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Well it's that time of year again! National Novel Writing Month is just 16 days away!
I haven't quite started on setting up Book 2 of the Academy series, but I have a rough idea of what I want to do and where I want to go with it. My main problem will be writing about a subject I know nothing about.  Thankfully I have Arra around so I can pick her brain.
My main character's name is Taylor this time around. Her parents are going through a very NASTY divorce! Put on top of that her psychic abilities, her father's disbelief that his daughter has abilities, the constant fighting between her parents, a separation from her home in New York and her beloved older brother, and being "the new girl" life's not easy for our dear Taylor.

I have yet to figure out her ability...and I have to move all my Academy notes into the new notebook. I really slacked off and haven't been doing that. I was trying to do a little bit every day a few months ago.
And then FF14 came out..and well...what? There is life off the internet?
FF14 is going to be the BIGGEST distraction this year when it comes to NaNo.
That and I am going to try and write outside of my normal writing comfort zone. I normally love to write around 10 pm when the house is quite and the 'rents are all tucked up in bed.  If i get on a roll I can write for a good solid 2 hrs before I loose my train of thought and get tired.
However I have my job to consider this year. It starts at 1:45 am!
I am gonna need to sleep sometime! So I may try and write earlier..around like. now! 8 pm or whatnot.
I am hoping to get into some sort of rhythm.

Also I may try a different writing program this time around.
Last year I used and won with, Q10. I love the typing sound effects! I like that it was a complete, blocks out the screen and makes you WRITE type of program.
This year I am going to try and do the planning with Page Four.
Also if they have a discount this year, I'd love to try out and maybe purchase Liquid Story Binder.
Scrivner is coming out with Scrivner for Windows! it's not in beta it's gonna probably be buggy as hell. But if we win we get a 50% discount on the "finished" product which will come out next year!  OOOO Tempted!

They've been running word sprints pretty much all October long. I have been bad an haven't been participating. I should! oh well.

I better quit whining and just start setting up! These next two weeks are all about getting the characters in order, and scenes hammered out. A vague outline like last year worked pretty well. Although I didn't quite finish with Book One it has holes I need to fill in. Scenes that never got typed up.
Looking forward to 2010!

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and surprisingly it fought back!

My grand Victory which was suppose to be on 11/23 didn't come until today 11/25.

I just didn't want to quit writing I guess.
I really loved the community of the forums and the twitter feds, and sharing my nano'ing experience with the HF girls.

I WILL have to keep writing through December though, because the story itself isn't finished. I did get my 50,000 but it's very holey. I want a better "finished" first draft.

And then I am really eager to get started on the NEXT draft! OMG! I have so many ideas of where and what I want to do with this!
A new Talent has shown up!
A potential tween romance!
A real BIG break up. More tweeny flirting with the "big boys".

Well tomorrow is US Turkey Day so I'll have to get up "Early" and help out. bah.
I'll also have to clean up my little area here where I created the first of hopefully many The Academy books.

To everyone who has been following my struggles rest assured I have survived and I really wish I had done this earlier. God NaNoWriMo is my new reason for writing!

See you in April for Script Frenzy! I've got a KILLER Script!!!

Is Dead

Nov. 23rd, 2009 07:36 pm
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. . .
I'll post later...when I can feel my hands.
Yay! go team.
*waves a little "Literary Illuminati Superstar" flag and passes out.
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That's right! I am at 45,260. HAHAHAHAHA
I typed up 4,828 words TODAY. That's a lot for me.
I've been pretty careful in keeping track of my word count. What I have, what the official word count is, what I would like to have, and how many words I need to add to make up the difference.

This method had worked out pretty well for me.
As long as I had a number to shoot for, I was able to aim at it and got it.

So the official word count for 22nd day is 36,674.
for day 23: 38,341.
Blew By You!
For my own "desired word count" Day 22: 42,670 and Day 23: 44,670.
I haven't quite caught up to day 24 which is 46,670.

I am going to TRY and hit another marathon day, do a lot of word sprints and get the 4,740 words I need to WIN 2009 NaNoWriMo!

