Saturday, December 1

Nano is done

I have finished National novel writing month as of 10:00 pm with 50,025 words. I have now taken some Advil for the major headache and celebrated earlier with wine. I'm happy, but sad at the same time. I wrote 7,895 words today. I really enjoy Nano, but for the past couple of days I've been ready to be released from the stress that goes with it. I'm going to work on finishing up the remaining 39,975ish words during the first half of December, but I'm not going to allow myself to get so stressed about it. Hooray! It's bedtime now.

'Night!

Friday, November 23

End of Day 23

This is just a very brief blog to say that I am at 33415 today. Hooray! I wrote 2,908 words today. Now I'm going to sleep! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving yesterday.

'Night!

Sunday, November 18

End of Day Seventeen

Well, another short blog, but today is the end of day seventeen and I wrote 6,055 words today. Woohoo! I'm really happy about that. Now I have a grand total of 23,213 so far. I hope for tomorrow to be another successful day with lots of writing. I'm feeling pretty good this year. I haven't felt burn out once. Well, not any from writing too much at least.

Hooray! It's bedtime now!

'Night!

Tuesday, November 13

End of Day Twelve

This is going to be a short blog post tonight, but I really want to share. I wrote 5,063 words today! Woohoo! That makes 13,555 words total! Yay!

Now I'm off to bed.

'Night

Sunday, November 11

End of Day Eleven

Well, it is the end of day eleven and I have written 8,492 words so far. I'm a little behind, but there's plenty of time to catch up still. National Novel Writing Month has been another great experience so far. I've had my moments of faultering, but I just have to pick myself back up again and press forward.

The TARA meeting on Saturday was wonderful. Roxanne St. Claire did the workshops and gave me inspiration when I really needed it. I love hearing her speak. She's fun and sincere.

Now I'm off to bed.


'Night

Saturday, November 3

End of Day Three

Well at the end of day two I was at 2046 words (total), but I had a math exam on Saturday, which is why I didn't write as much as I was supposed to. Today I've managed to get to 2865 (total). Tomorrow I hope to have a better day of writing, but so far so good! =)

Bedtime now!

'Night

Friday, November 2

The End of Day One

I'm just wrapping up the end of day and wrote 1667 words today. The average amount of words that Nano'ers need to write a day to reach 50,000 words by November 30th. I'm feeling so excited about that word count. Yay! That gives me a boost since before I sat down to my evening writing session (I wrote this morning as well), I felt slightly skeptical of my novel idea and not as comfortable or pleased as I had wanted to be with it.

The characters are finally starting to develop some voice. My inner editor is screaming at me almost constantly, but I've been able to ignore him somewhat so far. I haven't given in to major reworking of what I have so far, but I have done a few tweaks here and there and added a bit of description to things previously written, but hey, it's all about word count, right? I tend to spend more time on the first few chapters, I think, since I want to have something solid to start with. With writing challenges like Nano, sometimes that can mess me up, but hooray for day one!

I'm going to write a little bit more, and then I'm off to bed.

'Night!

Wednesday, October 31

Happy Halloween!

Well, well... Halloween is finally here. Wow. I'm not doing much for it. Not this year at least. To me it's almost just like any other day. I have thoughts of paranormal fun in my head almost every day of the year. I watch paranormal horror movies frequently, and I read Fantasy and Paranormal Romance... a lot.

So... what am I thinking about most today?

What happens at 12:01am tonight... National Novel Writing Month! http://www.nanowrimo.org

6 hours remaining...

Happy Halloween everyone. Be safe and have fun.

Thursday, October 18

Today I wrote 771 words. Yay! I read a great quote today by E.L. Doctorow on the "70 Days of Sweat" webpage.

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”
Isn't that great? But, I'm starting to get sick and feverish. What in the world?

Oh well. That's one of the reasons this is such a short blog!

Night!

Wednesday, October 17

Day three of "The Seventy Days of Sweat: Writing Challenge" http://70daysofsweat.com/wordpress/

Today was the first day that I participated and I managed to get done 800 words. Hooray! I have sweated for Sven! (That's a great name.) It's pretty good since I didn't know which story I'd work on until I sat down and tried to spot which would be easiest to dive into on the spot. I decided and am feeling great about it! I'm getting "the flow." =)

Plus, I'm only 1450 words behind now for the Sven says Sweat! challenge. Double yay! I've made progress!

