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Why Does Writing Take So Long?

October 1, 2017

The story that I mentioned working on last week is consuming my brain. Work this week was so frustrating because all I wanted to do was work on the story. As I’ve said before, I generally do all my writing on Sunday. Yesterday (Saturday), I spent about 5 hours working on the new story. There are so many other things I should be working on around the house, but I feel like if I step away from the story, I’ll forget something. This could easily become a novel if I let it. I don’t think I want to though.
Thematically, I feel like this story is a bit dangerous for me since it focuses on mental illness. The main reason I never started writing this is that it’s so easy to do wrong. Hopefully, I can get some readers to check me for problematic bull crap before I send it anywhere. All that being said, the original idea I had for this story was mostly just an adventure story with an odd twist, but as a short story, it’s become something more cerebral than that.
The coolest thing I’ve seen this week is Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer. I admit I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, but I still haven’t read the latest Descender or Saga comics which have been sitting on my desk since this past Wednesday.

I did read Rat Queens Special: Orc Dave #1 though. I read that last night because I was mentally exhausted after spending 3 hours researching different types of mental illness and I wanted some light escapism. The story was good, but a little heavier than most Rat Queens stories.
I finished Parable of the Sower. Octavia Butler writes some stark stuff. I loved it. I wish I had more time to read. I’ll definitely be reading more of her writing sooner rather than later. I was really impressed with how well she kept the characters realistic in such a dark world.
I’m reading another Kelley Armstrong book right now. I wanted to get one more under my belt before the workshop later this month where she will be speaking, so I picked up The Awakening. I figure the more familiar I am with her, the more I can get out of the workshop. I also decided to check out the first few episodes of the Bitten tv series. I can see the appeal, but it’s not really my thing. I felt the same way about the book Bitten though. Chronologically, I’ve enjoyed her books more, the newer they are. It’s probably also relevant that I like the teen based stories more than the adult ones. Adulting is dumb.
Since it’s October finally, I’ll leave you with the Halloween costume I wore the first year my mom ever let me decide what I would be. That being said, I think we really messed up on the ballerina hair style.

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