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The master list.

Once upon a time, I was reading a book written by Stephen King and happened upon a character named “Ace Merrill”. He lived in a little place of yore called Castle Rock, Maine. Well, that name/that location sent a smile to my face and memories into my brain. I knew this guy from that story that other time. Talk about being excited when I remembered little things that I loved about the town or couldn’t stand about Ace…It was like being in on a secret. I had to tell people, “Remember that guy from that place? Well, they’re back. No seriously. You have to read it.”

I blame Stephen King for this thing I have about linking my stories through characters, places, or just little hints. Even if no one else gets it, I know it’s there and am proud.

Lately, though, it feels like nothing is connecting. Not a story, a line, a name, or a title. I have a Tinkerbell journal full of notes for another Rom-Com in NYC I think I want to write for NaNoWriMo.

And if I do start writing on this, I will of course crossover locations or mention a person in passing–The Stephen King Effect. (The New York City thing for RomComs came from movies like The Secret of My Succe$s and What’s Your Number? {okay, so that’s Boston, but big city love story nonetheless} and even Something Borrowed.)

I like the idea of Sean and Gemma almost meeting at the same place that Kurt bought an apology latte…I like that Violet works with Sean while Charlie’s boss is Kurt. I like that this one hotspot is used for breakups and make-ups alike. What I don’t like is fishing through over 1000 pages of combined manuscripts to find that name or that place. That’s where the need for a master list of these tales comes into play.

I could just type a list on the computer. I have a few of those in OneNote and Word docs. But I like a solid journal with pages to flip through. I have images of places in my mind that I drew/draw that I like to reference in addition to photos. I like to keep the descriptions the same from story to story to make it more familiar…a home…like Castle Rock before it met its end.

There are three sections: The Stories which has either a book cover/promotional poster idea with a summary, characters, & locations. (The exact reason label makers were made.)

If Only in Our Dreams

Dreams can hold the best life has to offer. Who says they can’t come true?

Gemma has the worst luck with men. After this last date with the loser of her life, she’s ready to give up men. Her friends beg her for one more weekend–because they can choose a better guy for her–of blind dates. She agrees to one last weekend, though she’s regretting it already. Her friends will never find a guy like the one from her dreams. He’s hot and loving and the sex… Impossible.

Sean has the worst luck with women. After this last date with quite the drama queen, he’s ready to give up women. His friends beg him for one more weekend before doing anything drastic. After all, his friends can pick a woman better than the one from his dreams, right? Maybe not.

Life Imitating Art/Life Imitating Art

Every story has two sides, and Jana’s and Kurt’s are no exception. This duet of novels covers the same events, but are two entirely different tales. What he says is definitely not what she says about their lives from the moment they met.

Life Imitating Art: Jana Hampstead–pen name: JR Toscani–is a best selling romance authors of our time. After meeting her new editor Kurt, she realizes their story mimics the first story she’s ever written–Texas Violets, a fanfiction-turned-bestseller. Much like her characters, there’s ups and downs…and more downs…and he’s her editor, so that’s probably frowned upon around the editing firm. Oh definitely it is. Can Jana and Kurt put aside their differences and finish her new novel before their escapades can become office gossip?

Life Imitating Art: Kurt Werner–aspiring novelist and editor at top firm Eckhart & Bernstien–has been suffering a writer’s block the size of Jupiter. Every word he types ends with a delete. The story isn’t there. Then he meets his new client, JR Toscani–real name, Jana Hampstead. She envokes a rage…a passion within him. Next thing he knows, his job is on the line, but the words are flowing like a river flooding its banks. Can Kurt find a way to balance an editing job, Jana, and a new story that just won’t stop before it all comes crashing to a halt?

Wings

Take my hand. I’ll take yours. Together we’ll do this. Until we find love.

Told through two different points of view.

Charlie Everett plays wingman for his best friend, hoping to pay off an old debt. Violet Granger is trying to show “Daddy” that she can make it on her own. One night of wing services, they meet and their world couldn’t be sweeter. But, like always, real life and exes can break some wings. Can Charlie and Violet spread their wings so love can soar?

There are a few more stories not mentioned here. And I’m trying to decide where to put these stories–here, Wattpad, or e-pub them. Plus, this has been great for my story blocked mind. My hands are busy drawing, coloring, painting. My mind thinks as I do this…to the point of generating a new idea for a story that hasn’t been told in YA or adult books that I’ve been able to find. I’ve got a few opening lines to the story I’ve been wanting to type on. And have expanded my old notes on this NYC Rom-Com series, though I have yet to come up with a title.

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all images are my own.
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Happy New Year!

It feels like it’s been forever and a day since I’ve been here.

Maybe it’s because it’s been forever and a day since I’ve been here.
I mean November 17th feels like a lifetime ago thanks to the busyness and family over the holidays.

