Friday, May 17, 2013

Countdown to SUMMER!

It's Friday! It's Friday!!!!

*doin' the Friday hula dance*

AND! Two weeks left till Summer vacation! Woooooo hooooo! I might be more excited than the kids.


SUMMER PLANS:

I'm super, duper looking forward to seeing my family this summer. My SIL gave birth to my new niece last month and I'm dying to see her. Plus, I want to squeeze and torment all my other nieces and nephews. Living so far away seriously blows sometimes.

... Six more months and I'll be living a 4 hour drive away...

I seriously need to book airline tickets. For some unfathomable reason I'm acting like it's a good idea to procrastinate. Steven's not going to be able to get off work much at all this summer, so the kids and I are going alone. The thought of spending all that time without him makes me sad.

Anyhoodle.

The kids have A LIST (those caps are necessary) of everything we need to see. I thought: Really? Then I realized they haven't visited in two years. I forget that I grew up there and they didn't.

WRITING:

I've actually been doing some. HA!

Funny thing, I was stuck for a long time. I don't know what my problem was. I knew the story, it wasn't that. I just was inside my head too much. Nagging, plaguing doubts.

Then I gave myself permission to start something new. I worked on it for a day. Wrote out the blurb and started outlining a bit.

AND THEN, BAM!

The other book wanted to be written.

*blink, blink*

Could I make up my mind? Because that would be nice, yo.

I started working on the first one again. I'm up to 20K. Not bad considering I was stuck at 13K for FOUR months. That means I almost doubled my word count in a few weeks. I'd like to get this first draft written pronto. I have a feeling that this one needs to simmer a while after that so that I can get a very clear idea of character motivations before I edit. I'm not sure my stakes are high enough yet.

But it will get there, never fear.


PICTURES:

I've been thinking a lot about Fine Art Photography and how I'd love to push myself to the next level of telling a story. I want to do a model shoot with costumes, lighting and a lot of oomph. I have a list describing my ideas, and it keeps growing. I wish I were craftier with sewing. Heh.

I also really, really want to experiment with Underwater Photography. I'd put off the idea because it wasn't going to happen here. Now that I'm going to move to Las Vegas (with a pool!!!), it's constantly on my mind. I spent an entire day obsessively researching camera housings.

Now I just need to get over my fear of submerging my camera.

Pictures this week:







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