Sunday, December 20, 2015

October AND November Update

*sigh* Where on Earth does the time go?!?

I am going to try and recollect what I've done for two months.
October... I believe my main focus for the month was reading and noting rewrites along with changes to the Steampunk story. Nothing really new started.

November... Now, this is a whole full month. I did participate in NaNoWriMo. And... I WON!! Woot woot!

I started the second story for the steampunk world I was working in. The story came to a total of 43,622 words. I knew in starting this book that it should NOT hit the 50k goal for NaNoWriMo, but that was okay as it would get me a started story. (In the completed product, it should mark out over 60k but that's a lot of work to it.) I got a bare bones story there. One I like? Not really. There needs to be more heartache and work in the beginning to grow the character from. I also realized that there's a whole line of thinking that needs to be added through the story, from the beginning. I didn't realize this until I came across it at about 40k. So yes, loooots of work.

But then I started my second Christmas Business story. It's set in the same world I started last year but with a different couple-to-be. I only got 7,223 words. Which is A-okay with me. This takes me into December and something to ponder and write through the holiday season.

While I was working on all of this, I was reading my first steampunk story at lunch at work, still making notes of things to fix or look further into. There's a few things here that really need fixed. I was also doing content editing work as well. So with doing this I only wrote a max of 2,000 words a night, which worked out well for me and life that happened...

See, life does interject with plans all so often. My son was to get ACL reconstructive surgery and meniscus repair at the end of November, the 23rd. I figured I had a huge chunk of the month to get myself set for this week off with him... Hahaha. We were lucky (and yes, I mean lucky as the sooner he got in the better) to get a call that there was an earlier opening for surgery as they had a cancellation. November 6th he went in. That was the first day I didn't make any words, but I didn't let it stop me. Nope! I did dive in and kept to the minimum count to keep moving forward.

What I found was at the beginning of the month, those 1666 words took two hours to find. But by the end of the month, I was kicking out that number of words in little over an hour. (**Lesson learned: Keep writing.)

Now that we are into December, life is still kicking my kester but I'm planning out some of Christmas Warmth and hope to get back to writing it.

Here's to the holidays! And writing through the craziness.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

September Update


Where on Earth did September go?!?! I'm at a loss that the month is even over.

I'm starting to realize I am terrible at multi-tasking. I can't write or brainstorm while doing all the things life brings at me. I also am one of those that likes to be involved in everything. When Kiddo has sports stuff, I like to be there to see it. Which cuts into the time I could be putting into writing or brainstorming or even re-writes. That seems to be one of my biggest downfalls with trying to get through stories, of any length.

That all being said, I'm sure you know how much I got through this month...nothing. *sigh* I know. I should be more organized. I should be better at this. But, well, I'm not.

I've had ideas bouncing around in my head, but the small things that have to happen to take my characters from one point of their lives to the next are what's tripping me up this time around.

I'm going to have to get my act together this month to get plans for NaNoWriMo! If I can do it with work and life this year. Here's keeping my fingers crossed.

Monday, September 14, 2015

August Update


Sorry I'm late. It's been one heck of a ride in the month of August and into September here. With all the sports and family events (step-daughter got married), I've also been sick with a head cold.

I did get through the end of my steampunk story. Woot woot! I have it printed with notes to go through and make the adjustments, additions, and moving things around. Now to get through this part of it.

I sat down for a few hours and went through my notes and scraps of paper with small ideas on it. I tried piecing things together as they would fit. I found that the Urban Fantasy idea I've been wanting to work on for some time, needs to go back to the drawing board. The Dystopian idea I love is a world setting, not a story yet. And I have a man with troubles that's to be set in Science Fiction, but no world setting yet.

This is a beginning! It really is. Doesn't sound like much, believe me I have told myself that several times since sitting down with these ideas and doubts have crept in. But, every story starts somewhere. Right? Well this is it. Now to brainstorm and figure out what's happening.

