Victory with 3 words and 30 minutes to spare

Greetings, dear pond readers! I write tonight with an ecstatic heart and one mucus smeared face. As I wrote in a recent blog post, I decided to start 2022 with a new writing challenge offered by NYCmidnight. The entire point was to stretch my creative muscles with a writing prompt that would challenge me. Without detailing the full assignment, the prompt I was given involved the romance genre which is definitely outside of my comfort zone. After I got my brief, I found myself pondering different options with a befuddled mind for three of my precious eight days. I noodled out a bunch of different notions in my journal with my new favorite fountain pen before falling asleep every night.

Thankfully, I am a determined sort with both a very supportive spouse and an encouraging friend who checked in on my progress daily to help me brainstorm and cheer me on. I finally started drafting in earnest on day five during my lunch break and managed less than 500 words. It was a start. The next day I wrote only 10 words. Another day I only picked the names for my characters. Yesterday, I wrote nothing. In fact, I woke up with both a runny nose and a sore throat. Yipes. Luckily, I tested negative for COVID-19 with an at-home test and was able to get through the day albeit without draft progress. I have a busy schedule and with the barest of bare bones ideas barely begun, I placed all my hopes in finishing a draft on Saturday. Would it be good?

Nope. But then, first drafts are supposed to be lousy. It’s okay if I don’t get through to the second round. My attitude is that I have paid for the opportunity to try something new and get editorial feedback on my draft. I won’t win this contest but with perseverance, I think I can edit this story into something I can place elsewhere. More importantly, writing this draft was fun. I feel ecstatic and indomitable even though I’m sneezing constantly and dripping mucus like a leaky faucet. Thanks to the support of my amazing spouse who took the Wee Bairn on some strategically timed outings today, I was able to turn a 500 word barely legible start into 10 double-spaced pages of beginning, middle, and end with three words and 30 minutes to spare before the deadline. Cue the heroic music.

VICTORY SCREENSHOT by E.A. Lawrence

It’s nice to know that I can rise to a baffling challenge. I feel more fired up than ever to conquer some of my unfinished works in progress and submit some finished pieces to new places.

What challenges are you rising to lately, dear pond reader? Any big creative plans for 2022?

Please, get vaccinated, wear your mask, wash your hands, stay well, stay kind, and leave a comment or question below. Thanks for stopping by the pond today.

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Good Things Coming Up

Hello, dear pond readers and happy spring! I have a few exciting announcements. First of all, my bulbs are starting to come up. They have survived the depredations of bunnies and squirrels as well as the vagaries of weather. I have been smiling extra since seeing the brave shoots growing heavenward.

Second of all, I have signed up for the Good News Gardens ministry of my church denomination again. Cultivating my chaos garden during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic crisis was a source of much comfort and inspiration. I am excited to recommit to participating again. In keeping with the values of plant, pray, and proclaim, I’m planning to expand my garden space and plant a wider variety of vegetables. I am still going to do chaos gardening but this year I’m going to try to plant some things more or less in rows. We will see how this turns out. No matter what grows, it will be an adventure. My Wee Bairn is keen to help me with all this hard work in the garden and they are now equipped with a set of their very own tools with a wagon to pull them in. God-willing, all this enthusiasm will blossom into a willingness to eat more vegetables. Miracles do happen, especially in gardens.

Hard Work in Progress by E.A. Schneider

Finally, the biggest announcement of late: I’ve sold another fiction story. The lovely editorial team at Sci Phi Journal is publishing a new piece of my science fiction in their upcoming special issue on xeno-anthropology. If you’re a fan of E.A. Lawrence speculative fiction, you can mark your calendars for June/July to read my latest story. I’m hopping off the walls excited about this sale and this story. Luckily for my walls, I’m channeling this momentum into topping off my tea, filling up my fountain pens, and rocking out to my music working on more stories to share. This is starting to feel like an inflection point in my burgeoning writing career and I’m so excited to see how far I can go.

How is your spring going, dear pond readers? Any exciting news or fun project updates? Any big plans for spring and summer?