I'm now off to get some sleep, and well work on plotting my National Novel Writing Month project for November 1st. I'm a crazy cat.

Night!

After going by my critique partner's blog today, I have been lured by Sven to sweat. How can anyone resist him? Yum! But seeing as how it's just after midnight and the event started on Oct. 15th, I'm 1500 words behind! lol Hooray! A goal.


I'm probably going to work on my plotting now though for when Nov. 1st comes. Then the heavy duty work will have to begin, but yes, I'm starting a new project as opposed to working on an unfinished work like I thought before. This is probably a good thing since it's been a while since I've worked on something really new.


Well, I'm going to bed now! I have midterms tomorrow. Eewww...


Night!

Wednesday, October 3

Well, yesterday went alright. I wrote around 300 words, which is okay, but not as much as I would have liked. I also got sick. Icky. Oh well though. I'm still pressing through. I registered for the Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award today for the novel I finished and am now editing. Part of me wonders if I'm insane for trying to get it all polished between now and the 10th, but it's worth a shot.

I'm going to go back to resting now. I'll try to get some more writing done and post another entry later to get back on track. =)

Monday, October 1

Here we go. My first blog of October. Today I started on a new novel and wrote about 7 or so pages. Hooray! I'm excited about this novel. Its one that I worked on previously, but only got to around 12k words. Now I'm picking up where I left off and editing what I had, since it was the first novel I ever wrote, and I had a lot to learn back then, but so far, so good.

Transitioning into this heroine's head is slightly harder than I thought. In my last novel the heroine was more of a force to be reckoned with, as opposed to this character who is...not weaker, but...more fragile. I'm going to try to get out the first draft of the novel this month, and then next month participate in National Novel Writing Month. http://www.nanowrimo.org It's a great challenge and fun. Hey, you write 50k words in 30 days. What could be better? =)

Well. I'm feeling very positive and cheery now, so I'm going to go to bed now.

More tomorrow.

Night!

Wednesday, September 26

The website was updated regarding the summer trip. Also, I am so close to being finished with editing. I have a deadline of myself for getting it finished as Sept. 30th, and I know I can do it. I've even been able to add more to the novel to fill in gaps that I've noticed.

In October, I'm vowing to update my blog more than I have been, but the past is the past. =)

Now for bed.

Night!

Monday, September 24

hooray

I am almost done with editing my novel. I have approximately 26 pages to go. Hooray! Then I'll be able to start submitting it to agents and editors. I'm so excited. I'll give more information on that as it happens.

Also, I'm almost finished with the page of what I did on my trip. I'll try to have it up on my website by Tuesday. (There is one version up on it now that my husband wrote, but I have some corrections to add.) Sorry for the delay on that. It's been pretty hectic recently.

Well, I'm off to bed as soon as I print out these last few pages of my novel to edit tomorrow.

Night.

Monday, August 27

Okay, here's a new post at long last. The editing is taking me way long than I'd expected, but I'm 41% of the way through. Hopefully I've caught on to a decent pace now. I'll post a blog within the next few days about my trips due to much interest from Vicki and Erica. =) Not too much else I can think of.

Night.

Thursday, August 9

Not too much new...

Back to Tampa, yet again! First I was in Europe then I came back to Tampa, and then I went to Arizona. Now I am back in Tampa! Hooray that will be the last time I'm going to really be traveling outside of Florida. While I was in Arizona, I entered another RWA contest. This time the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal one.

Not too much else, except now I'm back to editing my novel and hoping to start plotting my next one soon.

Thursday, July 26

Today I'm heading home. Finland has been fun, but I can't wait to be back on a regular schedule. Anyways, we'll have to be at the airport in a few hours, so now to pack the laptop!

Monday, July 23

Now that the wedding and everything included is behind me, I feel compelled to update the blog. We got back from our trip to Norway yesterday, but I must keep everything up to date! Eeep.

