July 31, 2007
I need to stock my arsenal. I need stories that have been written, revised, and polished. Stories sitting there anxiously awaiting their turn on the front line.
Of course, if I had completed stories hanging around, I'm pretty sure I'd be sending them out to agents and publishers. I guess what I really need is more warning! More time to brainstorm, sketch out the story, and get the words on the page.
On the off chance someone out there has a romance story ready to be shipped out the door, there's a contest up and running at Gather.com. The prize is publication. Here are the details. (Hint, hint, Joely. You are so ready for this next step!)
July 29, 2007
The numbers below reflect the progress made since my July 25th post.
Starting Word Count: 43,712
Ending Word Count: 46,372
Words Gained: 2660
Not good enough. Not by far. I really need to buckle down and get serious. My goal for this week is to break 60K.
July 26, 2007
I can't tell you how much it breaks my heart.
I'd like to wave a magic wand and fix everything for her. But I can't. Some problems are beyond the scope of good intentions. All I can do is listen and be there for her. And pray. Pray that God has a reason for hitting her with blow after blow. Pray that God will reward her greatly for all her trials and tribulations.
I just wish He'd hurry up about it.
July 25, 2007
Starting Word Count: 43,143
Ending Word Count: 44,712
Words Gained: 1569
Hmm. That's more impressive than I thought it would be. Go me.
But, I did eventually get my grubby hands on it and I managed to read it in...let's see...about 8 hours. Too bad those eight hours were spread out over two days, but I couldn't very well blow off work just so I could stay home and read!
I don't want to give away any spoilers. There are things I liked and things I thought could have been better. I'll give it a couple of weeks and, if I remember, I'll post my opinions. All I can say is I did have a "Ha! I knew it!" moment. I love being right. :-)
July 21, 2007
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July 12, 2007
After work yesterday I took the boys to go see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. My goodness are those kids growing up! I'm curious to see how they're going to pull off the last couple of movies when its obvious the cast has matured beyond their book counterparts.
Not that it matters to me really. The story is what's important, not the age of my three favorite characters. (I will be sooo pissed if any of them dies in the last book...)
Watching the movie with the boys was funny. My oldest boy is a lot like his mom in that he doesn't care all that much for "scary" movies. Not that he thinks HP is exactly scary. He likes most of the movie just fine. The only parts that really get to him have that dramatic music score pounding through the speakers. He covers his ears, closes his eyes, and tells me "take my ears off, mom, when it's over."
Take his ears off. How funny is that!
My youngest, on the other hand, is quite a bit braver. He only flinched a couple of times. And he never covered his eyes.
I have to say I was incredibly impressed with Looney Luna. The casting was brilliant. I hope the girl playing her gets the acknowledgement she deserves.
I don't want to post any spoilers. Although if you've read the book, there really aren't any. They did a fair job of sticking to the plot and explaining things in the time allotted. My sister, who is very picky about such things, was even impressed with how well they did.
July 9, 2007
Now, this may come as a surprise (only if you haven't been paying attention!), but the family and I went camping over the 4th of July weekend. We pulled out of our driveway around noon on Wednesday for a brief road trip. The kids had just enough time between destinations to watch Bridge to Teribithia on the portable DVD players.
The long weekend (5 whole days) went by much too fast. I have to say, though, that so far this has been my favorite camping excursion of the season. I read. I wrote. I drank. I swam. I played "hillbilly horseshoes". I drank. I ate watermelon. I played horseshoes. I swam. I drank. I read some more. Wrote some more. And drank some more. Not to worry, though, not all of my beverages contained alcohol. After all, I had to be mom during all of the daylight hours.
By the end of our mini-vacation the group had already decided to come back to same campground next year and had made reservations. We asked for eight sites, but I'm hoping I can talk my family into joining the fun, which would bring us up to possibly 13 sites total for our group. I'm not holding my breath, though. My family has been voted the "least likely to commit". We'll call them spontaneous and leave it at that.
All I know is..next year our little family of four will be there!
July 4, 2007
I also had trouble with the character profile section. For some obscure reason, it wouldn't hold images. The character questions didn't display in the most reader-friendly format. Too many clicks in my opinion.
Still, even if it didn't work quite the way I'd like, NewNovelist kept everything together that I needed. It kept me organized. And I need all the help I can get when it comes to story organization!
Then my work released and installed Microsoft Office 2007 on my office machine. After playing with the new features, I decided I wanted it installed on my laptop, too. A couple months later and I have it at home now, too.
This means I don't have to use NewNovelist anymore, because I've found something better. OneNote files can be shared across multiple machines. By saving my WIPs on a thumb-drive, I can take my stories and their related data with me.
Although I'm still relatively new to OneNote, here's how I've started setting things up:
1) For Series work I create one OneNote notebook. I name the Notebook after the Series, not the title I'm currently working on.
2) I then name the first tab "Word Docs" and link out to the respective Word documents that fit into the series. Right now, I only have the first book in progress, so there's only one link right now. But I already know that my villian in the first book is going to become my hero in another. Well, as much of a hero as he can become...you can't expect miracles!
3) Then I created a "New Section Group" and named it "Character Profiles".
4) Then I created a tab within the Character Profiles for the current WIP.
5) Inside that tab, I created several new pages and renamed them with my character names. I figured that the characters may appear and reappear in subsequent stories, so I'll want to have their info easily accessible. Yet, I'll also want to know what story they were in, how they first appeared and how they were left.
6) Each character page is populated with a series of questions. Everything from physical description to best friend's name is in there. I answer those as best I can, filling in as the story goes in some instances.
7) I also can use OneNote's capture feature to go browsing for pictures on the internet. When I find one that inspires me, I can capture it from any website and paste it into this same character sheet.
8) Once I've played around enough inside the character group, I can go back to the upper-most level and create another group for "Research". This time each tab is named according to the type of research. For instance, my current book is about vampires. So one tab might be named "Vampire Myths" and another "Biblical References". My story has a lot to do with God and Satan, good vs. evil.
I think you get the idea.
So, if you happen to buy a new computer and it comes with Office 2007, give OneNote a chance. It's a pretty impressive tool.
July 1, 2007
The couple he recognized are the parents of one of his college friends. They were waiting to pick up their daughter who had just gotten home from Iraq. The hubby had been on the same plane and hadn't even recognized her...she looks a lot different in her soldier's uniform and buzzed haircut.
I hadn't noticed them standing across the way because I was, of course, reading. I sat facing the terminal exit and had my back to them most of the time. Oops.
After saying farewell to the soldier and her family, we made our way to baggage pick-up. It didn't take long to find his bag and make our way out to the temporary parking lot. Twenty minutes later we surprised the boys and their grandparents.
It was a nice little reunion. The hubby was definitely missed.