Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Real Lives

It's been a while since I have posted. I felt like I was hogging up the blog so I asked Jenn to chime in and to dispurse some intellect.

The last two post have been about procrastination, which is a fantastic topic. But my biggest procrastination, is my life in general. Because I work full time, and go to school full time, I have little or no time to write on a daily basis. I barely have the energy to rise from the bed at 3 am. And the worse part is I am trying to diet, and I can't even find the time to excercise.

Though, I can vow to try harder to write on a daily basis, I know that it an unreachable task at this time. I am just trying to focus on my classes and graduation. I graduate in May and my eye is on the prise. So, Age of Eden might have to take the back seat until May, when I am able to come back up for air. Or at least until I get a break, free of homework and the glares of my professors.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Age of Eden - Procrastination

I can’t really recall the last time I posted something in this blog and that is a horrible feeling. Procrastination is a curse on the writing world. No lie. And I do it almost every day in some form or fashion. It’s ridiculous when you really think about it.

As Stacey has been saying in her last few posts, we’ve started book two in our Age of Eden series and to say things have been slow going would be putting it mildly. Our original plan was to try a different method of writing. A “fly by the seat of our pants and see what happens” method…which, in theory is a respectable way to write a book and it’s something we should still consider as we continue on. However, we have so much planned for the storyline, so many places to visit, so many relationships to explore, and details to fill in, that it’s just not practical to go into our writing completely blind. We’ve started Book two almost three weeks ago and we’ve only completed four chapters. That’s just not acceptable as far as I’m concerned and nothing that I’ve done has served to help our situation at all. Damn procrastination!

I have let everything, but the kitchen sink distract me from focusing on writing. I started to write or research, but then something happens like, “Oh! American Idol is coming on. I’ll write after.” then, “Ohhh! I need to harvest my crops on Cityville. I’ll write after.” Then finally, “I’m too tired to write tonight. I’ll do it tomorrow.” Rinse and repeat. This is how I let stupid, immaterial things come between me and my ultimate goal of being a writer. I have absolutely no self control, no drive, no urgency to get the job done, and that’s not acceptable either.

So, here’s my plan. I am going to stop procrastinating. I am going to get our research started. I am going to figure out what happens in the next chapter. And I am going to find some way to re-inject that need for accomplishment, that drive, that urgency to see another finished product of Stacey’s and my blood, sweat, and tears…and trust me that’s exactly what it took to finish book one and that’s what it’s going to take to finish book two. No excuses. No distractions. No fun until the work gets finished for the day. That’s it. The end…except it’s actually the beginning, but that’s not the point.

In short, I have put it in writing of my intention to STOP procrastinating and get it done. Now…I just need to find my inner fire.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Age of Eden-Procrastination

So, I started back to school a few weeks ago and it has been hell trying to find time to read and write. But, all of that aside, we all are victms of procrastination. Naturally, we all would rather check update statuses on facebook then write. The technological era has drowned us in the luxary of communication. Ironically, when we find ourselves so influential we forget our original means of communication, via writing.

Jennifer and I started the second book a couple of weeks ago and we are just now finishing the fourth chapter (including prologue). That's it. A lot of people would argue that it is a great accomplishment but it isn't considering that the first book, it literally took us 10 days to complete the whole thing. So, this is my conclusion, we are going to have to find ways to better manage our time so we can get this done. And as much as we like to just "wing" the second book without planning, Jennifer and I have come to the conclusion that we are going to map out our character's journey. That way, we know exactly when and where she has got to go.

With all that said, I have to get back to work now. So, don't become a victm of procrastination if you do, then you will be avoiding some of your greatest accomplishments of your life.