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Oh, look, it's changing again, again: Back to Basics


The practice of returning to basics is something I do (as do many others; this is by no means unique to me!) when I become overwhelmed or uninspired. I do this is my spiritual practice, usually when I’ve made things too complicated and tied myself in knots. The shrine gets stripped back to a single candle, a cup for offerings, a simple photo or token that puts Poseidon in mind. I libate without the distraction or clutter of spoken words. I do breathing exercises, focus on wordless communion, and simply be with him.

I do this in my daily living, when I’ve weighed myself down with too many projects on deck: too many knitting projects I want to or ‘should’ be getting to; too many items on my to-do list for around the house; too many grand schemes of things I want to pick up and give attention to. My day gets stripped back to basics. Work. Eat. Shower. Spend time with family. Hole up in the bedroom, nesting with the current knitting project, some nature sounds on my phone, and do nothing but sit and knit and listen to the critters breathing, simply being.

I want to do this with my writing, as well. Since July, I’ve discovered (again) that the only way I’m going to finish a story is to stick with it and write it the way I prefer -- which mean editing the best as I can, as I go, and reaching the end with it more or less the way I want it. I’d hoped that planning it out, and writing it down in a messy heap of jangled scenes, would help me turn it into a novel. Instead, I’m still only 40k in, and only the love for the story is allowing me to go back, save the bits I can, and write the rest over again. I don’t need to make it perfect as I go, but neither do I enjoy ploughing on regardless of the knots and tangles I’m leaving to pick out later.In other words: everything I learned each time I participated in NaNoWriMo holds true even when I give myself 10 months to write the thing, instead of 1. Yeah, you guessed it: changes again. I’m going to go back to releasing whole chapters. It may not be monthly, but it’s going to be as they’re finished, and I’m not moving on to the next until the preceding one is finished and shared. I’m not giving up on Kelpie, mind. That’s the first project. And I’m not sorry I tried this thing, this way -- because how else can I know it won’t work for me?

There will be one tier: $5 a month gains you access to any and all sneak peeks, behind the scenes stuff, progress reports, rough excerpts, whatever else I happen to be working on, and a copy of the ebooks before they go live. I want to offer chapters as I go along, but I'm not holding myself to having anything reader-ready until after the winter, though if you, my supporters, have any ideas about that, I'm happy to hear them. WHile I understand that you're supporting me to support me, and not necessarily to Get the Thing . . well, getting the Thing is nice, too.




Tiers
Thank you!
$1 or more per month
This level will grant you early access to blog posts, the occasional flash fiction, and random (bad) art.


All The Everything
$5 or more per month
Patrons at this level get the goods: sneak peeks to the novel I'm working on, behind the scenes chatter, progress reports, news before anyone else gets it, random crafty chattery bits, the occasional video, chapters as they are ready, and the ebooks before they're published.

 
Goals
56% complete
Reaching this goal gives me breathing room financially, and the satisfaction of hitting a goal. 
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Oh, look, it's changing again, again: Back to Basics


The practice of returning to basics is something I do (as do many others; this is by no means unique to me!) when I become overwhelmed or uninspired. I do this is my spiritual practice, usually when I’ve made things too complicated and tied myself in knots. The shrine gets stripped back to a single candle, a cup for offerings, a simple photo or token that puts Poseidon in mind. I libate without the distraction or clutter of spoken words. I do breathing exercises, focus on wordless communion, and simply be with him.

I do this in my daily living, when I’ve weighed myself down with too many projects on deck: too many knitting projects I want to or ‘should’ be getting to; too many items on my to-do list for around the house; too many grand schemes of things I want to pick up and give attention to. My day gets stripped back to basics. Work. Eat. Shower. Spend time with family. Hole up in the bedroom, nesting with the current knitting project, some nature sounds on my phone, and do nothing but sit and knit and listen to the critters breathing, simply being.

I want to do this with my writing, as well. Since July, I’ve discovered (again) that the only way I’m going to finish a story is to stick with it and write it the way I prefer -- which mean editing the best as I can, as I go, and reaching the end with it more or less the way I want it. I’d hoped that planning it out, and writing it down in a messy heap of jangled scenes, would help me turn it into a novel. Instead, I’m still only 40k in, and only the love for the story is allowing me to go back, save the bits I can, and write the rest over again. I don’t need to make it perfect as I go, but neither do I enjoy ploughing on regardless of the knots and tangles I’m leaving to pick out later.In other words: everything I learned each time I participated in NaNoWriMo holds true even when I give myself 10 months to write the thing, instead of 1. Yeah, you guessed it: changes again. I’m going to go back to releasing whole chapters. It may not be monthly, but it’s going to be as they’re finished, and I’m not moving on to the next until the preceding one is finished and shared. I’m not giving up on Kelpie, mind. That’s the first project. And I’m not sorry I tried this thing, this way -- because how else can I know it won’t work for me?

There will be one tier: $5 a month gains you access to any and all sneak peeks, behind the scenes stuff, progress reports, rough excerpts, whatever else I happen to be working on, and a copy of the ebooks before they go live. I want to offer chapters as I go along, but I'm not holding myself to having anything reader-ready until after the winter, though if you, my supporters, have any ideas about that, I'm happy to hear them. WHile I understand that you're supporting me to support me, and not necessarily to Get the Thing . . well, getting the Thing is nice, too.




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Tiers
Thank you!
$1 or more per month
This level will grant you early access to blog posts, the occasional flash fiction, and random (bad) art.


All The Everything
$5 or more per month
Patrons at this level get the goods: sneak peeks to the novel I'm working on, behind the scenes chatter, progress reports, news before anyone else gets it, random crafty chattery bits, the occasional video, chapters as they are ready, and the ebooks before they're published.