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Well some of you know I’ve been going through a lot this month. My plans to make this the NaNo I got back to winning kind of went out the window when I went into the hospital on 30 October. I didn’t write for several days, I couldn’t find the focus. That was 3 days the 31st of October and the first and second of November. I haven’t been able to write gangbusters like I hoped once I got back home. On the morning of 14 November, I woke to find my house flooded from an overflowing toilet. I was told I had to move out right away. Well my brother-in-law, the only person I have to help, was only off on Wednesday and Thursday. I was sick Sunday, had a doctor’s appointment on Monday, and still sick on Tuesday. We did all we could Wednesday and Thursday. My niece and her husband came up Thursday and helped but they had to get back home for his work. I tried to do some on Friday but I was trying to find a way to cash a Western Union Money Order that everyone refused to cash. I finally put it in my bank and had to wait for it to be put on hold. I was wanting to cash it for the money to use for moving. Now, I’m being evicted, not a good housekeeper, and things snowballed over me. I still want to get back over there and grab the rest of my things. I hate that she wouldn’t give me this coming weekend due to mold and stuff. I’m only one overweight, 68-year-old out of shape woman here.
So the NaNo book is a rambling mass of words but it’s at 7500 words with all I’ve been enduring this month. Last week I wrote 1965 words. Not too shabby. I did go back to work this past Sunday. I hope life levels out the rest of this year and I can figure out a new path for next year.
Hey Cheryl and all,
Boy, what a week I have had!
I was thrilled to get out of the hospital last Sunday. I was so sure I’d sign in and work my fingers to the bone. We have so many new people, and I wasn’t feeling so great. I made it through Monday late. Then Tuesday, I was scared they’d send me to voice, and I know I wasn’t up to dealing with the phones and my phone is out anyway.
I went to the “waiting room” asked to get off. She must have checked with Jenn my team leader because after a bit she told me to go clock out and mark WFO (Work Force Optimization) with a certain code. I was going to take a nap, but I needed food. I didn’t nap but I did sit on the couch and rest.
I woke Saturday morning the 14th to find my toilet had decided to flood the place during the 5 hours I slept. Now, on Wednesday & Thursday with the brother-in-law’s help we have to move everything out and into storage. If the renter’s insurance hadn’t expired, I’d have fewer worries. But it has. I did start a go fund me page to help pay for everything.
I’m mega stressed out tonight with tomorrow looming in which I have to sort and toss and all of that stuff.
I did write 3200 words 9-15 Nov. NaNo says I’ll finish in March. I don’t care if I finish at all at this point. Once I get moved into my brother-in-law’s place with the stairs (ugh hate them) and back at work, I’m sure I’ll be better.
I don’t know how long this will take for them to renovate and if they will let me back in the place lol.
There’s a picture, I think, on FB of the flood.
You’ve given us lots of food for thought. Funny, I’ve been “seeing” the opening scene to mine.
My husband, Jim, would bring home action-adventure books in the early 1970s and I read them too. Before he died he would most of the same books I had bought or even gotten for free at an event. Funny story. My sister, Jim, and I all read the JD Robb In Death books. One time when we were staying with my sister and her daughter-in-law and her two kids were there we were both reading the same In Death book. The daughter-in-law looked at me and then at my sister, I think we were discussing something in the book, and goes “Are both of you reading the same book?”
When I said yes, she asked why when we could just share a copy. I told her my sister read too slow and that Jim read the book too. She didn’t get it at all lol.
I’m getting excited about my NaNo book because the things that bothered me subconsciously will be fixed this time. I was working out a timeline in my mind this afternoon while on break at work.
You were talking about Sunday and what you did. I only wish I could still do that. I think too many car wrecks has messed up my back too much for that type of work.
When I posted about the chapters I meant that once I finish the story, I go back through and see where and when to make a chapter break. I’ve always written this way.
I say always I only started writing in 2005 when my aunt had her first of two books published with Publish America at 70 plus years of age. I figured if she could do it. Then maybe I could too. She had taken a writing course at the community college and decided to try and write a book. She lost interest in the third one she was writing after her computer died and she wasn’t able to retrieve the manuscript she was working on. She told me she had other things to do like watch Christmas movies and baseball games. I gave up trying to get her to go back to it.
I said before I read Johanna Lindsay’s Captive Bride in 1981 sometime. That was the first romance novel I had ever read. I read action-adventure mysteries, suspense. I devoured Agatha Christie in junior high I think it was. I would leave the bookmobile on Saturdays with a huge stack of books, most of them really thick. I read all of the Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and other books before I was 10 I think. I’m 68 now. I loved to read as soon as I learned how to read the Sunday comics I devoured them. My grandmother had tons of Reader’s Digest condensed books and I would read them cover to cover.
