Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Finished Voyager

Captain’s Log, Stardate 01.11.05

Well, I finally finished Star Trek Voyager! I loved this series, it was fabulous. Granted, some episodes had phenomenal writing and acting while others sucked rocks, but on a whole it kept me riveted. The end was rather abrupt, I would have liked to see what the main characters’ receptions and reactions were like when they stepped foot on Earth again.

Work has been rather good. Not very busy, nor very stressful. Well, except for today when my manager called me in just to see how I was doing, and also to let me know that my new project is High Profile and Very Important. Meaning, if I screw up, the company Directors will see and be upset. Greeeeeeeeat. No, that doesn’t increase my stress levels at all...

But my new supervisor is good, and I have other Research Associates who work under him. We form a team, rather than before when it was just me under my old supervisor. It’s nice to be part of a team like that, I feel supported by my coworkers.

On Monday I had difficulty getting out of bed, but once I arrived at work and started on my new project, I felt much better. I’m more convinced than ever that the dread I felt was spiritual warfare. When I’m at work, I’m truly content with my job. For the first time in weeks I didn’t long to write full-time with the gnawing craving I usually have. I’m beginning to see how I could work for another few months while I wait for my husband's job situation to stabilize.

I read a few okay books, read a few bad books. One had so many passive verb sentences that it actually distracted me from the story. I couldn’t believe an editor didn’t jump all over this. The protagonist is unusual, so maybe that’s why it got print-time. (I’m so cynical.) But seriously, are editors more interested in original ideas over solid writing? Sometimes it seems that way.

A few other books had characters that acted inconsistently. Like, a heroine who vehemently insists to the hero, a coworker, that they need to convince her meddling family they’re not dating, yet said heroine snuggles with the hero within a few minutes of greeting the folks. And then KEEPS insisting to the family that they’re not dating. Please. Her contradictory behavior lost all reader sympathy, right there.

I’m a bit sick--coming down with something I probably picked up from my coworkers when I went back to work. I also think I have an eye infection. Please pray for healing.

Writing: I’m hoping to finish reading Maass’ book tonight and start rewriting my ms by the end of the week. Sharon keeps nagging me about sending her chapters...

I also read about the Club 100 for Writers:

http://www.bethpattillo.com/id8.html

It's a terrific idea, I'm going to try it. One woman on the Faith, Hope, Love discussion loop just completed 100 days of 100 words a day. That's terrific! She managed to write even during the holidays. She said the experience made her realize that she could write ANYWHERE, ANYTIME. In longhand, at night, in the morning, in a noisy room, with the TV on, at the doctor's office, etc.

I don’t have to work on my manuscript, I can work on a short story or something.

Diet: Weekends don’t count, right? Hehe. Okay, I probably topped 3000 calories Saturday and Sunday, but since then I’ve been under 2000 a day. It’s amazing to try to remember what I ate during the day and watch the calorie count pile up. I’m burning more since I’m working now, right?




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  1. I read a few okay books, read a few bad books. One had so many passive verb sentences that it actually distracted me from the story. I couldn’t believe an editor didn’t jump all over this. The protagonist is unusual, so maybe that’s why it got print-time. (I’m so cynical.) But seriously, are editors more interested in original ideas over solid writing?

    Camy,
    Passive verbs, huh? I used to root those out like crazy and a million other things. None of those "by the rules" manuscripts sold though. Now, God only knows what you might find in there sometimes. They're telling me the story, I'm just writing it down. LOL Don't be too hard on me if you ever read something of mine. :) How is your story coming?
    Mary

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