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April 21, 2010

Since last we spoke,

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Since last we spoke I’ve done . . . well a little work.  

I haven’t much, but I think that had more to do with trying to work on the wrong story than anything else.  I pulled out a different manuscript this morning and have the story churning in my head as I write this.  I spent the day reading through the 82-ish pages I’ve cobbled together from previous drafts and it’s not bad.  I’ll work on it more later.  I think the playlist is going to need tweaking too.  Actually there is no “think” about it.  I know it will need reorganization, fix the pacing a little.  It’s 3 hours of music so, it’s going to take me a little time to get it in a more writable/workable order.

I’ve been churning away on a couple of craft projects I should probably blog about on the craft blog rather than here. 

There’s been some family stuff, but I’m not keen to talk about it at all. 

Spring has sprung and I’m getting tan and quite enjoying it.  Still think of heading to warming climates, but that’s a ways down the road right now. 

Anything else?  Nope.   Oh well, I am up to something but I’m not going to talk about it here either.  😉   Just wanted to do a drive by and let my readers (if I have any left) that regular-ish blogging will return soon.

December 10, 2009

Yes, I know, it’s been a while.

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Yup, I’m a bad blogger.  I’ve been a bad writer too.  See, I got lazy and found excuses and have fallen behind on my goals.  And at this point I’m getting good at finding excuses.  First it was the plague (okay not really but might as well have been) then once I was behind it got hard to catch up and now . . . my laptop coughed up a lung.  So I sit here on my netbook trying to keep up with things while I wait for my new laptop to arrive.  One constant is I’m worried I didn’t back up my pictures, especially the ones from my great-aunt’s birthday party.  The upside is my writing is backed up but good.  I’ve been doing some one file updating trying to get all my handwritten notes on the computer and when I did that I backed up the files so nothing was lost there.  My other fuss is hoping my iTunes loads up on the new computer okay.  It should since NONE of it was actually on the hard drive of the laptop.  All that fun and lovely stuff is on an external hard drive.  Of course I’m don’t have a way to charge my iPod and I’m desperately wanting to listen to my music . . . but it’s only half charged and . . . guess it’s time I buy a stand alone charger for the little sucker huh?

On the writing front I’ve had another story step up and take center stage, or rather the hero of that story stepped up and announced himself.   So now that I’ve got a couple obligations out of the way I can focus on the writing.  Oh and I think this is the story whose playlist I deleted.  Don’t ask me why, it’s not like it really took up any space but that’s what this silly little writer did.  Have I mentioned I have no access to my iTunes? 

Anyway, just wanted to stop by and let everyone know I’m still here and slowly getting back into the swing of things.

How’s it going with you guys?

October 7, 2009

Going public

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I’ve been thinking a lot about my future plans, the immediate future and after having an email chat with Kim (hi Kim!) I decided I would go public with my plans here as well.  I figure the more people who know about my latest bit of madness the better, because I need all the support/encouragement/nudging I can get.

So here’s the deal.  I plan, by year’s end to have 3 manuscripts of at least 50,000 words.  The first is nearly there and well, just needs some attention (the manuscript previously known as my NaNo book).  The second is going to be my NaNoWriMo challenge for this year – I’m pretty sure I know what story it is going to be but we’ll see how I feel at the end of this month when I make the final decision.  The third manuscript is the one I’m currently working on, “Redemption”.  It’s at 11,000 and some change without my latest additions and I’m about half way through my latest “draft.”  It’s 83 pages and I’m working old school (pen and paper) to fill it out.

That is half of my future plan.  The other half is to start researching agents and start the query process early next year.    Yup, I’ve said it out loud.   Or at least the internet version of saying it out loud. 

I’ve reached this point in my life where it’s do or die.  I’ve sabotaged myself enough and I just need to dive head first into this thing called writing for publication.  I’ve been writing for myself since I was 12 and I’m not afraid to admit that was . . . 27 years ago.   Now it’s time to start writing for the world.

Yikes that was scary to put down someplace where I *know* people are going to read it.  I’m not going to spill how many other blogs I’ve had over the years that no one else ever saw.  I will admit I’m thrilled they a) don’t exist anymore and b) no one read them.  I’ve been prone to melodrama in blogs/journals in the past.

So that’s the state of things here more or less.  I also promise to get back to this blog more often.  I know, I know, I’ve said that before but I mean it this time.  I promise.

March 5, 2009

March already?

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I’m thrilled that we’ve finally found our way into March.  Spring has to be just around the corner.  I mean, I found the beginning sprouts of crocuses this afternoon.  It could very well be 50 degrees today, okay so we’ll still have a wind chill in the 30’s but it’s warmer. 

