Tuesday, December 4, 2007

How I Choose My Next Writing Project

1. Come up with a CRAZY idea.

2. Figure out how to move story along in an INSANE way.

3. Run story by mother. If she looks at me like I've lost by mind, the story is PERFECT.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Finished

Need I say more?

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Still Editing

I'm still slogging through edits. I started on Sunday so today is day 5 of edits. Currently I'm on chapter 9 (pg 83) of 27 (241 pages). Almost halfway! Woo hoo!

That's really not bad, considering that I'm changing it from 3rd to 1st. I'm pretty happy with the progress.

However, there is this side of me that just wants to be DONE. :) Because of that I'm pushing to get this thing finished by the weekend. I can't do much on Saturday (or Sunday for that matter) as it's Bekah's birthday.

And then?

... It starts all over again.

I WILL BE A PUBLISHED, SELLING (IN HIGH NUMBERS, HA!) AUTHOR OR I WILL DIE TRYING.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

In the Midst of Edits

How much do I love thee,
My laptop?

I cringe to think of the “old days,”
Typing and re-typing
Now a simple cut and paste,
Sweet, blessed utilities.

I love modern times,
I love the convenience,
The ease of change,
Always rearranging.

I love you,
My laptop

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Done

Draft completed on Aug 11 (4 days later than Aug 7th goal).

Word Count: 57,566

Pages: 241

Goal for edits: finished by Aug 28th

I'm still alive

So much to talk about! I have been busy, busy, busy! And now I am so tired it’s hard for me to make full sentences. This might be a problem since I want to finish the chapter I’m working on tonight.

62 days till my vacation (and birthday). Weee! Can’t wait.

Long and short of what I’ve been up to…

Book… I have been working on it. Promise. It’s not quite done yet. The first draft should be finished this week. Though, three-fourths of it will be in Third person and the other fourth in First. SIGH.

I finished my query (till I tinker with it a bit more) and I wrote my synopsis (I do have to look this one over a bit). And I have a new idea that I think I’m going to go with for my next book. I’m still working on figuring out the pesky plot.

I helped my mom redo one of her bathrooms. That was a gargantuan task, let me tell you. I have absolutely horrible pictures that would describe my suffering, but I would have to download them from my camera and I’m too tired to do that.

I ordered Eclipse from Amazon because I knew I wouldn’t have time to read it this last week so I figured I’d have it delivered. BUT… it hasn’t even shipped yet! Grumph. I guess it’s okay though, I really do need to work. That would just be one more thing to get me off track. I can’t wait to read it.

And for the big news, I met Sarah, Kevin and their family. SO MUCH FUN! She is just as great in person as she is on her blog, fun, sweet and funny. Seth and Bekah LOVED their kids. Seth asks to see his “new friends” constantly. And Kevin is a FANTASTIC dad.

I’ll be back to update when I finally finish this draft!

Saturday, August 4, 2007

La... La... La...La... I can't hear you!

[FOUR MONTHS AGO - CHAPTER 3]

Inner Voice (IV): You know, this book would be so much better if you wrote it in First Person.

The Stupid One (ME): I like Third Person Limited.

IV: But it would be better in First.

ME: I can't write in First.

IV: Try it.

ME: You're crazy.


[THREE MONTHS AGO - CHAPTER 12]

IV: Are you sure you want to stick with Third?

ME: Not really, but I don't want to go back and change it now.

IV: Isn't it better to change twelve chapters than to change an entire book?

ME: I'll just leave it and see what happens.


[ONE MONTH AGO - CHAPTER 16]

ME: I hate this book and I hope it dies a slow death.

IV: That's because you're not telling the story correctly.

ME: It's my story and I can tell it any way I darn well want to.

IV: Whatever.


[TONIGHT - CHAPTER 22 @ 49K WORDS]

ME: Waaaaaah. This sucks.

IV: Just try to rewrite the first chapter in First Person.

ME: Can't.

IV: Save the other draft. It's not like you have to commit to anything.

ME: FINE! You'll see. It will suck.


[..... REWRITE FIRST CHAPTER IN FIRST PERSON....]

ME: Holy guacamole, Batman. THIS IS FABULOUS!

IV: Aren't you happy you finally admitted your voice was wrong?

Me: I sure am.

IV: Best you've ever written, right?

ME: It sure is!

IV: Yeah, don't you wish you would have figured this out FOUR MONTHS AGO?!

ME: Er...Crap!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Progress Update #1

Still in exile.... Kicking butt and taking names.


Monday

Music: Barenaked Ladies
Question: Why do the customers who come to my favorite Starbucks not bathe? And WHY do they SIT BY ME????
Words Written: 2138 new words (plus several sections re-written)
Status of house: Disaster (hey, something has to give)

Tuesday

Music: Blink-182
Other Stuff: I think I've worked out my query blurb. At least I hope so (we'll see). That's the worst part of the query process, figuring out how you are going to pitch your book.
Words Written: 2001 new words (plus query)
Status of House: Still a mess but getting clean (thanks Steven). ;)

Monday, July 30, 2007

Self-Imposed Exile

I'm going to be scarce for the next few weeks. Not completely gone... but gone enough to need a post saying, hey, I may not be posting.

Why?

Life is busy and I have a few projects that I need to attend to. Not the least of which is finishing this darn draft that I originally said I was going to finish by tomorrow, then I said I was going to finish by August 7th. Both of which could have been attainable goals if I had stayed focused and worked.

So now I'm really trying to buckle down and finish. I told my mom, "I'm giving up my Internet until I finish."

"That's SERIOUS!"

That's what I am, serious.

Okay, stop laughing now.

Monday, July 2, 2007

How successful was I?

I managed to write 5K words. That's pretty good (no where near my outrageous goal... but, you know... whatever).

