Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Writing All Wrong #IWSG | Stargate's #DriveToRevive

The Insecure Writer's Support Group was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh. March's co-hosts are Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham, Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, and Gwen Gardner. Please visit the other IWSG participants.
So February was a pretty epic fail on the writing front. I'm proud of what I rewrote/edited for the 3-4 days I worked on Forged, but I should have done more. A combination of lack of energy and an obsession for all things Stargate and physics helped me to push Forged to the side. At the rate I'm going, Forged may come out this year. It may not. I need to get back into rewriting it, though. But I also kinda need to watch Stargate and read about hyperspace, parallel universes, antimatter, dark energy/matter, etc. And then I have this idea for a science fiction series that does involve an Einstein-Rosen bridge portal (like Stargate with a device to travel between planets but many differences too), but I keep telling it no. At least until The Fate Challenges are published.

I must admit I'm pretty insecure about my special interest taking over all else.

What are you insecure about?

IWSG Question: How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/finish a story? See. I knew I was doing something wrong. I never celebrate when I achieve a writing goal or finish a story. Maybe if I did, it might help to get to that "the end." I also don't write "the end" on a finished draft either. I'm weird like that.

March's goal is pretty much February's goal as well as January's goal. Write 20,000 words in Forged. If I accomplish that, then I'll be up to 38,000 words rewritten/edited. *crosses fingers*

2018 Stats
17,708 words written
17,708 words edited
78,718 friends' words edited

March 8 is my 36 birthday. To celebrate, anyone who enters this month's giveaway will win a copy of one of my ebooks. Please one entry per person.

Attention all fans and potential fans of Stargate. We're trying to show our support to our favorite sci-fi series and perhaps get an additional series set in the Stargate universe.
To do so, there will be two tweet parties: one on March 9 (US) and one of March 10 (World).
Please stop by and tweet/retweet if you can. For more information, please visit Joe Mallozzi's blog also follow @StargateNow on Twitter.

42 comments:

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Cherie, I also don't write "the end" on a finished draft. I too am weird like that.

You must celebrate finishing a writing goal :) its really fun and satisfying.

Julie Flanders said...

I don't celebrate either so I'm weird right there with you LOL. Although honestly it's been so long since I finished a goal even if I did celebrate I think by now I would have forgotten what I did!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't do much either.
I haven't watched the online Stargate series but I'm all for another regular one! It needs to be more like the first two though. Universe wasn't very good. Too dour.

M. L. Keller said...

Any motion forward is progress. I haven't written anything (fiction) since I shelved my last project. So you are definitely ahead of me.

Juneta Key said...

Your sci-fi idea sounds cool. I am a huge fan of StarGate, Star Trek and Star Wars. StarGate Atlantis my fave of that series. Happy IWSG Day.

Tamara Narayan said...

I haven't watched the series, but I remember a movie Stargate.

Jennifer Hawes said...

Writing THE END is the best part! It requires no brain power:) I have a MG scifi book in the works, but it's on hold until I finish my current MG mystery. Good luck!

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Don't feel badly about February, Cherie. Most of the blog posts I've read this morning lean that way, too. Myself included.

Ooh, writing 'the end' is a favorite of mine. Sounds kind of kiddish, but there's something about it for me, like a private pat on the back.

DMS said...

Sometimes the best things we do for our writing is to read and watch things that get our imaginations going. It sounds like you are doing just that! Don't be too hard on yourself.

Hoping you have a wonderful writing month. :)
~Jess

Christine Rains said...

Oh, those ideas that sometimes take over our heads! ;) I think maybe your muse needed a little vacation. And you should totally celebrate! With more Stargate. *LOL*

Raimey Gallant said...

Here's my toast to you for any missed celebrations! Woohoo, Cherie! Yeah! You're awesome! Keep up the good work! And have fun with your side hobbies too. They're all fodder for future stories, so nothing is a waste of time, really. :)

M.J. Fifield said...

Maybe you're just prepping to write your own Stargate-like series. :)

I had a terrible February, writing-wise. Very little was actually written. Hoping I can improve on that this spring. Best of luck with your goals!

DMS said...

Happy Birthday! I meant to add that to my comment and just now remembered. Hope you have a lovely day!!!
~Jess

Chemist Ken said...

Hey, it's important to feed your brain. If you're obsessed with physics at the moment, go for it. I just wish the science channel had more shows on physics.

Patricia Lynne said...

Happy birthday!
I don't celebrate much either and am thinking I should change it.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Way to go with your writing!
I loved Stargate so I get the obsession. :)
I know what you mean about celebrations. I never write "The End" either because I always feel like I'm not sure it's really finished. That's probably not a healthy attitude. Hmm. Celebrations. I think we all need more of them.

Happy Birthday, amazing writer-librarian-lady!!! Hope it's a great one!

