Yesterdays post – Getting stuff done

First up, I just want to say Happy Birthday to my beautiful baby (not so baby) girl, she’s one today – where has the year gone?? She is absolutely the coolest baby in the world, and I’m allowed to say that because Ivy didn’t become my daughter until she was one and a couple weeks, and not really a baby at all.

Anyways… I’ve been so busy the last few days! I have done two reviews for the efic club, and wrote this months member talk up, all yesterday, and then today I finished writing Kerryn’s critique and sent that back to her this afternoon. I’m fairly sure I remembered to actually attach the document, but we’ll find out soon enough if I haven’t.

Which means I am right on top of things and exactly where I should be – far out. How often does that happen?

Sadly, today while I was playing with Lauren I was slammed upside the head by an old shiny idea. I don’t remember when it raised it’s head the first time, I only know that it came from a dream I had, a very strange dream that I couldn’t get out of my head. I jotted down everything I remembered (it was one of those ones where I was dreaming from several points of view), and never found time to write it.

So now I have to make a decision…. stick with the plan? or throw myself into this other idea?

Tomorrow (well, actually today now), I’ll be pitting the ideas against each other to see which one wins.

Note: other than the last sentence, this was all written yesterday! (27/10/2009), I was going to finish it after I got Lauren to sleep but she kept crawling back on top of me so I decided to hell with it, I’d just get an early night.

Ahh beautiful sunshine

It’s been a lovely weekend, though it’s not yet over (yay for long weekends). Rather than the rain that was predicted to hit this morning it’s still beautiful out there – and it highlights why NaNoWriMo is sometimes a little bit harder for us over on this side of the world! All the sunshine, the nice weather of November… makes me want to be outside, not stuck inside at the computer.

It’s okay though, we will prevail. At least with the laptop now I can take it outside though I’m more inclined to explore the garden with the girls than write when it’s this nice.

Anyways, I’ve had no time for writing stuff this weekend, we still have family down though they are heading back this morning and we’ll have a house load of people coming around soon to say their goodbyes. I’m very much looking forward to getting things back to normal and slipping back into the routine we’ve been making for ourselves.  All the pressure from the weekend is off and I’m feeling rather chilled out. I like it. A lot.

The next few days will see me finishing up this novel critique for Kerryn, and then I can get stuck into the last minute planning and details for Riana. There is so much to figure out before I start writing, I have several events that I know must happen, and some decisions  I have to make  - it’s a matter of finding out how to connect all the bits and pieces that is proving to be most difficult.

After seeing a couple of articles about using the tarot to flesh out characters I’ve decided to use it to flesh out my plot and am sure that things will start coming together. It never ceases to amaze me how easily we forget about the tools we have on hand until someone else reminds us about them! Once again I’ll be splitting my group up, but I have to figure out how we get to that point before I can start writing because it’s going to be fairly close to the beginning of the novel…. it’ll come together. I’m putting my faith in the universe that it will provide me with the answers. It always does.

And with that, I best go make sure the jug is on and we have enough milk! Tomorrow is Lauren’s actual 1st birthday so I’ll post some pics up then :-)

Tidying up

I cleaned my desk yesterday, and put all the books back on the shelves. I got rid of all the clutter and junk that had accumulated and it feels really nice to sit here now. I have some space to think, space to breath, which is exactly what I was hoping for with November not far away now!

The rest of the house is looking pretty good too by the way, I’ve been blitzing all the little tasks that I’ve been ignoring and I can really see that the place is coming together. It’s amazing what a few good cleaning sessions can do to change the way you feel.

Anyway… in the depths of the junk on my desk, I found notes for a story that I have yet to rewrite! I sat down for a few minutes and looked through them while thoughts began to spark and it made me really want to get stuck into the rewrite – I put it through Critters this time last year and got a lot of really great feedback. I may have a chance this month because I actually managed to get back on track with the critique I am working on (three chapters yesterday!).

Following Faith has been put aside for now, though I’ve got lots of plans for when I get the time to rework it. As it stands I imagine I’ll be writing the first draft of Riana for the rest of this year, hopefully finishing up late December, I might do another novella in January (a Kiwiwriters challenge that I like to do every year), at which point I can rework Following Faith… seriously, I have enough work lined up for years to come and thats not counting in any new novels!

Anyways, better get on with the day, there are always things to do.

Back on track

I’m feeling much much better as of yesterday afternoon – perhaps I had some kind of bug or something cause I’m not as exhausted and I can think straight again, despite less sleep. Go figure! I did manage to get cracking into some planning and am actually beginning to feel a little bit of excitement for November now.

