I was doing so well, you guys. I had my new story, and my new goals, and I was meeting them. And then the weekend exhausted me and I got nothing done and I haven’t got much done since then. I’m bothered by the fact that my two MCs fall rather heavily into blatant gender stereotypes, not something I want to happen at all, and also the fact that I don’t know anything about warfare or governments or any of the other stuff that is kind of actually important to my setting. Writing this is making me think of the song “Die Vampire, Die!” from the musical [title of show] (yes, that’s what it’s called), which is about getting past all those hurdles to express your creativity. But I’m having a bit of trouble actually following the song’s advice right now. Not to mention I’m writing job applications and things, since my contract is up for renewal, and due to bureaucracy, can’t just be renewed, it has to be advertised this time around. So basically I’m just feeling worn out and listless, and I know you’re supposed to try and work through that, but… blah.
In other news, PayPal Strong-arms Indie Book Publishers Over Erotic Content. Because adults can’t figure out what they do and don’t want to read for themselves, clearly, and they need a company that has nothing to do with books to decide what’s moral or not for them. Yep. Glad we cleared that up.
Oh, also. Y’know that writing course that I’m not enjoying? I realised that I could sneak ahead because the modules are actually hosted on the guy’s website and the files names are all the same except for the module number. Anyway, in the module about starting your manuscript is this tip (though I am paraphrasing): “Don’t worry about spelling and grammar – just get your words down on paper… you will have an editor to help you polish it up.” The first part of that, sure, I’ll get behind that. But I really hate the idea that you can just write your stuff and then an editor will “fix” it and make it nice for you. You’ve got to pull the hard yards yourself. This possibly bothers me more because I knew a girl a while ago who was convinced she was writing something amazing when she clearly had no idea about punctuation, grammar or generally making sense, but got really upset with me when I pointed this out to her and told her she would need to fix it up a great deal before she submitted it anywhere. I believe her exact words were “Stop sh*tting over what I love.” Now, I don’t have particularly thick skin, something I know I need to work on if I’m going to make it in the industry, but I know that I’m going to have to work hard and that not everyone’s going to love me. She didn’t quite seem to grasp this.
Anyway, that is my rant for today. I’ll go now and let you read some happier posts from other ROW80ers.