It’s That Time of Year Again–NaNoWriMo!

Perhaps it’s a little sad that I have only kept up this blog during NaNoWriMo the last few years.  Perhaps it’s not.  Either way, that’s been the case this year again.

And, with 35 minutes left before I can begin my 7th novel (6th to win!) with NaNoWriMo, putting up another post seemed like the appropriate “time killer” as the minutes count down to midnight. (34 minutes)

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This year, I’m trying something new.  I’m writing, yet again, the first draft of my newest “For the Love of Music” series novel, but (33 minutes) I’m being “tagged” by my fiance as he writes a companion to the story of Meg Carter and Adam Orion.  I, obviously, am telling Meg’s side of the story, and Matt is writing Adam’s. (32 minutes)  We’ve had to hash through some outlining things together.  Key moments that must happen in both stories.  Key points in time where their lives intersect, even when geographically living far apart.

And (31 minutes) this is totally new for us both.  We both love collaboration, but have never tried to write the same story as someone else before, with a different POV.  A challenge, I believe, lies ahead.  And that thrills us both!  We’re (30 minutes) both thrill seekers, one could say, at least of this variety.  Challenge?  Yes please!  Adventure?  Of course!  Novel written in parallel with the love of my life?  Um, duh.

So, here we go.  All the best in writing, my darling Matt. (29 minutes)  Have fun with that writer’s cramp as you dash out those words with pen and paper.  I’m glad to use my laptop!

And, now, my pre-writing thoughts are spent, with 28 minutes left to go.  I say this calls for a pot of tea, a bathroom break, some more M&Ms, and the turning on of one fantastic playlist.  Here we go!  “One A Cappella Song” begins life in 27 minutes!

“The One I’m Waiting For” (NaNoWriMo Day 7)

7 days in and 25,005 words finished on this year’s NaNoWriMo entry, My Vienna.  And I haven’t a clue where this story is going.  I mean, I do.  The outline is there, the super short version of it is there.  The characters are there.  The plot is laid out.  But I don’t know what answers this story will give.  I’ve been writing it in bits and pieces, instead of linearly, like I usually try to do.  Some of that is because I had ideas for scenes right away and had to write them before I lost them.  Some of that is because I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with it this year.

And, honestly, I suspect more than half of what I’ve written will get cut in the revision.  Obviously, after I’ve written a lot more of the story.  But right now, what I’ve got is filling the story backward.  It’s almost giving me a God-like perspective Galadriel’s life after this big question comes in.  All the wonders, all the wanders, all the what-ifs.  And I know the answers to those.  If she goes in this one particular direction, then this will happen.  I have not written the other dimension, though–the one in which she chooses her own path, instead of following what she knows is right.  Maybe that will the second 25,000 words?

25,000 words in, Galadriel isn’t any closer to the answer she’s seeking, and neither am I.  But I’m okay with that.  I’m just going to keep writing and praying and reading God’s Word until I get there.  And then, Lord willing, both of our questions will be answered.

This song from Reliant K kind of says it…“The One I’m Waiting For.”

Galadriel, I’m waiting.  For you.  You’re the one.

Reliant K--writing inspiration from music

Reliant K–writing inspiration from music (can’t find copyright info, but found here: http://wallpaper4god.com/wallpapers/relient-k–trees_1403_1024x768.jpg)

Project DDD Publication Continues

I haven’t forgotten Daisy Meeks and Kane Sullivan.  I haven’t dropped the ball on getting Drop Dead Daisy published this month.  No, no, I’m still going.  In the midst of NaNoWriMo, I’m going to keep plugging away.  I’m ahead of NaNoWriMo by several thousand words, so I’m still doing well.  I can maintain this and do some editing.  I am feeling very much that My Vienna, this year’s NaNo novel won’t be remotely drafted by the 50,000 word line, so I’m okay with working on both at once.