My mother commented one time, I was deep in the book paying no attention to anything else, that I should never have to read another book for a book report. I looked at her and I can’t do that I won’t remember what person it was written in, the style, all those weird things a book report required that I didn’t care about. I read it for the story to heck with the way it was written.
I did just that with Death List. I have the heroine kidnapped to lure the hero to the villain. Then all is lost when a massive explosion brings the cave down with the hero still trapped inside and the heroine having escaped with his help. She now realizes she does love him and is devastated.
But thanks to his teammates he survives, wounded but alive.
I have a strange question. What if you don’t have chapters? I just write continuously and then figure out the chapters afterward.
You are right about that backstory scene. It even affects the toddler later in the story. Both mom and baby were affected by it.
I never thought of a timeline before. That’s interesting. I’ll have to give it a shot with the things I’ve got going. In the cop story, I’m writing on it starts when the heroine arrives for work. So, I think I could use that timeline. Appreciate the tip.
This is interesting. I have a Navy SEAL story that I started with the villain. Then the hero and heroine are in the next scene. The opening with the villain is sort of a foreshadowing. But everyone tells me to take it out. I had an editor reject my pitch and she even commented about the title Death List. But I write romantic suspense that combines sort of an action aspect. I wrote the original story for NaNo 2012 and wasn’t finished at 75,000 words. I kept working on it. I pitched it and received a request so I sent it off, but it was rejected which was no biggie to me. The rejection of the pitch last year or the year before tore a hole in me. Then I shoved it away and went on writing.
I have a lot of incomplete things. I will be working on something and my friends and I sign up for Camp NaNo and I usually start a new project. I do the same for NaNo generally. Put aside what I was working on and start something new.
I have a question. I know everyone says trickle in the backstory. In one of the stories I’m writing I have a woman the mother of a toddler whose now ex-husband beat her almost to death and walked out leaving her bloody and dying. It started when she stopped him from hitting their daughter who was about a year old. A feisty little girl. When she took the baby and put her in the pack and play, he turned on her. Anyway, the story starts months later. I wrote the entire scene of the backstory, but I don’t think it goes into the story.
I either come up with characters or an event and run with it.
Work sapped my energy these past couple of weeks. I’m posting what I have for 1 & 2 here and I did go sign up. This will be a complete rewrite of a story I started and wasn’t happy with it. After more research and writing the story of Brigid & Liam, and another one that takes place during the Salem Witch Trials gave me more clarity for this one. I don’t know if that makes sense but that’s how it worked for me.
I usually have first names then wrestle with a last name. I’m a total panster. I will have a name like I’m writing a story now and the heroine is Tara and I can’t remember unless I go to page one or somewhere near the beginning, what last name I gave her. All of the characters have first names. I bounce between having characters all lined up, first name, and last name who they belong to things like that. Other times I have an idea and just run with it and pick a name out of thin air.
My characters for this are:
Prince: Hemming Wolff
Perhaps derived from Old Norse hamr “shape”, and possibly originally a nickname for a person believed to be a shape changer. Hemingr (Ancient Scandinavian) WOLFF German, Danish, Norwegian, Jewish
A variant of WOLF. He is cursed to turn into a wolf during random phases of the moon, to wander through his life never knowing when the change will hit him.
Brigid’s daughter, still trying to find the perfect name, the last name is O’Grady. I have considered this name for her: Cliona (KLEE-a-na) According to Old Irish legends, Clídna was the name of one of the three beautiful daughters of the poet Manannán mac Lir. A fairy named Clídna was the guardian spirit of the MacCarthy’s. Clídna had three magical birds that could sing the sick to sleep and heal them. In the tale of “Clídna’s Wave,” she falls in love with a mortal, “Keevan of the Curling Locks,” and leaves Tir-na-n’Og (“Land of Eternal Youth”) with him. But when he goes off to hunt, leaving her on the beach, she is swept to sea by a great wave, leaving her lover desolate.
The villain is a demon. He’s in the first book, he attempts to seduce Hemming’s mother, his wrath is turned on Hemming because Hemming comes between him and the queen The witch is tied to a demon who takes wolf form, then later as a god seeking Brigid’s hand in marriage that appears in the first book and in a book set during the Salem Witch Trials. I have to work out the connections still.
After thinking over your suggestion of the god killing Brigid. I came up with the solution of the demon possessing the god and killing her during the raid in which her daughter sees her ma killed and the “man” that did it.