I may win and get the 50,000 words, but my "book" isn't finished.
I am depressed. *sighs
I swear I am manic depressive.
I don't know how many more words I need to finish this story. Another...? 40k? 50k?! God I hope not.
So I will be participating in NaNoFinMo this year and trying to wrap it up.
Then I shall save my work in 3 different places and toss it into a drawer and not look at it again for a few weeks.

I am so looking forward to not having to sit here and type.
At least I beat John Green :P

Nerdfighters are made of awesome...but some have chewy centers!

Okay I am off to bed, because I didn't get a full night's sleep last night.
And then tomorrow...Tomorrow we CLAIM VICTORY!!!!!

And then I have to wait for the 25th for the word count validator to go officially online >.<
Might even go to the write-in...maybe not. I dunno.

Yay! I won! I won! I Won National Novel Writing Month! (pending)
Go ME!!!
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It is day 17.
Today's Offical Goal is: 28,339
My own Word Count Goal is: 32,670
I currently have: 29,313

I am going to have to do more word wars!!!
I did like three last night and got 3600 words and my hands hurt! BUT I really need to catch up to my Goal.

Here's the Unofficial NaNoWriMo Theme song by Italktosnakes

I am just too lazy and untalented to do vloging. Heck I hardly do Blogging!

Today I am working on the climax of my story. If I can get the end done, I can go back and do the middle part. I still feel like I am stuck in the "start-up" although I've hurried it up a bit.
I am zooming through the first week, but I have 3 or 4 months to sketch in too. This story is going to be longer than 50k when everything is all said and done. Chris says that there will be another 5 to 10k added to your novel when you revise it.
*crestfallen look*
But at least I won't be hurried to stuff it all in during November!

Okay, no more procrastinating, I am off to do a timed write.
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I am whining!

I shouldn't whine because I am on Official Nano Target. I have 21,671 words. yay

I WANT 22,670 tonight for Thursday. *sighs

My problem is I've run out of scenes. Well, no I think I might be able to work on the lunch room scene and the one where Colton is picking on Alejandro.

I wrote the one where Alejandro "introduced" himself.
And the one where Grace see the Upper school uniforms for the first time. uhm...but other than that I am tapped.

I have a list of things, conflicts, for Grace to overcome but I haven't worked them all in yet.

Yesterday I tinkered a little bit with the Climax. I need to figure out how I want to get rid of the Shadow creature.
Do I want to kill it or just banish it?

I also need to think up a name for Grace's after school tutor.

I've also come to the decision that Stone is gay. The tutor will be his lover. But none of that will be explicit in the story.
They'll just be "good friends" >.>
yeah...I don't know how far a publishing house will let me go when it comes to that sort of relationship.

For Day 12
Official Nano Word Count: 20,004
My Desired Word Count: 22,670

For Day 13
Official Nano Word Count: 21,671
My Desired Word Count: 24,670

I am not going to be here Saturday. I have to go up to SF, so I might miss a day. I need those extra words!

I BARELY have 21,037. So I am short of the Nano goal by 634.
What to make those 634 words be...?
I don't know.
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hello there! Hello there!

I am in a pretty good mood considering.
I decided to toss my hat into the ring and am participating in Nanowrimo this year.
It's going pretty well.

Last week I yo-yo'ed a bit off the back. Would do my word count and then be behind 600 words or so on top of the 16667 that was required to keep on track. But I stuck it out. Even fought through not writing on Nov 1st (I wrote 4163 words on Monday to keep up) and just staying at the Word Count through the weekend.

And then Monday something weird happened. I decided that I wanted to write 2000 words! I've been fighting to write a bit of a word cushion so that I could take a day off sometime in the future. It is November which means we'll be making tamales this month for Christmas Eve.

My natural inclination is to write late at night when it's dark and the house is quiet. Everyone (Read: my parents) are tucked away in their rooms and everything is settling down to go to sleep.
This is when I am naturally at my most creatively productive. Thanks to quiet time I've been able to keep up with the Word count. Not surpass it as of yet, but at least I haven't fallen behind.

