Title in the works still, tentatively: Ultra-Souls
|Climbing mountains and managing the 100 in 100 project, one of the many things I do on the weekend, besides avoid writing my book.|
The last few weeks have been a real turn around point for me working on my book. For the last several months I've been caught up in temporal transitions. Jumping from point to point in my book and not following an emotional arc like most good novels do. This led to too many tangents and a general feeling of apathy and loathing when it came to the process of writing my book...
I am trying to write this blog on what I've learned about writing the past week but I keep getting distracted. Instead of ignoring these facts, I am going to list them:
- Jade's Kombucha that she just finished
- The hum of the laundry in the background inconsistently swish-swashing my dirty clothes back and forth
- Enrique Iglesias playing on the TV screen in the next room over
- Cashew whining like a whistle.
- The impending doom and the fact that very soon I'll owe Bundy a beer if I don't get this published before 5:00pm
- The fact that Jade will read this shake her head and say something like "what are you writing?"
- Your vs. you're and the hopeless fact that I am may never get it right.
- The fact that I would be a terrible monk, if they ever let me in which I don't think they ever would.
- The fact that Western States 100, Ronda del Cims, Mont Blanc 80km and the legalization of Gay Marriage all likely trump my interest and my audiences interest in reading this update.
- Who will read this? Who will read this if I actually wrote this blog?
Saturday Night I attended a poetry reading with Jade at Balboa Park I was captured and moved by the way one of the poets Maria Mazziotti Gillan managed to capture her life so vividly and authentically down into small one to two page poems.
Sunday I attended a three hour writing class with Jade on "Outlining your Novel" and for the first time ever, I was able to write down a successful and well synthesized tag line that I liked.
Finally, Monday Andrew and I attended a lecture by Dr. Donna Eckstein on How to Tell Your Story The event was hosted by the San Diego Writer's and Editor's Guild, Andrew and myself were the youngest in the room by what I estimated to be about ~40 years or so. And so I felt a bit foolish standing up in front of the crowd of WWII veterans and aging baby boomers saying "I am writing a memoir..." heads turned and analyzed my young age as I finished my sentence, "On how I got in to running 100 mile foot races" I'd forgotten how many heads our sport turns in a room full of reasonable people.
I am currently in the second edit of my memoir. I have too many words, too many pages written down. I'm no longer stuck in the mire of useless temporal transitions but I am having some difficulty in applying what I've learned from these three experiences. I am constantly facing distractions and flailing terribly with my time management skills and the appropriate times to write this book. I could use more organizational skills and better self-discipline when it comes to getting page by page done. I am nearly constantly intmidated by notions of "where to start" when staring down at a 300+ page paper. But...
These are all demons to be fought. The book is still coming.
For a far more well composed blog on Monday's meeting please visit: http://survivingthecure.blogspot.com/
Boo-yah! Published before 5:00pm PST, I don't owe you a beer now :) :) :)