Weekly Check In Week 36 20 comments

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1. Let us know how you fared with last week’s writing goals (whether you shared them with us here or not).

2. Share your goals for the new week.

3. Don’t forget to cheer for each other!

New to the weekly check in? Our first check in of the year includes tips on setting writing goals. But the most important thing to know is that everyone is welcome. If you’d like the moral support of discussing your writing progress with other writers, please join the comments and let us know what you’re working on and how you’re doing.

20 thoughts on “Weekly Check In Week 36

  • Debbie Moon

    Hello all! I’m finally moved and settled in – my new bed arrived today, so I think that’s everything in place… Of course, having moved away from Wales in order to be closer to London, my first business trip after moving is… back to Wales!

    I wrote an episode of the Welsh detective series Hinterland, the first episode of season two, and I’m off to Cardiff on Wednesday for an industry screening of it. So that will lots of fun – I haven’t even seen the final cut yet!

    Elsewhere, I’m still trying to get various pitches and outlines for TV projects finished. Every time I think they’re ready to take to the broadcasters, my producers come up with a few more notes… But then, finally, it’s on to new projects!

    What’s everyone else been up to?

    • Shaula Evans Post author

      I’m so pleased for you that you’re settling in, Debbie. (And not at all surprised to hear you’re instantly heading back to Wales!)

      We’re big fans of Hinterland, which is available in the US on Netflix. I can’t wait to see your episode!

      My fingers are crossed for you with all your creative irons in the fire.

  • Mark Walker

    Debbie, glad you are all settled it, I’ve been following your exploits on twitter, so glad you had a bed and wi-fi – what more could you possibly need!? Industry Screening does sound fun! Good luck with all the other projects.

    I’ve started planning two projects to see how that keeps me going, interest-wise. Sometimes, concentrating on one thing at a time, I can get a little “bored” of the current project, so working on a screenplay outline and also an attempt at a novel, which I may have mentioned already. Planning to have a go at NaNoWriMo, just for the hell of it – no idea how it will turn out but, at the very least, it should be one hell of a writing exercise!

    So just got to keep on writing….although the garden is beckoning with a clear sky and twinkling stars!

    Good luck everyone and happy writing for the week ahead.

    • Shaula Evans Post author

      Mark, I’ve got a big month in October (my mom is coming down to Canada to visit for the WHOLE MONTH and I’m so excited I could burst!)–there’s a good chance I may totally collapse after she goes, but if I don’t, I might be joining you for NaNoWriMo.

      • Mark Walker

        Be great if you do manage NaNoWriMo – well, it will be great if I do – hoping I’ll have enough time to plan something ready for November!

        Either way, in the meantime, try NOT to explode in the next couple of weeks and I hope you have a fantastic time with your Mom!

    • Shelley Gustavson

      Mark, I hear you on boredom. I had to promise myself any “downtime” from real writing as at least spent mulling over other stories to see what bites. Enjoy the stars!

  • dp

    … I think I may be more of a poet than long form/script writer who knows. I haven’t done enough of any of it to know. It seems poetry is what I gravitate to. Perhaps out of comfort? I’m sure I don’t yet know. I did find this interesting though:

    Sherman Alexie Speaks Out on The Best American Poetry 2015

    “Listen, I was so angry that I stormed and cursed around the room. I felt like punching the wall.

    And, of course, there was no doubt that I would pull that fucking poem because of that deceitful pseudonym.

    But I realized that I would primarily be jettisoning the poem because of my own sense of embarrassment. I would have pulled it because I didn’t want to hear people say, “Oh, look at the big Indian writer conned by the white guy.” I would have dumped the poem because of my vanity.

    And I would have gotten away with it. I am a powerful literary figure and the pseudonymuser is an unknown guy who has published maybe a dozen poems in his life. If I’d kicked him out of BAP 2015 then he might have tried to go public with that news.

    And he would have been vilified and ignored. And I would have been praised.

    Trust me, I would much rather be getting praised by you poets than receiving the vilification I am getting now.

    But I had to keep that pseudonymous poem in the anthology because it would have been dishonest to do otherwise.”

    … much more

    … I’m not organized or disiplined enough. I do know this. Life sweeps me away. The times I was most prolific were the times I tuned in and dropped out. That season is fast approaching … I bow to you all …

      • Shaula Evans Post author

        Thank you for thinking of me/us with the Sherman Alexie article, dp. I’d heard about the pen name story earlier. I’m already seeing insightful commentary from people in poetry circles and I’m following the discourse with interest, albeit from a distance–interest not at the outrage-of-the-day level, but at the intelligent argument level. (My cup of daily outrage already overfloweth.)

        How is your poetry writing going these days?

        • dp

          … you’re welcome, Shaula. My empathy receptors are overwhelmed at times, too. It’s a matter of self preservation to acknowledge and not engage. I have to be careful, though, that it also not be out of habit. I’ve seen the disfiguring results. Yuck.

          My poetry engine is on impulse drive. Inertia from poetry month warp speed has finally scrubbed off. But I am in a new place, so there’s that. Every now and then I get a glimpse of writers zooming by, off to discover unexplored bits of the universe. I stop by to read their logs, like now, and make an occasional entry. It’s very heartening and hopeful …

    • Shelley Gustavson

      dp, but the words spew forth, tumble out, and reform an idea–or half-baked consciousness that your mind is shaping as your active, logical, day-to-day brain is ruminating and dreading…

      Don’t bow down to anyone but yourself.

      I had a dear friend once, rather than give notes on a testing-the-waters draft he wrote a poem and sent me a link to a song that my draft made him think of.

      Sometimes complete sentences, structural undergirding, etc. is all just fluff.
      Let the words and images flow. A story is there no matter the infrastructure or font or punctuation.


      • dp

        Thank you, Shelley. Your thoughtfullness is confirmation that my bow of gratitude and respect is well placed …

  • Shelley Gustavson

    So, have missed a few due to August being family travel, cold, and sinus-infection month. (What color ribbon should I wear?)

    But, got Reach Out… (my Bacchae adaptation) in a happier place, letting it sit in a few contests/lab submissions and moving on.

    Also, spent the rest of the summer prepping this, and it’s live, and no backing out now:


    So, September is finishing my scifi overhaul of my Lear adapation, as a few friends are waiting to help me strip-down the vomit draft. Then playing with two outlines about two very different women. (Trying to see what I’m intrigued by, Mark.)

    Read the leaked script of The Hateful Eight, as for one of my outlines I’m looking alot at revenge/Western-style stories… excellent right up until last page, when it got a bit to Taratino-y for me (which is mostly due to predictability and not the story itself).

    Also have been working on finishing Joan Didion’s Year of Magical Thinking as this is part of a future blog post about women, relationships as defining factors in a character’s life, and the two female-driven stories I’m mulling over.

    Hope you all have glorious starts to Autumn. My favorite time of year!

    love, shel

  • Mary

    I am back from vacation!! Two weeks on the Adriatic and other places was needed. I did no writing and barely any reading. It took me two weeks to read The Giver :)

    This week I have a meeting with a producer in LA to go over more rewrites for the script. I would like to work on my YA fiction, but not sure that’ll happen. I have a children’s writing workshop on Saturday, which I am looking forward to. I am also attending some screenings at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) so that’ll keep me busy :)

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