You know how you’re standing in line behind someone at the post office, or maybe waiting for an appointment, or for someone to serve your beverage of choice, and you overhear a story that ends something along the lines of, I’m telling you, you can’t make this shit up. Well, just in case you’ve never had the experience…I’ve shared before that rural east Hawaii has a hint of Wild West flavor. We live in a development (using the term loosely) where everyone is on catchment water (i.e., if it doesn’t rain, you don’t shower), where electricity poles run down the streets but not necessarily to individual houses (we are totally off the grid, so HELCO can kiss our shiny solar panels), and where the roads are privately maintained (again, using … [Read more...] about November Brings the Crazy with NaNoWriMo!
Archives for October 2016
You’re probably wondering when I’ll stop talking about writing Prodigal (the first book in my new series). That would be in about a week and a half, when I finish it. (The rough draft anyway.) That kind of boggles my mind, that I’ve been able to stick to my schedule (a minor miracle in itself) after losing a few weeks to a fritzing laptop. And I’m still feeling really good about it. My workspace is deteriorating a bit as I get closer to the end (past 70K words now, and the Post-Its are like confetti), but my mind is not yet mush.I mentioned last week that I’d slowed down a bit because I was in the “Something else happens here” zone of my loose outline. This week I was slowed by what I can only call lack of life experience. I had a vague … [Read more...] about Is There a Jet Ski Thief in the House?
I’m happy to report I’m still chugging away and still on schedule to finish the draft of Prodigal (Dead Hollow Trilogy Book 1) by the end of the month. And by next week, I promise I’ll come up with a different working and scheduling metaphor. ;) I did have a few slowdown moments this week. The orange cones came out when I reached a point in my loose outline that said, “Something else happens here.” Seriously. That’s what it said. Told you it was a loose outline. But I’m happy with my solution, and I managed to catch up my word count, too.Sometimes, when my brain was noodling on solutions and I didn’t want to spin out too long, I allowed myself limited time to look up answers to some of the questions that litter my Scrivener file in red … [Read more...] about Friday Five: The Random Research Edition
Thanks to a week free of tech, weather (fingers crossed for you guys on the U.S. East Coast), or other calamities, things remain on schedule with Prodigal. Yep, the first draft train for the first book in the new series is still chugging down the tracks. And yes, I am making woo-woo train noises as I type this, and maybe wiggling a little. I’m hitting the halfway-point today and will have a rough draft in time for Halloween. Though I probably won’t have a costume because of that whole Drafting Tunnelvision thing.Despite the lack of costumes, I cannot tell you how much fun I’m having with this manuscript. My neck and shoulders are getting a little cranky, but my brain is loving sitting down at the desk, day or night. (Sometimes day and … [Read more...] about Help Wanted: Rough-Drafting Writer’s DJ