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Just checking in with you guys with another semi-life update.
I’m currently battling a cold—haven’t had one of those in a WHILE—so I’ve taken the liberty of staying in my room all weekend. This did me some good because though I’m still coughing up my spleen when the Mucinex wears off, I’m feeling loads better than I was on Friday.
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I’m starting something new on here titled #thelateness. I’m dedicating anything I should have done, watched, etc. for the longest time that I’m just now doing to the hashtag.
First, I must apologize for the long delay in my postings—recently I had a bout of bronchitis (that I really think started out as allergies but then mutated!) I took a quick trip to the hospital on Black Friday and surprisingly, didn’t stay too long thankfully. After a check to make sure it wasn’t pneumonia, I was given meds and a nebulizer treatment—which I must say really helped clear things up! I’ve never had a treatment before, though I’ve been asthmatic since I was 19.
Oh my gosh, it’s good to be back! It’s been a minute, and I’ve had some things to catch up on since my last computer died.
Still miffed at Apple for fucking up the [non] service on my last computer, but thank God I’ve got some really great grandparents who were able to help me out with a new computer—blogging from your phone is not the business, just FYI. Great in a pinch, but that’s it.
I’m really not sure if this is a small step, or a mid-size one, but I’ve finally outlined the story for my children’s picture book!
I’ve had an idea for a kid’s story involving my dog, and while I was working on that, this other story came to mind about a little boy and that idea just took off! So I followed and made it a goal for this month to sit and outline the story and its characters. After using most of my writing day to handle #reallife challenges, I finally had some time tonight and I’m so happy it’s done!
(I need to stop doing that. Writing day is for writing only– real life can wait an extra day. Except if it’s a crisis, then it’s ok.)
I don’t care how dorky it may seem, I’m celebrating every step– no matter how small or large– of this endeavor. And my work’s not done yet– gotta tighten up the script, storyboard, and then I’ll check to see what’s next.
Speaking of monthly goals, I still have 4 more chapters of my novel to write in 5 days… ugh! But we’ll see, maybe it can be done. If not, I’ll just have to write 6 chapters next month.
It never ends, and I love it!
Yes, I survived another NaNoWriMo! I think my official word count was just over 52,000, which is the most I’ve done since joining the competition. The good news is that it definitely got me back in the swing of things. The bad news is that most of this will probably be scrapped because it’s just words– which is what NaNo is suppose to be.
I recently saw an Unsung episode on Chanté Moore and I was reminded about how often I used to sing this song growing up. In fact, I was a big fan of hers and I’m ashamed to admit that I fell off. So, me and iTunes got reacquainted with her music.
I’m taking a short writing break to do some copy editing for my publisher today– although the plot bunnies have been very tenacious.
I had to look something up and came across a copyediting quiz from The Subversive Copy Editor Blog. Take it for a spin and see how you do. Happy editing!
*image from KallieLeonard
I had a podcast episode that I had planned to release today, but after careful consideration I’ve decided not to. It was nothing controversial– I couldn’t fix the audio. I’d recorded in a new environment and you can hear incessant background noise that I’d hoped my mic hadn’t picked up on.
But it did. And try as I did to isolate and tone the sounds down, it just muddled the audio that I did want you guys to hear. So I’ll re-record it with the interviewee at a time when she can fit me in again.
In the meantime, how is your week going so far? I’d actually gotten some writing down yesterday in the form of an outline for a kid’s picture I want to write. While that wasn’t my project this week, I wasn’t about to shut off the muse faucet after I’d been stuck for a while. Now let’s hope this transfers over when I go back to writing my novel this week!
Happy Writer Wednesday, Movember and NaNoWriMo!
I was going to talk about my feelings on Grey, 50 Shades of Grey as told by Christian. I’d gotten it from the library a few days ago and had recently finished it. I wanted to talk about my take on it, but instead this post will be about writing and emotions. Grey will be the next topic of discussion.