Week in Review – 2013/04/08 – 2013/04/14

Week Two in my Write-a-palooza is history and I lived to blog about it.

Yesterday was the first #NaNoThon and I chugged out the words. My friend for this event was iA Writer. So good. Distraction free writing with no temptation to check the internet. Better yet, I used the iA Writer iPad App so it gave me a different feel and motivation to up those word counts. A feel good moment rounding out the night with good numbers for both novels, 13, 481 words in total. If I keep this pace, I actually might finish the stories in fifteen days. That is, by Monday. Wouldn’t that be a riot? If that were to happen I think I’d continue on to Book Two in my fairy tale mash-up. I’ve been dreaming up characters this past week and am excited for the second subplot in Book Three already!

Updated stats per my goals for this writerly journey. The deets of my original goals can be found here and here.

Camp NaNoWriMo April, 2013 – Current word count, not including Sunday’s totals = 33, 296 (I wrote 17, 079 words this week.)

Savvy Authors April Boot Camp – Current word count not including Sunday’s totals = 33, 976 (I wrote 19, 385 words this week.)

Blogging A to Z Challenge – A through L posted

Round of Words in 80 Days – Two Mid-Week Check-Ins and Two Sunday Check-Ins (including today)

Excited at the progress.

I did surpass my goals of doubling my word counts. I would like to finish my novels by next weekend and get a head start on my next writing projects during the last week of April. I figure why stop now? I think there were a couple days during the week when I felt things petering off, but I’ve gotten my second and third winds now. It helps to have a great family to give you the recharge necessary to forge ahead.

I think I’ll spend today reviewing my remaining blog drafts and do more character research. Diving into these characters’ minds has been the most fun this month.

There’s another Camp NaNo and Savvy Authors Boot Camp coming in July. The months in between will have me revising previous WIPs, then kaPOW, I’ll be primed for the next round of finger-numbing, wrist-aching, head-scratching story creation.

Should be a blast.

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Week in Review – 2013/04/01 – 2013/04/07

Seven days into my write-a-palooza and I’m pleased as punch. While I don’t know what that means exactly, I for one, am happy at the response to my blogged and Twitterisms. It gives me courage to continue spilling forth my inner monologue to those willing to read. To all of you, my heartfelt thanks.

Some stats per my goals for this writerly journey. The deets can be found here and here.

Camp NaNoWriMo April, 2013 – Current word count, not including Sunday’s totals = 16, 217

Savvy Authors April Boot Camp – Current word count not including Sunday’s totals = 14, 141

Blogging A to Z Challenge – A through F posted

Round of Words in 80 Days – Checked in last Wednesday and this post serves as the Sunday Check in.

Not too shabby, considering some snafus with lost work, busy schedules with the family, oh, and life, in general.

Renewed goals would be to try and double my word counts by next Sunday. I also want to get a head start on writing my alphabet posts for the week. One of my workshops has us doing some characterization exercises, plotting, etc., so I’m trying to do double-duty where I can or apply it to an existing project so there aren’t too many hats in the ring, as it were.

One of my short stories is being primed in a workshop that aims to have it published on Smashwords and Amazon. I didn’t think that was to be my first published piece, but I’m proud of it just the same. I’m sure many authors have their pet projects that were meant to be the inaugural story in their writing careers. I hope to one day revisit those works and apply the skills I have acquired over the years that have made me a better writer. Who knows, those stories might see beyond my own imaginings and come out to play. Anything’s possible. After all, I did join a humor contest at the start of March which ended up with three of my pieces being published on a website. I might as well get used to my work being out there for public consumption.

April’s been a great month so far and it’s not even halfway through. How are everyone’s writing goals progressing so far? Are there any additions? Any amendments? Any hair-pulling and commiseration that you wish to share? I’m happy to ‘listen’ and read.

Cheers to a great first week and I hope that the next one is just as splendiferous.

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T-Minus… We’re on the Precipice, the Calm Before the Storm

TWO STORIES, ONE MONTH, A BLOG, and ME.

