It was down to the wire there, I got over 6,000 words done one night and was going to do the last 4,000 the next but at 3,500 my brain just shut down and I had to go sleep. I finished it today with about 500 extra and heaved a sigh of relief. At least one goal fulfilled.
My house is finally back to normal, both bathrooms thankfully operational, and I have a new book case, courtesy of my very sweet, very talented dad. It’s still a little odorous from the laquer but as soon as it airs out my books will have a shiny new home. I can’t wait to put them all in place so I can unpack the last of the boxes.
Tis the season of holidays and I get to look forward to a trip to New York City next week. Maybe it’ll be cold enough for snow. I think I’d like to see a snowy Central Park. Even though California has its share of mountains it’s just not the same as having a blanket of white right in your back yard. Then again, who knows? Maybe in the next few years the weather will make it to just the right level of crazy to give me a white Christmas in the City by the Bay. Hey, a girl can hope.
Posted by Alianne on November 29, 2010
This is where blogspot falls a little short of allowing me to capture a moment. I actually went looking for an animated dancing smiley but all I found was the annoying bananas. I would never do that to someone lol Failing that, I resort to writing about what I want to say. I know, novel idea. All puns intended.
I got a post on my Facebook Wall
today about a review for Blood Moons
. This makes it the third
5-star review in a row! Needless to say, I am over the moon and bouncing off the walls on the inside. I cannot even tell you how happy I am that this story is being so well received. It’s a dream come true.
The problem came when I wanted to print this review out: Both my printers are inoperable! One is out of ink and I have no inclination to remove myself from my cozy warm cocoon to drive into the rainy, windy, cold November San Francisco to get a new cartridge (although I probably should, since I have pages that really ought to be printed just to be on the safe side). The other for whatever reason refuses to cooperate. Despite being filled to the brim with paper, whenever called on to print it sputters and spins pathetically, then tells me there is no paper in the auto feeder.
Once I get it all going again I am putting together a binder/scrapbook to commemorate all these things. My first acceptance letter will definitely go in there, along with my first royalties check, the first official cover with a blurb, and all the reviews I can find. It will give me something to do, as I have yet again hit a wall with my novel. But that’s to be expected, seeing as I am nearing the end.
As for NaNoWriMo, I’m behind more than I think I can catch up by the end of the month but I’ll still give it a try. Blog entries don’t count, do they?
NaNoWriMo current count: just under 30,000
Posted by Alianne on November 20, 2010
My house is being remodeled. The bathroom was already demolished and redone, the kitchen and rooms have been repainted, but one bathroom is just getting started and since my bedroom was repainted and I had to take everything off the walls I have a bunch of boxes with books and papers and no inclination to go rooting through it all. Especially since I have nowhere to put it yet. All this means that “work” is going slow. I’ve fallen behind on NaNoWriMo but the progress I have made so far on the things I’m writing make me happy that I’m getting somewhere so it’s not all bad.
I’m still chin deep in Rome so I’m not even looking for the light at the end of the tunnel just yet but it will be there at some point. I’ll get out of it and then plunge right into the next one lol. At some point I have to find my folders and print out a whole lot of pages I haven’t had a chance to do yet. They’re very rough but I want to back them up any way I can, as I don’t plan to live through another repeat of history if my computer decides to die on me. That’s on the agenda tonight, come hell or high water. (I may need someone to remind me, though…)
current NaNo count: ca 27,ooo
Posted by Alianne on November 18, 2010
Everyone goes through it. Haven’t met a writer who didn’t get stuck once in a while. When it happens to me, and if it drags on too long, I tend to work on other stuff. Which can be great when you have more than one project going on. But if you’re stuck on all of them it usually means starting something new. This time, though, I don’t mind one bit.
One of my very good friends, and also a writer, has asked me to co-author a story with her. That is what I’m doing for NaNoWriMo. Well, that’s not all I’m doing but at the moment it’s the most fun project I have going on lol. It won’t be your run of the mill love story; no way it could be with characters like these. So far we jointly have over 10,000 words of random scenes and still many more ideas on plot and where it’s all headed. She’s being sweet, saying I took the lead lol but the truth is that she laid down the floor plans, drew up the pipe lines and marked out the electricity. I’m just putting in the windows. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together!
As for my own projects, I’ve finally finished editing Blood Trails. And I told myself I will not even look at it again until I submit it. Hailey has taken up enough of my time. Now I need to give Gabriel some much deserved TLC. He’s going through a rough patch right now (understatement of the millennium) and I need to bring him through it so he can rise up and win.
NaNoWriMo current count: ca 18,300
Posted by Alianne on November 11, 2010
I first found out about this two years ago and for those two years I participated “unofficially,” meaning that I didn’t join the website or post my results but I kept track of what I wrote. I’ll admit I cheated a little because I started late but I kept the spirit of it honest and only counted for 30 days. I achieved my goal both years. 50,000 words, thank you very much.
I have a feeling this year will be more of a struggle. I was hoping I’d have the motivation to finish a novel but as fate would have it I got blocked. Being who I am, of course I could not find a way around it and so I did what I always do to dig my hole a little deeper – I started a brand new story. Well, not exactly brand new, this one has been in the plan for a while. Still, that doesn’t excuse the fact that I should be working on something else. I may have to scrap about 600 words of my current NaNoWriMo total to start over again on that one.
In any case, this is my way of saying I will be posting here about my progress. Keep me honest and moving. Post here to encourage me, push me, threaten me lol anything you think might help. I am determined to get to the 50,000 word mark this year.
NaNoWriMo running total: ca 6,500 words
Posted by Alianne on November 5, 2010