Writing progress: Nada. I did upload Christmas pictures to the computer finally though...so that's understandable, right?
Weight progress: ummm...just .1 of a pound down...I suppose the important thing is that it's in he right direction.
Reading progress: Yes! One I was able to do...back into my habit of reading before bed and had forgotten how relaxing it was! Now if I could read more before actually falling asleep....perhaps not the right book?
Lately I've been rolling my new WIP around in my head and there's something that's been bothering me a bit. Genre. Do you other writers out there know the EXACT genre you want to write and that genre only or do you tend to bounce around and try new things?
I ask because I'm not sure I've decided for myself yet. I love reading science fiction and paranormal romances so naturally my first two books have revolved around this. (One is buried deep in a filing cabinet and has never been queried...I have THAT much faith in it. The second one is supposedly being published in Feb 2010 but that's an entire different blogging topic of frustration.)
My new project is more of a young adult/romance type of book but has definite paranormal elements. The project seems to be going much smoother than my last two and the work is literally flowing out of me. I'm wondering if it isn't beneficial as an author to try out different styles in order to find the one that best suits you and your abilities. It just never occurred to me to do so. It's been happening naturally I suppose. There's actually another story rolling around in my head that is TOTALLY different and involves nothing supernatural AT ALL. I've actually already finished two chapters on that one a while back but had to shelve it for my latest inspiration. Is it odd to have this many different types of stories rolling around or is it just the norm? Seems like mixing up the equation and trying new things keeps everything fresh and interesting, hopefully not just for me, but for the reader.
On a completely different topic - I have been completely blogging addicted lately. There are just so many great blogs out there and great people to follow and meet. I'm wasting much too much time and having much too much fun while doing it. Normally finding other blogs and people is inspiring to me, but yesterday, for whatever reason...I found it totally depressing. There are so many cool, great authors out there that are doing awesome things that I just felt....dare I say it? Normal. A dime a dozen. Very depressing. I'm sure it will pass.
The truth is that we all share a dream and that binds us all together. Something cool about it but it's that tricky balance of following your own while supporting others that makes the blogging world so magical and on the occasional day, humbling. And maybe a twinge depressing.
Today I vow to do my best to limit myself to reading only 10 blog posts...okay maybe 15...why don't we just make it a smooth 20? That seems doable and under my normal amount of blogs I like to read. We'll see how I do. I also vow to actually work on my writing today and to attempt to atleast put on my tennis shoes after work in hopes of convincing myself to work out.
And with that...I will leave you all with what I thought was my most entertaining New Year's picture ever. It's sure to be a family classic and I'm already treasuring it. Here we are at midnight trying to take a family picture as my soon to be 2year old grabs my champagne and pours it all over us all. Please note that I normally do not let him stay up this late...it was a special occasion and I promise we went promptly upstairs, changed his PJ's and put him to bed. I promise. I really did. I missed quite a bit of Wii in the process I assure you.
New Year's 09-10
Happy Hump Day to you all!