Doing much, much better with the Rewrite. I finally got to the scene where everything blows up. So now everything goes downhill from there (*evil grin*). I’m feeling pretty good about it. I’ve hit 31k, just 4k shy of my 35k goal. I can do this!
On the photography front, I’ve taken a look at both my cameras (one is a high-end digital point & shoot and the other is a DSLR which cost a fortune) and both are capable of doing what I need them to do for HDR photos. The DSLR would be ideal because it can do something called auto bracketing (taking several different exposures of the same picture) whereas with the other one, I’d have to manually set it up. So that’s good news. I wanted to do a few test shots, but alas, I just didn’t have the time.
Overall, I’m feeling better. My back is still a problem, but I took some meds last night and they helped. I’m not as exhausted, but with the time change, I do feel a bit off kilter as I do every year. It’s funny — a lot of people say there’s no such thing as feeling poopy after the time change, but I do, even when I go to bed an hour early to compensate. Then again, I have fibromyalgia which makes me more prone to issues with sleep anyway. But, I’m glad to be feeling better.
Soulfire hasn’t happened yet. Got too deeply involved in the Rewrite, and that is the priority. Le sigh.
Onward to stats!
Running total: 31,526 words
Words remaining: 3,474 words (!!)
Body count: 1 possession down, many more to go! *evil grin*
Feeling: Okay. Better than I have lately.
Eye report: Still some pain issues, but not too bad.
Back report: Calm for now. But once the meds wear off, I might be hurting again.
Working still a bit slowly, but I’ve been working hard at it and I have a plan for the next few scenes. Getting up to the first big thing and frankly, I can’t wait. This is where the crap hits the fan.
I’ve been fighting back issues, eye issues, and fatigue these past few days. I’ve been working at less the 100% and it shows in my progress. I’ve decided to try harder. Because this book needs to written. (And I am so damn close to 35k I can taste it!)
(I’ve also discovered HDR photography — stay tuned for updates on that. I want to start shooting immediately, but need to check both my main cameras to see if they’ll work. But the images are stunning. You’ll see.)
Running total: 28,518 words
Words remaining: 6,482 words (SO CLOSE!)
Body count: Possession is imminent. La, la, la.
Eye report: Hurting, but no loopy pills are required tonight.
Back report: Twinge-y. Took motrin with dinner, hoping it does the trick.
Here we are again! Well, I haven’t been feeling the best — I hurt my back on Tuesday and my eye pain has been worse than usual. So I’ve been struggling with having enough brainz to write, let alone get a lot written, which was my goal. Ugh. Sometimes my body works against me.
But I have made some progress, which is better than none. I have a direction for Grave Touched — I was a bit stuck last night. I also have an idea of a first scene for Soulfire, so as soon as I feel up to it, I’m going to write it. I was going to start it yesterday, but decided against it.
I also worked on getting my Fey Touched manuscript (I just love using that word! It’s so writerly!) formatted for Smashwords, something that’s been on my to-do list forever. Due to mistake, I ended up stripping all my italics out of the file. And since the bulk of it was already formatted, I didn’t want to start from scratch. I’m still learning. So last night I began the fun, monotonous process of italicizing each word that needed it, one at a time. I’m about 40 manuscript pages in (about 70 pages if you’re using the finished book). I got a bit distracted reading it — it’s been 2 years since I self-pubbed it, and it was fun to get back into the story again. I still love it madly. So that’s happening. I’ll be putting it up on Smashwords at a discounted price, so stay tuned.
Here’s hoping for more progress this week.
Running total: 25,925 words
Words remaining: 9,075 words (under 10k! Yay!)
Body count: Someone’s about to get possessed. *evil grin*
Feeling: A touch better than yesterday which is good.
Eye report: Very painful lately, but at the moment is just a little twinge-y. Hope it stays that way!
