Nano ’16 Progress Announcement

I think I’ve said it here before, but I’m pretty well just dedicated to doing NaNoWriMo every year. And this year’s project is going UNCOMMONLY WELL.

Like, so well I’m afraid I’m gonna jinx myself by the end of the month. D:

By last night’s tally, I’m at 5937 words already, and for those of you who don’t know the layout of the Nano challenge, that’s 937 words ABOVE yesterday’s goal. (Further breakdown: the challenge is to write a 50,000 word first draft of a novel in 30 days, which comes to about 1,667 words a day you need to write.) Yeah, it’s only been three days but so far I’m averaging a little shy of 2000 words a day. And so far all of those days have been work days, which means I actually have LESS time to write. >.>

It’s good though. This novel is probably going to shape up to be around 65,000 words–at least for it’s rough draft. I’ve got a pretty clear picture of the… flow of it. If not necessarily the outline. (Although, I do have probably more of an outline for it than I did for my previous nano projects. That’s probably why I’m doing so well on it. >.> <.< >.>) For once I am ACTUALLY confident and not just pretending to be that I can finish the entire first draft of this thing this month. I’m already mostly on track for 60k by the end of November. Another 5,000 probably isn’t going to kill me–especially if it’s to actually get to the part where I can write “THE END” at the bottom of the page.

But yeah. Things are going actually pretty well this year. 🙂

random tidbit from worldbuilding this morning

I’ve been working on designing some alien species for this hard sci fi I’ve got planned for after nano. (I’m working on this instead of my nano project to A) keep myself distracted enough I don’t jump the gun and start my nano early and B) make my nano jealous so I will really hit the ground running with it when I *can* start it.)

Anyway, so I’m designing these creatures right? And I’m thinking, okay, for plot reasons they basically supplant humans, but also can nearly blend in with us, so humanoid. Pursuit predator style mechanics of course. Hm, probably a bit sturdier, too–they need to survive like, catastrophic levels of awful (plot reasons!); they probably heal faster, too. Oh, and maybe they have claws and fangs, those are fun and advantageous! What about night vision, they should probably have good night vision, maybe better sense of smell……..

Werewolves. I’m designing space werewolves. Dear lord, self.

Dialogue Tags: version 2.0

So, today I have a post over on the RRFS blog about dialogue tags which is probably pretty similar to the one I did last year here on this blog. I’ve learned a couple of things since then, (and not just about dialogue tags), and I’m going to be doing a series of posts over there about tips and tricks to editing your own work, especially if you’re a new-ish writer.

Feel free to take a look at the original post using the link above for a more detailed post. For now, here’s a really short and sweet version of it.

Read your work out loud and ask yourself these questions about your dialogue tags:

1) Is it clear who’s speaking what line?

2) Does each separate speaker have their own paragraph?

3) Am I using a word too repetitiously? (e.g.: does “said” appear on the page more than five times? Is it noticeable when I read the page out loud?)

4) Am I using the correct word? Does reading the page out loud make it sound like I am auditioning for a villain’s role in a melodrama?

Remember that dialogue tags don’t have to be a variant of he said or she said. You can use pieces of action to identify speakers just as well, like “Carolyn waved. ‘Hey girl!'” Not only is “Carolyn waved” not a variant of he said/she said but also adds variety and character movement when there otherwise wouldn’t be any. In most cases, it’s more interesting to read.

Next time I’ll be talking about tenses, so be sure to check it out.

– Eris

May Write Motivation: Week 2

…HOW is it that the second week of May is already over?

I know I’ve been busy lately, but I really am starting to wonder if time is moving faster. Maybe it’s not as linear as everyone thinks? (If that’s the case, we need time machines, like stat.)

Anyway, here’s how I’m fairing.

