Tuesday, September 30, 2008

It's That Time of Year Again

National Novel Writing Month begins November 1st. :D

What is it? Thousands of writers get together in November of every year with the goal of writing 50,000 words (that's each, peeps!).

Who can play? EVERYONE! If you've ever said, "I would love to write a novel... someday." This is it! Your someday has arrived!

How do I participate? Go to the NaNo website and sign up. It's that easy. On the website, you can track your progress, get encouragement from other writers, and chit-chat on the messageboards if you're stuck.

Reaching 50K in a month is doable (or so I've been told *snort*). It breaks down to 1667 words a day. But don't look at it as a failure if you can't make 50K in a month (I haven't yet! hahahaha), because if you only write 30K -- that's 30K you didn't have before. And wouldn't you rather have that than nothing?

I participated in '06 (I realize I have no tags for that on my blog -- I'm creating a tag for this time). Last year I was too busy doing "things." This year I have nothing going on so I'm looking forward to getting back on the horse. Of course, I have no idea what I'm going to work on at this point. Heh. But I'm sure I'll work it out.

I had to change my "home area" from SD to Japan -- that was wild. When I signed up two years ago, who would have ever thought?

This is me -- If you join, make sure to friend me! (Anne, you're already friended *grin*)

Blah (too frustrated to come up with a title)

I've never made a secret of my inability to spell. Scrabble player, I am not.

Tonight it took me four tries to come close enough to spelling "gnarly" so that my computer could spellcheck it for me.

I feel dumb.

By the way, I did know it started with a "G." Could you imagine how long it would have taken if I didn't?





Current Progress:

Still reading. I'm on page 50 /217 (I needed to backtrack a little in order to work through some stuff. Remember, "progress" sucks).

Yes, I'm kvetching. Let's all hope I finish this soon so that I can return to my regular sunny disposition (I can hear my husband laughing...).


And... If you want to be a writer, you should read this. It's an awesome rant. :D

Monday, September 29, 2008

Muddling Through

Okay... I'm still reading through my rewrite.

I'm currently on pg 48 of 217. Why does it take forever to read my own work when I can read one or two books in a day?! Can anyone share with me?

Oh that's right, it's because I'm so flipping critical of myself. I hate it all. It's amazing how fast I can swing from "freaking awesome" to "it's a huge pile of cow dung."

I want this to be perfect. Letter... word... sentence... plot... PERFECT. ARG!

The trick is to not overthink it. Guess what? I'm thinking. ;)

Seth has a half day today and is off tomorrow. GREAT. That means very little (at all!) is going to be accomplished. I'm just thankful that my husband did super cleaning last night. *big kisses* My house sure needed the sprucing up. When I'm near the end like this, I let everything slide. And I do mean EVERYTHING. I can only concentrate on so many things.

I laugh when people ask, "How do you do it?" Like it's hard, or something. Well, I don't watch TV and if I get engrossed on a project, I let my husband take care of day-to-day life. :D It works for me! I still pay the bills, though, or we'd go without food, water, electricity -- you know, the essentials. Heh.

Blah. Back to the grind.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Just Now:

*open word document containing completely edited manuscript*

FILE CORRUPTED

what????

*close file*

*re-open file*

FILE CORRUPTED

What? Oh no!!! Oh no!!!! OH NO!!!!! I'm going to be sick!!!!

*repeat three times becoming more anxious*

*inhale*

*exhale*

*download copy of file that I save to Google every night "just in case"*

*open file*

FILE OPEN.

OH THANK GOD!!!!

*breathe huge sigh of relief*

*wipe away tear of anxiety*

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Done

This day was a long time in coming. I finished my rewrite.

Boo-yah!

Even better -- THE BOOK IS FREAKING AWESOME.

I broke down today and went to Starbucks because it's the only place that I seem to crank out pages. And I wanted to be done.

Let me tell you, I HATE paying close to 5 bucks for a drip coffee. It kills me. I will never complain about the price of Starbucks in the States again. Although 5 bucks / finished manuscript = TOTALLY WORTH IT.

Of course, I'm not really done.

Tomorrow I have to read through the whole thing to see if it all works from start to finish. Then I have to ship it off to my betas so that they can give me their opinions before I send it on to agent extraordinaire, who I hope (god help me) will love it as much as I do.

I'll keep you posted.


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ETA: My sister wants me to make it clear that she is Alpha, not Beta. ;)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Waaa!

Remember two steps forward, three steps back?

I see the end. It is SO FREAKING CLOSE.

I made progress today. Huge progress. I worked my tail off.

It’s now 10:47pm and I just realized that the sequence of events leading up to the end does not work. I moved a key scene up to the chapter I’m working on. It still does not work. It needs to go back…

I just had this conversation in my head:

It doesn’t go here… it needs to go there.

But I’ve just finished that part.

It NEEDS to go there.

But… but… that means redoing EVERYTHING! I can make it work. I can work around this problem! I don’t have to tear it apart again.

*Sigh* This is what you say EVERY TIME. When are you going to learn? Isn’t it best to fix it now than have to redo the ending – AGAIN?

You’re right, you’re right. *SOB!!!*

And thus goes all the work I completed today.
*delete*
*delete*
*delete*

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Alternate title: The Icky, Ickier, and Ickiest.

(1) I have yet to see one baby gecko this weekend. The one that's in my room is hiding out (smart boy!) so he has yet to be evicted. I will get him! Or, rather, my husband will while I stay far away and point.

ETA 9/14 @ 8:35pm: There's another baby living under Steven's desk (AKA "Command Center"). These little suckers are just teasing me now! And this one is FAST!

(2) I have not found any eggs. :(

(3) My rewrite is not finished. Of course, you knew that since I cleverly avoided mentioning it. I feel like I'm in the two steps forward, three steps back stage.

I have 13 of 21 chapters done. Yeeeeeah. This is by far not my fastest work. However, I am very happy with how it's coming along. At first, with this particular revision I was resistant. Now, I think it's going to be extraordinary.

How much longer will it take? Sheesh. Your guess is as good as mine. This thing is never ending. I need encouragement. And chocolate. And caffeine.

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