February was a rough month for me. I spent most of it sick. I was hit by bronchitis right after my fall at work, and then once I started feeling better, I got hit with a severe cold. So most of what I wanted to accomplish did not happen.
Hubby and I didn’t ice skate — we still have plans to do more as soon as things calm down.
The Grave Touched Rewrite is going slowly. Still making progress. I’ve spent a lot of time fighting my muse on it so it hasn’t been fun. But I think I’ll be able to continue regardless. I also wanted to start poking at Survivor, another book needing revision. I have a rough plan for that, but I still need to go into the mammoth file and figure some stuff out (1,000+ pages! Yikes!). I was all set to do that when an idea to resurrect my 2009 NaNoWriMo novel Soulfire hit me like lightning. And, naturally, the muse is gung-ho, so I might try to squeeze some work in between stuff. A few hundred words a day won’t hurt, will it? (Don’t answer that.) Ahem. So I still want to work on revisions, but I’m getting sidetracked. Ugh.
Photography! I gots plans for that! I’m starting a Photo-A-Day thing for March. I did it way back in, I wanna say, 2010 in February, and kept it going into March. But then I got sick (see a pattern here?) and stopped altogether. I’d like to do it again to get into the mode of shooting again. I haven’t done any Serious Business photography in forever, and I’m feeling slightly intimated by the idea. So, dipping my toes in. (I also am considering re-opening my darkroom, but I need to get my 35mm automatic camera fixed. Also have a plan for that).
Been thinking more and more about poetry, even joined a few groups. Just need to write some.
Also worked on my erotica idea. Nowhere near time to write it, though. Needs to simmer.
I’m also actively working on dieting — but not the deprivation kind. I’m definitely watching what I’m eating, and decreasing my portion sizes. I still snack occasionally, but I’m trying to be more aware of what and how much of it I’m putting into my mouth. I’ve lost 2.5 pounds. Hopefully I can continue.
Trying to be more optimistic and such, but sometimes the depression gets to me. That’s the honest truth. But I am trying to be more aware of that, too, and counteracting it with positive thoughts and doing things that make me happy.
So I’m making slow progress. I’m hoping to ramp up my efforts this month.
Ugh, not much progress on Grave Touched. It’s just not happening as fast as I would like. I left my poor characters in a weird spot and I want to finish this scene, but I’ve been avoiding it for days for reasons I don’t understand.
It might have something to do with a resurrected project I am kinda sorta working on (although not a single word has been written yet — it’s all plotty stuffs and worldbuilding stuffs). The original novel was my 2009 NaNoWriMo novel, Soulfire which is dark fantasy/dystopian featuring muses and the eradication of creativity (did I mention the world is dark?). That part is being used for a different project I’m calling The Last Muse. But in the original Soulfire, I veered way off from the seedling of the idea, which I am using for this version which going to be New Adult. With me so far?
So the name is staying but the seedling idea is what I’m pursuing. It hit me so hard and so fast that I’ve been trying like hell to keep up. Today I was getting scene ideas. And naturally, I shouldn’t be working on this because I’m supposed to be working on Grave Touched. I feel guilty about even thinking about it, but it won’t leave me alone! Soooo I might do a bit of writing on this, but my work on GT must be done for the day before I even think of working on this.
Novels, how you wound me.
Muse, how you spite me.
Brain, how you devour me.
(…not sure where that ^^ came from).
Running total: 24,068 words (creeping, I tell you, creeping!)
Words remaining: 10,932 words
Body count: We’re all alive at the moment.
Feeling: Torn in two. #sadface
Eye report: Twinge-y. No loopy pills were taken during the composition of this post.
I’ve gotten stuck and I haven’t made as much progress as I would have liked. It’s a new scene, and there are several things that need to happen. And integrating them all without confusing things is what’s tripping me up. Yesterday, I think I wrote around 100 words. That I hate. So, not going so well.
But, I will give it another try today or tomorrow. Gotta keep moving forward with this.