While going through the characters, I kind of figured out who is going to die… oh man, I had no idea that the death toll was going to be quite so high. Some of these characters have been in both of the previous two books, some in only one of them, but still, they’ve been around for awhile now and it’s strange to think of them as ‘dead’. Only one of them is really pissed off about it though, and admittedly he’s a bit hard done by but it’s a necessary death, all of them are.

Anyways, I am going to try and get a few more questions answered over the next few days so that I can get a rough outline in place – things may very well change between now and the end of the first draft, but I’ll be as prepared as I can be for what lies ahead which will hopefully mean no ‘writer’s block’ preventing me from getting the words down. I’m feeling excited about the novel again which is wonderful, now I just have to hold off until the start of November, thankfully its not too far away and this weekend will be full enough to distract me.

Now, I’ve been thinking about Lifelines a lot lately as well, and want to have another look at it when I get a chance. I’ve thought of some small changes I want to make and think I can work away at those slowly (I’ve decided that there is far too much shrugging in the book, lol though it may just be my imagination, I want to eliminate them). I also need to get my act together and send out more queries. I only sent two, both of which have been rejected and I’ve not made the time and effort to send more out since then – gotta get on with it!

So yes, that’s me… busy busy, as always. The oven is connected finally at lunchtime today so I’ll be baking over the next few days in preparation for Lauren’s 1st birthday party on Saturday. Mum is making carrot cake for the birthday cake, so that’s one less thing for me to do, besides I think she’ll do a better job of it anyways ;-)

At least I’m feeling good, that makes everything easier!

So…

I’m up to date with the crits, there are just a few things on my to-do list! Feeling so much better now that I’m making some progress. I’m setting aside time to crit one chapter of Kerryn’s novel a day – there are 11 chapters to go, so I’ll be done well before the end of the month and will have plenty of time to get a plan ready for November.

Can you believe its coming up so fast? This time last year I was hugely pregnant, had terrible swelling in my feet and carpal tunnel in my wrists. Not a whole lot of fun. I was desperately trying to get Ayden finished before Lauren arrived, but didn’t quite manage it as she arrived two and a half weeks early.

This whole 1st birthday thing is making me feel a little sad, those baby days are all but gone, she’s getting so big and mobile and little personish. She’ll be a toddler soon and be moving into a room with her big sister in the next few months… aww. I’m going to miss the baby thing.

Anyways, before I start feeling all sentimental, I’ll change topics!

In order to stop myself from going completely insane, and getting overly frustrated with not making as much progress on Following Faith as I would like (ie: it’s not going to be ready to be put out into the world by the end of the month, I sorely misjudged the time I’d need/time I had available), I’m going to switch back to working on some of the short stories lying around.

There is just never enough time, never.

Okay, better go get the girls sorted, it’s almost time for me to get to work!

The blog post that couldn’t

I started writing a post on Saturday morning…. but, then we did the grout on the tiles, and Mum helped me paint the dining room/back porch area and I never had a chance to get back to it. Sunday rolled around and there was more painting and a morning long catch up with my friends and the kids to distract me from the laptop.

Of course, when I tried to finally finish it off, the internet and phone were dead! It’s just been fixed, apparently my dog chewed through the phone cable underneath the house, causing the outage… well done Kali! It’s completely out of character for her, so I’m trying not to imagine what else might have chewed through them…

Anyways… I had a plan. It was to get through all my crit work so that I could focus on Following Faith. It was a big list, but thanks to a few days of no net, the list is considerably smaller. I have just a few chapters to crit for one person, and um an entire novel to crit for Kerryn.

Yeah, I’m not sure Following Faith is going to make as much progress this month as I would have liked! I know a lot of what needs to happen to it, it’s just a matter of having the time. I did promise to get Kerryn’s novel done before NaNo and I am going to have to make that my main focus for the next few weeks.

On the bright side, I’ve also finished reading Ayden now, and I can start planning Novembers novel. The religious themes are a lot stronger than I thought they were so I am going to have to make some firm decisions about how to resolve all the plot points before NaNo starts. Hopefully I can hash out a good outline before I head into the month – it might very well be the first novel in a month challenge where I’ve had an outline which will be interesting. That said, I am only aiming at the 50K in november and finishing the novel off during December.

Ayden was the novel I tried very hard with not to write a skeleton of a novel, and I can see lots of places where I overcompensated. It’s going to need a lot of fat trimmed from it when I get around to tidying it up, there are some interesting character relationships there that I am also going to need to make decisions on… hmmm yes, a lot of uncertainty! It’s a big task, wrapping up a trilogy, but I think I’m up for the challenge.

