“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

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

Count Down Day 7: Project “DDD” Publication

2:45pm Time to dig in and catch up as much as possible.  Starting with chapter 15 today for the last major revision.  Here we go.

5:00 break time!  I’ve made it through 2 chapters (15 & 16), though.  Both had a LOT of work to be done, so it’s not bad only getting that far.  Whew.

6:00 back to work!  Revised chapters 17-23.

7:45: break!  Need some kind of refreshing beverage or something…and a mental break!  Revision is hard work!

9:30: Revised chapters 24.

And my brain just said “buh-bye!”  So, calling it a night on the revision process.  But, hey.  I came in with having 14 more chapters to revise as of this afternoon.  And in a matter of about 6 1/2 hours, I’ve got 4 left.  Knocking out 10 in a day.  I can live with that!

Writing Daisy: Charvel Surfcaster Guitar (image found on wikipedia)

Writing Daisy: Charvel Surfcaster Guitar (image found on wikipedia)

Count Down Day 9: Project “DDD” Publication

Well, I am definitely behind on this project.  But that’s okay.  I’ve still got time, and I’ve got determination!  I’ll keep plugging away at it until I finish!  I’ve got a few hours yet tonight and some tomorrow, and then more on Sunday.  I can catch up!  Yes, I can!  Somehow…

Today’s successes:

Earlier this week (though I forgot to record it here), I revised chapter 3.

Tonight, I revised chapters 4-9 (5 chapters in a couple of hours–I knew it could be done!), with very specific notes made for chapter 10 for tomorrow’s revision time.  And…exhausted now.  Time for bed!

Revision Time (“Red Pen” by fantasista)

Revision Time (“Red Pen” by fantasista)

Count Down Day 14: Project “DDD” Publication

Day’s assignments:

To take editing/revision notes on chapters 1-5 and finish last major revision.

Success?  Well, I did chapter 1.  It took hours.  It was quite a mottled mess to piece back together, between previous edits, rewrites of chunks of narration and correcting a few other things.  And then, my temporary roommate moved back to Mexico City!  So…saying good-bye was kind of important.

And that’s what the buffer days are for.

Writing Countdown (“Counting Hands 1-5” by zdiviv)

Writing Countdown (“Counting Hands 1-5” by zdiviv)