Old News:

I didn’t finish my tale in time for NaNoWriMo, but that doesn’t mean I’ve not been working on it when time is gifted to me. It’s just over half way…maybe two thirds of the way complete. And I love it now more than ever! My Charlie is a total “To *sigh* for…”

Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens … No spoilers, promise. I just have to say I saw it Thursday the 17th of December. I had tears and goosebumps and I LOVED it so much as well as deciding to pen a scathing email to JJ Abrams about why I LOVED it and not… It was amazing. I have theories upon theories of what’s to come, including Rey’s history. We have our teams here, too: Pro Han/Leia, Con Luke… And Kylo Ren…Ugh. BB-8 is the most adorable droid. I’ve always considered Artoo a toddler, and now I consider BB the adorable dog… Just so much to say…but again, I am going to keep this spoiler free.

Holidays were a blast, and so busy, and stressful, and just some good [and yet puzzling, literally] times.

New news:

Hoping everyone’s new year is off to the greatest of all starts. So far, this is a fantastic year! Even if I started off by getting sick for Christmas and am still trying to rid the bug. But, being bed ridden means I got to fulfill a promise I made to a youngling and have been binge watching PLL. Finally, right?

Pretty Little Liars, thanks to Netflix….I’m trying to think of why I hadn’t watched this show before. Currently halfway through season 3. I know the first A. Thanks to a spoiler addict, I know the second A, but that didn’t stop me from screaming at the screen when I saw Toby in a certain type of outfit at the end of an episode… Don’t think I’ve yelled that much at a screen since Breaking Dawn part 2…when certain things happened. (Sadly or not, that’s entirely true.) So, please, if you are ahead of me, no spoilers, I beg of you.

Onto…

I Resolute:

I’m not sure that’s the correct word, but (1) I like the way it sounds/looks up there, and (2) I always make up my own words for things so it wouldn’t surprise me if it is wrong. I don’t typically share my plans for the year, but then I typically don’t make plans for the year…Not that I’m lackadaisical, I just don’t. But, for some reason, this year I did make a few to share. (Maybe it’s because of the nine theme I’m going with for the year.)

  1. Finish Wings. Pretty easy as it’s almost done. Will I publish it, though? Meh. Probably not. I’m totally writing this for myself because I have had a Dickens of a time trying to find a sweet, typical-yet-different romcom to read…hell, to watch since most I’ve seen about a million times over and am craving something new.
  2. Write, write, write. I have another story idea that seems to want to bloom…so okay. That one may be a “publisher” when all is said and done. Then HT seems to be invading my daydreams lately…so I may pull out the opus and work away on it again.
  3. Put more of my works out there. Whether it’s sending to agents, putting them here in some capacity, on the road to getting published, or even taking it to self-pub or free site levels. In some way, this needs to be done before 2016 is out.
  4. Read more, review more. 100 books to be exact. At least according to my Goodreads reading goal challenge I filled out a few days ago. Already have one book read. 99 left to go for 2016.
  5. Blog more. Why? Because maybe I don’t do it enough [according to the internet rules for authors]. Although if I am blogging more, I’ll definitely be blathering on about either something fangirly or something on my mind…which might not be as good as I think.
  6. Eat pizza again. Stupid to resolute that, but I miss food. Sulphite (Sulfite) allergies SUCK! And I am so starving to death, though I may not look like it. PIZZA! PLEASE! Plain cheese…I’m even desperate enough to do rice or gluten-free crusts…just YES!
  7. Help kids/pets more. I do already help out with kids through a school, but ever since I heard this story of this toddler being left alone at Children’s hospital because his family couldn’t stay with him…i still cry…it’s the saddest thing that they had to leave this toddler behind…and I want to go up there, play and talk to them because they need to know they have someone on their side. My biggest problem is finding enough time in a day. I’m seriously thinking of forgoing my yearly trek to San Diego for Comic Con this summer and hanging out with those kids instead. It would definitely be more fulfilling. A child with a smile you gave them is better than all the panels and autographs in the world. Pets…I want to help at the animal shelters…if only I could move past the attachment thing I do with animals. Ask my mom about the snakes, turtles, crayfish, dogs, cats and whatever other animals I’d find in the street and bring home to either set free as it should be, find a home for, or even find the owners of…I’d have kept them all if she had let me.
  8. Try to lose weight again. After the sulphite (sulfite–I keep doing this because no one can agree how to spell it, though I’ve noticed the ‘ph’ is more abroad than US) scare last September/October, I haven’t done any exercising. Not because I don’t want to, but because I don’t want to go to the hospital because I can’t breathe again or wind up with a reaction so bad, I look like a horrible creature crawling from a pit of lava–again.
  9. You think for this last one, I’d put something major, something awesomely philanthropic, or something life-altering. It is to me, though no one else would get it…but I know I’m close to this…and maybe this is my year. But it is a very private, a soul-searching thing…I resolute it, but I won’t say it here.

No worries, though. If 9 does happen, I think I’d blab it here third…after my friends and something…maybe.

I do hope this new year brings about happiness and prosperity for all of you.
Just remember: There’s nothing like a laugh and a smile.

HAPPY 2016!

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NaNoWriMo, Chris Evans, and the writing cave.

