Writing About Writing (week of December 2)

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They say if you want to be good at something you need to practice every day.  I started Writing About Writing as a way of keeping myself accountable for how much I was writing outside of my school work.  Everything counts.  Emails, journals, scripts, blogging, even excessive tweeting.
Over time this space has become a way of keeping track of weekly goals in other areas of my life as well as writing.  A statement of what I’ve done, and what I want to do.  A weekly record of my successes and failures, for better or for worse.

Monday: intern – coverage
blog – WAW
blog – Will be
Tuesday:journal (1)
intern – notes
Wednesday: journal (1)
blog – sound of music
Thursday: journal (2)
school – HR outline
Friday: intern – interview notes
blog – year in TV
Saturday: school – HR paper
Sunday: journal (2)
school – HR paper
school – intern paper
blog – this post
blog – year in TV edits

Last week was really an exercise in returning to regular writing.  I wrote every day in some capacity, so I’d say my goal was achieved.  The only part I’m not happy with is Thursday.  Since it’s my day off, I always set a goal to get a lot done, but usually wind up spending most of it on the internet derping around.

My only focus this week should be school.  I know I will also have a few things to do for the blog, and journaling is sure to sneak it’s way in there, but I have a lot of writing to do for school to finish off the semester on a good note.  This is the last week of my last semester.  I affectionately refer to finals week as cleaning week because of all the cleaning I do to procrastinate homework.  If you are interested in seeing my apartment, I would suggest coming Sunday or Monday next week because it will be SPOTLESS.

Writing About Writing (week of November 25)

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They say if you want to be good at something you need to practice every day.  I started Writing About Writing as a way of keeping myself accountable for how much I was writing outside of my school work.  Everything counts.  Emails, journals, scripts, blogging, even excessive tweeting.
Over time this space has become a way of keeping track of weekly goals in other areas of my life as well as writing.  A statement of what I’ve done, and what I want to do.  A weekly record of my successes and failures, for better or for worse.

Monday:
Tuesday:journal (1)
Wednesday: journal (1)
blog – has been
blog – Thanksgiving
blog – age (editing)
Thursday: nothing
Friday: nothing
Saturday: school – short story outline
Sunday: journal (2)

I think it’s about time I re-launch this series as a way to restart my blogging roll.  For nearly a year I was posting four times a week, and then I stopped pretty suddenly in September.  This is a hard thing to return to after quitting, and the past month has shown me that, but I think that a weekly feature like this, even if it is more for me than anything else, will help me to come back.

Last week was Thanksgiving so I had more time off to spend how I choose.  I wont say that this amount of writing was typical for all of last month, but give me a break, it was the holidays.  I did some preliminary research and outlining for school papers and some writing and outlining for the blog.  I do wish I hod gotten more school stuff done, but I’m pretty okay with what I did do.

This week is all about school.  I have one paper to write due at the end of this week, and two more to prep for due next week.  This morning I’m planning on spending some quality time with my planner to figure a solid schedule for myself.

Writing About Writing (weeks of August 26 and September 2)

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They say if you want to be good at something you need to practice every day.  I started Writing About Writing as a way of keeping myself accountable for how much I was writing outside of my school work.  Everything counts.  Emails, journals, scripts, blogging, even excessive tweeting.
Over time this space has become a way of keeping track of weekly goals in other areas of my life as well as writing.  A statement of what I’ve done, and what I want to do.  A weekly record of my successes and failures, for better or for worse.

Because of the retreat I went on last weekend, there was no Writing About Writing post, so this week is a double-whamy of writing all the things.  A bit longer than usual, but good for my sanity.

Monday: journal (1)
emails
blog – goodbye summer
blog – summer TV
Tuesday:journal (2)
Wednesday: journal (1)
blog – has been
Thursday: journal (3)
blog – has been (edit)
blog – will be
Friday: journal (1)
blog – happy labor day
Saturday: journal (1)
notes/brainstorming
Sunday: personal story

I finished a journal this week.  The second complete one of the year, which is pretty exciting for me because I’m a nerd.  I also wrote a lot for the blog and was in the writing track for the artists retreat I was on.  We worked on a personal story, I wrote about moving to LA and the craziness that was that.

