Monday, November 22nd, 2010
I probably should have posted this earlier in the month, but obviously I didn’t (I’ve been busy).
You may have noticed the that the example NaNoWriMo ProgPress meter in my earlier post is actually live. I wasn’t really sure I was going to do NaNoWriMo this year until fairly late. Then I considered how much writing I haven’t been getting done, and started to consider it.
I participated in 2006 and 2007 (“winning” both times), but this was going to be different. The problem was, I didn’t have an outline ready, or even an idea I’d been grooming for a new project. The idea of trying to write 50,000 new words in thirty days without any real plan and only a few days to come up with one scared me. Which is exactly why I decided to do it.
I started the month with about 10 sentences of semi-connected thoughts where I’d usually have a more detailed outline. Some of them haven’t worked out at all, but I am producing words at a steady pace and I have a reasonable chance of “winning” this year. Feel free to follow my progress on my NaNoWriMo profile.
I’ve also been participating this other, less stressful, month-long project. I shaved off my beard late on October, 31 (although not before doing something silly with it first), and I’ll be letting it grow throughout the month of November.
This isn’t just about growing face fur though, it’s a fundraiser. All funds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The lofty goal is to raise $5,000, and you can help by sponsoring me. Check out my HoNoGroABeMo page where (just about) every day on I post a photo of my progress, and blog entry (which is probably more blog posting than I’ve done in the last year). It currently looks like despite all the manly facial hair antics the fundraiser is going to come up short this year, so anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.
Friday, June 4th, 2010
Wow. Has it really been almost five months? Well, I’ve been busy. Shortly after my last post I changed jobs, and I’ve been adjusting. Last week the routine seemed to settle in for the most part, and I’m once again able to make time to write semi-regularly.
The revisions on Miracles are just about done, after being more or less stalled for way too long.
Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
Sorry for not posting this sooner. I did not get quite as much done as I hoped on Saturday, but I did make a signifigant dent.
Sunday I reserved for doing fun things with the family. Among other things we watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, read some Paddington, and played with clay.
Saturday, January 16th, 2010
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Here we are, halfway through January 2010 and I’ve barely made a dent working my way through the last few steps of novel revisions. There are many reasons for this, but excuses aside, I’m feeling frustrated and disappointed with the whole thing at this point.
So rather than whine about it, I’m doing something about it. A few days ago I noticed that today was empty on the family calendar. I promptly fixed this my writing in “Jay writing day”. I expected to get some push-back on this, but I didn’t get any.
So it’s time to put up or shut up. The seven hundred other things that need my attention are all on hold while I try to plow through as much of this as possible today. I’m hoping to move that progress meter all the way to the end, and get as far as I can on a “last” proofread.
I’ll be updating the progress bar on the right sidebar and posting updates on twitter, and I’ll do my best to post an update tonight on how far I made it.
Wish me luck!
Monday, December 21st, 2009
This weekend I allowed myself to do something I haven’t done in at least six months: Relax. It felt really nice, and I should probably do it more often than I do. Still, books don’t revise themselves, so I thought I’d outline my “what’s left” list.
When I’m writing I’ll often find a that a new character or idea I haven’t yet given a name to will show up. In the old days I used to stop there until I figured out the name of the character/town/whatever, and then keep going. This really didn’t work very well as it would stop me in my tracks, so I started bracketing placeholders off so I could find them quickly later and just keep going. It’s how I end up with fairly major characters known only as “[Someone]”.
I have a 743 of these currently in the manuscript, although less than 200 are unique. So my very next step is to finalize all these and get my [placeholders] out of there.
Another Read Through
After that I’ll read through the manuscript once more to ensure I didn’t make any new typos or grammar bloopers during the Type-in. I’m hoping this is relatively quick.
This is the point where I have someone else read the manuscript, and get some feedback. I’ll admit I’m a bit skittish. After getting the feedback on my first novel I decided to “trunk” it. Still, I didn’t spend all this time writing a book for no one to read, so I need to know if it is a book no one would want to read or not.
Friday, December 4th, 2009
December? How did that happen? Guess I’m late with another progress update, so here it is:
Hey look at that! Last night I finished the type-in of the final scene. Horray!
So am I all done with “Miracles”? Unfortunately, no. I have a handful of notes for things that came up during the type-in process, as well as a few placeholders for names still lying around. Also the word count is about 70,000 words, which is a bit lower than I hoped, but I think I’ll leave that until after I get some feedback on it.
Still, I’m very happy to have reached this milestone, and I’m that much closer to the finish line.
Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
I’m way past time for another progress update. Things have been, well, erratic. Between long days at work, sick children, and being sick for a while myself I’ve done my best to keep things moving. I’m happy to see that I’m about three quarters of the way to the end. But the past few days I’ve built up a decent momentum. Now I need to just hold on to it.
Monday, September 21st, 2009
Sorry things have been so quiet around here. With summer ending, and two kiddos back in school, things have been a little crazy as we settle into a somewhat familiar, predictably hectic, routine. We had a lot of fun this summer as a family. We visited zoos, aquariums, museums, cookouts, and, of course, the beach.
As I saw summer flying by I knowingly let the writing side of things slide a bit to make sure I enjoyed all the fun things we did as a family. When I break my daily writing habit I have a very hard time re-starting it, which is why I cling to it so strongly. It’s even hard to re-start while adjusting to the much tighter morning schedule of the school year. But I’m happy to say that, after a rock start, things are back on track. I’m making daily progress and I’m starting to see the light at the end of the revisions tunnel on “Miracles”.