6 May 2009 - 4:57 pm

Headless chicken

The last couple of weeks have been insane. Between juggling writing groups, parents going away, housesitting, petsitting, houseguests and relatives, working full time, and keeping up with my writing, I’ve been a little bit busy.

On the plus side, I have kept up with the Apocalypse Blog. I’ve had a few bad days, and I have to restrain myself from reading over the published posts to see how much it shows. I don’t think Sax’s last appearance came out the way I wanted it to, though hopefully I captured at least some of the horror and wrongness of the image. I managed not to miss a day, though, and I’m glad of that.

I also managed to get the guest posting stuff sorted out. The first one goes up tonight! Big fat tick for me (and my guest poster!).

I feel like time is slipping by me at a fantastic rate. It doesn’t help that I’m exhausted and sluggish (the hectic pace of the past week or two is catching up with me at the moment – I feel as if I’ve been hit by a big, sleepy truck). I haven’t touched my novel in months now (it makes me so sad to realise that it has actually been months), my short story is no closer to being finished, and the Writing Tips post/s on dialogue still haven’t been written.

Gah. On the one hand, I feel like AB is sucking up all my writing time and making it difficult (not impossible! just difficult) to write anything else consistently. On the other hand, I suspect that AB is the only reason that I write anything regularly. I’m afraid that if I let myself miss a day, I’ll be giving myself permission to skip a day every now and then, and my writing and posting frequency will whittle itself down amid excuses and procrastination. That’s part of the reason why I started the damn thing in the first place. I suspect that a post a day was setting the bar too high, but I’m too stubborn to back down from it now. Nearly five months in and I haven’t missed a day – I can do eight more like that! Definitely.

I still love AB. I’m still looking forward to some of the stuff that I know is coming (I have only done a fraction of the plot-point notecards on my board). I can’t wait to see what guest posts I have come in – I have had two more expressions of interest in it, and I have my fingers crossed for more. Plus, now there are zombies.

Yesterday, my very good friend and ex-housemate pointed me at a handy podcast – Writing Excuses. Weekly podcasts about writing that are hilarious but also very useful and practical. Check it out! I’m listening to it while I work, and it’s awesome. And it’s making me want to write, which is fantastic – just what I need right now. If only I had the energy! Bah.

Skipping the tech writer’s meeting tonight because I’m too tired. Have my writing group on Friday night – I still need to plan that meeting. But tonight is for curling up on the couch and staring at the TV until I am tired enough to sleep. Mmm, that sounds like a good plan.

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