J.L. Campbell said...

Here's hoping you're successful in getting back to forged and yep, you should find a way to celebrate. I don't type 'The End' either. :D

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Happy birthday tomorrow. Have a lovely day.
I don't celebrate when reaching a goal or finishing a story, either. I just keep on going. As for The End, I never write that. Never occurred to me. Maybe if I did, I wouldn't keep going back to make changes. Mmm, that's a thought. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Sarah Foster said...

Sometimes you just have to tell those shiny story ideas no. :)
Hope you have a great birthday!

Lisa said...

Star Gate rocks! Also, have you heard of "fan fiction" sites? You could feed your fetish for SG by writing fan fiction! My daughter does it with Buffy. You can write your novels and fan fiction and have the best of both worlds? Thanks for dropping by my blog!

Olga Godim said...

I never write The End either. And My son's birthday is March 8. Congrats to you (and me)!

Jen Chandler said...

It seems like many people are re-calibrating their January and February goals for March. I know I am! After the holidays and during the cold, all I want to do is snuggle up by my space heater and think about nothing until the sun finally warms up the dirt!

Cheers,
Jen

Cathrina Constantine said...

After blog hopping, I've read that more writer's don't DO anything after finishing a special project. But I think after today we'll start hearing about more writer's celebrating.

If I wrote 1k this past month, that's a lot. You'll figure out which project tickles your fancy and then go for it.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Happy Birthday. It's also my son's birthday so I'll think of you when we celebrate. I would love it if they brought back Stargate. I loved Stargate Atlantis too.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like you still have great writing goals and are smart to wait on the one you want to publish until you can really focus on your edits. You've gone through a lot of health challenges so don't be too hard on yourself.

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm a big Stargate fan - and I love disappearing into those kinds of research too! Good luck with your story - sounds like it's going to be fun!

D Biswas said...

Happy Birthday-- It is March 8th in Singapore already :)

Wishing you all the best with your Stargate campaign, and with your story. I never write 'The End' either, but I do celebrate.

Damyanti

cleemckenzie said...

Early happy birthday and thanks for the gifts!

Cathy Keaton said...

Are you turning into me? I let waaaaay too many obsessions get in the way of my writing and everything else in my life. It's a super bad habit, or personality quirk, or whatever. I wish it were easier to reign in. Maybe you can before it's too late!

Loni Townsend said...

There's a special place in my heart for Daniel from Stargate. :)

I hear you on things we love distracting us from writing. Best of luck with your revisions!

Sandra Cox said...

Happy Birthday, Cherie! May it be wondrous and filled with book sales:)
I admire sci-fi writers. You really have to know your science, physics, weather, etc. which I'm abysmally poor at.

Nas said...

Happy Birthday, Cherie. Have a great day!

Gwen Gardner said...

Happy Birthday, Cherie! And you've accomplished a lot YTD. I say your side interest deserves time too. Go for it!

Diane Burton said...

Happy Birthday, Cherie. I think we had the same February. When I wrote, I did well. But I didn't write often enough. I love your idea of a sci-fi book. Among other genres, I write sci-fi romance. If I accomplish my goal for this year, it will be my 3rd book to be published in 2018. The characters still speak to me, but their voices are almost drowned out by the ones from the other 2 books. Persevere. Keep writing.

Heather R. Holden said...

Oh, I'm late, but happy birthday! Hope it went fantastically for you! ~\o/~

And sorry to hear February wasn't as productive as you wanted it to be. Sometimes our brains just need to recharge by focusing on something else for a little while. I'm sure you'll find the motivation to work on Forged more regularly again!

Ellie Garratt said...

Gutted I didn't drop by sooner, as I would've seen the Stargate Twitter campaign and taken part. I loved Stargate, in all its forms.

Happy Belated Birthday! I hope you had a nice day. You should definitely celebrate when you reach major milestones in your writing. It's such a great incentive. Good luck with your March writing targets!

dolorah said...

Stargate was an awesome show - both the movie and series. Perhaps I'll join you in binging :)

M Pax said...

I adored Stargate... was quite obsessed with it. I still sometimes dream of going through the gate.

I don't celebrate anymore, either. Maybe I should. You got some done on Forged. That's awesome.

Mark Noce said...

Yeah, Feb wasn't my best month either. But it looks like you're bouncing back! I hope to do so as well:)

Shannon Lawrence said...

I don't write "The End" either, but maybe I should. There are some editors out there that require that or three pound signs to indicate the end of the manuscript (short stories), but I only add it in when requested. I hope you can get back to your revisions! That's my least favorite part.

emaginette said...

I'm not sure any of my projects feel completely finished. I run out of improvements and seek out beta readers. They help me determine if I'm ready to submit. :-)

Jay Noel said...

I don't usually celebrate finishing a project. I probably should, though. Give myself more incentive.