I’m halfway through the first session of this semester, which means another major assignment. Twelve pages, to be exact, on the nature of interactive and strategic marketing. Since I live this stuff at work, I figured it’d be easy enough. And, to a degree, it was… it’s the correlation with scholarly sources and combing said sources for appropriate quotes to drive your paper forward that takes time. Which I underestimated.
At least it’s turned in now. And I finished the first draft of my novelette yesterday, too. I’m not entirely happy with the ending, so I’m looking for feedback from my crit partners. Somehow my variation on Alice in Wonderland ended up taking a detour into straight scifi at the end, and I think the two themes need better integration. I am pleased, though, that despite being in the middle of another class, I managed to finish some fiction.
On the other hand, it’s been a cold, rainy week, so I only managed 2 walks, of almost 4 miles. Kyra has made us pay for the fact that we haven’t given her the exercise she demands by getting us up every 2 hours to let her out.
It all adds up to accumulating exhaustion, so I’m more than grateful for the extension of my weekend into a day off for Memorial day.
The best new thing of the week: An email from my husband linking me to 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Your Age. (Even though that title REALLY needs pluperfect–a subject I’ve been contemplating blogging about for some time.) Each of the items enumerated is useful to review, but the one that hit me between the eyes was “Discipline is the mother of all virtues.” So I’m glad I’m committed to the ROW80 check-ins to ensure that each of the small milestones along the way contributes to another of the biggies listed there: “A positive vision makes a big difference.” If I’m to make writing stories of various kinds my full-time occupation, I need to remember to take (and enjoy!) all the intermediate steps, and not bemoan the time it takes between now and then. And not bemoan the fact that I have adult responsibilities that insert intervening experiences between each of those milestones.
Here’s crossing my fingers that even with full-time work and pending teeth of doom, I’ll be able to release Wytchfire in the next couple weeks, meeting my stretch goal for this round of ROW80. Check out how the other participants are doing, meeting their goals.