Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday Update 2/28/11

I have a confession. I've done more quilting that writing in the past week. In some ways I have a good excuse...the quilt is a gift with a deadline, and I want to get it done in plenty of time so I don't have to stress at the last minute.

That does nothing for my WIP, though.

At the same time, I did take a wonderful little side trip into fiction-writing land on Saturday. I found myself exhausted but sleepless during my daughter's naptime. That itself was frustrating, but I actually had a story idea gel while I was staring at the ceiling. So, I got up and managed nearly 500 words before it was back to 2-year-old land. Now, if I can only get the end to gel as well as the beginning. It's high time I got another story polished and into the marketing mill.

Since this is the last day of the month, I find myself again faced with my first-of-the-month deadline for my Lessons from the Shadowland blog. I have the title written. Does that count?

Finally, my husband brought home some good news over the weekend. Last year, I'd searched for signs of a writers' group in the area. Finding none, I'd assumed there were none within the 50 mile radius that I considered reasonable. I was wrong. There is, in fact, a group that meets on Tuesday evenings at the local diner. Now all I need is a babysitter--and I'm volunteering my father for this role--and I'm set. Peer critiques, here I come!

That's it for this week. Happy Monday!


Laura Campbell said...

I'm so glad you found a writer's group. I belong to a huge group of 20+ writers in Philadelphia. Many conflicting personalities leads to a rather uncomfortable meeting sometimes.

Then, through NaNoWriMo, I met a few local writers who were interested in creating a group of our own after the month long novel writing challenge ended in Bucks County. We are having our third meeting this month. It's only three of us, but I enjoy the comradeship and thoughtful critiques.

Andrea said...

A small group would be my preference, especially if I meshed well with the other writers. I'm glad you have a supportive group that gives you good critiques.

I attended my first meeting of the Heppner group last night. It turns out it was also their first meeting. I'll probably post more about it next Monday, but let's just say I hope things get more productive. Last night was more like a social hour. Fun, but not what I had in mind.