Okay, now on to other things. I'm back to editing now. Hooray. I received a wonderful critique from my critique partner and feel thoroughly invigorated. Well, I'll write again later. Now I'm off to get something to drink before I start.

Friday, July 6

a small continuation of last week


Thirteen Places I'd Love To See



1. Ireland. Land of fairy tales, beauty, and history. Who wouldn't want to travel there?

2. Italy. Wonderful food and, again, fascinating history (both ancient and medieval, my favorite kinds. Hmm...am I giving away my history fanaticism?)

3. Alaska. The great white north. Plus I love snow, and it just seems like it'd be an amazing place to see.

4. Transylvania. Once again, yes I had to mention it. I'd love to see Bran Castle and all of the other magnificent things there.

5. Lapland. It's in Northern Scandinavia, especially Finland, and I've love to go explore and see what it's like there. Plus they have cute fuzzy reindeer!

6. Greece. More awesome history comes from here.

7. Russia. Ah, what can I say. I'm a bit infatuated with this country. Beautiful language, I love Chicken Kiev, fascinating history, etc.

8. Washington State. It seems like it'd be a great place to visit, plus I'd like to see Seattle.

9. Northern California. Again, seems like a nice place to visit, and I'd like to see the big Redwood trees.

10. Scotland. I think this one goes without saying. Scottish highlands, and of course the pubs! haha

11. Ukraine. It seems like it'd be a fascinating place to visit. I love Eastern European history.

12. Switzerland. The Alps. I'd love to see those!

13. San Diego, California. Well, I'd just love to go to Sea World here and see how different it'd be than Orlando as well as to the Zoo, etc.


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Wednesday, July 4

Happy Fourth of July everyone! I'm off to do a bit of editing and then to bed for me. Stayed out late last night because it was the fiance's birthday. Now today I have had a rather peaceful 4th of July. Awesome. Tomorrow I'll work on more editing, of course, and a lot of personal business. I'll try to get that Thursday 13 done though! Check back tomorrow for that. Nothing else too incredibly exciting has been going on.

'Night!

What Flavor Margarita Are You?

You Are a Lime Margarita

Realistic and grounded, you have the energy to tackle any obstacle that stands in your way.
Hyper and driven, you despise lazy behavior of all kinds... especially lazy drunks too tired to dance!

Thursday, June 28

my first shot at a thursday thirteen


Thirteen Favorite Places I've Been



1. Orlando, Florida. It's the land of make believe and fun. What more can I say? It has great amusement parks, and the general atmosphere of the city is just wonderful. It has attractions for people of all ages. Fun things for kids and adults. Nightlife there is great, too. I used to live there a few years back, and a part of me still feels drawn to go back!

2. St. Louis, Missouri. I remember going as a child visiting my grandmother there. There are several fun things to see like a magic house, a large carousel museum (with a carousel that I used to love riding on), the Arch... WOW, the great museums there, too. Of course as a kid I used to be like, oh old stuff... can we go somewhere else? But I can look back and remember it for the greatness it was. I'd love to go back here as well.

3. Tennessee. Okay, maybe I'm biased since I'm from TN, but it has a lot of great things to see and do. My favorite parts are Central TN and Eastern TN where the Smoky Mts are. I *LOVE* the Smoky Mountains. Plus the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge areas are totally fun, too! I was raised in Central TN, so I, of course, enjoy the Parthenon (a replica of the one in made in Greece, which is AMAZING. Run, don't walk to get there if you can.) It has a lot of other great things, like the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. I could say a lot more about it, too.

4. Romania. What can I say? It was the first international country I'd ever gone to, besides from Canada and Amsterdam's airport. The culture is so incredibly fascinating. I *SO* want to go back here, listening Mr. Fiance? I had a crowded schedule when going since I went with a group from my university, so I couldn't go exploring everything that I wanted. I went to Bucharest and Braila while there, which aren't very close together, so I also was able to experience a four hour bus trip both ways, which in itself was fabulous. The landscape was wow, too. And now I'm rambling, but when I go back, I want to explore Bucharest some more and go to explore Transylvania and Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) and all of the Medieval towns, etc.

