That first Wednesday of the month came quickly this year. I’m still recovering from my “vacation” (read: 12 days of house cleaning and full-time kid watching), so I don’t have a whole lot to say other than it’s nice to be able to sit down and type something again. Writing progress has been zilch and I’m not sure if I retained the last scrap of sanity I had, but hey, what better way to start a new year!
Yesterday was actually a great kick-off. We had friends over for the annual Surf and Turf at the Town’s End, and spent several hours playing games and eating food. I’m hoping the success I had there will be indicative of how the rest of the year is going to play out. As of this instant, I’m not an insecure writer because I set reasonable goals for the year and I think I can accomplish them.
IWSG Question of the Month – What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?
I can think of my least favorite right off the bat. “When are you going to finish your book?” Stab me in the chest with my inadequacies, why don’t ya? Between taking care of all the kid stuff, catching up with my husband, making sure the family stays fed, cleaning the house so it’s inhabitable, working full-time, and trying to have a body that doesn’t depress me… sometimes I just don’t have a lot of time for writing.
Good-natured kidding or not, when someone asks me that question, it hurts, because it points out that for all I do, it’s never enough.
Well, that was depressing. Let’s end on my favorite writing question, which is “How the **** do you keep track of everything?” Is it twisted that I enjoy inspiring people to use profanity? I’ve got a secret Google site where I’ve recorded every character name I’ve used, the way the calendar works, the military setup, the elemental hierarchy and political structures, world creation mythology, maps and environment descriptions, playlists/blurbs/covers for each book, and a flow chart with all my character relations and classifications (that’s usually what causes the swearing since it’s easiest to show off).
I keep a lot of it in my brain, but it’s nice to have it all stored secretly in case I wanted to reference it. 🙂
Did you have a good first of the year? What are your favorite and least favorite questions? Do you have any fancy way of keeping track of all your world-building?