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.

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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.

Writing About Writing (week of June 17)

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: blog – moving
Wednesday: lists
Thursday: journal (5)
blog – this post
Friday: journal (3)
Saturday: journal ()
Sunday: journal ()

Apparently my goal for last week was note taking.  Ha!  Oh man, that’s laughable considering how many notes I’ve taken.  Pitiful really.  I was really glad to have things pretty well planned out blog-wise for the week though, even though I changed Thursday last minute (you’ll see the post I had scheduled next week).

My main goal this week is to get internet access, but perhaps I would get more done without.  Just being in this town has me itching to start again on a script, which is exciting since I haven’t even given a thought to any screen-based stories in over a month.  Perhaps revisiting my Spring semester spec or last Fall’s original?

Since I only have a week before classes start, I’d like to spend some time pre-writing and planning out my blog posts for July.  I want to be able to focus as single-mindedly as possible on school next month and having an arsenal of pre-written content would be a big help.

Also that last of the moving!  All in all I have a week before I am going to be returning to school.  Ideal world: I’m able to organize myself to ship my things from Chicago before I start school.  It could take much longer in which case I have to establish a routine without the majority of a kitchen, a proper bed or a desk.  Not impossible, but I may have to change my routine a bit when I get my things.

Writing About Writing (week of May 27)

Monday: journal (2)
blog – WAW
Tuesday:journal (2)
blog – Seattle in Pictures
blog – This Has Been
blog – To my Children
Wednesday: journal (2)
notes on superheroes
Thursday: journal (1)
Friday: journal (2)
blog – About Me
Saturday: blog – Will Be
Sunday: journal (1)
blog – this post

Last week felt good.  Busy.  I started to plan more meticulously what I wanted to do for the day, which was really good for keeping track of where my time went.  Makes it a lot harder to justify spending the majority of the day on Tumblr.  I did a lot of what I’ll call “thinking” writing that I suppose could also be called brainstorming.  I spent some time figuring out what I want from this blog and coming up with ideas of how to get it, so I’m excited for the future.

This space has been a place to record what I’ll call consciously productive writing, but I’ve also been doing a bit of not-recorded writing though a prayer journal I keep.  I haven’t recorded it because I’m not sure how to.  Generally I don’t even keep track of how long I’m writing/praying, and since any writing I do is spread over multiple categories in different sections I don’t quite know how to quantify it.  If I was to estimate I would say I write about 100-200 words a day in my prayer journal.
On that note, if there is any way I can pray for you, I would love to.  Leave me a note in the comments or send me an email at morethanexist [at] gmail.com.

This week I’d like to spend some time developing those ideas further and working on some blog content to go with it.  I’m also going to start looking at internships and volunteer opportunities in the fall which will likely include some time spent with my resume and writing cover letters.  We’ll see how it goes.

Writing About Writing (week of May 20)

Monday: journal (2)
blog – WAW
blog – Would be Good At
Tuesday: journal (2)
Wednesday: journal (3)
Thursday: journal (1)
Friday: journal (1)
Saturday: nothing
Sunday: nothing

Honestly, I’m not sure I want to be disappointed over how little writing I got done this week when I was so busy DOING things.  I went to yoga, met up with friends and completed a motorcycle safety course.  My room is a mess–a sure sign of a busy schedule.  I love being busy!

This week is not looking quite as busy on the onset, but I want to fill up my editorial calendar for June this week and get a head start on some blog posts.  Part of me has sort of given up on my original spec.  I want to talk about it with people! I want my impromptu writers room!  Maybe when I’m back in LA?

Writing About Writing (week of May 13)

Monday: journal (4)
original spec – treatment
blog – upfronts
Tuesday: nothing
Wednesday: journal (2)
Thursday: journal (1)
blog – update
Friday: journal (1)
blog – power
Saturday: journal (2)
Sunday: journal (2)

Last week was all about small victories.  I worked on original stuff a very little bit.  I watched a documentary that was super inspiring.  I made a new recipe that was delicious.  And I got a lot of chores done.  The weekend was spent in Seattle and I worked a bit on the blog while I was there including taking new pictures to be profile pictures and cover photos for all my social media platforms.  I also wound up helping to weed significant portions of a friends garden.  Awesome.

This week I hope to continue the small victories and add some more substantial ones as well.  Next weekend is my motorcycle safety course which is going to be awesome, but other than that I don’t have any specific plans.  Time to go out and make some then I suppose.