What I’m up to now

(Inspired by Derek Sivers)

  • It’s been about 7 weeks since I decided to improve my eating habits by making whole food, plant-based meals with no oil/low sugar/low salt based on the plans from Clean Food Dirty Girl. Batch cooking and shopping are getting easier and the food continues to be delicious, so much so that I sometimes chair dance while I’m eating (good thing I live alone). I feel better than I have in years and I honestly can’t imagine eating any other way now. I’m also gaining confidence in the kitchen and improvising with what I have in the fridge–the CFDG plans make a LOT of food, and sometimes I just don’t want to eat that much at a meal.
  • There comes a point when you realize a project is dead and no amount of effort will save it. That’s what happened with my novel WIP. The first incarnation of the WIP was a novella I wrote in 2011, and so much has changed both in the world and in my own interests and viewpoints since then. Heck, I don’t even like the WIP’s genre anymore. Also, the story felt too safe, like I was trying to please people and do things “right.” No one, least of all me, wants to read that. I had so much fun writing THE CON ARTISTS NEXT DOOR and I have to remember that that’s the feeling I should have for a project. So, no more novel WIP. Delete, poof.
  • More housecleaning: I donated all of my writing craft books, even the good ones, to the library. This dovetails with what I wrote above, about wanting to do things “right.” This might not be a popular opinion, but I honestly think that a lot of writing advice hurt my writing more than it helped. I became so self-conscious that I couldn’t write freely anymore. I need to trust my own gut and my own taste more. After reading way too much advice and too many opinions over the years, I forgot that the first reader I have to please is myself.
  • I’m reviewing a partial novel draft from late last year and debating what to do with it. Judging from the first few chapters, the quality is better than the other novel WIPs I deleted (yay, improvement!), so I may continue to work on this one. We’ll see.

– March 2019