ravenela: (Write - created by mercurybard)
Ah, yes, song lyrics. My favorite subject lines. :) That's what I get for listening to Florence and the Machine in the car.

Anyway, I love it when a story comes together, and right now, WHITE SPIRIT seems to be doing that. The flow is so much better. The dialogue is snappier. Tristan is hotter (if that's possible).

Let's review my #Writemotivation goals since it is the end of the month.

1) Start working on the third draft of WHITE SPIRIT.

Ah ha! I'm up to chapter two on the edits, and I feel fine.

2) Write or edit every day I don’t have to work.

I still miss a day here and there, but for the most part, I'm keeping up with this one.

3) Have the first third done.

Did not happen this month, and that's okay. Like I said, I'm up to chapter two in the revision, but I'm hoping I can finish off chapter three before the end of the week. Maybe. Since tomorrow is the end of the month and the week.

In other news, I've been keeping up with So You Think You Can Dance through less than legal means. I would have no problem watching legally, Fox, if you had a way in which I could do that.

I'm loving the auditions and have seen a few people I can cheer for. Yay! What do you think so far?

I also saw an ad for The Listener. I'm probably the only person who remembers this show, but I watched the first season when it aired in the US. Loved it with all of my heart. And then NBC took it away from me. But apparently, it's still on in Canada. I have to find a way to see those episodes. I have to.

Yes, I still have a Star Trek post to make. I promise to make it next week. Until then, on with the story.
ravenela: (McKenna/Tristan - original story)
Thank you, Gotye, for getting that song stuck in my head. It's from The Great Gatsby soundtrack. Still haven't seen the movie yet, but I love the music.

Okay, onto the #WriteMotivation goals.

1) Start working on the third draft of WHITE SPIRIT.

I started it! I did, I did. I nailed down Tristan's back story, and I started working on chapter one. I'm going slow so I can think about each word I use. I need to make it better, smoother.

2) Write or edit every day I don’t have to work.

Now that I've settled into my new schedule, I can make this happen.

3) Have the first third done.

Since I've just started, we'll have to see.

******

Okay, later on this week, I have another Summer Reading post plus some thoughts on Star Trek Into Darkness and ST: Enterprise. But for now, I think I should share my earworm. I'm warning you, it's catchy.

ravenela: (Rosalee/Monroe)
It is week two of #writemotivation, and already I've fallen off the wagon. To be fair, I'm transitioning from a temp job to a permanent job. (Both are part time, don't get excited.) But there have been several days where I've been lazy.

Let's review:

1) Start working on the third draft of WHITE SPIRIT.

I've had a breakthrough with Tristan's back story, now to hash out the details so I can make this a better book.

2) Write or edit every day I don’t have to work.

Can I cite reading Nora Roberts' latest book as an excuse for not doing this one?

3) Have the first third done.

Still hasn't happened. I'm working on it, though.

******

Meanwhile, let's talk Grimm.

Dear Grimm,

Meet me behind the cut tag... )

Okay, you can return to entertaining me now.

Love,
Me
ravenela: (Write - created by mercurybard)
It's Tuesday, and it's time to see how my #writemotivation goals are going. I haven't made much progress yet, but I have started.

1) Start working on the third draft of WHITE SPIRIT.

Before I can actually begin, I have to delve deeper into Tristan's backstory. It's the reason he moved from Wilmington to Asheville, and right now, it's not very good or motivational. In the last two drafts, I did a lot of handwaving. I kept hoping it would reveal itself. But apparently, backstories don't appear out of thin air. They don't do it with me in any case.

I have a vague idea, but I need to flesh it out. Then I can sprinkle details throughout the story. So, I'll be hashing it out today.

2) Write or edit every day I don’t have to work.

I started doing this last week. I did miss one day, but I'm back on track this week. When my work schedule changes on the 20th, I should have more time.

3) Have the first third done.

Hasn't happened yet. :)

Okay, back to the drawing board...
ravenela: (Rosalee library)
Good morning! It's a gray day here, but I hope you've got some sunshine wherever you happen to be.

First things first, it's Reading Wednesday, and I've got books to talk about.

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal was excellent. It's a Jane Austen-style romance with a twist - everyone can create glamours using magic. The best part about this story is that the magic was subtle and the characters were the main focus. This is not an action-adventure story. It's a sweet modest romance that's a cross between Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. I know several of you out there would love it.

Right now, I'm reading Nora Roberts's latest book, Whiskey Beach. With romance and suspense, I'm a happy camper. I'm loving it so far.

****

I've compiled all the notes on my manuscript, WHITE SPIRIT. One beta reader said my main character was an ass. Another said the romance is forced. All three disagreed on the beginning. Looks like I've got my work cut out for me.

****

I leave you today with two library humor links.

Librarian Problems has a funny take on the day-to-day tasks of a librarian.

