Priorities.

It’s time to prioritize things.  I have a ton of things going on, and some things are going to have to be sacrificed to make time for the things that really, REALLY count.  Here’s my list. 1. Bear.  This includes keeping us healthy, so we can be together for a long, long time. 2. The…

Writing critique group- pt. 2

I just sent my short story along to the woman I met at Dragon*Con.  And now the worrying begins.  *shudder* In other writing news, I’ve been using this spreadsheet to keep track of my writing for the year.  I love it!  It has a lot of the features that I love about the NaNoWriMo counter,…

The mythical, fabled ‘writing group’

This is a magical, fantastical thing that I’ve been searching for for quite some time.  And in the ‘Short and Not So Sweet Stories’ panel, Eugie Foster and several other panelists kept stressing the need to find a good critique group. I really have tried.  I looked online, and mostly found writing communities where you…

My Hero (notes)

I attended a very similar panel last year, but it’s funny how some of the information is exactly the same, and some panelists will have completely different takes on the same topic. Panelists were: –Lynn Abbey–AJ Hartley–Gary Kim Hayes–Diana Peterfreund–Janny Wurts Notes: -Closed-Circle.net-Protagonist is necessary, hero is optional.-Hero tries to do the right thing, usually…

Vampires, Demons, and Werewolves–Oh My! (notes)

This was more an exploration of paranormal fiction and urban fantasy.  It wasn’t such an instructional panel, but I always take things away.  So the notes will be short. Panelists:–Lucienne Diver–Debra Dixon–Nancy Knight–Jana Oliver–Samantha Sommersby–Jennifer St. Giles–Jeanne C. Stein Notes: –Bellbridge Books (team tattoo?)-Jana Oliver- writes about Atlanta demons -How do you differentiate yourself in…

Dragon*Con Debriefing

Favorite things:  I married my Bear.  The video link is here.  I also got to spend time with friends that I only see once/year, saw some amazing writing panels, and got to game with some of our gaming group.  I also possibly found a writing group, or if not, a place to find a writing…

Searching for Trixie

The series of novels I’m working on are very autobiographical.  Or at least, they are autobiographical in that there is a lot of wish fulfillment there for how I would actually like to live my own life. For example, I have a character in my story that is based on what Bear and I would…

Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo

It begins in 8 days! I have a few goals for this time, including working from an outline (not my specialty), updating my wordcount here every day (a la Cherie Priest), and cleaning my room.  That last one will be easy to do as I procrastinate.  I’m going a bit out of order with this…

Writing a rape scene

Yeah.  I did that.  I didn’t enjoy it, but it had to be done. The worst part is that it was a character that I really like a lot.  But something bad had to happen to her to wrap up a plot point and move the action along.  It kinda fucked me up a bit,…

Back in the saddle again..

I wish that I was the kind of person who could develop a daily writing routine.  Sadly, that isn’t my style.  I thrive with NaNoWriMo pressure, but when I’m not in the middle of that, daily life tends to get in my way.  For example; since NaNo, I’ve gone through some major changes.  I’ve started…

Story idea from a dream

A person happens upon a bag of crystals that allow her to travel. For every trip she takes, a crystal is consumed, and steals a part of her soul. If she uses all the crystals, she dies. But each place she visits is increasingly more fantastic and unbelievable, and she can’t help herself. The wanderlust…

NaNo win!

NaNo win!

I haven’t had much to say about Nano, but that’s because I was busy doing it.. I didn’t make a lot of time to talk about it.. I kept getting behind, but I won in the end! I have about 35K words left before I finish The book completely, but that seems SO much more…

Research..

I just spent the entire night researching one niggling little plot point. I only wrote about 1000 words because I simply couldn’t go on without deciding this one thing.. I was SO frustrated, and SO pissed off. And then it clicked. And BOOM! All these little hanging bits of the story line started connecting almost…

Na-NOT!!

Here I am, same time of year, faced with another reason not to write.. Last year I was on day 3 of NaNo when the ovarian cysts hit.. It was pretty major.. This year my kinda grandmother passed away.. That sucks in and of itself.. I’ve been a little sad, a little teary when I…

So yeah…

Today I wrote 2150 words.  That’s Ok.  The word goal is 1667 for Nano, but I didn’t write that much yesterday either.  On any other days, I would be fine with that.  But this was my first weekend off in FOREVER, and I just couldn’t focus.  I did try, and sat in front of my…

NaNo update..

OK, so I haven’t been writing here.  But that’s fine.  I’ve been writing my book.  I’m at 8083 words for Nano, 45,095 all together, and I’m hoping that I have another few hundred in me before bed.  We’ll see.  Today was supposed to be a huge day of writing, but I just couldn’t focus.  I…

Every fucking time.

Every time I start getting excited about working on my novel again, someone gets horribly sick and/or dies.  First, Dad.   Then, on the third day of NaNo last year, I had a pair of ovarian cysts burst and I was in a painkiller coma for about a week.  I was slowly starting to work on…

NaNo day 1

I wrote 2948 words, which is almost twice what I would nee to write per day to get it done by Nov 30.. I’m trying to build in a cushion for myself since I don’t know how training will go.. My worries so far? I have the attention span of a brain-damaged fish. Seriously. I…