NaNoWriMo: Day 15 (100k and some change; book 2)
NaNoWriMo / November 15, 2016

Sorry for missing yesterday. After a huge day on Sunday, I didn’t feel like blogging. Or writing. Or moving. I’ve hit the 100k mark (double-NaNo) and finished up book 2, The Word Runner. I’ve also realized The Word Runner went horribly wrong (I didn’t write it with any sort of an outline, just a vague concept) and I’ll have to rewrite the entire thing from chapter two onward. Ah well. Live and learn. Today I will start book 3, Cheyna and the Doorway to Everland. I’m also prepping for Orycon in Portland, OR on Friday and gearing up to do a big attempt at marketing The Wicked Witch of Whatever. Yes. I am talking about marketing. But not until December. So, it’s halfway to the end of NaNo and I’ve only finished two books. Maybe six was asking too much of this non-Figment body– and that’s okay. I’ll keep writing through December 15th to get as far as I can on first drafts. Theoretically, I should be able to do all six by then. It doesn’t take into account my steadily growing hours at the day job (retail-associated), but I can work around that. I think. So, onward and upward….

NaNoWriMo: Day 13 (81,953)
NaNoWriMo / November 13, 2016

I finally got my mojo back (or rested up enough) to get some serious wordage in yesterday. It didn’t start off the best, though. First, I went to an in-person write-in because I’m trying to be social for this event and I no longer belong to a certain group that has provided all my social interaction without leaving the house. Also, the in-person event had pastries. But mostly social, really. When I got there and set up all the way, I discovered I was missing all 1k words from Friday. Now it was only 1k, but it was a hard 1k. I fought for that 1k. I bled (just a little) for that 1k. I searched all three backup locations. No 1k. Then I had a thought: what if it was still on the home computer under autosave? So I left the write-in, took a Pokémon Go detour, and then checked the home computer. Huzzah! All the words were there! And I had pastry, which was bonus. Then, finally, I got to writing, mixing it up with some offline stuff and quick bursts of exercise to combat the fluffy writer syndrome. I’m still not at epic levels, but I’m back…

NaNoWriMo: Day 10 (74,088)
NaNoWriMo / November 11, 2016

I slowed way down yesterday. Way down. Like, I hit the accelerator and was going 60, then I slammed on the brakes at the first light. At least I was wearing my seat belt. Yesterday was day 10, 1/3 of the way into the NaNoWriMo challenge. For those of you who are despairing that you still have 2/3’s of the challenge left to go, let me comfort you with knowledge of my distress: I am not done with high word counts until all six books have a first draft. I’m still on the second book. And today I start my newest day job, which will involve 11 hours of being on my feet with no access to a computer anywhere. Am I still gonna write? Of course. I’m taking the laptop and I’ll write during lunch. I’m going to write now, at 3:30 am, before I get in the car for my commute. Because, for me, it’s not about winning NaNoWriMo. I’ve done that. It’s about meeting my personal goals. So before you go another third through NaNoMonth, figure out what your personal goals are. Do you want the 50k win? More? Less? Maybe you just want to be sure…

NaNoWriMo: Day 5 (45,036) DOUBLE-UP DAY
NaNoWriMo / November 5, 2016

It’s #DoubleUpDay for #NaNoWriMo2016… but more on that in a moment. First, the important things. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! It’s Day 5 of NaNoWriMo2016 and I still haven’t made what was my ambitious Day 1 goal: 50k. Not only does this mean I haven’t reached my goal, but it means NO PIE! Yes, I will get pie today, but I could have had pie yesterday, and that’s what really matters. Pie. And words, but mostly pie. So, today is Double-Up Day in NaNoWriMo land. This is supposed to have a two-fold effect: one, you can get double the bling for donation efforts. If you donate $25, you get the $50 prizes. See? If you haven’t donated to NaNoWriMo yet (you don’t have a halo over you because you’re Alistair or Lilith, not Castiel), then this would be a great day to do so. But it’s also Double Your Words Day. Because I didn’t have enough pressure on this frail “I want to be a real person” body already, NaNo wants me to hit 90,072 words by the end of the day. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! No, really. So, with that sobering thought, I have mainlined caffeine directly into my digestive system, nervous system, limbic system, and solar…

