Summer is Here: What are You Writing?

If you stop by this blog, I’d really like to hear what you’re working on, how it’s going, where you’re stuck, and what’s working well. 

How is it going?  Let me know!

37 responses to “Summer is Here: What are You Writing?

  1. I’m still working on my historical novel. I suppose I’m making progress because I keep having blinding revelations about how this should be like this and that should be over here . . . I’m also reading a book on plotting and one on writing effectively.

    • Good to hear from you! It’s great that you are writing and also reading about writing. Sounds like you’re moving forward. That’s great. Keep going!

  2. HI: I have had a block for a while but a bit of free writing helped. I am working on a story about a woodmonk. Loosely based on my husband retireing in the fall. I hope it turns out good. Also my backyard friends are active at night and they are giving me idears. The fireflys are all over the yard. I also started a blog on wordpress for writing and photoes. looking forward to a visit from my son. Also i wrote a short story about Ween my son’s cat and may add a few adventures for the cat to get into.

  3. I’ve read several M&Ms. But basically I have been busy drawing stick people and drooling a lot. I think I need some inspiration so I plan to knock off the local convenience store and write about the adventure. As per Ann’s recommendation, I am about to read John Gardener’s two books. I read Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird; it was cute I guess, but quite invertebrate for my tastes. I am difficult to entertain, I only laugh at my own jokes. I’m sure Pfizer has a pill for that…

    • I think you’ll find Gardner a powerful teacher. He has a third book on writing, and it’s the one I read last since I was put off by the title (On Moral Fiction). But when I read it, I felt once more like he was a powerful thinker who was not swayed by literary fads, but rather by the conditions we all find ourselves in. I’ll be curious what you think of his books. Let me know sometime.

  4. Still working on the danged novel. However, I have a small critique group that is helping me immensely. The goal is to finish the revision by the end of July because I signed up to pitch to an agent at the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland Aug 3-5. (yikes – my first face to face!) Then on to NaNoWriMo in November for another novel idea percolating. Thank goodness I’m retired! And thank you, Ann, for asking. You’re still my favorite teacher of all time (I’ve now taken 9 of the Ed2Go writing classes.)
    I greatly appreciate the prompts you give us on this site. I hope your writing is going well!

  5. Good for you. It takes guts to get your stuff out there and be ready for whatever comes. It’s one more step in the learning process. More power to you. Thanks for asking about my writing. It is going well–early days on a third novel–just the time when it’s awfully easy to say, “This is horrible!” But I do know better, and I keep going.

  6. Scribbled in my aqua Moleskin all the way from Oakland to Anchorage. Camping in Yosemite for a week gave the muse lots of ideas. One of these days I really must get serious about something. Anything.

    • Welcome back. You’re a busy woman!
      I dare you to start a novel.

      • Dare? Who dares to dare Gullible?

      • I did start a novel. I just didn’t finish it.

      • annlinquist

        Why didn’t you finish your novel?

      • Life interrupted.

      • annlinquist

        Ah, but it’s still there, and so?

      • I dug it out last winter, intending to work on it while I house-sat in Halibut Cove. It was only a couple chapters, starts and stops, ideas, etc., but when I read it I really wanted to know how it ended. Usually I have a hard time reading stuff I wrote. Groans, embarrassment, etc., but this was different. Plus, as much as I would like to write fiction, this is only fiction plot I’ve been able to think of–one that would justify more than a few chapters, that is. I never did get around to working on it last winter and it remains in limbo.

      • annlinquist

        The reason I ask is that there is a wonderfully satisfying feeling about having an ongoing writing project–a big one like a novel. The continuity it offers can be very meaningful because it is always there, growing and evolving, getting better with time and effort. It sounds like you have something worth spending time on!

      • Mmmmmm… Continuity sounds nice. But during Alaska’s short and precious winter? I got out one version last night–two or three chapters written in first person. The other versions are third person. Then there’s the version written as if I had interviewed this person and told his story. It takes place during the 1898 Yukon gold rush I’d forgotten about that version, but I like it. It absolves me of colloquialisms that may not have been used then. I still think it has promise. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

  7. I had been suffering from Writer’s Block,until that block moved from my head into my coronary artery..I had another heart attack and heart surgery on Tuesday morning. Thank God for heart stints and doctors who know how to put them to good use. I got to come home yesterday afternoon. Ever since Burger King announced their new dessert, Vanilla Icream Sundae topped with bacon bits, I have been in the research and development frame of mind. I’m thinking if they can sell that, I might be able to sell something equally discusting…HAAGEN DAGUS HAGGIS. If anyone is interested, I’m accepting venture capital. I must get back to the lab,,,the ice cream is melting.

    • I hope all is well peanut. I think Haagen Dagus Haggis is a no brainer. I’ll try it. Wishing you a speedy and complete recovery.

    • Dear Paenut: Take care and get better. any blockage is bad. Will keep you in my thoughts. Lots of good vibs sent your way.

    • I don’t know many people who can start a paragraph describing their recovery from another heart attack (gack!), and end the paragraph describing the next high cholesterol, high fat fad food. Peanut, we are bereft without you, and have missed you so much. Welcome back!

    • Barbara Burris

      Hey Peanut! I just stopped in to see what was going on and your message shook me up! I hope you’re just taking notes and not doing the sampling on the BK Sundaes. Keep on putting one foot in front of the other.

