Blog Shut Down Until Further Notice

Saying no can be the ultimate self-care. CLAUDIA BLACK Up to the last minute I’ve changed my goals for 2011 and they’re finally set in stone.  There’s been one item consistently left off the list though, blogging.  So I’m officially shutting down here until further notice.  I won’t be blogging elsewhere either.  I decided to do this after reading about creative u-turns in The Artist’s Way.  Blogging has always been a distraction from editing for … Read more

Internet Outages Are Not So Bad

We had a neighborhood Internet outage that lasted over twenty-four hours, and we thought the world was coming to an end.  Then I realized I could use the time to work on 2011 goals, and they’re done.  WHOO HOO!! One of the things I did today was sort through all the short stories I never finished.  It gave me the idea to focus on completing some of them in 2011.  Reason?  My main goals are … Read more

The End of One Road…

TweetAnd so NaNoWriMo ends for me, one day early.  Final word count is 70,191 and 317 pages.  How do I feel about it ending?  I’m a little sad, but also beaming, knowing that I’ve written two more novels in The Courier series since the beginning of September.  I’m no longer complaining about what I’ve accomplished this year. What’s next?  I’ve decided to continue the story I started about a highly structured society that exists without … Read more

I’m a Winner!!

TweetHow FUN!  Yesterday I copied Cause for Redemption into the NaNoWriMo word counter for my first time ever, and I’m a winner…WHOO HOO!!  Such a little thing, but a great feeling knowing that I’ve finished the contest. Now I have to finish the novel in the next 5 days.  Considering I wrote the second book in 3 days, I’ll finish up this book no problem.  It’ll be interesting to see how many words the final … Read more

Losing a Character’s Image

TweetDuring the last couple days of writing Cause for Redemption for NaNoWriMo, I’ve been transitioning Barry’s character to more of a leader to his gang of misfits.  This morning I’ve lost sight of his appearance in my head, which used to be very much like Michael Cera.  It’s making it difficult for me to properly depict him in the story.  Has that ever happened to one of your characters?  What did you do to get … Read more

Time to Set Goals for 2011

TweetBecause the holiday season is upon us, and time is limited, I’ve decided to start setting the goals for 2011.  And since this years goals were mostly a pain in my ass and completed at the end of this year or not at all, I’m adding them to the right column so they’re in my face almost every day. There are seven weeks left of the year and I plan on unveiling the goals every … Read more

Celebrating NaNoWriMo Word Count at 50010 Today

Tweet I DID IT!! WHOO HOO!! 50,000 WORDS!! But when I put the total into the word count field there were no fireworks, just me sitting back in my chair smiling, which was reward enough.  In this contest, that number stands out like a 4th of July burst of color in the sky anyways. I reached the end of a scene with a word count of 50,010 and have decided that’s enough writing for today.  … Read more

NaNoWriMo and Housework Don’t Mix

Tweet I’m officially making a list of stupid stuff I’ve done during NaNoWriMo after this one.  I set the timer for cooking the rice and when it went off, I heard it, but dismissed it as a malfunction of the timer.  Huh!  Yes, I burned the rice. Did I mention the other one, running the dryer, twice, without moving the clothes from the washer to the dryer. I might make it through NaNo, but will the … Read more

Another Happy NaNoWriMo Week

TweetHappy Monday, all!  And so starts another week of writing Cause for Redemptio in NaNoWriMo.  I took the weekend off, so I was refreshed and ready to write this morning. Decided to write to 40,000 today, which put me a bit over the daily 3500 goal.  Not so long ago I was excited to reach the first 10,000 words written and now I’ve reached the last 10,000.  How time flies when you’re having fun! Good … Read more

Recharged by Cookies

TweetGorging on peanut butter cookies yesterday squashed the slug right out of me.  I’m feeling recharged for some reason today.  Could also be that it’s snowing.  I’ve been dying for a snowy day of writing by the fire, and here it is. I was just looking back at a few of my previous posts during the contest and saw Celebrating 10,000 Words Today.  That happened way back on day 3.  As of this morning, TRIPLE … Read more

