Winter Cleaning

Winter cleaning…is that a thing? Well, either way, that’s what I’m up to today.

It’s about one bazillion degrees below zero outside and I’m stuck home with a bad cold, so it seems an opportune time to get all caught up on writing life housekeeping. I’ve just finished sending stories back out to market that got the cold shoulder over the holidays and am now ready to face the more daunting task of organizing myself for the coming year.

I came up with several nifty ideas for stories while I was traveling last week, but they’re just ideas. Kernels. I need to sit down and think about how I might turn them into something that someone might want to read. You know, the really easy part.  😉

I’ve also got a writing retreat coming up in a few weeks. For the second year in a row, I’m taking part in a women’s only writing weekend in Las Vegas. Last year was both fun and incredibly productive (we spend the time writing, not critiquing) and I’m super excited for this year’s version to get underway. In addition to making travel plans, I also need to figure out what I want to work on during the retreat so as to maximize writing time and efficiency. Most probably this will entail a final push on the seemingly never-ending first draft of PROJECT AWESOME. But, I may also get wild and decide to spend the time focused on writing new short stories.

The other big task ahead is to revisit older projects, some completed but in need of overhaul and some just barely-fleshed outlines, and decide what I’ll work on this year, what I’ll shelve for later, and what I should shelve forever.

So, today looks about like this:

  • Stay warm
  • Get my writing life organized
  • Drink lots of tea
  • Blow my nose…a lot

How about you? What are you doing on this most ridiculously cold Tuesday?

2 thoughts on “Winter Cleaning

  1. M.E. Garber

    I LOVE the idea of that writing retreat! Sounds wonderful, and I wish you much luck and success there!

    Unfortunately for me, while the temp outside is all of +11F, my car is running HOT (how exactly is that possible?). So I am taking it to the dealership for a second attempt at repair. After that, tea and an hour or so with my computer as I try to bang out the first draft of a niggling story idea-turning-into-flash-fiction.

    1. mirandasuri

      Yes – as much as I enjoy co-ed writing retreats and workshops, there is something wonderful about a group of women all being to enjoy one another’s company and support. Plus, guys never want to go to the spa! 😉

      Best of luck with your car and with the story!

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