annayork: (JuNoWriMo)

I may need to set a lower word count for NaNoWriMo since classes and LIFE will be getting in my way in July and to what extent... I don't know. I still plan to do Camp NaNoWriMo in July... so we'll see what happens.

Meanwhile, I want to work on book #2 in the Breaking Waves series, figure out what to do for book #3, weave in a character that was suggested to me, and basically get the series written out and then work on editing and revising as time goes on. 

OK... back to the writing process!!!


Feb. 13th, 2013 12:23 pm
annayork: (How to Suck at Dating)
OMG folks, I am shaking SHAKING... "How to Suck at Dating Without Even Trying" by yours truly has been selected to go on to the next round in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award!

Find out if I make it on to the quarter finals on March 12th!!

LOL an author friend of mine said: Congrats on that, though I'm not sure we should congratulate you for knowing so much on the subject
annayork: (write all the things)
I found the notes and drafts! It was (of course!) in the last place I looked. I damn near brained myself when a LARGE heavy reclaimed wood picture frame fell on my noggin. That shit hurt but I was reassured by the Ask a Nurse line that I didn't need to get checked out and I'll just feel sore for a few days. Blah. I haven't lost any consciousness or balance so I'm not worried. Still.... motherfucker that shit HURT!

I haven't even looked at all the notes and drafts yet. Kind of afraid to. They're in 2 3" binders, a 2" binder, and a 1" binder. It's going to be one hell of an intimidating project once I tackle it!

I need to get to work on my homework but the amount of sources I am using is a tad intimidating. I'll get through it, it'll just take time to motivate myself.

The orgasm_circlet project I think 20K is a reasonable goal.
annayork: (angry veggie)
My plan to find my old drafts is not going as planned. There's only two more places to look. One requires a ladder.and an extra person to help. The other requires moving a LOT of containers of seasonal stuff stored in my sewing room. I may tackle that tomorrow.

On the bright side, everything else is now super-organized and three bags of trash were taken out. Mainly old electronics boxes, things of that nature.

Still doesn't get me any closer to what I WANT to do, which is to find those notes and drafts!


Guess I better just go back to work on my Orgasm_Circlet project since I have a nice glass of Woodbury Winery Riesling beside me....
annayork: (strange writers)

Brief update on my

[community profile] orgasm_circlet

  project ....

I sat myself down, got myself into a headspace... and wrote.


Getting out of my comfort zone is a bit tricky, but I'm working on it! I work for the next 4 days and my class break is over on Tuesday, so I am sure my progress will be S-L-O-W. I usually start with a bang and then kind of trail off and have a few "rally days" here and there. Progress should almost mimick that of NaNoWriMo with really really good days and then days of NOTHING. Considering that this is soooo a NSFW type project, I'll work on it at home.

Just odd writing chunks of a story at a time, especially chunks that don't move the story one way or the other. Still, the venture out of the comfort zone is coming along easier. Writing the type of *ahem* scenes that I wouldn't mind reading if I were to have a book with them.

Still haven't gone into the basement yet to look for my old notes and story drafts. It sure will be interesting once I find them since I am sure there's literally hundreds of pages of them that are hand-written, printed, and even typed!

I may have to post some pictures of the cover art I did for them. I did a lot of watercolor and pencil work for it!

annayork: (write all the things)
Book #2 is available to the world now...


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!)'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: (Why are YOU Still Single?)

I'm just ready to make book #2 available to the world, that's all! Want to start off the new year with a new beginning :-)

2012 was just such an odd year. I wasn't where I used to be, but I'm not quite where I want to be yet. Transitional years are tricky beasts like that. They make you feel like you haven't accomplished much when the truth is, you've really come a long way but there aren't the milestone markers to show for it.
annayork: (pissykitty)
Writing more to my outline. Reading my old books of Outer Banks legends makes me ache for my Hatteras Island and therefore, my character must go there.

One of these days, I must go there again. I miss it :-( I guess it all depends on when they get the NC-12 situation rectified. Right now it's kind of a hot mess down that way since Sandy hit and they're only now repaving the road that was decimated (and also connects the not-inhabited northern part of Hatteras with the southern part where everyone lives :-/
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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