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01 July 2009 @ 10:11 pm
Late Write-a-Thon Report #1  
My write-a-thon commitment was to unplug myself from distractions (meaning, the Internet) and write for at least an hour a day. While I am still struggling with this drastic cutting process, I did manage to keep this commitment except for on Sundays when I never seem to manage to sit down for an hour. I have been doing two hours each on Thursdays and Saturdays, so can that make up for it, please?

I have to say, though, that trying to carve out a third of the novel and re-knit the remaining shreds is kicking my ass from here to eternity. This is fucking hard. I have no doubt to its necessity, but I frequently despair about my ability to do it. Enough so that up until the Write-a-Thon I kept stalling out. Hence the importance of the write-a-thon this year to keep me going--since it started, I've been way more productive. If you can call cutting productive.

See my write-a-thon page here, and the list of officially participating writers (there are quite a few unofficial participants as well) here.

Again, I welcome any sponsors. $6 will get you a copy of my CD of me reading a selection of my poems.

In other news, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet took a poem. I am chuffed.
Deb Taberdebtaber on July 2nd, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
Congrats on the Rosebut Wristlet poem!

Best of luck to you on the novel, too. I'm right there with you...at least for an hour a day! I'm completely in awe that you're doing the WaT alongside everything else you do for the workshop.
Neile Grahamneile on July 2nd, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
Finding the time has been surprisingly hard. I've found that one of the best times to work is while sitting in the waiting room while I'm waiting for my niece to finish her PT session. Yikes!
ethereal_ladethereal_lad on July 2nd, 2009 10:17 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the LCRW pub! Next stop, Goblin Fruit!
Neile Grahamneile on July 2nd, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Hee! I have one poem in Goblin Fruit's Spring issue, two in the Summer issue coming up on the 9th, and one due in their Autumn issue.
Ada Milenkovic Brownaccordingto_ada on July 2nd, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your multitude of poetry acceptances! Hurray!

Do not dispair about your novel. I have a novel I have to do that with too, luckily not the one I'm writing on during the WAT.

I think it's like having to clean and organize a room. You have to make things way messier in order to make them better when you get done.

Actually this is true for bringing about political change too -- it's true for change in general.

You must give yourself permission to let things look horrible for awhile and not worry that you are losing control just because things look messy. You must have faith that when you've finished it will be so much better.
Neile Grahamneile on July 2nd, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Ada. It has been a good time recently. It helps that I've been more actively sending my work out.

Yes, you're right about the process, and it's the way I clean rooms, too. It really helps to think of it this way. Thank you!!
pamrentz on July 3rd, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
I'm amazed you can accomplish anything during the workshop!
Chris Furst: you Americans . . .theclownhunt on July 6th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the LCRW acceptance!
Erin Cashiertherinth on July 7th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
Congrats! :D