Sunday, April 28, 2013

Wewriwa 4/29/2013

Sigh... I promise to do a better job of staying on schedule from now on. I may actually try to get some posts done in advance. Anyway, I also just noticed that I forgot to actually sign up for wewriwa the last two weeks (just as well last week since I also forgot to POST). As usual, I'm posting a snippet from my paranormal romance in progress, Eternity's Price. Here's a link to the last one I posted, since I never linked to it to begin with:

My original plan was to have part of their conversation from the next scene, but I can't find any dialogue that's only 8 sentences that even comes close to standing on it's own. So, Catie is worried about Eli, because she thinks he may be suicidal. They talked and he told her that he is going to England to deal with Anastasia, his Sire - and they both know that this is going to be a fight to the death. So, now she's even more worried about him. This snippet comes right after he sends her a text telling her that the plane is about to take off and he'll contact her as soon as he's home, again.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Introducing: Phoenix

Name: Phoenix
Age: 92
Apparent Age: 22
Height: 6'0"  Weight: 155

Nothing is known of Phoenix's mortal years, except that he spent World War 2 in London. All he will say about his Sire is that her name was Elizabeth, and she saved him, his mother, and his sisters during the war. After she turned him, she changed his name and told him to forget his previous life. After the war, he and Elizabeth came to America, together. After a few years, he left Elizabeth to strike out on his own, but he still goes by the name she gave him, and refuses to tell anybody his real name or anything about his past beyond how he met Elizabeth. He arrived in Sangue Collina about 3 months ago.

About the picture: I didn't have an actor in mind for Phoenix, so I just randomly looked at pictures. This one just jumped out at me for him. Attribution: "Kit Harington 2011 cropped" by Kevin Dougherty licensed under CC BY 2.0

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Decisions, decisions

Yes, I'm behind again. Going to write all three of this week's posts today to catch up, sort of.

Anyway... One thing that being behind did was give me a chance to write about something that wasn't a consideration on Wednesday. So, here's my newest thing to think about:

My uncle has made a suggestion for me to not stop writing my novel, but kind of put it on the back burner for a bit and write children's books. Like for YOUNG kids, so even younger grade than my Fairyland series that I've got rattling around in my head. I have a brother-in-law that could act as kind of an editor, and my aunt is a teacher who would be willing to evaluate them to rate for grade level. And my uncle, two cousins, my dad, my brother-in-law and my sister are all artists who could work on illustrations for me. Then I could publish as ebooks (or even on Createspace or Lulu, too). It would give me an income, and he mentioned it getting my name out there for when I'm ready to publish my novel.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Wewriwa 04/14/13

Welcome back! Argh! I totally forgot to post Phoenix's bio on Friday, then yesterday I was doing Nanothon then had a b-day party to go to. I will post it tomorrow to get myself back on track.

Today's snippet is from a scene of  one of what I like to call my little puppetmasters showing Seamus something VERY interesting. These are the last lines of the scene and come after Seamus has left the apartment.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Camp Nano

Oh my Gods, I'm having so much fun with this. For those of you that don't know what it is, it's like Nanowrimo - handled by the same organization, too - but it's not during November, and you get to set your own goals, rather than the 50k goal of the regular Nano. They have one during April, and during July. I heard of the thing on like March 31st. So, I set a goal of 30k to get my thousand words a day in and I was... not exactly off. In the first week I had written a whopping 1557 words.

I've been getting much better this week - in part because I discovered a fun section of the forums. Word wars and sprints (and various other challenges). They are an interesting way to make it all fun, and I'm going to have to keep doing this even after April to help myself finish. How they work is simple. In the word wars you are given a certain amount of time - anything from 5 minutes to an hour - and you race to see who can write the most words in that time. Sprints are the opposite - you're given a word count and you race to see who can finish first. I've been just doing them by myself, but even without competition it's a great motivator.

They have other challenges, too. Two that I've already played with are the three digit sprint, and the daily average sprint. In the three digit sprint, you look at the last post which will have a three digit number. You write that number of words and then leave the last three digits of your word count as the number for the next person to write. For the daily average sprint, you look at your average words per day and you write however many words it would take to bring your average up to an even multiple of a hundred. Gets a potentially substantial amount of writing done and gives you a nice round number for your word count.

One that looks like a lot of fun if you like to write while watching tv is a variation of drinking games. You put on your favourite show (works best if you have DVR so that you can pause it...) and assign yourself a certain number of words to write everytime something that tends to happen a lot on that show happens. For example, I've seen Doctor Who fans use things like writing a certain number of words everytime the Doctor uses the sonic screwdriver for something, or everytime he uses that piece of paper that manages to look like something official no matter where he is or what he's trying to do - or everytime they travel somewhere in the Tardis. Along the same vein is one that is almost like one of those bizarre facebook quiz-type things that get passed around every so often. There are random statements and you have to write a certain number of words for every statement that applies to you.

All in all, I'm very glad that I found this thing and signed up for it. I wrote almost 4,000 words in two days, most of which was from playing with the challenges. And now I'm off to do a 1,000 word sprint to push my total over the 20k mark. (Erm, that's my total for the whole book. My Nano total is just over 5500)

That's my ramble for this week. Check back on Friday to meet Phoenix.

Okay, I think I'm going to do away with Positive Thinking Mondays. I can never remember to do the darn things, anyway. When I remember to do them, it will be a little bonus post - but I'm not going to beat myself up if they don't get done.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Wewriwa 04/07/13

Welcome back. Sorry I haven't posted anything this week, life kind of got away from me. Should be back on track starting today, though. Anyway, it's time for probably my favourite post of the week - my snippet from my novel-in-progress, Eternity's Price.

Last week, we got to meet two people who seem to know something we (and the other characters) don't know. But the week before that Eli went to see Esther's body and was told that she was killed by a vampire. Today we'll be in Catie's viewpoint after she finds out what happened and goes to make sure he's okay.

The last time she had seen anyone looking so dead inside was when she had looked in the mirror the night they had found Sabrina's body. Without thinking, she ignored Marcus and the two other men she barely noticed in the room and ran to kneel at Eli's side. "Eli? Eli, honey, is there anything I can do?" She reached out to put a comforting hand on his shoulder. Then she remembered breaking Francesco's nose and nearly dislocting his shoulder. He had been bigger than her and stronger than her. If Eli snapped, he would tear her to shreds. She lowered her hand uselessly into her lap. 

Ooo... a bit of backstory mixed in, too. And who the heck is Sabrina? LOL Next week we'll be back with one of they guys I like to call my little puppetmasters. in the meantime check out the other great writers over at and enjoy this video of the song I had on repeat while writing this scene:

Thanks for stopping by. Come back tomorrow for my Positive Thinking Monday quote.