5. Helsinki, Finland. And well all of the parts of Finland that I've seen so far. It's all lush and foresty. Lots of lakes, too. And I mean A LOT. I was all smug thinking that my glorious land of lakes, Florida, could stand up to the amount of lakes here... Not a chance. They have more than 60,000 lakes in Finland. Plus a lot of smaller lakes and then rivers, etc. Back to Helsinki. It's a wonderful city. It has a great feeling to it. Plus, the architecture is gorgeous. I love old cities that have that kind of feel to them.

6. Amsterdam. Okay, so I spent one of the layovers sitting in the Amsterdam airport for eight hours, but hey, on the way back through we got to actually see the big city. The architecture was once again AMAZING. It went along great with the weather at the moment, which was on the dreary side, but! I'd love to go back and explore this city (and The Netherlands) more.

7. Key West, Florida. Okay, what can I say? It's an awesome place. The history is a blast. There are cats and chickens all roaming the streets, and neither minds the other much. They have Key Lime Pie on a stick and chocolate covered Key Lime Pie on a stick. Both are AMAZING! And I know you can get them at the stores, but still... Also, there are great restaurants like Sloppy Joe's. I'm planning on my next Key West run to be soon, especially
since the fiance hasn't been there.

8. Savannah, Georgia. Hmm, mentioning Key West makes me somehow think of Savannah. I thoroughly enjoy going to Savannah as well. It was another place that my grandmother used to live and we'd go and visit her there. Yes, same grandmother. She enjoyed moving around, and well, I enjoyed going to new places, so it worked out well. This city again has wonderful history. I'm still trying to convince anyone to go on a ghost tour with me, but as of yet no one has been nice enough to agree. lol The Pirate's House is a great place to eat while there. River Street is another must see. Of course there are a lot there, but...

9. San Francisco, California. Well, so how were you guessing I'd mention it? It's a great place to do sightseeing. I saw Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, and even rode on a trolley car! I'm going to be going back next year since the Romance Writer's of America conference will be there, and I'm going to make darn sure I'm there since of course this summer has been spent with the fiance. Unfortunately, my brain can't think of too much else to say about this one.

10. New Orleans, Louisiana (Pre-Katrina). It's sad that a place with such vibrant history and feel was damaged so badly. I had the chance to go prior to Katrina, and the city was enthralling, especially well, since I'm a horror/romantic paranormal/urban fantasy writer. I'm glad that I at least got to see it before it was devastated and hope it rebuilds quickly.

11. Colorado. I've had the wonderful opportunity to have driven through this state. It is beautiful! The mountains with their snow caps even during summer is just mindblowing. I'm glad that I stayed awake for most of this drive.

12. Yellowstone National Park. This was a great adventure. I loved seeing the almost untouched nature. Plus how amazing is it to be driving along and then a huge animal like a moose starts walking across the road in front of you and then stops and lingers. It's also interesting to see the other people getting out of their for better pictures. I wonder if they really value their lives since wild animals can attack, ya know? Plus, Old Faithful was quite fun to watch as well.

13. New Mexico. It has some great culture and history as well. Plus there are some great museums, parks, monuments, etc. I've been there a few times. I'm not too fond of hot temperatures (pfft, I know I live in Florida, but Florida is different), but some of the exciting attractions like the Gila Cliff Dwellings, and then there's Santa Fe and Albuquerque to see.


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Wednesday, June 27

Today I didn't progress in leaps and bounds, but I did go out on the town some. I added a section to an earlier chapter that me and my crit partner agreed would add some luscious tension. Plus it allows the character development to make a bit more sense for how they end up later on. It's a messy road, but someones got to travel it. Tomorrow I plan on editing chapter seven and eight of the novel. Hooray! Those are two quite long chapters, but hopefully I'll manage not to get too sidetracked and lured away by the various shiny objects (e.g. other things I could be doing like checking my hotmail or Kristin Nelson's Pub Rants, lol.)

Well, that's about it. 'Night.