Please, get vaccinated, wear your mask, wash your hands, stay well, stay kind, and leave a comment or question below. Thanks for stopping by the pond today.

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program here at Technicolorlilypond, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Some of the links in this post are part of this program and I hope that any fees will help support me as I continue writing and doing creative things here at Technicolorlilypond. Thanks for your support!

Author Interview

Greetings, dear pond readers! Today, my favorite YouTube personality, Amber Unabridged, published the interview that we did back in October 2020 after my newest short story, “Smithsonian Soldiers,” was published. If you want to learn more about my writing and Nerds for A Cure while enjoying some greenery, sunshine, and birdsong as we await Spring, check it out.

Have you had a chance to read anything mentioned in the interview? Anything you want to talk about or ask about?

Please, get vaccinated, wear your mask, wash your hands, stay well, stay kind, and leave a comment or question below. Thanks for stopping by the pond today.

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program here at Technicolorlilypond, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Some of the links in this post are part of this program and I hope that any fees will help support me as I continue writing and doing creative things here at Technicolorlilypond. Thanks for your support!

NaNoWriMo 2020!

NaNoWriMo 2020!

Butterfly feeding by E.A. Schneider

Fill your fountain pens, find your journals, and set up your thesaurus, dear pond readers, it’s NaNoWriMo 2020 time! I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo as TechnicolorPondDweller yearly since 2016 and once in 2007. I’ve been writing about all my various projects here, too. Even though I’ve never completed the 50,000 word count achievement in a month, I have always found the exercise to be a rewarding one for my creativity. I’ve developed some cool ideas over the years during November that I have continued to refine. Considering all the pain and uncertainty that 2020 has contained and will continue to offer thanks to COVID-19, a contentious election, a national reckoning with racism, and a whole host of other crises, the time is now to emotionally process everything through creativity. Storytelling helps.

Fall skyline by E.A. Schneider

My 2020 NaNoWriMo goal is modest. I want to write every day on my fiction. That’s it. If all I write are 150 words a day, 4500 words is nothing to sneeze at. Specifically, I want to finish two short stories and get them ready to submit for publication. If I can make progress on some other projects and maybe finish some flash fiction, that would be a welcome bonus.

Japanese maple and stone lantern by Ellen Schneider

Ironically, I haven’t actually written anything today but I have done something arguably more important: revising! One of the stories that I want to refine and submit for publication is drafted but way too long for the publication’s rules. This is going to be a fun challenge to cut 8500 words from my story but I think that the exercise will be helpful. Even if I miss the deadline for this publication, getting the word count down will be helpful as I move forward with submissions. My big accomplishment of today was doing a rough cut of 3200 words. I have to cut about 4600 more words to meet the deadline. We’ll see how this goes.

Riffle in the Stream by Ellen Schneider

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo 2020, dear pond reader? What kind of project are you working on? Are you doing something else creative instead?

Please, get vaccinated, wear your mask, wash your hands, stay well, stay kind, and leave a comment or question below. Thanks for stopping by the pond today.

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program here at Technicolorlilypond, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Some of the links in this post are part of this program and I hope that any fees will help support me as I continue writing and doing creative things here at Technicolorlilypond. Thanks for your support!

New Short Story is Published!

New Short Story is Published!

Big news, pond readers: my newest short story is now published!

If you head over to Electric Spec, you can read my newest story “Smithsonian Soldiers,” in their  Volume 15, Issue 3, August 31, 2020 issue. It’s a piece of science fiction and I wrote a little about my inspiration and process over on the Electric Spec Editor Blog earlier this month.  Cue the dancing Picard GIF. It’s my favorite GIF.

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I am so excited and proud of this story. Hopefully, you all enjoy reading it. Because of the contribution of some Branta canadensis to one of my favorite visual moments of the story, I will share some of my favorite pictures of geese and ducks from the past few years with all of you.

What stories are you telling, dear pond readers? Any questions or comments about my newest short story or my photos? Please, wear your mask, wash your hands, stay well, stay kind, and leave a comment or question below. Thanks for stopping by the pond today.