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Briar Reed
24 March 2007 @ 09:53 pm
No matter how many times I make a submission for something--paid or not, original or not--I turn into a nervous wreck. This time, it's a rather minor submission of a short story, but I'm very fond of this particular short story so I'm trying to keep my fingers crossed for it around the stress of the day-to-day work.

Here's hoping for a bit of good news.
Briar Reed
19 February 2007 @ 02:40 am
Once a day... Not so much with the success there. If I didn't know myself as well as I do, I'd be shocked and dismayed. Instead, it's pretty predictable.

It's largely thanks to the fact that original work has been very little lately. Most work has been on the meager side, as I seem to be blocked up whenever I'm at the keyboard. I have managed to write when I have paper and pen in front of me, but thus far it's been loads of notes for a fandom project of fairly large proportions. It's for an event that's a pretty big deal in this particular section of fandom, but as I'm trying to keep this journal strictly for non-fandom activities, the details won't be appearing here. After this project, my fandon stuff will take a major sideline to everything else, but I couldn't resist this particular invite.

Now, if I could just hush the muses for a short time, I'd be set. Instead, they're invading my dreams rather insistantly.

Speaking of, as it's growing a bit closer to 3am than I wanted to see today, I should probably be headed for sleep soon. I just need to stop watching Expedition Borneo on Discovery.
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Briar Reed
10 February 2007 @ 03:08 pm
I did get a start on the V-Day ficlet, but now I'm not at all sure that it's going anywhere. Of course, seeing as I did nothing on it today and I need to get ready for work in a moment, it may go entirely nowhere. I haven't a day off until V-Day, which makes things yet more difficult.

Perhaps tonight I'll feel okay with the idea of taking a break, and I can jot some notes or something during my ten minutes. I really need to get a handle on all these ideas, and settle for working on just a couple at a time.

I need to get ready to go, but I wanted to stick with my daily posting to this journal schedule, and I don't know how tired I'll be when I get home tonight. Maybe I'll have something project related to discuss then.
Briar Reed
09 February 2007 @ 02:48 pm
Rather than doing any serious work, I'm about to embark on a short ficlet as a V-Day gift for my artist Clover. It's using our original characters, and hopefully I can finish it up in time. If it works out, I can also use it for the picfor1000 entry that I signed up for using my fandom journal.

There's a lot of other things I should be doing, but procrastination is fun, and today is a relatively horrid day anyway. I guess this is denial fiction writing, where I pretend it isn't winter by writing about sunny summer days and sweaty boys not wallowing in angst.

I really haven't anything important to say here, I just want to be in a blogging habit. Hopefully, once I'm through this bit of self pity, it'll keep me motivated to have done work to talk about here.
Briar Reed
08 February 2007 @ 02:28 pm
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Briar Reed
01 January 2006 @ 11:18 pm
Were I to step into a confessional, I'd hardly know where to begin. Do I talk about my fanatical obsession with things Japanese, diving into the details of Shinsengumi uniforms while I play-act bits of the Meiji Restoration using my fingers as puppets? Maybe I talk about my son, and how I worry that I've done too many things wrong on this single parenting lark, even though there's nothing I can do to make his father grow up. Or I could discuss the job, which exists to make sure bills are paid, but as each year passes I think it grinds a little more of me into the dust of hopelessness.

Perhaps, because this introduction is for a writing community, I could make confessions about the words I put to paper or screen. I could say how I fear to put things out there to be read, but how deeply I thrill just knowing something has been read. Even feedback of correction is precious, because someone has read my words. I suppose, if I wanted, I could mention how sometimes writing makes me feel insane, and how other times it gives me something to do with the insanity of having tiny people living their own lives inside my mind, and how often I envy those lives that they have.

In reality, though, I'd say nothing at all, because fear locks the words inside my throat. It makes me grateful that my fingers can still find the keys, and that the screen reflects a small eloquence that my tongue doesn't possess.

Here, I can say, "Hi. My name's Briar, and I'm a writer."