Monday, June 20, 2011

Writing with a View

Having trees and water to look at and chirping birds to listen to and beautiful breezes through the windows have made a huge difference in my mood. And by mood I mean my lack of frustration with writer's block that I've suffered from for the last 4 months.

I've started and stopped four novels, and have since picked up on all four of them. Not one of them is triumphant quite yet, I'm hoping one pulls through soon. It's very hard to keep all the story lines straight. I called King Eddard (who I need to rename after starting to read Game of Thrones) Nicholas and made my Aztec MC do an entire scene with zombies before remembering that zombies only go in the zombie book. It's kind of fun to skip from very serious thriller, to intense thriller suspense-y, to medieval suspense, to zombie apocalypse that is both scary and unintentionally whimsical.

I mean... I say zombie sharks, your heart races a little while you snicker. Let's be honest. Until zombie shark eats your face off. Then it's just scary.

But still... I would like to complete my second novel and remind myself to be serious about this. While the beautiful-ness of Oregon is greatly improving my mood, being at home alone all the time while my husband works and not being able to find a job make it seem so selfish to write all day.

Not that I'm not still writing a ton.

But it also feels good to be editing again! Soooo soooo good. Especially when one is a really fantastic writer and I want so badly for her to get her fantastic book published. Not only because I selfishly want a copy on hand to read many times, but also because I've come across a lot of personalities since I started this writing journey almost 2 years ago, and she's been the most consistently fantastic person I've met. So keep your fingers crossed for my friend, in hopes that her writing will shine through to the perfect person.

Until next time I remember to blog <3,

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Well, uh... Hi, everyone!


It has been a LONG time since I wrote a blog post.

Being busy sucks.

First there was the class that I thought was never going to end. Then I had surgery that put me out for 6 weeks from life. Most recently - however- I moved from Kansas to Oregon!

I've only been here for a total of 4 full days, but I'm in love with this place already.

Yeah --- that's from my back porch (aka, my writing chair)

Even better than that -- I'm back to writing! Full time for now while I'm unemployed. Wrote a good 4 chapters today on two different books. I figured I'll keep working on them both until one of them grabs me by the brain and won't let go. One of them is a fantasy-esque medieval novel equipped with a Demon-Mage tyrant and an exiled witch out to save the queen. It's fun. The other is a thriller novel based on the Aztec "Five Suns" myth. The 'heart-eater' as she's called, rebels against the sun-god (her father) to save humanity from the final sun. I'm a little more prone to the first, as the latter MC doesn't even have a name yet. I'll figured it out though.

So tell me, followers that I've somehow retained - how are your writing lives? Are you writing, editing, and beta-ing with zeal? Stuck in a school/surgery/moving rut? Tell me things.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Another New Work Schedule

So just as I'm getting in the groove of writing again, life comes along and demands another adjust.

I'm going full time! Don't get me wrong, I'm very excited about this. I get all my benefits (which includes health insurance which includes all my medicines which means I'll be feeling better for the first time in over a year and have more energy!) and I'll have a consistent 40 hour a week schedule.

The bad part about it is that 1) My days will end at 6 at night which leaves me time to make dinner, do the chores, and not a lot of time for writing and 2) I work Sundays now which means my days off are Thursdays and Saturday... no more 2 days in a row.

So, basically, writing is going to take a backseat for the next couple of weeks so I can learn to adjust my schedule and replenish some energy. I haven't worked full time at a job in quite some time. That along with all the household responsibilities (think the hubs and I might need to have a little chatty-chat *wink*) and school work is going to leave me draggin for awhile.

My book is coming along well, however. I've finally got the outlining stages done, and thanks to some great advice from the amazing Chuck Sambuchino I'm going to take one change a day and follow it through to the end of my book. That way I keep all my ducks aligned and make sure the flow is consistent. I'm hoping to have the first chapter done in a couple of week, and then tackle a chapter a week after that until I'm done.

Basically, I just want to get it right and push it out onto the world. Either it will go somewhere or it won't, but I'm ready for a new project. I want to get it perfect!


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Why, Hello Muse!

It's back!

It's back!

Sigh. It's been missing for so long. Now I'm going to unplug my internet and write my little heart out. More frequent posting to come.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New Work Schedule

Woo hoo! And no, not the Sims WooHoo, but woooo hooooooooo. With some dancing.

Going from partish time to fullish time was a dream come true. After getting my new schedule, I'm super surprised to find myself with MORE time for writing. Weird, right? I'll have a full 3 hours each morning where all I have to do is catch up on reading blogs, converse with wonderful people on Twitter, and write!

So now I have to seriously bull down and pick a new WIP. Or do the MARTYR rehash. Whatever it is, I need to just do it.

I'm going to set a daily write goal of 1,000 words for right now. For those of you wanting to do the same, I'll be using #daily1K as a hashtag on Twitter. Feel free to follow along or participate!

Also, I'm going to put an open invitation out there: If you're wanting to do any type of collaborative writing (critique group, group blogging, etc) - please shoot me an email at bethanyray.goodman at gmail. (Muha, take that, spammers).

Basically, I'm just excited and would like to share that with you. Now I'm going to open up a new Word document and try to fill it instead of just stare at it. Wish me luck!


Thursday, January 13, 2011

I Need...

... a writing group. Or a critique group. Something to keep me focused.

When I was editing/beta reading all the time, my motivation was endless. I used to write night after night for anywhere between a half hour and 10-12 hours a day. Now I can't find the motivation.

I've had little critique groups going, but they're completely dissolved. It seems like every grouping I come into is usually the tail end of it, right before one or more people have to give up (the best group I ever had *I* was the one who had to quit it.).

How do you find a group? Or a grouping of bloggers? Even one of my favorite blog groupings, the old Critique This WIP fell to the wayside. I love collaborative blogs, but even they seem to fall apart eventually. I've love to take part in one, but they don't just form overnight.

I guess I'm looking for some connection, someway to keep focused. Writing seems to be a lot like working out, it's fun to do, but easier to push yourself when someone's standing next to you adding up the weight on the bar. Or monitoring your word count. Or whatever.

How do you all do it? Where do you find that motivation to type the first line without deleted it and turning on Dexter season 4?