IWSG: One Photo

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The awesome co-hosts for the The awesome co-hosts for the February 5 posting of the IWSG are Lee Lowery, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Jennifer Hawes, Cathrina Constantine, and Tyrean Martinson!

This month has been good to me. I’ve been re-reading my most polished manuscript, and revising another, while working on a rough draft of a third. There’s something about making progress that puts me in a good mood. Which results in more progress. I actually went out on a limb and ordered a copy of Writers’ Market. (Ever notice how that thing can stare at you?)

I have new bullet journal spreads for February, and I’ve broken my revision goals down by project, instead of just cramming everything in under “Did I revise, today?”

I also added a goal tracker for reading. That really takes me back. To about third grade. It’s amazing how fast you can push something you genuinely enjoy, and should be doing, to the side in favor of MORE WORK!

February 5 question – Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?

I don’t know about a photo or a work of art. Nothing’s coming to mind, anyway. Nope. For me, it tends to be that one science article or a peculiar bit of trivia. Did you know that mineral oil doesn’t conduct electricity? Now, what can you do with that?

It’s not that a photo couldn’t be the seed to grow a book from. It just hasn’t been, for me. Not yet, anyway.

I do, occasionally, come up with ideas while I’m working on my own art. (Which could probably stand to be yet another goal tracker in the Bujo.) And sometimes, there are ideas in the story behind the art.

So, what about you? How was your month?


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    Glad you’re in the productivity groove! It feels so great to be in that mode. Mine has taken a hit lately. I came out of NaNo exhausted and am just beginning to feel like I’m bouncing back. I did submit something to a national publication for the first time ever, so that’s not nuthin’.

  2. Ronel Janse van Vuuren


    Sounds like you’ve had a good month! That’s an interesting tidbit about mineral oil… sounds like a story to me 🙂

    Ronel visiting on IWSG day Project Evergreen

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      I admit that I may have given it a whole lot of thought on occasion. It’s those science-meets art corners that really feed my imagination.

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    Yay for a productive month! Sounds awesome. I’m like you, in that one particular *photo* has never inspired a story but ooh boy that random trivia? Super inspiring. I love me some trivia.

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      Electrical storm? Only if it’s not raining, too. The “practical” application of this piece of trivia is that you can use mineral oil as a coolant for high-powered computers. I can’t justify the expense for a little blogging, but one of my characters has a super computer in a very large fish tank.

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    Wow, sounds like you’re juggling a lot of projects at once! But I know the feeling when productivity with one thing feeds productivity with another. It’s great when that chain reaction gets going.

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      I’m not sure if it’s the most efficient way of working, but it’s definitely good for my mental health to have options that let me take a break while still feeling like I’m moving forward. The bullet journal helps keep it all organized. Thanks for stopping by!

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