So had a rough and exhausting day yesterday and after burying my head into a video game, the day flew by.   Hence there was no progress on my book or my blog.  Let's just say that it was a "sick" day.  I did however apply for a couple more jobs.
  Applying for jobs... it is a scary thing to do because who knows the outcome.  I am currently waiting 3 more days till bidding is up on one job that I applied for and I got turned down for another one today.  My lack of experience and education is my killer.  Education I can fix and experience will come in time.  I just need to not get frustrated or discouraged.  It is hard to do at times.  Still I have had one freelance job already, which was a huge shock, and it allowed me to see what I was able to do.  I think that if I spend some more time on building my resume, freelance profiles and promoting myself, that will help a ton.  So with that I will get off my butt, polish up my resume and portfolio and hunker down for some serious typing.... on Monday!!!  Seriously, it's late here :)
  G'night readers and keep your pens at the ready. ;)
© 2012 S. Stevens
  So today was a bust thanks to many tasty beers last night into the wee hours of the morning.  Thank god for coffee and greasy food!  Still I had many wonderful ideas last night about writing topics and had every intent on making them into blogs, but I think they would be more appropriate as online articles.  I'll keep you abreast on my progress with that.
  No replies to any job bids yet today, although I did just place one more proposal on a new job.  So lets keep our fingers crossed.  I just hope that I don't get awarded multiple projects all at once with a one week deadline on each.  That could be a little intense.  But then again that is what coffee is for.
  The progress on my book yesterday still has my head abuzz with where I want to take it.  I am finding it challenging to write multiple characters, each with distinctive personalities and still focusing on the descriptiveness of the environments.  My book is going to easily be 500 pages long at this rate.  Big talk considering I'm only on page 7 with almost 4000 words.  I still haven't made much plot progress nor really gotten into the history of each character but the setting that I chose and being able to write down exactly what I see in my head is amazing.  Once my first draft is complete it is going to be hard to go back and self edit.  But that is years away yet.
  Well with miserable weather outside and a still slightly fuzzy head, I think it is time for some video games.  Hope everyone finds one creative thing to do today and keep your pens at the ready.
© 2012 S. Stevens
  Ok so today was surprisingly exhausting.  My brain felt like I had run a marathon and I barely left my chair till 1230.  I did my blog this morning, got turned down for another freelance job, worked on my portfolio by populating my poetry folder and worked on my book for over 2 hours.  I didn't realize how tired I was till I started typing words backwards.  Still not a bad days work for my first day.  By 1230 it was time for lunch and some grocery shopping.
  So my major challenge of the day... maintaining focus.  It's hard being at home and trying to not get distracted by Facebook, email and my eager dog squeaking his favorite squirrel toy in my ear.   Then there are the household chores that every time I look away from my Macbook are screaming neglect.  Still I managed at 830 to write riveting poetry in my pajamas.
  Another challenge I found today was writing in a non-robotic tone.  In my current full time job I often am required to write reports which are often with a robotic tone in a preordained format.  Very dull and not at all colorful.  I use a few descriptive words and suddenly I'm hailed as a genius.  But that's a rant for a later date.
  My last thought of the day is how hard it was to get my brain to shut off and take a break once I had stopped working on my book.  I have always heard various jobs described as "... it's not a job, it's a way of life."  I can see why that would reply to a writer.  It doesn't matter if the clock says that it's time for lunch nor does it matter when I'm cooking pasta, my mind won't stop weaving tales and twisting phrases.
  So how am I going to improve tomorrow?  Well first off I think that I will get showered and dressed before I begin writing, just like I would do for any other job.  Secondly, frequent breaks, about every hour or so.  Even if it's just to play with my dog for 5 minutes.  Lastly,  stopping my brain at the end of the day, like any other job.  The evening is not time to be thinking "... oh I hope I get that next freelance contract."  Still though if an idea pops into my head, I will jot it down quickly before it vanishes forever. I will never turn my back on my hunt for that ever illusive truly original idea.
  And now it is time to end my first day on a wonderful note and remember readers, keep your pens at the ready.
© 2012 S. Stevens
  So while this is technically not my first day of writing, this is my first day at blogging.  I decided that an online journal would be a great way to keep me personally motivated.  I plan on writing at the end of every "work" day to document my progress of the day.  This is just one of those things that I want to toss into the universe and see what flies back.
  At this moment I am not hired to do any freelance work so it gives me time to work on my book and my portfolio.  I am on vacation from my full time job at the moment till mid month.  I just want to get a feel for what my life would be like if I wrote full time.  And so far it feels great.  My brain is engaged and buzzing with thought.  At 8 am that is a feat for me.  I have drank my coffee, got my dogs up, checked my email and any freelance job updates.  Music is blasting in my ear and apart from being a little hungry, I'm ready to go.
  To date I have only done one freelance job and it's a great start, considering I only started on this path in September.  I find that while I apply for job after job, the fact that I have no university/college or experience is a bit of a hindrance.  Still it won't stop me.  I will apply for jobs that range from web content to article writing.  My goal is to eventually just be able to focus on creative writing but I also realize that, like any other artist, I need to be flexible and able to write in many styles and formats.  University is also a goal of mine.  I'd be very proud to have a BA in English and it will come in time.
  So for the rest of this morning I am going to work on my portfolio and if I'm not totally brain dead come lunch maybe some book writing this afternoon.  My book is the project that I am truly excited about, but until I have more progress on it, I am keeping it very hush hush ;)
  Have a fantastic day readers and keep your pens at the ready.
© 2012 S. Stevens