While on the retreat I spent as much time as possible writing in swings that looked like human-sized birdcages.  I’m not sure I’m describing it correctly, but it was magical.  I got to confer with other writers and others who were trying out writing and it was awesome.

For the next week I knew going in that I was going to be on the retreat one day, interning three days, and only have one weekday off to do all my school work.  Welcome back to school!  Honestly, after the retreat I just wanted to get through the week with reasonable energy levels while in public.

Monday: journal (2)
finishing story (draft 1)
Tuesday:journal (1)
coverage
Wednesday: paperwork
notes
Thursday: journal (1)
blog – letter to my future self
blog – this post
Friday: journal (1)
Saturday: journal (1)
Sunday: journal (1)

I seem to have made it though.  Interning is of to a great start.  Both my internships are giving me a chance to practice things that I’ve been meaning to learn for a while and will come in handy in the future.  Exciting stuff.  When I come home I’ve pretty much collapsed into bed every night.  Busy, but good.

One big thing that needs to happen this week is finishing the essay I started last weekend. If I want it to be included in the big book then it needs to be to the people by Friday.

Speaking of Friday, it’s my birthday on Friday. I don’t have plans yet, but I’m thinking of getting some friends together and making a plan at some point this week.

More general goal for the week? Be more on top of my school work. I was so focused on internships and catching up on sleep last week that I wound up spending all weekend doing homework. Let’s not do that again.

Writing About Writing (week of August 19)

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They say if you want to be good at something you need to practice every day.  I started Writing About Writing as a way of keeping myself accountable for how much I was writing outside of my school work.  Everything counts.  Emails, journals, scripts, blogging, even excessive tweeting.
Over time this space has become a way of keeping track of weekly goals in other areas of my life as well as writing.  A statement of what I’ve done, and what I want to do.  A weekly record of my successes and failures, for better or for worse.

Monday: coverage
blog – food, no cook
Tuesday:journal (2)
blog – 2nd screen edit
Wednesday: journal (1)
Thursday: blog – right now
statement
Friday: nothing
Saturday: blog – this post
Sunday:

As I suspected, last week was full of random, but fun stuff done with my friend Allason and not much writing.  That was really okay though since I had kind of planned on it.  In other news, I did manage to actually read an old script that I want to re-work.  So that’s progress.

This week I want to further deconstruct the script I want to re-work.  I also want to get ready for the school year by planning some blog posts.  I feel like I’ve been saying that for weeks now.  I don’t know what’s stopping me or why I’m so hung up on it.

Writing About Writing (week of August 12)

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They say if you want to be good at something you need to practice every day.  I started Writing About Writing as a way of keeping myself accountable for how much I was writing outside of my school work.  Everything counts.  Emails, journals, scripts, blogging, even excessive tweeting.
Over time this space has become a way of keeping track of weekly goals in other areas of my life as well as writing.  A statement of what I’ve done, and what I want to do.  A weekly record of my successes and failures, for better or for worse.

Monday: journal (2)
Tuesday:journal (1)
blog – nerves
blog – 2nd screen
Wednesday: emails
Thursday: journal (2)
blog – food idea
Friday: free write
blog – not cooking
blog – summer TV
blog – 2nd screen
Saturday: journal (3)
Sunday: journal (1)
blog – this post

I’m pretty happy with what I got last week.  Not only did I write every day, but I also got a lot of other little things that were on my monthly goals list done.  I finished the process of joining the church I’ve been going to (I’ll be confirmed in September).  The writers group I wanted to help start up is under way.  And on Saturday I picked up my scooter from the shop.

Oh, and bonus, I got a pretty major haircut to join the movement that has become the #hairforhazel and #itgrowsback campaign.  It started when Shailene Woodly decided to donate her hair to Children with Hair Loss as she got it cut to play Hazel in the upcoming The Fault in Our Stars movie.  My hair was long enough, so I figured why not.  I think it will be good for a while to not have to worry about it.  Not that I spent that much of my time before worrying about my hair, but now it will be even less.  And I’ve got plenty to worry about.

