The Sunday Circle is the weekly check-in where I ask the creative-types who follow this blog to weigh in about their goals, inspirations, and challenges for the coming week. The logic behind it can be found here. Want to be involved? It’s easy – just answer three questions in the comments or on your own blog (with a link in the comments here, so that everyone can find them).
After that, throw some thoughts around about other people’s projects, ask questions if you’re so inclined. Be supportive above all.
Then show up again next Sunday when the circle updates next, letting us know how you did on your weekly project and what you’ve got coming down the pipe in the coming week (if you’d like to part of the circle, without subscribing to the rest of the blog, you can sign-up for reminders via email here).
What am I working on this week?
I’ll be hammering out 7,000 words on Float, one way or another, and putting together a workshop about writing and data to teach on Thursday night. Also teaching an online workshop throughout the week, which I’m putting here so that I actually remember that I’m teaching it.
I will be really glade when the May-June teaching slog is over.
What’s inspiring me this week?
I picked up a copy of Neil Gaiman’s non-fiction collection, A View from the Cheap Seats, on Friday, figuring it would be a book I dipped into from time to time when I was in the mood. Then, I sat down to read the first few articles Friday evening and promptly…well, didn’t sleep, on account of devouring the first three-quarters of the book in a single session.
It’s been a very long time since I’ve done that with a book, and it felt great. It’s not a perfect book, given that it’s covering essays, articles, and speeches that will, on occasion, recycle the same anecdote (sometimes in back-to-back entries) when making a point. On the other hand, from a writer’s point of view, it’s intriguing to see these things go from a thing Gaiman mentions in an essay to a recurring thing that tends to show up in his interviews, over and over.
What part of my project an I avoiding?
I’m kinda dancing back-and-forth through the first act of Float at the moment, testing out individual beats in various scenes without actually solidifying them into a coherent whole. It’s been a good starting point, but I need to start actually making firm decisions about characters and set-up before this week is out and build some honest-to-god scenes.