Funny I wrote this, but in working the background out for the heroine I came up with the idea of her mother being a goddess who married a mortal. That’s when I ran into the dilemma of how to kill her if she’s a goddess. I thought of Arwen in The Lord of The Rings movies, where she says she chooses a mortal life. I decided that was the perfect solution. There’s also The Little Mermaid story or fairy tale that is similar. Anyway, I’m hoping this rewrite will be stronger and better than my original.
Hemming -around six feet, light brown, almost blond, hair, his beard a little darker closer to brown than blond, large hands to enable him to grip his battle-ax. (Interesting note I discovered in the research. The reason they were blond was because they used lye to bathe with because it prevented lice.) His eyes are dark like the color of a dark ale. Will become king upon his mother’s death if his father dies in battle before her.
Brigid’s daughter has auburn hair, that turns to the color of fire in the bright sun. I saw the perfect picture on Pinterest of what I think she should look like at the age of her mother’s death and later when she’s around 19 or 20.
I’m not much of a planner I tend to come up with an idea usually an event and some “people” for it and run off down the pathway of pantster.
I’d love a Friday or a Saturday thing I work Sunday through Thursday so those days are mapped out for me.
I do hope to rewrite the NaNo story I tried to write before. This time with more information and I guess a bit of planning. I think I’m a PLANSTER. Partly plan stuff and the rest throw it up in the air and see what falls back down.
I wrote 1370 words last week and spent several hours researching the NaNo project. I’m taking the GETTING YOUR NANO ACT TOGETHER AHEAD OF TIME with Beth Daniels and looking forward to it. I love her workshops. I really would like to make the goal in NaNo this year. Of course, no idea how work will be towards the end of November with BLACK FRIDAY and Walmart.com.
I am going to rewrite the last NaNo project that I had problems with when I was writing it. So many questions that lurked in my mind. I knew what I needed. I wasn’t sure how to figure it out. Hopefully, with Beth’s help, I will have a better, stronger, cohesive story this year.
In Brigid’s story, she’s pregnant with Liam’s child. Her parents summon her to meet the god her father has agreed to let this god marry Brigid. The minor problem is that she is in love with Liam and pregnant with his child. She refuses to marry the god and blurts out that she is in love with a mortal. One of her sisters brings Liam to the confrontation. Brigid’s father tells her that if she wants to marry a mortal she will have to give up her immortality and become a mortal. Brigid agrees, she doesn’t care all she wants to do is marry Liam.
The second in the series that I’m rewriting for NaNo this year will her after Brigid is killed and her daughter has witnessed it. Now, ten years later there’s another raid, and the daughter is taken to be a slave. The man she is asked to heal looks like the one that killed her mother. The first of the story is that she has to choose to use her healing powers or let him die. Then the man, who is a prince, has his own conflict later in the story.
I always enjoy your classes. My name is Kathy Crouch.
I’m going to rewrite my historical fantasy that I originally called TheWolf, the Witch and the Wizard. I discovered through another workshop that what I was calling a wizard would be a witch. I guess warlocks are wrong too. <G>
I went back and wrote the heroines beginning, sort of in that I always had her descended from the Goddess Brigid and a mortal. When I went back and wrote her mother’s story, I had to figure out how she would die if she’s a goddess. In the confrontation with her parents, she’s given the choice to choose a mortal life and marry the man she loves and whose child she’s pregnant with at that time. She chooses a life with Liam and they live with his widowed mother.
The daughter, I’m still trying to find a name I like for her, witnesses mother’s death at the hands of Viking raiders. The face of one of the men sticks in her mind. She’s around ten when this happens.
Ten years later during another raid, she’s taken with others to be a slave. She’s now a healer and is known for her healing powers. There is a Viking prince that led the raid. He’s severely injured near death. They’re on a ship heading back to Scandinavia. The raiders find out about her abilities and she has to choose to heal the man that she thinks killed her mother or let him die. That’s the beginning.
Your lecture, which I read before the intro, gave me pause. I will need to figure out the background of the male witch who has evil powers.
I participated in a BIAW hosted by a friend. I did write 1650 words, one day I had zero words, but I was reading through several different works in progress. I did some editing on them and stuff like that.
I participated in Hearts Through History’s Book In A Week challenge this week. I set a goal of 1400 and I wrote 1485.