At this point, as much as I'd love to do the Dystopian idea, I think I'm going with the SciFi story. I have the person and his dilemma he'll start in. I know what he wants and what *should* happen at the end of the story. It's just creating the world around him that he fights through. Oh don't get me wrong, he has lots of work to make him complete too, but I have a story to work with.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

July Update


So, I've put this post off long enough. I need to face the music.

Doing this post always makes me cringe. I hate that I can't reach my goals each month. And I feel as I've not written anything in ages. I'm in the vicious cycle of re-writes and life.

I, once again, did not get to the goal I wanted by the end of July. I planed on getting through the last 50 pages and printing it all out to work out the bigger kinks. I felt like I was on a roll and doing well. But in my defense, I need to take the pay jobs and at this point in life that's what is needed. I received a content editing jobs. At this time in my life the pay items come before the fun, and writing is fun for me now.

I'm done with the major part of the content editing job and have time to get back to the grind on my own words. I also got through my birthday weekend where I spent lots of time with friends and family.

So now it's serious time.

I'm working to get caught up with a few things so I can focus my time properly - writing and editing for pay.

I'm not going to give myself a huge goal. If I did that, I'd just disappoint myself again. *sigh* It's coming into school starting and football starting. Football is time consuming for the parent as it is for the kiddo. So my 'me time' is going to be cut once again. I'm good with this. I am accepting this. I'm owning it.

My goal is to get through these last pages. I really want to re-read and make the major changes while the story is fresh in my mind. But I also need to start plotting and figuring out the story for NaNoWriMo coming in November. I want to put time into mapping out what's to happen. For August I hope to finish the first round of re-writes and start into the next round of big changes and their affects through out the story, so it's consistent. Also, figure out what story in the jar I want to work on fleshing out for NaNoWriMo. Hmmm....

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June Update:

And I think I'm terrible at re-writes! I can't seem to get far with this stuff.

I've decided I need a better method of preparation before I start writing. Yes, I'm a pantser in what I've done. But after trying to put the mess back together (and feeling as I'm failing miserably) I have decided I need more of a line to follow when writing. *cringe* That is going to be a lot more work upfront but I think in the end, well worth it. I'm going to have to diagram the world mechanics and outline the story better.

I don't do outlines well, it's been something I've struggled with since I was in elementary school. My mind doesn't understand why someone would put words on the page if they were not important, so to me everything is important and should be in the outline. I took special classes to learn how to do outlines, and failed. I was found to be a lost cause at the whole process. I squeaked by that semester in English and moved on. This is why I don't do outlines. So, I'm going to have to find some sort of method that works for me that I can use.

I tried something different with my Christmas story a year and a half ago, and it seemed to work well for me. I used note cards and created a timeline of events that way. I'm going to have to try that in future writings.

So, for June what did I accomplish, other than learning I need a new method to my madness?

I have tried to stick to the every other day schedule of writing then blogging and other things. It's worked, for the most part. Life still interferes with many things, but I'm making it work. It's just not every other day as I'd hoped. But, I'm getting there.

I have 50 more pages to read and adjust. After this I can print and work out the bigger kinks that the story has. Then, I'll need a set of eyes to help me with things I know are wonky, I don't like, or need help seeing the light through. I know I was hoping for the end of July, but I don't know if that will happen. We'll see how much time I get to put into re-writes with work and life happening too.

Here's to another month full of words!

Friday, June 5, 2015

May Updates:

And where did May go!?!?

May was a quick month. It felt like it didn't even have 31 days in it. I did get to do some reading/re-writes on my current WIP, but nothing like I had hoped to accomplish.

As for the schedule... well, I didn't really stick to it as much as times and days. There are days that I did neither of blogging or writing because kiddo had a track meet or something going on with school and sports. Then there was Balticon and being down with a sinus infection (this one lingered as I'm still feeling the effects of it!). What I have done is if I blog one night, the next night I'm home I use for writing. And every evening about 9 o'clock is work time for my content editing clients.

