Days til Dallas: 98 days, 20 hours at this writing.
First – editing the MS. Though it’s been a struggle, I’m getting there. I’ve rewritten the first chapter for what must be the … 8th? time. Although it’s technically only the third attempt for the paranormal version. And I’m much happier with it. I have to remember that when I’m writing or editing I need to NOT read other people’s work or I get sucked out of my world and into theirs. (Candace Havens of the FastDraft and Revision Hell course recommends that you think only of your manuscript when you’re editing so that even when you’re not editing your subconscious is still working on your ms, solving your problems and creating new ideas.) I really need to remember that.
My course on Understanding and Writing Sexual Tension has started and looks promising. (I’ve got another one starting today too, Great Beginnings: Introducing Irresistible Characters, but it’s too soon to tell as it’s still in the ‘who are you’ stage.)
However, I have learned some things about working on a laptop (for some reason I’m stuck on the old ‘Good idea/Bad idea’ theme from Anamaniacs today):
Good idea: you sit down in your favourite chair in your favourite room that actually has sunlight rather than the icy cave you generally shiver and write in. And even if that room is cold at least the laptop is like having a hot water bottle on your lap. (Having a laptop actually chains me to a chair better than a desk — it’s tough to get out of that lazy boy when you’ve got a laptop on your lap.)
Bad idea: Inevitably as soon as those writing juices start flowing and you’re congratulating yourself on your forward momentum,one of your kids (or Gizmo Guy) will wander in and start a conversation. Or turn on the TV – you don’t mind, do you? Hell, yes! Having an office with a door you can close works better.
Good idea: You’re playing Mom’s taxi. Again. Not a big deal anymore – you can take the laptop wherever you want to go and keep writing while you’re waiting for your eldest son to sign up for a course at the local college. So even when, 45 minutes later, he comes back to tell you that he should have listened to you back in February when you told him to register before it filled up because, yup, it’s filled up and he’s SOL, you can congratulate yourself that you haven’t wasted your time. Just gas at $1.05 a litre.
Bad idea: You power up your desktop computer and stare at that document you worked so hard to edit only to find everything you changed/added has disappeared. Panic attack time! OMG! What happened to my work? Whoops, you shamefacedly tell yourself, it’s on the laptop, you dolt. So you have to remember to either mail it to yourself or bring along your little flash drive and transfer it over before you power down.
Still, I’m having fun, and the laptop is working great.