NaNoWriMo Update

Well, two days ago, when NaNoWriMo officially started, I had absolutely no clue where to start. Actually that isn’t true. I knew exactly where I wanted to start but didn’t have the time or motivation to actually do it. I spend my Tuedays analog so I figured I would make up for lost time. 400 words later I decided to give up for the day as there was too much going on.

Leftover Chinese food and a movie. Read and replied to email. Put my daughter to bed then transcribed 43 pages of my ex’s book into the desktop using Dragon Naturally Speaking. (read: love Dragon-Speak) Made some CS Lemon Zinger tea with orange blossom honey, lemon juice and Taylor’s Light Sherry in it for my steadily going hoarse voice. Dictated the remaining 12 pages. My brain was vapor so I went to bed after making a few “to do list notes” for today.

Woke up to L sneaking our daughter out of the house for breakfast so V and I could sleep in. Hugs and kisses goodbye gratefully accepted, a trip to the bathroom and I crawled back in bed to roll over and try to sleep again. My novel running rampant in my head, I finally gave up and sat up in bed. Wrote, printed in my all caps style on looseleaf. Picked up speed on page two, wrote six pages total. Phone ringing me had me running to the other end of the house to grab it.

Mental note: Buy another cordless phone. Grrr.

Plans made for mom to pick up my girl and free us up for the two writer’s meetings today. Thank you mom. :) Decided it was time to transcribe everything because my hand was not keeping up with my head. Tried reading it but it was so…violently deviant?…I was actually “embarrased” to read it aloud. hehe Actually, just didn’t want V to wake to the subject matter and wonder if I had lost my mind or if he should fear for his safety. It is a horror/thriller after all. hehe Transcribed it in manually.

Word count: 1,626 posted at 11:11am. WOOT!

Made coffee, by that time L and my girl were home having run rampant at the McD’s playground. hehe She had a blast and we have another new toy. :::bangs head slowly on desk::: A plastic 007 looking mouse with a compass in his belly. Who thinks up these things? Spent some time with her, talked to L, rousted V out of bed, wrote some more.

Word count: 3,189 posted at 1:15pm. Double WOOT!

Time to get ready for the rest of the day and the first write in at the local library. Looking forward to seeing everyone again and get back to my story. L is actually going with us this time so I am excited. Hoping he lets me make a profile for him on NaNoWriMo today. :::happy dance:::

Hoping to have his book, the one he wrote last year (a brilliant 370 pages in 2 months) completely transcribed by the end of the weekend to surprise him with it. Might take a little longer though as Dragon-Speak didn’t recognize my voice very well this morning; still a little hoarse. hehe Know he writes better analog so it is worth it. He is 150 pages into the second book in the trilogy. I always look forward to “storytime” when he shares what he’s written. Very, very proud of him and ecstatic to see V’s 3,000+ word count has been posted. Knew he’d do well with this. We’ve got a house full of writer’s when you count my girl practicing her letters. hehe

Ok. Time to go. Rest of the day here I come! :)

NaNoWriMo Resources

I can hear it now. Nano…what?

NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. www.nanowrimo.org

I’m writing a novel…a whole one…50,000 words.

I start on November 1st, in 3 days.

…and I am going to be finished with it by November 30th.

No, I’m not crazy, and there are several thousand other people doing it too. Chances are you may know someone else who is doing it and not know it. Regardless, PASS IT ALONG!

…GLAD YOU ASKED WHY

Because I can. I’m doing it for me. I know I can do it so it isn’t a matter of proving ti to myself really. (note I am being positive hehe) I want to make my writing a practice and it takes 30 days to make a habit. So I figure if I write 1700 words a day, what is required to stay on target with my NaNoWriMo, it will help me keep doing it.

DO I FEEL SOMEWHAT LIKE A LEMMING?

Yes. :)

RESOURCES

For those about to write, I post these resources with a salute. These are also posted on the NaNoWriMo forums here.

We had our first meeting for this area on Friday night last week and had an absolute blast. There were a few things I had mentioned in our meeting that I wanted to share with everyone. Notes below are in italics…

REFERENCE BOOKS
I love and heavily rely on these books.

Descriptionary
Publisher: Facts on File; 3rd edition (February 28, 2005)
ISBN: 0816059268
Amazon link: http://tinyurl.com/yckj7l

Synonym Finder
Publisher: Warner Books; Revised edition (1986)
ISBN: 0446370290
Amazon link: http://tinyurl.com/yjfnz4

I don????????t own these yet, but will soon; I have used them before and really found them helpful.

Writer’s Guide to Character Traits
Author: Linda N., Ph.D. Edelstein
Publisher: Writers Digest Books; 2nd edition (August 9, 2006)
ISBN: 1582973903
Amazon link: http://tinyurl.com/y37qkn


The Describer’s Dictionary: A Treasury of Terms and Literary Quotations

Author: David Grambs
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (August 1995)
ISBN: 0393312658
Amazon link: http://tinyurl.com/y4jv2n

Flip Dictionary
Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books; 2nd edition (January 2002)
ISBN: 1582971404
Amazon link: http://tinyurl.com/yzc7vb

MUSICAL INSPIRATIONS

E.S.Posthumus
If you like chant, Enigma or Dead Can Dance, their ???????Unearthed??????? album (available on [i]All of mp3 link below) is incredible.[/i]
www.esposthumus.com

GAME SOUNDTRACKS:

I think game soundtracks are one of the greatest hidden resources. Most people use movie soundtracks but what about all those great games? The MMORPG (massive multiplayer online roleplay games) have huge soundtracks with some incredibly emotionally driven music. Combat, romance, horror, travel and exploration…all themes are touched on in the games.

While researching this I was ecstatic to find that they were all available via through the All of mp3 site (link below). Take a minute to listen to the samples (low quality), trust me, you won????????t be disappointed. This is my FAVORITE writing music???????

Myst soundtrack
http://tinyurl.com/yxxb4w

Myst II: Riven soundtrack
http://tinyurl.com/yxxb4w

Myst III: Exile soundtrack
http://tinyurl.com/ycx26r

Guild Wars games:
http://www.directsong.com/index.asp?game=guildwars

Click on one of the games listed below on this site then click on ???????listen??????? at top center in yellow. I play the game and bought the collector????????s editions of them in order to get the soundtrack CD. I LOVE writing to them…

Guild Wars, aka Prophecies (original game)
Factions (1st expansion) – Oriental theme
Nightfall (2nd expansion) – Middle Eastern theme

MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS:

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man????????s Chest (2nd movie though first is also good)
Medicine Man (older movie with Sean Connery)
Edward Scissorhands
Gladiator

WHERE TO FIND MUSIC

All of mp3
LEGAL music downloads. Whole CD quality albums for 2-3 bucks! I adore this site.
www.allofmp3.com

Pandora Radio
Your own personal internet radio station; free and YOU program it.
www.pandora.com

Waiting

Antic dormitori tirolès // Old Tyrolean Bedroom

Photo: Dani Sardà i Lizaran via Compfight

She spent her evenings, worrying, pacing the floors. Her only hope was the soldiers thinking the building had been abandoned. He still hadn’t returned though and the worry was starting to seep into her heart. She was beginning to think he wasn’t coming back…

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(c) 2006 Ana Maria Selvaggio