WIP-it Wednesday: July 5th, 2017

Time for a new weekly writer’s roundup of my works-in-progress and those ready to read!

I entered my weekend with designs to get back to work on Vivian’s Last Cigarette, but several factors prevented me from achieving that goal. The first of these was plain old exhaustion.

This last month had run me down emotionally with my cat’s illness and then his loss. As soon as I’d recovered from that blow, I had to pull out all the stops to get things ready for PortCon and finish the RPG sessions I was committed to running. This required nearly all my spare time to complete in the week I had left before the convention.

I got it all done with a day to spare, but not without a significant amount of sleep deprivation.

It also ate-up much of the time I usually devote to maintaining the blog and my other social media, to the point where things came to a dead stop. The convention was, however, great fun… I just wish the circumstances leading up to it this year hadn’t transformed it into this big, disruptive event.

My reentry back into the weekly grind post-PortCon was rough. I returned to a workplace in turmoil and with an urgent need to patch-up a situation that could have been avoided with just a little forethought and planning. But instead, I and others scrambled for days racing against the clock to get it fixed.

Stacked onto my existing exhaustion, it was mind-numbing. I’d get home burned-out, and getting out the pair of WIP posts I did last week was a real struggle. The end of the work week saw some improvement –I even completed a 300 word piece of flash fiction on Friday I’ll likely share here in the future– but I still wasn’t sleeping right. So the weekend hit and I, at last, crashed.

There were chores in need of doing around the house that ate-up some writing time, but it was the task of getting the blog back on track that took most of the work after I got some needed rest.

Maintaining my blog is kind of like being a locomotive engineer. When it’s chugging along like it should, its momentum and weight will sustain it and hardly give notice to whatever incidental weekly interruptions there may be. This is because I plan and schedule many of my blog posts a week or two in advance. WIP posts like this one I usually write on Tuesdays, so that they are current with my weekly activities. And my Mid-Week Muses features I compose throughout the week via my micro-blogging on Twitter. But by planning and scheduling the majority of my posts in advance rather than daily, I’ve found that it’s not only more efficient but the planning promotes better quality.

I use a similar tactic of planning and scheduling for the posts on my Facebook Page, which both shares what I post here and has its own unique content. What I do on Twitter, however, is mostly free-form beyond the sharing of links from this blog.

Overall, it’s freed up more time for me to focus on writing fiction while maintaining a social medial presence. And it’s reduced personal stress in my daily grind. :-) Yet to get back to the train analogy, when something derails that process and the engine goes cold… stoking the fires and getting the locomotive going again is a big task.

That was the situation I found myself in this weekend: Getting the social media train going again.

I’m pleased to say that I got the track laid for the next two weeks. So while this weekend wasn’t the big return to the novel I wanted it to be, I’ve now got things back under control so that rest of July can be.

Coming up next week I’ll be doing another interview with Bryan Aiello, which should be a lot of fun if our first talk in April was any indicator. I really like talking writing with Bryan, he’s got a lot of energy and cool thoughts. Creatively, I’m looking forward to having my schedule back to normal and a weekend with which I can focus on my book.

Alright, time for me to stop blogging and get back to writing some more fiction! Take care!

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