Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Stuck in the Void

Two-thirds of the first draft for AWEN STORM is written, and for the last several months I have danced around it, reading, editing, fiddling, admiring, wincing, and, GROAN. Still no new words.

Every day I vow to write at least one new sentence. And yet, here I sit, staring at Blogger, rather than my open WIP (work-in-progress).



Of what am I afraid? They are, after all, only words, right? A first draft, no less. Nothing life-threatening. Or even vaguely scary.

So why aren't I writing?

My life has changed, yet again. So what. I now have an employer rather than being solely self-employed. So what. I'm exhausted much of the time. So what. I still have Tuesdays and Thursdays (and most weekends) available.

My goal is to complete the first draft by November 30, 2017. That's twenty thousand words in two months. Totally doable. But first, I must get past this reluctance, this fear, this paralysis.

So here's the plan.

I publish this brief post. I open a composition book. I write a new sentence, paragraph, scene, chapter. I return to report my progress.

Because, DAAAAMN. Writing shouldn't be this hard!

Here goes.

~ That Rebel, Olivia J. Herrell writing as O.J. Barré

P.S. Poking my head in to report that I have 373 719 shiny, new words, and the set-up scenes for a-Ur, the air dragon. This could sound meager, but I'm happy for these babies, and know that more will soon follow.

P.P.S. Update, November 2, 2017, unstuck is as unstuck does. The story has progressed, and another 10K words added. I'm on track to finish the first draft of AWEN STORM by month's end. Yeehaa!!

O.J. Barré is author of the upcoming AWEN trilogy, a rollicking fantasy set in 2042AD, that combines ancient, current, and future history. Book One, AWEN RISING, is complete and in query. The first draft of Book Two, AWEN STORM, is nearing completion, and Book Three, AWEN TIDE, is swirling in the mists of creation.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Good Morning Starshine

It occurs to me that my reluctance to post pictures due to a Google Adsense denial (for too many pics!?!), has kept me from posting as often as I would like. For a looong time, a year maybe, I've refrained from posting ANY pics at all.

Screw that. I like posting pictures.

This morning, smoke haze from the fires in Oregon, Utah, Montana and Idaho, was so thick in the valley that the sun rose red in the east.

Eerie, yes?

In the south, Texas is floundering in water from last week's pounding by Hurricane Harvey, while Irma has been upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane, as she roars her way toward Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and Florida.

Prayers to all.

Red Sun Rising, Treasure Valley, Idaho, US

Yesterday, the sun rose clear and crystal, peering over the neighbor's roof to kiss my patio garden. It brought to mind a song from my youth, Good Morning Starshine.


Sunkissed Snapdragons, September 2017
Good morning, Starshine. The earth says hello.

Sunkissed Snapdragons and Pumpkin Vines
You twinkle above us, we twinkle below.

Late Summer Sunflower
Good morning, Starshine. You lead us along,

Late Sunflowers and Snapdragons
My love and me as we sing, our early morning singing song.

Early Morning September Sun, Treasure Valley, Idaho
Sing boop doopty, diddy oddy oopty,
La la, lo lo
Saba soobie saba, doobie aba daba,
Li li, lo lo
Doobie oobie walla,
Oobie abba dalla
Early morning singing song.

Hehehe, yes, those last verses were my rendition, NOT the actual lyrics.

Just saying.

Good Morning Starshine was sung by Oliver for the hit musical Hair.

I hope everyone in the US has enjoyed the long Labor Day weekend. I got some editing done on Book 2, AWEN STORM, and plan to spend tomorrow writing several new scenes for the closing third of the book.

Happy September!

P.S. My projected completion date for the first draft of AWEN STORM is the end of September. And yes, I need all the luck, prayers, and well wishes you have to offer, to get me there.

P.P.S. Click here for a YouTube audio of Oliver's Good Morning Starshine
          Click here to travel back in time to the late 60's, early 70's 
          Click here for the psychedelic version

~ That Rebel, Olivia J. Herrell writing as O.J. Barré

O.J. Barré is author of the upcoming AWEN trilogy. Book One, AWEN RISING, is complete and in query. The first draft of Book Two, AWEN STORM, is nearing completion, and Book Three, AWEN TIDE, is swirling in the mists of creation.


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