It’s been a busy week here at Casa Walsh (named, of course, after my cat and not me, because we all know who runs the show here). It took a few days to process a random tragedy in my building last week, but now I’m getting back into the swing of things. Great timing, too, because I have two events to plan for before the end of the month!
Quick plug before I get on with my post: I’m doing a book signing this coming Sunday, and the weekend after that you can find me as a vendor at the Awesome Adventure Academy (Jan 31 & Feb 1) at the Nepean Sportsplex in Ottawa! I’ll have books and art available for you.
It’s also been busy because I’m still getting Raven’s Quill Press up and running as a home business. Lots of little details to consider and organisation/discipline that need to be formed. So far I’m doing well. Not to say there are no social media distractions throughout the day, but since I’m not drafting anything new at the moment (more updates next week, I hope), I haven’t been reining it in too much.
One thing I have tried to stay on top of is my page-a-day short stories. You might recall I attempted this last July and managed a few weeks before I quit. To be fair, I threw myself into drafting and then editing EVENLIGHT, so it’s not like I wasn’t doing anything! As part of my work-from-home goals, I’ve started the habit up again and have been doing a pretty decent job since Jan 1.
Aside from keeping my words from going rusty, these page-a-days have become a really great exercise. Turns out it can be challenging to come up with a new idea every day. I sometimes need to run through my whole day to find one moment that can inspire two hundred words. Dayjob frustrations, the weather, dreams (they’re the easy ones), an emotion, a brief game of “I Spy”.
The stories vary between stream of consciousness style, dialogue, a description – anything that comes out of my pen once I get started. Interested in writing, but not sure where to begin? Why not give this a shot? It doesn’t have the stress of having to plot out a whole novel, but it will create the discipline you need to get that novel done! I’ll also give a shout-out to K.L. Schwengel, who does an incredible job hosting the WIPpet Wednesday (where you post snippets of your current work in progress) – it’s a good motivator to have something new each week if you’re already working on that magnum opus.
If you want to try the page-a-day, why not shoot me a message? We can motivate each other to get them done.
Here’s a random piece I wrote a few weeks back:
“Do you have a boyfriend yet?”
I’d been waiting for the dreaded question all evening. It was inevitable. I wondered if there existed any grandmother in the world who didn’t ask that question of their single granddaughter at every opportunity. Was there a manual for these grey-haired ladies?
“No, Nan, not yet!” I replied, as always in that same tone of forced cheer.
“What ever happened to Todd? Do you still hear from him?”
The lying douchebag who cheated on me with his secretary. So cliché.
“Nope,” I said, still cheerful. “But I’m sure he’s just fine.”
“Good. He was an asshole. Simpered too much. You can do better.”
I smiled. This was why I still came to visit my grandmother. I loved that woman.
“Here,” she said, handing me a plate. “Have some cookies.”