So, we are into June now. And I'm determined to get through this WIP. My plan is to make small changes and adjust things. But others I'm making notes of what to add and where (if I know what section at that moment). I'll then print out the word document with all the changes to add in what I have noted so I can flip back and forth between pages. I'll then get on to Scrivener and make changes.

This is going to take time, so maybe by the end of July I'll have some chapters to send to a friend to read. Though it'll have to be someone that's kind and can walk me through what a mess I have.

That all being said, I don't have a word count to share as increasing. But I'm working to get back at the process and determined to get through this dreaded re-write process.

Onward we go! Words to be slashed and molded!

Friday, May 1, 2015

April Updates:


It's May 1st and I need to make some changes. I've done some thinking over the month of April.

First, I debated on if I really wanted to write. I've been stuck in the re-write process for far to long on a story to short for the time frame. Yes, I've started and stopped, that hasn't helped at all. Life has thrown some large hills in the road that I've decided I need to focus where I can get paid. And writing isn't going to pay at this time. I'm just to new at the process and I take to long to produce any work.

Second, time... I really think Father Time hates me some days. I know he sits there and laughs at me. Time has been an enemy for me for far to long. Kiddo has so much going on. We stay with him for all his sports events and have plans for lots of extra events and camps we will take and watch him at for months to come. He's getting to his last two years of high school and that comes with a lot to do if he wants to go to college and play football.

Third, I love content editing. I've had the great opportunity to work with several authors on their works. And recently, once again, I came through the process with and author who made magnificent changes to her scenes that will now make them pop off the page. God I love that part of the process. It's beautiful to watch it all come together and happen.

Then there's blogging. I so enjoy the community. I've been part of it for years now, I don't want to give it up.

All this and I work a full time day job that I can't really do any of these things at.

So my conclusion at the end of April... I want to write. I just have to accept it's going to be a rather slow process.

I've decided I'll schedule out my week and try to not get upset when I have to miss a night of the schedule. I have to shrug it off and be 'the day has passed, I can't get it back. Move on to today.'

The idea is to have time frames for my nights. I'll write on Sunday, Tuesday, and Saturday 8-9pm. I'll blog on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8-9pm. Friday is family dinner night, it seems. ;) When I have content editing jobs I'll work on that nightly from 9-10. (All is give or take a few minutes.) I'm hoping to get exercising back in my schedule a few nights a week about 7pm. But if not exercising, I'll work on blog stuff or write earlier.

So, this is my *plan*. We'll see if I can make it happen.


Is still caught up in life's events. Hope to have her back with us soon.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

March Update:

March has come to a close. In like a lion, out like a lamb? Well, maybe with the weather but for me it's more in like a lamb, out like a lion.

I did convert my Scrivener pages to Word and started reading from the beginning. I got through several thousand words in this fashon as well, adding lots of balloon comments on the side.

But then life happens.

I've been busy with Kiddo and his schedule for sports along with picking up an editing job for the month. At this point in my writing, I take the paying jobs over working on my own. The payment from the jobs help when the Universe likes to twist on me. Sick dog, dentist bills (which I thought they watched insurance for when they could do some proceedures. Ha!), and all else that comes with having a kid.

I'm really hoping to get caught up with a few reads and get back to my edits/re-writes. I seem to have created a schedule for myself in the evening for working on editing jobs, so I think I'll carry that through and work on my works when the editing jobs are done.

Then there's that moment when you think you wrote the story ALL WRONG. You realize you could have written it a different way and maybe, just maybe, that way was the right way... Yeah, I had that revelation at the end of March. I could have written Jackie in this story completely different, and I just realized it. *sigh* Now what? I keep trudging on with what I have and hope it's the right story. I do know there is need for character growth for Jackie in what I have planned for the future, so it just might work out in the end. ;)

As for March, some work got done and I know it's steps in the right direction. Here's hoping I can get a few thousand more words read and re-written in April.

It's Melissa again. Jackie is still crazy busy with life happening so she's not able to post this month. I'm hoping she'll be back to a calm (or as calm as life can be) schedule once again soon. Thinking of you Jackie!

