NaNo Recap 2

NaNo Recap

Posted by on Nov 23, 2011 in NaNoWriMo, writing / editing

There’s one week left in November, and it’s not looking good for this year’s NaNo. I started this month with high hopes, and even though I only wrote 500 words on day one, I figured I had plenty of time to catch up. It takes 1667 words per day to reach 50,000, so I’d just have to write a little extra.

Well… I’ve averaged 52 words per day.

Between finding a new job and launching my freelance business, I just haven’t been able to make time for writing. I’m happy with my five-page start, and I do plan to continue—just not at the pace I’d hoped. And I’m okay with that.

In the meantime, I plan to enjoy my Thanksgiving with my family (my gramma’s coming to see us for the first time since her surgery last year!) and celebrate my BFF’s upcoming baby.

There may also be some of this:

What do you have planned this weekend?

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News! I Have News!

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in home life, work

I haven’t written anything this month, completely failing at NaNo, but I have good reason…

I start my new job on Monday! I don’t want to go into much detail (like naming the company) until I’m situated and know how they feel about these things, but it’s still a design job, I’ll be part of an internal department (which I’ve wanted for a long time), and I can bring Owen (I don’t know how often yet)! It’s in Grand Rapids, which is where I ultimately want to live, so things are finally moving in the direction I want. Wheee!

I’m excited to share my other project, Ink Slinger Designs. I’ve found a way to combine my love of design and love of writing with my love for helping others and creating pretty things. Go! Go! Go check it out and please like my facebook page while you’re at it. And if you have an upcoming project, you know where to find me.

So what’s new with you?

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Stay Tuned…

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 in friends & family

Hello! It’s been a crazy few days and I have lots of news to share with you, but I’m going to wait until next week. Sorry.

I went to Washington DC this past weekend, where I saw friends, monuments, and made more than my share of children and animals squeal. The best part? Having two of my favorite people within poking distance.

Slaps & Waggles + The Boss

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Like Slipping on an Old Pair of Jeans…

Posted by on Nov 2, 2011 in NaNoWriMo, writing / editing

…that have been dried on high for five hours with a little too much starch.

I haven’t written anything (aside from blog posts and the random lengthy tweet) since this time last year, and it’s been harder to get back in the swing of things than I expected. I’m using NaNo as a way to get back into writing every day—or as close to every day as I can manage—but I didn’t begin until nearly 11pm last night.

The hardest part for me is always getting started, so I know once I open that vein the words will being to flow, but I always have an excuse: one more email to reply to, one more facebook notification to check, one more scrabble move to play. Maybe if one of you could come over and quit the internet for me every evening, say around 7pm? That’d be great.

I know I’m not the only one who faces this, so what are your tricks for forcing your butt in the chair and fingers on the keyboard? I think once I remember how much I enjoy writing this won’t be a problem.

At least that’s my plan.

The good news is once I DID start I quickly remembered how much I love these characters. Welcome back Biz and Cameron!

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120-ish Hours to Go!

Posted by on Oct 26, 2011 in writing / editing

Do you hear that? It’s the slow moan of thousands of writers as they prepare for the most ridiculous writing competition of the year!NaNo says 6 inches really isn't that impressive


Yes, I’m doing it again.

I’d originally planned on writing a sci-fi young adult idea that’s been bouncing around in my head, but I’ve decided to write the sequel to Flicker, tentatively titled Fracture. I’m not completely sold on the title, but it works for now.

My lovely friend Stacey has created NaNo buttons for writers to post on their blogs, websites, or wherever. This one is my favorite.

So who’s with me? Do you already have a plot or are you throwing caution to the wind and pantsing your novel?

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The Great Pumpkin Analogy

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in writing / editing

While perusing the pumpkin “patch” (shelves) at my grocery store last weekend, this one struck me as the roundest, cleanest, most pumpkiny pumpkin of the bunch. In fact, I was so pleased with nature’s work that I considered leaving it alone and letting its bright orange hue be all the decoration I needed.

Original Pumpkin, ala first draft
So pretty. Why would anyone want to mess this up?

That thought lasted about a day. While there was nothing wrong with my pumpkin — some people might say it’s a damned good pumpkin and why on earth would you mess with perfection? — I decided to hack it up, scoop out the messy parts, and polish it into something unique.

Kind of like a novel.

Every writer knows the first draft is just that — a first draft. You need dive in headfirst to separate the solid guts from the gooey bits that are just gunking things up.

Adverbs, passive voice, and extra dialogue tags be gone!

Once you really get into it, you discover writing the novel — or picking the pumpkin — was the easy part. Creating something good enough to present to the world takes loads more time, patience, and knives… er, red pens. If you’re like me, you may be tempted to shove that baby out the front door while the guts are still cooling, but a third, or even fourth, pass is probably necessary.

Did you catch every goopy string? Cut away all the pencil marks? Grab the extra pieces off the floor before the dog ate them? (or text a photo to a friend to make sure it’s really as good as you think?) Because only then is your creation ready to be unleashed to the world.

The masterpiece.

Want more Halloween? My post A Smurfy Package is up at An Army of Ermas.

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