Tuesday, June 26

The website got it's monthly update, today! There were quite a few changes to the layout. We made it have more of a feel like that of my blog. I'm really enjoying this change. It's more savvy and professional looking. Within the next few days there will probably be a few more small changes occurring. Edits to the bio page, projects page, etc. Regarding writerly news, I 've gotten some more pages edited. Two chapters today, actually. Hooray! Tomorrow I'll work on it some more, but right now. I'm going to bed. I'm exhausted.

That's about it for now. Keep checking back.

'Night!

Monday, June 25

I've edited 6 pages today, which is a bit sad, but I did get a critique partner, too! Hooray for that achievement! Tomorrow shall be better! =)

That's it for now. It'll be a micro-blog today because I'm pretty tired. lol

Sunday, June 24

the promised status report

Well, today went surprisingly well. I'm at the beginning of chapter seven (out of thirty-five). Hooray! I can honestly say I've done a good day's work. Three edited chapters! Of course, I'm planning on giving it another run through with a completely printed out version. For now I'm going to go through with the word processor since I don't want to kill more trees than I have to. I know I could catch some wording errors and scene mistakes before printing it. Word processor is a lot easier for me to copy and paste and delete or insert things that I hadn't thought of before (though, of course, I have the pre-edited document saved as well in case I want to put back in anything). So I'm calling it a night, as it's 12:15AM Helsinki time. Tomorrow I'll be able to be all perky eyed and cotton-tailed and do it all over again!

Night!

so far, so decent

Well since I last stated that I would really kick it into gear, I have edited the first four chapters of my novel and am currently half-way through editing chapter five. Hooray! Not as much as I would have necessarily loved, but it's still a good jump on it.

Well, I am just taking a break and eating a bit of ice cream and drinking some cold Coca-Cola on this nice summer day. Now to return my bowl to the kitchen and get back to work!

Another status update later, since I have been mucho lacking in the accountability area recently.

Sunday, June 17

to edit or not to edit, that is the question

So, I'm here in Finland with my fiance and having a good time. I have needless to say not done much editing. It's sad, depressing, etc. I still have a chance to make it right though. I must get the novel edited!!!!! MUST! I will just try to keep pushing away at it. I keep saying, oh yes, I will edit my novel today, but then my attention gets turned to something else and I am like "oooohhh... shiny object...." and forget my plan of editing until I'm so tired that I'm like.... "edit... sleep... edit... sleep.... oh darnit, I'm going to sleep." I shall make a change! So, here I am, I shall go off and try to find something to eat, and then... I will get started on editing. Finally. Mark my words, it shall get done!

Monday, May 28

Things have been pretty stressful recently and are only now getting smoother and better. Pretty soon I'll be off to see my lovely fiance in Finland, so I'm going to get as much done on the novel as I can, then I'll be editing my novel next month and in July like I'd mentioned before. I can't wait to get it into editing mode. That shall be really nice.

Not too much has been going on. My actual website shall be coming soon, which I can't wait! It'll probably be up in one way or another by Tuesday.

Happy Memorial Day today, by the way! =)

Wednesday, May 16

Five pages. I know I could have pushed for more, but with being under the weather, I think that it wouldn't be in my best interest to do more than I can handle and be up and about more than I can handle. I do have some more ideas floating around now, but I feel like I'm walking through a fog, illness and story-wise. With the story it seems like I'm getting an idea and then once I get through it another one comes along. Almost like the characters are practically having to guide me through. It's pretty interesting. I haven't ever really experienced this kind of think before, especially so close to the end of a novel.


Bedtime!

Monday, May 14

Two pages, but I'm pretty tired and cold tonight, plus I really don't have an excellent idea of where the story is heading, which means that I should have worked on plot a bit more earlier today, though that really wasn't able to be worked into my schedule. Tomorrow will be better. I know it will.

Anyways. I should be hearing back on the contest tomorrow.
Six pages today! Hooray! The writing came to me well once again. Now I'm at another point in which I need to do a little bit of plotting before I have a picture-perfect idea of what is going to happen next, but I'm sure it'll all work out well though. Yay!

