Category: 2YN

Done!

Yay! I finished the first draft of a MS today. It’s not perfect. It’s not pretty. It is, however, finished. I have no immediately plans to revise it. It will sit for a while as I write something else, and I’m already revising another story, so I definitely can’t revise it yet. It’s the sequel to something I’m hoping to put through my crit group sometime, so revising it at this point is probably a waste of effort. But at least it’s finished.

Of course, this means I can give my full writing-attention to the new story…the one that the Muse is still playing with. I love new stories! They’re so fun!

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…Brrrr…..

Okay, so, in hindsight, New Orleans is looking….awfully warm and toasty right now. It’s 14 degrees here. Fourteen actual degrees. Not with the windchill. It was 8 degrees when I got up this morning. So I found myself wondering why I’d chosen to move back here from the tropics of southeast Louisiana…Well, there are several reasons, but they sort of paled into insignificance when I considered them this morning. All the schools have been shut down the last two days, and they’ll be closed again tomorrow. This means I won’t be taking my scheduled History test just yet, so, yay! More time to study. (Finding the motivation to actually study is another thing….)

This also means more time to read, which is always a good thing. Reading while sipping something hot is even better. I’m actually reading an e-book right now called The Splendor Falls, by Rosemary Clement-Moore. So far….excellent read. I’m enjoying it a lot. It’s the first e-book I’ve actually bought. And by that I mean that I have several e-books that were available for free (not that I’ve actually, ahem, finished reading any of them…). I don’t actually have an e-reader, but I have the free software versions on my PC and my phone. After this, I might decide to buy an e-reader. I like the instant gratification of having the book immediately available. That’s very nice.

I also finished lesson 4 of HTRYN. Started reading lesson 5, and plan to start on it tonight after I do a little bit of homework. (And studying. Yeah. Studying.) I’ve been doing steady daily writing on the 2YN2 story, about 500 words a day. Not much, but steady progress, so I’m happy with it. The Muse is still playing with the other story idea, and I’ve even jotted a few random fragments of ideas down. Hopefully that will be coalescing into something more coherent soon. I’m really in the mood to write a more traditional fantasy, instead of the urban fantasy of late.

I’m off to get some work done. And try not to freeze to death. And drink something warm (and possibly alcoholic)….

Another Year’s Goals

I don’t do “resolutions” per se, but I do set goals at the beginning of every year. I don’t always reach them, but I strive to do my best to get there. This year, I didn’t set a lot of goals. I know it’s going to be a busy year, what with finding a new job and continuing my back-to-school journey, so I didn’t want to over-reach myself and get distracted. That being said, here are my goals for the year:

1) Revise Chasing Shadows
2) Revise Witches
3) Complete the 2YN2 story (probably about 40k left to write)
4) Completely re-do and finish the sequel to Werewolves for Dummies
5) Do NaNo

As far as non-writing-related goals, I only have two:

6) Complete a half marathon (“complete” meaning some walking is okay)
7) Carry a 4.0 in school

Of course, “revise the zombie story” will hopefully be added in sometime this year. And I should mention that the NaNo story will probably be something new and completely different…NOT a sequel to anything else. I have some ideas percolating…I can feel them. I’m currently querying Werewolves for Dummies, and I’ll start querying Chasing Shadows when I’m done revising it, as well.

So, yeah, those are all my goals for the years. Anyone else setting any for the year?

Back To The Grind…

So, I’m back from vacation. I’m not exactly thrilled to be back, really more…resigned/annoyed, but I’m back. I had a great time, except that now I’m tremendously homesick. But hey, what are you going to do?

I’ve actually been writing on the 2YN sequel some since I got back. Not a lot, or anything. I set myself some really modest goals. I only got about 250 words yesterday, and about the same today. But it’s a start. It’s progress. And considering what else I have going on…I’m happy with it.

I also started back to school. Online classes, but I haven’t taken any classes in…we’ll just say “a long time”, so I’m a little worried about the adjustment. I’m taking four classes, and hoping/praying I don’t get overwhelmed. So far, so good, but it just got started, so it’s really too soon to tell.

My goal is to keep up with all my classes (definitely the priority), write about 2k per week, and try to do a little bit of revision on last year’s NaNo story (the faerie story). Oh, and TRY to hit the gym four days a week (which is why I’m up at the crack of midnight). Not to mention work full-time. And possibly try to sleep a little bit in there somewhere…zzzzz…..

The Results of the Mini-Vacation!

I’ve actually had quite a productive week. I accomplished everything that was on my to-do list last weekend, and of course, I have another list for this weekend, since I have four more days off. I enjoy being off, I just won’t enjoy the paycheck. But, I’m determined to get work done while I have the time.

