Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NaNoWriMo Update: Day 30 - Winner!

Late last night, I crawled over the finish line.  Whew!  I won. 

The work is shoddy, crappy, incomplete, juvenile, ridiculous, laughable, trash, and if I work on it more, might actually become something readable.  Might.  Maybe.  We'll see if I even look at it again.

Anyway, life goes back to normal starting today.  Thanks for sticking with me.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

NaNoWriMo Update: Day 27

I'm getting there!  I'm only 2 days behind and I have the story line still going strong.  Two characters were mercilessly whacked off and one is hanging in limbo at the moment.  I'll deal with him tomorrow, I think.

CONGRATULATIONS to those valiant writers who have crossed that 50K line!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

One of the many things I am thankful for:

Happy Thanksgiving!

AND my total favorite:  DIDN'T WANT TO WORK SO the link is here.

The Internet is a wonderful, wonderful thing and I thank the millions/billions of people who make it possible to enjoy old TV shows. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

NaNoWriMo Update: Days 22 & 23

I'm writing again!  In a bold maneuver, I pulled a character out of the original story line and began another one and am slowly catching up.  30,155 words at the end of the day yesterday and I still have some scenes in my head to write this evening after work.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

NaNoWriMo Update: Day 20 and a Fence

Good News and Bad News for you. 

The Bad News is that I'm nearly 6 days behind in NaNoWriMo.  I've lost the story and the rhythm of writing.  I haven't given up, however.  I plan on taking a walk this afternoon that will allow me to zone out into my story so far and figure out where to go from there.  Maybe I'll take a notebook with me and end up in the mall to write for a change of writing location.  One of the NaNo Pep Talks had that as a suggestion.

The Good News is that we FINALLY have our back fence repaired and reinforced.  We may be able to make it through the next monsoon without a section of the fence going down.  Repairing the fence in hot, humid weather is just not fun. 


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

NaNoWriMo Update: Day 17

It is with massive guilt that I report that I'm 3 days behind and probably will go 4 days before I can resume noveling.  Walls consisted of the following.

Monday: bill paying and a conference call for work,
Tuesday: a dinner meeting for work,
Wednesday: marathon grocery shopping (did fantastically well, though!), and
Thursday: getting in line for the midnight Harry Potter movie.

Sweet Friday, I can hear your noveling call!


Sunday, November 14, 2010

NaNoWriMo Update: Day 14

Okay, so I'm on track as far as the word count.  And still somewhat lost.  Tomorrow is the half-way point.  It is really tough slogging right now, but I'm determined to keep going.  I had to stop and write out where I am in the story - a list of questions and possible scenerios. Tomorrow, back at work, I will print out what I have so far and read it through.

Jodi Cleghorn, if you're reading this post, how in hell do you do it?  How do you keep track of everything and everybody?  I've got the index cards for characters, the outline, the synopsis, but I'm still lost. 

Maybe once I read it through start to finish on paper, I can figure it out.  I can't keep introducing more characters everytime I come to a mini-cliff hanger.


Friday, November 12, 2010

NaNoWriMo Update: Day 12

Whew!  I caught up.  I'm sitting at 20,279 words.  Needless to say that the story SUCKS and is incoherent at best, but I'm plugging along.

What's scary is that I've got all these balls tossed up in the air and I don't know which one(s) will be coming down first.  I've got an outline, but somehow it doesn't mean a heck of a lot right now. 

I've killed a duck and a dog.  I have a human character dying.  I have a mean bastard in jail about to get out and come visit my main character.  I've got a ghost, two accountants, the FBI, and an army general mixed in there, too.  We won't even go into what the hell these people have in common - 'cause I DON'T KNOW!

**deep, clarifying, calming breath**

Anyway, I have a morning at the botanical gardens scheduled tomorrow.  Perhaps some fresh air and beautiful scenery will help.

And there's always the "traveling shovel of death."

