A Quick Breather

I have not yet caught up with the normal flow of time, but I am nearly there! Ironically, going back to work for the new school year has helped, putting me back into a routine (although the routine itself is abnormal). A sign of the slow return to normalcy is the fact that I have gotten back to writing.

Well, editing, actually. It is September now, somehow, and according to the Great Plan, September is the month where I being the first great edit of the manuscript I finished a few weeks ago. I usually dislike editing, but now the idea of sitting down and going over my own work has appeal. Perhaps its because I feel that this story has a lot of potential that needs to be implemented in the first half of the story, or perhaps its because I’m still fond of the characters. Whatever the case, I shall hopefully continue to edit for the next few months until its time for NaNoWriMo.

Hopefully, it shall be a productive month! (fingers crossed….)

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey

tumblr_md7ial0GQl1qdyt3aLate last night, as I lay in bed wondering what else I had somehow neglected to do other than update my blog, I came to a discovery. Time was accelerating around me! Somehow my personal timeline fell out of sync with the timeline of the Universe, leaving me behind as it races on fast forward through the month of August!

Small wonder I can’t seem to get anything done! Effects are hitting me before my Causes are even finished! Everything that is not vital for the continued existence of myself and my frog have to be postponed until I solve this bizarre crisis. Fortunately I had planned to take August off for writing, concentrating on putting an outline together for NaNoWriMo (it was mostly done before Time got screwed up).

I don’t have a sonic screwdriver, but I do have about 60 packing boxes, 2 bridesmaid dresses, 1/2 set of china dishes, 1 frog, and an iPhone. I should be fine.

If nobody hears from me by the middle of September, please call the Doctor.

I Have a Plan. An Actual Plan. I Planned It.

At the completion of my two year long WIP (first draft), I celebrated by catching a cold and pondering my next move while downing DayQuil and Sinex. Somewhere during that time (and did I mention that I am trying to pack up over twenty years of my life to move?) I formulated a brilliant plan.

Yes, I have a plan! For what? NaNoWriMo…in November. The last few years I have simply jumped into that month-long writing marathon without much forethought, but this year I decided to actually THINK about what I want to do, and even do some *gasp* planning beforehand! What is the plan, you ask?

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AN OUTLINE!

If some of you are wondering if I decided to take something a little stronger than DayQuil, please just bear with me. I don’t usually write outlines until I’m to the last third of the story and I’m trying to ensure that everything gets inserted in the right order before the end of the book. But this time I’m trying something different. I will outline the manuscript FIRST, and then take off with it during the Month of Literary Abandon. The plan is to get this outline, er, outlined, and then gauge to see if the manuscript flows faster this way.

In the meantime, since NaNoWriMo is still three months away, I shall also *sigh* start working on editing that first draft. The sooner the first draft is done, the sooner I can gleefully pawn it off to one of my amazing peer editors.

See? It’s a brilliant plan!

 

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The Victory Cold

Every year following NaNoWriMo, usually a day or two after I successfully pound out 50,000 words of literary genius, I get sick. A bad cold, the flu, etc. The Powers that Be are convinced that this is the result of stressing my brain out by spending too much time on my computer and not enough time doing things like eating or sleeping.

Now, as I lounge in bed with the mother of all head colds, I am convinced that the Powers that Be are wrong. This is not the result of putting too much pressure on myself to complete a 30 day goal. This is the result of me completing my goal, period.

Congratulations on completing your manuscript, self. Have an illness!

Perhaps it is some sort of subconscious way to exude the stress of not having a project to work on (which is silly, because my books always seem to cry for sequels). Whatever the reason, I am now going to sit back and unenjoy my gift to myself.

And maybe start sketching the sequel outline…

Love Don’t Roam

I have recently become a Doctor Who addict, which while handing me months of awesome story ideas and character twists, has also gleefully swallowed a good deal of the time I’d planned to use to finish THE MANUSCRIPT. (It didn’t help that I found an enjoyable spin off series called The Sarah Jane Adventures). But while I’ve dunked myself in the world of time travel and aliens, I find myself constantly thinking, and eventually drifting back to my notebook or computer, and clanking away at THE MANUSCRIPT.

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You know it’s love when you’d burn up a sun just to say goodbye. You know it’s love and dedication when you watch an excellent show and walk away thinking of all the possibilities for your own work. While others are talking about the plot twist, or their opinion of the acting and screenwriting, you are wondering if you changed this around, made another thing happen, put it in a different time period, and adjusted the outcome, could you use it in your own plot?

Even as I stray from THE MANUSCRIPT to watch British acting at work, my Love Don’t Roam.

Shhh, I’m Working!

How could it possibly be the last week of July? Why does time in the summer flow so much faster than in the winter? Maybe it’s this excessive amount of sun. It lures you outside with the promise of brightness and warmth, and then zaps all the time away. Or maybe its because I have this illusion of free time, and so I cram in all the things I want to do together, until my time is full of things I would normally spread out over, say, six months.

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Whatever the case, July is nigh gone, and my characters are closer, but still not to the end. I must rectify that! I will! I – oh look, sunshine!

Hang in there, everyone….

 

 

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Penultimate Plans

Have you ever been so bored that you read the dictionary for entertainment? If you are the percentage of the world who would rather do a page of division problems to pass the time, you don’t know what you’re missing. For one, there are loads of words in the English language that the average person never uses, which is really too bad, because some of them have fascinating meanings! Take misfeasance, or penultimate. Penultimate is a great word which basically means ‘second to last.’ That is exactly how I can describe my ongoing work in progress.

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I am at the penultimate scene before the final climax! At last, I get a few tantalizing answers before the main characters go charging off to the End. Of course, I really thought that I’d have reached the penultimate scene a while ago, but so many interesting subplots developed, that I really couldn’t help myself from taking a few detours. But at last, the penultimate moment is here, and if I stop dawdling, I may even reach the Final Scene before *gasp* the week is out!

This week’s goal is to cross over the Penultimate Hurdle! Onward, brave writer!

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