I’ve gotten hooked on crocheting again. I’m working on this project called From The Middle Blanket. You can see the pattern her https://www.yarnspirations.com/caron-from-the-middle-crochet-blanket/CAC0502-9968M.html#q=From+The+middle+blanket+caron&includeContent=true&start=1
I’m using Red Heart Fair Isle Jingle which is red white and green variegated. It did take me a few days to get the pattern down. I’ve completed the first ten rounds and have added 4 more I think. It repeats rounds 9 & 10 untill it reaches 58 inches.
I complete Kiss of Death’s Book In A Week last night. My grand total for the week was 2,905 words. I signed up for the Hearts Through History writing challenge this week. I have to find the Google Sheet and post my words for tonight. I like it better when I report to someone and they keep up with it lol. I keep my own Excel spreadsheet for my 100×100 goals 100 words for 100 days. I’m on day 279 today of year 5. Sneaking towards year 6 in December. I would be on year 10 if I had hadn’t blown off 5 years of work in December 2015. Hopefully not stopping this time.
Does anyone have any good self-editing tips? I mean besides the obvious spelling and things like that. I love Word for that very reason, but it makes tough spelling sometimes when you don’t have it lol. When I reply to a social media incident at work I use “Scratchpad” change the font to 20 point and use Fuscia bolded. Most of the time I catch the mistakes, but I also toss into a private note and run spell-check. I think 99.9% of the time it’s names and the word “website” it wants two words but it’s now only one word. Things like that I tell it to add and it works until the next day lol.
One time they had removed our button that was open in CCA (nobody seems to know what those letters stand for) and I bet every one of us spell checked over and over and over until they fixed it. They do that quite often it seems they break something and then they have to fix it. Went to sign in Sunday and everyone coming in later like me at 10:30 CDT couldn’t log into the major program to pull up the two we needed for taking calls. They tell the voice agents to use the website, but that doesn’t always work. But in SMRE we have to have the one called Right Now because our emails and social media incidents come there.
No worries from me LeAnne. I don’t quite have anything to share just yet.
I’m late, but I wasn’t aware of the class until tonight. My name is Kathy and I’ve been writing since around 2005. I’m always interested in improving. Not yet published. I’ve pitched a few times, but no takers.
I write several genres but it has to have murder and mayhem for me to write it.
I had a super productive Friday and Saturday. I might have jumped the gun a bit by having the hero and heroine in bed together, but hey I can always move it later.
I have two short days this week, my work week runs Sun-Thurs. Sunday was the normal 10:30-5:30, but tomorrow Labor Day they cut everyone’s hours, don’t want to pay a whole lot of time and half. So tomorrow I work 11:30-5:30. Then on Tuesday & Wednesday, I have back to back 10 hour days 10:30-9:00. It all adds up to 40 hours which 5.5 of it will be time and a half for the holiday. But the thing I figured out once is that you pay 1.5 times my hourly rate for one day’s work. That means out of 40 hours I get 34.5 at regular pay and 5.5 at overtime pay I think that idea needs to be redone somehow. Maybe make it double time and a half to keep from shorting people. Of course, the hours would really get chopped then hehehehe. I pointed it out to my boss in East Texas and she was like you’re right. I worked 32 hours regular and 8 overtime so basically it was only the equivalent of 4 extra hours at normal pay.
It would be nice if the people who broke our program would find the break and fix it. It varies there’s no rhyme or reason to it. You call in or write in and we attempt to refund or replace your order and the system doesn’t have a reason. We can spoof into the customer’s account and replace it that way, then we have to mark it no recharge or not expected back. I had one today it refused to let me do that. I was like you stupid system she can’t return what she never got. So, I escalated it. Explained it was a replacement for an item missing from the box so there wouldn’t be any possible way to return it.
I’ve been writing on a cop story. It reached out and grabbed and I think it was part of a dream I had. I woke up wondering why in the dream it went down that way lol. So, I am writing about a series of murders of young boys. A female detective is in charge and she went to the local FBI office and spoke with an agent there. She’s supposed to check with the agent the next day to see if the first bits of info from the computer yielded more with the additions of what they found on the first search.
In the meantime, she and a fellow detective are in a hotel in bed together.
I spent today on the phones and didn’t get off until 9:30 PM. I still have to write some words. Hoping I can get some on the page. I almost said order some. Hmm. Reckon I could order some words from Walmart.com.
Okay due to no internet I missed it. I lost my internet on Thursday 08-13-2020. I didn’t get it back until Friday 08-21-2020. I went to Starbucks and froze half to death three of the four evenings I went. Since I had no internet I didn’t bother with trying to pitch to the editors my friend had lined up for the SARA (San Antonio Romance Authors) meeting on the 15th. Plus, I didn’t feel that I was ready or that the stories are ready.