Mother's Day was pretty good. It was a rather nice, relaxing day. Blood Ties was absolutely fantasic. Henry was quite yummy. Mike wasn't too bad either. I was surprised with myself for thinking that, but it was true. Today's episode storyline wise grabbed me. I barely recognized the fact that time was passing so quickly.

Well... it is WAY past my bedtime. Even my usual late one. Ouch. =/

Night!

Sunday, May 13

Happy Mother's Day

Seven pages today! Hooray! I didn't even do half of what I had written down to do. I could probably work on it, too and get more written, but it's 3:00AM and alas, I can't sleep until 1PM tomorrow unfortunately since it'll be Mother's Day, and I'll be having brunch with her. (Breakfast technically because I don't get into that whole brunch thing, but by the time that I'll probably be eating it the average breakfast hours will be over, so it won't technically be breakfast, but oh well. =P)

I went to the RWA meeting today. It was wonderful. Diana Peterfreund spoke about Secondary Characters and Subplots as well as Writing YA Fiction. They were all very, very interesting topics, and I learned a lot out of it. I got several names of agents to check into and a better understanding of how I can spot the different subplots in stories. On a subconscious level it's probably easy to figure out, but when I try to look for things like that I just see story. It's probably a sign that the author did such a great job with sucking me into the story that I don't bothering with trying to hunt it all up, but oh well... lol.

Status on novel: Approximately 56 pages to go, which means I'll probably be done within 14 days.

Bedtime!

Friday, May 11

Two pages so far. I'm starting on my writing earlier in the day, but I'm also quite exhausted. A bit discouraged because of outside sources as well, but I just have to let that go. I'm writing because I enjoy it and I know that I can do it. I've had professors and published authors admire and encourage my writing before, so I just have to allow that to be enough to wash away the rest.

If I get anymore done then I'll post the further progress, but I'm not sure if I will or not. I have to wake up bright and early for my local RWA meeting tomorrow. Hooray!

Later.
Another six pages are done! Hooray! Wow! I really hit a stride, too, because it only took me less than 45 minutes to do those, which is pretty amazing. Yay! =)

Anyways. I'm going to bed now.

Night!

Thursday, May 10

Four pages done today. Hooray! I only have 20% more to go, as told by my progress meter. Exciting...

Well, I'm off to bed to hopefully wake up at a somewhat decent time tomorrow. Maybe I can get myself to start writing before the clock strikes midnight. That would be a nice change. =)

Bedtime!

Wednesday, May 9

Six pages! Hip hip hooray! A record has been made! Not that it's one of the best I've done on usual writing terms, but it's new since I've been trying to actively write every day. Approximately 72 pages to go! Yay!

I've actually been developing how this book may end up wrapping up. It's pretty exciting. It actually seems like I have a good idea. Hopefully agents and editors will think the same thing.

Anyways!

Well. I am sleepy, so I must go sleep.

Bedtime!

Tuesday, May 8

Five pages done. Hooray! I've broken through some of the lack of ideas. I also calculated how many more pages I'd need until I reach my goal. It would be around 78 pages. 78 divided by 4 pages a day would be 19.5 days until I would be done with my novel. If that's true that I could be expected to finish on the 26th or 27th, which would be pretty awesome. I'd have everything done, and just need to edit it thoroughly. And it will need a thorough editing, but hopefully that won't be too challenging.

That's about all I can think of. I have a headache, so I'm going to be moseying myself off to bed now.

Night!

Monday, May 7

Three pages of writing done. It started into the actual filling of a plothole instead of mostly being insane ramblings, which is good. Needless to say I started after 1 a.m. and am not feeling up to a lot of writing tonight. When you start staring at your hair instead of actually typing then things aren't going all that well. At least I got a reasonable amount done. Not the best, but at least it's something.

Blood Ties was absolutely fantasic again. It had a lot of Henry Fitzroy in tonight's episode, which is always wonderful. Sexy sexy vampire...

Sunday, May 6

Three pages done and it's only 6 minutes past midnight, hooray! I'm hoping to get back to my five pages in less than thirty minutes nights, but perhaps I want it too badly to achieve or something. Heck, I don't know. Oh well.

Well, bedtime, I'm tired. I've seen several cat fights tonight made by my dominant little Tada cat, and that has been enough excitement for my evening.

