Friday, December 05, 2014

A new story in the works

So, I haven't had time to sit down and write the ending of Catherine's journey yet (I know, slowpoke!) but today I wrote down the plot, characters and ending on a new novel idea: Anna & Simon. I have a good feeling about this one, based on a scene I saw when waiting for a late bus the other day.

I want to sit down and write on it RIGHT NOW but alas, I need to sleep in less than 45 minutes which means I need to prep for work in about 5 minutes. I hope I still am as excited about this story tomorrow afternoon as I am now because something tells me that if I get it right this might be amazing. If I get it right I will send it to publishers*.

Plot is revolving around Anna and Simon (duh) and it will span from them being 7 to them being 18. It is going to be interesting to write this, especially since I don't know if I can properly write about being in those ages, it was a long time ago but it is like they force me to tell their story, I just must write it down.

*Now, I am going to write it in English so question is if I can send it to Swedish publishers or if I can actually contact the ones in English speaking countries... anyone who knows?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Projects update: November

When I do things that is a bit bigger I call them projects, it can be everything from organising an event to rearranging my kitchen. It's good for both having a good overview of what needs to be done and for evaluating when it's finished. Below are some of the ones I've been working on lately and their status.

Last update: Oct | Sep | Aug | Jun & Jul | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan

November was a lot of job hunting and I got a temporary job which freezes my fingers to bits (door2door job for a charity organisation) and I am drinking copious amounts of tea. I also went to Check! which was a weekend for music organisers, which was a really great weekend especially since I ended it with seeing my dad. I also managed to pull off 1 month with my boyfriend and to win NaNoWriMo just as I hoped.

About my hopes: I did go to the music organising weekend, I hit 50k on NaNo and I did get a job. 100% fulfilled on the hopes of November, feels pretty great.

Hopes for December: Get a new more stable job that last longer, preferably indoor. I also hope that I get to see my boyfriend over New Years and that I have money to pay all my bills. I also hope it will be a minimum of family drama over Christmas (I wish!).


 ♥ Finding the perfect job (or a job at all)
I got a job for three weeks to sell symbolic gift certificates for IM, a Swedish organisation.
1/1 done

♥ NaNoWriMo
To write a novel of 50 000 words in 30 days (or basically 2000 words for 30 days). I WON. To follow my journey just look at the tag NaNoWriMo ;)
1/1 done




♥ Selling/giving away
This is going slow but steady. Keep selling something every time I put stuff up for sale. It is not much but at least it is a small income and I get more space.
♥ Taking care of things in basement

Unchanged, should go down to handle things soon, waited for my ex to get his stuff but that seems to not happen. I haven't been down since the flooding to take care of things, but then I saw several stuff I could sell so I should probably get cracking on that.
3/4 done 

Project Panzi hospital
I read an article about the survivors of sexual violence that Panzi have taken care of and that the hospital need an industrial washing machine so through deviantART I'm trying to collect money, by selling donated prints. You can see more here. So far only collected $6.46. This might get included in the book project, one of the books might support Panzi.
0/1 done

♥ Children's books project

Seems like this is on ice considering busy people, I will look more into it before I put it on hold. About project: I've slowly gotten more and more disturbed that 90% of the main characters are boys in books and that if there is a girl she's wimpy and frankly not independent and cool and dare to do things. So, I started my own project where I hope to organise and make 5 children's books with girl leads. I got some people interested and planning on a meeting with a printing company soon.
0/4 done

♥ NEW: Finding a job (preferably indoors)
Suggestions are appreciated! I can work in Sweden or abroad. My resume: Eng / Swe (.pdf)
0/1 done

On hold

♥ Friendship project - on hold
3 (of 4) still needs to be photographed and shipped to their owners. I've just put the box with the bracelets in a safe place so now I can't find it.
3/4 done

♥ Earring project Z - on hold
Haven't had the time to work on this. This was mostly to inspire myself, I'm being plenty of inspired lately without it. Parts: make, photograph and put up on Etsy and deviantART.
1/4 done 

♥ Closet project - on hold

I still need to make the holes in the lids though, unsure what tools to use - an awl?

