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So, according to WordPress I have 8 views from Finland. Finland? I’m not sure that’s accurate, but if it’s true then that’s kinda cool. If you’re from Finland and you’re reading this, leave a comment please. Where do my few and far between readers hail from, anyway? Sharing time again, people. Share because I definitely care.

Now, I decided to write another post today because I got an email last night that I’m very excited about. What is it? Camp NaNoWriMo! It’s just around the corner, as you can see:

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This is the final countdown! (Sorry, couldn’t help myself)

Camp NaNoWriMo is the summer version of National Novel Writing Month. 50,000 words in 1 month. As some of you may know, I started this blog a little bit before my attempt at this challenge last year. I failed, unfortunately. This year, though, I think I’ll try again and see what happens. I feel good about this Camp NaNo, like I might actually succeed. It starts in June, which is going to be a pretty open month for me. So, might as well write like crazy.

If you’re interested in joining me in the mad dash for 50,000 words, check out the website. Sign up, join a cabin. You can choose to be put with people your age, in your genre or be surprised. Last year I chose to be surprised, but I decided to see what a same genre group would be like this year. If a cabin isn’t really for you, you can also work alone. Or, if you have someone in particular in mind, there’s an option for that too.

Hope you join me on this adventure! Maybe we’ll get put int he same cabin by chance.

 

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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I haven’t posted since last year!

 

And that is the end of the New Year jokes.

But, seriously, it’s been a while. Part of that was because my computer crashed. The other part… laziness, the uncertainty of what I should say. Maybe a few other things.

Now, I know it’s already four days into the new year but I figured this is a good time to contemplate the previous year and work on some new goals and a new attitude for the coming days. Last year had many ups and downs. Many. Some of the down parts  — okay, most of them — were made worse by my mindset. So…

1. Think positive.

And, the rest of my goals I’m not so sure about yet. I figured that, with a better attitude, other goals might become more apparent as well as reachable. I do, however, want to:

2. Write more.

3. Read more.

4. Increase my income.

5. Pay off student loans.

6. Apply for Grad school.

Okay, perhaps there were more goals in my head than I thought. I think I would also like to travel this year, somewhere outside of the US. See more than the west coast at least.

I’ve already been working on the reading more goal. I’m currently reading Sunshine by Robin McKinley. I usually don’t read vampire books, but I’m a fan of Robin McKinley. I’ve read most of her other books. She likes to retell stories like Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty. I like to re-read fairytales and she does it well.

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Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Sunshine was originally published in 2003, before Twilight incited the paranormal romance movement. In some ways, it’s what I was hoping the Twilight series would be when I tried reading the first book. I’m still working on McKinley’s book, of course, but already the main character is very fleshed out. The vampires — I like. They aren’t beautiful creatures and though there is this whole erotic image around vampires from practically the beginning, that doesn’t really apply to McKinley’s vampires.

They are blood suckers, they smell like vampires and they move like vampires, and it’s not all that attractive. At all, really.

Now, here are some excerpts from the book to give you an idea of why I enjoy it. Sunshine, or Rae, has a sarcastic attitude, which I like.:

“Vampires do breathe, by the way, but their chests don’t move like humans’. Have you ever lain in the arms of your sweetheart and tried to match your breathing to his, or hers? You do it automatically. Your brain only gets involved if your body is having trouble. Fortunately there was nothing about this situation that was like being in the arms of a sweetheart except that I was leaning against someone’s naked chest. I could no more have breathed with him than I could have ignited gasoline and shot exhaust out my butt because I was sitting in the passenger seat of a car.”

 

“My kind [vampires] does not surprise easily,” he said. “You surprised me, this morning. I have thus used up my full quota of shock and consternation for some interval.”
I stared at him. “You made a *joke*.”
“I have heard this kind of thing may happen…”

 

I’ll tell you guys what I think of the whole book once I’ve finished it, but if the beginning and middle are any indication of the end, I’m probably going to like the end. Well, off to reach my goals I guess. 

Sleep. Read. Write. Repeat.

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Post-Halloween

I think I have glitter in my hair…

I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween. Halloween, for me, was a tiring night. I spent most of the day getting things ready for it, since we had to have enough food for everyone. Today, all I want to do is wash the gallon of hairspray that’s still in my hair out, and take a long soak in the bath tub. I have work to do though. NaNoWriMo has officially started today. So, I’ll be typing away… once I have that bath.

I got to talking with someone at our party who, due to a class, has a Kindle book published on Amazon. She described it as more of a short pamphlet, but I thought that was intriguing, how easy it is now to get something self published and how quick you can get it out there electronically. It doesn’t necessarily mean that people will read it — usually takes good promoting — but it’s amazing how things have changed.

I used to be on the fence about electronic publication and ebooks. I liked the printed page and holding a book in my hands. But, a professor once brought up a good point that has changed my mind. An ebook has the potential of reaching more people faster, and as a writer it’s an incredible thought that your story is being read by someone miles and miles away. Printed books will never disappear, in my opinion, since sometimes it just nice to be able to flip through pages and feel a solid book in your hand, but I’m fully willing to download an ebook and read it.

If the words are good, it shouldn’t matter.

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Flight or Fight

It’s days like this that make me take a good, hard look at my social life…. I’d probably have to squint and tilt my head a little as well, seeing as it’s pretty much non-existent.

I ran into a high school friend today as a Halloween church party who now has a kid, and somehow that made me feel old and edging towards spinster-hood. I have to keep reminding myself that 23 does not an old maid, me make. I’ve still got friends who have equally bad love lives as me, come on. Sure, every year around this time I start seeing wedding announcements in the mail, but it’s not like I’m going to be the last married… maybe.

How about we talk about writing, eh? I almost forgot that next month is NaNoWriMo! EE-GADS. To attempt or not to attempt? Camp NaNo was a failure for me. But, perhaps I’m thinking too big here. There is, perhaps, my greatest issue. It’s not “national write a perfect, best-selling novel month”, after all. I don’t have to be completely original and profound on the first draft. Depth and intrigue can be left — somewhat — for the second, third, fourth, fifth (I could keep going…) drafts.

Okay, new goal for the next month. I’m taking up the NaNoWriMo challenge, and I’m going to write the worst story I’ve ever written. I’m going to throw in everything and anything that pops into my head. I don’t care if it looks like the work of a mental patient, I’m gonna write it. If I lose steam I’ll just drop a sex scene in there, stir things up…. eh, well, maybe not. Maybe…

Anyway, there’s me challenging myself, shaking a defiant fist at NaNoWriMo and the world. You haven’t seen the last of me!

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

A Blurb

Ugh.

Ever accidently answer your phone, thinking it’s your alarm clock? Did that this morning. Have no idea who called me. It didn’t sink in until after I’d accidently hung up on the accidental answer that it had been a call and not the alarm. Didn’t recognize the number though.

Anyway, for the last few days I’ve been going to bed feeling like my eyes are swollen. Staring at computer screens for too long is bad for you, kiddies. That, and staying up too late to read. I’m beginning to feel old. I’m not even partying into the night. I’m reading. Speaking of which, still hoping for some good ghost story suggestions.

I think I’m going to go do something that doesn’t require using my eyes now…

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

The Bribes Continue

I’ve just made a batch of chewy, yummy brownies and while I might typically cut out a piece immediately and risk burning my mouth, I’m going to wait and write. So, while the aroma of chocolate fills the air, I’m going to just sit here and — with the aid of Write or Die — type. 500 words until I can have a brownie. *Drools*

I’ll have more to post later, once I’ve finished my writing for the day and pulled myself out of the chocolate coma that I will soon have. 😀

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2011 in Uncategorized