Friday, November 29, 2013

More random thoughts

1. I love Forrest Gump. I know people like to rip on it in hindsight for being sentimental, and being the movie that won Best Picture over another modern classic (Pulp Fiction), but I will always love it.

My favorite line is when Forrest tells a woman on the bus bench, a look of pride on his face, "You would not believe me, but I can run like the wind blows."

2. You know how I don't like when people call their pets their "babies" and refer to themselves as "Mom" and "Dad"? As such, Spencer and I are just best buddies, good pals, owner and pet.

About a month ago, Diego got a pair of kittens. Continuing the anti pet-family sentiment, he calls himself their benefactor and they are his wards. Let's make this happen, America.

3. With a day and a half left in NaNoWriMo, I am only 13,000 words behind. Wish me luck!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

And now for some brief updates

1. I'm only 10,000 or so words behind on my NaNoWriMo project, but I still have confidence I can catch up this weekend.

2. Work is crazy-pants, but I plan to take off some time around the holidays anyway, because what is life worth if you can't spend some of it sitting around, watching American Horror Story, and eating licorice?

Plus, in case some of my real life friends haven't noticed ... things just got a lot easier around my office. Wink wink.

3. Speaking of TV, I am obsessed with Reign's soundtrack. Feel free to take as many liberties with European history as you'd like, CW.

4. What is it about working on one project (or at least, thinking about one project that you don't have time to work on) that gives you a bunch of ideas for other projects?

5. I don't know why I decided to plan to remodel my kitchen at the same time as NaNoWriMo, but I did. I went to the IKEA and I conquered the weird computer program. I felt like Ender, reaching the end of the world. The only problem now is that I may be stuck trying to find a new contractor, after the contractor who convinced me to knock out a wall now says he may be unavailable until mid-January. 

Any thoughts, InternetLand?

6. Pub trivia = awesome.

7. I have some critiquing to do this weekend that I am greatly looking forward to. I don't know what it is, but critiquing always seems to clear the cobwebs out of my brain.

8. I'm replacing my old, unusable fireplace with a new gas fireplace for Christmas. Now I just have to decide on the new tile to surround it. I'm thinking something like this:

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What have you all been doing?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

This is how I NaNo: A day in the life post

7:45 AM: Wake up, after hitting the snooze button multiple times. Shower and dress for work.

8:15 AM: Take Spenner-bear to doggie daycare. This lets me work late (at real work) and write this evening.

8:4-something AM: Arrive at work, buy Red Bull and bran muffin from cafeteria, boot up computer in office. Purchase long-overdue wedding gift (sorry, Alice!). Fill out sales order for the IKEA planning guy to come to my house and design my future dream kitchen.

Get to work LAWYERING.

10:30 AM Take a YouTube break. How did I not know about "Where Mah Boats At" before now?

11:45 AM Leave for a Board meeting. Lunch is a sad, dry turkey sandwich.

12:45 PM Back at the office.


2:45 PM Internet brain break.


5:00 PM Mini writing break. 370 words -- not awesome, but not terrible.

5:15 PM Administrative tasks (like trying to organize my files) before I leave work.

6:00 PM Leave work, go pick up Spencer.

7:00 PM Writing

8:15 PM Convince Diego that we definitely need to go get some sushi. Verdict: Not a huge fan of YellowFinn in Sugarhouse, but it will do in a pinch.

9:30 Writing and watching The Conjuring

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Nov. 5th

NaNo update:

1. Short story number one is moving along swimmingly. I way overshot my writing goals on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday -- which excellent news, since I only wrote 165 words yesterday. (For the record, I have a damn fine excuse. It's just not fit for internet consumption.) If you would like to be my NaNo buddy, add me here.

2. I downloaded some great books, because nothing inspires my writing like being in a reading frame of mind. One of those books was New Adult novel I'd heard great things about in the Twittersphere. I started it late last night and was immediately impressed with the writing. And then ... things took a turn. Book, why you gotta do me this way?

How is this Fifth of November rocking for all of you? Any plans to watch V for Vendetta tonight?

Friday, November 1, 2013

All I want for NaNo

I'm doing National Novel Writing Month again this year, though who knows how it will go. 

I started this year with a lot of goals for my writing. So far, some have been checked off the list, some are in a holding pattern that I can't talk about quite yet, and others are looking more and more unlikely to be finished in 2013. But with NaNoWriMo, I've got an opportunity to work on something totally new -- a couple of novella ideas that I've had rolling around in my brain for awhile. 

It's sometimes hard, trying to be a professional writer while also being a professional anything-else. Having goals helps. 

In my ideal world, I become a hybrid author--someone who is both traditionally and self-published. I'd love to put out two books a year, but knowing how slow I draft, it's more likely to be one. I love smaller, independent publishers, but who wouldn't also love to be published by one of the Big 5? 

But in order to be a successful hybrid author, you have to be able to write more than I am currently writing. Successful self-published authors generally get that way by putting out multiple books a year. That's not even counting the books I'd hope to get traditionally published. And between my regular job and regular life, I am very lucky to finish one book every year.

Is there a way to change this? Everyone has heard the story of James Joyce writing just 6 words a day some days. On some level, writing is an art. It can't be rushed, and you can't change your normal instincts. For example, I am a character-girl. I have lots of ideas for plots, but until I hear the voice of my main character, I don't get too far in my drafting. That's just the way I think.

But on another level, writing is a skill, and like any skill, it can be improved. Not just the quality of your writing--but the actual act of writing. That is how I reformed my pantsing ways and became a plotter (for the record, there is nothing wrong with pantsing -- but when you're a slow drafter like me, it can kill productivity). And now that I've mastered the use of an outline, my next goal is pushing myself to write faster.

So what I am really hoping to get out of NaNoWriMo this year--aside from two novellas--is practice with drafting faster and more efficiently than I normally do. Hopefully by forcing myself to shoot for 1,667 words a day for 30 days, I will get in the habit of tapping in to my inner speed-writing demon.

What are you hoping to get out of NaNoWriMo? And if not you're not doing NaNo, what are you hoping to get done in this, the second-to-last month of 2013?

PS: If you'd like to support NaNoWriMo and some great authors, check out The Spirit of Christmas Anthology. All proceeds go to NaNoWriMo and inspiring artists to chase their dreams.  

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