…as my parents feel the need to almost continually remind me. I’m not sure who it was exactly, that decided that was a bad thing. I’m beginning to think there may be something to it all. For your money, here’s what my daily hermitting entails:
Organization: Trying to fit 30 years worth of ideas, writing, instruction on writing, research and journaling into some sort of easily accessible “less than mess,” so that I can concentrate on actually writing. It’s a work in progress, but it’s getting somewhere. My system is at least mapped out and backed up, if not completely filed and indexed yet.
Reading: Books on writing, screenwriting, promotion, philosophy, new and classic novels, instructional newsletters, rss newsfeeds, email and of course the occasional US Weekly or fun web site to give my brain some down time.
Promotion: Work on framework for promotion including an under construction author’s website as well as a website for other writers and business folk. Also putting together ideas for a newsletter to go along with both sites.
Actually Writing: I haven’t kept solid track of my output for each and every day, except to say that I try to push my self a little bit farther today than I was able to stretch yesterday. I’m still working on ‘Broken Butterflies,’ however, now in novel form. I also spend time on several other projects, blogging or journaling pretty much every day.
Naps: Ok I admit it, occasionally my body just says, “NO MORE!”
This Week: is especially crazy for me. I’m attending my first online Writers Conference this week and barely have time between sessions to breathe let alone take the nap my head wants. But, I’m finding it a great networking and learning experience and highly recommend it. It’s free, and I can attend in my pj’s! What more could a girl want.
Speaking of conferences, I had to cancel my reservations in LA for this year’s Screenwriting Expo. After attending the past two years, it will be missed. But unfortunately bills, and my health have to come first. Hopefully I’ll be back next year.
I’ve also decided to participate in this year’s National Novel Writing Month, where I will endeavor to complete a 50,000 word novel, start to finish during the month of November. So consider yourself forewarned. If I don’t return phone calls or emails, I’m either trying desperately to get my word count, or sleeping. Feel free to act as my conscience and keep track of my progress. I have a few ideas percolating for this project and can’t wait for November to start.
(And I’m already 3 weeks behind on Grey’s Anatomy, thank heaven for DVR’s)
Ok, I promise not to become a total hermit for life, there are some movies I want to see, and I still have to go to doctor’s appointments…so I hereby pledge at least one non-hermit activity per week!!! And yah, Dad I promise I’ll get that cost comparison you want done…Does that count?