There is a lot of stuff going on this week from interviews to organizational stuff for the new semester.  There also needs to be a trip to the DMV in there and hopefully some fun stuff too because my friend Allason just got here last night.  We want to go surfing, and possibly rock climbing.  Not to mention the multitude of groups I’m in that are meeting up this week.  Oy vey.

As far as writing goals, I’m afraid that a few other things take precedence this week.  All I’m hoping for is some journal writing and to get all my ducks in a row for internships starting in a few weeks.  Not exactly writing, but somewhat related.

Writing About Writing (week of August 5)

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They say if you want to be good at something you need to practice every day.  I started Writing About Writing as a way of keeping myself accountable for how much I was writing outside of my school work.  Everything counts.  Emails, journals, scripts, blogging, even excessive tweeting.
Over time this space has become a way of keeping track of weekly goals in other areas of my life as well as writing.  A statement of what I’ve done, and what I want to do.  A weekly record of my successes and failures, for better or for worse.

Monday: nothing
Tuesday: journal (2)
research notes
Wednesday: blog – I did what I could
Thursday: blog – Fall TV
Friday: emails
Saturday: journal (3)
Sunday: sermon notes
blog – this post

What were my goals for last week?  Did I have any specifics?  I think I just wanted to get my life in order and spend time with kitty.  Well, if that was the case I think I failed on both counts.  While I set up a few things, I also messed some stuff up.  I missed a deadline and had to put the kitten down (whole story here).

In the meantime, my sister came to visit, so I spent most of the weekend days hanging with her.  Whenever we’re together all I can see is how hipster we seem.  We made quinoa burgers and she went with me to look at scooters.  I put down a deposit for a scooter you guys, I’m super pumped.

This week I’ll be pretty much on my own all week which I am pretty excited about.  I have two interviews, but besides that I am able to set my own schedule.  It’s going to include lots of friends, picking up a new-to-me scooter, and some writing time.

My only solid goal for this week is to write every day.  As to what I’d like to write, I want to get some blog posts scheduled up.  I’m working day-to-day lately, which is the blogging equivalent to eating hand to mouth.  I want to stop that.  I’d also like to pick a scripty project to work on and get started with an outline.

Writing About Writing (week of July 29)

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They say if you want to be good at something you need to practice every day.  I started Writing About Writing as a way of keeping myself accountable for how much I was writing outside of my school work.  Everything counts.  Emails, journals, scripts, blogging, even excessive tweeting.
Over time this space has become a way of keeping track of weekly goals in other areas of my life as well as writing.  A statement of what I’ve done, and what I want to do.  A weekly record of my successes and failures, for better or for worse.

Monday: journal (2)
school – pitch
blog – WAW
Tuesday:journal (2)
blog – writing your way up
blog – Will Be
Wednesday: school – pitch change
Thursday: nothing
Friday: nothing
Saturday: journal (3)
school – IP bible final edits
Sunday: journal (2)
blog – this post
blog – apartment tour

Last week I wanted to – and did – focus almost solely on pitching and finishing off the last week of school strong.  All told my class pitched our individual ideas six times to six different production/media/game companies.  It was really insightful and I came out of it with a few contacts to follow up on in finding internships and possibly jobs down the line.  We’ll see how it goes.

Since I’m finished with school this week I have a lot of unscheduled time on my hands, but also a lot of things planned.  For one thing, I’ve got a few interviews next week to jump start my internship searching process.  Meanwhile, I’m having people over this week to discuss starting a writer’s group with my class from the Spring.  I also want to step it up on the blogging front.  I have ideas for most of August, and want to start out strong, writing out as many of them as possible.

I’m also having a few visitors this week.  My friend Allason is coming for a few days, and my sister is coming next weekend.  Thankfully I spent most of this past weekend organizing my apartment so there will be space for people.

Writing About Writing (week of July 22)

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They say if you want to be good at something you need to practice every day.  I started Writing About Writing as a way of keeping myself accountable for how much I was writing outside of my school work.  Everything counts.  Emails, journals, scripts, blogging, even excessive tweeting.
Over time this space has become a way of keeping track of weekly goals in other areas of my life as well as writing.  A statement of what I’ve done, and what I want to do.  A weekly record of my successes and failures, for better or for worse.

