Monthly Archives: November 2008

Thankful

My apologies for posting late.  We had internet issues today.

Every Thanksgiving before our family eats dinner, we each say what we’re thankful for.  So what are your characters thankful for at this moment in their story or in general?  And what are you thankful for as a writer?

I’ll post my answers in the comment section.

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T-DAY!!

norman-rockwell-t-dayIt’s Thanksgiving!

Go eat some pie!

See you next week!

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Happy Almost Turkey Day!

This has got to be the most unusual Thanksgiving Week I’ve had in years.

First, I’m not frantically trying to complete a 50,000 word manuscript for NaNoWriMo. Whew! I HATE admitting defeat, but it was an excellent decision considering subsequent events.

Second, I’m unemployed, having been laid off last week. (See? I told you dropping out of NaNo was a good decision this year.)

Third, my eldest daughter is due to go into labor with child #3 at any moment. (Literally. Her due date is tomorrow…and her other two were born on their due dates!)

Yep. It’s an unusual Thanksgiving Week…and I’m a very lucky woman with LOTS to be thankful for.

Wishing you a fabulous Turkey Day complete with much love, laughter, and comfort food!

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Still writing

It’s the last week of NaNoWriMo. I’ve lost momentum since finishing the rough draft of the WIP I started working on. This tells me my original plan of writing three novellas during the month would have failed because part of the drive to keep you going through long days of writing is seeing the end. If the end happens at 15,000 words, it’s hard to pick up again. So far I’ve made roughly 33000. I’m not sure if I’ll hit 50k or not – I’d like to say I’ll try but I honestly haven’t been trying very hard. Maybe if I can get myself to 40k, or 45k, I’ll be inspired to scramble 5k words at the end in finger-numbing marathon typing.

Regardless the outcome, I have one finished rough draft and will hopefully have a second finished rough draft, even if the second doesn’t carry me to word count. Those are my two real goals; for me, November was NaNoFinishMo, and no matter what…gotta finish this second WIP in order to have “won” for my personal perspective.

Today’s 11/25. Less than a week. Just 5 days. If you’re still writing in November, this is the time to make the hard push and write thousands of finger-numbing words. Ok, go.

Happy Thanksgiving. 🙂

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Writing Software

Do you ever use software.  I have Liquid Story Binder and HEALaDOC.  I can’t figure Liquid Story Binder the heck out.  It’s really weird.  The only thing I like them for is there character dossiers.  I tried to get one to print here but I can’t seem to.  They’re very cool though.  Complete with a place for a pic and all those questions you end up making seperate sheets to answer.

I have no freaking clue what it’s actually supposed to be used for.  I have a general idea that it’s supposed to help you organize your story but I can’t make it work.  Anyone else got LSB?  If you do, how do you make it work.  Because I asked four other writers I know who have it and they have no clue how to work it either. We all just sat there like idiots admitting we didn’t have a clue how to use our own fifty dollar software.  So if you’ve got any insight let her rip.

HEALaDOC, on the other hand, is a great investment, a cheaper one too, in my opinion.  You put in your MS.  It tells you how many times words occur and then builds a chart so you can see where in the doc the words occur and if you click on the chart it will take you to that spot so you can fix it.  It also isolates cliches and overused phrases, if you have a favorite.

They do seperate things.  They are for different stages in the process.  Liquid Story Binder is for the plotting stage and HEALaDOC is for editing.  Maybe I value the latter because I’m not a very good plotter.  But I think mostly it’s just because I can’t get the former to freaking work.

Anyone mastered the mysterious powers of Liquid Story Binder?  Let me in on the secret please.

AJ

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Thursday 13: Romance Words on SATs

Yeah, so I am late. Ooops. I semi-sorta forgot today was Thursday. This stay at home writer stuff blurs the days of the week for me a bit. I get so wrapped up in my writing, outside life ceases to exist at times. It is a good and a bad thing. The writing is going good, strong and progressing, the laundry, not so much. I prefer words to folding.