3.5/4 done

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hitting 50k and winning NaNoWriMo

The feeling of accomplishing a goal you thought was impossible 26 days ago is crazy, it is beyond words. I am so ecstatic. The only thing I shouted out on social media was "I WON NANOWRIMO" and then a lot of exclamation marks.

For the last 26 days I have been slaving on my novel's first draft and now today I reached 50 027 (50 043 according to NaNo website) and validated it. I have a few scenes I need to finish before my first group of readers can read it but I won. I won NaNoWriMo. I literally wrote 50 000 words in a month, something I thought was impossible 26 days ago when my big goal was to reach 10k.

I reached 10k, then I reached 25k and then I today reached 50k and can proudly call myself a NaNo winner. It is almost too big to completely comprehend, but yet not.

The rest of you still slaving away, you can do this, no matter how much you have written I am sure you can do it and even if you don't reach 50k you will have reached far longer into your story than if you hadn't tried at all.

Later today I will do a sum up of day 25 and 26. It will come, I just need to bask in this feeling a little while first :D

5 days left of 10% on notebooks with the code NANOWRIMO14 in my etsy shop

Monday, November 24, 2014

NaNoWriMo, day 24

I can smell the end now, it is damn near. I am around 2k away and I'm on the home stretch. It really feels good, I just hope I will have time to write the rest this week considering the busy times I have in front of me.

Been pondering a bit about chapters today, right now they have working titles in the actual novel. 8 chapters to name and I will darn name them, I know it is not as common anymore to do that but I have always liked a nice chapter title.

Anyway, today I wrote 2018 words and landed on 48 247 words overall, as said, it is drawing closer to getting the novel validated and win NaNo! If I write 251 words a day now I will win so I am hoping to pull this off. :)

6 days left of 10% on notebooks with the code NANOWRIMO14 in my etsy shop

Sunday, November 23, 2014

NaNoWriMo, day 23

Today I think I managed to write a bit of a record, in half an hour I wrote 812 words. I know I have pulled off 1k in 45 min before but I think this is a new record. Anyway, I felt like I came back to my way of storytelling again with beautiful scenery, that have gone a bit up and down in this book. Scenery description overall have been lacking I feel.

I seem to have a thing for falling snow and rain, well anything falling actually since a lot of my poems have had the theme of falling leaves. It is now New Year's Eve and it is snowing, chapter 8. It is exhilarating.

Stats today: 46 229 words which means I wrote 2015 words today.

I have realised that keeping it around 1k a pop and max 2k a day that means I get time to think of the story and to get a fresh look on what to do next every 1k. If I do NaNo next year I hope to keep that up since it has worked well for me so far this month.

I am hoping to hit 50k on Wednesday (since I have a job intro thing on Tuesday and might not get any writing done). Unsure if my story is done at 50k though since that is just 4k away (haha compare that to how daunting 4k seemed when I started!). I think my story might need up to 55k to wrap completely.

Unsure if I should validate it when hitting 50k or when finished, we'll see.

7 days left of 10% on notebooks with the code NANOWRIMO14 in my etsy shop

Saturday, November 22, 2014

NaNoWriMo, day 22

I don't have much to say today, it was like pulling teeth to write today, awful writing and it didn't get the story forward and it was just useless in my point of view. At one point I was so tired that I contemplated napping and then I had just written 20 minutes in at my second hour.

I did manage to get 2098 words written today though which landed me at 44 214 words, can't say it was any quality writing and since I was so tired when writing I think that the fluency isn't there either. The last while have been a lot of "and then she did this and then she did that" which makes no sense and just makes her sound very ADHD which I know my character doesn't have.

It just feels crap now and I am unsure how to tie the bag. I have 6k to figure that out. Before I felt that so much could happen in 2k now nothing happens in 2k, she texts someone or she does some meditation and ponders about going to yoga class. Bleh. It feels like total crap today.

Fingers crossed for a better story tomorrow, last chapter.


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