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Aug. 27th, 2012

Long time no see...

Haha, I'm so funny, I know.

It's recently been brought to my attention that people who actually want others to read their ramblings have wordpress blogs... yep. So Lj, where does that leave us? Indeed.

Not to worry invisible followers, for the safety of my mind and those with the great misfortune to be in my presence, I will continue to use Lj just as I do now. As an outlet for my ramblings/mind dumps.

I will be creating (like in a few hours) a new wordpress, hopefully under the same name and I plan to use that space for flash fiction, more poorly constructed poetry, and articles/methods actually relevant to writing. And I'll come back home A.K.A. here, for the 'ugh what have I been doing with my life? Ten hours on tumblr, oh whats a few more!" moments...

I know, you're just as excited as I am write? I mean, cough, right?

This Love/Hate relationship.

You and I, Livejournal. We have this thing. This game we play. You know the one. It's where I promise to come and post often, and then you do nothing interesting and I lose my excitement in visiting you. Yeah. We're in the midst of a crazy game of hide and seek where no one wins, and everyone loses. Ugh.

So. I feel like my last post did a decent job of letting the world know all the "good" reasons why I haven't been here. In fact now that I think about it, the majority of my posts seem to be of that nature. Sigh.

Also, random, my shirt is on backwards... (-_-)...

Now you might rightly ask, my lovely readers, why it is that I, a grown adult, managed to screw up what should have been the relatively simple task of dressing myself. Well. That is a funny story. One which I'm rather proud of actually.

You see, I was minding my own business, lying in bed trying to fall asleep, when all these thoughts jumbled up in my head. Sugar plums and all that... It's no where near x-mas, so you should note that the last was a bit of late night sarcasm. Ahem. Anyway. I was bombarded with nifty plot twists for my series that I'm currently overhauling. And so in my desperate need not to forget anything, I dressed in the dark and ran to my desk to plot... I know. I lied. That story wasn't funny at all.

But the point is that I'm so embroiled with my work at the moment that I can't even sleep successfully. My characters and their world are dragging me from the slumber-verse... I am positive that there is a much cooler way of describing the land of dreams... Even better than that.

No matter.

I won't be making promises of frequent posts or whatnot, but I would like to point out that I tend to post more often when I'm working on something so maybe. Perhaps.

Seeing as I face the uncomfortable future prospect of finding a lame job, paying back my student loans, and getting a car, and to add insult to injury, my fiance is going back to uni without me, I would imagine that my 'alone time' A.K.A. time spent pouring tears and blood over my manuscript will increase exponentially.

I'm hoping I'll get lucky with this series and magically make some cash on it and it's potential for a buttload of sequels and thus be able to pay of a few months of loans and car payments... here's hoping.

At the very least it is going to serve as a distraction from my very annoying reality. Although not so annoying as it could have been. I recently escaped service into a military style volunteer program that shall remain nameless and while it would have settled the next 10 months of my life, I am happy to be sitting behind my own desk and not facing an 11pm MANDATORY bed time... honestly I have a college degree. Who were they kidding?! At any rate, I can handle anything at this point, and I have no intentions of settling in for the easy life. I want what I want and I intend to work my butt off until I get it. Which also reminds me that I need to start doing Insanity again... Best workout of my life.

Well, livejournal. It's approaching 2:30 in the morning and my mind dump is just about finished so I'll leave to you where you were. Enticing me with that readerless way of yours.

Honestly, I don't know why I'm always so bothered by the fact no one reads this drivel, still I can't help but wonder, "Where are the other crazy wannabe authors who need a kick in the butt from fellow crazy fiends...?"

*rolls eyes*

Honestly.

Happy scribbling lj.

BTW LEAKYCON ROCKED!!!!!!! (note: the previous was not a malfunction of the caps lock. It's intentional.)

Aug. 1st, 2012

Why do I even bother?


Hello world,
How are you?

 

I've made some promises
that I haven't kept.
But I'm here to tell you,
I've lost the bet.

 

Lost motivation,
gone on vacation.
Seen Brave,
and caved...

 

In to this thing called the internet.

 

There's the vampire diaries,
and fitness tumblr's of Miley.
My obsession with Potter,
and vanilla protein powder.
Netflix and just dance for the wii,
did I mention glee?
My little ponies and bones,
and cut the rope for my phone.

 

I think about writing,
a line here or there.
Of course then I get caught,
typing away without a care.

 

Reading face book and tumblr,
packing for the next ten months.
At which point I think,
what I do with my junk.
Do I bring this or that,
what about my sorting hat?

 

And aside from corps,
there's leakycon.

 


..... and rhyming is freaking hard.... I can't even think of enough things that I've been  involved with that rhyme.

 

still... other things that have been taking my time...

 

John Green - The Fault In Our Stars ( which btw, freaking rocked! I highly recommend it.)

 

Season two of Switched at Birth.

