Nano 2011

I’m participating in NaNoWriMo again this year. And you will noticed that I’ve finally unstickied the word count meters from the previous year I NaNo’ed.

This year’s story is an update to an idea I’ve had for a while.

It’s a crazy, slightly funny, bit adventurous paranormal story that involves a half-demon, a mix-up at creation, a fall angel and a witch.

I am going to try to update every day but will definitely be updating at least twice (maybe three times a week) about my progress.

NaNo Tips from Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier

I have a rough (very rough, very sketchy) outline of a plot. So my goal this year is to just write and see what happens.

How I Write – Character Development

So every story needs characters. And authors have different ways of fleshing them out and developing them.

What do I do?

It’s a combination of different methods. Sometimes I use spreadsheets or worksheets. Sometimes I just start writing. Other times I get the characters first and they are fully developed. Or I get the plot and develop the character to go with it.

The easiest way for me is the spreadsheets and worksheets. Basic fill-in-the-blank information.

The fully developed characters are a bit more difficult because sometimes the character doesn’t fit the story and vice versa. So it’s more work to flesh out the characters motivations, attitudes and behaviors.

One thing that helps me is to think of the characters and figure out the why behind the actions. Why do they chew gum when they’re nervous? Why do they twirl their hair around their fingers or laugh right before they tell a lie?

That’s the method I use most. The why method.

I’ll post some of my spreadsheets and worksheets later so you can see the crazy process or my plotting and worldbuilding.

If you want to check out how a few of my writing friends write:

* Alexia Reed * Angeleque Ford * Emma G. Delaney * Kimberly Farris *Kristen Koster *

How I Write – On the Shelves

This is probably one of the harder questions for me to answer.

This week’s topic: What does your bookcase look like? What’s on there? Which are your keepers? Which author(s) has/have influenced you the most?

See I don’t really have a bookcase. I have piles of books. Reference. Favorites. To Read. To Analyze. Keepers. Donate.

I have books from Nora Roberts, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Malcom X, Mercedes Lackey, Eden Bradley, Gena Showalter, Gemma Halliday to name a few. I also have my electronic bookshelf. And that’s more divided by category. But some of the authors are Iyanla Vanzant, Farrah Rochon, Louisa Edwards, Suzanne Collins, Agatha Christie, Philippa Greggory, Jaci Burton, Kirsten Painter and Cassandra Clare to name a few.

But who has influenced me most. Mercedes Lackey, Jacqueline Carey, Nora Roberts, L.A. Banks, Octavia Butler, Francis Ray and Brenda Jackson.

There are many authors who I have read who have influenced me with their style. They have made me want to write better. They have made me want to improve my craft.

If you want to check out how a few of my writing friends write:

* Alexia Reed * Angeleque Ford * Emma G. Delaney * Kimberly Farris *Kristen Koster *

How I Write – Hobbies

What do I do when I’m not writing?

And of course reading, watching tv & movies and cooking goes without saying.

But my hobby, my other passion besides cooking has been crafting.

You will find me with a crochet hook, knitting needle, cross stitching or beading.

One day I will post some pictures or maybe do a post on something crafty. Cause I often find when I do crafty things it helps with my writing and it kinda relates to writing in a way – weaving stories, weaving blankets.

If you want to check out how a few of my writing friends write:

* Alexia Reed * Angeleque Ford * Emma G. Delaney * Kimberly Farris *Kristen Koster *

16 Years

Saturday will be 16 years to the day that my little furry best friend Gallagher came into my life.

Unfortunately, Gallagher passed away around noon this past Sunday, October the 9th.

To say I am heartbroken is an understatement. We have been through a lot together and he truly became a member of my family.

I remember the first moment I saw him. I remember when I brought him home. I remember him playing his version of hide and seek when he was a puppy. He has been the one constant in my life for the past 16 years and it will be strange adjusting to life without him.

He was my writing buddy. And he will be missed.

RIP Gallagher.

August 1995 to October 2011.

He was a great dog and an even better friend.