I didn't do any writing. I'll state that up front (and yes, I'm heading over to [livejournal.com profile] novel_in_90 to do my mea culpas and take my lumps), but it was a good weekend nonetheless.

Saturday was the faire. It was a new faire, and as such, I think we had maybe 100 people. BUT, Dereca and I made enough to cover our site fee, plus a bit more for dinner, so we're counting it a good day. Especially since we had a GORGEOUS day weather-wise, and neither of us got sunburned. But we didn't leave the site until about 8:30 pm (we helped some other folks pack up) and I didn't get home until after 11 pm. So, since I'd been up since 6 am on 4 hours of sleep for the prior two days, I gave up and went to bed.

Sunday, [livejournal.com profile] argus7hills let me sleep until 1:30 pm. Heaven!!! Then I slugged for the rest of the day. I did laundry, watched a very old horror movie with Zsa Zsa Gabor called "Picture Mommy Dead" and watched the Sox lose (boo). I did some brainstorming on WHY the book wasn't working with [livejournal.com profile] tambowrites - thank you again, hon, for letting me whine at you!!!! But no writing.

Today, I got up and went to the doctor's to get my varicose veins looked at. The guy was obnoxious (I don't like him) but his scale rocked - I'm down to 254.1 lbs!!! That's a stunning total of 23.9 lbs since January!!! And one of the girls at work stopped me and told me I looked AWESOME - made my day!

Of course, that was balanced by the realization that I left ALL my stuff for Seasons and Sacrifice at home (sigh). So I'm going to start the new brainstorming/outlining for Treaty. Since I've gotten a wee bit more sophisticated since I last looked at it.

I'm going to work with [livejournal.com profile] domynoe's sheets on this again, and see how it works. Very exciting!

Oh, and it was a good news/bad news day at work. Bad news? I have to work OT tomorrow - 12:30 pm to 12 am. Bah. Good news? My friend Rick is making me dinner! Yay!

More later.
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( Jun. 17th, 2007 11:38 pm)
Well, I finished the plotting form for Seasons. Now I need to get cracking on the outline, as in right now (as soon as I finish this entry, in fact), because I have just realized that I have 10 weeks to write:

- 1 100k book (Seasons)
- 1 80k rough draft (Treaty)
- 1 8k nonfiction chapter (on magical beasts)
- 1 8-12k short story (Sacrifice)

To make the 180k in 9 weeks (since this week is outlines and stuff), I'll need to do 3k a day on the books. I'd like to finish up the chapter early (just have to do some research, which isn't bad), and the short should only take me a week or so. So if you see me online, tell me to write! :)

I'll put up the plotting form in a later post - if you have questions about it, go ask [livejournal.com profile] domynoe, as she's the genius behind it. I'll also have copies of the form at Writer's Group this weekend.

Edit to add: Okay, got 50+ scenes down. Tomorrow, during work, I'll put them in the right order and start outlining. Whee!
Okay, the form you sent me? Sheer brilliance!!! I will be using this from now on.

I've emailed that to you, but I wanted to trumpet your genius on LJ, so everyone could see it.

With this, I'll have the outline done this weekend for Seasons, which means I can start writing Monday.


Now I just have to set up Treaty the same way, and we're off!

P.S. Yes, Faery-Tale Princess is the next book I intend to write. I have a feeling that one will NOT leave me alone. :D
Yup, finally got words squeezed out on this. It'll be interesting to see how the tone of this novel is different from either Dreams or Seasons, since it's epic fantasy and not "dark" like the other two genres.

Then again, who am I kidding? By the end, it'll probably be just as dark as the other two. *grin*

For those who remember Hobbes from [livejournal.com profile] firebreathnchkn's game, this ended up sort of being the precursor to her story, kind of. I ended up using a lot more of my world than I thought I would, but I'm pretty happy with how it worked.

[livejournal.com profile] firebreathnchkn, I'll be interested to see your comments on it in group. The book is called Treaty of Betrayal.

Here's the spiffy wordmeter for it:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
1,372 / 200,000

And by the way, does anyone remember that really cool word meter that someone found a while ago - the writer writing? If someone does, and can post the link in comments, that would be great. I forgot to bookmark it last time. :(
Good news: I got more words done. 1629 more words, to be precise.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
4,449 / 10,000

Bad news: I don't think I'll beat [livejournal.com profile] watermelontail.

More bad news: The words tonight were on a totally new novel. *headdesk*

Yup, Treaty is now off and running. And don't get me wrong, I like it. But why, oh why, did it have to start flowing NOW????

Well, guess I'm about to find out how well I juggle novels. :p

Oh, and look! A new userpic!!!! :D Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] scarlettarcher! I think this one might be for those times when I really am doing something I shouldn't _ like picking up a new novel project. At least this one has the outline done already....
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( Nov. 29th, 2005 02:44 am)
I have officially dropped out of NaNo. :p Not that I was going to complete it anyways. But I have 11,020 words done on Dark Moon Seasons, and a solid start to it. I'm not worried about picking it up again as soon as I've finished Belladonna Dreams, which I start again tonight.

So, I have three novels ready to be written(or in the process thereof): Belladonna Dreams, Dark Moon Seasons and Treaty of Betrayal, which has (shockingly enough) absolutely nothing to do with any of my other books. Or anything I've written before.