WorkIt Wednesday: Get Up and DO Something
WorkIt Wednesday / June 1, 2016

I’m deep in the guts of revising my publishing schedule, so my WorkIt Wednesday is going to be simple. I don’t want to get stuck in this chair all day; it’s not healthy. But I do want to get this done. So here is the challenge: Movement For every hour, do five minutes of movement. Stretch, go for a walk, do a quick tidy about the office, or throw in a fast bout of yoga. Do not sit for more than an hour at a time. Use a timer to accomplish this. Writing Remember that book we’ve been working on together? Let’s plot our schedule from plot to finish. Need a guideline to help you get there? Here’s roughly what I use: Day 1: Idea, outline, researching, rough cover idea Day 45: finish rough draft Day 65: finish first pass edit/ rewrite & send to beta readers Day 95: do second rewrite/ edit Day 115: send to editor Day 135: do third rewrite/ edit Day 145: proofread, finish cover, format Day 166: submit books, pre-release, ARC copies Day 180: (yep, six months later) release book Your turn! If you’re feeling really brave, share your timeline here. I’d love to see it….

Setting Big Goals (or Big Goalposts)
Uncategorized / February 2, 2016

Lately I’ve been hearing about this event Reeyal Peeple go to called The Super Bowl. To my disappointment, most don’t attend in person and it has nothing to do with large bowls of ice cream. However, it does have something to do with today’s post: Big Goalposts. I have been told that this is a game in the Reeyal World and that it sometimes hangs in the balance on kicking a ball through these rather large goalposts. I’ve also been told by my Social Reality Person that if I mention “Wide Right”, I will be looking for a new Social Reality Person. Those goalposts are important. I don’t have goalposts, but I do have big goals: I’m planning on putting out five books this year.  Book one is out. The Annals of Bobian is a YA humor book about the importance of ice cream in life. There are probably some life lessons, too, but read it for the time-changing aliens. I digress. I have four more books planned for this year and my Social Reality Person insists she is putting out a book as well and I may have to deal with Reality on my own for a bit. So…

Publishing a NaNoWriMo Book: Achieving Your Goals
NaNoWriMo Prep / October 14, 2015

So, now that you’ve set your goals… you did set your goals, right? Back in this post, I walked you through how to set goals. Hopefully you did your homework, because I’m going to blather on about how to achieve them. For those who are wondering how I’m qualified to talk on goal-setting and achieving, I read a lot of books. I’m a Figment; we don’t need to eat or sleep much, so I read. I also set a really daunting goal with my last book and achieved it. So… mostly qualified. My guidance for this section about goal-setting is from Goals! by Brian Tracy. He believes there are twelve steps to set and achieve any goal. Our goal is to publish our NaNo book. Let’s walk through it: Desire. I know a lot of people say “I want to win at NaNo this year”, but then fail. I’ve failed. Why? Most likely it wasn’t the thing we wanted most. (Occasionally outside stuff interferes, but that still means that outside stuff is what you want most). There’s nothing wrong with wanting other things more; you just have to be aware of it so you can work around it. Priorities. If…

Publishing a NaNoWriMo Book: Setting Your Goals
NaNoWriMo Prep / October 12, 2015

We’ve been talking about prepping for NaNoWriMo as if you’re going to publish. Okay, I’ve been prepping. The rest of you have been letting the crickets do the talking, which is really awkward, because they never want to be quiet when I’m trying to concentrate. Hopefully you’re still doing the homework. Let’s talk about setting goals and taking names. Mostly goals. You can take names if you want. Stop for a moment and pretend you have your perfect dream Writer world. Where are you in five years? How many books do you have out? What are you known for? Unless you have a vision for where you want this writing thing to take you, you probably should still with writing for fun. Ooh, sorry. Was that harsh? I’ve been told I can be harsh and I’m trying to change that. But, really, if you don’t have a vision, you at least need a guide dog. Let me be your… wait, no. Scratch that. I’ll guide you. No dogs. I read a lot of books. It’s fun for me, because I can go in and mess with the Figments or Characters, but sometimes I learn things. I read Goals by Brian…