Christmas is over

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The hubster has gone back to work after 10 days off. The kids still have another 4 days at home, but things are finally starting to get back to normal.
I’ve spent much of the last ten days working on learning to fully use my new Kindle Fire, and waiting for amazon to make the wordpress app availible for it in their aneroid market. As of this post, they still haven’t,  however I have found a way to side load it, and it’s working great.
The other major project I’ve been working on is a final edit of a book for publication, as well as getting my author sites and profiles up all over the Internet. I’ve learnedly that there’s as much networking to publishing and selling your work as there is writing and editing.
I still have lots to get done, and the time to get it done is shrinking as my deadline looms.

I’ve realized over the last few days,

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that the more I immerse myself in my writing the more bizarre and memorable my dreams become.

It’s not that I’m dreaming about my characters or what I’m writing about, I’m not… Rather, I’ve come to believe that working on my writing is strengthening my imagination and it’s using dream time to run wild.

In the past, when I’m stuck I would go lay down and ‘rest’, not really nap, just try to this that in between state, and see if things would jog loose. My theory is that in that in between state, my conscious mind is relaxed enough that it’s not hindering my subconscious from what it needs to do. I’ve used this method to get past several kinds of blocks, from having no clue what to do next to knowing what I need to do, but being unable to make it work.

Night before last I dreamed that my best friend from childhood was kidnapped by terrorists from another country… they demanded ransom from our little league umpire, who was of no relation to either of us. When the ransom wasn’t paid fast enough they started torturing my friend… for some reason he was calling me instead of his family… and then the ransom was paid and they released him… how did I know he was released? Kid Rock was playing on the radio…

Now, I only talk to my friend occasionally, and not in the last few weeks. I haven’t seen my old little league umpire in at least 5 years (I grew up in a small town, we knew every one and were friendly with most,) and I’ve only every heard a few Kid Rock songs.. and I don’t listen to music while I sleep. I have no clue where all of this came from.

Last nights dream was a little less bizarre, I dreamed we were all near a dear friend of my fathers as his time got near and he died of cancer. The eerie part of that is that he really did die of cancer but lived away from all of us and we weren’t there when he died.

What really has me is that I’m remembering the details of them both and I can’t get either out of my mind for more than a very short period of time.. it’s like they’re haunting me.

Anyway, it’s not something that will keep me from writing but it’s an interesting side effect of as much writing as I do.

Squee, *Excitement*

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Two bits of good news!
First is that I got the email last night, I’m the new municipal liaison  for NaNoWriMo for my area. It’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m looking forward to the experience.
Second bit of news is that I got my new phone, its a DROID 3 and so far I’m totally in love with it.

Is my life not insane enough?

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Let’s add the goal of writing 50k words in 30 days…

Oh… and I submitted an application to become the Municipal Liaison for my area too…

Have I mentioned that I’ve volunteered to become our FRP’s Secretary as well?

Now I have no idea yet if I’ll end up being the ML for my area for NaNoWriMo, the deadline for applications was today, and they’re supposed to get back to us after that. It’s something I look forward to, I think it will be fun.

I may not end up being the FRP’s Secretary either, it’s a Statutory position, meaning that you represent the unit commander, and as such he approves and appoints all statutory position holders. The unit commander wants to talk to all volunteers and make his decision, and I’m just waiting for him to call me.

Either way, whether I get one position, both or neither, I will be doing NaNoWriMo again this year. It will be my third year and yes, I’ve managed to ‘win’ for the last two years. I’m excited, I think I know what I will be working on, but that could change in the month between now and the start of the event.

In the mean time, I need to get my house livable, and try not to lose my mind with all the sports practice and games, the running hither and yon, day in and day out. I suspect my sanity will be hanging on by a thread if it survives the next two months.

Bwahahaha, things are going well

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On Tuesday I finished rewrites of my short story. Yesterday I wrote up the synopsis and submission letter and submitted it to publishers.

Today I’m working on the sequel to my book. I had to go back and re-read the last chapter to refresh my mind on where I ended and what needed to be done next but I’ve made good progress. I wrote up a basic outline for what I plan to happen (I realize that it may change as my characters talk to me, and possibly refuse to do what I want, but I have to start somewhere.) And now I’m starting work on the opening scene. It may take me a couple of days to get back into the minds of these characters, but it will be worth it.

The thrill of meeting a goal.

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I feel it today. I have JUST finished the final scene in my short story. Right now my word count is about 500 words short of my initial goal, however I’m certain that with rewrites, I will meet, and likely surpass my goal. I do realize that this is just the first draft, but it’s a new experience for me. When writing the book I’ve recently finished, I did things differently. I didn’t get all the way to the final scene before I started rewriting. I knew how the story would end but I hadn’t actually written it yet.

I didn’t actually write the final scene until about two weeks before I was completely done with the whole thing.. and rewrites took me six months. Partly, I admit, because I added a huge amount of content and story in my rewrites.

I feel confident I won’t have to do that this time. I knew more of my goals before I sat down and started writing. I had a better idea of how the story would evolve. This story took longer to finish than I anticipated it would, for several reasons, the main one being that the area where this book is set suffered a huge, devastating forest fire just after I started writing. I had just visited the area, and because I was writing a story set there, I was still mentally in the area when the fire struck, burning much of where we had been. There were massive evacuations and the news (at least here,) was inundated with images of the devastation. Along with other things in my life, this left to a short bout of severe depression.

As soon as I realized what was going on (and I admit, it took a few days to dawn on me) I started taking steps to rectify it. Number one was to lay aside the story for the time being. I had to get my head out of the immediate vicinity of the devastation. Step two was to avoid all pictures and video of the fire. I could read the news, see in words what was happening but the pictures were just too much for me.

It really helped, I was able to step back and take an objective look at what had been happening to me, and after sufficient time had passed (which I used to get back to the rewrites and finish the book) I was able to resume my progress on the short story. 

Over all I only made two pages today… but they were an important two pages.

Writing music: Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, Bryan Adams

My Last Baby!

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Is now enrolled in school… He starts kindergarten in two weeks (all day kindergarten too!) it’s so bittersweet. Bitter because he’s my last, my baby, and he’s going off to school already… Sweet because I’ll have time to get to the things I haven’t had the time to do for the last at least 5 years… And uninterrupted time to write… this one item is what’s keeping me looking forward to school starting. Writing is a slow process when you can’t concentrate because when you put your headphones on to work, you can’t get a single song played without at least 3 interruptions.

So while I’m sad to see my baby leave for school (I must admit, he’s excited, he’s been ready to go for a year,) I’m glad for the opportunity to get some things done.

 

Side note, I’m still working on the final scene in my short story, I know where it’s going it’s the having uninterrupted time to get it out that’s the hard part today. I made 3 pages.

Writing Music: Bryan Adams, Theory of a Deadman, Nickelback

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