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October 26, 2011

Guest blogging

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I got the opportunity to guest blog for a friend (hi Melina!). So check it out here: http://chicklitwriters.com/2011/10/26/refilling-the-creative-well/
and I promise to have new content here sometime before the end of the weekend/month.

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September 1, 2010

new month, fresh start

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I’ve been meaning to do this for a couple days but well, I got distracted.  First by my new sewing machine – love the new shiny.  The second distraction has been the weather.  Summer roared back here.  The heat index yesterday was 97, today it’s only 93.  Yeah.

So the September challenge.  My plan is to have 200 pages finished by the end of the month.  Of course I’ve yet to write a word.  No, that’s not true.  I eeked out a page or two the other night, but I was obviously starting in the wrong place and it was a fight to get into story.  I have a better plan that once the heat stops frying my brain I’ll start.  It’s obvious the Younger Miss Bennetts are ready to work as they’ve been running the playlist through my head for the last 2 days.  Subtle they are not.

That’s it.  A small update on the first of the month with a promise to post more as the month goes on.

August 27, 2010

A new challenge

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It’s nearly the beginning of a new month and it’s a wonderful time to start a new writing challenge so that’s what I’m going to do.  Of course I’m not doing this challenge alone.  I’ve got Kim along for the ride and well, personally I don’t care who else joins in.  The plan?  To get some writing done.  If  nothing else it will be good warm up for NaNo in November (God are we that close to November already?).

My specific goal?  Don’t completely have one.  Oh wait!  Yes I do.  By the end of the month I want to have nearly 200 pages on this current project “Blood Brothers.”  If I could pull together 35 pages in about a week with the previous version of this story then 200 pages in a month shouldn’t be a seriously long haul.  I’ll be checking in regularly here.  And please, if I don’t someone ping me via Twitter of Facebook to keep my honest.  I have to keep this place up to date.  I’ll also be checking in on Friday’s over at the Wiffer forums on my progress.

That’s my short update for today, expect more ramblings to come.  Okay, now it’s Kim’s turn to blog.

August 1, 2010

Never mock the girls

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Yup, the lesson of this week has been to never mock the Younger Miss Bennetts.  Ever. 

See, in my last post I poked fun at their need for pink paper before they would give me any details on a fluffy romance idea from like 2 1/2 years ago.   We both have long memories and apparently they loved the paper so much they were wounded.  So what did they do?  They handed me a brand spanking new story idea that less than 24 hours later is nearly full formed.  I’d be writing it right now if my characters had names.  Yeah, that’s not new for me so I’m not terribly worried.  I think I wrote something like 20 pages of a story once with just he/she tags because I didn’t have names.

This new idea is wonderful and I’ve spent the day turning it around, trying to find out which direction is best.  I think I have it.  I’ve also noticed a trend in my stories of late.  Reunions.  “Redemption” is a reunion story.  “On the Way Down” is a reunion story.  So I’m right on target.   The hero is a little different in this one, but I like it.  So, off to see if I can pull some character names out of the book. 

How did everyone else’s weekend go?

June 9, 2010

Checking in on day 9

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I’m plugging away.   Mostly.  I fell away for the last day and a half and as I’ve been trying to get back into it I figured out why.  I’ve hit that point in my manuscript where my research wasn’t right.  Actually I hadn’t done an ounce of research when I started this story way back . . . in November 2008.  Yup, this was my NaNoWriMo story.  I just dove in and wrote.  Then I did some research. 

What’s the problem?

Yeah, a large part of this story takes place during rehearsals for an off-Broadway play.  I had most of the scenes occurring in the theatre, except early rehearsals aren’t in the theatre usually.  So I’ve had to move scenes to a rehearsal space which changes the stage direction of these scenes.  It’s slower work that I’d thought and expected.   I’m at the point now where I’ve also had to break scenes and well . . . it’s just more work than I thought.  Most of this re-write was supposed to be filling in and expanding the word count. 

