I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward. - Thomas Alva Edison
I hadn't planned on writing anything much today -- I was a little on the discouraged side yesterday, and didn't feel like being discouraging again.
I remembered the Womans World story, the one that came so very close to being published, a story that I really liked and had started to rework so that it was deeper and more involved than a mere 1100 words would allow. I'd forgotten about it in my attempt to write a holiday short story, a story (as it turns out) that I don't love.
That's just stupid. I shouldn't be killing myself to write something I don't love. Technically, it's finished, but I don't like it the way it is. It needs a lot of work, and I'm not willing to do that just now. This way, I have a whole 'nother year to fix it.
I opened up my document on that other story, read it through and realized how much I like it. And, really, it doesn't need that much work. I have a twenty minute period of time that I can actually write now (I'd summarized it in one line for the WW story) and I can go a little deeper with the emotions that are swirling about in our heroine's body, but otherwise, I think the story is strong and the characters are interesting.
Who could ask for more?
I'm also doing more preplotting work for my NaNo story, and trying to get to know the characters without actually writing about them. I guess all I needed was an A-Team marathon (I watched THREE yesterday... man, I love that show) and a decent nights sleep to feel a little better.
I closed up my house last night. That's the first time all my windows have been closed in about four months. I hate that. If I had my way, I'd live on a screen porch. I love fresh air, and I think one of the things that bugs me most about living NH is that the cold weather lasts for a majority of the year. When you have more closed window days than open window days, you're living in the wrong part of the country.
It's going to rain all day... that makes it a good day for baking. I'm thinking I'll make some cheddar/garlic rolls and some herb bread. Then maybe some cookies and more muffins for breakfasts (they freeze nicely). That will help the daughter not get so bored and keep me busy as well. I do love to bake, and don't have many days where I can spend all day cooking.
Anyone want to come by and help eat it all?
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