With the pandemic isolation, Family School is taking up most of my time, so my “writing” time is spent editing for a client. Not too much to report.
No Family School this week. Did get out cross country skiing for a few hours, but that is the last of it: snow is staring to go, and social isolation is ramping up. Did edit for a client and had a virtual meeting to review the work. He is happy with the direction his memoir is going!
Yep. Schools, restaurants and public gatherings are shut down this week to prevent a massive rise in COVID-19 cases overwhelming our hospitals, so I’ve gone back to teaching–family-style. Fun, busy, but no writing. Weird to be living through a SF-predicted tipping point in my lifetime, though it’s not as though something like this wasn’t foreseeable.
No new fiction this week–all editing jobs. I created a nonfiction proposal for the biography I’m working on, revised the Dinosaur treatment as per client’s requests, edited a continuing client’s short story, put together a contract for a potential new editing client, and blurbed a novel as per a publisher’s request. Whew!
Have been working on a treatment for a play (that could also be a MG book) about dinosaurs. It’s been interesting using the Hero’s Journey as a scaffold, and checking out 8-10 kids’ stories (everything from Hans Christian Andersen to Wreck-It Ralph) to see how they hit the beats. I’ve used this structure before, but mostly as reverse-engineering for an idea I already had, rather than as a guide to creating something new. It’s been interesting and inspiring. Amazing how you can put together connections that spark new ideas.