Thursday, March 4, 2010

Deviating from the path

While I pride myself on being a multitasker, sometimes I have to come to terms that there is only so much that a person can do. I am not superwoman.

This blog is primarily about writing, but I also like to throw in a bit o' ice skating in the mix because it is such a huge part of my life. And as much as I hate to admit it, I've come to realize that it is difficult to have a simultaneously productive and disciplined writing and skating schedule.  Sad to say, I seem to get the most writing done when I'm injured. I wrote the last full draft of Product of an Illusion over the course of 6-8 months when I was struggling with a hip issue and a bulging disc in my cervical spine.

I'm healthy now and skating more. So when I started a new draft at the beginning of January, it doesn't surprise me that by now I have only one chapter. Yes, that's one chapter. Granted, I did rewrite this chapter several times. And I think I'm going to rewrite again before I move forward.

I've come to accept my lack of progress with my WIP because I have been training really hard the past few months. This Sunday I will be taking two United States Figure Skating ice dancing tests. To get to the level you see at the Olympics (which I am not aspiring to do), first you have to complete a series of tests, and then you have to compete through a series of qualifying competitions that lead you to Nationals at the Senior Level, and then if you make it to the podium, you proceed to World Championships and the Olympics (if its an Olympic year).

So, anyways I'm testing Pre Gold Paso Doble and Pre Gold Killian. If I pass (which I really hope I do- because I've been working on these dances for a few years and tested them in the past with less than desirable results) I'll post the video on my blog.

Thanks for tuning in! Happy Thursday and Happy Writing!


  1. Awesome! Good luck with your tests. *hugs and good wishes* :-)

  2. Good luck, and I would love to see that video!

  3. Ha, if I could play basketball more, I'd write less. Sounds like you've got two passions, too -- the best thing about writing is that it will always be there, even when we're injured or our joints are turning fragile on us. Enjoy the skating as much as possible, and good luck!

  4. Thanks for the good luck wishes!
    And Bane you do have a point. My boyfriend often reminds me that I can write a novel when I'm 82, but I probably won't be able to do a double toe loop. But, I'd like to try. I went to a conference where Brian Boitano (1988 Olympic Gold Medalist) was the keynote speaker and he talked about how he trains at a rink where there is a 79 year old man who can do a double loop. Brian looks to this man as a source of inspiration to keep skating despite how old he gets.

  5. Wow - that's impressive - good luck with the dances! Have fun!

  6. good luck anita on your dances :)