So Monday instead of writing 15003 words I wrote 16250 words. Today I am shooting for 18670 words all together. If I am able to keep up the pace of 2k words everyday I should have my 50,000 words done on Thanksgiving.
"Dear God, I am thankful for finishing Nanowrimo early! Thanks for the food."

Will it happen? I dunno. I probably will take off two days - Tamale day and Thanksgiving - but it could happen. I am looking forward to it.
Earlier during week one, I wasn't as fired up as some of the nano'ers. There was no bursting out of the starting blocks. If it wasn't for the fact I felt like crud on Sunday the 1st I would have probably just typed up my 1667 words and called it a day. I HAD to type of 4k words just to keep up. the next day I typed up 5,048.
Wednesday I went up to 8382.
Thursday I didn't do anything
Friday I had to play catch up and go up to 10002 then stopped. Saturday was breeder's Cup day I don't know if I did anything much that day.
Sunday...ah lovely Sunday I had 11,677 words when it was all said and done.
on the 9th, I jumped up to 16250 at the end of writing.
So today on the 10th the goal is for 18670.

Today also is the FIRST Smack Down at The Cube!
The Salinas Library has decided to pump up the excitement of Nano by creating a writing space at the library for us struggling writers.
They are also providing us with literary bloodsport! ^.^
Today we are invited to the First of 3 Nano Literary SmackDown Events @ 5 pm at the Lirary, followed by a Nano Meet and Greet from 6 to 8.
Our Chief of Police will challenge the Assistant City Attorney to 30 mins of writing in "The Cube".
So we'll watch the letters fly as they trade literary barbs... I
Whatever it should be fun!

I am not doing anything right now...the house is too noisy. Too bright and my arm warmers (my writing totems) are drying on a line outside. So I am not prepared to write, right now.
I'll pack up and head off to the library around 4 or so, get a good seat. *snickers

I hope that if you're doing Nano this year that you're having lots of good luck and having fun with this.

I am fortunate that the 'rents have been very supportive of my writing endeavor. Thanks Rents!

Okay I'll write more about Nano and my "dreams and aspirations" regarding it later. I'll even share my opinion about the "cool prizes!"

Best Wishes!
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Hello there! Hello there!

I am the proud author of 4,000 + words! yay!
I am rather puffed up proud of myself. I didn't write a single sentence (complete at least) on Sunday. I got back from the World Fantasy con feeling like I had caught a cold or something. My sinuses hurt and my throat was scratchy.
I've been downing Vitamin C like it's going out of style.
The good news is that my sniffles are being held at bay. and the Better News is that I made up the 1,669 word count and caught up to and surpassed the 3,334 day two word count!

SO, tomorrow the goal is to hit 6000 words and be ahead of the 5,001 word count.
I think I can do it.

Wednesday is a write-in in Monterey. I've been meaning to go but like I said, I am a germ carrier right now, and I thought I would be nice and not expose my fellow nano'ers to my icky bugs.

The World Fantasy con was...interesting.
It was an "Adult" con. The Thrum was very much different than Fanime. I like the fanime exuberance better. I love books, and really enjoyed the panels.
It was nice to see Naamen and meet so many new ppl.
I may try to go to another one sometime. We'll see.

Okay I am done I think, I am going to poke at my story for a bit. Truth be told I think it's crap but as long as I produce I guess I should be happy. It will all work itself out I am sure as we go a long.
I do sort of feel that I've lost my plot. I know it's there's just getting buried under all the: And then Grace did this. And then Patty did that.
I guess...I am just "building" right now.
I was hoping to get all of this "set up" Stuff in chapter one but I might have to break it up into two chapters and introduce Stoney in Chapter Three...*meh!
Oh well he may make more of an impact with a delayed entrance.

Okay off to bed.
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yeah...I am home.
So not happy!

oh well hopefully it will be just temporary as we (Nancy, TJ, and I) have plans to move to LA sometime in Jan or Feb of 2010!
We need money for it though..and TJ has no job, Nancy is working on her Masters, and I got shuttled home.
and I want to buy a car. >.<
Yeah...can you imagine the car payments, insurance, on top of the student loan and normal monthly expenses?

