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Welcome and Introduction

Welcome to handsonkeyboard everyone! As the evil mastermind behind this project, I have the honors of opening the community. (For your reference, it’s my job to post on Sundays.) The remaining members will be introducing themselves this week.

My main focus for Hands on Keyboard will be Drifters, a young adult urban fantasy involving ghosts that aren’t interested in anything other than ripping souls out of other people’s bodies and taking the bodies for their own. It is the only book I’ve started writing, though I am currently brainstorming two untitled books. The first, which I refer to as Persian!Prince story, is a young adult fantasy involving a vaguely Persian/Indian kingdom and the belief in split souls. The second book idea is a young adult post-apocalyptic science-fiction piece.

My big challenge to writing regularly is my job. I work full-time as an editor in the crafting industry, and for a business based on family-friendly activities such as scrapbooking, knitting, and card making, the competition and intrigue can reach stupefying levels. I work from eight until five, and after a day filled with impossible deadlines I am rarely in the mood to sit down in front of yet another computer and write.

My goal in creating and participating in Hands on Keyboard is to hold myself accountable for my (lack of) progress. To that end, I will set a benchmark for myself with all of you as my witnesses. In order to count my week a successful writing week, I will need to have written five out of seven days that week.

I am not making a word count goal. I have tried to do so in the past, but every time it has failed. It’s ridiculously hard for me to be motivated to do something if I already know that I’m a hundred, a thousand, words behind and need to make those up in addition to what I already need to do that day.

I hope to write on weekdays, but due to my job, I will let myself write on Saturday or Sunday to substitute for a particularly stressful work day. As long as I write a sentence five days out of seven, I will consider myself a success. At the end of every month, I will post my word count just so I can have that additional sense of accomplishment (or failure, as the case may be).

In my normal posts you can expect an accounting of the days I wrote along with any challenges/solutions I ran across, in writing and in trying to balance life and writing. You can expect one book review from me every month, too. I might even throw in random bits of brainstorming for your viewing pleasure.



( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 4th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
Yay! You posted!!

So you're going to focus on Drifters? Cool. I will cheer you on. :)
Also, how successful have you found working on story stuff during lunch breaks?
Jan. 5th, 2010 06:35 am (UTC)
I did post! I am one for one so far. And thanks for the cheering. ♥

I've tried the writing-during-lunch-break thing before, and it really hasn't worked for me. The problem comes when I move from writing by hand to typing it up. I end up rewriting as I go, so when the next lunch break comes around I can't really work off what's in my notebook because it doesn't match what's in my Word document or I ended up writing more in my Word document and don't remember exactly where I left off.

I've found it's more productive for me to use my lunch break as a time to read. That's when I'll probably be reading all the books I'll end up reviewing.
Jan. 6th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
I'm pleased to see that you've chosen Drifters as your focus. I've really enjoyed what I've seen of it so far. I think its unique from everything else out there.

*cheers you on!*
Jan. 6th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
I'm glad you like Drifters! I didn't know you'd read what I'd put up--nice to know. Thanks for your cheering. ♥
Jan. 6th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
I'm notoriously bad at commenting, but I do read everything my friends put up!
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