NaNoWriMo Eve

‘Twas the night before NaNoWriMo, when all through the house,

All the writers were planning, and saying goodbye to their spouse.

The notes were laid out on the desk with care,

Knowing that midnight would soon be there.

Their children were tightly tucked in their beds,

Not knowing of the month that lay ahead.

And the spouse in the bedroom, and the writer in their office,

Had just settled in for a long month’s hiatus.

When arose from my brain there arose such a clatter,

I snapped out of reality to see what was the matter.

Away to the world of fiction I flew in a flash,

To my characters, to be involved in the mash.

The moon up above shown down on all writers below,

As we kept preparing to say, “Ready, Set, Go.”

We writers must get 1600 words a day,

And catch up quickly if we let life get in the way.

Then all of a sudden a person appears so full of life,

I knew in a moment it’s the villain that causes strife.

More tense than cats, the stress of NaNoWriMo came,

And we screamed and cursed, and called them all out by name:

On tension! On friction!

More words and stress!

It comes all at once!

Never becomes less!

Going crazy all the time!

Climbing the wall!

Go away! Go away!

Go away all!

The sun comes up as I look up to the sky,

Swimming for creativity, but coming up dry

So back to the drawing board I went

Hoping all my energy would not be spent.

And then, I heard a noise, a very faint knocking.

It was the spouse, hoping for a time to start talking.

I turn around in my chair, shaking my head,

Not believing the spouse was out of bed.

The spouse was getting ready for work, the children asleep,

I knew I couldn’t get up, and risk giving a peak.

Sighing in despair, wanting a break from the stress,

I stand up, looking at the laptop less.

The children – still sleeping, and the breathing so peaceful!

I smiled, knowing their day would not be stressful.

They awoke, mouths curved up in a smile,

Not knowing I would be hidden away for a while.

I was torn between them, and getting the novel written,

I knew giving up was never an option.

The youngest came up and rubbed his belly,

As I spread on his toast, strawberry jelly.

I went back to the room,

Saying I would be out by noon.

The oldest came in,

Wanting to talk once again.

The children all running around with nobody watching,

I called their grandmother, who came in without knocking.

I sat down and wrote, then put my head down to rest.

Maybe, I would get this written yet.

NaNoWriMo isn’t easy, but it is very much worth it.

To get through it, you don’t always have to throw a big fit.

Writers everywhere will be out of sight,

So I leave you with this as I sign out for the night:

Off you go now,

There’s so much to do.

Good luck to everyone participating this year.

Maybe next year I will, too.

The Road to Being Published

Hey all, sorry for not getting a post up on Monday. Somehow that fact that it was Monday escaped me…

For now, it’s Wednesday, so it’s time to look at how far I am with being published.

I haven’t really done a lot this week. Handwriting a draft tends to slow everything down.

Days of the Kill is still with the editor. I don’t know how much longer she’ll have it, but I plan on asking her here in the next couple days if I hadn’t heard from her by then. My guess is by the first of November (wow, it’s almost November. Can you guys believe it? Where has 2015 gone?).

The Path to Biological is going slowly. I’m handwriting the current draft, but I know it will go a lot faster once I get past the handwriting part. Currently I have 126 pages to go… Quite a lot when you think about handwriting all of that!

The Child of Fault is on hold currently. It’s not a priority to me at the moment. It will be, though. I finished the second draft not too long ago and so I can afford to take a little break from it.

Bethany’s Corpse is also currently on hold. I finished the second draft of that not too long ago as well, so I’m taking a small break from it. It’s time to focus on other things.

Next week, I will be adding another book to this. Starting NaNoWriMo is just right around the corner! See you guys next week!

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The Road to Being Published

Yet another Wednesday, so another time to update how my journey to being published is coming along. I couldn’t be more excited with my progress.

I’m currently in the process of getting the contact information needed for my beta readers (well, email, really, so I can get it to them, but you get the picture) for Days of the Kill. I’m so excited, yet extremely terrified at the thought of sending my first ever book to the first ever people that will see it. I have such mixed emotions. I don’t know how I’m going to keep my mind off of it for a month.

Luckily, I have things to do that will help with that. Some of those things even have to do with writing.

I finally started editing The Path to Biological (see, told you I would…). Well, really, it’s more like proofreading to check for typos. There were a lot! But hey, it’s a start, isn’t it?

I don’t even know where to begin editing. The plot changed so many times during NaNoWriMo. Really, it’s a daunting task.

I also started on the first draft of a third book. This one will be called The Child of Fault. It’s about a child…that has faults… Well, I’ll talk more about it when it’s closer to coming out. It’s fun to write. Hopefully, it will be fun to read as well!

I’m not that far into the first draft yet. I’m currently just short of 5,000 words in. Good thing it’s not NaNoWriMo. As little effort as I’ve put into it so far (I’ll do more when Days of the Kill is out of my hair for a while), I would never get that done on time. Definitely waiting until November to do that again.