I haven’t done much, if anything on my manuscript this week.  I updated the file with all my handwritten scenes and put the whole document into a ring binder as the brads were nearly too small to actually bind the document now.  I still mean to print out a fresh copy, but I’m torn.  I really like when a manuscript is scribbled all over with handwritten notes stuck in.  It’s well worn and comfortable.  Problem is, it’s also a mess.  I need to get working on it more.  I suspect by the end of the weekend I’ll have a fresh hard copy to mark up and spill coffee on to give it that well loved look.

I’ve had a new story idea tumbling around since Valentine’s Day.  Still no real plot, but soon enough I suspect.  I’ve been thinking it might make an interesting SocNoc project.  Of course that’s still 3 months away so we’ll see where my head is then. 

Oh and my class ring is bugging me again.  I wish I could have it sized without destroying the engraving.  I also worry that sizing it down will start to pull the  frame away from the stone.  Yeah, see, this is why I keep thinking about getting a brand new one.  I want to wear the ring, but it rolls around my finger, and well, you try typing  with a ring wedged between your ring finger and pinkie finger.  It’s very much like have a rock stuck between the two. 

Not much else.  I’ve started a knitted lace project, something wonderfully green to tide me over until the world outside starts greening. 

Exciting stuff my life, huh?

December 8, 2008

Monday already?

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Can’t believe it’s Monday already. 

It’s freezing here.  We had a single digit high temperature yesterday.  I don’t want to know what it’s going to be today.  I hate when Winter starts out like this.   Oh well, that’s life in this corner of the world.

I’m making very slow progress in the typing in of my NaNo manuscript.  I’m thinking today if I hit the halfway point I’ll be happy.  That’s about 20 pages from where I am right now and I’ve already put in 4 pages this morning.  Like I’ve said before for as slow and tedious as this is, it’s good to reacquaint myself with the story, even if it’s only been 2 and half weeks since I was writing on it.  I still like it and I’m still getting ideas come to me.  I’ve worked out the family dynamic a little more which is good, it will require some new scenes when I get to the point where I’m actually writing again. 

Not much else going on.  I spent Sunday quilting.  I need to push myself on some of these projects and get them finished.  I have too many unfinished projects taking up space.  I have a plan for this.  I’m thinking I’ll spend my days writing/researching and after dinner I’ll work on quilts.  Besides, it’s in the evenings when I usually curl up with a movie so I’ll just be multi-tasking.  I can be very good at that. 

Oh and I did finally find my gloves!  Too bad it was 3 days after we watched half of the downtown Christmas parade.  We’d (my folks and I) had gone to dinner downtown and since the parade was going to go right passed the restaurant we decided to stay and watch.  Oh boy, we so weren’t prepared for the 90 minute parade in frigid weather.  Me with no scarf, or hat, or gloves.   Of course if we’d realized BEFORE heading out that it was parade night we might have all been dressed just a little bit better.  Lesson learned.

December 3, 2008

Slowly the wheels grind

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So late this afternoon I finally, finally, sat down with my manuscript and started reading through it, making little notes as I went.  It’s a great way to get the story back in my head after a short hiatus.  I’ve had a new character come to me and with her the beginning of a new scene.  Yeah, could have used that three weeks ago.  Oh well.  It does mean I need to figure out a new name for her, and her children.  Oh and while I’m talking names I have to come up with a new one for my hero.  Seems, I’ve managed to name my hero Rick Warren.  Name doesn’t ring a bell?  Maybe the book “A Purpose Drive Life” rings a bell.  Yeah, it’s was written by Pastor Rick Warren.  *head hit desk*  I mean, I’ve seen him on tv and he’s a cool guy and all, but I can’t name my hero that  now.  Not sure if I’ll come up with a completely new name or just a new last name.  I haven’t stopped being mad at myself for that one yet.  I’ll dig into the name book later and see if anything strikes my fancy.  Then I plan to google it to make sure it doesn’t belong to anyone else famous.

What else?  Oh, I had a dream this morning that’s still lingering around the edges.  Dreams don’t usually bug me but this one, I’ve dreamt about someone (a boy)  I care a great deal about but have NEVER dreamt about before – ever.  I don’t usually dream about people I know, even if they are the last thought in my head as I drift off to sleep, they just don’t come to my dreams.  So now, I’m thinking about it more than I should.  Which means I’m thinking more about him than  I probably should.

Not a whole lot else.  I mean, unless someone out there has seen my lavender suede Isotoner gloves.  I cannot seem to find them and well, it’s getting a little cold to be wearing fingerless mittens.  I know the moment I buy new ones they crawl out of whatever corner they are hiding in.