Awful Library Books focuses on those really old and outdated that should have been removed from library collections years ago. Some of these you have to see to believe.

Have a good day!
ravenela: (McKenna/Tristan - original story)
The beta readers have all reported back to me, and I'm almost done with my own notes. And then the real work begins.

I think I'm going to open a new, blank document and copy the story word for word. This will give me a chance to really look at the structure of each sentence and each scene.

My betas' comments gave me a lot to think about, but none of the changes are out of my reach. It's going to take some rethinking and reworking; however, WHITE SPIRIT will be a better book for it.

Also, I've been keeping up with my TV watching.

Now that I have a new schedule at work, I can watch Arrow in real time. But I was a little confused after last night's episode so I might need to catch up on some that I missed.

I also have a lot to say about ST:Voyager and my new-found love for Seven of Nine, but that's for a later post. Stay tuned!
ravenela: (Rosalee library)
As I clear the dust from my blog, I realize it has been a while. What all have I missed?

TV-Wise: Been watching all my shows.

Once - I so called spoilers ).

Vampire Diaries - Spoilers )

I need to catch up on Arrow.

The Voice is coming back, which makes me a very, very happy girl. Love The Voice. I think it's my favorite talent show of them all.

I still love Smash, but I don't think anybody else does.

Oh, and Doctor Who starts back up at the end of the month.

What TV things are making you happy?

Writing-Wise: Quick, look over there! *Runs away* Okay, so I've been making notes on WHITE SPIRIT. All of my beta readers have sent their comments so I need to incorporate all of their notes in with mine. And then the real work begins. So much revising, but I'm going to make this story work.

Job-Wise: Haven't found a full-time permanent position yet, but I've put in some promising applications.

How is it going in your neck of the woods?
ravenela: (McKenna/Tristan - original story)
Current Chapters Read: 10
Notes Taken: A lot

I'm still in the "jotting down notes while I read" stage of the revision process. According to my beta readers, this story isn't as bad as I feared. However, I've noticed my emerging problem. I'm short on detail.

I'm one of these people who doesn't like a lot of description when she reads. I've been known to skip over long paragraphs of description. Let's get to the action. My brain will fill in the rest. So, I skimp on the details when I write.

Novels need details, though. I need to show what my characters are thinking, feeling, or doing, not simply tell it with one line and move on. It's time to slow down and add the description. Otherwise, no one is going to know what's going on.

Onward to chapter eleven!
ravenela: (McKenna/Tristan - original story)
My beta readers sent back notes on WHITE SPIRIT this week, and I think I stopped breathing. I knew the second draft wasn't perfect. I agree with all of their notes. But it's different when you actually see it all written out.

Now that I took a few days to digest the notes, I'm ready to dive in. Many of them look like easy grammatical edits - cleaning up the language and stuff like that. Others look like they will be much more involved.

When I draft a story, I don't add many details. I want to get it out onto the page. Now I have to take a step back and really describe how things feel, what they look like, what they sound like.

At first look, this whole revision process seems to be overwhelming. However, I need to remember to take one scene at a time. If I do that, I can make this story the best it can be.

I'm going to start be reading the story again and incorporating the notes. Also add a few of my own. And then I plan to retype the whole thing. It'll be cleaner and look more like a manuscript that way.

Got any revision tips I should keep in mind?
ravenela: (Rosalee library)
So it was a no for all of the librarian positions I applied for. I suppose I'm not meant to be a librarian at this time.

What am I going to do now? I guess I could curl up on the couch and wallow in my misery, but that's not who I am. I'm going to pick myself up by my bootstraps and carry on. My system has openings for permanent part-time library assistants with benefits and more money. So I'm going for one of those positions. In the meantime, I'll keep my eyes open for more librarian positions.

I have also printed out the second draft of White Spirit and will be making a third revision to it. And then it's on to querying.

If I can't make one dream happen right now, I'm certainly going to work on the other.

How do you pick yourself up after disappointment?
ravenela: (Damon - created by supernaturalhel)
As I sit here, the last chapter of White Spirit is staring at me. Unfortunately, with all the changes I've made, it's going to have to be rewritten from scratch. *Sigh* The task feels daunting, but I think I can handle it. I'm at the point where I'm just ready for this to be finished. My new shiny keeps beckoning from its notebook.

I also think I may have a job. I was asked to interview for a temporary part-time library assistant position. The temp part seems to mean I might move from branch to branch throughout the system so there's not an official ending date. But this is a foot in the door and might lead to that elusive librarian position I've been dreaming of.

In the world of TV, all my shows continue to rock my socks. I haven't seen this week's Revolution yet (I'm still mad at them for last week), but I'm caught up on everything else.

