Have you heard the advice about taking a break between steps in the writing process? As with many things when it comes to matters of art making, there are multiple schools of thought on the practice. Some say it's a waste of time. Others say it's essential. Some prefer short breaks or "pauses," and others believe anything less than months at a time is the same as just plowing through.
Personally, I hold to the pause method. One, just because that's the way I've always worked on an instinctual level, but also because I've learned I need those pauses to produce better work.
Originally pubished on The Tekaran Lady blog April 16, 2008.
One major drawback to both my love of music and beginning the prewriting stages for The Icarus Project is that I now seem to constantly have “Never Too Late” by Three Day’s Grace stuck in my head.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the song. It’s haunting, and even more so if you’ve seen the video. I have, but I try to put the video itself out of my head. As a mother of a young girl who is expecting another daughter in a matter of weeks, I find it disconcerting to say the least.
I first heard the song, oh I guess it was about two and a half months ago now, and The Icarus Project immediately popped into my head. Those of you who read the original when it was being published on The Writer’s Hood likely remember the desperate situation of the surface survivors and the desire of the main characters to save them. As such, “Never Too Late” has embedded itself in my mind as a type of theme song for the developing series, and I can’t seem to shake the melody.
It comes in handy when I sit down to work on Icarus, but it’s rather annoying at other times, especially when I’m trying to get into the rewrites for Succession. The tone of the song doesn’t fit with that one at all.
Anyone have ideas about shoving a song out of your mind without getting another stuck in its place? I'm open to suggestions.
Today's story takes place in the Icarus Universe sometime in the first summer following the brief and devastating world war. It's a rare, light and quiet moment for Steven, Evie, and their three children under ten in their lives following the man made apocalypse.
Prior experience with the universe isn't necessary to understand or enjoy the story though. And as always, you can find the audio here.
Looking back over the year is something I'm always wary about doing. I'm one of those people who set overly ambitious goals at the start of each new year, and I'm inevitably disappointed when I look back at those goals.
I did make goals for the year back in January. I managed to grow a full garden, and I've gotten close to a couple of others. But that's about it. I didn't manage to publish TIP as I wanted, and I haven't even started the prewriting process on the second Yekara novel let alone have it roughed. I'm a good thirty pounds away from the weight loss goal I'd set. Still, I have made progress.
Today's story takes us back to the Icarus universe, this time somewhere inland sometime around the same time The Icarus Project takes place. There are no real spoilers.
Who's up for a bit of fluff? This week's flash fiction features two of The Icarus Project's supporting cast outside the novel's main events. There are no spoilers for the planned trilogy.
The audio for this one will have to wait a bit because I don't really have a voice right now due to a cold.
Today marks the first day of NaNoWriMo otherwise known as "National Novel Writing Month." Those participating attempt to write a 50,000 word "novel" within the month of November. To do this, participants try their best to write at least 1600 words each day.
Will you be participating this year?
I've given it a try for several years, and I've never managed to hit the goal working on any one manuscript. Life gets in the way, especially now that I'm a grown woman with adult responsibilities and a family of my own. I mean, it falls right at the start of the holiday season, and I run a handmade business. Still, I think I might try to follow the spirit of the event if not following lockstep with the rules.
We're back in the Icarus universe today with a story set about a year before "Warning Tremors" and roughly twenty-one years before "Icarus Awakens."
If you've been wondering what happened to Steven, Evie, and their kids after the events in "First Shocks," you'll enjoy today's story. For those of you just tuning in, you may want to read or listen to the two previous stories featuring the Reynard family: "Warning Tremors" and "First Shocks."
Audio versions of each may be found on my YouTube channel.
I never intended to make any sort of continuing series out of these flash fictions, but the idea I got from today's prompt put me back with Evie and her family from "Warning Tremors." Today's story is set about three days later.
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Myth & Science Collection 2
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