It’s my Blogiversary and I Just Don’t Care


Two years ago today I started this blog. Some people make a big announcement with bells, whistles and giveaways on their blogiversary. Yeah. Not gonna happen. Last year the day came and went with nary a post. I just can’t seem to whip up much enthusiasm.

Here’s the deal. I have a life. Hard to believe, I know, but it’s true. Remember that outline I was slaving over in July and August? Well a couple of friends (hi, Barb and Paula!) pointed out holes big enough for my new blogging buddy Todd McCann to drive his semi through (hi, Todd!) so I’m ripping it apart and re-writing it.

The biggest problem with re-arranging stuff is the dual narrative. I can’t just take something out or move it to another section without re-thinking the entire book because the point of view goes back and forth between Cody and Jess, and certain scenes have to be told by one character or the other. I have this nasty feeling I might have to get out those 3 x 5 plotting cards again, which I’m not looking forward to. It wouldn’t be so bad if I had a big, spacious table, but I have a card table with two cats on it. Why do cats assume that any addition to a room was put there solely for their amusement?

The thing about starting a project like this is that it becomes all-consuming. I get this tunnel vision that lets emails go unanswered, yard work go unfinished, critiquing go undone, etc. I used to do this when I was working on my race car. Now I do it when I’m writing.  Yesterday I spent five solid hours updating the outline to include scenes to plug those big holes. And at that point, rather than being done and satisfied,  I realized I had too much going on. There’s loads of  tension with very little humor or tender moments to even it out. The rest of the evening I spent obsessing because I didn’t want to stop working until I had it right, but I’d squeezed every ounce of concentration out of my brain, leaving it as limp and worthless as a worm on a wet sidewalk.

It’s after days like this that I get into my car and drive ten miles before I notice the gas light is on. Then I start to panic, because I wonder what else I’ve totally sidelined, like feeding the cats or putting out the trash. Fortunately, the cats have a built-in alarm to remind me when their stomachs are empty. And it’s a little more noticeable than that light on the dash.

Well, I’ve now wasted half an hour of outline time on this blog post, so I’m going to get back to the task. Today some friends were kind enough to listen to me ramble on about the changes I wanted to make, which really helped me sort things out (thanks Paula, Barb, and Alice!). I now return you to your regularly scheduled web surfing. But first, go check out Todd’s trucking blog. I guarantee you’ll fall out of your chair laughing. He’s one dude who knows how to spin a story. And leave him a  comment. Those truckers work hard in all sorts of nasty conditions so there’ll be plenty of Ben and Jerry’s in the Safeway freezer case the next time you’re jonesing for some Chunky Monkey.

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12 Responses to It’s my Blogiversary and I Just Don’t Care

  1. Katy Skinner says:

    I like getting glimpses into your daily life. That’s what I like the ‘net for! Keeping up with friends. 🙂

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  2. I feel for you with your rewrites. I had to add extra scene and make a change in one (in chapter 3!!!) that resulted in huge rewrites to my novel. 🙂

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  3. Elisabeth Miles says:

    Um, cats assume anything, anywhere, is solely for their benefit, amusement or otherwise. Beth

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  4. Elisabeth Miles says:

    BTW, I’ve had to do some major revision which has included switching a couple chapters around before I finish chapter 30 (the last chapter–I hope). Beth

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  5. i care – its when I met you 🙂 happy blogiversity!

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  6. Lisa Nowak says:

    Katy, you are da bomb! And so it da Net.

    Stina, yeah, that’s why I outline. It sucks having to rewrite an outline, but re-writing a book that’s flawed on that level would be so much more devastating.

    Beth, cats have an ego problem, don’tcha think? I’m waiting to read your manuscript.

    Shelli, you are so sweet. 🙂

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  7. I enjoy your blog and always look forward to new posts!

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  8. Roxie says:

    Yayyyy! Lisa has been blogging for two years! Whoop whoop! Celebrate! YeeeeHA! Be a sick int the mud if you want, I’m gonna be happy about it.

    Cats have ego. What’s the problem?

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  9. Happy blogoversary! Re finding holes in your outline, I feel your pain. Working through that myself right now. It’ll get fixed, and that kind of total concentration is why. You need that to sort through all the threads, keep them straight, and rearrange them coherently without going nuts.

    As far as cats, a friend of mine put it best (as we watched a tiny kitten horn his way in between two German Shepherds and their food dish, then calmly start eating while they backed away in dismay): “Isn’t it cute when they get old enough to realize they really are GODS?”

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  10. Todd McCann says:

    I’m ashamed, Lisa. I just realized you had a blog. Did you not tell me about it, or am I just dumber than a pack of teenage boys with a free afternoon and a gross of bottle rockets? Well, I’m subscribed now, so the problem has been rectified.

    I think all this multi-task praise is overrated. I believe that we can get a lot more accomplished when we get focused and lose track of everything else. I’m like you with when it comes to that, only without the motivation to get started in the first place.

    I’ve written two non-fiction books about trucking, both in my spare time while in the truck. It’s hard to get motivated if I know I’ve only got an hour or two to write. That’s why it took so long for me to finish them. I’m finding the same problem is happening as I’m trying to complete my final edits on them.

    And my blog posts usually take 3-4 hours, so I don’t post there as much as I’d like either. Yes, I’m well aware that it shouldn’t take that long to write a blog post, but I’m a bit of a perfectionist. Either that, or I keep getting distracted by that gross of bottle rockets.

    Thanks for the kind words about the blog,

    Todd McCann
    https://twitter.com/ToddMcCann
    http://abouttruckingjobs.wordpress.com

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  11. Lisa Nowak says:

    Rose and Roxie, thanks for the enthusiasm. Now if I could just be a little better at posting on a regular basis.

    Chris, huh, I guess I did blog about fixing that outline. My total concentration on the second outline I did later in the month for a whole other book must have driven the memory from my brain. That sort of focus can derail everything but the project you’re working on.

    Todd, thanks for stopping by. I totally get it about how long it takes to write a post. I’m also plagued by that perfectionist streak. I edit my posts in Word, then on the WordPress editing page, then look at them in preview mode, then have my husband read them, and this is after I’ve fiddled with them for a couple of hours. But typos still get through. Sigh.

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  12. Barb says:

    Well, my blogging friend. It’s only taken me 2 months to get around to making a comment. I haven’t even figured out how to post that award you gave me, so you’ve got me beaten, outranked and supremely overblogged by a words, effort and heart.

    Happy 2 Year anniversary. May you blog many more.

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