I still have the two partially finished zombie chapters. Although now, thanks to the brainstorming session with my co-writer, I know what’s supposed to happen in the latter part of both chapters. I just have to write them. Much mayhem must ensue. Zombie attacks! In both chapters! Fun! In slightly related news, my co-writer is showing some interest in finishing a story she began over five years ago (before her beautiful daughter Reyna came along). It’s about shapeshifters, and the three chapters she has done are wonderful, so I really hope she does finish it.

The 2YN story…is going great. I sat down to write last weekend, and the chapter just flowed off my fingertips! Three new characters I was unaware of just jumped on the page. I’ve also finished about half of another chapter, and that’s going well also.

The NaNo Atlantis story is going okay. I’m about two thirds of the way through it, so the end is in sight. Which means all the really fun stuff is coming up soon. I get to destroy Atlantis, so that should be entertaining, and hopefully, believable.

I’m planning to get those two zombie chapters finished up this weekend, finish at least the half-done chapter of the 2YN story, and do another chapter of the NaNo story. So, wish me luck!

A Little Bit of Writing

As far as updates go, this will probably be brief. I haven’t gotten too much done on the writing front this week. I did start working on the 2YN story again, and finished up the chapter where Samantha finds the help she needs to complete her spell. It was really quite easy to slip back into her voice/character, much easier than I expected. Then, today, I finished up another chapter on the NaNo story. It actually turned out to be a couple thousand words, which surprised me. It didn’t feel like that much. This story is on the downhill slide now, moving towards the climax. I don’t quite have a feel for that yet, so I guess it’s a good thing I’ve got a little bit to work up to it. I haven’t done any work on the zombie story this week. I started to, a couple of days ago, then realized the scene I was supposed to write had to be from Moya’s POV. And since I’m not writing Moya’s POV, I couldn’t very well write that scene. Dang it. It would have been fun, too. So now I have to come up with something else to write. I’ll do that tonight.

I haven’t even been doing much reading. I finished up the Earthsea trilogy, and I’m currently reading the anthology Holidays Are Hell, with stories from Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Marjorie M. Liu, and Vicki Pettersson.

Toady I went and saw I Am Legend. I liked the movie a lot, despite the fact that it made me cry. Twice. I got the book as a Christmas gift, but I wanted to watch the movie before I read it. (Afraid the movie would spoil the book.) It was kind of dark, and depressing, since he was the only man left alive in New York City. I can see humanity destroying itself with something like that, so that part scared me. Of course, I don’t like scary movies, and this one kind of fell on the border for me. (Yes, things that go bump in the dark qualify as scary for me.) I’ll probably be paranoid for a while when going outside in the dark. Me and my overactive imagination. I know it’s a good thing for a writer to have, but it’s a little unsettling when you’re always imagining vampires or werewolves are about to get you!

Another Wasted Week

I know it’s the holiday season and all, but where does the time go? It seems like I never have time to do much of anything, starting with cleaning and chores, much less things that I want to do, like reading and writing. It’s frustrating me a little bit. My procrastination tendency is coming to the forefront, and I don’t like it. I must stomp it to death!

In the last week, I really haven’t done much writing. I wrote a new chapter in the zombie story. I think that one’s coming along nicely, although I’m still trying to develop a feel for the characters. The next scene should be fun, though. A thwarted attack, retaliation, and accusations of attempted murder. What’s not to like? I also did a tiny bit on the 2YN story, about 1k or so. Trying to get back in the swing of things with Samantha. Hopefully I’ll get another chapter or so this week in all three stories.

I’ve had a little bit of time for reading. I read the second book in the Wizard of Earthsea trilogy, The Tombs of Atuan. Pretty good. Again, short and the language is formal, but it wasn’t bad at all. Interesting culture, and I like the sense of history behind everything.

Next up is Your Coffin or Mine? by Kimberly Ray. As always, a fun and entertaining read. Made me laugh several times. Especially the cat named Killer. I have five cats myself, so I could really relate to those parts. And the image of a prissy vampire turning into a giant pink bat never fails to make me laugh. I have a couple of friends who love the Shopaholic books, and I’m thinking I need to turn them on to this series. There’s a fun mix of paranormal creatures, along with the whodunit aspect to this story that I really liked.

Last but not least, is The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant. This is not my normal reading material, but a friend of mine said it’s her favorite book and wanted me to read it. I’m glad I did. This book was disturbing to me on several levels, but it was an excellent read. It’s about Dinah, daughter of Jacob and Leah (from the Bible). I know it’s fiction, but the description of the way of life in this time frame was very detailed and interesting to me. Sometimes the everyday details fascinate me more than anything. I can’t imagine the interaction between the four wives of one man, especially with two of them being sisters. The portrayal of some of the men in the book bothered me. I guess I never really pictured biblical characters quite like that, but they were vividly drawn. And the story itself was sad. But it was a very good book, and one I intend to buy.

