These past two weeks I've been preparing for, as my friend and fellow novelist Heather over at Things I've Killed calls it, "the electric hurricane vortex that is PNWA."Things I accomplished:- Met up with Heather on Tuesday and got a lot of my questions answered. She assured me that even though it's stressful, all the prep … Continue reading Summer ILC, Weeks 2 & 3: PNWA prep
Two weeks ago I walked at graduation, but I have one more quarter left to go at Evergreen before I officially receive my BA! This last project is an 8-credit Individual Learning Contract (Evergreen-speak for doing whatever you want (with faculty support) and getting credit for it.) called A Novel Publication: Learning to Navigate the World of Professional Writing.I'm … Continue reading Summer ILC, Week 1: What’s an ILC again? So many questions!
Week 7I started mildly freaking out about how much work I had to do and how impossible it seemed to get it all done by the end of the quarter. I said as much to my faculty sponsor who replied, "Yeah, that's 'cause you're trying to do 24 credits' worth of stuff." For only 16 … Continue reading Spring ILC, Weeks 7-9: Being OK with it
Let's see, how many of my goals did I accomplish this week?-Finish revising the opening scenes and send the revised draft to my contract sponsor: Check!-Write new meeting-Ampersand and meeting-Sinistra scenes: Half-check-Expand outline to include all possible quotes I might want to use: Nnnope-Homework for class: Check!-Make eye doctor appointment: Check!-Use my lunch breaks at work as actual breaks … Continue reading Spring ILC, Week 6: Is it vacation yet?
How is the quarter half over already? And why does that happen every single quarter?This week was another tough one. On Wednesday morning on my way to work, I had a panic attack on the bus and had to go home sick, losing all potential productivity for the day. I sometimes feel like I'm juggling … Continue reading Spring ILC, Week 5: Panic
Most of my "free" time this week was used to update my resume and write a cover letter for a promotion at work. I had my interview on Friday and should hear back before the end of this week. Wish me luck!I did churn through 80-something pages in Writing Irresistible Kidlit and several more articles for … Continue reading Spring ILC, Week 4: I have a really good excuse this week, I swear.
I did it again—I came to the end of another week without doing any actual revision. So I sat down on Sunday night and pushed out 3 1/2 new pages. (Afterwords my brain was done, so that's why this reflection is a day late.)The thing is, I could do planning work all day long—worldbuilding, character-building, … Continue reading Spring ILC, Week 3: Do the actual work