annayork: (NaNo ML)
 So ready to begin NaNo. Sure, I won't get a proper start on it until probably day #4 due to travels....but I've managed it while traveling before! I'm totally a "planner" this year, so I have a decent outline and dialogue ideas started. Worse case, if I don't get 50 K words of my Why are YOU Still Single?! re-write, I'll start work on finishing one of the Breaking Waves books. Figure if I can write 10 words for every word in my outline (so far), I'll be OK. I also get to do NaNoWriMo, grad school, and my ML duties! Oy vey! At least ML duties mean I am writing at set times each week. 

The beginning of November promises to be a cluster you-know-what... November 1 I'll be going from class in Phoenix, AZ to my hotel just outside of San Diego, CA. November 2 I'll be at the San Diego Zoo and following it up with seeing a friend's band because... how awesome is it that my friend will be in CA same day as I am?! November 3rd, zoo again followed by a drive back to Phoenix for my flight to Ohio on the 4th.

Fun never stops, does it?

annayork: (Oll Star)
I'm officially a co-Municipal Liason for the Black Swamp Region of Ohio for NaNoWriMo!

Now to do NaNo, grad school, work, and give the appearance that I can keep it all together :-P

I should probably start outlining since I need to get 50K ready to roll and will spend the first 4 days of November traveling or being at the San Diego Zoo!


annayork: (Oll Star)
Shush, inner editor wanted to play and not write this morning...so I got started on some cover designs. Decided to stick with the same format for all 5 books. All five images are from my personal photos from the area where the stories are set :-)

Book #1 is ready for editing, book #2 is still being written. Books #3-5 will be worked on in subsequent NaNoWriMo projects :-)
pictures! )
annayork: (NaNo Winner 2012)
 Part of me wants to start compiling a "Survivial Guide" for when (being optimistic here!) I am an ML for NaNoWriMo. Just a write-up of what I've learned through doing these challenges and a way to make sure that anyone who participates makes it fun and not stressful. I want to make the local stuff I host into a social "scene" of sorts that gets us away from the meat-market this area has and into an intelligent environment that's also fun and hopefully goes beyond November.

Getting some ideas also for fun games and "party favors" to hand out that won't be too expensive. I still have stuff from when I was an unofficial ML, but I am hoping with my own region and forum, I can get more people to show up because events won't be held in places that are a 45+ minute drive away.

OK, enough ponderings... I guess I'll stare at my homework a bit longer. *Gag*
annayork: (Oll Star)

So Book #3 is being set aside for anywhere between 6 weeks (for April's Camp NaNoWriMo), to July (second Camp NaNoWriMo) or until November (NaNoWriMo- the most likely time I will pick it up again). I think it will be good to step away from the story and revisit it at a later date. Debating on whether to show parts of it to its um... inspiration... in a few weeks. I know he's curious!

I did accomplish just over 35K words for [community profile] orgasm_circlet  and will work on weaving the rest together in one of the NaNo months. I left my comfort zone and am now more comfortable writing out the "details" :-) I plan to continue to add them as the story requires when I write the full draft out.

My parents are currently on a road trip and my mom brought Why are YOU Still Single?! along. She says she can't get over how I handled everything in How to Suck at Dating Without Even Trying since 90% of that book was creative non-fiction with names, places, and dates changed to protect the guilty. She says she reads some parts aloud to my dad because they're so funny with how I describe them. My sister really loves Why are YOU Still Single?! and hopes that life will imitate art (don't we all in this book's case?!).

I may start sifting through the binders of notes for my teen novel idea for either Camp NaNoWriMo or NaNoWriMo. These are the binders of stories I wrote as a teen and will be using them to start a more updated and better-written story. I mean come on, internet wasn't even in most homes when I wrote these and I don't think any of my characters would even know what a text message was, and they certainly never emailed anyone! I need to get them out of the 1990s and into this century!! I still need a better title than the original which was simply the name of the town where everyone lived and, thanks to Nicolas Sparks, is also used in another book and movie. The town will stay the same mainly because, unlike Nicolas Sparks, I can actually get the geography right! Well, his whole ferry bit would have been accurate for the post-Sandy state of the island but it was NOT accurate in his book OR the movie from it. It also does not have a "downtown".

Hoping I can be a Municipal Liason for NaNoWriMo because we really don't have a proper one for where I live. The closest one mainly has people from universities anywhere from 45-60 minutes north of me and the next-closest one is an hour away in Indiana. I have several small colleges in my area and I think we'd be better served with our own NaNoWriMo chapter (and not have the ML from 45 minutes away worry about accomodating us). I LOVE going to events and write-ins and I loved that I could attend some that were close to me when I was in Phoenix and Las Vegas (ironically, the events closest to me were when I was on the other side of the country- go figure!). My city needs more of a positive social scene like NaNoWriMo and its respective events. I REALLY enjoyed it out in Phoenix and Vegas and you know what? It was fun to meet up with people that I knew I shared interests with!