SO to make myself feel better about my situation I decided that I would participate in the annual NaNoWriMo!

I must be insane! Maybe I can get Arra to join me, although I seriously doubt it because she's still hurt and her sister will probably be having the baby in Oct.

Being home kinda sucks. I mean there's no rent to worry about but then there is stuff I can't do. like watch and read my videos and fanfic. *sulks
They're funny that way. I have NO ROOM in this place and there is no basement so I won't be living there. I have a nice little room but my computer is now in the living room. UGH!
Tuesday I have a dr's appointment after that if I am given a moderately clean bill of health it's time to go look for a job.

I need to make $3k for a down payment on a car. Plus registration and insurance. but I'am going to need a car if we move to LA and THAT I want to make happen.
TJ is desperate to get out of Virgy Beach. How quickly that changed. I wonder how much time he has left on his lease, I should ask...

Anyways, home again home again jiggity jig!
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Okay! Well it's January 2009.
Nanowrimo was in November (2 months ago) and I did not participate.
I tried it in 2007 and FAILED big time. lol
I got around 6k words in 6 days...I was so far behind I dropped out. School did not help. I am not good at doing three or four high stress things at once so for my own sanity I uh...*clears throat

Jump forward to 2008!
It kind of snuck up on me and I was just like: I have nothing. So I am not going to participate this year.

And then November passes and I kinda wished I had participated. However!!! I maintain that November is a sucky month for taking on such a large Project. You have School with mid-terms and papers and stress and Martha Stewart and starting art projects and getting shopping lists together for December and getting your food...and I am gonna quit now because I a working myself up again.

Anyways!! I came up with a YA series idea around Halloween. I began watching scary movies ON Halloween (yeah I know) and came up with this idea.
And you know how ideas are they kinda just...bubble and squeek and gestate and kick you in ribs every once in a while and when they're ready they pop out.
Maybe not fully formed but yeah...
So that's what happened with this idea. It wasn't ready for 2008 Nano. Honestly after I put it into the incubator I kinda forgot about it.

Uhm..New Years Eve my best friend says Happy new year and lets get started on that story idea!!

And I was like...what? What story?

And then I remembered that I had told her about it when she came down from WA To visit. I didn't really realize that she was really listening to me blabber on and on about this weird idea I had. And after I had you know, put it out there into the ionosphere I as like: "YAY! I feel purged!" and totally forgot.
Some author I am.

I really haven't written anything in a while. I can come up with ideas but actually getting my butt sitting down in a chair and working is quite a different ...yeah.

SO! Arra tells me! Let's write this thing!
And I began to get excited and if you haven't figured it out now, I am OCD. So I began researching wildly not so much my subject matter, because it is a collaboration and I want this book (or series of books) to be as much mine as they are Arras. So I am having to adjust my wild compulsiveness to just WRITE and wait for Arra to get back to me with her ideas of where she wants this to go.
I love seeing other peoples ideas; I feel like all the responsibility isn't on my shoulders and I am really bouncy right now.

I think it's driving Arra nuts. Lol

She has her own life, and I am going to have to adjust to that but I think I have things set up in a way that we can collaborate well. Where we can get our drafts uploaded and pass them to each other and be in sync.

So that's what I've decided to go forward with this year. A new project which will be BASICALLY A Nanowrimo but not in November >.>
Agent Query says that a YA novel is around 142 pages and 40-60k words...
Looks like we're doing a Jan/Feb Nano. As long as Arra gets back to me with the characters we're working with! I left that up to her.
Since we are going to be working with Teens and tweens and I want her to feel that this is her project too, I am letting her do a lot of character development. Mostly of our main group of 5 characters.

I'll try and keep you posted on our progress or lack thereof.

I am so excited and a little scared. Seeing at Nano in two months is - - it makes me giggly. But then again lots of things make me giggly!
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I haven't written today >.<
I'll do it but later…I am so tired.

I couldn't get to sleep last night so I took a pill and then I woke up at ten am. ugh! Nancy wasn't in the apartment so I just lounged around cause I could.

