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: (JuNoWriMo Winner)

I won! 50089 words!!! The last 500 were tough... giving myself a break tomorrow and will start on Camp NaNoWriMo for July!!!


Jun. 20th, 2013 12:36 pm
annayork: (write all the things)
 The text recovery program that I used WORKED! I have ALL my words back! All I had to do was reformat them! I'll take that over retyping any time!

So yea, still planning massive edits in the future BUT... 14910 words left to go! That seems ridiculously low and extremely doable! Today's a busy day with laundry and baking but I know I can get ahead for being gone over the weekend!!
annayork: (Default)

 Whenever I'm ahead and feeling good (but admittedly hating my dialog), the computer and my inner editor conspire against me and have another @#$% death match with my files!

Oh, and dummy me uploaded the WRONG file draft to my email repeatedly.

So um... my 32374 word count, 1000 words AHEAD has been brutally thrust into 19362! NOOO!!!

I can come back from it. I've come back from worse!

Good news... JuNoWriMo considers my word count before the loss the official one and to treat it as such if needed. Much appreciated but still... AUGH!!! THIS IS NOT HOW I WANT TO EDIT!!!

I need to write an average of 3700 words PER DAY before June lets out if I want to recover from this one....!!! I CAN do it! I WILL do it!

Meanwhile, just hope and hope that my computer at work has an autosaved copy!!!


annayork: (JuNoWriMo)

I'm finally a TAD ahead on JuNoWriMo. I was behind on the 14-16 by a few hundred words, but I caught up and am a bit ahead now. I'll be away all next weekend, so I need to be sure to reach 35K by the 19th so I feel like I have some breathing room when I start back up again on the 22nd. 

The story's in a slow spot right now. It's taking a lot to plod through it just because I'm pantsing it until my next part of my drafts kicks in. I'm debating on just starting on that section with unnumbered chapters and fit in the new chapters once I figure it out. Anything to stop the agonizingly slow progress I am making right now. I just now got my average back up to the standard 1667 words per day, but I usually pull around 2000 per day average. Must pick up pace and overachieve again!

annayork: (JuNoWriMo)
Ugh! I hate hate HATE it when I hit a road block with my writing. First chapters always seem to be the slowest and most difficult to write, especially in this series. I have to balance new material with old material to make sense of what is taking place. It just feels like the start of the book goes so SLOW, and a lot of stuff from book #2 needs to be summed up in book #3 so the story makes sense. Ah, give it some time.... I'll get this. I always do. It also doesn't help that I am using old drafts as a guide and those are getting the snot edited out of them. 
annayork: (JuNoWriMo)
 I have The Winds of Change all rough-drafted out. Now I am starting on the tentatively titled Rescued. It's kind of where things are a little slower and the changes are positive.

It's also way off what my original draft had intended... some character roles are changed, some are removed, and new people are added. We'll see. I got JuNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo July to figure it all out....
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!!!
annayork: (Camp NaNoWriMo Winner 2013)
 So... here's how my Camp NaNoWriMo experience went for April....

Basically, you can see the first week started off slow. Its quite evident when I left for the weekend as the stats for the 6-7 remain more or less the same.... was behind on the 7th, rallied on the 8th and worked steadily until I was gone the 19-21. ...

But, notice that dip on the 23? That was the Day of Suck. That was when, backing up my files, somehow, files on the computer and the flash drive decided to have a little deathmatch. Both lost. The drafts on BOTH devices were toast. Gone. All 54001 words vaporized. It was too horrible to be true. In ALL my years of using a computer, I've never seen anything like it.

LUCKILY at about 42500 words, I had emailed the draft to myself. I lost 11500 words in the process but 42500 words was better than 0 words and starting over again. I typed like my life depended on it that 24 hours and ended the day with a deficit of 3662 words. By the 24, I was ahead of the game again. So this NaNo session, I broke 50 K *twice*. I also emailed it to myself every 1000 words so this...never happened again. I spent the 25-26 taking a break from bouncing back from that word loss, playing with cover images, justifying it as past my goal and I had the freedom to play, and then got back to work .... soldiered on.

I've been changing titles. Book #1 is now The Calm Before the Storm (CBTS) and book #2 is The Winds of Change (WOC).  I have been getting CBTS ready for self-publishing on Create Space and have to wait longer to get my proof copy because... someone was too cocky making the text for the back cover and didn't check it well enough. So... once I can go in and make changes, I will have to wait a bit before I can order the proof copy. It's all well and good since I didn't want to put it out there until June 1 anyhow. Just frustrates me that I did something so carelessly. 

