Swap-bot Time: September 22, 2021 10:25 pm

Stuck at Home Writers' Project

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Group:The Writer's Well
Swap Coordinator:Artistic (contact)
Swap categories: Letters & Writing 
Number of people in swap:7
Type:Type 1: Electronic
Last day to signup/drop:March 26, 2020
Date items must be sent by:March 31, 2020
Number of swap partners:1

Greetings all!

I just posted this on the NaNoWriMo Swapping group, and realized it would work here too. Let's get social ... via a swap right here on the swap page.

The planet is basically on lockdown, so all of the stuff that normally keeps you from writing is closed. Some of you are at home with even more work to do -- like homeschooling or monitoring online studies for kids who are used to being at school.

Whatever it is you're doing during this period in the world's history, tell your fellow writers IN A POST BELOW!

You don't have to email anyone or mail out anything. You just need to share a bit of your current situation right here on this swap page.

Rate your partner a 5 for posting a comment below. Hearts can be issued at your discretion.


Tigerlilyknotwise 03/19/2020 #

My current situation in limerick form:

Been working on art, and some cleaning. Got kittens to pet, movies streaming. Got nowhere to go - The TP is low... I guess this is real- we’re not dreaming! 😷

Tigerlilyknotwise 03/19/2020 #

Oh geez! REWRITTEN in proper form:

Been working on art, and some cleaning.
Got kittens to pet, movies streaming.
Got nowhere to go-
the TP is low...
I guess this is real - we're not dreaming!

Artistic 03/19/2020 #
carol 03/19/2020 #

Very clever, @tigerlilyknotwise
I'm doing the Get in the Habit swap, so that has me writing more than I had been. I just commented to my partner that the current "Social distancing" edict has also put me in my chair at the computer and writing more. I've been using my jar full of Good Earth Tea tags as prompts. Each one has a quotation, usually provocative, sometimes funny. I started collecting them back when I was still teaching high school English years ago. I'd use them as freewriting exercises for the kids to respond to in whatever way they wanted. So now, I'm giving myself that same assignment. I'm hoping one of them will give me an idea I want to develop into a longer piece. We'll see!

Rosa1 03/21/2020 #

I am trying to keep myself from panic! I have limited immune system - taking chemo, so I worry :( I am trying to read, write and begin to spring clean my house! And even try some of those art techniques I've saved :) You'd think with all this time, I'd be getting tons of stuff done - but alas... no. Anyway, each day I get up try again!

samsstuff 03/22/2020 #

So, for me, it's pretty much life as usual. I work every day, until they tell me not to. I work in a grocery store, so it's crazy and people have lost their minds, hoarding things they don't need & keeping them from the people who actually do need them. When I'm away from the store, I try to make things, watch movies & shows & ignore the chaos.

tootiredtothink 03/23/2020 #

I'm in the Dallas area, which has just instituted a shelter in place thing. But I work at a hotel at night so I have to go to work, for now. When I'm not at work, I'm either sleeping or wrangling my kids who start online studies this week. My days have blurred together and honestly, I'm not sure if I'm coming or going.

My hotel has cut employees down. One housekeeper every other day and there is only my Director of Sales, one other front desk agent, and me left. I don't know how much longer I will be able to work. I never thought that work would become my happy place lol.

At work, with nothing really to do, I've taken to cleaning and sanitizing everything. I also have started editing the first drafts of my short stories that I'm writing for a self published collection. And catching up with penpals and swaps. So my apocalypse is going great!

Artistic 03/23/2020 #

For those who may be looking for a how-to on characterization methods, on Twitter director/writer Steven Canals has posted his method. His example is using his show "Pose" as well as a blank one for writers.

Artistic 03/23/2020 #

I'm in Houston where my workplace has been working remotely since March 11. So, during the day I'm at my dining room table with the work laptop and communicating with my team via phone, text, email and Slack. It's difficult to remember what day it is. The cues that are around my desk at work (two calendars, nine wall-mounted large-screen TVs, Outlook meeting reminders and the like) aren't here. I've resorted to one TV on in the living room and the one in the bedroom with the sound up so I can hear if the "Breaking News" alerts come on.