Instead, on that Saturday night late, I started something totally new and I now have almost 4k words on it. I crocheted and wrote most of last week. Had big plans to use the unpaid time off due to no internet, to clean my house, and all types of things. Nothing like that happened.
The week’s word count 17-24 August was 2,058.
Well rats with it being 4-6 PM, I’m still working. I’ve got a chance to pitch my historical paranormal/fantasy series on Saturday. If I could find someone to give me pointers on the premise I wrote a year or so ago, I’d be good to go. I could work on it all week.
Welcome to our new members Jessica and JoMarie. Glad you’re with us. This is a great group.
I’m going to attempt to pitch my historical paranormal/fantasy series this coming Saturday. I don’t have all of the series complete. The first book isn’t even complete. (Sigh) I have a friend who wants all of her friends to be published and published with the publisher because they’re a good publishing company. So many of my writer friends have been writing for “a hundred years”. I’ve only been writing since about 2008 or so, I think. There’s a joke sort of that goes with that. In the convenience store where I used to work, almost 15 years there, we had a new employee leave a note for the overnight employee who had been there a lot longer. My friend, the overnight employee, was pissed because of the way the note was written as much as by who wrote it. So, she looks at me and says, “It’s not like you or Ida telling me what to do. Y’all been here a 100 years you can tell me what to do.” That stuck and I still smile and chuckle when the term comes to mind.
So this week Mon-Sat I wrote 1,935 words. Sunday I wrestled with a premise I wrote for homework in a workshop several years back. I asked the friend who is encouraging us to pitch, to read over it. She sent it back saying no romance. No suggestions nothing just there’s no romance. Okay, I did write they fell in love. I was under the impression a pitch and a premise are short. I sent it to two other friends asking one how to beef up the romance. Our little SMRE team is short-handed so that means Kathy who never refuses extra hours will be working extra hours. Yay! I do need the money. Won’t be long until Christmas ramp up will be appearing on the scene.
I won’t be able to participate until the evenings. I work until 9:00 PM CDT on Monday, 8:00 PM on Tuesday and 7:00 PM on Wednesday. Sunday & Thursday I usually get off at 5:30 PM but that has been known to change. I find I write best late at night usually. Although, this past Saturday was an exception still it was late in the evening when I got on a roll. I think my brain is trained that way from not getting off until 11:00 PM when I worked in a convenience store. I’d get home about midnight and settle in then I’d start writing.
I worked long hours this week. I had 56 hours as of Thursday evening when I left a little after 10. That’s in 5 days.
I didn’t write much until Saturday. The story that has the working title The Inn has been nagging me to come back. So, I left The Goddess and the Mortal for now. She’s having a confrontation with her parents over marrying a mortal add in she’s carrying his child.
Anyway, I wrote a scene in The Inn that I’ve had the heroine and others mention several times. I sat down Saturday and started writing it. I had to force myself to quit so I could get in bed.
That day pushed the week’s total up really high. One night after I got off at 12:30 I was so tired I settled for 30 minutes of research. The words wouldn’t form a sentence.
Here’s the grand total: 3,445 most of those are from Saturday when I wrote 2,610 words. Off to bed I should have already been there tomorrow is my long day and I will probably stay late.
I managed to write 2,505 words and worked 68 hours last week. The work week was Sunday through Thursday. I wind up working until closing on Wednesday nights 12:30 AM, then coming in at my normal hours of 10:30 AM on Thursday morning. This past Thursday I worked until 9:00 PM and I was so tired I wasn’t sure I’d ever catch up on sleep. The thing is when I work late like that I have to write and unwind. That makes it 3 or 4 in the morning when I fall in bed and then back up about 9:45 to get ready to log into the work computer and be ready to roll at 10:30.
I have been doing bits of editing on the story I’m calling The Inn. I’m sure there’s a better title out there somewhere but it’s a good working title for now. Better than my past attempts that would have been Justin and Kayla. 😛
I am proud to say I made a lot of progress this past week despite working long hours. On Wednesday they asked for people to stay past close. So I said I would. That put me getting off at one. I still managed to write 965 words and get in bed around 4:30. I got up about 9:45 Thursday morning to get ready to start logging in for my Friday. I stayed over 3 hours that day and by the time they were up I was having problems connecting my brain and the keyboard. I still managed to squeeze out 385 words that night even as a zombie.
My grand total for the two challenges I participated in, Hearts Through History’s Writing Challenge and KOD’s BIAW 2.0 was 4555 which was 1055 over my goal of 3500. There were some days I wasn’t sure I would make it. But I am delighted that I made it with words to spare.