I did fart around a bit. AND I got my voice recognition to work. It's a super cool feature and I love, love, LOVE it. So now I type... and type... and type... Then when I get stuck I start talking out my story and the software types it on the screen. I get "un-blocked" and away I type again. It's fabulous.

John Green announced that July is "National Finish A Revision Of Your Book I Mean Seriously Come On Month" to be referred heretofore as (NAFAROYBIMSCOM). Ha ha ha. I find that funny. I am so participating. I'm finishing the draft this month - period. No more excuses. :)

I have to pack the kids and myself today (perhaps tomorrow) to drive to my parents house for the week. We can't miss the big Fourth of July celebration! Steven is going too, of course. I'm just not responsible for packing him. He's a big boy. ;)

Oooh, oh yeah, I forgot... Seth got his hair buzzed off. He's practically bald. Steven says it's a reverse Samson. You cut off his hair and now he's a wild child!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Goals

Obviously one of the big "goals" in my life is to make a living at writing.

To further the chance of that happening, I need to consistently produce work. Persistence pays. At least that's what I keep telling myself. Sure you have to have some talent and you have a good concept. But most importantly you have to write the book. You can't wait for something to happen without doing the hard work.

I'm frustrated at the moment with my current novel. All of the frustration comes down to two things. The first, I hate it. But that's just because I'm halfway through and I haven't pushed through the hump yet. It's a normal feeling and I know that when I get to the second draft I'll have a greater love for it.

But that leads to the second frustration, the speed with which this novel is being written. Progress is horrifyingly slow.

The majority of the slow progress is due to the fact that my life has been so out of whack. First Steven was getting ready to leave for Iraq. That was stressful and my writing suffered. And then when he left it all but went out the door. I was spending loads of time just trying to make everything run without him. I couldn't give too much attention to my writing.

Then he came back sick. That was stressful and my focus was not on writing. And so, my writing progress continued to suffer.

Right now, everything is back to normal. Or rather, as "normal" as life gets around here. The time has come to buckle down, focus, and get this first draft written.

Right now I'm sitting at the cusp of 30k words. On my last book it only took me a month to reach 30K words so you can see why I'm frustrated as I am at the end of month three.

A young adult (YA) novel falls in the range of 50K to 75K words. That means that I have approximately between 20K to 45K left to write. I'm leaning toward the 45K because I'm not feeling I'm anywhere near the climax yet.

I have decided that escape is much needed at this point. I love my family but I need some time away so that I can work without constantly pouring someone juice or getting snacks or cleaning up after a potty-training two-year-old. I need some quiet.

This weekend I'm leaving the kids with their father and I'm running away to my parent's cabin in Big Bear. My mom has said she'd go with me. I'm very happy about that. It's not that I don't want any human contact, I just don't want to be distracted. She's bringing her work so it's going to be a great big work cramming weekend.

How much writing can I do in two days without distractions? That remains to be seen. I'm kind of wondering about that myself.

I told my mom that I'd like to finish the book by Sunday night.

"Thirty-thousand words?" She asked skeptically.

"Uh-huh," I replied, knowing full well that I can't do it. But hey, everyone needs a goal right?

"That seems like a lot to me."

"It is. Trust me, it is."



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On another note:

If you have a moment, please check out this post at Brotherhood 2.0.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Just a post...

I know that my post is going to have no point when at the time I sit down to write it I think, "Just ramble a bit. The post will come."

How did I do this every day for years?

Then I started thinking about how, even though this is a personal blog, "personal" is a bit of a misnomer. While it is about me, I pick and choose stuff I want to talk about. The one big glaring thing that I don't talk about is my struggle to get published.

I don't talk about that because I don't want it to come back and bite me in the butt. Half the time I read other aspiring writers blogs and I cringe. I cringe at their use of their full name along with every agent they've ever queried and their (nasty/frustrated/irritated) thoughts about them.

Not smart.

So where does that leave me? Not talking about it, that's where.

And at this moment I'm frustrated.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Around My House

  • Steven is (tentatively) scheduled to leave on the 24th. I keep thinking of odd things I need done around here before he leaves.

  • The kids (and me too!) are still sick. This is week three if you're keeping track. Yesterday Seth woke up SCREAMING about his ears. Steven took him to the doctor and, yup, two ear infections. Then he vomited in the car on the way home. Lovely.

  • Book two is finished (on the 12th). I have my idea for book three but need to figure out my main plot arc. After that I need to get it outlined. :)

  • We still have to do our taxes before Steven leaves (not that I can't do it without him, but still...). I haven't wanted to take the kids out of the house. I think tomorrow, no matter what, we're going. I can't wait to see what our return is!

  • And a FOUR day weekend is coming up. Yippy. We won't be going anywhere but at least I can get everything on my list done!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Editing

I am flying through the edits on this book. Woo Hoo! Having a game plan from the beginning paid off big time.

Currently I'm starting on chapter 15. That's 115 pages of edits in TWO DAYS. And I'm not done for the night.

I have to laugh though, you can tell the mood I was in when I wrote certain chapters. They range from "very clean" to "ugh! this is drek".

... and then there was chapter 8. What the heck was I on when I wrote chapter eight?! I would make a funny joke right here... something like "I must have been smoking crack" but seriously, I had to have been on something... Perhaps too much coffee affected my brain.

That chapter alone took me two hours to edit. Why? It was endless sentences like this:

"The demons are on her."

Huh? This isn't a supernatural thriller. What's going on here?! It took me fifteen minutes to realize what I had tried to say is: "the dimensions are wrong here."

That wasn't even the worst. I had to completely "decode" the entire chapter.

Other than that, it's been smooth sailin'!

Friday, February 9, 2007

Book

Done with first draft.

On to editing

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