-offer. What’s that, hypothetical reader? You always finish all of the to-dos on your list?

Well, that’s easy for you, isn’t it, given your hypothetical state, I would think.

Here’s the thing about A to Z. It doesn’t have to be your whole life, and it it doesn’t have to take up all of your time. But you do tend to find yourself telling yourself you’re just going to visit ONE MORE BLOG.

Or put off editing by writing one. Not that I’d ever do that. Ever.

What’s that, hypothetical reader? Frequently?

At least it’s on the list. Speaking of, it’s back to it.

 

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), and the sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) which is now available!

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I’m Polyauthorous and I’m Proud

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RadioKirk, Wikimedia Commons

RadioKirk, Wikimedia Commons

OK, first things first. You know that neat little widget which is supposed to update my word count when I change it on the NaNoWriMo site? Well, it doesn’t. It just stays on the same number it was when I put it up. So either I’ll have to figure it out (any WordPressers resolve this issue?) or let it go.

Hmm, changing the widget seems to have worked, but we’ll see after I update today.

Now, on to that title. You may remember how I said that I had two ideas, and I thought I might try to work on both? Seems a little crazy, right?

Well, I did.

I think it’s possible to love more than one manuscript at a time. And here’s the thing. They’re different in tone, different in subject matter, and they (probably) occur in two different worlds.

It wasn’t nearly as difficult to switch as I thought it might be, I did the bulk of my writing on one (2200 words) and then, much later, added 1000 to the project I started on November 1.

Sidebar. To resolve all future confusion (I’ll be honest here, I mean my future confusion), we’ll call the project I started on day 1 WIP A, and the one I started on day 2 WIP B. Cool? Cool.

So yesterday WIP B was the one that drew my attention, the one that I sank into more readily. Today may be the opposite, and I’m going to give myself the freedom for that. When the going gets tough, the two-WIP way of life may become questionable, and we’ll cross that bridge and all the other assorted cliches.

But I’ll tell you this: NaNoWriMo is doing its job, because I am back to getting words on a page, and that is battle number one.

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), and the sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) which is now available!

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