In other news, well, not news. I’m wondering if anyone has read The Golden Compass, and the rest of its trilogy. I’ve heard some disturbing things about what the books are about, and I would really like to know.

And the Week Goes On…

What have I been doing this week, you ask? Okay, maybe you didn’t ask, but I’m sure you were wondering. You were wondering, right? Right. Okay. Well, so what I did this week…

I only wrote about 1500 words in the 2YN story. Not what I wanted, but more than the week before. I’ve decided not to worry so much about not writing in this story right now. I’ve got a lot going on in my personal life that’s making it rather difficult to write (Have you ever tried to work on the computer with insanely excruciating sharp, shooting pains in your neck? Not an easy task, let me tell you. Not to mention the potential for an out-of-state move.). So, I’m just not worrying about it. I will be attempting to get my word count this weekend, though, since it’s the last week before NaNo madness ensues.

And speaking of NaNo madness, I have all but two phases of my outline done! Yay! Of course, I have to go back and flesh out a couple of the phases (more like 5 or 6), to make sure I have all the necessary details included. At first, I was a little sketchy on some of the important things, but I think I have it figured out now. I’ve decided that it’s Hades who is trying to overthrow Poseidon. And I’ve always like Hades as a character (Admittedly, most of that liking is based on the cartoon Hercules. But still.) So, now that I’ve figured that out, I get to go back and add the really cool details in (like the Underworld scenes). I’m planning on finishing all that up tonight. Oh, and I stocked up on caffeine and chocolate: three kinds of chocolate, two flavors of coffee, two different flavors of energy drinks, and two more flavors of tea (in addition to the five or so I already have). I am ready!

Also on the slate for this weekend: New chapter in the zombie story (needs to be done tonight or early tomorrow morning), do a crit for one of my writing group, do the next assignment for the 2YN story, word count for 2YN story, print out the “new” chapters for Witches, make an outline for the new version of Witches, make an editing plan for Witches, and get the little things ready for NaNo (spreadsheet, disk). And that’s all!

Also posted in: A Figment of My Imagination.

TGIF!

Ah! Thank God it’s Friday! How do five days feel so looooonnnggg? I don’t know, but I swear this week lasted an eternity. It’s been a good week, though. Let’s see, what have I accomplished?

Got the word count on the 2YN story. I met an unexpected character as well, who has a beautiful house. I really had no idea she was going to show up, and she just sort of popped up, waving at me and saying “Hello, there! I’m over here!” I love it when characters do that. They just spring to life on the page, fully formed and ready for action. She’s great, too.

I finished this round of edits on Through Shadowed Stone. I got all the edits keyed in (Yay!). And I’m about to email it to one of my crit group partners who agreed to read it (Thank you, Myriddin!) It will be good to get an unbiased opinion of it. Even if it’s a negative opinion. I’m really okay with that.

I haven’t started writing the zombie story yet. Maybe tonight. If not, definitely tomorrow, since I have to have the first chapter done for our Sunday meeting. I did do a little brainstorming last night, on paper, so I think I’ve got a good grip on what needs to happen. I just haven’t quite had the time.

I also started outlining my NaNo story. I actually have three phases fully outlined, and a basic idea of the next two. After that, your guess is as good as mine. Hopefully, it will all come to me. At least, that’s the plan. I’ve found that thinking about the story right before I fall asleep helps a lot. I usually wake up with whatever problem I’m wrestling with resolved to some extent.

And that’s about it.

Writing Progress

So, it’s halfway through the week. Time for an update, I guess. I hit my word count goal for the 2YN story (Really going to have to come up with a name for that sometime soon.) The first person POV is getting so much easier for me to write! Samantha is really coming alive, which is great, since I think she’s a wonderful character.

I’m keeping up with my editing goals for Shadows of Stone. The plan is to be through on Sunday, and it looks like I’ll be able to hit that. Then I’ll key in the edits next week, and hopefully find some beta readers. (I’ve got one lined up, at least!)

No progress on Witches. That’s slated to begin the week after next. I promise. Just in time to get distracted with NaNo. Oh, and I’ve finally started researching names for the NaNo book (aka the Atlantis story).

And as if I don’t have enough to do, my best friend came up with a fabulous story idea for us to work on together. She even sent me the first nine pages, which completely intrigued me. It’s The Stand, and some zombies, and…some other stuff I can’t talk about yet, until we get it all straightened out. But it’s cool, and I’m excited about working on it with her. It should be a lot of fun.

I know this looks like a ton of stuff on my things-to-do list (and it is), but I think I’d go crazy if I didn’t have a lot going on. I’d just get bored and slop around all day watching TV. Sigh. So boring.

Also posted in my personal blog, A Figment of My Imagination.