November 11, 2008

Nano day 11

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I was posting my daily post over at the Will Write for Wine forums when I realized the threshold I crossed last night.  My current work in progress for NaNo is at 18,672.  That is about 600 words longer than the longest project I have that is open and current.  That project is one I’ve been writing on for 4 years.  Yeah, NaNo is a success for me even if I don’t write another word.  Not that I’m quitting.  I’ve got several ideas I haven’t put on paper yet and several threads I haven’t finished so I do suspect that my 120-ish page script will be at least 200 script pages before I’m done.

The other lesson I’ve learned through NaNo this year?  It’s amazing to have a support group.  This is the first year I’ve had that.  And I want to thank all of you.  The one thing that had been missing from my writing world was a support group but thanks to the Wiffers, I have that now.  Even if I do get blamed for things that I had NOTHING to do with.  *looking in Dr. Blue’s general direction*

Okay, I’ve got loads of other crap I need to get to before I can settle in behind the keyboard tonight.

November 5, 2008

old journals

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the space I’ve living in and how to reduce the clutter.  I have 4 years worth of journals, 7 spiral bound notebooks full of handwriting.  Most me venting about the ex and life in general.  I’ve held on to them because, well, I hold onto everything for a time.  Also, because I don’t have my old journals.  I mean my high school/college stuff.  I tossed them years ago, before I got a computer.  I’ve had the wild idea several times to transcribe these journals onto the computer.  Notice I never said I’d started that project.  I open up a notebook, read through a little and I cringe.  So now I’m wondering.  Should I go through them at all, or just toss the lot into the recycling bin?  I’m not sure I want to revisit much of that time, but there is just this little part of me that’s not ready to let go.

What would you do?  You have over 1000 pages of vomiting angry verbiage on the page to get it out and not let it fester.  Do you keep it, knowing what it holds or do you let go?  I’m leaning toward letting go, but curious what the rest of you think.

October 31, 2008

Gearing up for Nano

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Here we are, on the eve of NaNoWriMo.  I’m as prepared as I plan to be.  I have a one page outline.  I have character names and historically accurate nicknames.  Oh but I’m not writing a historical.  See my heroine and her brother and sisters were named after historical figures.  I went digging for a little background stuff, not really looking for anything in particular, just looking for a little inspiration.  I found nicknames for all the children, family names.  Not sure how I’ll use them but it was important to find them. 

I also have the writing soundtrack, all 2 1/2 hours of it.  That should give me plenty of writing time. 

What else?

In the other stuff?   The snow is mostly gone, for now.  It’s suppose to be 60 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday.  If it pans out I’ll be taking a couple long walks those days.  I certainly need the exercise and fresh air is always good. 

I’m playing the waiting game on email.  I’m not very good at that.  One upside to nano is I doubt I’ll have much time to fuss about “other” stuff.  Oh!  I got my other fingerless mitten finished last night.  I’ll soak and block them tomorrow and they will be all ready to go.  It will give me something to do while I’m waiting for the service call from my internet provider.  Yeah, I’ve been having issues with the internet here at home.  My new household computer doesn’t seem to like the old modem.  So I got a new modem.  It still doesn’t like it.  I went through a technical service call a couple days ago and discovered it’s an issue with the third party wireless router.  Okay.  If they say so.  While on the call I found out (shouldn’t be surprised) that my internet company has modem/wireless routers.  So I bought one today ($100) and guess what?  It won’t connect.  So thrilled I didn’t take my old modem in with me this morning.   Tomorrow morning I get to deal with in person tech support.  By the way, if I manage to get through this without bouncing a modem off someone’s head I want a gold star.  Or maybe a sexy, dark haired musician?  Yeah, that’s more like it.

October 23, 2008

musical thoughts

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I’ve had music on the brain the last 24 hours or so.  My wip involves a musician and I’m on day 2 of digging through my iTunes library looking for writing music.   Today I’m looking for the hero’s music, he’s the musician, the hard part is narrowing down the list as I could easily just dump an entire artist’s catalog into the playlist. 

The other musical thought in my head is this.  I wonder if music effects other people the way it does me.  Okay, I know it has to, I’m not that singularly special.  Music has never been just something to fill the quiet in a room.  I’ve never been a passive listener of music.  I use music as mood therapy.   I can tell by the aggitation whether I’ve listened to any music in a couple days.  With my previous mp3 player (the cute little silver brick) I would spend at least 30 minutes before bed cycling through music.  I’d be tucked warmly into bed, the lights out, the room lit only by the blue glow of the digital display cycling through whatever music I was in the mood for that night.  

There is some music I feel in my soul, some I feel in my bones, and other still I feel in my blood. 

Music is a mystery to me.  It’s about the one real creative art I am at a loss to create myself.  I’ve taken enough art classes, spent time with enough artists to understand the techniques.  But music, to make sound from silence, it’s alchemy to me.  

I think I was going someplace with this but I no longer remember.

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