Thursday, August 30, 2012

Listhings

I ran across the most AMAZING website. It's online stickies program called Listhings. *SWOON!*

When I plan books it's an amalgamation of stickies (both physical and on the computer), notes (in a notebook, loose paper, and on my phone) and a white board. When I get my book together, those stickies all go on the computer with the built-in Stickies program. I have a separate screen where I bring up all my stickies. And I write the book from that.

I prefer stickies verses a word document for notes because sometimes I have to move things around. Or build off an idea. It helps to visualize where the book is heading, instead of working blind.

But the problem is: when I'm away from my desktop (this happens a lot), I can't access my notes! It's uber frustrating.

Before anyone suggests Scrivener, it's not for me. I love Word, which has more fancy tricks than Scrivener anyway (but you have to know how to use them). Not only that, I can write on the go with my iPad and iPhone. Switching between formats would slow my process down. And, again, I'd be tied to my desk.

Listhings meets all my needs.You can also add pictures to your cork board. WOOT! And you can have multiple cork boards (handy for multiple books!). -- Oh, and if you write with someone, you can share your boards!

It's SO AWESOME.

With only a little over two months before NaNo, I thought I'd share. Get to planning!

[This is not to say that I'm participating this year. NaNo always makes me crazy and I end up squelching my muse. haha But if you haven't participated in NaNo, and you always thought you wanted to write a book, you should give it a shot!]


Friday, August 17, 2012

Things That Are

1. I have three weeks worth of pictures on my camera. Can't say when I'm going to download them. *whistle*

2. We have been checking off last minute appointments before school starts. Most important of which was dental cleanings for the kids. And, uh, that led to several more trips on the calendar. So far, Seth's had two teeth pulled. Poor kid.

Bekah reminds him every single day that she got on the "no cavity board." haha. The child who refuses to brush her teeth has a mouth full of perfect choppers. Cough.

3. We met the kids' teachers last night. I like them. Bekah has Seth's teacher from last year. I said, "Are you ready for this year? She talks more than he does."

You should have seen the teacher's face. It was comical. A mixture of disbelief and abject terror. "Is that possible?"

Yes, it is. I feel sorry for her. haha. :)

4. And I've been writing my tail off.

This. BOOK. <--- that pretty much sums it up. This is the most aggravating, irritating, lovely and special thing I've ever written. It's making my emotions unstable. So.... yeah.

5. Today is the official last day of our summer break. School starts Monday. I need my routine back. Yay!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Life Roulette

ACK! Okay, let's play "what's going on in Heather's life" vol. [something, or other].

BRANSON, MO

As previously mentioned, my in-laws were in town so we took a few days to visit Branson.

Um.

I know a lot of people who vacation there. Meaning: It's their yearly vacation, there and only there. That made me expect some sort of spectacular place. Basically, it was a tourist trap. One I enjoyed, but still... not so much a "vacation destination." ha.

We did a lot of shopping:




Who needs zombie blood? Raise your hand. Now I know where to get it. Gonna stock up for the inevitable zombie apocalypse!

We also went to see Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede. Holler! haha.

Seriously, Dixie Stampede was fun. Though they were all crotchety about taking photos inside. Bummer.


END OF SUMMER

Summer is going to be over soon. #PRAISETHELORD

Are all the kids going nuts, or is it just mine? They've lost their minds. And, in turn, have made me question my sanity.

So, yeah. GET THEM BACK TO SCHOOL. Mom needs a break. Love you kids, but you gotta go.


WRITING

This is what I've been doing with my time (I haven't even tackled laundry this week). I'm at the point in this book where I'm so frustrated that I had to stop, take a day off (have a good cry about it, etc.) and come back to it fresh.

Maybe this my creative process and no one else can relate to this, but here it is:

There comes a point when the book is "almost done," where it seems so close and yet so far away. Where I look at the book and it doesn't seem at all how I planed it. Where I have to believe that the threads I put in place will work, because if I have to start this book from scratch for a FOURTH time I may not make it. ---

Sigh. It's moving along.


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