STORY ONE: A Love Less Ordinary

The first is a contemporary piece about the Murphy’s Law of relationships. Protagonist’s best friend and roommate kicks her out of her own apartment because she and her deadbeat fiancée (the freeloader who never paid rent) are ready to take the next step.  This on the same day she’s laid off from work. Dodging questions from her mother about her career and love life, she just wants out of her current situation. Unemployed, newly homeless, and desperate for work, she doesn’t realize how lost she is until she ends up working as a live-in nanny for a family that’s just moved to town. At least there’s the cute guy she sees at the deli every Tuesday. Their sandwich banter is something she looks forward to. On this Tuesday, however, after all that happens, she misses her deli run and ends up at some family’s dinner table, hired on the spot, after saving the young son when he ran into the street. Things start to look up until her new employer’s husband walks in, holding a big bag of sandwiches from the deli.

STORY TWO: Hamelin

This one’s a beast to get into. The gist is that it’s a YA Speculative Fiction piece, a riff on fairy tales, hopefully unlike what’s already out there. First off, I’m focusing on a fairy tale that isn’t saturated in the media, at the moment, the Pied Piper. In my story, the Piper is female. In this fairy tale universe, heroes are villains, and vice versa. Aside from characters you may know by name, circumstances are quite different as the story unfolds. Other notable fairy tale characters from classic and contemporary authors alike might make an appearance but in this land, nothing is what it seems.

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That’s what I’m writing about in April. Well, the major writing projects for April, that is. Since the Blogging Challenge is thematic, I’ll try to keep it writing related, as much as possible, and hopefully slip in some word count updates. Otherwise, I’ll be keeping everyone apprised of my story progress each Sunday (the day we have off from the blogging challenge).

So, today was a lovely sunny day. Since I live in the vicinity of Raincouver, I don’t trust it. I bet there’s a rain cloud waiting to leap out from behind a tree.

Tomorrow it begins. To borrow from a phrase of an awesometastic program premiering its third season tonight,

WORDS ARE COMING.”

And plenty of them, if I can help it.

I suppose this is where I make the choice. Do I stay the course or head back to shore? Heck, I didn’t even know I was on a boat, but here we are. [cue JAWS score]

Was this how Neo felt when given the choice of the red pill or the blue pill?

“You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
Morpheus, The Matrix

As writers, do we not tread the fine line between reality and the real world on a daily basis? Neo was The One. That meant squat in the end… oops. SPOILERS. I will speak of this no more.

What’s my choice?

I swallowed that red pill, bitter taste and all, back when I decided to do this trifecta of writing awesomeness: Camp NaNoWriMo, Savvy Authors April Boot Camp, and the Blogging A to Z Challenge. That pill swirled around my gut and my hand did the T-1000 morph the moment I Tweeted my declaration of the write-a-palooza.

I’m not doing this because I’m a masochist–writers are inherently so. I’m doing this because I know I can. Hundreds of thousands of creative folks know they can, too, or at least they’ll give it a try. We’ll support each other. I’m doing it for the global frenzied encouragement as much as I’m doing it for my own writerly goals. It’s just a matter of how far I’m willing to push my creative self down the rabbit hole.

Care to join me?

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CAN YOU BLOG YOUR ABCs?

BLOG YOUR WAY THROUGH THE ALPHABET IN APRIL WITH THE BLOGGING FROM A TO Z CHALLENGE

With my two whopper writing projects this April, Camp NaNoWriMo and Savvy Author’s April Boot Camp, I knew I had to blog about it. But I had no blog to speak of. So, the last few days had me rushing to put together a blog for the purposes of recording the ups, downs, and sideways events of this writing extravaganza. You can read my thoughts on Camp NaNo here and Boot Camp here. Of course, when I saw something people were buzzing about, I decided to have a look. A challenge, you say? A third one to add to my glorious tower of looming word counts?

The BLOGGING FROM A TO Z CHALLENGE. I fell in love with the idea as soon as I found the website. Starting April 1st, everyone begins with A and works through the alphabet. With Sundays off, that ends with Z on April 30. Sounds simple enough, but what do you do with said letters? Each letter is a theme for that day’s blog post. You might pick the letter itself or it might be the beginning of a word, as long as you stick to the theme in some shape or form. Again, sounds simple, right? Well, this is where the challenge comes in. And it doesn’t hurt to get creative. Some bloggers are working with a theme, others are going freestyle. The point is to blog, visit other blogs, and have a good time with the online community. At the time of this post, there are already 1,600 participants. That should make for some interesting reading next month.