TCBS's summary wasn't easy to write, and my idea of "Shit's about to hit the fan, but I'm just preparing the slingshot" wasn't ideal. So instead, I went with the following:

Life isn't always a beach in Waves, North Carolina...

Summer was the busiest time of year on Hatteras Island and the entire stretch of the Outer Banks. Tourists would come flocking in from everywhere, sometimes mingling with the residents. Everyone seemed to have the same goal: Get away from the mainland, clear their minds, and enjoy everything that Waves and Hatteras Island had to offer.

Fourteen year-old Waves resident Jeromie Greene and his friends Cara, Gayle, and Jody hardly have a care in the world.  It's the summer before their freshman year in high school. The days stretch before them with the promise of days full of swimming, surfing, and maybe even a few romances with the constantly changing cast of tourists who visit their island.  

Summer resident Doug Henshaw quickly befriends Jeromie and his group and soon, everything starts changing. Confessions, betrayals, and the desire to be accepted begin to dominate the thoughts of Jeromie and his friends. Can their friendships survive as they face the challenges that lie ahead?

I don't take it easy on these kids, either... but life only gets more complicated, and messed up, in the next book.

I'm going to write to a certain point in WOC before I put it away for July's Camp NaNoWriMo. I have enough "seed" material to get through several NaNoWriMo challenges. Expect to see more updates of shiny stuff relating to CBTS before I continue WOC.

As far as book #3 goes in my grown-up, chick-lit series... I'm holding it hostage for now LOL! I ended book #2 (Why are YOU Still Single?!) to a point where it doesn't need to continue, and depending on how into the Breaking Waves series I get, I may/may not continue it. I told my RL inspiration for grown-up series that I NEED more RL inspiration to continue (hence the "holding hostage") but it's tough when schedules conflict so much.
annayork: (Oll Star)
Shush, inner editor wanted to play and not write this 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! )

I did it!

Apr. 19th, 2013 01:11 am
annayork: (Camp NaNoWriMo)
 I made 50 K! I'm at a shade over 50 K now but I actually did it... I finally won a Camp NaNoWriMo... and I have plenty more story to go! I think I will get through this chapter, and maybe save the rest for July... or just write until the end of the month and go from there. Who knows? LOL! Story has moved in its own direction and I find the original drafts are making very little contribution to the story since I am changing so much of it. I think the story has grown, changed, and the characters are taking advantage of their new freedoms and whatnot.

There's one direction in the previous drafts where I decided not to go... wasn't realistic. Wasn't right anymore, so I decided just to scare the hell out of him and hope he learned his lesson!

There's still so much left to write, and the you-know-what hasn't even hit the fan yet!

Just because the kids in Breaking Waves live on the beach does NOT mean their life IS one....!

annayork: (Camp NaNoWriMo)
 I decided to call my book Breaking Waves. It does, however, appear that it may need to be a series instead of one massive book spanning four years of these kids' lives.

I also admit I went through and formatted my draft. I know "avoid inner-editor blah blah" but it feels more *real* and solid now that I have some structure to it. I may go through my pictures from the Outer Banks and pick a suitable cover photo. Goodness knows I have plenty!

I'm at 25376 words and in "pantsing" territory now. I've picked up where the last draft left off for the kids' summer, and am now working toward the school year and those months for which I have no drafts whatsoever.

Hoping to get through their first school year by the time the weekend is out. Probably won't, but who knows.

OK, enough blogging, back to writing!
annayork: (Camp NaNoWriMo)
 Whoa... it's 10 days into Camp NaNoWriMo and I haven't updated.,... for shame! I'm also up way past my bedtime, so screw it... may as well post my progress!

I'm currently at 20570 and writing an average of 2057 words a day... not bad :-)

This is DEFINITELY a mix of using the old texts (planning) and completely departing from them (pantsing). In fact, very little of the actual drafts really even remain. I decided my two main male characters (Jeromie and Jody) not have their falling out and one of the female characters is unsure of her sexual orientation (Gayle). They're dealing with real stuff here, not happy fluffy stuff. Feelings get hurt, mistakes get made, and topics that teens talk about are brought up. I figure my main male character's dad's influence in all of it is helpful. The dad (Jonathan) is a pragmatic kind of guy who gives his sons (Jeromie and Brandon) enough room to make mistakes and isn't afraid to BE the parent, but he's also his sons' #1 person to go to when they have problems. 

