Special Sunday Bonus Post!!!!

Here it is, your special post, with several special things on it....

#1 Final NaNo update~

Book Genre: YA fantasy
Medium: Longhand

Total Word Count so far: 33,000 words


Well I didn't make 50,000. But as I said in last Saturday's post, I got a lot of good things out of National Novel Writing Month, and I look forward to doing it next year. I hope to hit 34,000 at the Last-Chance-Write-In tonight.

#2 National Day of Listening~

Friday was National Day of Listening, a fabulous day honoring the stories that make up all our lives. In honor of that, I'm going to try to find a story from a friend or family member to post on the blog on Wednesday. I will also provide a link to the story compilation that the lovely Moonrat is putting together. But for now, I ask you: Who in your family has the best stories?


#3 Facebook Page and Email list~

I now have over thirty fans on my Facebook page! :-) Which is awesome, partly because I like having fans but mostly because it's a really easy way to get people info about my book. The book is coming out next year, so if you want updates, sign up on Facebook. (The link is under the penguin... Oops!

If you don't have Facebook, and still want updates, drop me an email and I'll put you on my email list.

#4 Poke the Penguin!

So, I've been wanting to post this forever. This is me when my writing time is interrupted.....

Nanowrimo update #5

So, since National Novel Writing Month isn't officially over until tomorrow, and since I plan to write tomorrow, I'm not giving you an update now. Instead I'm announcing a...

SPECIAL SUNDAY BONUS POST!!!!!


Sunday afternoon, I will give you the wrap up on Nano, plus some other fun stuff. So stop on by...

Wednesday already!

Sorry about the late post, but I was at work until after 11pm tonight. But I just wanted to say...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

And give you five things I'm thankful for. Tonight I am thankful for...

1. A wonderful funny husband when I'm tired out of my mind.

2. Carmel mochas. (until they spill on the floor)

3. Mops. (See #2)

4. The fact that I can eat whatever I want tomorrow and not feel bad. :-)

5. All the wonderful people who lurk on my blog. I know you're out there, and I'm glad you enjoy it. Also my consistent comment-ers. You keep me encouraged!

Have a great day everyone!

Nanowrimo update #4

Book Genre: YA fantasy
Medium: Longhand

Total Word Count so far: over 30,000 words


First things first. Sorry about not posting on Wednesday. I had a crisis come my way. I won't bore you with the details, but it did take up most of my attention on Wednesday and Thursday and Friday. I also had a revelation that perhaps trying to write 16,000 words per day isn't the best thing for me right now in terms of stress management.

Does this mean I'm quitting NaNo? Definitely not!

However, I'm not going to try to win this year. I'm going to keep writing every day and keep connecting with the other Nano'ers in Boise, but I'm not going to try to hit the 50,000 word mark.

Is this discouraging? A little. But on the other hand, I got some things out of Nano that have nothing to do with winning it.

1. I made the half-way mark, which means I wrote over 25,000 words in fifteen days. That's no small thing.

2. I know I can establish a good writing schedule and stick to it.

3. AND, I finished the plot arc for my next YA novel. (Yah!) It's a bit short right now because I have to rewrite and expand some parts, but to all intents and purposes I have a whole book with a beginning , middle and end, a book I might not have had the motivation to write without NaNo.

So, for you Nano'ers out there, DON'T QUIT YET OKAY? After all, someone has to win this thing....

Nanowrimo update #3

Book Genre: YA fantasy
Medium: Longhand
Daily Goal: 12 pages per day (ha!)

Total Pages so far: 130 pages
Total Word Count so far: 27,329 words


I HIT THE MIDWAY MARK! 27,000 WORDS, BABY!!!!

And now I'm out of plot.

Dang.



(Which are cooler, zombie butterflies, or a herd of flying zombie unicorns?)

Unicorns or zombies?

So, while the rest of the country debates endlessly about the pros and cons of a president who has already been elected, a few brave souls are daring to answer a really controversial question.

Which are cooler, unicorns or zombies?

For those of you who don't lurk endlessly on YA author blogs like I do, let me direct your attention here, here, here and of course, here. Now that you have the flavor of the debate, I'll tell you what I think.

Unicorns. All the way.

Now, I will admit that my prejudice against zombies partly has to do with my aversion to gore. I hate gore, especially in movies. I tolerate it better in books but I just don't care for gore or horror. And zombies, my friend, are the poster children for gore and horror. They practically roll in it for heaven's sake.

