A Writer’s Life Balance with Reality

Have you ever had that undying urge to sit down and write that next part of your death-defying action novel, and then the reality of life smacks you in the face in the form of a crying baby or unpaid bills screaming louder than any kid ever could?

Thus has been my life of late. Every time I sit down to write some fiction since winning NaNoWriMo in late November, I have had no time for writing for pleasure. Sure, being a copywriter and research brief composer gives me a hint of the writing satisfaction, but there’s nothing quite like creating your own world of characters who demand your presence for their lives.

And my life will continue to be this way until we finalize moving to our new home sometime this week. The kitten is frantic with sniffing boxes, getting onto surfaces she knows she’s not allowed near, and her favorite sleeping spot has become the tip-top of a 7 foot bookshelf, because furniture is piled up against it, and now she can climb to the height of heights. And while she’s running around like mad, I’m dripping with exhaustion trying to meet deadlines and figure out which box I packed that unexpectedly needed dress for new headshot that was due like yesterday…


So, today my balance between writer’s life and “real life” is simply putting off the fictional writing until after we’ve settled into the new apartment. It sucks, but I’ll survive. And as soon as we’re moved in and my office is set up, I’m celebrating by doing as I agreed with NaNoWriMo to do and edit that novel!

How do you find balance between writing and reality?


Project DDD Publication Continues

I haven’t forgotten Daisy Meeks and Kane Sullivan.  I haven’t dropped the ball on getting Drop Dead Daisy published this month.  No, no, I’m still going.  In the midst of NaNoWriMo, I’m going to keep plugging away.  I’m ahead of NaNoWriMo by several thousand words, so I’m still doing well.  I can maintain this and do some editing.  I am feeling very much that My Vienna, this year’s NaNo novel won’t be remotely drafted by the 50,000 word line, so I’m okay with working on both at once.

9:40 That being said, I’m going to read aloud one more chapter tonight.  Chapter 26.

10:15 Well.  That went better than planned.  6000+ words, and I finished the final 3 chapters for the read-aloud.

And you know what?  I’m really happy with this book.  It still has a lot of work to make it what it should be, but this story is one that really speaks to my heart.  I’m nothing like Daisy, but I still relate to her and love her.  And I guess that’s what it’s about, right?  Hopefully my readers will love her as much as I do when she finally meets the world this month.

Zack's Bass Guitar (photo by Pixomar)--writing inspiration

Zack’s Bass Guitar (photo by Pixomar)–writing inspiration

Count Down Day 6: Project “DDD” Publication

Goals tonight:

Finish last major revisions on chapters 25-29.

Get through chapter 5 in the first read-aloud edit.

We’ll see after that!


6:00–revisions on chapters 25-29!!!  Yay!!!  FINALLY done!!!

6:55–break and dinner

8:20–first read aloud edit, chapters 1-5.  No intense changes, but definitely made several in each chapter.  It’s amazing how things flow better after they’ve been read aloud.

10:20–calling it a night!  If I keep going, I’ll make weird changes and probably make it worse. 😉

Drop Dead Daisy book cover

Drop Dead Daisy book cover

Count Down Day 8: Project “DDD” Publication

9:30am: Assignments today include attempting to catch up on the major revisions “overdue” from earlier this week.  I’m supposed to be doing the read-aloud editing phase today, but I’m not there yet.  I got behind this past week, and only managed to get through chapter 9 in the final major revision stage.  Today, I’m starting on 10 and getting as far as I can.  I am attending a play here in Chicago (Esperanza Rising) at 2 (leaving at 1), so limited time before that.

11am: At least I’ve gotten 10 done at this point.  Will attempt to finish 11 before going as well.  After the show, I’ll get as much done as possible as well.  Some of the up-coming chapters don’t need nearly as much revision work, so I could get reasonably far today.

All that said, the goals for the day are to get at least through chapter 12, but then as far as I can after that.

Success? Chapters 10 & 11 revised before the show.  Chapters 12-14 after the show.

And I’m done for the day.  I need some rest before singing with the band at church tomorrow morning.

writing (by photostock)

writing (by photostock)

Count Down Day 9: Project “DDD” Publication

Well, I am definitely behind on this project.  But that’s okay.  I’ve still got time, and I’ve got determination!  I’ll keep plugging away at it until I finish!  I’ve got a few hours yet tonight and some tomorrow, and then more on Sunday.  I can catch up!  Yes, I can!  Somehow…

Today’s successes:

Earlier this week (though I forgot to record it here), I revised chapter 3.

Tonight, I revised chapters 4-9 (5 chapters in a couple of hours–I knew it could be done!), with very specific notes made for chapter 10 for tomorrow’s revision time.  And…exhausted now.  Time for bed!

Revision Time (“Red Pen” by fantasista)

Revision Time (“Red Pen” by fantasista)

Count Down Day 13: Project “DDD” Publication

Behind on assignments, so, I will attempt to catch up today, at least somewhat.  I have a two hour-ish gap in work schedule today, as well as a few hours before hanging out with a friend this evening after work.  Maybe a few hours after–depends on how much we just chat away.  So, we’ll see how we do.

In order to catch up, I would have to revise chapters 2-10.  I don’t see that realistically happening, so I’m just going to plow ahead and do as much of that as I can.  My meals are already basically prepared for the day, so just turn on the stove, crank out some hot water for tea, light some candles and turn up the music…

Success?  I made some minor changes to Chapter 2 (merging and verifying the correct version is what’s being revised!) before work and during my short break.  Returned home and continued pressing forward and finished chapter 2.  More content than hoped for was needed to be changed.  So, success?  Minor.  Unfortunately, I’m even further behind today.

Tomorrow (Tuesday), I’ll sequester myself away for the hours I’m available to write and simply make as much progress as I can.

Frustration in Writing (image by imagerymajestic)

Frustration in Writing (image by imagerymajestic)

Count Down Day 14: Project “DDD” Publication

Day’s assignments:

To take editing/revision notes on chapters 1-5 and finish last major revision.

Success?  Well, I did chapter 1.  It took hours.  It was quite a mottled mess to piece back together, between previous edits, rewrites of chunks of narration and correcting a few other things.  And then, my temporary roommate moved back to Mexico City!  So…saying good-bye was kind of important.

And that’s what the buffer days are for.

Writing Countdown (“Counting Hands 1-5” by zdiviv)

Writing Countdown (“Counting Hands 1-5” by zdiviv)