Well, I guess that’s about as updated as I can get you right now. Thanks for reading. And guys…thank you so much for the support! I would never be so dedicated to this if it wasn’t for my dedicated readers.

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Updates on Life

I apologize for being gone for so long. I had a cold, then my dog destroyed my laptop, then the holidays came up… You get the picture. Life got in the way. Gosh darn that life, right? It feels good to be back.

I wanted to keep you updated. I said I would keep posting on Mondays even though NaNoWriMo is long over, and now, finally, I can. It’s been more than a month. How insane is that?

I’ve basically been doing the same old, same old, with work, school, and everything. The holidays were nice, though. I only had to work one day a week for two weeks. It was a nice break from Barney. Who wouldn’t enjoy that? I know I do. I’ve been less mentally exhausted lately. But don’t get me wrong. I enjoy what I do.

I’ve been editing a lot lately. Almost obsessively. I’m trying so hard to get the third draft done. After I do that, it’ll be time to hunt for beta readers. I’m honestly looking forward to that. But, more about that on Wednesday on my continuing series.

Well, I guess that’s about it going on in my world. I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season.

If you’re interested in being a beta reader for Days of the Kill, please let me know! I would love to have some of my readers know what they think about my book.

I will definitely be back on Wednesday with The Road to Being Published…as long as nothing earth shattering happens! Until then…stay tuned!

NaNoWriMo 2014

I know, I know, it’s December. I don’t care. I have to write a conclusion post, don’t I? Besides, I didn’t get to write about it last week. Dumb glaucoma testing.

It’s no secret that NaNoWriMo 2014 was my first NaNoWriMo participation. I experienced all the emotions I’ve heard about. All the enthusiasm at the beginning, being stuck and wanting to put it off in the middle, and the inching closer and closer to the 50,000 word mark and getting really excited again at the end. Every single thing I heard about, I experienced.

And I loved it.

My NaNoWriMo project is nowhere near a decent first draft, but I put it away for about a month. I’m hoping that by putting it away, I’ll have a clear mind of how to even start editing it. I’m pretty sure nobody wants to read it right now. It’s bad. And there’s a lot of holes. A lot of holes.

Until I start working on my NaNoWriMo project again, I’m going to keep working on editing Days of the Kill. I’m working on the third draft of that. Yay! More about that on Wednesday.

I can’t wait to see how The Healing (that name is going to be changed… I haven’t quite decided on to what, though, so for now, The Healing stays) turns out. I can see a bestseller, but for now, as I saw a Twitter friend put it last night, “All I’ve got are words and dreams.” (Thank you, Guy!)

Hey, everyone’s got to start somewhere, right? Why not start in November during NaNoWriMo and transform that dream into words? I can’t wait until next year. And you can bet that I’ll be updating every single Monday about NaNoWriMo 2015.

As for what I’ll be doing on Mondays until then…well, I guess we’ll see!

The Road to Being Published

I’m sorry I didn’t get my NaNoWriMo post up on Monday. I had my eyes dilated due to glaucoma testing and I couldn’t see a thing! I finished the project last night, though. Yay!

I was right last week. I said that maybe, just maybe, I would be on the third draft by this week. And guess what? I am! I’m so excited about it. I have the second draft printed out, and now I’m slaving over it with a pen. I’m attacking it before I let any other eyes see it… This will hopefully go out to a friend of mine once I’m done with it before I let beta readers have at it.

I’m so excited to be on the third draft. This will probably be one of the drafts it takes longer for since I’m going through it with a pen and then going to have to type it up. That will take a while, I’m ready for it, though.

I’m still on the first chapter, since I just started last night. I’m slowly working on it. Now that I’m done with my NaNoWriMo project, and that’s being put away for a month, I can dedicate my time on Days of the Kill. I’m so excited about that. Who would’ve thought I would get this close?

I know I’m not anywhere close to being published yet, but I can guarantee that I’m getting closer everyday. I can’t wait to see what happens. I’m looking forward to getting it done!

The thought that this will soon leave my hands and I let someone else see it terrifies me. Yet, at the same time, it’s exciting. This is my baby, and I’ll be letting it go out in the world.

As I said earlier, I finished my NaNoWriMo project last night. My first NaNoWriMo was a success. I’ll be putting it aside for a month, but when I let myself look at it again, I’ll be ready to tackle the horribly written draft. Bring it on, The Healing.

I can’t believe I’m getting closer and closer. Third draft…just like a real writer.

Well, that’s it for this week. Until next week… Stay tuned!

The Road to Being Published

I know, lately I’m just posting about NaNoWriMo and my journey as a writer. I’m sure there’s a post about something else inside of me somewhere. Bear with me. But for now, it’s Wednesday, so time for another update.

It’s been an incredible week. I loved all the progress I’ve made on editing Days of the Kill! I’m so happy. As it turns out, I didn’t get the third chapter done last Wednesday like I thought I would, but I’m happy to say that not only have I finished editing that, but I’ve also edited the entire fourth chapter! I’m currently working on the fifth, and just have a couple more pages until I’m done completely.

