50k…so now what?

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A few days ago while at our Nano write in, I broke the big 50k!!! And not only that, I actually got to write ‘The End.’ Yay!

So, now what? My brain feels melted and empty of words but that’s ok. I have a finished first draft of a novel, so the work, endless computer time and brain drain were so worth it.

Every writer has their own plan for what to do after they finish a project. For me, usually I take a two week break and go back to it. But being the time of year it is, I plan to take a longer break from it.

I will do a tweak to it. We started something new at my writers group where we pick a random card and we have our goal for the next meeting. I picked ‘Edit/polish a short story or novel chapter.’ So, I will do that since I already know how I want to edit chapter one. But after that I won’t touch it again until the new year.

That’s if I don’t start a new novel project that has been burning in the back of my brain for a little while now.

So, how did you survive Nano? Are you almost at the finish line or are you way behind? What will you do when the month is over?

 

 

Geek Wedding: The Shoes

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I have been excited to start making my comic book shoes for the wedding. About a month or so ago I finally found the perfect shoes to wear on the big day that I could also get crafty with.I bought a pair of black wedge heels.

This morning ย my best friend and MoH came over. And so it began! We turned off our writer brain and tapped into the crafty side.

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The starting process.

We started by cutting thin strips and used Modge Podge to glue it down and seal it. Some strips we cut worked out perfectly. I especially liked the ‘Ha Ha!’ seen here.

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The right sides of the shoes. We worked on one each, helping each other as we went. (Ok, more like I needed the help ๐Ÿ˜› )

We then cut out scenes and pictures to fill in the black space. Once finished, we used more Modge Podge to seal it. A thin coat is all that was needed (so far).

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Excuse the messy table. Crafts aren’t exactly neat endeavors. ๐Ÿ˜‰

While they are pretty much a finished shoe, we just need to cut out some small images and wording like ‘Bam!’ and I have a ‘KaPow!’ somewhere too. We will add those, then give the shoes one or two more coats of the Modge Podge.

We had a lot of fun making these. My wedding shoes have Rocket, a wookie, Superman and more!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

NaNoWriMo: Day 17

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It has been a little while since my last update, but I have been stuck deep down in the word mines. I’m just emerging now for a quick breath before I head back in again.

Last night I hit 30,000, and I am pretty happy about that. My word progress is coming along. I wanted to stay ahead, for the odd day where I couldn’t write. And since I have recently become a Jamberry consultant, I have had a day or two where I have been focusing on that.

Tonight I am heading out to our third official NaNoWrimo write-in. I love them! There’s nothing to do but sit and write, no distractions.

Usually at this point in the month, the words are slower coming. It is like trudging through sludge. In the beginning we had a fresh, brand new idea that we couldn’t wait to start. Now we are trying to muddle through the middle. Figure out where we want our novel to go. How it is going to get to the ending we want. Or handle characters that have gone rouge and are doing things you didn’t plan or expect.

But keep going. No matter how hard this part seems, don’t give up. We’ve got this. Grab your coffee. Go hide. You can do this!

 

Pen Pals and A Journal Swap

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I have loved writing snail mail since I was a kid. And it is a passion that never died for me.

Over the last few years I got involved on online pen pal groups. I have been really lucky to make a few true friends. I have taken part in swaps and exchanges, but have been burned on several occasions.A friend of mine, originally from the USA but currently living in The Netherlands, had the same experience. So we decided that since we are friends and trust each other, we would do our own swap!

The both of us LOVE the fall. I suggested an October themed journal. We both spent the month of October working on our projects for each other. The beginning of November we both sent off our swap and crossed our fingers that they would each arrive safe and sound.

Last Friday she got hers in the mail, and yesterday I got mine! ๐Ÿ™‚

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My October themed journal. ๐Ÿ™‚

I was thrilled when I got home and seen the big package on my table. I opened it right away.

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The both of us put in a lot of work and effort and made ‘fat’ journals.

I loved reading everything and looking at the photos. The both of us put a lot of work into it. She wrote about some of her memories, Thanksgiving recipes, Halloween ideas and fun crafts. I loved reading about the local legends from her home town and also reading about her trip to Romania. (I am super jealous she got to see Dracula’s castle! But also so happy for her!)

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I love how she put the pages together. On some she drew, wrote out poems, memories, and more. It gave me ideas how I could do another journal down the road.

We are talking about doing another one next year, maybe a Halloween one since it is something we love and something I could get creative with. I am already thinking of local ghost stories to tell her.

One thing I love about pen palling, is learning about other people’s traditions and stories. I am thrilled we did this and I look forward to doing them again down the road. ๐Ÿ™‚

r r, we sent off the mini scarp

When Your Novel Isn’t Going According to Plan

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When we sit and jot down notes about our novels or sit down and plan them at some point we generally get a feel for what we hope/want/think will happen.

Sometimes when the day comes to actually sit and write it, everything is going fine and then suddenly-BAM! All of a sudden there’s things happening that you didn’t expect. Or the general feel for your novel has changed. And sometime those characters sound wimpy when they are supposed to be strong. Or sound like a cardboard cut out, when, in your head you SWORE they had a personality.

Right now I am taking part in NaNoWriMo. I decided to do something fun. Something for me. I wanted to get creative and have a world where I could have a free for all.

After a talk with a friend, I decided to write a twist to a classic fairy tale. During the creative process I decided it would be a dark fairy tale. I decided that there would be other fairy tale characters after all. I made my map and figure out what magic and creatures would potentially be in my story.

On day six of NaNo, my dark fairy tale isn’t that dark. It is way more on the…romantic end that I wanted it to be. And my heroine isn’t as…kick ass as I wanted her to be. My villain is more like a cardboard cut out then a person.

So what do you do when things aren’t as you’d wanted?

Roll with it. This is a first draft. You won’t finish a first draft if you keep going back to change it, edit it, alter it in some manner. Take some notes and keep on going. I will work on making my heroineย more kick ass, so now that will be part of her character development in the novel. As for making it dark, I will keep it in my mind as I write and when edits come, I will change what I have written to suit the rest of the novel. As for my villain, well, she needs improving. At least I know that.

Even when your character does something unexpected, roll with it. The characters are telling this after all, not you. (This is where Mr.C would look at me funny.) I have written novels where my basic outline got thrown out half way through writing. They just weren’t relevant anymore.

So, don’t get too upset. Don’t get mad or frustrated. Words can be erased or deleted. Have fun and roll with the punches. ๐Ÿ™‚