 

Percy and the Olympians. ( Now I have a confession to make. I am in love with Greek and Roman myth, and it has been a dream of mine for about a decade to write a series on the subject... when I get around to it, I'll let ya'll know.

 

Bettle the bard (Much better than I was expecting.)

 

Leakycon!

 

Footie pajama party at leakycon!

 

Insanity = hardest workout of my life.

 

My sick ferret, who just got over fleas.

 

Packing for corps ( which is where I will be for the next ten months of my life, so packing properly is important...)

 

Also spent two weeks on vacation with my dad's family.

 

 


Seriously, I have to much of a life for someone who has no life.

 

And there are 15 minutes left of day onw of Nanowrimo (August camp)...

 

 

I have to say that the only productive thing I've done in the last few days (or month) that even vaguely related to writing, was my total overhaul of my first nano, which I'm going to rewrite/fix for camp....

 

0_0

 

*collapses on ghetto lapdesk (giant white board) and falls asleep to the sounds of avpm....*

 

it's all folks.

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Jul. 1st, 2012

The day that live journal disappointed me.


So today I discovered something that I had heard about on and off again for quite some time and yet had never gotten around to trying.

 

750words.com

 

Seriously, one of the coolest things for writers that I've seen in a long time. Firstly, unlike my live journal app for my tablet, the 750words website saves my writing every few seconds so when my browser force quits life, I don't lose all my work......( I'm looking at you lj, seriously, you couldn't implement this feature a little more strongly?!)

 

In other news, I was amazed to finish my 750 words, and find my way to my statistics page where I could see my words per minute, for every minute of my writing session. it told me my best times, my breaks, how long they were, essentially, everything that could ever be useful in looking at your writing environment and looking for ways to optimize it. In terms of motivation, they have a whole slew of badges that you can ccumulate for different achievements including speed and endurance, among others, all for writers. Their site can even tell you the moods of your writing, most frequently used words, content analysis, and even an audience rating. ( my first entry was PG)

 

750words is based off of the idea from the artists way about the usefulness of morning pages, or writing everyday, for about 3 hand written pages or about 750 words. The idea of which focuses on keeping your muse lubricated for future creative endevaours.

 

To cut off my rambling, I would just like to say, as someone who frequently does nanowrimo competitions, and has a love of writeordie, and a attempts milwordy every fee months, the resources which come along with this website are pretty  much freaking amazing and I'm going to be pending a fair amount of time there I think.

 

Jeez lj, why couldn't you be this cool.

 

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Jun. 30th, 2012

The June that ended too soon.

So it is officially July in about an hour and my word count is still sitting at 32k. My motivation slipped, I caught up on reading and then I found myself with a kidney infection. It won't come as any surprise to anyone that not a lot of writing happens when combined with vicodin.

 

I've been considering julnowrimo, and while I will likely participate, I don't anticipate making the 50k my goal. I'm still fairly sick at the moment, and I'm going on vacation in about a week so I can't imagine my concentration will be great.

 

As my word count goal is yet to be decided, I would like to openly state my real goal for the month. That is, I am going to edit my novel MFD, and catch up on some more reading.

 

In other more exciting news, I decided to make use of my free five copies from create space and formatted a compendium of all the work that I did over the last year. I divided it by novel, short story, etc. and I think it's gonna be awesome. I absolutely can't wait to get it in the mail.

 

As the rest of the month progresses, I'll be sure to come up with more updates, now that I have this cool lj app on my tablet.

 

til later, happy scribbling.

Jun. 17th, 2012

... progress... Why!

Well... it's been... hours...

I've written 992 words.. I'm at 29668.. So close...

Oh the motivation.. bleh.. actually it was more of a hunger strike.

Well, I'll report in when I'm finished for the night I suppose.

You the unreachable 10k, why do you haunt me so!!!

O.o

Scribble Scribble.

The days of ambitious goals and sheepish word counts

Well, I successfully wrote 4,808 words yesterday, which is not 10k... but it is more than I've done for nearly a week, so I'll take it. That makes my current wc 28.6k.

At least I know that I'll get to 30k tonight. So.. new 10k goal lol. It is currently 5pm here so chances are I'm going to be up late.

Pens ahoy! Let's sling some words.

Updates to come at 30k and 5k for the day!

OH! Right so now it's time for the shameless I-really-was-working-hard-when-I-wasn't- writing-last-night-speech....


But really I was.


I promise.

Several hours of writing time (read: three) were used to complete my entire outline for the rest of the book. Looking at my 28k keeping in mind that I consider this to be close to 30% of the book atm, I did a lot of planning.

OK.

Enough procrastination/whining.

Happy Scribbling!

Jun. 16th, 2012

Ah! Camp! The tale of writing furiously and sleeping often.

Well the mid way point of camp was yesterday. I celebrated by getting behind for the first time all month. Yep, that's right.

Oh silly page...

