Writing Can Be Murder

October 30, 2007

Best laid plans (sounds like a book title, doesn’t it?)

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So yesterday I kicked off my FiThBoByEnOfYe challenge (my warped version of NaNoWrimo). The one where I’m supposed to write 2500 words a day. My grand total ended up being 1704. I’m already 800 words behind. (sigh)

Three events threw me off yesterday:

1) I witnessed a car hit another car (parked) in the supermkt parking lot and made the mistake of trying to do the right thing. So I wasted a good amount of time standing out in the cold, more time arguing with the cop on the scene, arguing with the police dept over the phone when I got home, and ranting to anyone who would listen. I should have been like the other half dozen people who saw the same thing as me, but walked away, because after all, it wasn’t their problem.

 2) The damn dog knocked a bowl of soup off my desk, breaking the bowl and splattering tomato all over my WHITE carpet. Everything ground to a halt, while I desperately tried to keep it from staining.

3) I got a call telling me someone in my family got hurt. This sent me into full-on worrying mode.

So my goal today is to catch up. That means I have to write 3300 words.

How’d your day go yesterday and what are your plans for today?

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October 28, 2007

FiThBoByEnOfYe — aka My version of NaNoWriMo

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This is all Kate Perry’s www.kateperry.com fault! I had to use math (gasp!) to figure this whole thing out. I blogged about NaNoWrimo last week and Kate asked if I was signing up. I hadn’t even considered signing up, but then she went and planted this little bug in my ear and it buzzed and it buzzed.

But I said, “NO! I already have three drafts of books I’m trying to finish by the end of the year.” (Plus there’s the new one I started recently, which is my nighttime treat, but we don’t talk about that one, because it stresses somebody out.)

Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!

So I totalled up how many words I need to finish.

Farce — 12,000

Suspense — 35,000

Fantasy — 40,000

87,000 words total

Subtracting  family obligations and plans I’ve already made, I’ve got about 7 weeks to work with until the end of the year. If I only write five days each week (giving myself one day to edit and one mental health break) I’ve got about 35 good days of writing time left.

Did you know that if you write 2500 words for 35 days, you end up with 87,500 words? Which is almost exactly what I need to complete my three WIPs. Therefore, I’ve decided that in the spirit of NaNoWrimo, I will do: FiThBoByEnOfYe

FInish THree BOoks BY ENd OF YEar

I start Monday.

What are you trying to accomplish by the end of the year?

October 27, 2007

Why I love Fall

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October 26, 2007

Nano? Nano?

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It’s almost November which means it’s almost NANOWRIMO time! (In case you don’t know, and in case you actually care, that stands for National  Novel Writing Month. I guess they thought no one could remember: NNWM hence the silly name.)

The goal of NNWM is to write a book in a month. Okay, not really a book, 50,000 words of quantity, not quality. People forsake bathing, food, and friends as they muddle thru the month. Tens of thousands sign up every year. A lot less than that “win”. (“Winning” means they’ve met the 50 thousand word count.)

Intrigued? Check out their site: www.nanowrimo.org

And while you’re at it, check out the site of an author who wrote her first book TIME OFF FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR (a hilarious read) as a NANO participant a few years ago  www.lanidianerich.com

October 24, 2007

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Adopt a Shelter Dog

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The ASPCA has declared that October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month.

http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=asdm

 Millions of shelter dogs are

euthanized

Put Down

put to sleep

KILLED, every year.

If you’re considering getting a dog, please consider a shelter dog. I speak from experience when I say they can make excellent pets.

Don’t support the puppy mills (which is a whole other can of worms I’m not opening today) by getting a puppy. I know this is going to come as a shock to you, but puppies don’t stay puppies. They grow up to be dogs. Just like the dogs in shelters who desperately need homes.

www.petfinder.com

Self-published novel gets 2 million dollar deal

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Really?

 Yup.  THE LACE READER, a supernatural thriller, by Brunonia Barry, was won at auction by William Morrow. 

Read all about it at PW:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6493081.html

 

or NY Magazine

 

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2007/10/debut_author_brunonia_barry_sc.html

 

then explain to me “why?”.

October 23, 2007

Smitten

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A week or so ago, I was lucky enough to watch the documentary on PBS:        SMITTEN: a love story about art collector Rene di Rosa.

It’s a truly inspiring piece.

Check it out: http://www.pbs.org/smitten/

October 22, 2007

Publishing at the speed of TV

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So last week, I was watching the television show Numb3rs, and I laughed so hard I almost fell off my seat.

(In case you don’t know, Numb3rs is about, how, using math, a brilliant mathematician helps an  FBI unit catch criminals.)

Anyway, starting three or four episodes ago, the mathematician wrote a self-help-type book, based on a paper he’d written years earlier. (I’d like to see the math on how this guy teaches at the college, helps the FBI and wrote this book.)

Now the audience knows that it’s only been a very short period of time (weeks) because of other continuing storylines on the show. So of course it made perfect sense this week when Mr. Math says, “Hey look, I’ve got the galley of my book!”

 I swear it was one of the funniest things I’d ever seen.

Now at the end of the episode, he held up a check that he’d gotten from the book. Not sure what that was supposed to be: his advance? a royalty check?

I’m guessing that by the next episode, he’ll be on the Best Sellers list.

October 19, 2007

A warm, loving home

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The other night DH thanked me for making such a warm and loving home. He said this immediately after I’d gone off on a discourse about how women prefer  using poison to kill someone, as opposed to say, beating someone’s head in.

Then I handed him a slice of pie.

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