Monday, March 9, 2015

February Update:


Woot woot! It's February 8th and I've finished the first rough draft!!! *happy dance*

Okay, give me a moment to enjoy this. *happy dance*

Phew *wipes brow*

Okay, this has been a few years in the making. They story is just over 57k words, but it's taken a lot to get here. And I'm here. It feels great to have a rough (ROUGH) draft with the complete idea form. My goal is to read back through and drop in a few worldly items and touch up a few things, then (maybe!) I will send it to Jackie and Skyla to read (so they can laugh at me). I know there's a lot wrong with it and lots to fix up, but they will help me get it there (if it's worth it).

So for the rest of the month I spent reading, off and on, the story in Word. I have been commenting notes and adding a few things here and there. But this is to get it to a stage that it's a Rough draft and what I might need to add in to tie things together better. It's going to take me longer to get through this than I expected.

I did not get finished with the reading of the draft, but do hope so in the next month to come. We'll see what happens. ;)

670 words written to get to the rough draft.

Jackie is very busy with life happening that she's not able to join in the monthly updates. She's well, just lots going on.

January Update


Wha...? What do you mean it's February 1st!?!?! *eyes calendar*

Dang. Where is the time going?

Well, I didn't get the story done. But the good news, I'm a breath away from being done. Yes, I'm that close. I will say that I have that fine, good feeling with getting through a rough section. The last section, which I spent about 4 1/2 hours on Saturday, was a section that was completely re-done. I changed things around completely with who was doing what and when. But the fine feeling of being through that is a great one.

Words increased by:
2,851 words

This is good, seeing I only was writing a few days in the month. :/

For February I plan on finishing the few pages that's left and hope to read through it to add in the extra details I've added in my notes to complete the world.

Jackie has been tied up with lots going on in life, so hasn't been able to join us for monthly updates.

Monday, January 19, 2015

December Update


*listening peacefully, looking into the sky*

Oh. Sorry. I'm enjoying a moments peace after the crazy roller coaster ride of the holidays. Getting ready for Christmas this year I remembered how last year I was writing while doing the holiday gathering, setting up, buying, and recouping. And wondered how on Earth I was able to do that!

This year the holidays kicked my keester from here to timbucktoo. As you can guess, I found no words this year. I actually think I was running around like a chicken with it's head cut off for the season. I didn't even feel the holiday spirit much either. (Although I think last year I might have felt it more because the story I was writing at the time was also a Christmas setting.)

So, needless to say, my goal for December in words did not come true. I hate it. I hate those words, 'did not'. It kills me to write that. I've typed it far to many times in the past months that I'm sick of the words.

No words, is not acceptable anymore.

I'm going to get serious in January. I've already started and ripped apart a scene that I was not looking forward to (too much work), but I did it. No more going out and doing anything else. I've got to sit my arse in a chair and get to the job. That is my plan. I am so close to finishing this draft and want to be done with it by the end of January. Then a re-read through to drop a few worldly things in and setting descriptions.

That's what I want to do....

We'll see what happens.


I went into December knowing I would have a short story due my first week back in January. So it only made sense that I would use any extra time through the holiday to get 'er done. But I got the flu and the 'extra time' was decimated by my inability to stay awake for more than a few hours at a time. So much for that.

I did get to do some research towards the end of the month. It was mostly online stuff but I managed to get out to talk to someone about my chosen topic. There was more done after, but that will appear in the January update.

The rest of the time I actually invested in the story was spent trying to figure out how to use the information I gathered into something that would incorporate everything I'd been learning (showing, not telling, layers of meaning, and so on.) THAT was the hard part. I went into things with a limited idea then had to force characters to interact within the confines of it. I think I've learned a lesson in this regard: to at least have an inkling of what to write before heading out in the world to gather materials.

So, no actual words for me either. I have amassed a whole lot of doubt about my future in creative writing at this point and will have to see where the new year takes me in terms of what words may come.

Hope you all did much better than Melissa and I. Bring on January... ;)