Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Giveaway is here.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
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.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
And on the last page, this:
Friday, November 4, 2011
Today's total words: 8510
Nano only word total: 17,836
Word total: 78,247
Page in word: 122
Chapter: ALL THE CHAPTERS
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.
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.
Today's total words: (since midnight) 4,731
Nano only word total: 14,057
Word Total: 74,468
Page in Word: 115
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!
I FINISHED CHAPTER SIX! AND I STILL HAVE SOME OF MY SOUL LEFT IN TACT! YAY!
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
October 31, 2011. 11:30 PM
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.
-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?