However, there is a practical reason for my choice of unicorns. As a writer and reader, I find far more "scope for imagination" in unicorns. They can be wild or tame, intelligent or stupid, violent or friendly. They can be white or black, or if you really want to go nuts, they can be red, gold, silver, etc. They have big deadly horns attached to their heads, and if you want them to fly, no one argues with you. You can pretty much do whatever you want with unicorns, they are very adaptable.

Zombies are not adaptable. Zombies are slow, shuffly dead human beings covered in various forms of gross. That's it. They are good for scaring people and eating brains and triggering our latent fear of Death. But that's pretty much all they do. And if you're smart enough and fast enough and have a sword, you don't really have to fear them much.

According to Darwin, the species that survives is the species that adapts. Sorry, zombies!

PS. My husband is torn on this issue. This is what he says. "On the zombie side, you have Shaun of the Dead, while on the unicorn side, you have Charlie."

Quite frankly, I'm not sure if Charlie is an argument for or against unicorns. As for NaNo? Well right now let's just say I'm a tad behind. I'm pretty sure zombies ate my brain.

Stupid zombies.

Nanowrimo update #2

Book Genre: YA fantasy
Medium: Longhand
Daily Goal: 12 pages per day

Total Pages so far: 62 pages
Total Word Count so far: 1o,850 words

Okay, we're into the second week of National Novel Writing Month, and I'm doing okay. I did not meet my daily goal on election day, for obvious reasons, and I did not get a chance to write on Wednesday either. So yesterday was a off-and-on, five hour effort to get caught up. Which I did, but now I'm running into problems.

Someone told me very kindly, that the second week is the hardest
because that's when you run out of plot. I think I'm having the opposite problem. I have so many ideas for what could happen that I find myself staring off into space thinking, instead of writing. This eats up my writing time, and leaves me with no actual words.

Not good.

My other problem is that I keep adding scenes in my head that will eventually go in earlier parts of the book. But that distracts me from the parts I'm actually writing. This one is solvable though, as I discovered yesterday. I simply stop my character and have her remember what happened before, in a kind of cheesy, wavy-screen flashback. Terrible writing of course, but that's not the point.

Second week, here I come!

An early holiday post

There's an old English rhyme about Christmas. It goes...

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat
Please to put a penny in the old man's hat.

So apparently you can tell the holidays are coming by weighing the local birds. But since I work in a coffee shop, let me tell you how I know that Christmas is coming.

1. I got called in early to work yesterday because they were so busy. First time this year, though that has less to do with the holiday then the election. Still, it's a sign of things to come.

2. I have eggnog in my hair

3. My store has put out their yearly Christmas album, prompting my yearly I-want-this-so-badly-but-I-have-no-money argument with myself.

4. The holiday drinks are out, peppermint, eggnog, gingerbread, and not a sugar-free holiday option in sight. Sigh.

5. Every other person who walks through the door of my store says the same thing. "Dang, it's cold outside!" (and they all bring in leaves on their shoes, too.)


But what, you say, does this have to do with National Novel Writing Month?

Nothing. Except that between yesterday's super-busy day and today's aftermath, I've had little time to write. So I'm not thinking about it, because if I do than I'll freak out and it will be harder for me to write tomorrow. I'll add some extra writing time this weekend and catch up.

It'll be a breeze.

Really.

Nanowrimo update #1

Book Genre: YA fantasy
Medium: Longhand
Daily Goal: 10 pages per day

Total Pages so far: 11 pages
Total Word Count so far: 1944 words



Okay, so far so good. I'm actually a little ahead of the game, as I went to the fabulous Boise All Night Insanity Write-In last night and wrote from midnight to two in the morning. This got me to my current word count, and I'm going to try another hour or so tonight.

(I think the best bet is to try to get as ahead as possible, in case of emergencies or brain meltdowns.)

The bad news is I'm tired, and my writing schedule for the day was rudely interrupted by my leaving my notebook at home when I headed to work. I was wrestling with a plot point and forgot it. (irony)

The good news is that I now have a pretty good idea of how long it takes me to write ten pages, so that will help with the time management I'm SO good at. (heavy sarcasm) The other good thing is that in six days there is a Starbucks opening ONE BLOCK from my house. Aside from the glories of accessible coffee, there is a definite writing benefit here. The only writable place within walking distance at the moment is Hastings, which is great, but I would get distracted and start reading books and never write anything ever again. You don't get that problem with a Starbucks.

I hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween. If you want a good laugh, check out Lauren Myracle's YA Author Halloween Dare. You'll have to scroll down a bit to get to the original dare, but this blog and all its follow-ups gave me the funniest October I've had in a while.
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