Running total: 23,173 words
Words remaining: 11,827 words (SO CLOSE UGH)
Body count: Everyone’s still alive and well, although the MC is feeling rather strange (*evil wink*)
Feeling: Hopeful. And sleepy. Great combination.
Eye report: Some terrible pain yesterday that carried into today. Took my nerve pain meds a few minutes ago, so I’m hoping they kick in. If not, it’s loopy pill time!
….because I hate the number thirteen.
I’m doing okay. Feeling better every day, but day job + getting over illness = extreme fatigue. It’s frustrating because I want to do All The Things but can’t. Hopefully, I’ll get some of that energy back (I actually am tired 24/7 from the fibro, but I usually try to work through it).
I’ve made some progress on Grave Touched, a new scene. I also had an idea for how to format my novel-in-12-pieces, Survivor. I love this novel SO much, but haven’t been ready to tackle it and untangle the mess (long story short: I went linear, which is my usual method, for 9 chapters. I got stuck and started several new plot threads, all in separate documents, without any regard to how they fit together. I finally finished the rough draft in 2009 — I’d started it in 2004 — but it’s been languishing. Le sigh). So I think there’s a glimmer of hope here, so I will see what I can do. Not adding it to my ROW80 goal though — too much pressure.
On to the stats!
Running total: 22,522 words
Words remaining: 12,478 words (getting closer!)
Body count: Everyone’s good. For now.
Feeling: Okay. Not 100% but not a big ball of fail which is how I’ve been feeling for the past few days (it’s day job related). Currently getting over it.
Eye report: Pretty good. Twinge-y but tolerable.
Finally feeling human again! And I’ve made some good progress!
I have a character in my novel that showed up in the first draft. When I went to revise it, I took her out. But now, I’ve decided to put her back in. It’s interesting, because I was using a technique from Holly Lisle’s How To Revise Your Novel class. And that’s when the character showed up again.
Currently, I’ve hit the second guess myself stage, and it sucks. I need to keep a clear head so I can keep moving on this rewrite. But second guessing myself is killing my motivation. I think it has to do with the fact that I’ve been working on this book for 2 years with very few breaks. So much has happened. So much has been tweaked, edited, cut, and added. It’s tough sometimes to know which changes are for the good and which are crap. Problem is, I have a deadline and I want to leave myself enough time in case something goes wrong. (Although I am considering working on a second project when I feel up to it).
Running total: 19,501 words
Words remaining: 15,499 words
Body count: Everyone’s still alive, including me
Eye report: Some very bad days lately needing loopy pills. Today it seems to be less, which I great.
Here we are again! Feeling much better, and I’ve finally made some pretty good progress. FINALLY.
My eye has been acting up for the past few days. I’m still on the new dose of the nerve pain med. So that is a bit worrisome, although I can try to work through it.
Here are my stats:
Running total: 18,502 words
Words remaining: 16,498 words
Body count: Still holding.
Eye report: Stabby. Had to take a loopy pill. And it’s not working.
Here we are again, update day! I have done very little, as I am still feeling like crap. This bug is really hanging on. I also had a migraine last night that I couldn’t get rid of.
I wrote a grand total of 100 words and cut some things since I last updated. So that’s something. I plan on trying to write later today, and if that happens, I’ll update my stats to reflect that.
I’m not normally the kind of person to winge about being sick and be generally unproductive (I write through mostly everything because I’m insane) but this bug has just killed any ambition I have. In fact, it’s the worst bug I’ve had in years, and I have fibromyalgia, so everything is magnified. The joys of being me.
So, crawling right now. I hope to speed up soon.
Running total: 14,730 words // Update: 17,097 words
Words remaining: 20,270 words // Update: 17,903 words – HALFWAY DONE!
Body count: Still hanging on by my fingernails. // Update: Things are getting mighty interesting.
Feeling: Like crap.// Better. 2,336 words better in fact!
Eye report: Some pain yesterday with the headache, but today seems to be okay.