Making Time

Demanding Yoga Mat is demanding
                                                       Demanding Yoga Mat is demanding

There is a yoga mat calling my name. There is also a nearly completed manuscript, a publishing deadline, a birthday for an ever growing kid/adult in my house, and mountains of housework calling my name.
I considered changing my name to “Hey” just to make things easier. or “Bass Fishing in the United States” to make things more difficult. In the end I chose to set everything on a schedule of sorts. My schedule may consist of many ishes. like 9-ish, 10-ish, etc. but I get points for a schedule right?
I know meditation and yoga are good for my overall thinking and mood. I also know that if I don’t do things, they don’t get done. So for now the Yoga mat is begging, the birthday boy gets priority, and the rest is still on a deadline I didn’t create.
I am in the process of making time, finding twenty minutes to meditate is not difficult and I am deluding myself to think otherwise. I will become the master of my time management. Migraines or not, things have to be completed. So for now I will include a picture of the yoga mat while it is still yelling, and a second picture of the less demanding but oh so good salt water taffy.

Sweet innocent Taffy
                                                                              Sweet innocent Taffy
Disconnect

Disconnect

Disconnect
                          Shhhhhh

Turn off your phone. This sounds like a simple thing to do. Yet so many of us allow social everything invade our already engaged brains. I don’t mean turn the ringer down, I mean turn it off! I turned off my phone and my kindle (which annoyingly announces every time someone poops on Facebook) Down time is the hallmark of a good writing environment.

I have 3 children, they all have important needs every fifteen minutes. I have a beautiful wife, who loves to talk about what celebrity did what or whom. I hang a sign on the refrigerator, I hang a sign next to my office. Sadly my office has no door so that doesn’t help. Over time though they have all learned that creative time is important for my good mood as much as anything else. Allow yourself to disconnect for a while. You will be thankful you did and stand back and be amazed at what you did all by yourself.

Changes

Charles Colp
Changes

As the long editing work on my first “Sprite” novel continues, I have been forced to realize some changes were needed. I am doing research for my third Sprite Series story, rebuilding my online network, and working on better themed photos for each part of Sprite as I write them.

To say I am stretching myself thin is an understatement. I would also like to say, I would have it no other way. You will be seeing some minor changes here including a menu change that will take you to my other works. I will separate each property by the type of content. I will have my 5 day per week serial work on one site, my random short stories on another, My personal life blogging on yet another. I will also include my social sites in easy to use links including my Tumblr, twitter, and Google Plus. I hope everyone finds what they want to read easily with my new structure. This site will remain about my thoughts on the writing life and so you should see no thematic changes in the posts. (well except this one) Thank you to everyone who has taken time to participate in my writing life. I will always do my best to remain thoughtful of others, mindful of context, and protective of personal feelings. No hate here, just writing for the love of writing.

Have a wonderful day!

Charles Colp

Mistakes Were made

Suspension of disbelief can only carry you so far in any genre. I found a problem with one of my stories and it was a complete breakdown of how a normal human being would act in a given situation. I am working on correcting it now, though it took ten complete read-throughs before I figured out what had bothered me about the story. If someone is in pure panic mode, no matter how rational they are normally, Panic mode always wins. My character was doing things he would normally do. The problem with that, was nothing was normal for him. It took the character out of the immediacy of the situation and the hind-brain reactionary response that he should have been wrapped in. I will have this correct before post editing is complete but it is really bugging me now. I so badly want to stop my editing and go back to see if this is a recurring problem for my writing style, or just a one-off issue. 

I will keep editing against my urge to check right now, and yes it will eat at me. I must remain focused though. Deadlines are looming, and my nearly week long migraine truly put me behind. I will not let it be an excuse though. I will just work longer hours and put more dedication into the current project and make it seem as though it was simple. 

That will also go against my nature, I like being transparent in my writing. I like admitting to mistakes and allowing other writers, like my son, know that it is OK to make mistakes. It is not OK to let them go to a published work. My hope is that through it all, I am able to inspire someone to become the next great writer. In the meantime, here is some peace and tranquility from my area. Cows in a pasture, just being cows.

Charles Colp
Mistakes Were Made