Back in the game again

Oooof.

 

October has been a bit of a whirlwind. I’m back at ‘real work’ and juggling a workday, writing, marriage and household has been challenging. I’ve made some progress on my sci-fi book but nowhere near as much as I’d like ANNNND Nanowrimo is right around the corner and I’ve got 0% prepwork done and I’m not entirely sure which project I want to start on. I mean, I’m about 50% sure which story I want to start, but I have no idea where it is going in my brain. Hopefully that is a good thing, but I’m a planner, damn it.

Plus, I still have to finish sewing my dog’s Halloween costume. Priorities, right? She’s going to look soooo cute when I’m done with it though.

 

Right. Focus. Nanowrimo planning.

I’ve only done Nanowrimo twice. The first time resulted in Pendraline. The second one resulted in the sci-fi book that I’m currently working on and editing (trying so hard to have it done to give to my husband for Christmas!). Both times, I had some planning done. I’ve found that having at least a rough outline helps me to stay on track during the month and keeps me semi-on-target. It’s always mildly terrifying when I start going off course a bit; I’ll look at my writing and think, “Where did THAT come from? I actually wrote that?”. Sometimes, it’s a hit and other times it’s a hit-my-head-on-the-desk kind of thing.

I also get mildly obsessive about my characters. I usually have a list of names on hand, both first and last. I’ve learned my lesson before: if I can get stuck on pairing first and last names together, I WILL. It’s almost as bad as naming a child or pet, and you can have a lot more characters and their names are a source of stress and anxiety until you find the perfect one.

My current rewrite/revise/edit project for example. The main character’s name was ridiculously easy: Barden Thornton. I swear, it sprang into my head and stuck there. My idea was that his parents named him so that his name would basically look nice on a shiny brass nameplate, but they didn’t want a completely “traditional” name. And then the image with the name sprang into my head. Boom, he was named. Other characters, however, have given me strife. I think I’ve renamed one minor character (always the tricky ones) about three times already. I can’t get a fix on her! Bleeeeeh!

When I get REALLY obsessive with a character, I start Sims3-ing them. Yeah, that’s right. I do. I make Sim versions of my characters. I am that much of a nerd. But it works! The Sims3 has some awesome customization/character creation, so it’s super helpful if you’re trying to get a fix on a character in your mind. Plus it’s just fun. And distracting, which probably isn’t such a good thing, but oh well.

Back to the grind again. Time to get my Sunday started!

 

 

 

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Slow and Steady… finishes the story?

Remember when I said I was writing a short story? Yeah, that thing.

 

I FINALLY FINISHED IT. Woohoo! One thing done. Now I can set it aside for a few days and then edit it, proofread it and do, oh something with it.

 

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Seriously, I feel like confetti should be falling from the ceiling right now. Some dancing, a few drinks, maybe a bucket of ice cream.

 

Instead, I have a dog snoozing on the floor near my feet. Every so often, she farts. Celebration indeed. I’m mostly just proud of the fact that I finished it. The first one in geez, 10+¬† years? How the heck did I manage to crank out stories every month for workshopping? Yikes. Oh wait, I remember: copious amounts of hot chocolate, with Baileys. Creative fuel, right there.

Ack, dog just let out a stinker. Time to escape.

In the meantime, in between time

I’ve been writing a lot lately; working on stories, doing some world building and making maps and revising old stories. But I can’t write allll the time; my poor eyes and fingers can’t take all that. I have to have other hobbies, things that don’t involve screens.

Last week, I picked up this beauty at the thrift store for 99cents.

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Hellllloooooooo Cinderella! I started it on Sunday and had it finished by Tuesday morning. The hardest parts by far were the dress and the grass. I have the same approach to puzzles as I do to writing. If I get stuck somewhere, too overwhelmed to focus and figure it out, I go do something else. Cleaning. Cooking (I made some badass banana breads the past couple weeks). Reading. Something ELSE AND DIFFERENT to clear my head. Sure enough, when I pass by my puzzle table or sit at my desk again, something clicks/snaps/floods my brain and everything works again. I got so stuck on even starting that carriage for a few hours so I left, did some laundry and looked down at the puzzle when I passed it and woooosh I could it put together. That section was done in under 5 minutes. (And yes, laundry waited. Who needs non-wrinkled clothes anyway?)

Gods, I love moments like that. Can I get more of them with my writing please? I’ve been having a doozy of a time with making a map of one story (SO MUCH FUN) since it also brushes up my somewhat rusty design skills but writing…oh boy.

 

 

 

Is there anything more pitiful….

…than a cat getting a bath? MahHubs and I just gave The Chunky Bear-Cat (also, our first-adopted, raised from kittenhood cat) a much needed rinse and soak. She is now sitting by my desk, back leg straight in the air as she tries to respit-herself.

I don’t know if we didn’t do a good enough job of cleaning her, or if she feels like she needs more cleaning.