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This week

This week, I feel like I accomplished more. I got a really good chunk of prep work done on the writing project that’s been eating my brain for the past couple of months, I translated the rules of A Match Made in Austen so that we could launch a French version simultaneously with the English one, I read a whole novel, I did some work on the “alpha” version of this board game I want to create, and I found a really cute jeweled lamp for my office, on sale at 12 bucks to boot.

I also spent Canada Day watching a bunch of dvds I’d been meaning to watch for a while, and I spent most of Saturday at a double birthday party for a friend and the child she happened to give birth to on her own birthday (there were two parties, a kid one in the afternoon and a dinner one at an all-you-can-eat sushi place in the evening) and I watched the Queen’s Plate this evening. All those years watching the Stater triple crown, and I never watched the Canadian one until now; I can’t believe it either.

So I feel much better then I did last week, all in all. I was productive, which I prefer being when I can possibly help it. And the time I spent not working or creating, I spent doing stuff that I really enjoy. I hope the following week keeps the same pattern.

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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In a rut

That title, in a nutshell, describes my feelings. I feel like I haven’t done much of anything this week.

I have done things, of course. I’ve read a lot, I’ve done a little shopping (a hat, and ribbons for the drapes in my office), I’ve started painting over a box and some game pieces so that I can reuse them in “alpha” versions of some board games ideas I have (in other news, I don’t think I’ll be doing much of that anymore: much, much simpler and less messy to just cover them in paper or in cardboard), I have participated in discussion to put the final touches in the A Match Made in Austen production.

(btw, I think I forgot to put it here: the campaign was a success! We raised 2 475$! Thank you so much, everyone who participated.)

I think the main problem is that I haven’t written a lot. I don’t have any one solid writing project that I can devote myself to. That’s not true, there is the one thing, but I’m so early in the pre-writing stage, in the planning and the research, that I feel like it doesn’t really counts as writing. So I’m looking at the other planned ideas in my writing folder, and I dabble around with them until I am good and discouraged, and all I want to do is curl up with a bunch of Popsicles and read Danielle Steels novels, or Ivanhoe. (Don’t ask me what they have in common, other them my desire to read them.)

Part of it is that I feel like I should have something ready to publish for the next year; I feel like Renaissance is relying on me and that I’m letting them down by focusing what creative energy I have in a project that they won’t be able to publish or produce. They’re not pressuring me, I’m pressuring myself, which is worse. I’m trying to cut myself some slack: I have provided one project a year so far (two books and a game in three calendar years of productions), and I might have a little something for the 2016 calendar as well. We have two new authors, and we might get more. There are other people who can write the books that we publish, and there is no need for me to try and be as productive as Caroline Frechette, who writes twice as fast as I do, if not faster, on top of everything else she does.

I want to finish my big project. I don’t know what is going to happen to it once I have finished, maybe nothing, but I want to finish it. After that, I’ll probably be in a better state of mind to write potentially publishable stuff. And maybe I’ll stop feeling like I’m in a rut.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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