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Batten down the hatches, NaNoWriMo 2011 quickly approaches.

28 Oct

Since January of 2007, I’ve toiled away at a project called Fireflies, making sure every interconnecting detail was just right. I did lots of free writing to develop the characters and the world around them. I tried to start writing it a few times. See also every NaNoWriMo/Camp WriMo between 2008 and today. There are a pile of chapter ones saved on my computer as proof. I did write other novels not related to the project and even managed to get one published, but it kills me that I can’t seem to write the story I’ve wanted to share with the world for over four years.

Not anymore, folks! I made it past the dreaded chapter one mark and am proud to report that I’m well into chapter three. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but for me this is a big deal. I found the POV (point of view), the tense, the voice, and more importantly I accumulated enough writing experience to do it some justice.

Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, the time has come for me to batten down the hatches and attack NaNoWriMo 2011. Consider this post my declaration to the world and promise to myself to grab my white whale by throat and tell it who is boss. (It’s me, in case you were wondering.)

I had to do something while more coffee brewed.


Music Monday: Just a Girl

20 Jun

My plan for this afternoon involves copious amounts of tea and fleshing out my outline in preparation for JulNoWriMo.  Luckily, I have Ellie to bounce ideas off and help me maintain a shred of sanity. Act II always gives me trouble; I never know if I’m adding too much plot or not enough!

To get myself in the mood, I want to share a song off No Doubt’s old album, Tragic Kingdom, called “Just a Girl.” The lyrics express the main character’s frustrations to the T.



What I did on my Thanksgiving vacation.

3 Dec

As it turns out, Arizona has more than oppressive heat and large bugs. My dad and step-mom took me to a few awesome places. I might not have achieved 50k for nanowrimo, but whoa did I have fun and find a load of inspiration along the way.

Coconut Cupcake from The Coffee Shop

Coconut Cupcake with disco dust!

If you’re ever in the Phoenix area, go to The Coffee House in Gilbert. My chai latte was good, but the cupcakes made the experience. I have them on the brain now and it’s leaking into my writing. In a scene I wrote this morning, the main character had a bought of nervous eating. Apparently, her feelings tasted like lemon-raspberry cupcakes.

What do your feelings taste like?

Cupcakes from The Coffee Shop in Gilbert, AZ

I also spent hours wandering an independent bookstore in Tempe called Changing Hands. They have a great selection and helpful staff. I found Christmas gifts for both of my roomies there. I’d tell you about my awesome finds, but that would spoil it for them. *winkyface*

Although, I will say I noticed a few signed copies of WAKE. If you live in the area and haven’t read her novel yet, go there NOW and pick one up for yourself. If you live elsewhere, I still highly recommended Lisa McMann‘s novel.

I read WAKE on the flight from Phoenix to Philly. Luckily the gentlemen next to me slept the entire way, because I wept like a baby girl towards the end of the book. Lisa McMann’s main character, Janie, struck a chord with me that no other novel has ever managed to do. I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy this weekend.

…And that’s what I did on my Thanksgiving vacation.

WIP It Good Wednesday…

17 Nov

or ‘When the Going Gets Tough’.

Seventeen days into this foray of literary abandon and I am grossly behind due to a family emergency and a nasty strain of the flu. For the most part, those things are over now. So, I’m gearing up to knock out a chunk of my 20k word deficit today.

The MacManus brothers mean business.

To keep myself from throwing in the towel, I’m pretending Connor and Murphy MacManus from The Boondock Saints will seek retribution if I don’t achieve my goal. They’re very convincing.