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It is becoming a habit not to post suddenly or maybe since it is almost another month maybe not so suddenly. I am going to have to remove the post a day icon if I can’t get myself into gear. Well this month has been crazy too but for completely different reasons. Good reasons this time. WOOHOO.  Although at the same time not so woohoo.

Why crazy…well normal everyday life, school, job but I am also participating in NaNoWriMo. That in itself is huge cause I was not sure I should even try it.  I got a lot of encouragement and decided to go for it.  This is the WOOHOO.

The first week I started writing and I was doing okay… mostly hitting the word count. But it was drivel. And the worst kind, you know, written word just for the sake of word count.  I think it was because I didn’t believe in the story anymore. I mean it is still back there but it does feel like something that can become a novel.   So like a crazy person (and that whole changing horses midstream) I changed stories.

Probably not my smartest move, but I am writing steadily. Not hitting the word count with this one though. Which is a bummer that’s why not so woohoo.

One smaller piece of news. I entered the November’s Short, Short Story from Writers Digest. There is one every month. It goes from the 16th of 1 month to the 15th of the next. So the next chance to enter is right now  till December 15th .

I called it “Toe to Toe. ”  It was taken from a writers prompt I had buried in my plot bunnies folder for a while that I couldn’t find anything to do with it.  The prompt tell a story from the viewpoint of your body or body part.

After I find out if I won anything … they require first rights. I will post it here and see what everyone thinks.

On that note, I just found out what first rights are. I did not know putting my work on sites like fictionpress.com, and fanstory.com made it ineligible for contest /publication entry. From what I could find out if the public sees it, the first rights are gone and no publishing house wants it.

It’s a good thing that they are not crazy about publishing short stories or poems (that are not part of an anthology) or I would be sunk.


November is coming, November is coming! And I am not ready for it. I mean I should have been preparing for the last couple of months but no not me. Guess what, I know me well enough to know I am going to whine and complain that I wasn’t ready and I can’t do it again this year.

November is novel in a month, month. You are supposed to write 50,000 words which roughly boils down to 1650 words a day. Which as 99 percent of the writers agree isn’t too much on days that the ideas are flowing and everything is going just fine. But those other days, like mid-terms and papers for classes done.

I have this story idea that has been running around in my head for a little bit now and I thought this would be perfect for the challenge. Some of the scenes I can see so vividly that they practically write themselves when I get to a place I can write. But I wanted to try something different.

In the past my writing has been what I keep hearing as organic. When I try to plan it, nothing works. When I let each scene write it’s self I tend to jump all over but it not wooden or forced. My main problem with this is I write and get the chapter; scene or whatever over and then I have to put the writing on the shelf due to some kind of responsibility. When I come back to it… I don’t feel the story anymore or I don’t know where it is going and the muse is gone.

So I was hoping that if I sat down and wrote the story out in outline format even if reality got in the way I could have a place to return to even if it is embellishing the outline.

But I am excited for one thing I am submitting a “short short story” to Writers Digest. The deadline is October 15th and the maximum word limit is 1500.


This morning I woke up and found out that one of my favorite bloggers had nominated me for the Super Sweet blogging award. Cyranette who gives out wonderful prompts to get stories or ideas started. Cakes are a particular favorite of mine, especially a nice dense black forest cake with a raspberry icing. Yum Yum. Today I try to do the cake pop version of these as I am in a constant battle with my inner model.  Thank you Cyranette for thinking my blog worthy of this wonderful award.

To accept this nomination, there are three requirements:

A. Give credit and mention the person who nominated you for the award. (see above)

B. Answer the Super Sweet questions:

1. Cookies or cake? Cookies – a soft peanut butter with chocolate chips   .
2. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate.
3. What is your favorite sweet treat? Cheesecake. Nothing mixed in or on the top of, just the plain old cheesecake itself..
4. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? Honey.

