Wednesday, October 22, 2008

ACK!

Nine days until NaNo starts.

I've got half my research done. It seems like every time I research something – There is another thing that pops up!

I printed off the fifty-five single-spaced pages (of seemingly useless info) I have so far. Then I sat down, hole punched them and attacked it with three different sized sticky notes -- all to make some sense out of what I'm doing.

I’m still not there.

This is the biggest project I've ever taken on. Can I do it?

Historical accuracy? Do I really need that? Can't I just make stuff up? Wouldn't it be just as good?

No?

Darn!

There’s a reason I’m doing this for NaNo:

(1) I can push through without thinking about it.
(2) At 50 thousand words, I’ll know whether or not I can pull it off.
(3) If I can’t, I’ve only wasted a month.

So… we’ll see.



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And to all my fellow Okinawa peeps… I’d really like to do NaNo with someone. I know, you’re all laughing… I’m just saying, I’m going to be lonely sitting in a coffee shop every night by myself. Don’t you feel sorry for me? Isn’t there one person who wants to at least try? I can bribe you… I’ll buy you a coffee!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Life Goes On...

I sent the revision, and in an effort not to talk about it (because I'm super stressed) I decided to post some pictures.

This first picture is what I see from my desk. It's pretty much an everyday occurrence (click picture to make larger).



Who else has a husband who uses three computers? Hum? Speak up! I swear, all I've been hearing about for the last month (or more!) is WoW and the Wrath of the Lich King. I'm waiting anxiously for the release just so it will stop!

And from the kids: Wii!!! Wii!!! Wii!!!!

I bought Bekah (and Seth, but not pictured) gel stick things for the window:






Um, okay, that's about it for my news. :D

I need to do some more research for my NaNo book. I'm getting excited about it. New project! Woo Hoo!!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Homestretch

I've edited... written... corrected... Now I'm reading through one final time before sending to JR. I've got to admit I'm really nervous, and yet really excited. I love how this turned out.

Anyhow... Let's talk about my son who is driving me bananas.

Yesterday, I wrote a scene that I realized I needed. My music was up, I was tuned out to the world, my keyboard was pumping out words, and I hear, "Hey! Can you turn that down? I'm trying to watch TV over here!"

I looked over to my son who was clearly frustrated with my apparent disregard of his zen. After blinking twice, all while trying to figure out why I now have a 5-year-old yelling at me, my finger clicked on the volume down button.

When I got to a level that he felt acceptable, he said, "Thanks. That will do it."

Thanks? At least he's polite.

And then several hours later he told me with complete seriousness, "This is the worst day of my life. Ever."

I was unfazed. "Why's that?"

"Because you've made me clean and clean and clean today. Like I have nothing else to do!"

"You mean, pick up after yourself."

"Yeah! That!"

Do you know where I think I went wrong as a parent? I taught him how to speak.

Later, I was working on my laptop in bed when Seth and Bekah decided to harass me. It was the first time they'd realized that the keyboard has letters and that if you press the corresponding letter, it would come up on the screen.

Seth wanted to type his name. It took him a long time to find all the letters he needed. When he was done, I said, "You know, I can type your name without looking."

"You can?"

"Sure." I looked at him, put my hands on my keyboard and typed his name.

His eyes got HUGE. "That is the most AMAZING thing I've EVER SEEN!!! WOW!!! I can't believe you did that! YOU ARE SO COOL!"

You would think I had a super power!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Making A Mess

Today was productive. After the last three days of fun-making – well, two days… yesterday I was just lazy – I decided that I needed to get on the ball and work. This rewrite wasn’t going to finish itself. And honestly, I can’t wait to see what JR thinks about it.

I received some notes from my sister too, so that makes four betas with four very unique perspectives on what needed tweaking. Every single one of them had valid points (dang it! That’s a lot of work!!!).

I had already spent countless hours stewing over the notes I’d received last week. Working out in my mind how I could correct the problems – what sorts of things I wanted to interject into the manuscript. I had also gone through all the inline notes and either fixed the minor issues or made notes of the major issues within my working copy (that in itself is a ton of work).

So by the time I opened everything today, I was ready to solidify my plan. I made a list of everything I needed to add. Basically taking a look at each issue that was raised, and then noting the item (or usually numerous items) that needed to be added to correct it. That “To Do List” clocked in at two single-spaced pages. Gag.

Then I spent the remainder of the day inserting each one into the text as a note. Because knowing you need to add something is one thing, figuring out where to put it, that’s quite another! At one point I was making a list of one particular character, when she entered and exited scenes, and what the scenes covered, just so that I could figure out where the most logical place was to put one item (that will probably only boil down to three sentences at most).

That’s all done. I’m left with a mess. I mean, it’s pretty daunting to look at all the notes when they’re put together and dissected.

Now all I have to do is go through the entire book and fill in/ fix everything noted … AND rewrite chapter 18 (of course, I knew that last week). Once that’s done, I’ll reread and it will be finished.

I hope.

I know this wasn’t a very enlightening post and you’re probably bored. Sorry. LOL

It’s now midnight and I’m exhausted. I think I’ll crawl into bed. 'Night all.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

How Am I?

So glad you asked.

Short answer: stressed

Long answer: I've got issues. Of course, I always have issues. heh.

Most of them I don't want to talk about. I'll just say, I do take care of my own. So really evil woman with the three spawns of darkness, I will make sure your kids are banned. That's all I'm saying.

*ahem*

*clearing my head and adding some sunshine*

I got three of my five beta reads back. The stuff they pointed out -- amazing. I didn't disagree with anything. Which means that there's going to be some more revisions. I wanted to send this to my agent by Monday (my birthday) but now I'm hoping just to be done by the end of the month so that I can put my full effort in to NaNo.

Thanks Casey, Suz and mom! Poor things, they've all read this book 3... 4... 5... more(?) times.

Other than that, I'm frustrated, stressed and tired. I need to sleep.

Oh, and is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that Obama is getting greyer and greyer every day? It's kinda like when Steven went on recruiting duty with hair and by the time the tour ended, he was bald.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Losing It

I am done rereading and it's now off to the betas. :)

It's a good thing that I did reread -- Man, I caught three HUGE issues. HUGE. Oops.

And... As I typed this MASSIVE spider just ran across my room. This thing is 3 inches in diameter. I was SCREAMING. Steven ran upstairs.

Then laughed at me when he found out it was a spider. He's trying to calm me down by saying, "Don't freak out, it's just a spider."

DON'T FREAK OUT IT'S JUST A SPIDER?!?!

A spider that is MASSIVE and IN MY ROOM! And he tells me NOT TO FREAK OUT?!

So he's chasing this thing around the room. Of course he doesn't catch it because it's fast. Then he finds a HUGE gecko hanging out IN MY PURSES. Steven says, "See, this gecko will eat the spider, no worries."

NO WORRIES?!

People, I have to sleep in here!

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