I definitely have enough material to cover several NaNo challenges, so I am looking forward to it!

As far as catching up to modern days,....

They LOVE text messaging!

Jeromie really likes Instagram.

There's a lot of potential for Facebook drama when Cara and Beth have their big blow-up (that is still about 3 years off in the story).

Still getting the stage set. They've already had a couple dramatic episodes, and more promise to be on their way, especially the next year when Beth makes her way to Rodanthe. That may get covered in this NaNo, it may wait until July. Who knows :-) Either way, I'm really loving the whole re-writing, planning/pantsing hybrid I have going on and while it will require some extensive edits (Not sure how I want to do chapters yet, probably just use numbers), I'm really enjoying this!

50 K is EASILY within my reach with this, and that was the important part. I may not stop at 50 K, depends where I hit it at and how much is left to write. I am just trying to get the kids from the summer before their freshman year in high school until the summer they leave for college.... there's a lot there. My original drafts didn't cover the school year. These WILL. So yea... massive word count craziness ahead!!
annayork: (Camp NaNoWriMo)
Walk through the forest and come to my lovely camp...
Welcome to my world... )So... now all I need to do is get my ideas more organized through this month and starting April 1... write, write, write!
annayork: (Default)

got my "Ready, Set, Novel!" book and filling it up, my Camp NaNoWriMo mug is ready to be filled... got two more Camp-related packages on the way (because I LOVE the stuff and love what it supports) that includes the new t-shirt, the care package, a poster, and the merit badges.

I'm getting involved in the forums, too. Signed up to do a care package swap and a postcard exchange. I think it will be fun to feel more connected with others so it doesn't seem like I'm off to camp all by my lonesome!

I'm just very excited about this, about getting this stories re-written, updated. I was snowed in at work and read through the drafts and I realize how much I miss this cast of crazy kids and now I'm going to rearrange their lives!!
annayork: (Default)
 ...and weekends like this are precisely why I stopped making dolls and art for clients. Other than homework, I've had nothing but free time. Free time to lay in bed and read. To order pizza and watch a movie (and not have a craft project for someone in my hands!). Time to do a lot of nothing. Time to play around with reorganizing things. Time to nap when I feel like it. Basically, it's time I am not spending doing stuff for others. Selfish? Sure.

Do I need it? Definitely!

I thought about possibly making dolls again some time ago, but realized I enjoy my days off being just that -OFF. Even with school demands, I don't feel as harried or pressured to do stuff. More I'm away from it, less I am likely to ever go back to it. It's run its course. It was fun. Maybe one day I'll make some because I want to, but at this point? It doesn't seem likely. I mean I don't even know how I managed to find time to do all that extra work for others!

What I find hilarious is how people can't believe I'd do that! People who never paid for my work expect me to keep cranking it out, apparently they're entitled to see what I create but not contribute toward funding that creativity. I'm supposed to offer them custom, pre-made artwork and charge Wal Mart mass-produced prices for it. Yea, that doesn't happen. I love creating, but people like that really make me NOT like doing it. 

So from now on, I create for me. I will make gifts for people close to me, but I don't plan to ever again create art for sale or for anyone to commission from me. That part of my art life is behind me for good.
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*


Mar. 2nd, 2013 08:45 am
annayork: (strange writers)
 New Camp NaNoWriMo shirts are out earlier than I expected. So of course, I ordered mine. Should be getting several packages from Office of Letters and Light this week and that makes me happy! In two more weeks I plan to order the new poster (which is adorable!) and the merit badges. I plan to customize a Camp-themed hoodie with them because writing stuff is cool. 

I need to get my homework finished today and I'm just NOT feeling motivated to write three essays and finish 2 assignments in addition to all that. But! It needs to be finished. My weekend plans have changed so I will be hitting the books. I feel absolutely awful with the dramatic temperature fluctuations where it can be anywhere between 10-20 degrees different from one day to the next. Welcome to late winter. Blah. At least now, I have the reconfigured nasal passages so I feel better than I did before (I'm not at the doctor almost every week for sinus infections).

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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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