Wednesday, 5 August 2015

IWSG #14 - Boring the shrinking masses

My biggest insecurity right now, is about having to post here and say "Hey, nothing's changed!" It's getting old, and I don't doubt my visitors here are becoming quickly bored by it. However, it is just my life at the moment. I have said it recently and I'll say it again - I'm motivated, in fact I'm slightly desperate to get going again. But I just haven't shoved myself over that line yet.

I am starting to take some time back for myself as I have long felt I should, and I believe I'm creeping ever closer towards being 'ready'. I'm getting closer to that point when I will jump on my laptop and instead of going straight to Facebook to check up on the kitty rescue business, I'll open a Scrivener file instead, and get writing. Or rather, editing.

I want nothing more than to get stuck into my editing!

In other fun news, I had a DVD & pizza night at a friend's place recently, and we started our 80's fest. We watched:

  • The Breakfast Club
  • Some Kind of Wonderful
  • Pretty in Pink.

We're not sure which movies will be on the menu next time, but the plan is to have a DVD night at least once a month, and I can't wait for the next one.

Also, another friend and I are going to a screening of Serenity this Saturday, followed by a "Shindig" at the pub next door to the venue, where apparently games will be played and prizes may be won. Woot!


  1. OMgosh... three of my favorite movies ever (and don't ask me to pick Pretty in Pink as my fav of the three... oh...)

    That sounds like a fun thing to do... 80s movie night with a like-minded former Wham! loving friend :)

    Have fun at the shindig... and remember no matter what happens *that* night, no one had a selfie stick when we were growing up :)

    ...Thank Goodness :)

  2. When it comes to editing, you have sooooooo many stories to choose from. There are the 52 chrysalis short stories, besides your WIP's...?

    Have fun at the "Shindig". Hope you win many prizes!
    Happy IWSG Day!

  3. I think you are ready. It's really just a matter of getting into the headspace of "now I'm closing my browser and not opening it again until I'm done with XYZ."

    I've had to use this trick recently, but it works. I've written almost 4k words in three days.

    What I'm trying to say is that we're hard-wired to wait, but when we are ready, waiting any longer just wastes time. Getting started is actually a choice of will.

  4. how awesome to enjoy a classic movie night with friends - watched pretty in pink the other night =)
    and i had the blahs the past couple of weeks - waiting on others' feedback for a couple of projects and just not ready to dive into my other things at the moment... i know it will all change soon as school starts, i'll regret my lack of work ethic, but for now i'm just trying to enjoy the calm before the storm - glad you are too!

    and even talking about "boring" is fun sometimes! happy hump day!

  5. Love the idea of the pizza and DVD night. What fun. Don't stress, it will happen when you're ready for it to happen! You signed up for the WEP challenge - that's a great start!

  6. Wow, those are ALL great movies!

    I confess, editing and revising are the hardest thing for me to do. I love the flush of first draft but have a very hard time getting motivated to do the rest of the work required. I'm currently working on a little novel and it's taken me nearly 2 months to figure out how to fix the first 2 chapters that desperately needed fixing. But I finally got her done and am finally past chapter 4!

    So, there's hope! Keep on moving towards the goal.

    Bish, your co-host, #128 on the Alex Scale

  7. You're NOT boring. But I totally hear you on being sort of hung up and unable to get across that line. I have been that way myself for several months now. I feel like I am finally heaving myself up ONTO the line, but I am definitely not over it. You can do it!

  8. You'll get there. :) Enjoy Serenity. I love that film!

  9. Now that sounds like fun!
    Just keep pushing yourself. You'll fall off the fence to the other side soon.

  10. Your DVD nights sound so fun! Gotta love 80s movies.
    And I've never come here and thought you were boring but I know what you mean. For me it gets harder and harder to think of things to post about.

  11. Sometimes I feel blah and have to push myself into opening a manuscript. Once I get going I don't stop, though. I love The Breakfast Club and Pretty in PInk.

  12. I hear your frustration. Writing is hard work, so let's admit that. At some point things will click and you'll know it's time to dig in again, or even quit. If you're like me, you won't be able to ignore the pull for long.

  13. Hey everyone - thanks so much for your comments! They mean a lot to me :) It's true that I just need to make a choice not to go straight for my browser. I hope I will get to do some of that tonight. Especially as it's been a super stressful day with rescue disasters occurring, and I am supposed to take a break. ;) I guess I will take this opportunity to actually look at some editing.

  14. DVD nights sound like fun. Enjoy yourself at the screening and the party.

  15. Ha, we all need some away-from-writing time, Trisha. Don't beat yourself up. That DVD and pizza night sounded good. Movies can get our muse going. Glad to see you signed up for WEP. You love photography, so even if you tell us about a special photo or two or ten, that'll be fine! But maybe you have a great setting piece in one of your WIPs?

    Looking forward to seeing what you post.

    Denise :-)

  16. I just saw The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink for the first time a few months ago. My wife couldn't believe I'd never seen them before (as well as Sixteen Candles). I also just downloaded Scrivener and excited to experiment with it for my next book. :)


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