Many, many thanks for all of the responses to my last check-in post. All of the support, advice, and hugs were most appreciated. You are all incredible!
In more blog award news, Gene Lempp and Heather over at My Demon Spirits passed the Liebster onto me, and on Monday I also received Appreciated Follower award from Marie Andrews. Both Gene and Marie have been wonderful friends over the past few months that I’ve participated in ROW80, and I’m quite grateful to them both. Heather is a new friend that I’ve made through the Writers’ Campaign, and I’m looking forward to getting to know her better.
I love seeing all of these blog awards going around — it gives me a really lovely sense of community. Gene’s latest post provides an excellent discussion about the importance of blog awards, which I highly recommend checking out. In addition, Marie’s latest short story, “Iron Butterfly,” is available over at Nevermet Press, so swing by and read that as well. Finally, Heather’s delightfully creepy flash fic for our Campaign challenge is up, and you all must check it out.
I have done my best to chill out over the past few days. Not focusing on the WIP has helped me to feel a little less pressured, though I will admit that I am starting to go through withdrawal. I peeked at TELL ME NO LIES the other night, and had one of those lovely serendipitous moments where I thought, “Wow, I wrote this?” It is raw, it is unpolished, it is a bit like a diamond in the rough, but I might be able to get a decent novel out of it at some point. 😀
Here are some other things I’ve done this week:
- Spent time with family. Monday was Labor Day, and my aunt and uncle’s 30th anniversary, so my dad’s entire family went out for lunch at a local Asian buffet. I was able to nourish the Filipina in me with lots of tasty food and good times with the fambam, who I rarely see since I’ve moved away.
- Blogged. I think I am finally getting into the swing of this blogging business, and I feel like my voice is starting to come through. It looks like my Monday Inspirations posts are going to be steampunk-oriented for the next few weeks, as I explore various aspects of steam technology (this is a weakness in my current WIP, so the blog series doubles as a way for me to get some research done). Yesterday’s “Things I Love Tuesday” was devoted to my favorite hot men of history, and I think next week’s will focus on my favorite hot men of literature. I plan to devote my Friday Free-For-All posts for the next few weeks to the various trends in Fall fashion, because I love clothes, and I need to do some research before I start shopping for my fall wardrobe. So, again, killing two birds with one stone. It’s all about efficiency, people! 😀
- Wrote some flash fic. Still haven’t finished my entry for Dice Games, but, “Broken Promises,” my wee 200 word drabble for the Writers’ Platform-Building Campaign, is up. There are over 250 entries at the moment (!!!), so there is absolutely no way that I will have time to read them. I’ll be cheering on my various groupmates, as well as my ROW80 friends, but I’ll have to cut things off there or else I’ll spread myself way too thin.
- Did some reading. I finally finished reading Lindsay Buroker’s “Ice Cracker II,” a free collection of short stories I picked up on Amazon (the Kindle app on my Windows phone is seriously the best thing ever). Better yet, I read Nadja Notariani’s Claiming the Prize, which I loved. I’ll be posting up a review on Goodreads in the next few days, but I thought it was a great read — excellent fight scenes, tender-hearted romance, and steamy sexytimes.
Less than two weeks remain before I head back to school, so I’ll be focusing on fixing up the thesis in the hopes of getting closer to finishing my first draft. Elizabeth Anne Mitchell was wonderful and pointed me towards an academic writing group that’s starting up a new challenge. I’m hoping that the weekly check-ins will keep me motivated to get my thesis finished and defended by Christmas.
Plans to adopt my pen name are still in place, and will take effect sometime in the next couple of weeks. I’ve got a tumblr account ready to go (where I will post pretty pictures and things that inspire my work), along with a new Goodreads account and G+ profile (Facebook is coming along). The only slight awkwardness I’m grappling with concerns my twitter account, as I still have a handful of sociology folks following me. Not sure what they will think when they peek at their feed to see “Lena Corazon” blabbing about novels and writing. On the other hand, abandoning my current account and starting a new one feels like so much work. Meh.
Hoping that all of my U.S.-based friends enjoyed Monday’s holiday, and that everyone else is doing well. Not too long to go before Round 3 is over, so swing by and wave hello to the other ROWers here!