I have really enjoyed writing this series. When I began “Midol” my goal was to write weekly, following an every-Sunday deadline, and to write honestly. With the exception of number 13, which got posted on a Monday, I met my goal. I had fun writing about stuff that matters to me (and what I assume matters to others within my demographic and hopefully a few without). Perhaps I had too much fun.
I let a lot of other goals slide. I confess to the shameful amount of fiction I didn’t write in the last few…um…a while. Given that fiction writing is what I want to do when I grow up, and that I am so close to meeting a goal I can taste it, letting things slide to the degree that I allowed just won’t do. I need to take a step back from this series for a while.
In an earlier post outside of this series, I wrote about maintaining balance. I suppose the theme of this particular piece could be “falling out of balance.” I simply bit off more than I could chew. Add to that the fact that I had a much less demanding day job when I began this series than I do now, the amount of writing I told myself I was going to do (and did for a while) is no longer a realistic amount.
I have been invited to participate in some projects which I would definitely like to do; National Novel Writing Month begins tomorrow (November 1st); and (this one’s the kicker) I’ve just let some simple, common sense pieces of writing advice slide. If a writer is to write about what he or she knows, then perhaps I need to spend more time out doing and learning stuff and less time in front of the computer. If a writer is only as good as the material that writer reads, then maybe I should at least try to make a dent in my reading list. I can’t even tell you when last I did a free-writing exercise! It seemed my time was so limited, everything I wrote had to have a purpose behind it.
I do intend to pick this series back up in the future and I will certainly continue to post other pieces as I write them. But I need to re-evaluate just how much I can realistically do. Given that I have no idea how much that will actually be, I need to focus on my fiction for a while. My poor characters have been sitting in the same spot, twiddling their thumbs for…um…a while now, and so I should reward their enduring patience and spend a little time with them.
I would like to thank my faithful readers for looking me up every week. I would also like to assure you that more will come. I look forward to sharing fabulous tales upon the series’ return.