So yesterday on the 2nd I wrote maybe 300 words and then another 300 around midnight so I guess you could say that's for day 3. But I'll write more.
I reread what I did write and I like the flavor of it and the direction…now I just have to keep with it.

I am going to drop the writing on the body class. no "I think I will" no I AM because uhm…it just squicks me out. It's not what I thought it was going to be. It kind of intimidates me and it's not something…well the readings aren't something that I am going to be…modeling or (tk)ing . I write High Fantasy Fiction/Epic Fantasy…with the emphasis on FANTASY…not smut. Not romance although I like romantic elements.
I think if I drop WotB it will give me the opportunity to better concentrate on Fables.

The reason I took the fables class was because it looked interesting and…I though that it would be a good way to drop in those elements that make fables and tales so lasting. What re those things that make them capable of living so long. Those things that people resonates with them and that triggers something in them..some sort of hazy memory or instinct…
I want to put that into my writing so that when they read my stuff they get this sense of…"I've read this before" or more like.."this is a familiar tale, but in a fresh way with twist…or a story I should know but I don't remember this version of it."

is any of that making sense?
Well it does in my head…and that's what matters.

Oh! There was something that caught my attention and really has started to bother me.
Okay..Thursday (I think) I was watching one of my judge shows.
(I watch judge shows because I have no drama in my life. when you stay to yourself and am so introverted that you keep people away, this is as much drama I've got)
Anyways…it was divorce court where the MAN was taking his "wife" to court for divorce. But the judge started with the woman instead of the man…the wife claimed that her husband was a lothario.
What Got me was that she says: "He was on the phone and then he brings this "FEMALE" around…."
and that got me thinking…

The Nazi's began thinking of the Jews as animals as things, as "it"s so that the mind could accept the killing of their fellow man. I think I've heard that as long as you don't associate them with human it's easier to not think of them as such.
And that makes me very very sad.

As some of you may know, I am "friends" with a very strong feminist: Naamen. Yeah he's a guy but he associates himself as a feminist.

And after hearing this woman call this other woman a "Female" it just bothered me. I mean if you called her a girl, or an "other woman" she's still human. You call her a "Female" that's the same as calling her a slag, a slut, a whore, a bitch, a thing. It gives you leave to hate her to dehumanize her. And that's just a step up from giving permission to kill her. permission to hate indiscriminately and destroy that "thing" because she's at that point not a person (to the wife). And if she can make her not a person… you see where I am going with this?

This is a problem where there is no easy solution. Same way with my story Truth seeker. There is no "Easy" solution for racism and the killing of another race of people just because they aren't the same as you. Or because you are afraid of them.

However! I am a Voldmort sympathizer. Strange isn't it? I think it's because I am also an admirer of the Arabian horse and that of "pure blood" and family strains. but that may be a discussion for another day because I've lost my train of thought….it's left the station…


Oct. 22nd, 2007 06:56 pm
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It came! It Came!!

It's so small!!!!

My Neo (By Alphasmart) showed up today! I think it came regular mail, because I didn't HEAR the UPS guy show up, and I was here all day. Went to go get the mail, and it was sitting out there waiting by the door.

*squeals and runs around happily*
It's small! I think I could slip it into the large pouch of my backpack and take it with me to class. It's DEFIANTLY going with me when I go home on Friday!
Did I mention that it's small?

Light! and the keyboard doesn't hurt my hands like a regular one does. Even my Errgo is starting to hurt me a little bit.
I am SOOO Looking forward to November.

I am Sad though, Earlier today I found this blog where this person was telling us about this program he/she uses to block out all the distractions on his screen. It was called...Blackout? Darkout something like that. It turns your whole screen black and you can have green text.

Sounds like those dumb terminals that they used to have at the company. One person said that they had changed their screen to black with Amber..that's REALLY old time! But I didn't bookmark the URL and when I had to restart my computer, I lost it. *sobs*

I wonder if I could find it with Google. I'll give it a try.
With Darkout..or whatever and my out November! I am coming for you!


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