With Permission From the Poet:

stride and joy

by Gary Bowers

you go out the door
on a lucky day it feels like you're climbing into the sky
and you can't feel the ground when you step
or you can and your spirit does not accept the collect call from the ground

even in the airfouled valley
your lungs fill with gladness
your legs oars wheels thrusters orbiteers

destination stochastic
thoughts pleonastic pleonasms
graceous guttness grassy goldness stride pride ride pride strive strive i've
step step float duck duck gossamer

lamplines curve you into a new tomorrow of space
the asphalt concrete interface is a one-step staircase
you are the whacked tuning fork making its highpurr vibratory song
step step ease almost cry
with the relief of the simple universal

Thursday, November 11, 2010

NaNoWriMo Update: Day 11 and Week Two Hurdles

NaNo update: I've made up one day of my 3 day deficit (from working a 3 day conference) so I'm now only 2 days behind.  And it is official: I have encountered the Week Two hurdles.  I can say that the majority of comments are right.  I've hit the mud-pits. 

However, most of my mud slogs are due to other stressors here at home.  Writing has been somewhat of an escape from them.  If I can just keep going, I eventually disappear into the novel.  Plus, by having done a rough outline and a plot synopsis, even when I deviate a wee bit, I'm still on track with the story. 

Slowly, I type.  Key by key.  Word by word.  I'll get there, by gummies, I'll get there!

I've also decided that my mouse is dying.  ---  That's the computer's mouse, not any cute little critter.  (I love rodents - and bats - and such.)


Monday, November 8, 2010

NaNoWriMo Update: Day 8

Good morning everyone! 

I'm just back from a LONG weekend conference and haven't written a single character, let alone a word since Thursday night.  At that time I was on track.  Fortunately, after I spend a few hours at work today (conference clean-up), I have the rest of the week off to get caught up.

So, with that, I will leave you for now. 


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Write about packing a suitcase

It isn’t much fun anymore, she thought as she stuffed an extra pair of socks into a corner of the suitcase. The excitement has worn off and anxiety has taken its place. When did that happen? When did the glamour slip away?

September 11, 2001. That was when the fear of flying set in. That was when going to the airport laden with suitcases and totes brought not so hidden looks of suspicion from the crowds of travelers. Her scarf covered head and long sleeved dress, though expensive and tailored to perfection, once conveyed her dedication to a higher calling. Now it conveyed sinister intent.

While other people were advised to show up an hour ahead of the flight time, she learned to arrive two or even three hours early. Security slowed to a deliberate crawl. Her bags were double and triple checked. When the TSA added the full body x-ray, she considered quitting her job and maybe even abandoning the only comfort that remained: her beliefs.

No. She slammed the lid down on her suitcase, zipped it shut, and set it next to the door. If she quit, they would win. “This is who I am! Do you hear me world?” She stood up straight and looked at herself in the mirror. “I don’t care what you think. I did not hijack a plane. I did not use it as a missile. I don’t even know anyone who did.”

She felt the anger building in her chest again and shook her head. “No! No! I will not hate them for what they think of me! I cannot. If I allow even a speck of hate inside…”

The doorbell rang. Her taxi waits.

Monday, November 1, 2010

NaNoWriMo Begins!

Day One
Already frustrated: had to type up minutes from a meeting that happened last spring (can you say "procrastination"?) and just when I'm coming close to actually finishing them, my mother calls.  Then a pre-recorded political ad on the phone.  Then another.  I will be so glad when the election is over and they leave me alone.
Note to all candidates who use their trash campaign tactics over the phone lines and then don't end the call after I hang up and then call AGAIN later in the day - and you know who you are: you have lost my vote.  I don't want someone in office that runs their campaign on kindergarten playground tattletale platforms.  I don't want someone in office that is rude and inconsiderate of their constituants' personal space and time.  That just tells me how you will be in office: finger pointing and blaming everyone else for your problems.  Nope.  I will not vote for you.  Period
Anyway, I've gotten some writing done today, but not as much as I wanted.  I have a week's vacation next week so I'm keeping my eyes on that time to really build up a good word count to carry me through.