What’s New in Liz O.’s World

I’ve been writing a lot, just not on my blog. I have a notebook full of pieces of essays that were meant for Beatique, but none are complete. They may stay that way. I don’t know.

A few weeks ago, I made the effort to submit at least one pitch every day. I did that for two weeks straight. Most of those pitches were accepted and, on top of that, a few editors gave me some extra assignments. Now I’m racing to try and finish everything. I’ve talked to Bassnectar, Peter Murphy, Soul Clap, Foreign Beggars and a few more people whose stories are yet to be told.

For the past year, I’ve been writing for a living with no day job to serve as a safety net. I’ll have month-long periods like this where I’m working around the clock, but it’s always offset by the weeks where there is almost nothing. I have to expect that December will be dry, because it always is, so I spend October trying to pile on as much as possible.

In the meantime, there’s the comic. My friend, Jeaux Janovsky and I have spent the past year working on-and-off on a webcomic. We started it when we had no work. Then we got slammed with tons of work and it sort of fell to the wayside. But, we aren’t ready to let this thing die, especially because I already have second drafts of two chapters. Last week, I sent Jeaux an outline of the 10-chapter story arc. He likes it. I like it. It has potential. I’ll be knocking out a few more chapters between now and the end of the year, so, hopefully, we’ll have it ready to go online in 2013.

On top of that, I started writing a screenplay, which is something I hadn’t done with any sort of seriousness since I was a college student with film ambitions. I’m not that far into it, but there’s a lot of room for it to develop into something interesting.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned this year is to be versatile and I’m working on that. When I went to grad school and got all hardcore into journalism, I didn’t think about any other kind of writing. That causes problems, not necessarily in terms of paying the bills, but in respect to simply developing your talent. Journalism provided me with a way to actually work as a writer, but as I pushed forward in that arena, I forgot about the notebooks filled with years of ideas for stories that definitely aren’t real. Now is the time to go through those notes and figure out what is salvageable. We’ll see where this goes.

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