Remember last week when I was all excited about starting the next draft of The Other Side? I still am, but I haven't done much with it. I'm thinking about it, tossing around different ways to make it better, but as for opening the Word file and getting started... that hasn't happened.
Part of the reason for the delay is that I've been hanging out with my dad a little more in the past week. He's only here for another three weeks and I don't want to regret not taking advantage of seeing him while I can. Given how awful the publishing industry is right now, I figure a week or two away from my wip isn't going to make or break me.
The other reason is I've been working on my Dreamweaver tutorial, doing my best to learn the software so I can start designing sites on my own. I'm at the point where the exercises are getting into things that I don't necessarily need to start designing, so I'd like to start putting together my dad's site today. (I also said that yesterday and instead I read this all day long.)
The one thing I have been doing to help my writing cause is reading Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell. It's given me a lot of inspiration for ways to improve my wip and really make it more exciting. One common note I received from my betas is that certain scenes lacked conflict, the key thing required to keep a story moving. This book has given me ideas on how to improve my slower scenes and make the entire wip much more exciting. It's also given me ideas for improving my nano novel, but I'm not allowing myself to work on that right now.
So, with all these different things on my plate, I feel like I'm back in school. A couple hours for Dreamweaver, a couple hours reading about plotting, plus a little time learning InDesign, a page-layout program from Adobe. At least I'm making good use of my time!