Thursday, November 29, 2012


Anybody who knows me knows that I'm not into "net speak". Even while texting (and tweeting!) I use full sentences, capitalizations, and the dictionary spellings of words. I also for some reason hate acronyms, and really don't ever type something so pedantic as "lol" unless I'm being ironic, in which case I'll have typed "lol wut?", just to get the point across.

But, a lot of the Internet is acronyms, and also humor fodder. The point of memes, that i can tell, is to be funny. Some of what's funny is the "It's so true" aspect of things. For instance, this "text cap" of somebody discussing The Walking Dead:

There's also Gangnam Style, which is certainly more than an Internet phenomenon (a kid I know at the library went to his first dance, and they did Gangnam Style there).There are a bajillion parodies of it on YouTube (like Gandalf Style, Klingon Style, and Mitt Romney Style [which would have been better had they even gotten the dance right])

There's also political commentary, which I otherwise don't care much about. I mean, I have my political issues that I have interest in, but for the most part....I'd rather not talk to people about it. The conversations get tiresome and frustrating.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

NaNoWriMo: In the Home Stretch

I broke 50k words on Sunday. At the time of this blog, I have 51, 374 words (soon to grow larger, hopefully). I haven't validated my novel yet, though. The story isn't over, and I want to know how much of it I can shovel out of my head by the end of November 30.

I did, however, already purchase my winner's t-shirt.

So, what hath November wrought?

Well,  first off, outlining is all well and good, but sometimes when you're writing, you have better ideas than what you originally outlined. And then you go from there. I've had three or more chapters that I didn't have outlined ahead of time, because the originally outlined chapters no longer made sense. I had a "So, what was the reason behind that?" breakthrough, learning the answer as my characters did. I also wondered why I didn't think of it sooner; they're still shocked.

So, after The Wolf You Feed is finished, I'll be going back to read/edit Learn to Howl. I've looked at it a couple of times, mostly to get details of certain things correct in the sequel, but I've done no editing just yet. Hopefully that will go smoothly; as it stands, I can't think of anything glaring that I need to add or subtract. And then I'll start the dubious process of forming the query letter, and formulate  a lists of agents to query.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

NaNoWriMo: 10 Days Left!

Well, friends, I'm at 42,000 words and feeling pretty good.

Of course, I could be writing now, instead of blogging or screwing around on the Internet. But we know how that goes.

My outline has truly contributed to my lovely word count, I feel. However, there are times I've....diverged from it. I refer back to said outline pretty frequently, but there are times I think of something better. Or that makes more sense. So at least two of my chapters weren't outlined because I'd veered in a slightly different direction from the initial plan. Is it a better one? Yeah, maybe. Nothing's set in stone when it's only a Word document on your computer.

There are times I feel like my "writing" folder is the Island of Misfit toys, where things once loved have gone, that nobody will recover. But, things don't need to stay that way, and once I've polished book 1 of this maybe trilogy (because duology is just so awkward to say), hopefully I'll be regaling you folks with the trials and tribulations of agent submissions.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

NaNoWriMo: Day 15

Here we are, the halfway point!

We're still in the wee hours of the morning, of course. Much time in the day for me to add to my word count, but at the time of this blog, I'm at 33,031 words. This is the furthest ahead I've been, to date, in a NaNo. I'm pretty pleased.

So how's the story going? Well, I'm getting  to the meat of the action. I think. I know where I'm  headed, anyway.

One quirk I've realized is that people keep going home, doing stuff, and going out again the next day. Sure, that's the way we do things, but who cares? I'm pretty sure that the currently planned return trip isn't going to happen. Think detour! Things will be accomplished!

I'm still pretty pleased with having outlined most of the book. I know/don't know how it's going to end (that's the part of the outline I hadn't quite gotten to) so hopefully that will reveal itself in my brain so I can map it out a bit before crunch time. I would love to continue as I've been doing with volume and speed. Certain characters are working together in a way that they hadn't previously, so yay, character growth! Other characters need more separation from one another, so that they are in fact two separate characters instead of just lumped together.

Also, it's begun to get cold here, which I don't appreciate. Yeah, sure, November, blah blah. Winter comes every year, and every year it kind of hurts my feelings. It was seventy on Sunday; why is it 27 now?

(Elka at the park on our beautiful day)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

NaNoWriMo, one week in

One week down, three to go. I'm feeling pretty pleased about NaNoWriMo. How about you?

When this day dawned, headache-ridden though it was (unrelated to NaNoWriMo, I assure you), I had 15, 218 words of my novel written. That's a few days ahead of time,  to be sure, and I do hope that I can keep it up. My intent, you see, is not only to reach 50,000 words in 30 days, but also to actually finish my novel. Learn to Howl clocked in at about 80,000 words (it has not been edited yet, or at least not fully. I've tweaked some things to make more sense, or refine the story).  So, I want to add like, 60% to the wordcount that I've ever done. I think my "most wordy" NaNoWriMo novel was 55k, maybe 60 (you know, back in the days when I finished the story, as opposed to stopping when the event was over). Never 80. Lofty writerly goals, right!

Also, I donated, as I am wont to do. Just $10, nothing huge. But, as the propaganda says, if everybody who participates in NaNoWriMo would just donate $10, they would be funded. Some people donate a lot more. Some people donate at all. So, I guess I'm asking you to also consider donating. You get a halo on your avatar. Amusingly, the way the halo appears made it look as though Elka is wearing it! She's my Doberman angel.

Any of my readers participating? How are you doing? Excited? Discouraged? Write on, folks!

Friday, November 2, 2012

NaNoWriMo, day 2

No, I'm probably not going to be industrious to keep a day by day NaNo report going on up in here.

But, I am writing. I was at 4551 words when I laid it to rest last night. I haven't gotten things moving yet today, but the files are open (the actual novel file, and the "notes" file).

I'm writing a sequel, which I've never seriously done before (the fantasy novel I wrote in high school was mostly a sequel, but doesn't count. The initial novel was so short as to be a short story that the whole thing was just kind of a handwritten word glom with a glacially paced storyline that I'm still trying to condense in my head, that I might reuse it in a sleeker and more appreciable way). It's interesting to think about sometimes, sequels. How much do I recap? Do I not recap, on the assumption that any reader would have read Learn to Howl before they pick up The Wolf You Feed? I'm on that fine line of referencing the previous novel's goings-on in a coherent manner, but still only briefly.

Either way, I'm sure future revisions will straighten things out. Now isn't the time to worry about revising, and editing; now is the time to write!