Since I’m new to the whole blogopshere–that’s a thing, right?–I realized that I needed to do this. What a great way to meet people from around the world. You’ve got something to say, they’ve got something to say. If you blog, regardless of topic, here are just a few benefits when you JOIN THE BLOGGING FROM A TO Z CHALLENGE.

1) DAILY WRITING PRACTICE. Be kind about this. People are going to the trouble of blogging their hearts out. It’s a reciprocity that’s necessary to make this event a success. Also, writing everyday is good for you, especially if you’re a writer. So do it for yourself as much as anyone else. If you blog it, they will come.

2) DAILY SPARK OF CREATIVITY. Whether it’s something pre-planned or something inspired from a fellow blogger’s post, when you create something, put words on the screen, you challenge yourself each day. Share home remedy tips, inspirational quotes, obscure dance moves. If you have 26 thematic posts to share or even 26 completely random posts to share, your creativity will shine through the daily act of writing.

3) BUILD YOUR READERSHIP. I can’t tell you how pleased I am to have people I never expected to stop by my three-day old blog. The likes, retweets, comments, they’re all encouraging. It lets me know there are people out there who like what I have to say. That’s motivation to keep me going as a writer. One day when my WIPs are published, I already have people who support me and they might enjoy reading my novels, too. Such a huge facet of being a writer nowadays is one’s platform. I’m still a newbie in this regard, and the A to Z Challenge comes at a perfect time to serve as a launchpad for a writer’s platform. You like to write. People like what you write. Hello, world. Social media is such a powerful tool. It makes perfect sense to take part in something mutually beneficial.

4) NETWORKING. This is obvious, but more than that. When you take the time to visit other blogs, read what other people have to say in their part of the world, you join the international community. I’ve only partaken in social media via Twitter for the last two months. I’ve already ‘met’ and interacted with people in my industry and it’s made me a better writer. I’m constantly inspired by everything I read each day. As introverted as the writer’s life may seem, eventually we need to come out of our shells. The books don’t always sell themselves, you know. Networking is a great way for writers or anyone who wishes to talk about their expertise to communicate their message to a global audience. How lucky are we to do this now? I keep going back to how excited that I’m a writer in this technological age.

5) WINNING. Ha. I giggled when I typed that, but it’s true. (I hope you got the reference.) You get through a month-long challenge, what does that make you? Of course, for whatever reason, there might be a day that you miss, but it’s a commitment that 1,600 people made along with you. That should push you enough. If not for them, do it for the spirit of such an innovative simultaneous blogging experience. We haven’t even started yet and I already feel like we’re winners.

So, come, gentle viewer… *singing*

Since we know our ABCs,

won’t you come and blog with me.

In April.

2013.

Join.

You have a day left.

You can do it. 🙂

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http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

Be there, or be… not there.

It’s way better if you’re there.

Join.

Blog.

Celebrate.

Blog Post, The First

Hello, World.

In five days, I will embark on a grand journey of writerly proportions. I made a declaration on Twitter, so it’s for realsies, folks. TWO STORIES, ONE MONTH, and ME. And I will blog about the experience. Why, you ask? Last year I completed drafts for a screenplay, two novels, and a short story. I could have said that this year would be the year of revisions, but why stop there? I always have a story brewing. I want to push the creative envelope and it just so happens that April is packed with creative envelope pushing opportunities.

Last night, however, I added something new to the mix. I’d seen tweets and posts about the Blogging A to Z challenge. In order to do that, I needed an actual blog, so here we are.

In the next three days, I’ll share with you more information about:

1) Camp NaNoWriMo (http://campnanowrimo.org/)
2) Savvy Authors April Boot Camp (http://www.savvyauthors.com/)
3) Blogging A to Z Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/)

And on the eve of this epic feat, I’ll tell you more about the stories I’ll be working on for these challenges.

April. Thirty Days of Words. It’s going to be intense.

Thanks for coming with me,

Tonette