C. Nominate a baker’s dozen(13) bloggers to pay it forward to:

http://busyteacher.wordpress.com/author/busyteacher/

http://mungryghost.com/

http://thejennymacbookblog.wordpress.com/

http://mikereverb.wordpress.com/

http://sandysays1.wordpress.com/

http://lynchs.wordpress.com/

http://cristianmihaid.wordpress.com/

http://outsideairblog.com/

http://youhadmeatum.wordpress.com/

http://ainewarren.wordpress.com/

http://wp.me/1wVz7

http://visualwritingprompts.wordpress.com/

http://lifeand100books.com/


A couple of weeks ago I was reading a post and the author was talking about the rules of writing and whether to keep them or break them. In his post he referenced an article written by several authors and why they felt the rules were good or bad. Even after reading I was still on the fence not sure which way to go. One in particular was to write every day. That has never been a strong suit for me. I hate the journal and I never kept a diary. For me they were worthless. I could not stand writing drivel for the sake of drivel or write just to fulfill a quota. And with live as busy as most people who has the time to waste.

The stuff that comes out maybe has a couple of gems but mostly a waste of time. But most recently I found this site that you can post your stories on. It is called fanstory.    www.fanstory.com

The best thing about this site besides the mandatory 2 reviews for each story/poem is the daily writing prompts. These have been awesome. They give me direction on what to write so I have the opportunity to write without wasting time that I don’t have.

So here is how the site works. You log on. There are opportunities to read or write. They have contest that you can enter in several categories like poetry, prose, stories, and books. You earn member cents or dollars for every review made (which is good because everyone gets at least two reviews) and with those member dollars you enter contest. (Yes there are free contest as well.

Of course I have only been there a couple of weeks so I don’t have much money so I am just entering the free ones. But I am working with the writing prompts to create other works that I can add to my portfolio. I am going to post two of the ones I just submitted.


Yesterday and today I took time from writing to focus on reading. I waited months to get the next book in the series. Only to be disapointed. The book wasn’t terrible, it was not badly written. When reading several books by an author you come to expect more. Not just more but better with each book and when that does not happen you feel let down.  Kim Harrison is good writer and I read both series that she has created. One for adults and one for Young Adults. Both are urban fantasy and create a different idea of the “ware” “vampire” and “reaper” story lines.

So this brings me to my question for other authors how do you write a series and not have on in the middle that is a flop for your readers. How do you keep from writing the same story with different sences and characters book after book?


Pen to paper, write, scratch out, rewrite, toss and start again, at least that is how all the great writers did it. To think their rewrites might have included pages of pages. And reading anything I have written sometimes I am afraid to throw out the trash out of fear of throwing away the good stuff too. Then I tend to get overzealous wanting to make sure I do get rid of the garbage and throw away the whole thing.  Then I get disgusted with myself and say here you wanted to write and the only thing you can do is hit the delete button.

So goes the vicious cycle of the writer … or at least this one. I try to let the writing write itself.  If you put pen to paper as the old saying goes then you understand me when I say that I normally try to let them write themselves. They truly have a more organic feel and normally my pace is good. (I hate it when a story lags and then when there should be lots of detail and things going on the writer spends two or three pages on what should be at the minimum seven to eight.

So that brings me to this point… why am I writing this. Because about a year ago I my laptop was trashed. Everything that was on it was gone. Everything! Every piece of writing I had. (and yes I know how stupid it was not to have a back up.)  I tried everything I know. System restore, friends and family that had some computer experience, hell I even took it to the Geek Squad, (who did nothing more that open it turn it on and say it couldn’t be done) I was devastated. I had no heart to write. I mean there were story ideas but nothing worked out. Then one day I gave the laptop to my mother who was going to clean it up and use some of the parts to rebuild hers and she looked at the directory, know what she found? txt files. Yes everyone had been looking for word files and that is why no one found my writing. But she did.

 I should be ecstatic right? I was and I still am, mostly. But here is the thing. I am sitting here reading work I poured over I knew exactly what I wanted to happen and why, where my characters were going and how everything was going to go. So what is the problem… I almost could live each scene it knew it that well. Now when I reread them.. nothing. I feel no connection to them at all. It is almost as if I am looking at someone else work.