Reached 1st Burn Out Day

TweetI’ve officially reached my first day of burnout.  Even though I’ve only written 177 words this morning, I’m still motivated to write.  Problem is I feel like a slug.  So I expect the words to flow slowly today, maybe finishing up 3500 words by tonight. How am I dealing with the burn out.  So far I’ve parked it on the couch with a notebook and a glass of ice tea.  Am taking a break, watching … Read more

Over Half Way There

Today, I especially love the stats page they provide for the NaNoWriMo contestants.  Check out what mine reads in the lower right corner.  Total words remaining is less that half.  Words alone cannot express the satisfying feeling of reaching this point. I also wrapped up the first act of Cause for Redemption today…FINALLY!  This scares me a bit because I’m now getting into the meat of the novel and have less days than I expected … Read more

NaNoWriMo One Week In

 Taking a break from writing because I just reached 18,000 words.  How’s it going?  Just fine.  Pressing on, motivated to sit down and write, words are continue to flow, still lovin’ the contest… How does my family feel about me after one week in NaNo?  I’ve officially been compared to the crazy cat lady from The Simpsons.  Considering the goofy things I’ve been doing the past couple days, I can’t really argue with them.  I … Read more

Celebrating 10,000 Words Today

How exciting! Over 10,000 words in 3 days!  That’s equal to almost 4 chapters and 44 pages.   What I’m really  doing is following the advice I got in an email from NaNo.  Write hard and fast to start.  Besides, I’d really like to take weekends off so writing ahead is a must. Story’s coming out nicely!  Lots of fun conflict and action in the first act, although the storyline is slow going.  Not exactly … Read more

Switching To Scrivener 1 Day In…Am I Crazy?

Yesterday R.J. introduced me to Srivener, a tool for writing documents.   Anybody else out there using it?  I watched the video and was interested enough to download a free 30 day trial.  Ten minutes into playing with it I was hooked.  So I’ve decided to use it the next 29 days not only for NaNoWriMo, but to add the 4th draft of book 1 of The Courier.  Am I crazy? Oh, and they’re actually selling … Read more

NaNoWriMo Begins

Day 1 of writing for NaNoWriMo is complete, and as you can see to the left I stopped at a little over 3500 words.  I wanted to stop at 5000 words, but it’s already past 2:00 P.M. here in Denver and I don’t want to settle into a routine of using Nano as an excuse not to get editing done on book 1.  Besides, there were a few things that slowed me down today: I … Read more

Ready or Not…NaNoWriMo

I’m SOOOO ready!!!!  Bring it on! Outline is pretty much done.  Still expect to make a bunch of changes as I write and add new stuff like I did with the 3Day.  But, I’ve reached a point where I’m adding way too much detail, so I’ve decided to leave it alone until Monday.   I’m feeling antsy about starting.  Actually think I was ready to start a week or two ago.  Probably because I’ve had the … Read more

Finding Barry’s Voice

I did it! I finally found Barry’s narration voice. Only took a year and a half. Why did it take so long for his voice to come to me? I got Margery and Vern almost immediately. Nina was also pretty easy. I even got Pete, who you’ll meet at the end of book 1 and he’s a major character in book 2 and 3, right away. By the way, the picture to the right makes … Read more

What a Mess!

I was getting ready to write a blog post on finding your character’s voice and I happened to notice a post that I forgot to publish. Oops. Anyway, I thought it might be interesting to read if you find yourself unorganized in the middle of writer’s block. I have a private Google website I use for all my novel planning.  R.J. and I also have one for Bloodleggers.  In the past, these websites have been … Read more

The State of My Blogs…Again

Heavy sigh…  So I’m on my blog soapbox again…and I’ve had wine.  Uh oh! Drinking Rutherford Ranch’s 2007 Sauvignon Blanc.  It’s ok for a white from California.  Still haven’t looked up the reason, but they’ve been producing some really bad whites for the last few years. Back to blogging.  Besides writing about NaNoWriMo over on The Courier novel’s blog, I’ve been publishing more of the story for the past week or so, and I’m SOOOOO … Read more