Here’s something to consider: Girls who read romance novels score higher on SAT Vocabulary sections. Good to know.

So here is my Thursday 13:


WORDS I LEARNED FROM READING ROMANCE NOVELS



13) amatory \AM-uh-tor-ee; -tohr-\, adjective:
of love; expressing love, especially sexual

12) turgid \TUR-jid\, adjective:
1. Swollen, bloated, puffed up; as, “a turgid limb.”
2. Swelling in style or language; bombastic, pompous; as, “a turgid style of speaking.”

11) limn (lĭm)  Pronunciation Key
tr.v.   limned, limn•ing (lĭm’nĭng), limns

1. To describe.
2. To depict by painting or drawing. See Synonyms at represent.

[Middle English limnen, to illuminate (a manuscript), probably alteration (influenced by limnour, illustrator) of luminen, from Old French luminer, from Latin lūmināre, to illuminate, adorn, from lūmen, lūmin-, light; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.]
limn’er (lĭm’nər) n.

10) paladin \PAL-uh-din\, noun:
1. A knight-errant; a distinguished champion of a medieval king or prince; as, the paladins of Charlemagne.
2. A champion of a cause.

9) voluptuary \vuh-LUHP-choo-er-ee\, noun:
1. A person devoted to luxury and the gratification of sensual appetites; a sensualist.
adjective:
1. Voluptuous; luxurious.

8 ) ingenue \AN-zhuh-noo\, noun:
1. A naive girl or young woman.
2. An actress playing such a person; also: the stage role of an ingenue.

7) pukka \PUHK-uh\, adjective:
1. Authentic; genuine.
2. Good of its kind; first-class.

6) excoriate \ek-SKOR-ee-ayt\, transitive verb:
1. To express strong disapproval of; to denounce.
2. To tear or wear off the skin of.

5) satiety \suh-TY-uh-tee\, noun:
The state of being full or gratified to or beyond the point of satisfaction.

4) camarilla \kam-uh-RIL-uh; -REE-yuh\, noun:
A group of secret and often scheming advisers, as of a king; a cabal or clique.

3) empyrean \em-py-REE-uhn; -PEER-ee-\, noun:
1. The highest heaven, in ancient belief usually thought to be a realm of pure fire or light.
2. Heaven; paradise.
3. The heavens; the sky.
adjective:
1. Of or pertaining to the empyrean of ancient belief.

2) mellifluous \muh-LIF-loo-us\, adjective:
Flowing as with honey; smooth; flowing sweetly or smoothly; as, a mellifluous voice.
1) schadenfreude \SHOD-n-froy-duh\, noun:
A malicious satisfaction obtained from the misfortunes of others.

FREEBIE!!

philter \FIL-tur\, noun:
1. A potion or charm supposed to cause the person taking it to fall in love.
2. A potion or charm believed to have magic power.
transitive verb:
1. To enchant or bewitch with or as if with a magic potion or charm.

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NaNo No More

My 2008 NaNoWriMo experience came to a screeching halt over the weekend, but ultimately, this is a good thing.

My muse has been AWOL for most of the month. She dropped a fab idea on me at the end of October…just in time to get me all fired up for NaNo…and then walked out without telling me where said idea should go. Sigh. Muse…the definition of unreliable.

I’ve been writing away, attempting to keep up with my weekly word count (I make progress during the week and then play catch-up on weekends), but my scenes have been listless. They’ve accumulated words, but not added to the plot.

So…on Saturday I made the decision to throw in the towel. NaNo is no more for 2008.

True to her perverse nature, my muse showed up for work as I slept Saturday night. I woke on Sunday with a clear understanding of my plot and where this novel needs to go!

Alas, too late for NaNo. Everything I’ve written so far is just character study…I didn’t even know who my villain was until Sunday morning! So…the 20,000+ words so far are reduced to “information the author needs to know but which will in all likelihood never see print.”

The good news? My novel now has a plot and direction and after a little more thought, I’ll be beginning anew because Nimue has work to do and people to save!

Onward and upward…and may your NaNo experience be rich!

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