ravenela: (Brian - original story)
Current Word Count: 19,275

Writing this draft is like pulling teeth. I like the story, and when I'm not writing it, I have ideas and I'm excited. But the minute I sit down to work on it, I want to be anywhere else. I think I even changed cat litter to distract myself.

Okay, I'm going to be better next week. I have a three-day weekend coming up. Time to give myself a push.

At this rate, I'm not going to finish on January 30. So, new goal! In February, I'm going to take a break to make the third pass on White Spirit, and then I'm going to start querying that book. In March, I'll return to this one. My projected goal, then, will be April 30. I want this done before summer so I can work on Mayberry with Monsters.
ravenela: (Brian - original story)
Current Word Count: 17,235

I hang my head in shame. This was not a productive week for me or the story. I did, however, sit down and figure out where the story is heading next. So, go me!

My confidence took a beating when I read a blog post about writing that basically said your crappy first draft shouldn't be all that crappy. You have to outline and know every detail before you put word to page.

For a brief moment, I felt like I was doing everything all wrong. And then several of my friends reminded me that there is no right or wrong way to write. I've completed one draft before; I can complete this one.

That chick can keep her outlines; I'll continue to discover my story through writing it out.

Next week will be more productive.
ravenela: (Eponine)
1) My Les Miz: 25th Anniversary Concert came today. I know what I'll be watching tonight.

2) No word on the full-time librarian position yet. I continue to wait.

3) Thoughts on OUAT )

4) Weekly update on OF THE SEA coming soon.

5) The Golden Globes will be on this Sunday. Who's going to watch it with me? :)

How is your day going?
ravenela: (Brian - original story)
Current Word Count: 15,460

Status: I slacked off badly the last two months, especially last month. I didn't write at all during Christmas and New Year. But now I'm back on the horse. I'd still like to finish this draft by the end of the month, but I don't know if that's possible.

I'm still very much in the beginning stages, and it still feels like I'm rambling. But a few ideas have popped up that might help this story develop a solid plot. Now if I could get my two main characters to stop dancing around each other.

I'll be honest. A little cheerleading would go along way.
ravenela: (Arrow)
I'm feeling very accomplished today. I've started my Christmas shopping, and I have an idea of how to write my way out of a hole in my WIP. *Beams*

My WIP has been giving me fits for the past few days. My FMC hasn't discovered my MMC's secret yet so this makes for an awkward first date. She suspects, but thinks she's nuts. Who would really believe this guy is a merman, am I right? ;) But I think I know where to go with this.

In the meantime, let's talk Arrow: )

So, yes, I love this show and am sad tonight is the midseason finale. Argh!

What do you think?
ravenela: (Brian - original story)
Current Word Count on OF THE SEA: 9,102

As you can see, I will not be winning NaNo this year. This is not a new trend for me. However, I'm not going to stop writing when December 1 rolls up on the calendar.

This story is just starting to get good. Yeah, it's been slow going, and I probably should kick up the pace, but new ideas are occurring to me. I think I know where I'm going to take this story next. I also won't be afraid to throw a wrench or two into it because that might help me figure out the plot.

So, I carry on. After all, Brian didn't have a sister before, and now he does. Addison has a mysterious past; I only need to figure it out. It'll all come together. I know it will.

I hope you had better success with NaNo than I did. If you're not finished, though, keep going. Finish that rough draft. There's no telling where the story may lead.
ravenela: (Nick reading - BM_Shipper)
After spending my weekend recovering from a cold, I'm back to my normal self. I still have a lingering cough, but I'm doing good.

I'm also getting back into the writing routine. I haven't touched OF THE SEA for a week so I have to remember where I left off. I think one character sliced another's throat.

I also dipped my toes back into fanfic. I signed up for the OUAT Exchange and am writing a fic for it. It's a rough draft right now and needs some more work, but I certainly wouldn't mind having a beta look over it. I can't tell you what characters its about since the fics will be anonymous until January 7, but I'd welcome the help. Any takers?

Speaking of OUAT, It's owning my soul )

And now for a writing meme I stole from [personal profile] medie: You take your latest WIP and find an instance of the word look and share it with everyone.

Your first glimpse at OF THE SEA - unedited )
ravenela: (Brian - original story)

Good afternoon, everyone! Last week, I started writing the first draft of my new story, OF THE SEA. It's got murderous merpeople, water magic, Charleston, and lots of fun. As you can see from the progress bar, I'm not too far into it yet, but I have started.

Already, I've written a big merman fight, and my main male character has saved the life of my main female character. Let's see where I can take them from there.
ravenela: (Brian - original story)
Happy Halloween, everyone! Hope there are candy and costumes in your future tonight. And if you live up north where Sandy hit, I hope things are getting better.

Allow me to officially announce it. I have a new job. I'm a temp part-time library assistant, and I finally have my foot in the door in the Wake County system. Pardon me while I do the happy dance. Join me if you'd like.

Also, NaNo is right around the corner (tomorrow actually), and I have a story all ready to go. I'm going to work on the merman in Charleston story that's been eating my brain all summer. I'm very excited about this story, and not just because my main male character looks like Chris Hemsworth in my head. This story is actually better planned than White Spirit or my YA Mayberry with Monsters were so I have a good feeling about this one.

Can't wait to get started.

Are you ready to Halloween and NaNo?
ravenela: (Write - created by mercurybard)
The Vampire Diaries has done it again. I found a new song that I absolutely love - "Fear and Loathing" by Marina and the Diamonds. I can't get enough of it.

Anyway, I have big news for you. I finally finished the second draft of White Spirit! Yay!!! So, while its with beta readers, it's time I started a new story.

Rebecca Enzor tagged me to answer these questions about my WIP. Since my New Shiny is now my current WIP, here's your introduction to it.

What is the working title of your book?
Of the Sea

Where did the idea come from for the book?
All the mermaid books I keep reading, my weird fascination with surfing, Chris Hemsworth in Thor, and my six years in Charleston.

What genre does your book fall under?
Adult urban fantasy

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I always choose faces for my characters. For Brian, my main male character, I chose Chris Hemsworth, and for Addison, my main female character, I chose Deborah Ann Woll.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A merman runs from his past and hides on land, but the fight he left behind is about to explode on land.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I want to try the agent route first.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I haven't started it yet, but lately, I'm writing first drafts in three months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I'm not sure yet.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
See the idea answer above.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Merpeople in Charleston. There's romance, action, and intrigue. How much fun is that?

As for tagging, I'd love to see everyone answer these questions. I love reading about what people are working on.
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.


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