#SamWIP: I Moved My Desk

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Coming off the holiday season, and trying to squeeze in today’s word count…so I’m skipping the video.

I have updates on several fronts:

  • Christmas
  • Writing Space
  • Story Progress
  • Personal Writings


Obviously, Christmas just happened. It’s been busier than I typically appreciate. I’ve done a lot of driving and I still have miles to go this coming weekend. But the tone is pretty low-key, so that’s nice. So far I’ve gotten an electric blanket, coffee, stuff I bought for myself (because I can), some REALLY nice sheets, assorted drinkware, a television for the household, and some other odds and ends. Totally winning on the gift-giving front as well.

The family spirit is a little broken this year. A lot of us are going through some pretty personal shit. We’re putting on good faces for the family, but the subdued sentiment is still there. I get the foreboding sense that the next few years are going to be extraordinarily difficult. My sister and I were talking about it today. We have some things to prepare for. Ugly things. Things most people have to go through at some point, but I despise when life catches me unawares.

The interesting thing about this Christmas is that there are more children in the family now. I have to be a responsible adult who is cool to children. I’m still looking for my comfort zone on that. I’ve never liked children, but there are kids in my life now who are pretty cool, so I’m trying to learn how to be a cool auntie.

I bought myself a book of war texts to beef up my writing. It has The Art of War, The Prince, On War, and Letters to His Generals. Already started on it. I’m ecstatic. Strangely enough, I’ve never read The Art of War. It’s this really fancy hardcover edition with a slipcase.

Writing Space

I’m currently in the process of cleaning out the room that has been My Office. I haven’t really used it at all. There are reasons for that.

  1. The catbox is in there so it smells like poo 85% of the time.
  2. There’s a baby gate up in the doorway to keep the dogs from eating said poo, which makes the room a pain in the ass to get into.
  3. My chair is not comfortable.

Now. My writing space is supposed to be a comfortable, accessible place for me to be creative and unbothered. Because of these reasons, I haven’t used the office for writing, and because of that, this room is being wasted.

I’ve moved my desk and my bookcase into the Master Bedroom, which is like…15 x 14. There’s plenty of space in here. Husband doesn’t ever hang out in here.

With the room cleared out, we can turn it into a guest room. It also doubles as a good place for people to hide when they’ve had enough of the rest of the household. We have a big place, but it has a lot of people and a lot of pets in it, so it can be hard to find a quiet place to just BE. I’m an advocate for people having a quiet place to think and hide. All of us need one from time to time. It helps us make sense of our thoughts and form plans for how to deal with the problems we’re going through at the time.

It’s a work in progress, but I hope to have it cleared out in the next couple of weeks.

Story Progress

Discipline…still working on this. I’ve been pretty good up until Christmas. Arguably, I should be able to take a break during Christmas, but by next Christmas I want to be good enough not to need to do this. I should be able to bust out 1000 words every day, no problem. This is not beyond my skill set.

The story I keep talking about (still no title on this one) is shaping up nicely. I had a friend read it, and he says it’s pretty good. I’m forming connections with the characters and learning who they are better. I’ve got a good sense of where it’s going. Ideas are evolving.

I just made it to 40K last week, so that’s good news. I think this one’s going to be around 90-120K. Depends on how the next section goes.

Odd. I started it as a goal to write smut. Smut hasn’t really happened yet, so I’ll be dialing that up this week.

Personal Writings

I mentioned I was shooting for 1000 words a day. I actually HAVE achieved this every day except for Christmas Day itself. I’ve been taking some time to write personal works. I have started a negative thoughts journal. I keep it at work for obvious reasons.

The other thing I’m starting on is a deeply personal project about what I’m going through right now with my mom. I don’t know if it will ever get published, but I hope that it helps me process what’s going on, and maybe it will help me some day in the future to read over again.

Maybe not.

Alrighty, time to get writing. Hope you all had a nice holiday, too! Good night!

Check out the #SamWIP category every Monday to hear about Sam’s current projects!

S.K. Balk lives in the frozen wasteland of Northern Michigan. She is the author of the dystopian medical sci-fi THE BLOOD OF NERYS (also available in print).


About oneofthedragons

Samantha K. Balk and F. R. Donaldson met on An Archive of Our Own, one of the many fanfiction sites online, when Sam asked Frankie to illustrate the fanfiction that would one day lead to Sam's first novel. They've been friends ever since! This blog was created as a way to share the oftentimes difficult journey any new author experiences on the uncomfortable quest of an introvert for attention to his or her most personal work. It is meant to remind you that authors don't just appear fully fledged like a George R. R. Martin, that all of us start out unsure and feeling inadequate. Feel free to ask us anything. Sam: sammykaye9@gmail.com Frankie: reluctant.fraggle@gmail.com

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