Grimm )

Once Upon a Time )

Vampire Diaries )

So, are any of you guys watching?
ravenela: (Write - created by mercurybard)
I'm so close to finishing the second draft of White Spirit. Only three more chapters left! I still have a few more new scenes to add in, and the ending has to be completely rewritten, but I'm nearing the end. I'm so excited!

My next step will be finding a beta reader, or a critique partner. I've never had any luck finding one of these for my original stories. Back in my fanfic days, I had the best beta readers ever, but I don't know if they want to slog through my original manuscript.

I always fill like I'm bothering someone when I ask them to beta read my stuff. And then there are some that say they will do, and then I never hear from them again.

How do you guys do it? Where do you find your beta readers?
ravenela: (Flowers - created by Debc)
Things are starting to happen with my library career. I volunteer at the local library, and my first day was Monday. I think it went really well. I was back in the stacks - pulling holds and scanning books. It felt good...really good. I've missed being in the library.

You see, I worked at a library in South Carolina for six years. Loved it so much I earned my master's degree. Then, my husband, The Bearded One, accepted a wonderful job at Duke University. So, we packed up and moved. Sadly, I haven't been able to find a job as quick, but I keep looking.

And now I think things are starting to happen.

On the writing front, I'm on page 172 out of 228 on the revisions. This version is cleaner than the last one, but I know there are still some inconsistencies. I'm going to need a beta reader or two if anyone is up for it.

Finally, who here watches Once Upon a Time or Revolution? I need to talk about them.

OUAT spoilers ahead )

Revolution )

What did you think?
ravenela: (Batgirl)
Revising needs to be happening now, but I wanted to take a break and let you know the good news. No, I have not found a job yet (I have several applications out, though), but I did get a spot volunteering at the local library. At least it's a step in the right direction.

This is an upswing after the blow that was not getting my public library certification (yes, you have to be licensed to answer patron's questions these days). It seems I need to take an extra collection development class. Not sure how I'm going to accomplish that, but I'll worry about it next week.

In other news, I'm more than halfway through the White Spirit rewrite. I am going to finish it, if not by October 15, then by the end of this month. Which means, I'll be free to write the merman in Charleston story that's been eating my brain since this summer for NaNo.

Oh, who's doing NaNoWriMo with me this year? I'm not playing completely by the rules this year. I'm shooting for 30,000 words in a month as opposed to 50,000. But I'm definitely joining for the camaraderie. Who's with me?

All right, back to the writing.
ravenela: (Sam ghost)
So, I got to thinking and thought, why not share a snippet of White Spirit? That's a good way to start off the weekend, right? It's still not perfect yet, but here we go.

*****

Just then, someone pulled one of her headphones away from her ear. “This you’ve got to see.” Tommy smiled down at her as he pointed to the television screen he had been watching.

McKenna raised an eyebrow. “You’ve already found something?”

“Not exactly, but it’ll make you feel better.”

She followed him to the television with the digital recorder attached to it. With a grin, he pressed play.

A black and white living room appeared on the screen with dust settling through the air. All of a sudden Aaron ran through the frame with a large bird chasing him. He flailed his arms and appeared to be yelling, but without the headphones, there was no sound.

McKenna narrowed her eyes. “Is that a pigeon?”

“That would be my guess.”

After a few minutes, Aaron ran back through the frame with the pigeon still hot on his heels. The more Aaron flailed, the more the pigeon flapped its wings.

“He didn’t mention any of this when we broke everything down,” McKenna chuckled.

Aaron raced through the frame again, his head down and his hands batting at the bird. This time, the pigeon pecked at his head. His mouth moved and McKenna didn’t have to hear him to know he was saying a string of obscenities.

Tommy laughed. “I think there’s a lot of things our fearless leader would rather we not know.”
ravenela: (McKenna - original story - created by Me)
Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day, everyone! Arrrrrrr! Arrre you going around and talking like a pirate to everyone you meet, matey?

Meanwhile...

Current WIP word count: 52,268

Sadly, the word count on White Spirit went down today. I had to cut a couple of scenes because they weren't working in the new framework. It breaks my heart every time I have to do that. But I do have new scenes in mind that will replace those lost scenes and increase the word count.

It feels like I'm never going to finish this draft. Writing for me doesn't flow like water. Instead, it's like building a house brick by brick.

But that's enough whining. Time to add another brick to the house.
ravenela: (McKenna/Tristan - original story)
Since July, I've been working on the second draft of my original WIP, White Spirit. It's about ghost hunters hunting a ghost who kills young men in Asheville, NC. The original draft came to 46,000 words. Right now, I'm currently at 53,377 words on this draft.

I've had to add in scenes that weren't there originally and add details to the scenes I've kept. The flow of this draft is a whole lot better than the original, but the character development still needs a lot of work.

Otherwise, onward we go. My plan is to finish by October 15, but I'm not at the halfway point yet. I'm not giving up, though.

What are your some of the stories you're currently working on?

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