Ah, the first check-in. I'm usually one of the last to post on any given day but my Tuesday night has extended itself into Wednesday morning so I thought I'd take the rare opportunity to be among the first. Yay me!
I had a dream a couple of weeks ago, a strange dream involving rat-people, man-sized beasts in hooded robes. I remember little else of the dream and it has absolutely nothing to do with any of my novels-in-progress. But something about the rat-people brought about a sudden inspiration regarding the next step forward on one of my many novels in progress. It involves rats (rat-sized rats thank you very much) and magic and a character I thought I'd written completely out of the novel. That's all I'll say on the specifics (when I'm a rich famous author, you may all dissect and debate this blog as to which scene of my book-to-be I'm referring to).
I kept telling myself to write it down, to capture the thought before it got lost in the absolute disaster that is my brain. Life interfered. I interfered. I distracted myself doing some much needed (but could have waited a little longer) salvage on a dying computer to rescue other sections of that work-in-the-works.
Today, I wrote the first part of that scene. And I can't quite articulate the sense of relief that came to me as I wrote. It was like the scene had pressurized inside me and letting it out was...It was...nice. I would find a bigger word, a better word but sometimes "nice" is exactly that...nice.
Some clarification of my weekly goals. 5K words average per week is fiction...because I don't want to count words for my blog. Is that laziness? Maybe. But it puts the emphasis on my fiction and I think that's a good thing.
As of today?
I have written something every day...so far. 3 days in and I shouldn't be so pleased with myself but I am.
I haven't hit my 5K quota for the week but I've still got the majority of the week in front of me. I am confident I'll get there by Sunday.
I didn't get to my reading on Monday but I started George Orwell's 1984 today...well, yesterday...Tuesday, whatever.
So...checking in and starting out right...I hope.