NaNo Make-Up #1

Because I’m such a pathetic human and cannot manage to do NaNo the months it is actually running, I have decided to come up with my own times to do NaNo when it works for me. So, myself and Emily McConnell are hosting a NaNo Make-Up that will run from January 15th to February 15th.

 

You can set your own word count, or set a project/outline/editing goal–whatever you want! If you are going to join us, send me a message and I’ll add you to our group Google Hangout. Also, you can add your goal to the group Google Doc. Some of us will be using MyWriteClub for goal tracking. It’s not a requirement, but if you want to join that, feel free!!!

 

I hope you can join us this month! However, if it doesn’t work for your schedule, know that we will be doing a second Make-Up from March 15th to April 15th.

 

Life Lately/April Wrap

Well, these monthly wrap up posts seem to be “the thing” right now, and while I try not to do what everyone else does, these posts are so fun to read I don’t see a good reason not to do them!

(And yes, I do know that it is May 4th. Life gets in the way of my desires to post on time.)

 

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~Books Read~

11. Sorry, I don’t have the energy to list them all every single month.

BUT.

I will list my top 3 favorites.

Samara’s Peril by Jaye L. Knight. I got to be an advanced reader for this book!! Can you believe it!!!! I still can’t! It was so amazing!!

The Ryn by Serena Chase.

The Remedy by Serena Chase.

(I am completely blaming my dear friend Hope for telling me about those last two. And no one needs to know how late I stayed up reading them. They were totally awesome, by the way. :) )

 

~Writing~

Well, since I had a long day of near panic when I realized how close the release date of The Old River Road is coming in comparison to how much work still needed to be done, I re-evaluated my goals for April.

Total words written: 20,000

Total words edited: 85,000 (that was my whole manuscript for TORR)

I successfully completed my “week of insane writing.” Barely. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it. The story just wasn’t flowing right. But I pushed through, and finished with 15,000 words in five days.

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Most words in one day: 5,126

Least words in a day: 216

Most words in an hour: 2,000 (a new personal high!)

 

~Beta-reading~

  1. Abi’s Martin Hospitality
  2. My own book. (Does that count?)

 

~Life~

Well, a lot of life stuff happened this past month.

  1. I got accepted and enrolled in college. *ahhhhh!!!!* I will be taking classes from home through IMG_1439Liberty University. Classes start in 14 DAYS!!!!
  2. I buckled down on high school stuff so I can close that area of my life.
  3. Edited an entire book, hired a cover designer AND editor, rounded up 12 amazing beta readers…and somewhere in there lost my sanity.
  4. Learned how to drive our 36ft motorhome. (Told you I lost my sanity.)
  5. Resumed TaeKwonDo classes. Boy I tell you, I am one rusty black belt. Eight years of no practice really puts a tarnish on that shiny blackness.  :-)
  6. Ate at Chick-fil-A for the second time in my entire life. Seriously, they need to get these restaurants in Eastern Washington. What the heck is up with them only being in the southern/eastern states and in Seattle?
  7. Met an internet friend in person!!! (Hi Rosey!!!!) :-)

 

~Goals for May~

  1. Finish getting The Old River Road ready for publication. This means going through my beta-reader’s comments, sending it to my editor, going through her comments, then sending the manuscript to the formatted. (WHEW!)
  2. Start college. This one is inevitable, so maybe I should say “survive starting college.”
  3. Plan my graduation/baptism/18th birthday/Mom and Dad’s 22nd wedding anniversary.  These events are all so close together I decided that we may as well celebrate them all on the same day. Why not, right? Now I just have to plan the insane event.
  4. Beta-read Hope’s Song of the Sword, and Abi’s Martin Hospitality.
  5. Read 8 books.
  6. Do a Vlog.
  7. Survive. (This one has been on the bottom of my daily to-do lists as of late.)

 

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Well, there was a lot more that went into April, but that’s all I have the energy to record for now.