So this years camp story is a young adult, (although I will have to edit for language later, since I have a particular fondness for swearing.)urban fantasy novel, about a girl and her extended family. After moving in with her Uncle's family, Violet, a fifteen year old with the unfortunate habit of becoming invisible when in stressful situations, finds herself in the middle of a complicated web of lies and family secrecy centered around the families strange abilities and certain members hopes for power and riches. In order to save her family, she must learn to overcome her fears and stand up for what is right no matter what the cost. A little romance, hidden passages in the walls, and an unsuspecting cactus named Herbert, all culminates in this tale of adolescent growth and magic.

Seriously, I'm rocking this story. It is crazy fun, if not a little out of my element, but I've been wanting to try urban fantasy for a while so here is my go at it.

I wound up writing a little over 6.5 k on the first day and then another 5.5 on day two, leaving me with just over 12k at the end of day two.. and then I dicked around for like five days. made my way up to 20k shortly there after, and then sat around 23k for about 4 days.

It is now the 16th of June and I started with 23k this afternoon, after three writing sessions I'm up to 27.7k which leads me to this post.

TODAY WILL BE A 10K day!

Yeah. Can you feel the authority in that statement? I hope so, cause as of right now I've written like 3.8 k today and I have another 6.1 to go.

Now for anyone participating in Camp Nanowrimo, you would know that today we are only required to have reach 26.6k.

I'm ahead you say? I don't need to get up to 33.whatever K tonight?

To you people I say, HA!

Actually, I shiftily avoid your eyes and nudge the toe of my shoe across the floor and pretend to be anywhere but under your watchful gaze...

Why you ask..

Well. Because I restarted my Milwordy attempt on June 1st.

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Aha! Yes, well, that means that while I'm ahead for camp, I am unbelievably behind for milwordy... grumble..

According to the calculations of milwordy, I should be at ............. (oh dear) 44.4 k tonight...

I have actually avoided keeping track of how far I was behind the last few days because I knew it was bad so this is a surprise to me too...

Well. So now my goal of hitting 33k tonight isn't so silly now huh?!

But I'll still be 10k behind you say?

Well...

lol.. yeah. Which is why I propose the two day 20k... lol ow. that just hurts thinking about it.

10k today? and 10k tomorrow? Is it possible.

I'm sure it is for some lucky sod out there, who types as fast as the hand of god.

For me? Well, I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Ultimately, I could simply give up milwordy and head steadly along the path of simplistic nano goals, which I am clearly capable of doing. However another problem has yet to be accounted for.

More you say? Yes more!

I will not be defeated by simplistic goals and copious amounts of time! I shall persevere.

For those of you who have completed Nanowrimo, you should understand the importance of the date June 30th. Yes indeed, it is the date by which little wrimoers must have submitted their edited novels to be published on createspace in order to receive their 5 proof copies.

I want them. This means however that I need to actually edit my nano...

The good news is that I have all my line for scenes written, this also means however that I need to actually go through, and then format my book for the createspace code...

All in all, I think that the full edit, presuming I work on it 4-6 hours day will take about 1 week...

Ideally, I will have finished my current nano project so that I can clearly focus on the edit.. Assuming that the tale of Violet and her freaky family will finish at about 65-75k, I seriously I hope to knock out two or maybe three 10k days in this next week.

Wish me luck Livejournal.

Oh and for anyone wondering about the project I was working on before camp, I wound up reaching just over 20k with that other project. I'm anxiously looking forward to finishing it after June.

Well, I've wasted enough time here all, so Happy scribbling and good luck with nano if you're participating.

I take my pirate hat off to you all!

May. 30th, 2012

Do you have your camping buddy?

Well, it's that time of year again. The second annual(third sort of) Camp nanowrimo. Last summer, the competition was held in July and August, this summer it is June and August. In a little more than a day, I will be roaming the recesses of my cobweb ridden mind for a new story to tell.

At least that's the hope.

I have a project that came to me in a dream in February, was started in Screnzy, during my last month of University and is now waiting to be finished... Before Camp?

Surely I can round out this story to an even 50k in the next two days. I've been working on it for months. How many words is it you ask? ....


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................... oh, Heck. It is currently at 17,500....

Ya...

Hopefully that will be improved.. during the course of the day. I added that 500 this morning.. but. gosh writing is so hard, when there is netflix and fable 3...

crap.

May. 5th, 2012

Time. So much time.

As of 5 hours ago, I am officially a college graduate. So far, I've done 6 loads of laundry (4 more to go), slept 8 hours, and finished my first read through of the first part of my novel draft. Not to mention the hour or so of reading and the half hour of video games, why I feel like a kid at Christmas. There is just so much time at my disposal. Which is why, in the coming weeks, I should be posting frequently again, and I hope to begin posting snippets of projects in progress. I've got a lot of things planned for the next couple of months, so I look forward to sharing them with you, Live journal.

Until then, as always, Happy Scribbling.

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