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Friday for Fun

I have discovered the joy  of Pinterest. Per usual I am probably one of the last people on the planet to get in on the fun, but better late than never. For those who don’t know (and really, are you still out there?), Pinterest is a board where you can snag and organize pictures from all over the web into one place. It is so much fun and I have found a perfect use for it (besides just putting together all the pretty stuff!)

I am going to use it for my novel. In my mind I have ideas about how characters, places, buildings, etc all look. I can visualize it all like it’s right before me, but I also use a lot of inspirational imagery to help me settle into words how something/one looks. Already I’ve started  boards for two of my main characters – images that I’ve already seen and keep in mind when I’m writing, but now I can have them all in one place. It’s so convenient. I can’t imagine that I’m the only one out there doing this, but it’s cool nonetheless.

Just for fun, here are a couple of my inspirational images.

So, is anyone else out there on Pinterest? How are you using it?

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I’m Still Here

I know it’s been a little while since I blogged. Chalk it up to recovering from the holidays. 🙂

There are a few small things that have made me happy over the last couple of weeks, so I thought I’d share.

One.

This recipe from Crepes of Wrath. These S’more Cookie Bars are sooooo (I can’t put enough o’s here!) good. They are super easy and really rich and I see myself making them often. Or at least as often as my blood sugar can take it.

My picture isn't nearly as pretty as the one on the other blog, but I'm going to work on that!

Two.

I read a lot of blogs and I’m discovering new ones everyday that I love. On the suggestion from a post on one of those blogs (This one!) I checked out the site. Bloglovin.com. I’ve only been using it a couple of days and already I love it. All the blogs I follow are in one place. It updates new posts without having to go to every single site. I’ve been wanting to manage my time better, especially online, so this is perfect.

Three.

On a personal note, I have about 15 scenes fleshed out on my novel. My goal is to have the novel ready by DragonCon, since a couple of agents I would love to sign with are going to be there and if they tell me they’re interested I want to be able to send them something complete right away. I am super happy with the direction this rewrite is going. I feel like I finally have gotten a handle on my novel again. I finally have returned it to something that is mine.

NaNoWriMo 2011: Epic Fail

So, with a little over 7600 words, I can officially say that NaNoWriMo this year was an epic fail. I think I can also say that it was meant to be an epic fail. I wanted to throw away what I’d done before, for reasons that may be valid, but nonetheless were also foolish. I wanted to go in a direction that I wasn’t meant to go instead of doing the work that I knew I should be doing, which is why less than a week into the month I totally blew off NaNo.

What I have been doing is reworking my epic fantasy and I have an overview outline of Novel #1. I have a sketch outline of Novel #2 and #3. Currently, Novel #1 is being fleshed out as a detailed outline after which I intend to start writing. A catalyst for this no doubt is finding out that an agent I’m interested in will be at DragonCon in 2012. I have character sketches and setting sketches, lots more plot threads than I ever thought possible (I don’t know why I’m surprised, it’s an epic fantasy after all!). Right now, I’m in the middle of doing a summary outline, which is basically a scene by scene (if I have them) essay style outline. Once I have the detailed outline finished I’m going to do the same process with Books 2 and 3 before I even begin writing. I have some goals for this year and I hope I can get them accomplished, but that’s another post. 🙂

NaNoWriMo 2011

The last time I did NaNo was in 2008. I finished the 50,000 words with some extra on top and this year I have decided to take the challenge again. I’ll be honest with the fact that I have major writer’s block. Not just a little writer’s block either, but something amounting to the Great Wall of China. After the total decimation of the writer’s group I was involved in, getting back in the swing of things has been hard. Without going into details, there was a major feeling of betrayal and something like that takes time in getting over. Another result of that is I’ve felt the need to purge myself of anything that came out of that group -including my completed novel and the subsequent sequels that were to go along with it – because in my mind it has been contaminated – it is dripping with viscous black poison for which there is no antidote.

So, after that lovely image and a lot of thought on my part, I decided that diving into NaNo with a fresh idea would be just the thing to help me scale that wall.  I have a novella length sci-fi story that I’ve been hammering out in my mind for a couple of weeks now. Sci-fi is different for me since I’m usually a fantasy girl – both in writing and reading, but I think I need the challenge. I also specifically decided to do a novella since the length will allow me to complete the entire story arc in 50,000 words – which is long for a completed novella, but good for a first draft. I also intend to go through the editing process after NaNo is over. Novellas are hard (i.e. impossible) to sell, but that’s not actually the point of this exercise for me.

So, Good Luck to myself and good luck to anyone reading this who is also doing NaNo!