Monday, November 9, 2015

NaNo Notes: Day 9

Teaser: And after she cried, she had this look on her face I can’t really describe, but it reminds me of this painting I seen once at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts when Miss Sandy went there with our class on that field trip, and there was a picture of Mary looking so sad-like after Jesus died, but she was beautiful, too. Not really pretty, ’cause there’s a difference, but she was beautiful, and I realized it was her sadness that made her that way.

Blooper of the Day: One of my character's names is Ji-Hoon, which my dictation program has transcribed as G Cohen, G Boone, G food, and G who.

Update: Well, I'm done with the official NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words, but the novel isn't finished yet, so I'm still plugging away.

Family Life: We got snowed in today and spent the morning shoveling. We didn't do much else after that, so it was both a relaxing and productive day (even if I do feel a little guilty for not getting more done outside of writing).

Writing News: We watched the Muppets' Christmas Carol as a family, and I multi-tasked by using that time to finish up details for the launch of my next novel, Paralyzed.


Sunday, November 8, 2015

NaNo Notes: Day 8

Teaser: "You might guess that what I did was spend nearly all my time looking for food, except there came a point when I stopped trying so hard on account of it taking too much energy and not getting nothing anyway."

Blooper of the Day: And he finished by saying I had the most important job of the mall (them all).

Progress: I'm really happy with how things are going. I figure I might be right around the halfway mark.

Update: I had a really restful Friday night and Saturday and woke up early Sunday to get a head start on the week.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

NaNo Notes: Day 5

Quick Update: I've got a lot to be thankful for, especially since my writing day started with this:

Thankfully I found the document in question, for which I doubt I'll ever stop praising God.

Physically: Everything's holding up. I've been doing more typing than dictating, so I'll eventually need to give my wrists a break, but so far so good.

Emotionally: Again I'm full of thankfulness today on the way everything's coming together.

Prayer Requests: I'm hoping to make a decent amount of tomorrow a work day and then get some time off this weekend. I'm also praying for my computer to last the rest of this project and I'm also praying for details to come together smoothly for the cover, which I just asked the designer to start working on.

Teaser (which today is also dubbing as my Christian Fiction Friday post): Most people, they think of street children, and they get kinda sad and mopey, like “Isn’t it too bad they don’t have anyone to take care of them?” And you wouldn’t expect it, but there were parts about being a flower swallow I actually liked. The part about having no school, for example, that’s the most obvious one.

Blooper of the Day: "I spent a good part of that hour with Mama gone wondering what sort of nice things must be coming her way. And you has-beens, maybe?" (A new husband, maybe?)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

NaNo Notes: Day 4

Teaser: "We’re called flower swallows on account of us always looking for food and never staying long in one place (like a swallow). And that part’s not too bad when you think about it, but it don’t explain the flower part, and that piece is sadder on account of it referring to the way we’d just kinda sprung up out of the dirt like a flower, but a little gust of wind or a little too much rain or someone running by who wasn’t careful where they was stepping, and we’d be nothing more than dust and a few pieces of torn leaves and maybe a petal or two."

Blooper of the Day: "When I woke up in the middle of the night, she was still a seat next to me" (asleep next to me)

Plot: I think this has to be the most enjoyable novel I've written, probably since the narrator is so spunky and young, and it's fun getting myself inside his head.

Physically: I'm tired but thankfully my eyes aren't hurting so much today.

Spiritually: I feel very blessed, like I've been completely healed and released whatever was bringing me down in my writing for the past half year or so.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

NaNo Notes: Day 3

Teaser: "So the closest thing I could think of to pray to was the Great Leader, or maybe his son the Dear Leader, and I couldn’t decide if I should pray to the living one or the dead one, so I just sorta formed a prayer and shot it out to both of them to see what would happen."

Blooper of the Day: "It made my stomach do a kinda twist, like it wanted to get itself on audit up" (like it wanted to get itself all knotted up)

Physical: Today was the first day I did more typing than dictating. It's just a back-and-forth now to see whether my voice or my wrists are more tired.

Daily Life: I got out of the house today to go on a walk in the snow with a friend. It was quite refreshing.

Plot: I'm just about done with the second section in my main character's life, and things seem to be moving along nicely.

Prayer Requests: Protection and blessing are the two main themes of my prayers for this project.


Monday, November 2, 2015

NaNo Notes: Day 2

Teaser: "Pastor tells me there’s no such thing as ghosts. He says people don’t get possessed anymore, neither. But the next thing you know, he’s talking about the Holy Spirit coming to live inside of
believers, so I’m not really sure Pastor knows as much as he lets on."

Blooper of the Day: "Pastor wouldn’t use the word luck of course, he’d just talk about the Bible saying it rains on the good just like it rains on the weekend [wicked]."

Quick News: I woke up early (which means I'm exhausted now), and I ran into some computer issues, but all in all it was a great day.

Physical: I'm pooped, but excited to get to bed and start fresh tomorrow. Plot: I ran into an issue with the style of narration that I had to go back and rework for readability. I still have a little work left in that arena tomorrow, but at least from now on it should be pretty consistent.

Computer: I ran into an issue where Word wasn't saving things and shutting itself down. I lost about twenty minutes worth of work, but it was all edits that I can fix tomorrow after I give my eyes a break.

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NaNo Notes: Day 1

If you haven't heard of NaNoWriMo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. It takes place in November, when hundreds of thousands of authors set a goal to write a complete novel in a month.

For this year's NaNo, I'm working on my next North Korea suspense novel, and I'll be checking in here every few days to let you know how it's going.

Physically: Eyes sore. Wrists holding up well from typing, voice holding up well from dictating.

Story Line: Great. I really like this character. He's very fun to write.

Spiritually: Yikes, I was not prepared for how intense one particular scene was going to be. Had to call in a few prayer warriors to get me covered, and now I'm feeling good and ready to attack tomorrow for day 2.

Family: Husband's already joking about being a NaNoWidower, but we actually had a good hour after he got home from youth group just to chat, so I guess it's going just fine.

Teaser: "I would have never guessed a bowl of cursed noodles could cause so much trouble, but the more I think about it, the more I figure none of this would have happened if I’d kept my hands to myself."

Blooper of the Day: "If you’d had a dream like that when you’re hungry and a little baby’s trying to steal your food and then it’s turning into a pig and biting your leg so hard, you’d be a holler into" (you'd be hollering, too)

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