Monday, November 28, 2005

Creative Windfall

It was one of those nights last night. I was resting peacefully, then suddenly sprung wide awake, my imagination in overdrive. I had to get up and write. I placed pillows on the edge of the bed on one side so Rune wouldn't roll off, then hit the computer. I fleshed out an entire whole store in less than 10 minutes. I am itching to get started on it, but have too much editing to do. Maybe in between those times when Rune isn't keen on me being on the comp I can write a few scenes of it in a spiral bound for later.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

8 is Great!

I made it to Chapter 8 on my mss edit. Woot! I worked through a difficult scene yesterday, managed to shorten it, retain my word count, and rewrite it effectively. Voila! C'est magnifique!

Today I'm going to go over some art for the upcoming website CoraZane.com which my friend is designing for me. I'm also going to edit on through Chapter 9. Maybe I'll even get to 10 today. Oh gosh, wouldn't that be fabu? :P I'd be at the half-way point!

So far I've been able to stick to my goal of 5 whole chapters this week. I can't believe I've been able to do it! I'm psyched! :)

Friday, November 25, 2005

Adding To My TBR Pile

I dropped by the Salvation Army today and found Shotgun Wedding, by Charlotte Lamb. She is my favorite Harlequin/Silhouette romance writer of all time. I know she passed away some years ago, so it's always a thrill to find one of her books. I've never read one of them I haven't liked!

What Kind of Writer Are You?


You are a romantic writer. You're ALWAYS writing
about some significant other--about lacking
one, about wanting one, about having one, about
being with one--it doesn't matter. If it
involves even a tiny ounce of love, you're
there! Much into the works of Christina
Rossetti and the works of Alfred Tennyson, you
are a bit of a classical writer as well....but,
for the sake of all things cheesy, you're more
of a hopeless romantic than a classical writer.
You write whatever comes to mind--which usually
involves a significant other. ^^; Oh well. If
literary geniuses don't do it, who will, right?


What's YOUR Writing Style?
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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

For my official post on the topic, GO HERE.

While I am patiently roasting the turkey that won't seem to cook, I will post ten things I have to be thankful for...

(Oh, before I get started, please note it is 2 am, and I am TIRED. If your looking for someone to wax poetic, try another blog.)

These are in no particular order:

1.) I am thankful hurricane Katrina only obliterated our garden shed.
2.) I am thankful that although I turned 30 this year, I am not 30 and living with my parents.
3.) I am thankful I have some control over my own destiny.
4.) I am thankful that although I have few friends, the ones I do have are worth walking through fire for.
5.) I am thankful I entered that writing contest, even when felt my entry wasn't exactly what the judges were looking for.
6.) I am thankful both my parents are still around to spend Thanksgiving with.
7.) I am thankful for having the opportunity to work from home.
8.) I am thankful for everyone in my family bearing with me while I tried to find myself, and figure out what I wanted to do with my life.
9.) I am thankful for having another baby--even though the doctors and fertility specialists told me it would never happen.
10.)I am thankful for having been given yet another year in which to live my life.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Chapter 7

Aside from Thanksgiving cooking and cleaning the house before the relatives arrive, I have spent a great chunk of the day editing. I've managed to do two chapters in two days. I'm going to try to work on 7 tonight while I'm roasting the turkey.

I'm stll not too pleased with chapter 5, but I've got to move on if I'm going to get this thing finished. Right now my current goal is to have the mss edited up to chapter 10 by next Tuesday.

So far so good. I'll have another full writing day on Friday--Jay's next day off work.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Current Progress

I finished Chapter 5 tonight, and am partly through Chapter 6. Woohoo! I'm going to start posting my goals again, since I seem to do better, and get more accomplished when I do that. I even went over to Romance Divas and updated my goals thread.

So far, I've edited 17978/45144; and I've completed 5/20 chapters.

By looking at this, I'm 1/4th the way there. I gotta get the lead out!

Monday, November 21, 2005

What Makes a Hero?

I had a bit of a writing dilemma today. I editing Chapter 5 and decided to make a few changes. The question is, how much detail should I add when describing the male character? I usually only sprinkle a few details here and there, but with this particular scene, I wonder if maybe I should add to it.

I wrote the beginning of the scene two different times, but now that I've done it and read over it; it seems the original reads better. Hm.

I'm going to finish out the chapter, and if I'm still undecided, I guess I'll post some of it here and do a test.

Motivation?

I was reading Jaci Burton's blog yesterday, and I went away thinking she was superwoman! She so many writing projects going on at once, it's amazing. How does she do it? How does she manage them all, and still be able to complete them on time? I have one project that should be finished by now, but I can't seem to get the thing edited.

How does she do it?

Friday, November 18, 2005

What Kind of Witch Are You?


You are an earth witch. You have a bit of each of
the other elements in you, but still stay your
solid self. You are loyal, giving, and
trustworthy which unfortunately may cause
people to take advantage of you at times. You
draw your power from the earth around you and
have great respect for Gaia/the mother, and as
the earth, you too are beautiful and can make a
wonderful mother.

What kind of 'witch' are you?
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Reading List Addition

I just found out Stobie Piel has a new book out. Yay! She's one of my favorite authors, and it's been a long time since she's put out anything. I'm so glad to see her back writing!

Here's the blurb for Strange Brews.

I can't wait to read this one!

Do A Little Dance...

I am finally off the chapter of doom! Hurray! Tonight I shall celebrate by taking a quick break before jumping right into editing the next chapter. :P As it stands, the house is uber quiet--which is fantastic! Rune played until he couldn't take it anymore, and finally fell asleep. Jay has employee appreciation to go through tonight--poor guy. He won't be home from that until 1 am. Fortunately he'll be off work tomorrow, otherwise he'd be walking around in a daze.