9:40 That being said, I’m going to read aloud one more chapter tonight.  Chapter 26.

10:15 Well.  That went better than planned.  6000+ words, and I finished the final 3 chapters for the read-aloud.

And you know what?  I’m really happy with this book.  It still has a lot of work to make it what it should be, but this story is one that really speaks to my heart.  I’m nothing like Daisy, but I still relate to her and love her.  And I guess that’s what it’s about, right?  Hopefully my readers will love her as much as I do when she finally meets the world this month.

Zack's Bass Guitar (photo by Pixomar)--writing inspiration

Zack’s Bass Guitar (photo by Pixomar)–writing inspiration

“This Will Be Our Year” (NaNoWriMo Day 1)

NaNoWriMo 2015–Day 1

It used to be that when God wanted to teach me a lesson that I just wasn’t getting, He’d have me write a 2000-5000 word allegory. Now, it seems, He is having me write entire novels. Conveniently timed for NaNoWriMo (November) two years in a row now. Last year’s was “A Gargoyle in Evanston,” through which I sought peace and understanding of what the heck has happened in my life to bring me to this place I’m in right now…Chicago, not Australia (oh, land of my heart, how I yearn for thee!). And this year’s…well, I’m not ready to talk about it yet in detail, but I know it’s all about Him and me. A continuation of the theme He set for me on January 1st of this year… “This Will be Our Year.”

Currently, this year’s novel is in the “For the Love of Music” series, with the tentative title of a book I had outlined several years ago.  Not sure, however, if that’s what it will remain.  November will tell.

Words written: 3553

“This Will be Our Year”–the Zombies (writing inspiration)

Count Down Day 3: Project “DDD” Publication

Well, I’m not getting started until 9pm tonight.  It was a long work day, and a slightly crazy after work day as well.

Going to attempt to finish the read-aloud in the midst of packing for my weekend trip.  We’ll see how this goes!

9:00–read-aloud chapters 20-24.

10:45–calling it quits.  Ugh.  I wanted to keep going, to make it all the way through, but my voice is shot and my eyes are troubled at the thought of staying open.

I’ll try to squeeze some more in, in the morning before work.  We’ll see how that goes.

A Drumkit that would make Velma happy

A Drumkit that would make Velma happy–writing inspiration

Count Down Day 4: Project “DDD” Publication

That count-down is getting close.  And I know I won’t get anything done on the 30th or 31st, as I leave town immediately after work on the 30th.  I guess I’d better get a lot in tonight and tomorrow!

Today’s goals: Finish read-aloud edit #1.  Do modifiers pass on as many chapters as I can plow through!

6:10–Read-aloud edit of Chapters 11-14.

7:30–break for dinner and start the first load of laundry (Yep–even writer’s have chores!)

8:50–Read-aloud continues!  Chapters 15-16.  Whew!  These are long ones!

10:05–break.  Had to go get my laundry!  Sadly, thinking I won’t make it through the rest of the read-aloud tonight.  But I’ll keep plugging away!

10:20–Back at it for now…  Chapters 17-19.

11:25–Gotta call it a night.  Half-way through 19, I knew I was done for the night.  Bummer.  Oh, well.  Pressing forward tomorrow!

Surfcaster Guitar--writing inspiration

Surfcaster Guitar–writing inspiration

Count Down Day 6: Project “DDD” Publication

Goals tonight:

Finish last major revisions on chapters 25-29.

Get through chapter 5 in the first read-aloud edit.

We’ll see after that!

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6:00–revisions on chapters 25-29!!!  Yay!!!  FINALLY done!!!

6:55–break and dinner

8:20–first read aloud edit, chapters 1-5.  No intense changes, but definitely made several in each chapter.  It’s amazing how things flow better after they’ve been read aloud.

10:20–calling it a night!  If I keep going, I’ll make weird changes and probably make it worse. 😉

Drop Dead Daisy book cover

Drop Dead Daisy book cover