I just realised that it has been a while since my last contribution to this Blog. The bad news is: this semester was one of the busiest in my professional life. Easily. If there were a Richter-scale from 1-10 of busy-ness, this one would be a 9.95.
The good news: I managed to keep my “Writing Sunday” alive, finished the first draft of a new story and am now halfway through the re-write. Those who follow me on Twitter may have already come across #LastDaughter.
This is a story set in in pre-historic times in what is now the Hebei province of China and is a re-telling of a myth shared between the Hmong and the Chinese. But of course I am putting my usual little twist on it: it´s my second Asian Steampunk story, and I added both magic (mainly Shamanism) and technology. Naturally, it´s the latter that proves a challenge, me being an absolute ignoramus in this field. On the plus-side, researching this story, I have learned a whole lot about metallurgy, meteorology, electric and heat conductivity and even – thanks to Rayne Hall’s Writers Research group, a bunch of incredibly supportive writers with an extraordinary spread of talent, PARACHUTING!
I am currently looking forward to two solid weeks away from campus and by the end of it, I hope to be well into the editing phase of things. Keep your pens crossed for me!
One more thing before I go: I would not even HAVE a story to work on if I had not dragged myself to my writing place each and every Sunday, no matter what. It is a realistic, albeit somtimes incredibly exhausting routine, to dedicate ONE out of seven days to my writing self (followed, of course, by a treasured reward – mine: a movie after). But if my day (and pay) job deserves my full attention, so does my Sun(mostly no pay but incredibly fun)day.
If you are also not a full-time writer: what kind of routine can YOU make happen for yourself? Or do you struggle to find the time? I know I did, for years, because the day job loomed large and demanding, and then there is this thing called personal life…