So, I’m trying to write a sequel. It started off great, and now I’m stuck. I’ve been going to a weekly writers group and a few of them say I give too much back story away too soon, but then I have other people say I don’t give enough back story away soon enough… and I’ve had people say: Hey, I think you’ve found the perfect balance.
I am trying to stop myself from revising every time I read back through the work to figure out where I am. Too much revision keeps you from finishing anything, or makes a 6-month project turn into a six-year project. It took me four years to write the first one, I do NOT want to take that long for the sequel. I gave myself a 3 month goal. I think I can do it, if I could just get over this sticky patch.
I’m actually outlining to see if that can help me out. We’ll see.
Okay, now it’s rant time. The security alarm in my apartment still doesn’t work and guess what it decided to do ALL day and ALL night last night? Chirp! Chirp-chirp-chripity-chirp chirp! Chirp! Chirp! CHIRP! Chirp! Chirp.
Did I sleep? No.
Did I have to get to work early this morning? Yes.
I called the complex and they gave me a code that is supposed to make it stop.
If it doesn’t work ye all shall see me on the news.
Remember the pee-pee smell of my carpets and me accusing the previous tenant of owning a dog and not telling anyone he did? Well, my apartment complex insists that the previous resident insists he didn’t have a dog. So, I really wanted to say: So what you’re saying is the previous resident himself peed on the carpets, because I certainly didn’t do it.
But anyway, that’s beside the point. So… the previous resident claimed he didn’t have a dog. Well, that previous resident really should have had his mail forwarded. I checked my mailbox for the first time today. The box was so crowded with mail I could barely get it all out, and only three letters were for me. The rest were for Ryan Dugan. Let’s see, I got bank statements, credit statements, investigative reports… and oh, a reminder that his precious dog is overdue for his rabies shot, please bring him to the clinic soon. Thanks. Busted!
I think I’m going to take that to management and see if they’ll discount my rent or pull up the carpets. I doubt it, but I wonder what they’ll say anyway.
Tomorrow is my first library program at my new job. I’m kicking off the Teen Writers Group, and I had some teens say they were interested in coming. Wish me luck on my first lesson. I hope the kids like it and will want to come back.