Anyways…. From now on, I’m going to try and keep the crit stuff down to a reasonable amount. After Kerryn’s novel I’m not taking anything else on until Ryan gets his novel to me near the start of next year. Hopefully by then I will have wrapped up working on Karen’s, and be through the first book of Gareth’s. We’ll see!

Now, I better get a move on while Lauren naps and Ivy is happy to play. There are still plenty of things to get done and simply not enough time to do them in…

Thank goodness I have the net back though!

Can I hold out?

It’s almost October – which means we’re one month from November and National Novel Writing Month.

And I am desperate to start my new project.

Can I wait until November? Will this burning need to get words on the page and finish the story wait?

I really do not know.

I’ve got a bunch of friends who want me to do the challenge with them, and yeah, it would be fun, but I don’t need the challenge to write – I know I am more than capable of getting that many words out in around that much time when I am in my normal writing state. I know that when I’m working on a project I’m writing every day until it’s done (other than for really good reasons). So it’s not like I need the incentive, but there is something joyous about writing with a bunch of other people.

Is that enough to prevent me from starting this next novel before November? I guess we’ll see. I have plenty of things that could distract me from it, but when it comes down to it I can already feel those first paragraphs building in my mind. I can vividly remember the end of the last novel and I know what comes next – despite the fact that it’s been about 10 1/2 months since I finished it and I haven’t looked at it since.

It’s calling to me, and the intensity of that call is only going to build. These characters are chomping at the bit to get in the limelight again….

Ah well, time will tell ;-) And if I can’t wait, then sorry friends! lol I’ll still be writing in November, even if it’s not the month I started the novel in ;-)

Monday Monday

Here we are again, the start of yet another week. They just keep coming don’t they? I feel like September is already slipping away from me, but then that could just be because I can see the work lined up ahead of me for months to come.

Seriously… lined up for months, possibly years and thats not even factoring in anything new. It’s a bit scary really, but good at the same time. I’m starting to get really excited about finishing the Resurgence trilogy, and I have some new short story ideas and old that need finishing off in the next couple of months too.

Got my feedback re: Snow White, and it’s all good, though as suspected the ending was rushed a little and I have some fun ideas to go back and write. When you read it (if you do), you might not think they are so fun, but I am a sick little writer, so… yeah.

Managed to get another chapter read of Lifelines, though I am still feeling meh about this final read through. The story is still good, thank the gods, but I wouldn’t read any novel twice in such quick succession which is probably why I am struggling with it a bit. Am going to try and work on the query letter and synopsis in the meantime, and just get chapters read when I can. I think at this rate I can estimate I’ll be submitting by the end of the month, but probably not much beforehand.

This leads me to the next writing thing – to nano or not to nano?? I could, I think, put off starting Riana until November 1st – Lifelines will take me to the end of the month and I think there are enough short stories and planning for Riana to hold me over in October. The challenge would be a great kick start for me to get back into my groove of writing 1.5k(and a bit) a day, which is far more important to me than actually winning the challenge. I didn’t do it last year, don’t feel the desperate need to this year either, but it’s normally good fun and if I’m going to be writing in november anyway, why not?

Hmm, my ‘,’ seems to be working just fine in every programme and screen other than msn chat boxes. Very strange. Perhaps it’s just to drive Chibi insane with my seemingly terrible punctuation?

Anyway, the baby is sleeping, Ivy is occupied and I should finish sanding the plaster, I’m loving that too, it’s so weird…am hoping to get a final coat of plaster done this afternoon when Lauren has her second nap – fingers crossed!

Another weekend has arrived

And I am hoping to once again get a bunch of chapters out of the way – I’m excited to get to the end of the novel, all the super fun stuff happens in these last chapters and I wanna read it! I also want to edit it, but I think it’s going to be hard to hold myself back from getting involved in the story.

I was just thinking about what comes ahead and the images sprang into my mind. I am so familiar with this novel again, after giving it so much space, that I am actually looking forward to writing the synopsis and all that other jazz. I’m sure it will be hard work, but I can’t wait. Still, we’re a week or so away from getting into that stuff though.

In other news, I’ve decided for sure that it’s time to finish the trilogy, so while I am putting together all the after novel stuff for submitting, I’m going to read back through Ayden, and possibly Branwen as well to see how things are looking and what loose ends need to be tied up in the final book. It’s been a long time since I worked on them – almost a year since I finished off Ayden, so it will be interesting to go back and read – especially the ending which was written in the weeks after Lauren was born! lol who knows what that will be like.

So yes, exciting times ahead! I still have a lot of short stories that need to be tidied up and ticked off the list, so I’ll have to try and find some time for those as well. So much to do, so wonderful!