  8. Thank you all for your warm thoughts. I am doing quite fine indeed. I was born into a family of bad hearts (physically). My brother had his first heart attack at age 18.
    Barbara, I will never, ever try the BK Bacon Sundae.
    I so thoroughly enjoy this group of characters. August will mark the one year anniversary for my writing. I started with the best…Lady Ann Linquist.

    There is one fantastic aspect to being hospitalized…it provides endless material for the written word.

    I have concluded that there are actually three things in life that are absolutes.
    1. Death
    2. Taxes
    3. If you are a woman who gets checked into the hospital through the emergency room, your legs will not have seen a razor for days. You may well be wearing clean underwear, just as Mother instructed, but your legs will be as hairy as an Afgan Hound…GUARNTEED.

    The other truth that I discovered about the condition of the American Healthcare system is that no matter what the result of the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare…nothing can prepare you for hearing a Hulk-sized, masked surgery room nurse say,
    “We are just going to clean and shave your groin with cold orange soap and then stick this wire up your……so we can get good pictures of your heart.”
    In the fog and confusion of my heart attack moment, I clearly remember saying to the burly man in scrubs,
    “Back Off Mr. I divorced the last guy that tried that move on me.”
    Thankfully, the surgery suite had an ample supply of “Night…Night” wonder drugs and my surgeon was not shy about using them.

    • Peanut, I hope you never stop writing and reminding us how weird this world is. You have a unique view, and it never fails to bring a smile.

    • Hi Peanut. I’ve been so busy and just stopped by to take a look and read what you’ve been going through. Take good care, and I’m so happy to know you are doing better.

  9. Ha – got a good laugh about the third absolute in life! So glad you are better and back with us.

  10. Hi Ann! I’m working on the final revisions of a short story and have mapped where I will be submitting it. Another idea for a short story recently surfaced. I’m in the pondering stages of that endeavor. And… I’ve been struggling with a novel off and on. I get bored with the novel and have to put it away. I get so tired of the characters and their issues! I love writing short stories though.
    Please let me know if you decide to instruct any new classes. I wish you would consider instructing an advanced writing workshop!

  11. If you’re tired of your characters and their issues, you might want to kick them in the pants a bit. You’re in charge. Toss one off a cliff or let one devolve into an entertainment career as a mud wrestler. They need to please you! Or, enjoy those stories! That sounds like fu n. Just keep going!

  12. Ha ha! I love it. I will kick them both off a cliff.

    • Lady Frenalee Smythdon called for an emergency meeting of CRAPPS (character restoration and plot saving society) to address the impending doom threatening to stall the novel writing endeavors of the most promising and perky Pamela Hill.
      “My fellow CRAPPS, we have been presented with a most dire plea for help. Miss Pamela Hill is ‘bored’ with her characters and is ‘tired of their issues.’ We know too well the catastrophic effect this can have on a writing project. And we also know that a timely intervention can be the difference between a Moby Dick and just another fishing story. Therefore, I am sending the following CRAPPS to Pamela, stat, so that she can be refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to move forward with her novel.”
      Assigned Characters:
      Esmeralda Fnark; Plumber’s Assistant by day and fan dancer at the Pigalee Bistro by night. Born with one leg shorter than the other, Esmeralda never failed to thrill the audience with her rendition of “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy at the Dairy”.
      Captain Bedloe Beauregard III; Disgraced for surrendering the plantation he was charged with defending in the civil war, Capt. Bedloe, while hiding from the Yanks in the Big House Outhouse, managed to time travel to 2012 New York City and take up a post as a subway token taker for the NYC Port Authority.
      Your mission is to go with gusto to the aide of Pamela Hill. Mess with her mind and her characters. Cause a little mayhem, mix things up and pour them out in a soupy mess of plot twisting delight. To quote our beloved friend and mentor, Lady Linquist…”KICK THEM IN THE PANTS…OR OFF A CLIFF.”….Just don’t leave them as you found them.

      • annlinquist

        Sound like you’re feeling better, Pea! Maybe we should change the function of this blog to something similar to your CRAPPS group. You’ve given Pamela some great new ideas for character restoration, time travel included! I’ve been urging Gullie to work on her novel–hey, why not? Perhaps we can snag FigMince out of cyberspace and get him to share one more amazing story and find out what message Waldo is finding on his M&Ms.

        I feel a new idea simmering…..

  13. Lady Ann, I would galdly give over the administration of CRAPSS to this lofty goal. You have managed to attract some amazingly talented, but disturbingly quirky writers to this site. I’m willing to help in any way possible. Gully needs to get going with her novel… Perhaps we should dispatch some CRAPSS her way as well.

  14. Barbara (B.J.) Hill

    Hi Ann, I am in your Beginning Writing Class and I love it. I’m 71 years old and I figure it was about time I quit thinking about writing and doing it. You have been an inspiration.

    • I’m so glad you decided to start. Now you’re on your way. If you visit this blog from time to time, you’ll discover that there are writing challenges here that might get you going. The folks who show up here are primarily ex-BWW students who enjoy supporting each other’s efforts. It’s a friendly, interesting group, and I know you’ll fit right in. Stick around! –Ann

  15. Welcome B.J. I look forward to reading more of your postings.

  16. Barbara (B.J.) Hill

    Thanks, Peanut. I will be following this group and hopefully get to know some of you.

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