“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” — Anne Lamott
It’s I Should Be Writing Wednesday, and guess what?? I’m not writing. Not officially, anyway. Officially I’m still on hiatus, but the light at the end of this tunnel is in sight and I’ve been warming up—slowly, mind you—letting my muse yawn and stretch from the long rest.
Right now I’m working on a short story. I’ve never written a short story, and it’s been interesting work setting up a full premise and story arc in such a small amount of word-space. Not sure if it will be any good (see above quote), but I’m enjoying the effort. It’s about a tween-age girl who loves to sketch, a sea captain aboard an Antarctic-bound ship, and a deep-space astronaut.
I’m also beginning to baby step my way back into the world of Shrilugh—we’re talking super tiny, itty-bitty baby steps, so don’t get too excited. I have an opening paragraph (I think…completely subject to change at this stage of the game):
Three things: A black velvet sky, vaulted high and studded with diamond stars flung far and wide. A friendly sea breeze, salty and brisk, laughing over water and sand. And a girl, appearing out of nowhere, falling from the sky like a lesser angel tossed from heaven.
Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll hate it tomorrow. 🙂
Also, yesterday I stumbled upon Orchos as he was reminiscing to Brig about falling in love with Opal. I hope I captured his charm. It might end up being cut from the final product, but it was good for my heart to see how those two found each other.
Writers—what projects are you working on? Tell me so I can cheer you on!
Readers—what projects are you wishing I (or whoever your favorite author is) was working on?
Finally, I leave you with this little nugget: “A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.” —Franz Kafka
…I wonder if my family can vouch for this? Ha!