Like the Sands Through the Hourglass . . .

HourglassSo are the Days of My Lives.

Right now, life is like one of those ridiculous soap operas (is that redundant?) where it’s just one damn thing after another. Sooner or later, someone is going to get a brain tumor and be written off the show.

But not by me. I haven’t written a word in three weeks (I don’t count the notes I scribble when I think of something brilliant while driving or doing housework). I only finished reading one book last month (Chapter by Chapter, by Heather Sellers), and that was for the IWSG book club, for which I have no time to participate. I am positive that I am the only member of Goodreads with only one book on her shelf because it is One More Thing I do not have time to do. I’m only counting this posting as writing because at least I put some words to paper and hit a deadline. And it pays as well as any of my fiction writing has paid.

I’m not sure how much of this is frustration rather than insecurity. I am going to be writing full-time in the near future (although not nearly “near” enough). I suppose I should just draw up a new timeline, set some goals, and stop kvetching.


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Something much more interesting than my whining is this month’s IWSG Question:

What is the weirdest/coolest thing you ever had to research for your story?

Arcology. Weird and cool. I have an unfinished manuscript set in a dystopian near future, in which I wanted to rebuild the city above the poisoned earth. It is not a unique concept, having been utilized in other works, but I wanted to put a twist on it. When I launched my research for this I was completely unaware that Arcology is an actual cult phenomena. I was blown away by the depth and philosophy of the real-world application. My muse sidetracked me with more than one trip down this fascinating backroad.

Many thanks to our awesome co-hosts for this month’s blog hop. Be sure drop in and see what weird/cool thoughts they share today!

Nancy Gideon
Tamara Narayan
Liesbet @ Roaming About
Michelle Wallace
Feather Stone

and everyone else here!

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12 Responses to Like the Sands Through the Hourglass . . .

  1. I had to google arcology, and then I hung my head in shame, because I can’t believe I had never heard that word before! I used to be all up in that subject area. Anyway, your subject matter sounds really interesting, and I hope you find the time soon for writing!

    • Lee says:

      I couldn’t believe I’d never heard of it, either. But it certainly is fascinating! And I’m getting myself back on track now – it’s always a matter of just making the time. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I totally think scribbling those notes and doing this post count as writing. You are being way too hard on yourself and that won’t help anything! You’ll find your way, no doubt. 🙂

    • Lee says:

      Hi Madeline! You are absolutely right! Perhaps my time spent complaining about how overwhelmed I am could be channeled into some useful writing times. And the bits and pieces do add up, when I remember to get them into the project file.

  3. I count posts as writing too. It all counts! I’m sorry you are having a difficult time – I hope things ease up for you soon. If it helps I didn’t even finish the IWSG book let alone participate so you are one up on me!
    Never heard of arcology so I learned a cool new thing!

    • Lee says:

      Thanks for the sympathy. All things considered, my little crises are just not that critical. As for the IWSG book? Given your recent activity, I think you’ve already got it.

  4. emaginette says:

    Go with the flow and if the soap-life is true, don’t plan to do anything on Friday–you”l never get to it until Monday, but there will be a heck of a lot of hype. That’s how it rolls. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

    • Lee says:

      I love this advice, Anna! It’s all about taking the soap opera, cutting out the boring parts, and arranging what’s left so you leave the reading/viewer hanging. I’m on it!

  5. I share a bit of your dilemma. I have a vision for book three, but little drive to start it. Other ‘things’ seem to take priority, or maybe it’s just an excuse to not wanting to face another 100,000 word WIP. Lately, I have been wondering if I should consider writing a novella. Get it quicker, maybe publish two. Wouldn’t that be crazy great. They say nothing sells a novel better than having several on Amazon’s shelves and readers getting to trust that you’re worth .99 cents. Not sure about that. Still on the fence.

    • Lee says:

      Hi Feather. Novellas seem to be hot – some readers don’t want to slog through a “long” novel. I vote for following your heart on this one. Thanks for stopping by and for co-hosting today.

  6. I have time to write, but manage to waste a lot of it anyway. Life has a way a butting in.