Luckily, the balcony runs the full length of my apartment, so I can get fresh air and a "sense" of the city without actually leaving home. The bad thing, I'm not getting my steps in each day. There's only so much walking around an apartment a girl can do!

On Saturday, I ventured out for a hot minute to go to post office, ATM and a dash into the independent scrapbook store to pick up the April challenge kit. Crafting -- and reading! -- has been what I do in the evening and weekend to keep sane. The swaps I've been joining of late are for little projects I can complete in an hour or two. The challenge is you pay $25 to buy a box filled with $40-$50 of supplies and you have to make something with whatever is in the box. I won the March challenge with a paper bag book! Prize was a $30 gift certificate to the store. (The prize amount is based on the number of people who participate; $5 goes to the prize. So for March there were six contestants.)

This week, I will turn my attention to April planning for Camp NaNoWriMo. For starters, I've pulled out a couple of books I want to read. For those interested, there is a Swap-bot Wrimos group on the NaNo site that you can join.

That's my Monday update!

Artistic 03/23/2020 #

@Carol -- Share one of the tea prompts with us.

Tigerlilyknotwise 03/23/2020 #

Sounds like everyone is finding ways to make the most of this time at home. I'll be a little more detailed about what's happening here. My cousin just moved out of my former craft room, where she was living for the last 8 months, so I have my craft space back - yay! It's a 500 sq.ft. room off the side of the garage, so separate from the house, but still "here". I spent some time cleaning everything and now I just have to arrange and move all my craft supplies back in!
I've got all my collab art projects laid out because this seems like the perfect time to concentrate on getting those caught up too. I sent off my last mail swap today and probably won't sign up for any more for a while (unless they continue the collab art puzzle...we only have two pieces left!)
I also just got the new Animal Crossing game for Nintendo Switch, which was released Friday, so I'm spending some time playing that too. Been a Nintendo kid since the first one came out, and playing the Animal Crossing releases since the first one on the Gamecube. That's my "no thinking fun time".
Otherwise, just trying to stay in touch with family and take care of my kitties, and yes @artistic - get those steps in! I've still been going to the park to walk a few days a week. Otherwise, running all my craft supplies back out to the studio should keep me moving for a few days at least! Allergies are kicking in, but I'm trying not to slow down too much...

Artistic 03/23/2020 #

Here's the link to the NaNoWriMo Swap-bot Wrimos group.

ariestess 03/26/2020 #

I'm still working and doing pretty much my normal routine, because I'm considered essential personnel, so my writing and life are still relatively keeping apace. But I'm working on my Twitter RP storylines, my various open fanfic WiPs [there are far too many for my comfort], prepping for the three things coming up in April: NaPoWriMo, CampNaNo, and the OutlawQueen theme week [forgot the name atm], which may be part of my CampNaNo project.

Artistic 03/28/2020 #

Partners are assigned. Let's keep the chat going. It's the only way to get rated for this swap.

Nserviam 03/30/2020 #

Last week was fairly normal, go to work for the full week. I'm a secretary in the public defender's office, so while there isn't much to do, we still need to be there. The other secretary and I are trading off weeks at work. Last week, I worked and she took vacation. This week, I'm home working on transcription until it runs out then I'll have to take vacation. Next week, I'm back in the office. Repeat until my vacation time runs out...

I'm not writing much. I've got a huge embroidery project due in June and I am so far behind. That's the one good thing about maybe having vacation days - I should get caught up. I like to embroider, it lets me space out and concentrate on it.

My original Camp NaNo goal was to write the next in my series of novels. But now I'm just going to concentrate on getting my morning pages in on 750words.com. It helps my mood and reminds me that there is more than just work and embroidery.

Artistic 03/31/2020 #

That sounds like a good idea, @Nserviam

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