So, I didn’t write a blog entry of substance for the entire month of February. Crap. In fact, I didn’t even realize this until I went to post some entries on here.
I missed an entire month.
I wish I could say that I missed it because I was busy writing, but that would be outright lies.
I wish I could say that I overlooked it because I was so busy working, but the fact is, my work schedule was pretty much same ol’ same ol’ in February.
I wish I could say that the month blew past because of all the chaos of life in general, but, meh, life was pretty much ho-hum for the most part.
I could blame it on the fact that February is such a short month. And, really, the fact that I’m noticing this on what would be February 31st (you know, if there were 31 days in February) shows that I didn’t miss the month entirely… but I did.
I will say, however, that I did get some writing done this month, just as I had committed to doing.
I sent some stories to a few friends for feedback and, now that I’ve heard back, I’m going to refine a few and send them out. They’re pieces I’ve been working on for a while and I basically just needed a few people to chime in and tell me they were ready (with a few minor modifications). Of course, nobody else on the planet might agree that they are “ready,” but we’re not focusing on that right now.
I also revised a couple of stories from NaNoWriMo. I’m realizing that I really need some help in determining which direction to go with them. I’m at the point where I could either push forward and turn some of these stories into lengthy, full-blown short stories (of the 5,000-10,000 word variety). Or, alternatively, I could condense them down to their barest essentials and make them flash pieces (fewer than 1,000 words).
For example, there are two stories that I’m currently working with and they’re each in the 2,000-3,000 word range. One is much closer to completion than the other is … depending on where I go with it. I’m thinking that one needs to stay on the shorter side of things, but 2,000 words is kind of “no-man’s land” for short stories. It’s not a flash fiction/short, short piece and it’s not the typical length of a publishable short story. The other, however, is already close to 3,000 words and really (really) needs some additional development… but I can’t decide if I should make the one shorter and the other longer. Or make them both shorter. Or make them both longer.
Go long? Or go short? Decisions, decisions, decisions.
I’m enrolled in an online writing course that, as far as I can tell, focuses on revising and refining. It begins in a couple of weeks, and I had a credit with this institution, so it’s “technically” not costing anything. It’s a workshop format, so I’ll get feedback from other course participants and the instructor (a published author, whose work I admire). I think hearing some feedback and thoughts will really help me to begin making better determinations about which way to go with my editing and revision. I’m a little nervous about the ten weeks that I’ve committed to this workshop (ten weeks!), but I think that will be good… (I’ll read this back to myself when I’m stretched thin and sleep-deprived come mid-April).
So, all of this is to say that I might have missed writing a blog entry for the month of February (the whole. damn. month.), but I did accomplish some writing, or at least I did determine that I need to make some decisions about writing. Whatever. I’ll take it.