Write or… bust?

It’s almost that time of year again and I’m still on the fence about doing NaNoWriMo this year. I can always use more motivation to write and I definitely have enough that still needs to be written. At the moment, the only thing holding me back is Real Life stuff… ok, and also the world out there is on fire and my creativity has been taking a hit because of it. I know I’m not alone in that feeling, but it doesn’t make it any easier to work through.

When I can focus, I’ve been kicking around a list of projects that need to be worked on. In addition to possibly doing a full write-from-scratch new draft of my current novel (which probably needs to happen… ugh), I also need to work on a pilot and a few spec scripts. Also, I’ve been kicking around an idea for a novella. Perhaps NaNo will help my momentum with these projects? I’ve been so stagnant this year.

Meanwhile, I’ve also been poking around the forums and looking at all the Prep-tember stuff. I’m definitely a pantser, so I won’t be plotting every detail. But it always gets things percolating! xTgozbBBc

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Annnnndddddd DONE!

NaNoWriMo is finished for another year! And yes, I DID end up barely making it to 50,000 words! It took a lot of effort and hand-wringing and hemming and hawing…and coffee! So much coffee! ALL THE LATTES!

When things got tough, I resorted to writing for a variety of stories instead of sticking to one novel (as is recommended). I’ve always been a bit of rebel in that fashion, but this year it was the only way I would be able to get some words on the page and somehow finish by the 30th.

To all those who just wrote 50,000 words in 30 days: GO TAKE A NAP! You’ve earned it!

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Fall is in the air…

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…well not really. It was 102 degrees on Monday. But hopefully by the time NaNoWriMo starts, it’ll actually feel like Fall!

I’ll finally be able to drink a damn PSL. Maybe.

Yes, I’m attempting the whole NaNoWriMo thing again. Maybe this year I can ignore the world ending and actually finish the 50,000 word-count. And since we’re staring a dystopian future and/or the singularity right in the face, my new novel will fittingly be set in the future. Far enough into the future that the world has attempted to right itself again.

We’ll see how that pans out. Save the cheerleader, save the world.

Or something like that.

Hang On

That’s all anyone can do during a time of madness and chaos. Hang on. Hope that you can ride it all out and somehow come out of it still intact. When the timeline you live in has taken a massive blow to all that is sane, there’s no Rick and Morty with a dimensional plasma gun to open a portal up and save you. The only thing you can do is hang on, resist and remember that THIS IS NOT NORMAL.

While the world is spiraling into discord, I’ve chosen to work on the things I love and surround myself with good company. It can be overwhelming when looking at the news or social media, so I’ve been taking mini breaks from that too. I’m taking the time to enjoy the little things, the simple things. I remind myself that the world is just a speck in the cosmos. That all of this is just another marker in time.

At the same time, I remember that history has shown that although humans are delicate and breakable, we’re also resilient.

So while I hang on, I will focus on the things that make us human, the narratives that we tell ourselves, the things that touch us, that get under our skin, and that create us. Story is what we use to understand the world, each other and our selves. I have no choice or control over global events, over the entropy that has begun, but I can choose to love, to be there for others, and to create.

Because in the end, that’s all I can do.

 

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Beginning of the End

Unfortunately, due to current news, all Facts, Common Sense, Empathy, Human Decency and Hope have fled the country.

Please check back in two years (possibly four) for an update on how the Beginning of the End has impacted our world.

In the meantime, a good book (pure escapism, no dour depressing stories here) and a few cases of wine (and also bourbon) will have to be your soothing balm. Or more precisely, your numbing agent.

Just remember: THIS IS NOT NORMAL.

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It’s that time of year…

… NaNoWriMo is upon us! It’s November!! AHHH!!!!

And this year I will NOT being doing a double-NaNo! I’ll be lucky to survive at all, let alone get 50k on the page.

Why do I do this again?

Oh right… that whole writer thing.

