state of the Laura: writing 10, me 0

There’s a quote floating ’round my Tumblr about writers and procrastination, and while I might have an entire post about that in me, today I just want to say that my problem isn’t procrastination so much as it’s a total inability to prioritize the four or five projects I have going on right now:

This is my current writing notebook/binder.  It's about 2 inches thick.
This is my current writing notebook/binder. It’s about 2 inches thick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been feeling vaguely off lately on the writing front–I had to trunk a short story that I spent pretty much all of last summer working on, but … it’s just not working.  It’s repetitive and while I like the interpersonal stuff that’s going on, the A-plot was wonky as hell.

But it never feels good to give up on something I’ve finished.  I should be able to fix it!  And, I dunno, maybe I will someday, but right now I have no perspective and no idea how.  Good luck, me of the future!  Have fun with that one!

In the meantime, I have two stories to revise and a novel to plug away at …

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It’s also the tail end of summer, which means a lot of stuff jammed into the last couple of weekends, and a kid who is alternately bored and then nervous about the start of 2nd grade.

Today we went to see Guardians of the Galaxy, having talked said boy into it despite the possibility of “bad language, Mom!”  It wasn’t the best of the Marvel movies, but it was still pretty good–Z. is definitely a Groot fan.  I liked Rocket Raccoon, myself.  Who expects the genetically-engineered raccoon to be a mad engineering genius?[1] Also, this may be the only time in my entire life that I have actually enjoyed “The Pina Colada Song.”

(I also imagine a new generational dividing line:  what does “Hooked On a Feeling” immediately bring to mind:  Guardians of the Galaxy or Reservoir Dogs?  Because I don’t think I was the only person in the theater unconsciously expecting that part to end a trifle differently.)

Speaking of music, I’m listening to the iTunes Radio Top 50 Alternative and putting a lot of stuff on my “stuff to listen to” playlist on Spotify.  “Take Me to Church” by Hozier and “I Wanna Get Better” by Bleachers are the  most recent additions.  I also found Robbie Williams a couple weeks ago and now want glam rock suggestions.

I may be getting pulled into Gravity Falls (ha!) …

And now I’m going to post this at 11pm on a Friday.  Good luck, little blog post.

1[back]Underestimated characters might be a narrative kink of mine.

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