So how was your April? Did you do anything absolutely fantastic that I should know about? How do you feel about frozen cookie dough? (Sorry, that was random, but seriously, have you tried the stuff?)

 

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DON’T STOP READING YET!!!!

Are you still reading? Good. Keep going.

I have this wonderful idea to do a Vlog sometime in the near future (’cause Vlogs are awesome), but in order to do so I need to know if you have any questions for me. I can come up with a topic on my own if necessary, but it would be far more fun to answer your questions. Please, if you have any questions, leave them in the comment box, or email me with the contact form. THANK YOU!!!

I Finished NaNo!

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I am extremely excited to announce that I have completed, and won, my first NaNoWriMo. Considering that it took me 3 years to write 120,000 words, I am pretty proud of myself for persevering and getting through 50,000 words in one month. In fact, I finished the month of November out with a grand total of 56,000 words. Yipee!!

I estimate that the story is about half done. I am hoping to have the remaining 44,000 words completed by the second week of January. Then edits will begin. Yay. My least favorite part of this entire writing deal.

My ultimate goal is to have Clara’s Story (which will likely be getting a new title) published by June of 2016. I am going to have to push myself, but I think I can do it.

At the beginning of this month, I told myself that I desperately needed a break from Never Alone #1. When you’ve been working on something for a solid two years, it is hard to look at it with anything other than, “I JUST WANT TO BE DONE!!!!!”

It was hard, but I didn’t allow myself to look at any documents that had anything to do with the trilogy. Don’t get me wrong…I was thinking about the story as much, if not more, than when I am actively working on it. I missed my characters terribly!

Something funny happened about three weeks into November. I was furiously typing away at Clara’s Story in my writing cave (bedroom) when my fifteen year old brother walked in. After chatting for a few minutes, I whined, “I miss my characters from Never Alone sooooo bad!”

And my dear bro, logical as he is, raised an eyebrow in that my-sister-is-a-nut-job way and, very slowly, said “Then open up the document and say hi.”

Though I giggled at his logical-ness, I didn’t heed his advice until November 30th. :)

 

Books I read in November: Ha! Maybe two.

Books I plan to read in December: The Destiny of One by Sarah Holman, Through the Tunnel by Rebekah Morris, Resistance by Jaye L. Knight, A Different Kind of Courage by Sarah Holman, Counted Worthy by Leah E. Good…those are a few that I am mostly looking to. Others, such as Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit I am not so excited about. :)

This blog post is getting very long. Kudos to you if you’ve read this far. :)

Final Week of NaNo 2015

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I can hardly believe it…NaNo is drawing to a close! It seems completely surreal that an entire month has gone past, yet at the same time it went by too fast. (Fellow NaNoers will know what I mean). ;).

By God’s grace and against all odds (multiple illnesses, windstorms, etc) I have been able to keep my word count where it needs to be. As of now, the most words I’ve written in one day is 4,500, and the fewest words has been 316. As arrogant as this sounds, I’m pleased with myself for keeping up and not letting the 50,000 word goal smush my productivity. :)

As of now, I have 43,000 words. This story has been so much work and far more difficult than the all-fiction novels I have written. I’ve read through a few sections that I wrote towards the beginning of the month, and was able to get through and entire chapter without wanting to vomit, so that’s a good sign, right? :) The quality of my writing definitely suffers with speed, but I think editing will be my best friend. We shall see.

And now, coming into the last 5 days of NaNo, I give myself a big slap on the back and, Lord willing, will make the 50,000 goal!

 

“The Storm of the Century”

Sorry to have this post so delayed. Last night, a massive windstorm hit the area we live and nearly decimated the city. Hurricane-force winds caused trees to fall across powerlines, across roads, across houses… the entire city is without power. All the hospitals (there are 4 of them) and such are running off of generators. The media is calling this the storm of the century.

