Friday, February 1, 2008

Buh-bye January

Some months have a greater impact than others. January is supposed to be one of those overlooked months. The holidays are over and spring is still feeling a long way off. It's a blah month. Usually. For some reason this January has seemed to go on forever--and not in a good way. I've covered for coworkers on vacation or sick leave, had a monster head cold and spent way too much of my free time volunteering. It's been a month that felt very much out of my control.

Not that I think I have a lot of control over any particular time period. But I usually have more control over how I spend my time during whatever time frame. The question is: Can I take back that control in February? I certainly hope so.

Last February I tackled a self-imposed challenge. The anti-NaNo challenge. Every other day, I responded to a prompt, like "Describe your antagonist's pet." The other days were for new plot ideas. I got some good stuff out of that month. And some not-so-good stuff. It spurred me on, though. Set up the year as a creative one.

So, what about this February? Rewriting MMG is a biggie for me this time around. Had a bit of an ah-ha moment about it yesterday morning--which was still January, I know. But because it was January, I didn't get a chance to do anything about it. My theory about February being different should mean that I do get a chance to tackle the ah-ha idea today.

Bret made me an offer about Apollo's Lyre that I may not be able to refuse. Instead of editting--and, therefore, having to deal with authors (what a weird bunch they are)--I might do a regular column. Hmm. Four or five issues a year. Could I be the next Miss Snark? Ms. Snippy? Maybe I could be the Not So Very Nice Editor. Any ideas? What kind of column would you like to read?

And here's to a happy, productive, creative February for all of us. Well, we already know that Jenny's going to be productive, but you know what I meant.


Nicole said...

I'd read Ms Snippy, for sure!

Ali said...

It's funny - January took forever for you and breezed by for me. Go figure.

Cheers for the "ah-ha" moment on MMG. It sounds like your revisions are off to a good start already. How exciting!

I, too, am digging the Ms. Snippy idea :)

Jenny said...

I shall also vote "Yea" on the Ms Snippy...if only because it made me smile.

As for my own productivity...well, maybe we should all look at writing books like a pregnancy. You can goof off if you use protection. However, if you choose to start something you don't get to quit in the middle. You have made it to the 'eighth' month of writing a novel--the revision (for babies this is the 'fattening' up stage where they get better looking and not so red and wrinkly and hairy). You are committed now.

There's no turning back. No matter how painful, gross, or messy it gets.

Cheery thought, huh?

The One and Only John said...

I am SO glad to be a male.

Jenny said...

Trust me, John, you should be.