Sometimes I like to look at my public posts and laugh. The boys laugh, too.
The school year is coming to a close and I feel like I haven't learned enough. Not enough proficiency in Japanese, not enough understanding of language and music. It's like there's a block there preventing me from learning more that I didn't feel was there when I started last summer. So I'm taking this summer off from school. I'll be working (barring intervention by EvilsTM), but most of all being in the sun and focusing on writing (with health as a sidebar).
I think my writing has grown immensely in the last year and half of being with the Four and writing every day. There's still so much to learn and improve, but isn't there always? I've rediscovered old habits that were hindered by the gallons of well-meaning writing advice that I got drunk on for a while back there, and I've incorporated suggestions to my style that fit very well. I learned a great deal of voice and characterization so that, while I still think my narration often feels stilted and uncertain, I am far more confident that I sometimes I achieve what I want to and will continue to improve.
My time sense being what it is, I have absolutely no concept of how long I have been with the Anchorage Write Club, but I'm glad I am. It's like a backup to wonderful Karen. If I somehow hedge and hide that I haven't written from her, I still have to answer to them, so it keeps me going. It's unbelievably motivating to have people there who will ask why the fuck I haven't been writing and what the hell is wrong with me. Thank you, Karen! Thank you, Write Club (Abby, Liz, Mel, Rob, Giselle, Jacquie, Corey, Rebekah)!
And farewell for now to Corey. Don't get lost on those old roads while imagining adventures.
I've spent a long time floundering about what I should be and how to accomplish my world-saving desires, and I doubt that will ever really go away. My head is stuffed to the brim of adventurous antiheroes and epic leaders and it's hard not to try to be more like them. But it's easier to be them by writing every day and keeping the rest of the world as support to that. It's a wide, beautiful world with cloying, awful problems that need major help. Right now, I am not a charismatic leader of meeces, sprites, and women and might not become so for a long, long time. Words and language and story most of all is what I am and will continue to be. Knowing this instills no sense of decision or certainty, the way I expected it to, but at least I know what I'm doing!
To that end: Plans and Portents! What are your sweeping plans for the year? These are mine:
April & May - Boys! I'm going to get caught up on my commenting, my co-writing, and most involved of all, my various The Four plotlines. The First Caper, Take Two will be finished off, Water Baby will get plotted, dangling plot threads will be organized, and Tae's gonna get fixed (of a minor drug habit, not as in snip-snip).
It is important to note that the boys will continue being written throughout the rest of the year (at least, and likely forever), but I'm also going to start writing *drum roll* other things! Because, as Karen pointed out, I will never be finished writing about my boys.
June & July - Faerie Novel BiMonth! Join me! We'll be rife with faerie lore and research. I'll be renovating Elsie's story - which means finally deciding whether she's tossed back into high school, plays as an art teacher at one, or just gets chucked into noble charm school. Then cleaning up all of her journals to reflect the updated theme and writing practically a third book (I've written a whole one and part of a second in just journals) in third person so my reader isn't stuck reading the drag of her hoity-toity journals to learn everything. Then I'm subjected some poor souls into reading the damn thing.
August & September - Ooze! So I decided the flow of the plot needs an overhaul. The events plotted for the 2nd arch are going to be switched with those of the first, which will make the emotional upheaval of the medical captivity make soooo much more sense. Which means massive, massive rewriting and rearranging. Then! replotting the 2nd and 3rd archs to follow those re-done events. So much re! The real difficult part of this will be pinning down Cade's character. Expect a lot of random one-shots from him.
October & November - Barring a sudden inspiration for a madcrazy The Four plot, this NaNoWriMo will be dedicated once again to the Oozier, all by itself. No writing two novels this year. I will get that second plot arch done.
December & January - TENTATIVE! Because I like to do challenges with Karen at this time of year. But if the flow is on (like I hope it will be) from finishing the first two archs, then I will totally also work through the Oozening and have my ridiculous trilogy finished.
Tell me your plans! Make your own post and link me in comments, or just here. I am most curious.