Monday, June 25, 2012

On Hold

I'm blocked on Delia's story, so I've decided to put it on hold.  I need to edit Serendipity before the school year starts since I won't have time then.  I hit a great idea on how to fix the first chapter, and it's very exciting.  I'm hoping to have it edited and ready to submit when I go back to school in August.

Hope everyone's doing well with Camp Nano!

Stay Tuned.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Guys, my writing mojo for the day just never showed up.  I was even at an exciting scene.  Know why?  Because Storybook released a new version and now I can't get my file open properly to see my outline.  I have the actual writing backed up elsewhere, and most of the outline handwritten, but that is frustrating.

Right now I'm up to 22k and change, so today won't be much of an update.  I'm tired and kind of sick, so I'll count today as my day off and feel better tomorrow.

Stay Tuned.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Camp Nano Days 6, 7, and 8

So, this is a three-day update.  I missed my 2k/day goal yesterday by about 800 words, but it was okay, if it doesn't come, it doesn't come.  I'm trying to be zen about it, especially since I'm also trying to revise Serendipity.  It's hard, I never realized how hard revising was because I've only ever revised short stories.  Short stories are still important to me, but they're not my baby the way that Serendipity is.  My family's also in a little bit of a transition period right now, so my dad's home all the time before he starts a new job next week.

I completely fell for my story's main couple in today's scene.  They're not a couple yet, they don't become a couple until the very end of the outline, but they're flirting and they've got a lot of romantic tension.  They're cute.  I wasn't sure it was going to work but it totally is.  I'm getting so excited for them as a couple now!  You know that way you get giddy when you watch your favorite tv show and you have this perfect couple (*cough Naley cough*) and you rewatch the times when they're becoming a couple and you just...squeal and smile because you can see their perfection as a couple?  That's what I'm getting with these two.  I get so excited for this story in general and I'm getting SO excited to write more of these two.

Meanwhile from my inspiration file:

Stay Tuned.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Camp Nano: Days 4 & 5

I'm kind of liking this every two days check in.  It frees up some more time during the writing craziness.  So yesterday I put off my writing.  You know how writers who are also parents have to wait until their kids are in bed before they start writing?  Well I have to either write before mine get up/get home, or after they're at work/asleep.  As you can probably tell I'm not talking about children.  I live with my parents and grandmother and they're as much of a handful as three small children.  When they're awake it's "JEANNI! Water the flowers!" and "JEANNI! Make your grandma some lunch!" and "JEANNI! Hand me that remote that's two inches from my hand but oh I worked so hard last night and can't move, even though I came home five hours ago and slept!"  (Confession: That's mostly my dad.  But my mom can get in the way of writing and my grandma's 84, I have to watch her carefully to make sure she doesn't fall.)  I tried waiting until after my parents were both at work and my grandma was asleep, but by then I just wanted to sleep, so I only got out a little over 1200 words.  Not pleasant friends.  But this morning I went back to my early morning sploonage and it worked wonderfully.  Over 2200 words.

Day 4
Day Total: 1,237
Novel Total: 6,147

Day 5 (so far)
Day Total: 2,257
Novel Total: 8,404

Now I have to be honest, I did some pre-nano writing on this book.  Exactly 2,746 words worth.  So while my nano total is 8,404, my actual novel total is 11,150.  I'm going to continue only counting my nano total these posts since these are to keep track of my progress during nano, but my final total will be added up at the bottom.

Also, I tried out writing in Write Or Die (the web app) this morning and HOLY WOW!  Guys!  Guys!  I wrote the first 1154 in 37 minutes and the second 1103 in 36 minutes!  The threat of Write Or Die eating my words, or playing Banana Phone while making my screen all red and angry REALLY motivated me.  I am officially swearing by it.  From now on.  Swears made by Write Or Die (WoD) are holy.  Almost as holy as swearing on fish finger and custard or crossing my hearts and hoping to regenerate.

Good luck!

Stay Tuned.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Camp Nano Day 2 & 3

Day 2 (Also known as the day of the Failure)
Day Total: 212
Novel Total: 2,879
Break downs so far: 0
Break downs expected: 3+
Major plot changes in the last 24 hours: 0

Day 3
Day total: 2,031
Novel Total: 4,910
Break downs so far: 0 (amazing considering the previous day's 212)
Break downs expected: 3+
Major plot changes in the last 24 hours: 3

I had to rewrite the ending of the book entirely on my outline.  It was a lot of work, which is probably what ate up so much of my wordsmithing abilities on day 2.  But I'm not worried.  This is my third Nano.  I've already completed one novel.  I can do this, although my brain actually thinks I cannot.  I can, I have.  Breathe.

How's everybody doing?

Stay Tuned.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Camp Nano Day 1

So far today I've written 2,226 words.  I don't intend to write more, though I might later if the mood strikes.  I also had an idea about the ending and am now changing that.  So that outline work will probably take up most of my afternoon.  Then I want to try to edit some more of Serendipity in the evening.  I plan on living June in three worlds: Sister Psychic, Serendipity, and you know, the real world.  But the real world is no fun.

Day Total: 2,667
Novel Total: 2,667
Break downs so far: 0
Break downs expected: 2+
Major plot changes in the last 36 hours: 1

Relatedly, have you all heard about June Sploon?  It's a Camp Nano style challenge by Rachel Hawkins (author of the Hex Hall trilogy) but instead of 50k in 30 days, the goal is a pace of 2k/day M-F all of June, resulting in 42k.  That's a lot of words.  Does Camp Nano sound too intimidating?  Try June Sploon, fewer words, weekends off.  Caveat: More words per day required to finish at 42k.

I'm combining June Sploon with Camp Nano for a Camp Nano 2k/day frenzy.  Fun times friends, fun times.  I'm anticipating at least two breakdowns this month, as my recap shows.

Originally I had considered writing in Storybook for this book.  That's not happening.  The platform just doesn't feel right for me.  It works amazingly well for holding my meta documents and sorting my scenes once written, but not so well for actual writing.  I'm going to be bouncing between OmmWriter (very similar to CreaWriter, but just different enough that I do prefer it.  It's freeware, which is the best kind, and it has an awesome distraction free background PLUS a wordcount at the bottom that disappears while you're writing) and Write or Die the web app version.  The desktop version is only $10 but I don't know yet if I like it enough to buy it, plus $10 is a lot for an unemployed college student.  If anyone has tried the desktop version and thinks it's GLORIOUS please let me know.  I'm considering it as a use of some birthday money.    OmmWriter is where I wrote large chunks of Serendipity, as well as CreaWriter.  They're both great softwares but I like OmmWriter just a little more.  Will that keep me from using both?  Not at all.

How are your Camp Nano journeys going?  How are your wordcounts?  Do you have a wordcount dragon breathing down your neck?  I do, her name's Kera and she's a lovely shade of purple.  If I don't feed her words she starts chomping away on my keyboard.  In real life though I have only me and the peer pressure of knowing how many other people there are doing Camp Nano and doing it well.  Peer pressure, sometimes, is a good thing.

Stay Tuned.