There are no large trees in our yard and we were very safe in our house. Unfortunately, our dock is entirely ruined from the 10 foot waves that were knocking it around for hours yesterday. Our the dirt behind our sea-wall has washed away and the wall is falling in. Though this is not at all good, I keep thinking of how fortunate we are when compared to others who had trees crashing through their houses.

Mercifully, our power came on about a half hour ago, which is absolutely a miracle. We live 30 miles away from the nearest large city and are usually on the bottom of the priority list. I am half afraid that the power will go out again as the repair men try to repair all the broken transformers and snapped lines!

As for writing…it’s going very well! I didn’t get much done yesterday with the power out, but that’s okay. I’ll catch up today.

Hope you are all doing well and nasty storms are leaving you alone! :)

NaNo Day 11

NaNo is working very well for me! I’m so glad that I’ve discovered this I’ve been able to keep up with my word count, even exceeding it some days. (Yippie!) I’ve added a word count meter in the sidebar of this page so you can keep up with how I’m doing. :)

On Thursday, my right wrist got so inflamed and painful that I put my arm in a sling. Did I fall? No (shocker).  I got a pinched nerve from so much typing.IMG_8434

No one can ever say that writing is a safe occupation/hobby. It is possible to hurt yourself doing it. (And of course, I’m one who finds the only possible injury.)

Anyway…because I had to wear a stiff splint and keep the arm in a sling to save myself excruciating pain, my ability to type was—impaired, we shall say. Over two days, I got quite fluent in one-handed typing. I even played with the dictation thingy on my computer. It was quite an adventure.

It’s now six days ‘post injury’, and now I just have to wear the splint. I can still use my typing fingers even wearing it, thank goodness. The pain is much better and the swelling is almost gone. I hope it doesn’t return.

Okay, I think I just botched up pretty much every grammatical rule there is in this post alone. My brain is tired of spitting out words.  I’m not making any sense.

Thanks for reading. :)

Oh by the way, are there any little social media buttons anywhere on this post? I’m trying to get them to show up but it’s not working very well.

 

Reading, reading, reading

I stumbled across a few pictures of me reading several years ago. I started looking through some of our multiple photo libraries to find more.

 

(Age 9)

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Story behind this picture. I managed to read the first 12 Elsie Dinsmore books inside of two weeks when I was ten years old. I was literally reading in every single spare moment. My eyes were so sore and crossed that I couldn’t see five feet in front of my face without the world being blurry. Mom and Dad told me that I needed to go outside for awhile. So what did I do? Go outside, pull a chair onto the grass, and keep reading. Made sense to me. :)

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If I’m trying to read (or if I’m reading too much and shirking from my other duties) I typically get a sick or sleepy baby thrown in my arms. (Age 10 above, age 13 below.)

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Age 17. :) Reading is one of the best ways to pass time while RV traveling.

 

 

NaNoWriMo update: I’ve been able to keep up with my word count despite being extremely sick the first two days of NaNo. Finally, I’m feeling better and the words are flowing better. I didn’t realize how many words 50,000 really is. :)

NaNoWriMo 2015

I am very excited for November! Well, excited might not be the right word…maybe scared out of my wits is better? ;)

I have decided to participate in NaNo this year. I’ve never done it before, and I didn’t even know about it until July.

For those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is (National Novel Writing Month), it is a program where everyone participating has a goal of writing 50,000 words on ONE story in ONE month. That’s about 1,667 words a day. At the end of the month, I’ll have an almost completed novel…at least, that’s the theory.

Though I’d like to work on another book, I really need to finish Clara’s Story (working title) that I talked about back here. I don’t feel ready at all, and since this is my first time trying NaNo, I don’t know exactly what I should do to prepare. So I’m jumping in head first and hoping to stay afloat! :)

With NaNo and school and music and everything else that worms it’s way into my days, I’m going to fall back to just once a week posts.

Are any of you doing NaNo? Or have you done it in the past?