No, I’m not going to rant about that, at least not today.   Actually I’m about 500 words from 20,000 words and I’m at 118 pages so it’s all good over here.

I’m thinking about what my weekly reward is going to be.  Yeah, I’ve decided I doing the reward system.  At the end of the first week I treated myself to the latest Shannon McKenna book (an auto buy for me).  I have something in mind, but I’m not sure . . . it’s a reward of a different sort.  Yup, I’m being mysterious again.

Okay, I’m tired.  I’m going to dig up a book and read a little before bed.

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.

January 9, 2010

Me again.

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Two posts in one week, hope you guys can stand the excitement.  Yeah, I’m slow to get back to this.

So today’s adventure is index cards.  Yup.  Purple index cards.  What?  You expected me to use regular white ones when there’s a rainbow of options?  Silly people.  This story is in a purple binder, I’m using purple post-its, and purple index cards.  Do you think a purple pen would be overkill?

Index cards.  I’ve been struggling with the particular story, “The Devil You Know,”  for a while now.  Part of it is because it’s the darkest story I’ve ever written.  The rest of my problem is just trying to get the story structure down.  I have that problem with every story by the way and I’m struggling to find a book/blog/whatever that explains it in simple English.  I’ve been reading through my story notes and I like a lot of what I have but it’s spread out all over the place, so index cards.  I’m going to put each scene on an index card and write them.  In no particular order.  Oh yeah, I’m really throwing caution to the wind on this one.  Well, maybe not because I rarely write a story completely in order. 

That’s one of the plans I have for the weekend.  I still need to update “On The Way Down” with the couple of pages of  notes I’ve made then print a new copy, one with the page breaks so I can move pages around easier.  Yeah and before someone suggests I could do this on the computer I know I could but I’m old school.  I like working with paper.

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 30, 2009

On the verge

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Yup, that’s me, on the verge.  Of NaNoWriMo that is. 

I’ve spent this week doing little, if any writing.  I did get the bare bones outline of the story down, but the manuscript I wanted to get to 120/150 pages is stalled at 104.  Not happy with that.  I’ve got 2 more days to get some work done and I’m planning just that.  I’m currently grooving to some wonderful music (Thievery Corporation) and once I’m finally done playing on the internet I’ll switch over to my story’s playlist and write.  Yup, it can be that simple if I’d just let it happen.

Fall has returned, after that quick visit by Winter.  I’m very happy about this.  I usually enjoy Fall more, but I just wasn’t prepared for the snow.  Not that I ever am.  All the more reason for me to move onward and southward, just a little.   But those are plans for another time.

October 11, 2009

Page count

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So, I sat down with an 83 page manuscript and worked with good old fashioned pen and paper and I now have a 101 page manuscript.  All fresh and pristine from the printer just waiting to be marked up and flagged.  Okay so maybe I didn’t actually work all 83 pages.  I got antsy around page 72 so I decided to just update what I had.  It was really good to break that 100 page threshold.  The word count is 2600 and some change. 

The one thing I’m trying very hard not to get hung up on here is that my word count and page count don’t jive.  Yeah, I know, I’ve blogged about this before and I know why . . . which is why I’m trying not to let it bug me too much.  The fact that four hours after printing I’m still grinning about this says it’s working.  The other thing keeping me grinning over here is that I’m well on my way to meeting my month end goal of 150 pages.  One goal down, two more to go.

As for one of the remaining goals I’ve been thinking a little about last year’s NaNo book.  I think I need to go back to the nearly original placeholder for the hero.  It worked better in my head.  Hell, I did NaNo with “him” as the hero so it’s not like I’ve done much work I have to undo.  Most of what I have to tackle with my first read through, in December, is to take out all the flags I put in when I was going to do a major re-write (I was going to change the heroine’s career). 

Now I just have to settle on this year’s NaNo project.  I’m thinking numbers in a hat may not be such a bad idea.

Oh and I just impressed myself, with no spelling errors.  That rarely happens.

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