Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Website

I did a ton of coding this weekend, like twelve hours with only a few breaks here and there. Of course, very little of it was on my own stuff (that cobbler's bare-footed children thing) though one of the projects I was working on is a very cool surprise the Tri-Mu will be unveiling later this week. At the end of the day, I was like, "well, I did all this, maybe I should update my poor neglected site. Like the links page, which has said 'coming soon...' for a year. And changing that photo my hubby hates...." So, I made a few updates, if you want to check them out. Nothing impressive, mind you, but progress.

It got me thinking. It has been about a year and two weeks since I built this layout. I'm wondering if its time for a change?

What do you think? Should I redesign the site/blog? Or do you like the current design and think I should keep it?

Thanks for the opinion! Happy Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Hard Decisions

I've been silent for a couple weeks, and I apologize. Lots of stuff has been happening on my side, writing and otherwise. Among other things, I've recently been mulling over a very difficult decision. It's one of those things I don't want to jump into (or out off) blindly. That said, I think I've finally made my choice. Now just to take a deep breath and follow through with it. Wish me luck!

In other news, because I haven't updated recently, you'll notice I passed my short story 'goal' by about 1k. You might be thinking that means I wrote THE END.

Well, I didn't.

I realized after I hit the 15k point, and I was only about half way through my plot. So, I started looking at the main line because well, I'm pretty sure I could write longer. What I learned was that the story was way, WAY, off what either line wanted. (See what I get for trying to write outside my genre and targeting a line?) I seriously considered scrapping it after that realization, but of course, even when I give up on things, my subconscious keep working on it. Two days ago, when I wasn't supposed to be working on the short at all, I suddenly realized several major things I could change that would bring it back in line. Now I just need to decide if I should start over without finishing the first draft (a terrible backslide into bad habits) or keep working, pretending like I made the changes already (which might get really really confusing as these are drastic changes.) What would you do?

This post is starting to run a little long, so I'll tell you about Fast Draft next time. Until then...Happy Tuesday, and Happy Earth Day everyone!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Deadlines

My self-imposed deadline for finishing my short story is fast approaching, and I'll admit, it's going to be a crunch. I want to write those magic words this Saturday, April 5th. I slowed down a little, not writing a word this past weekend, but I still intend to finish on time. If I don't, I'll have to put it aside and that will bum me out. No fun. Plus, deadlines are good for me.

You might be asking, what changes after April 5th? Well, April 6th is the day the Tri Ms decided to begin our first Fast Draft challenge, which pretty much guarantees two weeks of total writing insanity. I discussed doing a FD challenge once before, but those plans fell through, so I'm excited the Tri Ms decided to give it a shot this time. But, more on Fast Draft on a later date.

Today I'm talking about my short story, and on meeting deadlines. My current word total is 7,260 words. My goal, as close to 15k as possible (I'll give you a hint, I'm not worried about being low.) I would guess I only have about a third of my plot covered, and I've already hit the halfway point in wordcount.

Wish me luck!

Current Progress: Short Story
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
7,260 / 15,000
(48.4%)