Saturday, May 5

Two more pages written. I'm 75% done with the book, and that number just surprises me... a lot. In a way, I know that I'm probably nearly 3/4ths done, but since my mind isn't 100% sure what exactly is going to happen in part of that 25% still left, I'm just shocked....

Well, it's bedtime. I did work on some plotting today, but most of the time that I was going to spend on writing got instead spent on the fiance, which isn't bad, but wasn't what I was expecting to be using on it. Oh well. Always tomorrow, right? (Technically later today.)

Bedtime.

Oh...yeah...and on a sidenote: Happy Cinco de Mayo! (happy fifth of may =P )... I know in what way I shall be celebrating it.

Friday, May 4

I've written two pages yet again. Not exactly the amount of pages that I want, but this time I'm just plain tired. I did reorganize a few chapters/scenes to new locations that would make better sense and also made a few notes on how some of those chapters would work better with the characters, etc.

I had to go clothes shopping today. That horrid event. It was my last day of work for a few months as well. I'm pretty excited about that. I shall very much so relax tomorrow. I'll also work on the plotting of my novel. If I don't then I'm going to end up running out of things to write.

Not too much else I can think of right now.

Bedtime!

Thursday, May 3

Two pages, and considering how much garbage I had to deal with from everyone and the very stressful final exam from my psycho professor, I think that's pretty darn good for the day I've had.

Good job for me.

Bedtime.

Wednesday, May 2

A quick note to add that I've done 4 pages tonight. Hooray! Especially since I'm still trying to focus on where the story is heading and what I've done that is going to be kept, and then trying to place the good stuff into the areas that I need it.

Ugh. That's what you get when you only outline half of it and then burst out into writing several scenes scattered all over the place because everything you write after your outline runs dry dead ends itself after a while.

It sucks. I'm content with four pages though, so hooray!

Off to bed for me. I have a final exam with (insert several interesting expletives here) tomorrow. Ugh!

Tuesday, May 1

Five pages done. Hooray! I have work tomorrow at 8 a.m. Blah.

Bedtime!

Monday, April 30

First rejection letter came in today for Jaded as of 12:27 p.m.

As some people I know would say, a rejection letter is a good thing. It's a sign that you are out there and submitting. Ever since being in that same mind frame, I feel more accepting of the rejections, even though I want to be accepted pretty badly, instead of actually feeling like I'm a reject and that my work sucks. Of course the way you remedy that is to first edit your work as well as you can and then submit it, instead of the other way around, which I have also done before. Mostly due to laziness.

Well, I was just in the process of making my lunch. I'll write more later after I do my writing.
Wrote three pages tonight. Fairly okay since I didn't exactly have any clue of where to pick up at in my novel, since my novel when I started writing it went fine up until a certain point and then it fragmented into several scenes instead of linear plot. Then a few of my ideas changed, which caused a few scenes to be switched around, which also affected the linear plot.

I've been filling in the holes that didn't need much work done to them and that could be easily enough done without a lot of editing. Now that those were somewhat finished last night, it didn't make things very easy to start tonight, but within a few moments I latched on to an idea, jumped into a brand new scene and wrote.

That's pretty much all. I'm going to try to work on some editing and plotting within the next few days so that things will flow smoother, but eh... I don't know.


Bedtime now.

Sunday, April 29

Five pages and one more submission done! Hooray!

Now I shall go reward myself with some sleep. ^__^ Yay!

Bedtime!

Saturday, April 28

I've just submitted my short story, Jaded, to two magazines, and will send it to two more places tomorrow. For one of the magazines, I'm just waiting for the clock to strike midnight because tomorrow will be the beginning of their Reading period again. It makes me feel good that I'm getting my writing out there again. I know that I have the stories under my belt, but I guess I've just been holding out...thinking that I'll just wait for a novel to start sending out my work again. That will be the case, for the most part. I will focus on my novel as my real goal, but perhaps throwing out short stories to magazines wouldn't be so bad every once in a while.