As for me, tomorrow I'm gonna stick with it. I want to get at least another chapter edited by tomorrow night, if it's at all possible. Wish me luck!


Another up note: I was finally able to update my AOL journal. Woot! I'll be glad when I'm over my "camera blight" and can get some new pics up over there.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Rewrite Hell

Today was a major writing day for me. Hubby was home and I took complete advantage of it. I spent 90% of the day working the rewrite for Chapter 4, while he watched the baby.

While hubby had a good, if not partly trying, time with baby, I finished most of the current chapter, just have two more pages to go. Woot! I'm going to stick it out a little later tonight, and get this thing behind me!

Note:
It seems AOL is still working on repairing their journals. The edit buttons have returned, but alas, you can't use them. :P

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Let the Frenzy Begin

I didn't get a chance to write today, and not much happened yesterday either. The baby has caught my ick, poor little guy. However, tonight hubby has been kind enough to watch the little bean for a while... well, for as long as the baby is willing. Either way, I can relax if Jay is up late. He's off work tomorrow... the first full day in over a week!

Even though I feel rough, I'm going to stay up tres late and try to finish this one effing chapter that is the bane and all around plague of my existence! The chapter is very integral, it has to be included, but gosh darn it, even while writing the book on the first round it was like pulling hen's teeth. It's even worse now that I'm editing.

I'm determined to finish this thing--tonight!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Gobbledy Gook

AOL journals are down. I was going in to post my horoscopes, and it seems they conveniently forgot to place the buttons on the page so you can add new entries. All this so they could place huge banner ads on top. Sheesh!

I didn't get any sleep last night. I rocked Rune until 1 am; he just wouldn't sleep. I think he was feeling just as congested as I was. I tried dozing in the recliner with him, but my nose would stop up on one side, and run on the other. I keep thinking... please, when will the hurting stop. My husband was fast asleep, no troubles at all. When I finally crawled back in bed with Rune around 2 am, I wanted to kick him so he'd wake up and be miserable too. :P But I didn't. Rune woke up again around 4 am, so I just got out of bed with him and made coffee. No since suffering through trying to get him to sleep.

He's fairly cheery this morning, which is good. I still feel like I've got cottonballs shoved up my nose!

Now for writing... I don't know how I did it, but yesterday I forced myself to get over the hump in my story. Great googly moogly, what a job! Royal pain, but worth it when I went back to re-read. The flow is much better. That means the hard part is over. I'm not changing it again. Time permitting, I'll finally get this chapter finished today. No looking back!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Big, long, swishy, flippy hair

I was thinking today... Is it just me, or do all female/heroine characters in romance novels seem to have long, flowing locks? When I sat down and thought about it, I couldn't think of one single romance novel that had a heroine in it with short hair. Yet in the same breath, I could list no less than 3 books that had redheads, 5 books with blonde characters, 2 with brunettes, and 7 with black hair. All ladies, regardless of hair color, were described as having waist length hair. Several mainstream authors, and an ungodly amount of e-book writers fall into the "long hair heroine" category, and write about long haired ladies almost exclusively. What's up with this? Is this the female psyche at work: long hair equals hot, sexy gal?

I have seen all of 4 women in my area (myself included) that has waist length hair. To imagine it is one thing, to see it in real life... eh, the hair is pretty, but it's admittedly old fashioned. Not precisely sexy. Of course, there are those with mid-long lengths that look fantabulous--just about every supermodel and porn star on the planet. But writer's seldom write about these ladies 'do's.

Where are the stories about the girls with truly short hair styles? The ones where you can see the backs of their necks?

Am I the only one that thinks short hair can be sexy? Think Halle Berry, or Faruza Balk. Short, semi-spikey dark hair. Tres chic! What's not to love? Or are these women considered the exception? From a writer's perspective, I'm really curious about this!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Hmm...It Seems to Fit

The Keys to Your Heart
You are attracted to those who have a split personality - cold as ice on the outside but hot as fire in the heart.
In love, you feel the most alive when things are straight-forward, and you're told that you're loved.
You'd like to your lover to think you are stylish and alluring.
You would be forced to break up with someone who was insecure and in constant need of reassurance.
Your ideal relationship is comforting. You crave a relationship where you always feel warmth and love.
Your risk of cheating is zero. You care about society and morality. You would never break a commitment.
You think of marriage something you've always wanted... though you haven't really thought about it.
In this moment, you think of love as something you thirst for. You'll do anything for love, but you won't fall for it easily.

Friday, November 11, 2005

New Chapter!

Woot! I completed editing another today, and am working on the next in line. I'm forcing myself to go linear with the rewrite, to make sure I don't miss anything. Talk about a pain in the backside... I've never been a linear writer.

So far today, I've rewritten about 5 pages. Awesome! Now if only I could get it going a bit faster. I don't want to have to do a third draft, though. So I'm taking my time to be thorough.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Do-tha-Do

This is it! I'm down to the wire now. I've accepted the November challenged, and I'm planning to kick this mss in it's ass!
So thusly, my goals this week are this: have chapters 1-5 completely edited.

Crawling baby in the house or not, I vow I will do this, or die trying!

Monday, November 07, 2005

November Challenge

I haven't been posting my progresses here lately. I usually just post it on my everyday blog over at AOL, but now that the November Fast Draft Challenge is beginning, I decided to crank up the ol' writing progress blog.
I finished my manuscript in October, but have not had the time to really sit down and edit it. Since that's the case, I'm going to use my edit as my challenge. I've already "warned" dear hubby that my book has to be finished this month. I've kept my editor waiting long enough!