I didn't apply to be an ML last year because of my crazy work schedule and being out of town so I didn't plan to do NaNoWriMo at all, much less try and lead it. In fact, I decided to do it in October and threw myself in full-force in about the middle of November thanks to my inspiration. Looking forward to more inspiration in the coming weeks and months :-)
annayork: (write all the things)
Book #2 is available to the world now...

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In 3.5 hours I can officially start my orgasm_circlet project which is a scant 20K words but also 20K words that are going to be WAY out of my comfort zone. I'm not used to writing "information" in my scenes when my character finally gets it on. Should be interesting....!!

Stepping away from my outline for a while since I've been writing the same characters' stories since November and need a break. Actually I've only written their stories since 2011 and I need a small vacation from them before I make bad things happen to them when they don't deserve it*. I may do my Camp NaNoWriMo based off a series of short stories I wrote as a teen and would like to turn into a teen novel. To give you an idea of how long those have been sitting who-knows-where in my basement (which should make them all the more interesting to find!)...here's what has happened since I had last written anything related to them:
  • Internet in the homes
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • MySpace has already came and went.
  • Instant messaging services
  • Everyone having cell phones (cellphones *then* were in satchels that weighed several pounds, had a range of a few feet, stayed charged for like 20 minutes and cost $0.35 a minute to use!)
  • Smartphones
  • Text messaging
  • iPads, Kindles, Nooks, and other tablets
  • I wrote the original draft on a Smith-Corona word processor! Yea, I would type it in a like 2" dot-matrix display and then once I was finished.... I could save it on a disk used only for that word processor, then hit "print" and hear nothing but the staccato of typing for ages...and it was a nightmare when I ran out of ribbon for it... but it also did bold typing! WOW....!!! I still remember how it sounded when it would type out words in bold. Oy....!
  • I wrote the second draft on an HP with a whopping 4 MB of RAM and a massive 500 MB hard drive
  • I was able to save the draft as a back up on 3.5" floppy disks that have since vanished (and those held 1.5 MB)
  • CD burners didn't even exist and CD-Roms were still novel (wow, an entire series of encyclopedias can fit on ONE CD!! OMG!!!)
  • Um, I was 18 when I wrote the last chapter. In the 1990s. I started the first story when I was 14. That was 20 years ago.
  • My characters called each other on land lines and wrote letters during their time away from each other. LETTERS! Yea, who does that anymore?!
  • They also spent time in a library doing research for school reports and used actual books and card catalogs along with microfilm files that had to be printed off!

It will be interesting to see Jeromie, Beth, and Doug come into the 21st century....and be written by a writer who has grown into an adult instead of being written by an adolescent. I am sure it will be absolutely painful to see my writing style of 20 years ago contrasted with that of today, but I think those stories should be dusted off and reworked... and whatever will be, shall be.

*With the exception of this month's project, but it doesn't actually progess their story one way or the other. Just describes things they do that I normally would leave to the imagination!!
annayork: (NaNo Winner 2012)

It's so PRETTY!!!

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I'm going to formally relase it in print and on Kindle on January 1st.

Master the Monkey is quite comfy adding this to his shrine of victories (he was custom-made for my Master's degree by an artist in the Netherlands)

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annayork: (Oll Star)
All of my mainly public NaNoWriMo and related projects can be found at the tags below :-)

My Pinterest board of writing macros and whatnot can be found at my board Every Day I'm Novelin' :-)

Ever have those extra characters who aren't a big part of the story but need names anyway? I use this baby name generator. Yea, baby name sites see a lot of use from me :-/

Yea, my web searches can be real freaking interesting! Baby names, wedding dresses, flights to random places...!

Outlining book #3. It's a fun draft so far. Doing Camp NaNoWriMo in April so I am chomping at the bit. I have an extensive outline and can't wait to fill it in!

My proof copy of book #2 is on its way here and I can't wait to look at it! I get my 5 free copies for winning NaNoWriMo once I check over my proof, and while three of those are set aside for people, I will have two that I will be giving away :-)

Yes, I self publish. I use CreateSpace for my self-publishing and they have a cover creator generator that has been very useful. Their prices are VERY reasonable and they also sell your books via Amazon. You can also publish them to Kindle from there. Self-publishing is starting to be the way to go, especially on Kindle, because we cut out the middle man of agents, publishers, and have more autonomy and can release our materials on our OWN terms. We write and publish because we want to. For more on self-publishing and its perks, go here.

Oh, and a macro I made from a FB friend's quote...too good not to share because it's true...

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~*About Anna*~

I'm a grad student, wannabe writer, budding rock-and-roll baker, and an artist. I'd like to think that my life serves as proof that you can have an advanced education, normal job, look normal, and yet still be a total bad-ass and make creepy, freaky stuff and write saucy books.

I love to write even if it's just for my own amusement. I have enjoyed participating in NaNoWriMo and Script Frenzy and intend to keep participating in them as well as any other writing challenges I am able to join. I like the idea of trying new things, setting goals, and accomplishing something for the sheer reward of saying I did it.

Most of my updates on my writing projects are public unless it's kind of spoilery stuff I'm not ready to show.

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