Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How my collective neurosis keep me in shape.

On my run today. You can't see it here, but people are actually surfing the break.   

Hi Bloggers!

Did I mention that I have a touch of ADHD and if I don't do cardio in the morning I can't sit still?

Did I ever bring up the fact if I don't wake up a tad hungover or exhausted from the previous day's workout my sliver of OCD prevents me from driving to work without circling the block, getting out of my car and double, sometimes triple checking my flat iron is off and my apartment doors are locked?

Did you say something? I'm sorry. My auditory processing deficiency is showing.

My neurosis are why I'm in shape and now I've found the guts to make use of it. I'm training for a half marathon in July and a full marathon in October.

My eye fly at mile four. It's the fly's fault I had to walk a bit. Bastard!
 Today I ran six miles, yesterday three miles of hills, the day before yesterday ten miles and the day before that was a rest day. That day I drove around the block to double check my flat iron... you see the pattern. 

I'm glad I'm in shape before my MFA Writing and Conscouisness program begins in August. Writers are bizarre. 

Ha! I tried to smile. The creased brow and hard stare makes me look oddly like my father.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Why my editor is awesome.

Writing for an audience takes a village. Once we're secure enough with ourselves to ask for help we truly start to develop and grow. In order to hone our voice we need other writers that can be brutally honest.

I've learned to put my mistakes out there. Look at the above, it's horrible! It's also part of a 240 page novel that is bound to have a few blunders. I'm not going to beat myself up over it.  

There is nothing anyone can tell me about my writing that I haven't already said to myself a thousand times. My only request is make it useful! 

This is why my editor is awesome. He doesn't waste my time. When I see dump this or hell no and kill your exclamation points!, it makes the journey so much easier.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Insecure Writer's Support Group - When to stop, breath and celebrate small victories.

It's the first Wednesday of the month. Time for Alex J. Cavanaugh's, Insecure Writer's Support Group post. Click on the link to learn more: IWSG

I have to admit, I've been grinning like an idiot ever since I received my first acceptance letter to a Bay Area MFA program I've been salivating for. I'm still waiting to hear back from two other schools, but I'm in. I sent the first six chapters of my second book, Chosen, as my writing sample and I got offered one of the ten coveted slots that open up for this program. 

I made myself two promises. After I completed my graduate applications I would pat myself on the back if I got an interview. After the interview with the department head I would congratulate myself after I got accepted.  I haven't done either.

I'm insecure that this will all be a misunderstanding, and turn into a failure somehow. I can't just relax. After my shift at the bookshop I'm thinking a glass of wine and a bubble bath. 

What are your favorite ways to force yourself to decompress? Please post a comment below no matter how bizarre. I'll try anything once.