I’m so excited at how well this is going. I’ve been productive all week, and I’m so glad. It’s incredible to think about. I can’t believe I’m almost done with the second draft of my novel. I was just hoping to get done with the first draft by the end of the year!

I’m also currently working on my NaNoWriMo project still. I’m getting close to the end with that. That’s been more of a late night project. Except, you know, when I have to be up for work the next morning.

I can’t believe at how well everything has been going. I have never been so excited for anything in my life before. I’m looking forward to seeing what the week holds. I can’t wait to tell you next week how far I’ve come. This small town girl has done a lot.

Who knows? Maybe next week I’ll be telling you that I’m on the third draft. Now that would be something, wouldn’t it?

Until then… See you next week!

NaNoWriMo 2014

Another Monday, so time for another NaNoWriMo update!

I’m officially in the middle of my first NaNoWriMo project. Well, a little bit past the middle, I guess, really. It’s tough, I admit.

See that? I admitted it. It’s tougher than I  thought it would be. I’m officially in the middle and losing steam. Fast. I don’t like it, but I am. I have just less than 30,000 words done, and I should be able to get that much done today. I’ll be a day ahead, at least.

One day ahead. Unlike the two or three days ahead that I used to be. Well, I guess that’s alright, since I did have things come up (my niece visited, I got sick, other distractions, blah, blah, blah), but still, it would be nice to be as far ahead as I used to be.

The Healing is coming along very nicely, though I’m not sure how I feel about that title anymore, since it’s spiraling out of control. I’m not so sure that it’s about healing anymore. It’s more about coming together as friends. Well, we’ll see. Maybe I’ll go with my original title.

There’s not a lot to talk about with NaNoWriMo. I guess you could say while I’m not at a complete standstill, I’m close. I’m pushing forward, though. I have just over 20,000 words left before I “win.” I may not officially be signed up for it, but I’m doing it. I’m a sucker for punishment, I tell you.

NaNoWriMo is hard, but so far I’m finding that it’s worth it. Depending on how the rest of the month goes, I may not get it done, but I’ll be close. Until then, stay tuned!

The Road to Being Published

Yet another Wednesday, so time for another update.

I’m so excited about how far I’ve come on Days of the Kill. I have my third chapter almost done with editing for the second draft. I’m pretty sure I can finish it tonight. I’ll have more time since my parents will be gone a little longer.

It sounds weird that my parents being gone is my reasoning for having longer to edit, but I do most of my editing Wednesday nights when they’re gone. I try to edit most days, but Monday and Wednesday I can’t stay up late since I have work the next morning. So, the only time I can get editing done on Wednesday is when my parents are gone that night.

I only do it at night because I have homework to do during the day. Let me tell you, balancing college and writing is not easy. It’s so worth it, though. I love it.

When I was in second grade, I got the award for Best Story Teller. That’s when I got the idea to be a writer. Typical, right? I started long ago, just like a lot of writers do.

I can’t believe how far I’ve come. My first novel completely flopped, so this is the first time I’ve ever gone through the editing process. It’s so exciting to think that I’m going to be published one day. I know I can get there. I just have to keep believing in myself.

I know I can finish the third chapter tonight on Days of the Kill. I just know I can. I don’t think it will take that long, either. I’m also working on The Healing for my NaNoWriMo project still. I’m almost halfway done with that! Tune in Monday for more details…

Thank you all so much for your continued support. It means so much to me that you always support me in my writing career. See you guys next Wednesday for another update, and make sure to check out my journey as a first-time NaNoWriMo participant on Monday.

NaNoWriMo 2014

The second Monday of NaNoWriMo is here.

Last week, I was ahead when I posted. Now, I’m just right on track. I hate that. I loved being ahead and not  having a lot of pressure. But, my niece was around this weekend and I didn’t have time. I knew that was a possibility.

I know, I’m a big advocate of making time to write. Well, this weekend I was guilty of not. If my niece visits again before the end of the month ( I think she is…), I will have to make time. There is no way I’m not going to succeed in NaNoWriMo.

I love November. I really do. I don’t know why I never thought of participating in NaNoWriMo before. I’m getting such a rush from it! All four of my main characters are driving me insane, but hey, characters are supposed to do that, right?

I have almost 18,000 words for my NaNoWriMo project. Just 15 minutes is making all the difference, it seems. I’m doing a lot of it late at night, but I won’t be able to tonight — not when I have to be up at 5:00 tomorrow morning for work!

I’m not sure what the end project will look like, but I do know it won’t be that great. Quantity over quality is the rule for NaNoWriMo. The editing comes later.

I will be buckling down on editing Days of the Kill after NaNoWriMo is over. I’ve tended to make The Healing a priority this month writing wise. After November is over, I probably will put it away until I send Days of the Kill off to an editor and work in it while I’m waiting for Days of the Kill to come back with edits.

Well, I guess that’s it for Monday. Stay tuned next Monday for another NaNoWriMo update…and be sure to check out The Road to Being Published on Wednesday!