The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Friday, November 5, 2010

Nano and a Unique Post

6,188 is the count as of this morning. I might have trouble keeping on schedule, because I usually have a better chance of writing in the morning, which is 5 or 6 hours "late."  In other words, I am posting my word count this morning, but I should have had this many words last night.  Whatever.  At least I am writing (although I won't talk about the quality of my story).

Check out Barb's blog.  It might inspire a NaNo writer to include a chance meeting or question in their story...It's her post on November 4 that intrigued me.  Even the title:  "It Just Took One Question" piqued my interest...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Nano and a Great Rant

5,090 is my nano word-count so far. I'm "cheating" a little, because I am including a recipe here and there (it's like nudity that's integral to a part in a movie) but I--so far--am keeping to a productive schedule.

I also wanted to direct readers to a great rant.  Politically, it's a tough time right now.  People expect instant solutions, they forget that the problems we have, have been developing for many years, and sometimes they blame the wrong figure...

Read Katie Gates' November 3 post.  It's a great one...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Back on "Schedule" with NaNoWriMo

3,179  is the count so far.  I am hoping I can keep up the pace.  Does it get easier or more difficult?  Will I get into some groove?  I hope so.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

NaNoWriMo Update

      The idea for November, National Novel Writing Month, is to write 1,500 words a day for 30 days, and at the end, you have a short novel.  You don't edit or revise this month. You just write.  As yo recuperate in December and January, then you can look it over again with fresh eyes and revise...

      As of last night, I have 1,228 words.  Not quite enough, so I guess I will have to write extra-long tonight?  My idea is a story about a menopausal woman (like me) who has food issues (like me), has been married for a couple of decades (again, like moi) and sometimes has Walter Mitty fantasies about woodchippering her husband so she can run away with Viggo Mortensen and a case of Nutella.  She has some unusual housekeeping/cooking ideas, and gets a book deal (out of the blue).  At least that is the idea I'm beginning with.  It might turn into a vampire story tomorrow...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Ee-i ee-i oh! NaNoWriMo--Oh!


        I committed myself to trying out NaNoWriMo this year...I've heard differing accounts from people.  It will be interesting to see if I can keep up with the daily word count requirements, and who knows where my story will go?  (Or even where it will begin, since I did not have a novel idea for a novel until this evening, after poring over 1000 plot ideas from the internet.)

        Because it might get me into some daily writing habits, I'm embarking on this month-long journey.

          My blogging got mired up in muck for a couple of weeks...I could whine, but since there is no decent cheese around, what's the point?  It has been parent-teacher conferences (with a couple of doozies), and then two workshops to prepare for--one last week and one that just took place today.  Prepping for a sub is tough, because you can't just call in when you're sick or when you want to take a personal day--you have to write sub plans, and they have to be detailed...You have to include things like, "Carl will get a nosebleed and want to go to the nurse.  Do not let him.  Just tell him to stop digging in his nose."

         So, if you occasionally check in, I'm sorry I have not been too active lately.  Part of me loves blogging and would post several times a day if I had the time, and another part of me wonders if I am blogging instead of putting forth some serious effort on writing.

         Before I begin NaNoWriMo tonight, I want to toot my own horn and Louella Turner and Donna Volkenannt's, along with many other Saturday Writers like Becky Povich, Teddy Norris, Cindy Allen, and Lonnie Whitaker.  The new issue of Cuivre River Volume V is out, and I have a story in it...It's called "Swizzle Stick" and had an interesting beginning.  A writing friend of mine---Julie---gave me the phrase "swizzle stick" as a prompt.  I wrote a story, polished it up, and it's been sitting around, waiting for the right opportunity to shine.


      Now I'm off to begin my book...