  • Edit the first draft of Monsters & Ghosts. – I am 6 pages in! I have to do a lot of rewriting on it, but it’s already worth it. I think this is going to be a great story! 😀 So excited!
  • Edit the second draft of my friend’s story. – I will attempt to get to this this weekend. We’ll see. (I have stuff I want to bring home from work and work on first, so… that’s a very big “We’ll see.”)
  • Finish and post two side stories. – I have two nearly written? Also, I’ve been email writing another couple of stories, so I might be able to piece those together and get them done too, before month’s end.
  • Stretch Goal: Finally finish that art commission you were given like, four months ago. – I… still haven’t started. I am a terrible person.
  • Stretch Goal: Edit that other story for a friend (assuming, of course, she finishes it.) – Looks like she’s nearly done! And I have the first quarter to a third already betaed, so I should be able to finish it up relatively quickly when she is finally done on it. 🙂
  • Stretch Goal: Write another 10k on the BHReboot Part 2. – I feel like a terrible fandom author. I wanted this thing done and posted in like, March, and here it is May already. I’ll work on this. I promise.
  • Extra Goal: Read three books. – I have read a whopping seven books this month. Seriously. Fifteen days, seven books. I AM A READING MACHINE. (Also, this probably explains why I haven’t gotten more done on my goals…)
  • Extra Goal: Work my way through three research books. – I have started a few of them, but I haven’t technically finished any. I really just to pick one, sit down, and finish it.
  • Extra Goal: Write my Teen Wolf and Consent master dissertation. –  I still need to rewatch the episodes and take notes on them. But I have an idea from what I remember of the episodes of how I’m going to structure this and what path it’s going to take.
  • Extra Goal: Do my 5k Training program. – I haven’t done any work outs at all this week. 😦 I am falling behind. (Okay, that’s a misnomer. I haven’t done any of my 5k training program work outs this week. But I have been walking about once, sometimes twice a week with a friend. Not to mention all the crazy exercise I get by working at the bookstore. All in all, my progress on the exercise front is doing well. 😀 So I’m happy about that.)

Other things that are coming up this month that I also need to put my attention to are a couple of birthdays–one next week!–and a major Memorial Day weekend party that will end up requiring costumes and potluck coordination. The costume will be pretty simple, I hope. I’m going in traditional ancient Grecian dress, so basically a sheet pinned and roped to me and draped artistically. Minimal sewing involved, so that’ll be nice. Also, it’ll probably be hot outside, so it’s doubly good for me.

I’m also getting my hair dyed next (Memorial Day) weekend, so I am excited, nervous, and fretting about that. Excited, because I think it’s going to look really, really good on me, nervous because I’m afraid it won’t, and fretting because it’s going to cost me $95 before the tip. (So probably $125 after all’s said and done.) Just… OMG.

Also, I have picked out a new place to move into and I will be turning in my application for lease today! So I am excited. 😀 Also, nervous and fretting because moving and money. Gah.

How is your month going? Anything exciting going on? Are your projects going well?

-Eris

 

Write Motivation – April Week 4 and May’s Upcoming Goals

Hey guys, happy May! April has come to a close, and I still feel like I haven’t gotten as much done as I wanted. Oh well. April was also an incredibly busy month, too, so maybe I’m just being hard on myself.

This is how I fared:

  • Write The Beacon Hills Reboot: Part Two. Well, I worked on it. I really only gained about 10,000 words this month. I really did want to work on it, but I ended up having to go back and reorder some plot events, and that took time. Hopefully now I am in a better spot to really make some progress.
  • Finish, Edit, and Post two stories. None at all. 😦 Booo
  • Read two books. I finished Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin and Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer. WOO! I can mark this one off the list!
  • Stretch Goal: Finish at least one piece of art you had promised you’d do. I opened my sketchbook at least. :/
  • Stretch Goal: Clean the kitchen. It’s still a disaster area. 😦 (But I managed to wash a bunch of tupperware and return it to my mom’s, so… progress?
  • Stretch Goal: Watch Veronica Mars. Critic and I are almost done with the first season! Yay! (I’m marking this off because we have been pretty good about meeting once a week and going through an entire disk. Considering that I’m getting them through Netflix, and therefore have to wait for the mail, I’m feeling pretty confident about our progress through the show.)

And since it’s now May, I’ve signed up for the newest iteration of #WriteMotivation! Here are my new goals:

  • Edit the first draft of Monsters & Ghosts.
  • Edit the second draft of my friend’s story
  • Finish and post two side stories.

