Cheers, Cheers It’s A New Year

Now Brewing: Green Mountain Naturals Hot Apple Cider. It’s not coffee, but this is one of my favorite K-Cups to brew. Luckily, Santa replenished my collection of these. It reminds me of the sweet cider available during the autumn months at the Apple Barn Orchard and Winery, an orchard nearby my hometown. This cup goes perfectly with an afternoon of writing ahead–after a very busy few weeks of writer’s hiatus.

Unfortunately, Second Shots hasn’t seen the light of day since I returned home for the holidays. As discouraging as this is, it motivates me to get back on track in the coming weeks. There’s only four months left until my birthday, so I don’t have the gift of endless time anymore. However, I just can’t seem to shake this funk. 

Why is it that my writing is at such a complete standstill?

I’ve been thinking about my characters a lot and can visualize what each of them are currently like and what I see them as being at the end of Second Shots–but the question that still remains foggy is how to get from here 278 pages to the 400-500 pages at which Second Shots will finish. 

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

This quote by Ben Franklin is the answer to my problem. I haven’t been doing anything worth writing lately. I’ve been visiting relatives, opening presents, snowboarding, lighting sparklers, drinking champagne–doing all the mundane, regular holiday activities; followed by a week of re-runs on the couch. Granted, all of these things were fun and I enjoyed the downtime away from school and anything academically-inclined–but the Law and Order: SVU re-runs have to stop.

I need to get back into my writing world. I need to go out and do things that aren’t every day. I want to discover something great, learn a new language, polish my writing in a different country, travel someplace new, sky dive–experience things that would be worth writing down. My characters are not a definite reflection of myself, but there’s a piece of me in each of them and so, in order to give them excting, read-worthy experiences, I need to get out there and do them myself.

So, here’s to 2012– a year of worth-writing, readable experiences.

See You All Again Soon,

Kathryn E. Weast

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