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Nano Update – Done

Done I’m done. I wash my hands of it. I actually finished on the 23rd with the bulk of the book. I went through and put in notes where I need to fix things. I pulled the first book into the Scrivener along side it so that I can make sure I’ve got good continuity between the two. This seems like what it was made for. I can have open my information about her magnetic bracelet (more like this –…
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NaNo Update 2

I’ve got less than 7000 to go to get to the shiny Nano 50K goal. Less than 10K to get to the end of the first draft. What does that mean? If I Finish Early I’m going to go back and write the Missing Chapters. I am really good about backing things up. I actually have four copies of the files for the first book in this series. None of them have the Missing Chapters. I’m starting to wonder if…
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NaNoWriMo Update 1

The first week of NaNoWriMo is nearly over. It’s time to check in on goals and update where I am. Pre-November – a little late update My outline was ok, I’m continually working and reworking it as I go. I slipped in another subplot I hadn’t written down but had foreshadowed several times so apparently it was on my mind. My on-the-go writing plan has been fairly successful. I’m using Scrivener this year, which does not have an on-the-go component….
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Bonus Goals

NaNoWriMo’s basic goal is write 50,000 words in a month. Start November 1 and write to get to that word count goal. Everything about it is focused on that number. How many words a day, how far behind are you, how far ahead etc… I’ve done that a few times and I’m ready for other goals. Nothing crazy like 100,000 words (I already have a full time job!) or counter productive like write two stories. Pre-November First Goals: Have an…
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Planning Mire

I’m mired in planning. I have entered the bog of I Have No Clue What Happens Next. My characters are mostly returning from prior book (though a couple of new ones, and a few more developed who will get more words). This should make it easier. It has not. One of the themes I currently have happening in the book, as it is half planned, is fighting apathy. Apathy is a really difficult foe. How does apathy fight back? By…
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NaNoPlanO!

Good news! I finished up my last project. It’s now siting comfortable in the To Be Edited Q. Also good news! I really like the novel that I was feeling like I ought to write the follow up to. It was good enough that as I was doing a reread to make sure I knew where I was at I got engaged with the characters, I didn’t get frustrated about the edit work (I know it needs 2-4 passes!), and…
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Planning

It’s October so for me that means, time to start planning for NaNoWriMo. Must finish faster: I do have a novella I’m nearly done with that I would like to finish before I move onto the next project. It is a part of the series I’m working to put together based on a group of shifters who fight their own fires. For Nano: I don’t know which novel or character or plan I’m going to go with. I’ve always had…
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Titles

Inspired by the Flash Fiction challenge at Terrible Minds I have thoughts about titles. I’m horrible with titles. Positively awful. When I work on projects they are usually named by main character or a primary characteristic. So a few of my current and recent works in progress are labeled in my files as: Mountain Lion Man Faye Lia Peregrine Falcon Robin Hood AI Exactly zero of these are good names. Most of them are just ways to refer to the…
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Flash Fiction Challenge – Borrowed Character

I spent most of the day so far hammering through a read aloud/record/listen pass of my short for the upcoming anthology (new author added! Check Ariele Sieling’s stuff out). But I took a break to clear my head and meet the flash fiction challenge of the week from terrible minds. I borrowed the character Karen Boyd from the Scary Hippopotamus for the terrible minds flash fiction challenge of the week. Karen sounds awesome (go read!) and I’m not sure I…
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A character

The latest Flash Fiction Challenge at terribleminds. A character in 250 words. (Luckily not 250 characters…) I pull the blankets up over my face and whine. I hide in the warmth of the bed, but my brain won’t shut up. I sigh dramatically and throw the heavy quilt off, swinging my feet over the edge of the bed. The familiar metal on cement sound of my feet rings out. I stomp over to the stove and pull it open tossing…
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