Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Near Witch Giveaway

CJ Redwine interviewed Victoria Schwab and they're giving away a copy of The Near Witch!  This book is up next on my to read list and looks amazing!  If you've never heard of it, go read the description, I promise you'll fall hard for this book too.

Giveaway is here.

Stay Tuned.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Editing Stalls

Unfortunately I have a huge amount of school work so I'm stalled in the editing process.  It'll get done, I just don't know exactly when.  Hopefully all done over winter break.  In the meantime I'll just keep dreaming about my characters and Dip's future obsession with time pieces.  (Book 2, might get a bit darker, there's some potential for PTSD after the big battle in Book 1).

Stay Tuned.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Revisions suck.  They hurt.  You have to kill your darlings, but killing them hurts.  I'm on page 101 right now.  My poor little manuscript is getting beaten up from getting carried around with me everywhere, even to classes.  It's so covered in red ink, pages folded up, small rips in the top, poor thing.

Revision gold:
Oberon (the city) is laid out like DC, it's not gridded at all.
The Oberon Museum is based on two of my favorite museums in DC, the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of American History.
There are so many little references to my life.
What do you do when you need to waste a day?  Have your characters go to the opera of course!  And it must be Salome, that's a requirement.

Stay Tuned.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

120 pages, 60 sheets, $6 WORTH IT

I printed my first draft today.  (After my first revisions on chapter 1 also known as the chapter in which I got to know my characters).  It was 120 pages, that's 60 sheets and at 10 cents a sheet at the library (ultimate college writer moment) that cost me $6.  But it was worth it because that meant I could hold it in my hands, do my revisions and editing with a red pen (I love red pens).  At first I was skeptical because of the cost.  But when those 60 sheets of paper came out of the printer and I got to hold them, I felt my happiness expand tenfold.  I was happy and excited enough before, but when I held those papers in my hands, felt the heft, saw the type on a real document, I almost cried.  This must be what it's like for a new mother and a newborn child.  I saw the beloved words, the six months I have put into this work, all there.  Real.  My baby book.

And on the last page, this:

Stay Tuned.

Friday, November 4, 2011

The End.

Ladies and gents, I just did something monumentous.  I finished the first draft.  I know it'll need a lot of editing and rewriting and snipping and adding of scenes.  But.  It's done.  I typed The End tonight at twenty to nine.

Today's total words: 8510
Nano only word total: 17,836
Word total: 78,247
Page in word: 122

I can't believe the first draft is really finished.  This is a weird feeling.  I'm excited, I'm happy, I'm elated.  But I'm also oddly empty.  I've been writing this book since May.  It's my baby.  And now it's done, the first draft is done.  It's strange, this feeling.  I've been holed up in my head with these characters for 6 months.

I'm taking some time off now to relax my brain.  Soon, probably next week, I'll start editing.  I'm also considering finishing nano by taking last year's nano book and picking up where I left off last year.  Either way.

Stay Tuned.


Chapter 1 took forever.
Chapter 6 ate my soul.
Chapter 8 was full of battle (also known as Chapter FIGHT CRY KISS).

Chapter 8 is done.  I'm starting Chapter 9 at 7 pm when we have a write-in in my university library with my other WriMo friends.  Here's to getting chapter 9 (aka YAY WE'RE ALL ALIVE EXCEPT SOME PEOPLE OH B T DUBS YOU'RE STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL) done tonight.

I'm so close guys.

Stay Tuned.

NaNoWriMo Night Update

I hit the groove.  I finished chapter 6, wrote all of chapter 7 (granted it's teeny tiny), wrote 2/3 of chapter 8, and wrote my big battle scene.  Granted it's all probably crap, but that's what editing and rewrites are for!

Today's total words: (since midnight) 4,731
Nano only word total: 14,057
Word Total: 74,468
Page in Word: 115
Chapter: EIGHT!

Stay Tuned.

NaNoWriMo Day 3 Update

Today's total words: 4,233
Nano only word total: 9,326
Word Total: 69,752
Page in Word: 108
Chapter: Still 6

I was hellbent on breaking 70,000 words total before midnight.  Now I'll just have to do it before I go to sleep, but it'll be a part of day four's update.  I'm so close to the end of chapter 6 I can taste it!  They've already met the Dark King!

Stay Tuned.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

NaNoWriMo Motivation

Just in case you need a little inspiration to keep on novelling today:

And so do I.  I can't wait to pick up each and every one of the books of my NaNoWriMo writing buddies.

Stay Tuned.

NaNoWriMo Day 2 Final Update

I might just do this at the end of each day.

Today's total words: 2149
Nano only word total: 5,093
Word total: 65,504
Page in Word: 102

Stay Tuned.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NaNoWriMo Day 2 Update

I just counted my words for the last two days.  Now, I have 3,475 words from the last two days.  I'm on page 100 in Word.  Total word count on The Book Without A Name About Faeries And Boyfriends: 63,886!

Stay Tuned.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

And so it begins

October 31, 2011.  11:30 PM

Picture it.

A girl, alone, in a polka dot dress, with brownies, sitting in the library’s cafe.  Another girl approaches, and then a boy, and then several more people.  Slowly the group builds to over half a dozen and they migrate to the periodicals room to sit in a big circle on the floor, eat brownies, talk about their hopes for the coming month, and then, as the clock turns to midnight, they write.  They type frantically and they write until their wrists are sore but they all have over 1600 words.  Some over 2000.  This small group is beginning, or in some cases continuing, to write novels.  They are future authors, current writers.  How do you become a writer?  You write. 

This was the scene this past few hours in the cafe in the library basement on my campus.  I baked us brownies.  We sat together first at a table, making awkward small talk and eying other people who would join our group, then on the floor in a circle, which widened later to accommodate more.  We had snacks, we talked about our plots, we began friendships that I hope will last past this stressful, tearing your hair out, month.  We ate brownies.  We wrote. 

Writing is a deeply personal, and often lonely, process.  Writers spend a lot of time in our heads.  We live in our own little worlds, so having other people who are doing the same thing, and not just through the internet far away but right there, tangibly next to you, is an amazing experience.  It’s validation, it’s cheerleading, it’s peer pressure.  And being there, watching someone’s brain crank out ideas while yours does the same, is an emotionally intimate experience.  Writing is lonely and deeply personal but by sitting on that floor and writing with others, I shared that writing experience.  That experience and that connection is beautiful.

Writer Girl Problems

In the spirit of the recently popular White Girl Problems, a few writer girl problems:

-Writing during class and losing track of time until you realize class has been out for five minutes.
-Telling people my Halloween costume is Serendipity Jones, only to have to explain that she's the fictional main character in my unfinished manuscript.
-Baking brownies for a NaNoWriMo kickoff and having to resist them.
-Losing all sense of sleep because you're up all night with your manuscript.
-Losing all sense of real human to human relationships because of writing and NaNoWriMo.
-Hand and arm pain post writing.


What are your writer girl (or writer guy) problems?

Stay Tuned.