Sunday, November 17, 2013

NaNo Week Two

Week two of NaNo ended up being a total bust -- I wrote absolutely no words all week due to some unforeseen and very unavoidable circumstances at home. I worked out yesterday how many words a day I would now have to write in order to make up the lost week, but unfortunately, I think I've lost motivation.
So I think that will be the end of my NaNo adventure for this year. There's always next year, if I end up feeling inclined once again to challenge myself.
In the meantime, I'll continue at a steady pace on both my romantic suspense manuscript, and sci-fi romance novellas, while I wait for word of my current submissions.

Friday, November 8, 2013

NaNo Week One Report

So week one of NaNo has gone well, but that's to be expected. When taking that first run off the starter's mark, its easy to be confident, feel full of energy and think the entire race is going to be easy. By week three, or the third lap, I can tell you that's when the struggle sets in.
My goal was to write 2000 words a day, which should give me a total of 56,000 words for the month. In the first seven days, there was only one day I failed to make the 2000 word target, coming about 400 words short. However, most days I manged to get myself well over the 2000 word mark, with a couple of day producing numbers in the vicinity of 3000 words.
My total for week one was around the 17,000 word mark, which put me 3000 words ahead of the weekly targeted amount of 14,000 words.Those extra words will come in handy later, I'm sure.
Also,  have succumb to the silliness of Bitstrips on Facebook, and this was my contribution earlier in the week.
I'll be reporting back for week two, and might even treat myself to a Monday Muse again next week. In the meantime, I have words to write!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday Muse -- Daniel Gillies as Elijah Mikaelson from The Vampire Diaries/The Originals

Its been a while, so I think we're long overdue for a Monday Muse, plus I need it to keep my brain for NaNo.
This week I've decided on Daniel Gillies, who plays Elijah Mikaelson, a character that started out life on The Vampire Diaries. Elijah is the sensible, honorable,  and let me say intense brother of vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus. They are the original family of vampires (hence the spin off show title The Originals) and Elijah is forever trying to keep his family together and in line, whether that means talking sense into hot-headed Kluas, or their impetuous sister Rebekah.
For the past few seasons of the Vampire Diaries, Elijah has been an interesting character who pops up every now and then to either solve problems or create trouble, depending on his personal goals in any given situation. At first, the original family are painted as the bad guys, and Elijah was the first to be introduced. However, it soon became apparent that this first family had their own immortal problems, and in a nutshell were simply trying to survive as best they could.
Since moving across to The Originals, these characters, especially Elijah, have really come into their
own. I am absolutely in love with this new show, even though we're only a few episodes in. I think Elijah's character can be nicely summed up by one of his own quotes:
"Although I talk of virtue, when it suits my needs, I kill, maim and torment."
Elijah prides himself on his honor, but he becomes one of those gray characters I love so much if he's pushed far enough. He will do whatever it takes, even things of questionable morality, in order to achieve his ultimate ends.
Elijah has this quiet intensity, but there's no mistaking he's deadly and one would be foolish to ever underestimate him. In that regard, he's perfect hero inspiration material.
And when it comes to the unfolding plots on The Originals, I was excited this week to see the shadowing of a possible love-interest with the werewolf, Hayley, who is currently pregnant with Klaus' child. No need to worry about brothers rivaling for her attention, Hayley's pregnancy was the result of a one night stand with Klaus, and while he obviously wants to protect her as the mother of his unborn child, there's no romantic entanglement to speak of. Still, my writer's mind has been coming up with all sorts of possible complications from this kind-of-but-not love triangle, and I'm really looking forward to where the writers of the series take us as we continue deeper into the first season of this show.
As for Elijah, I'm hoping we'll see plenty more of this ideal romance hero as season 1 of The Originals continues.

Friday, November 1, 2013

NaNo Madness

I wasn't going to do it, truly I wasn't. But a few days ago, all that changed.
Once again, its been over a month since my last blog post. What can I say, life is too busy and something had to get put on the back-burner. As much as I do enjoy rambling on about random things here on my blog, I had other writerly priorities that had to come ahead of it.
But back to November being Novel Writing Month. I had toyed with the idea of doing NaNo for the first time this year after participating in 50k in 30 Days with RWAus a few months back. But then I thought, no, I wasn't in a place where I wanted to commit myself to the insanity of writing 2000 words a day, every day for an entire month.
Things were chugging along quite nicely. I was getting an adequate amount of work done, and my agent has been shopping a romantic suspense I wrote last year. A few weeks ago, we got some positive news from a big publisher that they were interested in this romantic suspense. Well, I was literally floating through my day, thinking I had finally Made It. Except then two days ago came the news we didn't want to hear. The editor who'd liked my book so much had taken it to another team of editors, who didn't like it so much. There were several issues they felt meant it wasn't appropriate for their line after all.
Crushing.
Oh, except rejection has the unfortunate effect of making me more determined.
There are plenty more fish in the sea, or in the case, publishers in New York, so I'm hopeful someone will think it ticks all the boxes for them.
In the meantime, I'm a contingency kinda person and I've had this new romantic suspense idea hovering in the back of my mind for a fair while now.
For the past weeks I'd been working on the second book to the one my agent is trying to sell. But then I thought, if she can't sell it, there's no point in writing a second one! So I said to myself "NaNo it is!"
I plan to start this new idea and use Nano to write at least half of the manuscript in the next 4 weeks.
Crazy? Yes indeedey.
So here it is, Day One of Nano and I've written a whole one hundred words. Only 1900 to go for today and 49,900 for the month... God help me.