Update for the 2nd Week of Lent

How is your Lent going? Mine feels like it’s speeding by. The reflection from our sisters in Rome for the second Sunday of Lent, based on the Gospel of the Transfiguration, is up at www.paoline.org. The focus for this week is listening–something that is hard to do well, but is so important if we want to truly communicate. I find slowing down to listen is sometimes as much of a challenge as listening is in itself.

I haven’t been posting here consistently in part because of a tight deadline for a book (the time factor), but also because the press of the deadline seems to be squelching the edges of my creativity (the inspiration factor). I’m quite behind and not sure I’ll make my deadline, which is the end of this month. I might need a two-week extension, which will be disappointing because then I’ll only be able to do half of Script Frenzy.*

I miss blogging here quite a bit. When I’m away from my computer, though, I’ve found a couple of things to keep the writing flowing. First, I discovered a wonderful podcast on writing, Writing Excuses. The podcast seems primarily directed to would-be fiction writers, especially in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Writing Excuses is a refreshing review of the basics, an insightful analysis of  the craft and inner workings of three professional and proficient writers, and definitely encouraging to all sorts of writers. I’m treating myself to one a day, listening to the podcasts as I exercise. One of my recent favorites is Episode 5.4, The Author’s Responsibility to the Reader.

Secondly, I’m starting to research and outline a new feature script that I want to write for Script Frenzy* in April. I finally feel ready to delve into a script that has a nun (actually a religious sister, but I won’t get technical here) as one of the main characters. The research I’m doing is about the human tragedy that the sister stumbles upon and decides to confront. This is a movie that I’ve dreamed about writing for years, and I finally feel ready to attempt it.

*Script Frenzy is an international writing event in which participants take on the challenge of writing 100 pages of scripted material in the month of April. It’s crazy, it’s awesome, and it’s a lot of fun. And it really helps if you outline your script ahead of time.


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