Tuesday, November 4, 2008

It's only day three and I already have a headache.

So. It’s Nano. It’s here.

Only three days in…and I have a piddly 4000 words.

I say “piddly” because, although technically ahead (I have yet to do my writing for today) I don’t FEEL ahead. I don’t know what I expected. 10,000 words by the end of this time period? Ha! I have the power to do it, but not the time. Dear mother of the sky, I’m just procrastinating from my writing by doing THIS thing.

Luckily, CROSS// is pretty much a series that writes itself. Knowing exactly what all of the characters are doing, how they’re feeling ,and where they’re going helps. It’s just a matter of finding enough time in the day to get my fingers on the keyboard.

One day, kids. One day I’ll be doing this stuff full time, and you can bet your bottom dollar I will at least…tolerate every moment of it. Until then? Somebody shoot my homework, please.

And good luck to you if you’re participating this year as well! =)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It's like Easter, but without the bunny droppings.

So here I am, re-reading through the second chapter of the first volume of Nagnomei when I come across two wonderful things within the same sentence:

-A horrendously amusing typo. (It’s “foot”, damnit, not “food”!)

-An Easter Egg I left myself when I wrote this section. Naturally I forgot that I ever wrote it, but reading it now I realize just kinda…how cute it is. Maybe some reader someday will catch onto it and get a chuckle themselves, but until then it’s nice to know that I’m thinking of myself when I write this dribble? =P

And it’s three in the morning. And I’m listening to amazing Zelda music. And I’m working on a fantasy novel. And I have class in the morning…

Confound it. =(

Friday, October 24, 2008

Point Proven.

See how long it has been since my last entry? And what was that last entry about? Exactly.

I saw the hit of midterms. These midterms were so horrendous that they stole the very fiber of my sanity and made me into a fruitcake. There was no writing. There wasn’t even any CREATIVITY for about a week and a half.

And now I have spent my whole day dabbling in writing notes and wondering what I ever did without the fictional word.

It’s about time I remembered, too. NaNo is upon us!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

I want education without the homework.

Oh, the perils of being a student-author.

It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon today. The temperature is perfect for a foray out into the grass with nothing more than a novel notebook. I can feel my creativity flowing as my mind is perfectly awake for an endeavor.

But, alas, I am stuck inside my room doing homework!

And this is homework that will last me well into the night. Homework that will suck up my creativity (because I want a good grade) and tire my brain out so even if I have a little extra time for novel-ventures I will want to do nothing more than stare at streaming videos for a while.

Of course, I am well aware that those who work full-time face similar consequences. I was hoping this past summer that I would be able to work better on my novels, but instead I worked a lot and did not want to even turn on my laptop in the evenings. Go me.

So there is only one way to make this all better, I am assuming: that is to become a full-time author. I will magically make money appear so I can sleep in late and then do all my writing in the afternoon, followed by a splendid evening of food an other general debauchery.

OBVIOUSLY that will solve all my problems. =)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Night Time Trysts With the Written Word

I’ve always been a big fan of writing late at night: when it’s totally dark (with the aid of a lovely, subdued lamp), the world is asleep, and even your own body is pretty much on the verge of physical collapse. However, even when I’m tired, my mind is still creatively going and I find the draw to Word hard to resist. Everything I write just seems more romantic when I write it late at night or so early in the morning that everyone is still asleep and the world is still dark.

There is that horrible dark-side though…you know, the fact that it’s flippin’ 4 in the morning and you have class/work within a few hours. So you go to bed, sad that you had to cut the writing short, but still happy that you had the time to work on it. It’s a nice, relaxing and unwinding activity to help you fall asleep, isn’t it? Well, maybe not for everybody.

But, it is 4 in the morning here now, and I am definitely more relaxed having written this entry. Sadly I didn’t get the chance to write anything CREATIVE tonight, but hopefully that can come tomorrow when I should actually in bed, asleep, and waiting for another horrible Japanese quiz the next morning, once that blasted sun comes up.

It makes a girl like me REALLY anticipate just doing this writing thing for a living one day so I can set my own damn hours. So ha!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Less than a month away until Nano '08

Oh, early October. Almost my birthday and almost time for NaNoWriMo.

Sadly, I have not had much time to put thought into NaNo this year. Luckily for me I’m a “cheater” and just work on the same story from the year before…at this point I don’t have time to focus on yet ANOTHER new story/series, so NaNo is the perfect opportunity for me to just focus on my secondary series for a whole month and watch as another horrible 50,000 words get tacked onto the first draft of the first CROSS// novel. Over the past year I’ve more or less drawn out how the series will pan, what the characters are doing and how they are interrelated to one another…the really fun part is trying to get that to come across to my poor internet readers while still not thinking too hard about one facet of the story over the other…just write write write, get the words down, don’t really think, who cares about dialogue tags, and run-on sentences like this one are A-OK.

Now, does anyone have a magical bottle to put school into? I could use the extra time to get a couple more thousand words in next month…