That one ought to be ... interesting to write, to say the least.

Back into the Dreams...
No, I probably won't hit my NaNo goal.

BUT, I will have a novel that I can actually write. And sell, more importantly. So this is a good thing.

You know, I've done NaNo for three years now. I've never finished. And yet, NaNo has contributed to most of the writing I've done. The first year, I started Horseman - got about 18k done.

The second year, I was working on the rewrite of Horseman (doing the unofficial NaNo on FM) and got 46k written by month-end.

This year, I'm working on Seasons and, after all my rewrites and hair-pulling, will probably hit 20k by the time the clock chimes on November 30th.

Not great.

But not bad either. While I'm not approaching Zette's one-million words a year, I'm definitely upping my goals. And thinking about next year already.

I have a new white board in our office - my loving husband mounted it on the wall for me. It has three novels on it, and three first draft dates:

Belladonna Dreams: Jan. 1, 2006
Dark Moon Seasons: April 1, 2006
Treaty of Betrayal: October 1, 2006

These are rough draft dates. There's room separating each novel, so other dates can be added. Second draft dates, novel send out dates and, at some point, novel release dates.

I'm moving into a new phase, I'm thinking. January 1 starts the point where I stop playing at being an author, and start working like one. Yes, I'll still have my day job. But I'm going to be more serious about my other day job. Do more signings. Write more. Definitely write more.

The new year is looking mighty interesting...
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( Aug. 17th, 2005 11:39 pm)
The novel grows. Got 616 words done tonight on Dreams, and started Treaty in my notebook while I was at the hospital. I'm going to write Treaty the old-fashioned way - in my notebook, and then, as I finish chapters, I'll type them into the computer. I'm going to nights as of the 29th, so I'll be able to write in between calls, as long as it's in the notebook. :)

Belladonna Dreams:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
10,681 / 125,000

Time to sleep.
Despite everything, I'm still writing. Christ, at this point, it's therapy. And it keeps me from drinking, which is looking very attractive in a very bad way (coming from a family that has alcoholism running in it). So, I write. (for a quick synopsis of what I'm talking about: my cat, Max, has a lump under his chin and will be going in for surgery on Thursday. We still don't know what it is.)

On the upside, I got a VERY awesome review from [livejournal.com profile] teemonster:


Thank you, Tee! You made my day!!!

Goal tonight - to write as much as I can. Period. I'd like to finish at least 1k of words on Treaty.

I need something to distract me.
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( Aug. 6th, 2005 06:42 pm)
I finished the darned outline!!!

So now I can actually start *gasp!* writing!

Goal one done, two and three coming.

Here's the counter for Treaty:

Zokutou word meter
0 / 200

And the counter for Dreams:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
2,390 / 125,000

Now to keep them updated! *grin*
But someone needs to say home with the sick kitty, and I have lots of writing to do to make up for the lack of writing all week. So, even though it's gorgeous out, I'm going to plant butt in computer chair and make up for lost time.

Goals this weekend:

1. finish the darned outline for Treaty! I'm really close to the end - I think I can do it.
2. Write the next two chapters of Dreams.
3. Start Chapter 1 of Treaty.

I have two days, lots of Coke with Lime and no Hubby!!! And the only other things I need to do is laundry and grocery shopping.

Channelling my inner muse....
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( Aug. 3rd, 2005 08:56 pm)
It's days like today that I realize that writing is a job. It's not something I do just because I like it a bit, or it's a way to pass the time. If that were the case, I'd be curled up in bed, letting the aspirin work on my sinus headache. Instead, I'm parked in front of my computer, doggedly trying to get the outline for Treaty done. I really, really want to get started on this, but I'm forcing myself to finish the outline first. I know that's how I work best.

I was daydreaming a bit at work today (I know, bad, but I was familiar with the stuff we were going over) and I came up with a modified character sketch sheet for my vampire novel. I think that might be the novel I'm doing for NaNo, since it would be cheating a bit to use Circle for that.

BTW, can anyone tell me how to do progress bars here in LJ? I'm curious.

Dude, I think I am living in outline land. And no end in sight...

I've finished the major scene outline for Treaty. Now, I just need to do the chapter outline, and I can start writing the sucker.

I also need to sit down and do an outline for Scorned Lady, the serial I've been playing around with. I just need time! The writer's eternal lament, I'm afraid.

It's funny, too. I went, oh, about 4 years without writing at all. I think my muse is attempting to make up for that drought by overloading me. Oh well. Anyone want some humanely-trapped plotbunnies?
Well, I've got all the major scenes posited and in an order for Treaty. Now to do the chapter outline.

I don't think I've ever written this complex a story. This is going to be interesting.

Almost a 1000 words written tonight. Good day.
Treaty, that is. I've realized that I have, in essense, 5 different plotlines that are interwoven together. So, after talking to my brother, [livejournal.com profile] barlidoc and [livejournal.com profile] camilla_anna, I've decided to haul out my trusty note cards, do scenes for each plotline on the cards (cleverly tagged with initials for each plotline) and then basically do a timeline as my primary outline. Then I'll break it down into a chapter outline. Highly involved, yes, but I think it'll work. And there is SO much going on in this novel that I think I need to be this detailed.

Gods, this is going to be a mess to write! But sooooo much fun...

Got two plotlines done: Darius/Aislynn and the Secretary-General.


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