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Jennifer K. Oliver ([personal profile] jenniferkoliver) wrote2016-12-17 09:56 pm

GrumpySkeletor, Lifeish, and Old WIPS

Before anything else, I have to point to GrumpySkeletor on Twitter. This account is a parody and if you're a child of the 70s or 80s, yes, it might tarnish your nostalgia but it's so entertaining.

So Christmas is just over a week away. Where did the last two months go? So much has changed for me since the spring, and it seems to have flown... Saying that, I'm so excited about spending Christmas with my boyfriend. We met at the end of April, and became officially official at the end of July. It's been amazing. It took a long time for us to find each other, but my friends and family were right - never give up hope, there is the perfect person out there for you.

I've also rekindled my romance with writing. Looking at old stories with new, slightly older eyes is doing wonders for my creativity. I see things I didn't before, and more importantly I see things beta readers pulled up that at the time I didn't agree with. It's OK to disagree with feedback sometimes, be it in your own mind or with a critique partner, but time works wonders for perspective. I put a lot of stock in being patient and broadening the mind.

Writing feels open and fresh again, which is what I had been hoping for. And yes, it took longer to come back than I thought (or wanted), but it's one of those things. Now I can add my new experiences to it and make a different flavour.

I love this feeling. Disconnect is horrible, even when you tell yourself not to fret too much and be patient. Doubt sets in when you can't remember how it felt to be creative and you begin to think all that other stuff was a fluke. In my case, I believe personal life things bogged me down and snuffed out my creative energy. It happens. But again, I truly think that if you are a storyteller - or any kind of lover of writing - it will come back.

So I'm cannonballing towards 2017 with enthusiasm and a growing sort of joy. I hope everyone has an excellent year. :)

The Dreamer, by Anna of the North.
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[personal profile] theemdash 2016-12-17 11:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Time is such a great thing for writers! Gaining perspective on stories is so important. It's why I was always frustrated about the hurry from start to finish on projects when many need more time than that! I'm so glad you're feeling revitalized.

[identity profile] jenniferkoliver.livejournal.com 2016-12-26 11:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, absolutely. I think a lot of writers feel that if they leave a story too long they'll lose something, but it usually works the other way around.

I hope you have had a wonderful holidays! :)
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[personal profile] theemdash 2016-12-26 11:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Too true. Sometimes writing in a rush can be a good thing, but editing and revising in a rush are rarely helpful. ;)

The holidays were grand even though I was sick through them. Hope you had a good holiday as well!

[identity profile] jenniferkoliver.livejournal.com 2016-12-26 11:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh man, I think everyone I know (including me) had some kind of cold or bug during the holidays. :/ But yes, it was lovely in many other ways! I can't believe we're nearly in 2017 now. Definitely hope to put out more words this coming year. Are you guys doing GYWO again? I might be too late to sign up but I hope it's still going and people are finding it as helpful as I did the first couple of years I did it. :)
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[personal profile] theemdash 2016-12-26 11:58 pm (UTC)(link)
GYWO is still going strong. Last year we had about 350 people, and this year we're on track for about the same number. Sign-ups close Jan 15, so if you want to think about it there's still time. I think we've added a pledge level since you left, and this year we're starting a new thing that we're tentatively calling Writing Buddies, which will essentially be small groups (we're still pounding out details). Oh, I'm also taking your 7 Days, 7 Stories and will be running people through that this summer! :D

[identity profile] jenniferkoliver.livejournal.com 2016-12-27 12:01 am (UTC)(link)
Oh that's great to hear! I had a horrid feeling I might have been too late, but I'm very, very tempted to do it again. I need that boost, the community, and I miss having other writers to talk to. Now that things have settled more in RL I am much more bloggy too so I can be generally more sociable online.

7 Days, 7 Stories was one of the best things I did in the last five or so years, writing-wise. I got 2 publications out of it, and a couple of near-misses. Not too shabby. I would love to do it again, so I'll keep an eye out for that during the 2017 GYWO. :)
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[personal profile] theemdash 2016-12-27 12:47 am (UTC)(link)
Hee!! I'm so glad you signed up. I was going to pick your brain late when I start planning how to run 7 Days, 7 Stories for a group, so now that will be even easier! ;)

[identity profile] jenniferkoliver.livejournal.com 2016-12-27 01:40 am (UTC)(link)
Sure, let me know when you're ready and I'll give any info / help I can. :)

[identity profile] jenniferkoliver.livejournal.com 2016-12-27 12:13 am (UTC)(link)
Well I figure there's no point saying I "might" do things. I've pledged a modest pledge but it should work for me for the year. :)