Saturday, October 31, 2009

Nanowrimo 2009 - Back to the Original Game Plan

Screw it.

I tried all day to flesh out Plan B and failed miserably. Back to Plan A.

I did buy a yummy scented Yankee Candle today though. A 100% All Natural Soy Wax candle in Cran Slam. More than just a hill of beans indeed.

Approximately 20 minutes until Launch.


Nanowrimo 2009 - Oh Dear God...

16 hours left.
I hate my old plot.
I have no new plot.
I'm Frozen in Fear.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Nanowrimo 2009 - Trouble Ahead

I'm sick of my story already. My Hero has no personality and my Heroine's Bat Shit Crazy. In a bad way.

I am also mesmerized by Her. And thoroughly inspired.

So what now? Do I dump everything and start anew with 2 days left 'til D-Day?
Decisions, Decisions...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Random Writing Prompt

For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Used.

Source: Fellow Nanowrimo Participant's forum signature.

Get your Write on!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Nanowrimo 2009 - Heroine: Meet Temple

Hello Temple!
Pretty ain't she?

Nanowrimo 2009 - The Skeleton

So come on now - let's be honest. By "Not Planning" I meant the No-Intricately-Detailed-Blueprints-complete-with-whimsical-flourishes-that-catch-the-eye kind. I've got the basics down to my Nanowrimo '09 project as I'm not the type to take giant leaps of faith without a parachute.

OBJECTIVE: 50,000 words in 30 days

WORKING TITLE: Your Winter (christened this morning while brushing teeth)

GENRE: Romance
SUB-GENRE: Romantic Adventure? Romantic Suspense?

SETTING: Colorado, Before Christmas

GENERAL PLOT IDEA: While spying on her family, Heroine sticks her nose where it doesn’t belong and unwittingly witnesses a murder/assassination of Very Important Person in criminal world. Surveillance Team (FBI? CIA? DoD?) leaves behind Very Pissed Off Hero to take care of the situation.

He’s stuck babysitting when he should be breaking the most important case of his career.

She’s thrilled, because she thinks he’s Heaven sent to help her solve her mystery.

1,2,3... Negotiate!

Hopelessly entangled…
They fall in love, sweet love.

The End.

Sounds simple enough. *Fist Pump* I can do this!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Nanowrimo 2009 - Work Life: when Doubt starts marching in...

November things to do at work:

Thing to do: Publish two seperate catalogs
Deadline: Get it to Press by 11/24
Plan: Break out the whip and chase around minions until they get it done.

Thing to do: Update website for new selling season
Deadline: 11/15
Plan: Chase Webmaster around building until he gets it done.

Thing to do: Give annual review for one aforementioned minion.
Deadline: Before 11/30
Plan: Big sigh, minimum raises across the board due to economy. I hope she takes it well, she deserves so much more.

Thing to do: Prepare powerpoint and present marketing objectives at Sales Meeting
Deadline: Mock up due to Senior VP before Thanksgiving. Actual presentation, first week of December.
Plan: Gotta suck this one up all by myself. I can't think about this right now, I'll start having anxiety attacks. You know how people say practice makes public speaking easier? I've found that to be completely untrue. I do these things once a quarter and feel like I get worse and worse every single time. *Big Sigh*

Don't think I'll be doing much Nano-ing at work... I'll be lucky if I don't have to work nights or weekends.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ah...Sweet Anticipation

Instead of planning and plotting, I done gone on a Nanowrimo-supply-purchasing-binge. All from the comfort of my bed. A couple clicks, punch in some numbers et Voila. What a wonderful world.

Things I bought:

1. Bagasse Notepads from Staples - 48 pads (Had to qualify for the free shipping) Environmentally friendly!

2. New fountain pen that I don't need - Pelikan M200 + Private Reserve Black Cherry Ink

3. Okay, maybe I got another fountain pen... or two. "Technically,"the Pelikano Jr. is kind of a non-purchase, being $12 and all... or not

Hmmm... I'm feeling a little guilty. I did buy some other things, but maybe I'll save that for another post.

Nanowrimo 2009 - First Time Contender

I'm in.

Totally screwed up my last attempt at writing a novel by overplanning. BIG TIME.

Storyboards, hoards of research, character worksheets, synopsis, outlines, detailed timelines, POV analysis... you name it, I did it - twice.

Sat down to write the stupid thing. Promptly crashed and burned.


In Chris Baty's words, "Nothing is more boring than spending an entire month simply inking over a drawing you penciled out months earlier."

So this year, I'm flying by the seat of my pants.

Let's do this.