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Being courted by Delaney Jones

She‘s whispering in my ear an awful lot these days. It appears as though by giving her a voice, allowing her to spill her guts to me, I’ve opened a Pandora’s box that I never expected to find.

Not that I’m complaining. I don’t think I have ever had a character speak this clearly to me before, and I’m pleased that she is willing to wait to be written. Much like my dear Jessica Sloan – I have a feeling these ladies know that good things take time and they’ll get theirs eventually.

I’m learning so much about her life: her work, her family, her ‘sister’s and the lover that was recently murdered. I have to say that she isn’t a bad person, though her purpose in life is somewhat questionable. I’m working my way slowly towards an understanding though, of both her and her situation. It’s certainly going to be an interesting story to tell.

Hopefully, sometime in the near future I’ll get a solid idea of what format that will take. I’m getting the feeling there is too much here for a short story, yet I’m not sure a novel would be right either. Delaney promises me that it will all come clear in time, and I guess I am just have to trust her on that one.

In the meantime, I am moving on with other projects (she doesn’t seem to mind this splitting of my attention thankfully – I would hate to get on Delaney’s bad side). Tonight I finished up my entry for the latest search term challenge, being held over at ErgoFiction. Tomorrow I am hoping to start work on revising and finishing the story I stumbled across again just the other day, which should probably see me through to the end of the weekend.

Don’t forget, you still have a couple of days to get a story in! It looks like we have a lot more participants this time around, so even if you don’t intend to write, there should be lots of interesting stories to read.

And then I have to decide what to work on for NPI in March. I haven’t done one before, and have been pretty slack on my daily writing goals so I figured it would be a great way to finish off one of the larger projects I have sitting idle – at this point it will either be Chasing Ascension, or Prima Data. They both need to have first drafts completed, and having an extra incentive and some competition/motivation should give me the right boost.  It looks like there will be quite a few participants and I am really looking forward to getting stuck in with them all.

If you need a little help writing daily, why not check it out? They all seem like lovely people and it might be just what you need.

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Halfway

Here we are again, at the halfway point of a pregnancy – okay, we’re just over (20 weeks 2 days) but it hit me on the way to school that we’re on the countdown now…. past that hump in the middle and working down towards the estimated date of arrival.

Eeek!

It feels like a really long time to go, while at the same time feeling like it’s coming up far too quickly. I cannot wait until this wee one arrives, but boy, there is still so much I want to do in the meantime!

I’m finally coming to a place where I don’t feel so rushed all the time though, which is a real blessing. If I don’t get something done today there are always going to be other days, other weeks, and other months. Hell, even other years. Subsequently I’m not worrying about life with three kids any more either. All the important stuff will get done, and all the other stuff will still be there to get around to eventually.

Not sure if I am writing today, though am certainly thinking about what to dive into next. Even contemplating working on some things that have already been started. Who knows, I might write tonight! Hubby is out of town with work, and providing I can get the kids into bed at a reasonable hour I could be tempted…. lets see what the day throws at me and how I can twist that into a story.

Speaking of… might try my hand at a modernization of the Gingerbread man story.

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10%

While I haven’t yet really gotten into any rhythm with the novella, or my writing, I’m pushing on anyways. Jack has discovered several problems and I’m taking him off to a bar to mull for awhile – he appears to have discovered what he thinks is the answer to his question already and needs to have a serious think about what steps  he wants to take next.

I actually find myself really liking Jack, despite his actions. I guess that’s a good thing seeing as I’m stuck with him for at least another 18,000 words! Some thoughts have popped up which will come into play later in the story, in regards to Eve, though it still doesn’t tell me where this is all heading. Chaos and destruction? Maybe, but I have a feeling it’s going to be okay.

Oh, and that thought just led me to another thought, oh man… maybe Eve isn’t what she seems (or what I thought she might be) after all! Boy oh boy, this could get really interesting. I’ll let you know later on, but I can’t let the thoughts loose or who knows what might happen.

In other news, I’m sleeping like crap. Man, if it’s not one child it’s the other, or sometimes both of them. Lauren seems to think that 4am/430am is a good time to wake up and be tired and grizzly yet not be able to settle back to sleep, the last few mornings have seen me awake from then and then finally able to get her to go back to sleep around 630, which results in a short sharp sleep for me and makes me even grumpier than I would have been had I just stayed awake (I think). That said, this mornings did manage to expel the painful eye piercing headache I had. Mostly.

Ivy has been waking for apparently no reason at all and muttering to herself, which wakes me up. I strain my ears to try and figure out what she is saying but when I get up, she appears to be sleeping. Of course, her sleep is also being interrupted by Lauren’s wakeful periods and my general grumpiness about that 2 hour stint of unhappiness.

And if it’s not those two, its the other one, pressing against my bladder and forcing me from my bed – which in turn can lead to either of the other two waking up because no-one but Hubby seems to be sleeping deeply these days. He can sleep through just about everything.

Anyways, enough complaints from me! I’ll have another coffee and keep plugging along.

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A rough start

Honest, I’ve been trying, really I have! Life is not being very kind to my writing though. The first day I had hoped to get some done when Hubby took the girls out, but they ended up not being gone long and I didn’t get another chance until bed time. Diligently I took the laptop to bed with me thinking I could crank some words out then.

The laptop had other ideas. For some reasons all the internet settings had disappeared, and to be honest I don’t know what they are so I couldn’t just put them back in – I’d started writing in google docs earlier in the day, this wasn’t helpful. So I opened Word, thinking I’d just start again (I only had one sentence at that point!), but it seems we’ve used it too many times without putting the code in (which I still haven’t gotten around to finding….) so I couldn’t type a thing!

So I switched to notepad…. ack, how horrible!!! There isn’t even a word count on it! So I thought I had written around 500 words before calling it a night – turns out after I entered it all into the PC this morning it was only 310. Ah well, it was a start, even if not a very good one.

Today has not been much better. My children are conspiring against me, and while I love them to bits, I really actually want to write at the moment. I’ve doubled my word count though and have 20 mins left on the laptop before the battery goes flat, so heres hoping I crack that 1,000 word mark tonight.

Wish me luck! And happy children who sleep well, and sweet dreams for myself too (why is it that I only dream about getting drunk when I’m pregnant??? And in my dreams I always know I’m pregnant and I wouldn’t be drinking but I am anyway? Perhaps because it’s the only place I can safely have a glass of wine right now?…. I ramble…)

Off to write some more….