Hooray!
Just finished writing for the night, and I thought I'd just throw up a very quick blog to say that I wrote 3 pages. Yep. Right after I make a goal of 5 a day, I write 3. Oh well, that's better than nothing.

Night!

Friday, April 27

Five pages made! I've efficiently rebounced from last night even though there were a few patches during the writing time that I pondered if I'd be able to make it to the five pages, but alas, I was victorious.

I think that I'm going to have my goal be five pages a day. If I were to write five pages every day... that would be about 1,825 pages in a year. Pretty sweet stuff, but I honestly don't know if I'd be able to do that. Maybe I'm not giving myself enough credit, but it is a pretty intimidating number. If there are 251 business days in a year and I wrote 5 pages a business day that would mean... 1,255. Approx. 600 pages less, but it feels like a less stressful number oddly enough.

Perhaps I shouldn't think about those kinds of things and just write as much as I can with as much quality as I can. Yes, that's a good goal. Pages wise, five a day. I shouldn't stress myself by getting my sight out of focus.

That's about all for me today.

Off to bed.

Wednesday, April 25

Two pages, but seeing as the evening I dealt with...I think that's pretty darn good. I'm proud that I did any pages.

Bedtime.
Five pages written. Hooray! Tomorrow is my last day of classes until August. I can't wait then I can dedicate more hardcore time for writing.

Tonight I worked on editing an excerpt from my first novel that I'd started. It's an assignment for one of my creative writing courses, so it's serving two purposes at once! lol 1) Actually have progress made toward the work, and 2) to get a grade. The only thing I actually have to do after turning that assignment in, is to take an exam for the grouchy teacher. Ugh. Oh well. Hopefully it'll go decent.

Good night!

Monday, April 23

Another four pages written, plus a stressful/boring day (odd how they can be both at once). Thank goodness these kinds of days are almost behind me until August when classes will start back up again. It's really odd how two creative writing teachers can adore me, but my literature teacher hates me. She reamed the class on the papers she handed back today and looked over in my direction during it more than once. There are so many names I could think of to call her, but I guess I'll have to refrain.

Anyways, back to the writing news. The pages are coming along rather well. The characters are interacting in real ways and showing me different ways of how the story can come together than what I have now, as well as filling in quite a few plotholes while I fully decide what will happen next. Before when I was going through the National Novel Writing Month www.nanowrimo.org I focused on speed and getting through it, now the characters are more able to pop their heads out and make me do what they want without being unleashed to wreak havoc.

It's a rather good balance, I'd say.
Just wrote five pages. Hooray! Don't have too much else to say except now I'm tired and am going to retire off to bed. Ugh for university tomorrow/today.

Yay for Henry Fitzroy on Blood Ties from Lifetime and Tanya Huff! I just have to add how hot that vamp is. Tonight's episode was so wonderful. He had a lot of airtime and I'm so grateful for that fact! Now perhaps I shall go have a dream or two about him. lol...

Sunday, April 22

I've written eight pages within the last twenty-four hours, which makes me feel absolutely great. I know it's not 30 or some extraordinary number, but for me...I feel happy. With my long dry streak of non-writing/as little writing as could be done, I finally feel like I have a better grasp on things. My characters are communicating well, albeit being rather goofy at moments, but I can't blame them. If I were just getting attention again in a long timespan without, I'd be goofy, too. Plus, they are getting some pertinent scenes added to the beginning where they could be more care-free and less dragged down by the world.

Time for bed. Adios!

Saturday, April 21

Just about to get some sleep. I've worked on some plotting today with Damiana's story. I have actually been getting more ideas and a better line of thought than I had before that. It's been pretty darn difficult to push forward with the novel because I've been just stuck recently. I'm glad to have made some motion forward and better idea of where I can go next with it.

I also added the books that I've read recently to the blog. Those aren't all of them, but there aren't as many as there should be. I have lots of books on my To Be Read list.

Thursday, April 19

I've been working here and there on Damiana's story. I even submitted the first three chapters of it to one RWA chapter contest and will be submitting the first chapter to another RWA chapter contest within the next few days. Hooray! I can't wait to hear word back on either of them. Hopefully the news will be wonderful. We'll just have to see. =)
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