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!

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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 8: Project “DDD” Publication

9:30am: Assignments today include attempting to catch up on the major revisions “overdue” from earlier this week.  I’m supposed to be doing the read-aloud editing phase today, but I’m not there yet.  I got behind this past week, and only managed to get through chapter 9 in the final major revision stage.  Today, I’m starting on 10 and getting as far as I can.  I am attending a play here in Chicago (Esperanza Rising) at 2 (leaving at 1), so limited time before that.

11am: At least I’ve gotten 10 done at this point.  Will attempt to finish 11 before going as well.  After the show, I’ll get as much done as possible as well.  Some of the up-coming chapters don’t need nearly as much revision work, so I could get reasonably far today.

All that said, the goals for the day are to get at least through chapter 12, but then as far as I can after that.

Success? Chapters 10 & 11 revised before the show.  Chapters 12-14 after the show.

And I’m done for the day.  I need some rest before singing with the band at church tomorrow morning.

writing (by photostock)

writing (by photostock)

Just Jade Inspired–NaNoWriMo 2013

Dublin

Dublin

Using music to allow for inspiration is only one of the components for writing.  At least when you’re me.  I also love to create book covers, edit photos and just look at places, faces and other images that reflect the heart of the story I’m writing.  And since most of “Just Jade” is taking place in Europe, I’m wandering back in time through my own adventures in Europe, looking at photos, and letting those images evoke memories and emotions.

Venice

Venice

If you’ve got some images from your story’s location as you work on your NaNoWriMo novel for 2013, I recommend looking through them.  Or go to Wikipedia and look some up.  Or google images search.  Or Pinterest.

Heidelberg

Heidelberg

I experienced many adventures during the various times I have gone to Europe, and I have loved all of those memories, even the sad or scary ones.  So, here are a few of the edited images from the journeys I’ve taken through Europe, as Jade is inspired to take life.

Paris

Paris