Before we start, I would just like to say a few words about the loss of Alan Rickman. He was a great actor, and I adored him. He was in so many things I loved, like Dogma, Alice in Wonderland, Die Hard, and Harry Potter. Unlike some actors and comedians we’ve lost in the last few years, Mr. Rickman was young enough that I feel sure we would have seen more characters come alive through him, and I am truly saddened by that loss. Rest in peace, sir. I’ll always be thankful for what you gave the world.
I’ve always had a hard time making my mind up about anything. I get bored easily, and it’s hard for anything to keep my attention for very long. This might sound like a really stupid thing for me to say, because I’m writing a fantasy series with an estimated fourteen book story arch. But it’s hard to keep focus on a project for that long!
One of the ways I keep the focus is by not keeping the focus. I work on shorter projects while I’m working on Woven, unless I’m writing a rough draft.
The problem comes, sometimes, with transitioning. I really do want to work on something different, but if it’s another fiction piece I too often find myself writing from the point of view of a Woven character, even if I’m calling them by a different name. Now that I’m working on a novella that’s a totally different genre, it’s something I needed to get under control.
As usually, Writing Excuses saved me. I was listening to one of the last episodes of Season 10, Moving On. (click here to listen to it.) They were talking about transitioning from one piece to the next. They talked about different lighting, moods, and locations. What struck me as the best idea, however, was music. I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that music is important to me. It’s a mood elevator, a distraction, a way to block out that chewing sound Oliver drop that! So, I decided to take their good advice.
I jumped on Pandora, and made a channel for Woven. If you’re wondering, I started it with Lindsay Stirling and NightWish. Then, I made one for the new secret project. It’s playlist was inspired by Linken Park, Limp Bizkit and Orgy. I’m interested in seeing how this will inspire me over the next week.
What rocked last week
- I’m kind of loving Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson this week. I’ve been listening to it on Audible. It’s nice to be able to listen to a book while my hands are busy. I’m anticipating a lot more reading now.
- My anniversary with my darling husband was on Friday. We went to dinner at the same place we went after our ceremony, and took our picture at Diamond Park, where we were married. Oh, and we went to see Star Wars, because we are nerds.
What I’m looking forward to this week
- There’s only one real thing I’m looking forward to this week, and that’s the launch of my first book, Thirty Days To Thirty Ideas. I can’t think of a better way to start my year than by publishing my first book. I hope that all of you get a chance to get it, because I wrote it for you. That’s why I’ve offered it free to pre order with offer code 30one. If you haven’t ordered it yet, please click here to do so now.
Let me know what you’re excited about this week below. I hope you all have a wonderful week.