Monday, October 25, 2010

Back on Track!

Well after being caught up in pushing my first book, and other adventures, my second book was book on the back burner. So the last week I have been chomping at the bit to write write write.

But I don't get much time, since the family has been working on our halloween project. I am trying to tweek what I have in the evenings....well until Next week... YIKES NaNoWrMo starts.... Deep breath I need to get my character list completed....

Well I am going to be writing like a mad woman. I might have to take a day off work just to focus completly.

Now that sounds like a FABULOUS idea.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

NaNoWriMo -- Yeah I'm in!

I have been learning so much stuff it only seems appropriate that I also participate in the National Novel Writing Month. It is 30 days of intense writing. I was intimidated by all this at first - but I got a buddy on another forum that is doing this also. I don't know if I will be able to complete the task - but I am up for the challenge.

This also means book two is on hold. Which is fine for the moment, but I need to be careful that I don't loose interest in my characters (as I have in the past) I already have "fans" anxious for the second book. YIKES! Which makes me feel real good, but I don't have any reviews posted anywhere on my first book.

It makes me a little nervous.

Most everyone that reads the first chapter (as the sneak peek) was very anxious for the book, and those that have the book have said that the first chapter has a lot of information. Goes back to that telling and not showing I suppose. Again still learning! I have expanded on my short story that I submitted into a small competition, and I am trying to figure out how to create an Anthology or Series of sort for it. It is a fun piece, and I am curious how far it will go.

I still need to work on a timeline - and get my characters and places set up for my NaNoWriMo or I am going to waste time. hmmmm guess I should do that before the NaNoWriMo starts!

Friday, October 8, 2010


Each day changes my perspective of what needs to be a priority. I have so many things I want to do, and things I want to accomplish, but the important things are those that are around me every day.

It is those people that touch my life in some way shape or form that reminds me that regardless if I succeed in being an author or an accountant that is unimportant.

I need to succeed in being me.

I need to succeed in being a good wife and mother, friend, cousin and daughter. I enjoy learning, and sharing. When those things I enjoy become tedious or no longer enjoyable, it is time to take a step back and take a deep breath.

Regroup, reorganize, "Restart" and I am off again. :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Bored bored bored!

I am trying to chill with my second book.... testing the waters with a new line of thought. Step back from the second book before doing anything drastic - like "REWRITE" and just take a deep breath.

Issue is - my brain can't handle it.

I need to write, or something. So... I am working on a different story - this is just GREAT (in a bad way). I don't want to work on a different story I need to regroup and plan a little better for book two. I was lucky - real lucky - at how the first book went. (minus the copy-editor that would have caught my sentence structure and word issues... ugh!)

Speaking of that I spoke with a gentleman the other day - fascinating man. Truly a wealth of knowledge. He knew books - lots of them - and he was given a copy of my book prior to it going to the publisher, because I wanted his feed back - problem was we couldn't get together to review what he found until after I had already approved the book for print. I just thought it would be another person that fell through that I was hoping to help. Well he had GREAT ideas, and he also made me realize that I could approach my second book with a little more 'overview' by creating a historical graph and a growth chart. I always jotted things down, lots of notes scattered about - duh put them in one accessible place dummy!

He made me think about things I REALLY had not thought about. I knew I wanted this, this, and this to happen, but did I want that in chapter eight or 20? So it wasn't writers block that was giving me a cause to pause it was the anxiety of wanting everything in this book. I already see this will be more than just one book - yay... I think.

*RESTART BRAIN in 3....2.....1..... YIKES!*

So, I am cold turkey - gone almost a whole day - and now I CANNOT sleep, perhaps it is my hot tea.... who knew! It is supposed to be relaxing -- oh maybe that is because it is not chamomile tea and Earl Gray.... oops! (Tomorrow's Grocery list - Decaf Earl Gray - CHECK!)

I think I might dabble in a new story type - perhaps it will be a novelette when I am finished? Some of my favorite authors have an awesome realm of imagination - I could switch it up a bit.

Jim Butcher - you are my Novelist Hero!

BACK TO WRITING - whew glad that brain restart happened I was getting nervous.