Not every week is going to be win for the creativity, that will always be the unfortunate given. In regards to this week (roughly, Feb 11th - 17th), I can feel the failed-attempt in my fingertips as I desperately try to power through my unmotivated mind. Perhaps I’m being too hard on myself, but
Last post, I wrote of a week that was rough, but apparently, I had not comprehended just how rough the week actually was until the next one began. The week prior, to explain, was a hiccup in what would be my usual weekly schedule, through every fault of my own making. Of course, everyone enters each day with little knowledge as to how yesterday affects today, and it’s nearly impossible get ahead of that knowledge if one is aware of that fact of life. However, I do believe it is better to be aware of how past affects present than to think it dead and inconsequential. But, that is a metaphysical tangent for another time.
In any sense, my excuse for the failures of this week reside in how the previous week’s stuff - for lack of a better word - had cluttered my mind. For instances, I had tried to do work on Never Race A Walking Man, only to realize that I had to start again. Starting again only resulted in another attempt before realizing it was all garbage. But, I am determined to doll out at least one episode of this weirdly-conceived, videoed podcast. However, I also realized that, upon finishing this episode, I need to make sure it does not affect the fiction projects I find more worth wild in doing.
As for other instances, they could be chalked up to procrastination. During last weekend, my brother-in-law handed me down his XBox 360. The games he allowed me to borrow have yet to occupy my time as much as setting it up, but then I bought a game for it, Shadow Of Mordor, which has served as a very effective distraction. Perhaps this next week will serve my focus better, as I am bit more used to my new addition to entertainment, and my schedule will be usual and less addled.
For reasons I’m not quite certain about, I believe all of last weeks… stuff, has resulted in me waking up at a later hour. My creative energy, so to speak, thrives during the early hours of the morning. Thankfully, I am a light sleeper, so it isn’t too hard to make this possible. When it came to this week, though, I found myself still waking up early, but not as early as I would prefer. I could only surmise this to be the result of last week’s exhaustion or the exhaustion of a particular day this week.
Sometimes plans hit dry spells, which can make catching up harder to do, but there is little I can do to other than commit to catching up. At the very least, I was able to keep releasing another chapter of Smolder, and in addition, I have decided to edit how the two tiers work on Patreon, and I have set a particular goal, too. Please check that out and consider donating if you’d like to read my stuff early before I release it as an ebook. Before long, I’ll be releasing the first novella of Crooked Pieces: Howl And Whistle on Patreon, where it can be read and critiqued before launch (hopefully sometime this year).
Well, that’s about as much as I can muster to write about for this post. Hopefully, I will be a bit more confident upon tackling this next week. Can’t help myself in feeling confident that I will do so, though. Just got a pull through and deny a long dry spell, and in addition, I should wake up at an earlier time than this week allowed.
Mike Whitacre is a fiction writer, carving his own gruesome path through his work. He often mixes genres, but is primarily interested in the Crime/Mystery genre that utilizes the style of hard-boiled writers like Raymond Chandler. He lives in California, making too many damnable mistakes.
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