Monday: journal (1)
Tuesday: school – game deck
Wednesday: journal (2)
school – game deck
blog – letters
Thursday: journal (1)
school – IP bible editing
Friday: journal (2)
Saturday: nothing
Sunday: journal (2)
blog – this post

Last week was mostly about school work and more school work.  The class had a few tours earlier in the week and were able to do a soft pitch of our show/game/whatever.  It was good to be able to give it a try as that will be our entire existence this week.  I’m happy with the amount of journaling I did this week, and I happily got slowly return to my quiet times.  Yay!

My goal for this week is to give specialized pitches to each of the companies we’re pitching to.  I want to be sure to focus on an aspect of my IP that falls in line with what the company typically works on.  I think this will help me go in with my best possible option.

Anything I get to do beyond that is a bonus.  I’m hoping that part of that bonus will include a few blog posts, but we’ll see how that goes.  It might be a bit of a sparse week for the blog, but next week I should be back in full force.  In fact, I have a very long idea list for next week that I’m excited to dive into.

Writing About Writing (week of July 15)

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They say if you want to be good at something you need to practice every day.  I started Writing About Writing as a way of keeping myself accountable for how much I was writing outside of my school work.  Everything counts.  Emails, journals, scripts, blogging, even excessive tweeting.
Over time this space has become a way of keeping track of weekly goals in other areas of my life as well as writing.  A statement of what I’ve done, and what I want to do.  A weekly record of my successes and failures, for better or for worse.

Monday: journal (2)
blog – WAW
school – treatment #2
Tuesday: journal (2)
blog – Bars and Tone
Wednesday: blog – not ready
school – IP bible edits
Thursday: journal (1)
Friday: nothing
Saturday: journal (1/2)
Sunday: journal (2)
blog – this post

Last week things are finally started to normalize, and then life got crazy again.  On Tuesday a cable guy came and connected my internet connection.  I was so excited I nearly cried.  Then I spent nearly all my free time working on my next school project with was due on Thursday instead of Friday… because on Friday we went to Comic Con!

And that’s the root of all the crazy from last week.  Comic Con moved up a deadline, took up my entire Friday (not that I mind), and then I accidentally left my phone charger in my friends hotel.  So I’ve been sans-phone for about two days now.  Awesome.

This week may be my first normal week since I got to LA.  And it probably wont even seem normal yet.  I still have boxes that need unpacking and I still don’t have a reliable way to get around town.

Goals?  This week I need to work on a game deck (basically a slide show) and I have no idea how to do that.  So getting through that with minimal trauma and panic would be ideal.  I’d also like to read some and just try to be as organized as possible.

Writing About Writing (week of July 7)

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They say if you want to be good at something you need to practice every day.  I started Writing About Writing as a way of keeping myself accountable for how much I was writing outside of my school work.  Everything counts.  Emails, journals, scripts, blogging, even excessive tweeting.
Over time this space has become a way of keeping track of weekly goals in other areas of my life as well as writing.  A statement of what I’ve done, and what I want to do.  A weekly record of my successes and failures, for better or for worse.

Monday: journal (1)
Tuesday: nothing but notes
Wednesday: journal (2)
school – ip bible edits
Thursday: journal (2)
school – treatment #1
Friday: nothing but notes
Saturday: nothing but notes
Sunday: journal (4)

Last week felt so long.  Yes, I know that it couldn’t have possibly been more than however many hours are always in a week, but I was scheduled so tightly that it was exhausting.  My biggest goal for last week was to journal and quiet time.  Journaling absolutely happened, yay!  Quiet times did not, but I already think I’m in a better place for them next week.  Other than that was school stuff and networking.  So much networking.

As tiring as last week was, I’m excited for this week.  My school schedule for the week is looking good and includes a day at Comic Con.  You guys, I’m going to comic con!  *does happy dance*

The not-so-great news is that I’m catching up with the things I had scheduled for the blog.  I don’t even have this whole week planned out, and I still don’t have internet access at my apartment (there’s a guy coming tomorrow).  That makes one pretty high priority for this week blogging.  And comic con.  And quiet time.  And sleep.  Yeah, sleep would be good.