Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Quote #15

"I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions." ~ James Michener

Monday, November 29, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010

Well, NaNoWriMo is over, almost. One more day to go and I still haven't hit my 50,000 word count. Technically I lost, but I'm giving myself a win.

This was the first NaNoWriMo I've done. I didn't intend on doing it at all. In fact, I didn't want to at all until October 30. Talk about jump on board at the last minute. I was off to a great start, but as the month wore on and I had a gazillion things to do I dropped off on the word count.

BUT, that doesn't mean I didn't meet my personal goal.

I wanted to give NaNoWriMo a go and try it out. I only missed by about 10,000 words. Yet, in the end I did finish a novel.

I love reading and writing Young Adult novels and most, when finished, run between 40,000 to 60,000 words. The fact that I hit the 40,000 word count on my first run through was great. I still have lots of editing to do; things to change, add, or delete. BUT, I finished a novel and I actually like it.

I think with some tweeking I will have a great YA novel ready to query.

Therefore, I do not feel I "lost" NaNoWriMo. No, I'm giving myself a "win" this year.

Bring on NaNoWriMo 2011!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving

So, originally I was going to post this really cute Thanksgiving poem that my daughter wrote this past week. One slight problem: She took it to school before I had a chance to copy it. Therefore, I had to come up with something else.

I ended up deciding on doing a list of things I'm thankful for. That, however, became difficult. I had a hard time ordering them and then grouping them. Then I decided to just randomly pick twenty things that I love and am thankful for. So, here it is. And no, there is no specific order to the list.

1) Family
2) Children
3) Books
4) Music
5) Friends
6) The internet
7) Hot baths
8) Skype
9) Coffee
10) On-line friends
11) Bookstores
12) Family gatherings
13) My Kindle
14) Facebook
15) Summertime
16) Air conditioning / Heaters
17) Veterans
18) Libraries
19) Wikipedia
20) Spellcheck

What makes your list?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Quote #14

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." ~ Anton Chekhov

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fall Inspiration

Well, it's that time of year again and I absolutely love fall time in the northeast. Growing up in Central Texas it was green most of the year. I have always loved the pictures of trees turning beautiful shades of red and orange. It wasn't until I moved to New Jersey that I really understood what fall was like.

There are those days that it is beautiful and warm and then others where the weather is nasty and cold. It tends to be back and forth until finally all the leaves have fallen off the trees and it's nothing but cold out. The other day I was driving on the Parkway and I couldn't help but admire the different shades of orange and red that the leaves were turning. There were also still green leaves, as well. It was just so beautiful I wished I had my camera on board and a chance to take pictures as I drove. That wasn't going to happen, though.

I got to thinking of just what fall inspires. To me it's the ending of a great summer and the beginning of the holiday season. I think of wearing sweaters that will eventually be replaced by jackets, scarfs, and gloves.

I think of Halloween and Thanksgiving. I love watching the kids trick-or-treat every year. Not so much on my dead end street, but in my husband's brother's neighborhood where we go each year. I only get the kids on the street early on in the day and then everyone goes to other neighborhoods where there are more houses. That's fine with me, but I still love to check out the costumes and watch how much fun the kids have.

Thanksgiving means dinner with my husband's large Italian family. It's really a large, loud gathering of several generations running amuck in someones house. Trust me when I say loud, half of them are losing their hearing.

Fall brings to mind hot chocolate and fireplaces. I wish I had a fireplace in my house every year at this time. Although, I like not having to keep up with one.

I find myself thinking about pumpkins - pumpkin pie, carved pumpkins, my husband and daughter playing smash the pumpkin after Halloween with the pumpkins they carved ...

Cornucopia decoration, fall leaf decorations, pumpkin decorations, Halloween, and Thanksgiving pictures ....

I could go on and on, but I won't. It's my favorite time of the year, yet I still have to write a story that takes place in the fall. I guess that will be on my to-do list for this coming year.

Your turn - What does fall mean to you?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Quote #13

"A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one." ~ Baltasar Gracian

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Quote #11

"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." ~ William Wordsworth

Monday, November 1, 2010

NaNoWriMo - I must be crazy!

I had this whole post already written about how I was participating in my own personal, unofficial, way in this years NaNoWriMo. However, I changed my mind while I was in the shower this past Saturday. I came up with a general idea for a book and decided to wing it. I went all in - traded my mind for a crazy mind.

So, I deleted my original post and created this new post. I figure that I will need to write at least 1,665 words a day to reach the 50,000 final word count by November 30th. I have enlisted my husband and mom as my official cheerleaders. They are to ask me daily if I've reached my goal for that day.

I'm working on a young adult novel about a witch. I'm not sure where it will take me, but I'm giving it a go. I've decided not to over think it, like I have a tendency to do. Instead I'm going to totally wing it.

My goal: Each day write a new scene and I won't come up with the next scene until I'm done with the current scene.

Good luck to all who are participating this year!