And, as always, here are some stretch goals for myself:

  • Finally finish that art commission you were given like, four months ago.
  • Edit that other story for a friend (assuming, of course, she finishes it.)
  • Write another 10k on the BHReboot Part 2

This month, I’d also like to add in a few more things that I’d like to get done, but don’t necessarily want to make them goals. (I’m not actually sure what that makes them, then. To-do lists? I don’t know.) But here’s some possible extras to accomplish this month:

  • Read three books
  • Work my way through three research books (as in, taking notes, etc.)
  • Write my Teen Wolf and Consent master dissertation (it’s no longer just a blog post guys. This thing is going to be massive.)
  • Do my 5k Training program

I have some days off coming my way in May, so hopefully I’ll actually have time to sit down and knock some of these projects out. And I’m already done a lot of progress on my 5k Training program, so as long as I keep it up this month, I’ll count it as a goal achieved! (The training program won’t actually end until June/July, after all.)

Anyway, how was your month? Any new goals you’re looking forward to accomplishing?

– Eris

April Write Motivation – Week 3

Did everyone have a good easter? I did. 🙂 (Although I am dead tired from it. Ugh, lack of sleep, but soooo worth it.)

I feel sort of ambivalent about my writing progress. I am still incredibly behind. But I also wrote a lot this last week, more than I had previously. It’s not quite evened out in my mind, but it’s also not really stressing me out, either. So yes, ambivalence.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve managed:

  • Write The Beacon Hills Reboot: Part Two. I’m still behind, but I’m making progress. Also, I’ll be happy to reach 30,000 by the end of this month (hopefully halfway through the story.)
  • Finish, Edit, and Post two stories. I… looked at it. Yeah. No progress.
  • Read two books. I am ALMOST done with A Storm of Swords! On page 746 of 924. Yay!
  • Stretch Goal: Finish at least one piece of art you had promised you’d do. I still haven’t worked on this. :/
  • Stretch Goal: Clean the kitchen. Kitchen? What kitchen? I have no kitchen. *shifty eyes*
  • Stretch Goal: Watch Veronica Mars. I will be watching the fourth disk today! This is the only goal I’m making any sort of real progress on. 😛

I did a lot of other things this last week though. I did my taxes and toured an apartment. I have to move this summer (they’re tearing down the apartments that I currently live in, so, yeah, moving is imperative.) I have an appointment to look at another apartment on Tuesday. So, I feel like that was an accomplishment all in itself.

Hopefully we all can finish our goals before this month is over. Good luck, people! 😀

– Eris

April Motivation – Week 2

…HOW IS IT TUESDAY?

I swear, it was Monday just three seconds ago. Come to think of it, yesterday was February, right? Where did March go? Is time moving faster?

I’m starting to think I should be looking for blue phone boxes mysteriously appearing.

Anyway, here’s my progress thus far:

  • Write The Beacon Hills Reboot: Part Two. I am so, so very behind. I am trying to write, and going to the coffee shop is helping, but I really need more than just the 30 to 45 minutes in the morning to get caught up. I need like, 2 hours everyday, and I’m just having a hard time finding that at the moment. I also can’t really work weekends
  • Finish, Edit, and Post two stories. Still no progress yet on this.
  • Read two books. Well, I’m on pages 639 of 924 of Storm of Swords. And I’m going to read this really short, 150 page novel after. 😀
  • Stretch Goal: Finish at least one piece of art you had promised you’d do. I WILL WORK ON THIS TOMORROW. OMG I PROMISE.
  • Stretch Goal: Clean the kitchen. It is still a disaster area. Oy vey.
  • Stretch Goal: Watch Veronica Mars. I have just now put the third disk into the mail. I should get the fourth on this weekend. 😀 HALFWAY THROUGH THE FIRST SEASON WOO!

Nothing’s been marked off yet, and that saddens me. My progress is too slow. 😦 Hopefully I can figure out how to make some time open up so I can get some work done.

Anyway, how are you guys doing?

– Eris