My current word count:

It’s About Time…

My short story Destiny has been published in an anthology called,  It’s About Time: 2nd Annual NaNo Los Angeles Short Story Anthology. This lovely collection features writers aged fourteen to seventy-four and its central theme relates to time – either in the literal sense or thematically. This is Lemur Publishing’s second anthology featuring NaNoWriMo authors with the intention to support the local NaNo Los Angeles region as well as the Young Writer’s Program.

If you’d like to support the region and/or would like to read thirty-eight wonderful stories, it can be found on Amazon as a paperback or an ebook (Kindle). Check it out and leave a review when you have a moment. You won’t be disappointed.

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Writing and Beyond…

After NaNoWriMo ends, I find myself both exhilarated and exhausted. I’m torn between writing more or dealing with regular daily life crap that I’ve been putting off. And then the holiday vibe takes over and writing gets shoved to the side.

Well… the physical aspect of putting words on screen anyway. I still have scenes randomly swirling in my head. I jot them down so I won’t lose them, but they still haunt me. Especially this one particular scene which has absolutely nothing to do with any of the projects I’ve been working on.

I guess another character is knocking at my door. But I’m deferring till January. It needs to wait till then.

In the meantime, I’m still looking at writing-related sites and tips for moving forward post-NaNo. The next few months will include a lot of additional writing, editing, rewriting and hair-pulling as well as organizing and putting together a full handbook for my world-building details. It’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m excited about that as well (except for maybe the hair-pulling part… might resort to bourbon instead).

To get started, I will be perusing some of the 120 Most Helpful Websites for Writers in 2015. This collection of links seems like a good way to get inspired.

May the post-NaNo force be with you.

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DOUBLE-NANO ACCOMPLISHED!

After 30 days of writing on a daily basis, often with my eyes slowly closing while I typed feverishly away, my final count turned out to be 101,793 words! I actually pulled off a Double-NaNo! Seriously can’t believe it. It’s insane what a self-challenge can actually lead to. Writing at such a clipped pace without looking back or self-editing is truly freeing.

Now if any of those words are actually usable… well, that’s a different story. However, I definitely had several interesting (albeit random) scenes popping up and the characters were doing things I didn’t realize they were going to do. (Including dying or making severe mistakes!). And I found a few new characters who wanted to be introduced as well as several new magical items that will come into play later on in my story.

But really my ultimate triumph from this crazy month-long exercise was that I was able to get out of my own way and let the characters do their thang. I also ended up writing the ending to my overall entire series – something I wasn’t quite sure about and wondered how exaclty I would finish it.  So now I know where I’m heading in the long-run, and overall this in itself is a major WIN.

To everyone who finished #NaNoWriMo, ROCK ON!

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NaNoWriMo: Halfway through the month!

I’ve been able to keep up with my goal to write on a daily basis, however, it’s proven to be challenging. It’s difficult to find the time and the stamina to work it into my already-busy schedule. Yet it does force me to work through the fear of having nothing to write about, and has progressed my word count at a clipped rate. Every night that I’ve stared at my laptop this week, I’ve wondered if the well was dry and if it was even worth writing at all.

And then a thousand words later I realized that all I needed was to get warmed up.

The only downside? I couldn’t keep writing after a 1K writing-spurt because the night had gotten away from me. Most nights, it was late and I was falling asleep at the keyboard. The ideas were there, but my eyeballs were not.

One night, my eyes kept closing as I was typing. At some point, I realized I had dozed off for a split second. My head jerked up and my eyes flew open with surprise. And all I saw was “mind bobblging. I think I can convince him taaaaa….” typed out on my screen. I still have absolutely no idea what I meant to type or where I was going with that idea. After trudging through two more paragraphs of what is most likely crap, I finally called it a night. Not much else I could do when my body refused to cooperate.

Well, not much else… other than laugh at myself. Heh.

In the meantime, I’m ahead of the game and actually contemplating trying to complete a Double-NaNo.* Of course, that’s possibly the most insanely ridiculous and stupid idea that I’ve had in a while.

I’m not quite sure what’s wrong with me. I might need help.

I’m worried actually. For myself.
 

 

* Double-NaNo is an absurd goal for a writer who becomes deranged enough to try to write 100,000 words by November 30th – instead of the usual insanity of 50,000 words.