Feb. 1st, 2014

danagryphon: (writing)
So I've been having a little performance issue lately (yes, I know, it happens to us all at a certain age). No, not THAT kind of performance. The writing kind. Words have really just not been flowing like I want them to (or even like they used to, which still wasn't as much as I wanted them to).

I've been trying to restrain myself with the number of big bangs and reverse bangs and story fests that I've been signing up for, because lately I seem to sign up and drop out of a bunch of them. This summer, I dropped out of the [livejournal.com profile] deancasbigbang (although I have a decent amount of that story done and do plan to finish it eventually). Last winter, I dropped out of the [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang, and that one really hurt because I LOVE that challenge. I haven't done any stories for [livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfest in an age. I did manage to get 3 stories written for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide this year, including taking on a last minute pinch hit, and a 500 or so word treat, but that was all done at the last minute as well, and even then, I had so many more ideas for other stories that never got done (but hey, at least there they have a chance to fill more prompts before next yuletide, called the new years resolution challenge)

Anyway, so I did do two challenges, the [livejournal.com profile] spn_reversebang and [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang. I got a fabulously dark and depressing prompt for the SPN one, and got that all squared away. For the other, I fell back on my beloved PotA and a story idea I've had brewing for a while. But it took me FOREVER to get the 8000 word minimum count (like I turned it in at 10:30 last night, right under the deadline), and the story still needs a lot of work.

And once I finish that, I need to go back and finish my PotA WIP, Human Nature, in which I left our heroes in the hands of the bad guys, literally in the middle of being tortured. (On the upside, I've actually gotten a couple of desperate sounding queries about when that will be updated again!)

Hopefully now that we are heading into spring, and out of my SAD (that's seasonal affective disorder) phase of the year, I'll find more motivation to start writing more prolifically again. It's not that the ideas aren't there... quite the opposite. I just can't find the discipline to sit down and write all the words. Even with editing the that I'm supposed to be doing for a couple of friends (sorry, [livejournal.com profile] kassidy62), I've been dropping the ball. And that just makes me feel more like a failure.

So I'll try to focus on the successes lately. I managed to actually get EVERYTHING done for Birka (big SCA event) I wanted to do, which included new garb for both me and E, calligraphy for two award scrolls, plus a private commission for an indenture scroll. And that was with Hubby springing on me a couple of weeks before that that he wanted a new outfit for competition at the Clown Institute (the weekend before Birka). I did get my SPN story done and posted on time, and it seems to be getting a fairly good reception (it's not going to be a gangbusters one, because I do kill off one of the main character). And I did get my PotA draft turned in. Time to buckle down, get that finished and spiffed up and then back to the WIP.

So many words, so little time.

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