It’s been a while since I was last here. Sorry everyone! Lots of stuff going on. I went on a cruise vacation the last week in October. I had never been to Florida before, so I thought it was kinda neat sailing out of Miami.
Remember this, if you choose to go on a cruise the last week in October prepare for the Halloween costume party. It gets crazy, then again it might have been like that because the cruise line I chose was Carnival.
I digress, though the pictures do look fun, don’t they?
The other thing I’m having to deal with now is that I’m having to pack and move again. Since I’ve been out on my own I’ve been living in apartments. I’m also paying off my student loans. I have about three years left to go before that’s finished (I thought it was two, but I miscalculated). Think of it, I haven’t missed a single payment. Once it’s paid off, along with my car at about the same time it’ll be like having an extra week’s pay (won’t that be nice?) Anywho, I gotta move again because the complex I moved to last year is hiking my rent majorly.
I do have a new place, but nothing’s official yet. It’ll be good once I get it and then move into the apartment. Because of me packing and such the muses have quieted down a bit. Though recently they started knocking on the door once again. I’m about half finished with my story (if 50K words is half), which means I’ll be on the downhill slope for the rest of the plot.
How are y’all doing on your stories? Let me know!
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Tagged costumes, cruise, Florida, Halloween, Miami, moving, packing, Superman!, vacation, word count, writing
The night went fairly well. I knew mine was crappy, but you gotta start somewhere. We had to state our 1 sentence pitch and then everyone discussed it and helped get it honed into something that’s more presentable to the people who need to hear them.
We had two that decided not to attend. One, who’s name is Bret, I don’t think was ready for the critiquing. It seems his skin isn’t thick enough to deal with the ripping and bloodshed that happens in a working group. Yes, he had completed his novel, but…
Still, I think it went fairly well.
Yes, I’ve reached the point of having to begin creating a pitch for my novel. My critique group has homework, and that’s to create a 1 sentence, 1 paragraph, and 2 paragraph pitches. You never know when you’re going to need something like that.
People always state that the one sentence pitch is the hardest. I guess I’m not normal in for me that was the easiest thing to put down. It also makes me wonder if my overall story is too convoluted for its own good?
I know I haven’t posted anything about my story here, it’s because I’m still working on it. At least I’m almost half finished with it being close to 40K words.
Two days ago in the United States we celebrated the signing of a simple one page document that severed our ties politically with the United Kingdom. Today we celebrate by stuffing ourselves to the point of being sick and then waiting for dusk and darkness for the local fireworks display.
If that’s on the 3rd then the next morning we get up bright and early (for me it was dark and early) and head down to the downtown area of your town to watch the parade go by. My city has theirs starting at 9 AM and they told us to line up at, get this 7:30 AM. I’m like, WTH? I can understand an hour, but 7:30 was getting a bit ridiculous.
The group I was in had two vehicles and we had them ready long before it was time to load up. We sat there complaining over city hall and how sometimes they’re so anal about everything.
Now the fireworks I saw? Those were awesome! I go over to the next city for their celebration. The reason why is that my group finds seating that’s maybe 100 feet away from where they shoot off the fireworks. And then when they go off above you, they’re low (maybe around 1000 feet). So they end up so in your face that it’s the best thing ever! You don’t know fireworks until you can see them explode right above you.
You know, I always enjoyed music, especially band music. I’ve used all forms of classical music as white noise to help me in my writing. I think what’s interesting is that a lot of people I know who write are also involved in some form of music.
Tonight though was a different animal altogether.
I was listening to Wind and Rhythm tonight (a program that focuses solely on band music). This time they focused on jazz. Don’t get me wrong, I do like various forms of the distinctly American style of music, especially big band from the 1930s and 1940s.
This time it was soo distracting to me. I sat there on my couch looking at my current story. It makes me wonder if I should go ahead and turn off the radio while trying to weave my story.
Now I know word count shouldn’t be all that important, but in the end we do obsess over it. As of this moment I have a little over 35K words in my first original fiction story. I’ve dabbled in fanfic for years, but this is the first time I took the plunge. It’s amazing just how freeing creating your own universe is. Although at the same time I’m writing in a historical setting with real people and events. So it’s not so freeing as I once thought.
I’m writing about slavery and how at least one fictitious person is dealing with the realization that he owns slaves. People automatically think it takes place in the 1860s, but it doesn’t. It takes place over 50 years earlier and in England when the Evangelicals were pushing for reform and abolishing the slave trade. It took from October 1805 when the first vote failed spectacularly to 1833 when slavery was officially done away with in the British Empire and all because of one man.
So if you’re thinking you can’t make a difference, I beg to differ. William Wilberforce was one man who changed the course of the British Empire and freed millions upon millions of slaves.
Anywho back to my obsession on word count. The more I write the more I feel I will not reach the fabled 100K word mark. It’ll probably be somewhere between 50K and 75K. Not bad for a first time.
walks in and brushes off the dust.
It’s been a while since I was here last. Sorry about that everyone! Real life kinda sorta took over, forcing me to put this aside for the time being.
I also put aside my story for a while. It wasn’t that the muses left me, it’s that I had to put it off to the side to work on something different. Sometimes that’s what it takes.
At least now that I’ve come back, the latest scene is coming fairly well (which is very nice). What’s also good is that I have the whole story pretty much mapped out. All I gotta do is write the darn thing!
I’ve also upped my daily word count goal. Originally I had it at 700 words per day (yeah, I know that’s piddlins, but hey, it’s something. With a friend’s recommendation I’ve upped to 1K. Kinda close to nano.
Don’t ask me to do nano, because I know I won’t be able to. I normally have too many things happening in November to sit down for a couple hours each night to pound out about 1600 words a day.
I’m still in my critique group. Boy, last time they were brutal. But that’s why I go there.