Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How to Lose All My Followers

Well, I don't pride myself on a zillion followers, but I decided that if I'm going to wean myself down to those who are MOST loyal...I had better go on another blog break. For a few reasons. And so before blacking out during the holidays, I wanted to:

1) RECAP my Wake Up and Write Blogfest. A handful of my friends participated: Patti, Myrna, Jolene, Chantele, and Kelli. We kept each other updated and encouraged through a group email, and by the end of the week I thought the overall impression was..."I got a lot done, but this may not become a regular thing for me!" But it was fun. Maybe I'll do another blogfest again sometime.

2) AND rant about how all of those library books I checked out (and racked up a ginormous fine for) disappointed. (Maybe because I had that huge fine, and I was being punished?) I'm going through a period where hardly any book interests me, and then I'm reading just to read. Does that ever happen to you?

3) Good-bye. See you at Christmas. Or something.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Good Morning to You

Today is the first day of Wake Up and Write. I didn't wake up early once last week. I was very lazy, and so this week is a perfect restart for me. Of course, I was a little worried about the whole Daylight Savings thing, and that my children's internal clocks would be confused. However, they are still asleep, and I managed to write an hour already this morning. 575 words.

I had a dream last night that one of my blog friends (who? I'm not telling) commented on my blog, that they are tired of hearing about my book. That it is BORING them. And to finish it up already! Maybe this happened because last night my husband asked me if I still plan on finishing my book by October 31st. (Ha. Ha.) But I know that I'm in the home stretch. Things are wrapping up in Pirate-land, and it makes me happy.

Now my son is awake, lying on the floor, preparing to rouse me with his morning whinage. There are five or six others who are participating in waking up early this week. Tell me? How did it go this morning???

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Just a Blog Post

To those interested in waking up an hour early with me the third week of November to write...I did finally figure out the whole linky list thing. So go here to sign up!

Nano is here! I've never played, and I just watch in amazement as those around me crunch out so many words in so short of time. Now, I DID do NaGroBaMo (National Grow a Baby Month) a couple years ago when I was 8 months pregnant with my daughter. But nobody else wanted to play. (Hmmm, poor sports. I mean, you just had to be PREGNANT at the time. Was that too much to ask?) As the only competitor, I came in first. Which I'm very proud of.

Now, where is the best place to hide all that Halloween candy from last night? Above the fridge? Under the bed? Has anybody ever successfully written 50,000 words in 30 days right around a major holiday?

Well then, you're amazing.

Now my pirate book: it's about 10 year-old Bonnie with her cruise ship captain daddy and her successful and not so successful attempts at convincing everyone that the ship's "guitarist" Henry Weston is actually a pirate after the ship's jewel exhibition (who may also be falling in love with her nanny and BFF, Aunt Mel, but that has nothing to do with the fact that she thinks he's a pirate because he wears a bandana and dreadlocks and limps for pirates sakes).

She is cruising the Baltic Sea in this book (which not coincidentally is the same trip I took a few years ago). Now, when she stopped in Denmark, the writing was just...okay. Rocky and smooth at times. But when she stopped in Germany my muse was happy, and words came with little effort. However, writing her last stop in Estonia was like building a stone wall with my teeth. But now she is out of Estonia and on her way to Russia. But I must say that the most difficult scenes to write are sometimes my favorite.

If I can get her through the rest of the Baltic in November while everyone else is NaNo-ing, I'll be happy.