NanoWrimo Hell

I’m mapping out what I do during the day to see where I’m spending time that could be used to write. I already get up between 5 and 6 AM to write! (Admittedly, alot of that time has recently been spent surfing rather than writing, but I’ll happily give that up for a month.) But what about that time marked as “Distracting Lilly?” I don’t do ENOUGH of that already and I ain’t giving up what I’ve got. Poor kid’s learning to read at three years of age because her mother is too busy writing books to read them to her. Sigh. Sorry, I guess I needed to rant.

I did spend over an hour this morning with research….

Natalie Whipple on Beating Revision Fatigue

I just found an awesome post on how one author staves off exhaustion and creates at the same time. Check it out. I put the link in the title and I’ve added her to my blog roll, too. And SQUEE! She’s got a book that sounds like it’s set in Japan. 🙂

The Proper Use of a Thesaurus

This is hysterical. A friend sent it to me (Thanks, Mary!) and I had to share.

I have a very enthusiastic Thesaurus user in my 10 yo dd! I don’t wantto discourage her from using new words, but sometimes the usage is questionable. Here is an example from the first lesson of All Things Fun and Fascinating:Effelgent, Brobdingnagian Monoliths Rocks levitate in the solar system. Actually, some get hauled to the earth. Tumbling through space, they look like smoldering stars while hurdling through the air! On Earth, they look like descending stars. Although most of them are bantamer than a grain of sand, few voluminousones hit earth. One bopped a sustenance brute. It pummeled a dog in Egypt, in 1911. We should be frantically rapturous, that our firmament fortifies us.

Goal Setting Time!

Oooh, this could hurt.

It’s time to set goals for the next book. I’m so obsessed with the current novel, I haven’t worked as hard as I need to on my take of Wang Mang’s life. Still, I’m pretty sure I know where I’m focussing, so here go the goals:

1. I will know who my main characters are. (Minor characters can pop up as needed.)
2. I will know my basic plot. (Twists and complications can occur as needed.)
3. I will be ready to write by the end of October.

Right now, I’ve got one of the main characters and the events of his life are the driving force of the novel. But I need two other characters as love interest and antagonist. I know who they’ll be in his life (or I think I do), but I don’t have enough information on them yet. More research is required.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Chinese history, Wang Mang is vilified by some as regicide and murderer of children, to some he’s a self-sacrificing would-be empire salvationist. To me, he’s a fascinating personality. He lived about 180 years before my current story arc happened.

And Now For Something Frivolous

I was just reminded of a Getting-to-Know-You game I’ve played and I thought it would be fun to do it here.

If you were a car, what would you be? Not what car would you buy. What kind of car are you?

For instance, I am a rusting 1970 Ford Truck. I’m not pretty, I don’t go in for a wax job or reupholstering – ever. I don’t take crap, but I’ll do my best to perform my job. Give me an oil change now and then and put gas in the tank and I’m good to go. And go.

And go.

What car are you?