Crawling out the cave for a moment before I dive into today’s NaNoWriMo work…

After three (literal) days of typing this month, i am proud to say the work is 402 words away from the 10,000 word mark…and I am LOVING this story more than I ever thought I would. It truly helps to have done most of my research, plotting, and casting (part of my process is who I would like to see in the movie version of this book; it helps me visualize what I need to type) over the past few months.

So why am I bringing Chris Evans into this quick update?

Well, one and the MAJOR DISCLAIMER: I’m a total fangirl. I cannot apologize for it. And I cannot undo it.

That aside, two: Because as I type this RomCom, I see it as a movie in my head. I have thoughts and flashes to What’s Your Number? which is possibly my most favorite RomCom this side of The Secret of My Succe$s. But I also have thoughts of Before We Go, a movie directed by and starring Chris Evans. Which, honestly, his name brought me to the door, but I stayed for the splendor. There is such an intimate feel to the way it was directed…and that was one of my favorite things about the movie outside of the story. It’s like you’re peeking in on this world and these two characters are unwittingly sharing their night with you. It’s intense and sweet and there is just something so powerful about it to me. As I type out Wings, I am fully thinking of how this film was shot, how the backgrounds are blurred so the focus is kept on the characters, how it’s like you’re let in on this secret and no one else can ever know about it. And I hope I’m capturing that feeling here. It’s very difficult, especially with all this show not tell stuff everybody seems to be all over these days. I almost want to say: Imagine a borough of New York City at night. Now blur it out and just watch as Charlie and Violet interact, or him with his friend, her with her friend. It’s not what I’m actually saying…but I hope I am more accomplishing.

The question is will someone else get it. Tough to say since I’m the only one watching this in my head.

Three: I am happy with my progress. I love that I could combine some old stories into this one by locations and side characters [from the first screenplay I ever wrote: If Only in My Dreams (2009) and a novel series I wrote a few years ago: Life Imitating Art (2013) as well as things that tie into other stories I’ve written including HT and Darrows. I’m like Stephen King in that way, I guess. I refuse to let any of my old characters/locations die.] Hopefully, Wings will be complete before our late, American Thanksgiving this year. *fingers crossed*

Four: Non-fiction November is going well. I think I’ve fallen in love with The Princess Bride all over again as I “see” it through someone else’s eyes. Cary Elwes narrates the tale perfectly…so far (I’m almost done). Westley is alive again!

Five: A quick moment for the readers of Wings as I go…the cast…or who I could see playing them in the movie version.

Charlie – Chris Evans

This is the actual image that spurned the entire story into existence. So how could he not be Charlie?

Violet – Kelsey Chow Asbille
(editing to fix her name. I had no idea she changed it.)

Maybe like a version that’s ten years older, but definitely her.

Darshan – Sidharth Malhotra

I imagine his voice more like Ravi’s (Rahul Kohli) voice from iZombie, British and sometimes implied snooty.

Amala – Danai Gurira

Because Amala has that same fierceness Michonne has, with guys instead of walkers though…

Off to the cave where my story awaits!
Fare-thee-well, my lovely readers.
Thanks for listening to the writing blathering this time.

(Fangirls never apologize for fangirling, though i can totally blame The Princess Bride for the way I phrased that. )

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Entering NaNoWriMode!

In just a few days, NaNoWriMo kicks off! I cannot wait to start on this one story I’ve been daydreaming about since September! Honestly, I’m surprised I’ve made it this far without typing out one word towards the story. SO VERY SHOCKED! Because last year, with Darrows, I didn’t make it. It was screaming at me to write, write, write, and so I did.

Not like this one isn’t screaming, but I’ve had a job of making notes and correlating a few old stories with this one so they’ll all cross over. I’m so excited, I’ve already made a book cover for NaNoWriMo for this story. (Note: This is just with the working title.)

Granted, I could use the photoshopped image for Darrows and Carter and possible some parts of Human Touch…I have a VERY weird wing obsession. I like to stick them on everything…and everyone.

So, who else is going to do NaNoWriMo? I could always use online writing buddies as well as ones IRL. (Note To Self: Check that local list on the site.)

To all my fellow NaNoWriters: Good luck and happy times in your writing goals! Only 50,000 more words to go at this point!

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Taking a quick writing break.

Just to announce…

Yep… 52,000 words before Thanksgiving

I am one of the winners of #NaNoWriMo2013!!! I am thrilled. Ish. While I did write 55,302 words, I am just not quite done with Life Inspiring Art. Almost though. I feel so proud that I accomplished 50,000 words in one month. That’s a lot of typing and probably even more deleting. Who knows what the real totals of the deleted words would bring me?

I’m just ecstatic that I did what I thought I couldn’t do.

Now, it’s onto Pitch Wars.
(see more info here at Brenda Drake for rules)

Yep, I’m entering my YA paranormal romance novel. Book one of three actually. I chose the four authors/agents that I felt would love my story the most. Thanks to a friend’s help (LIKE MAJOR THANKS) I polished up my query letters and made sure there was some individualization in each one. And this morning before 6 AM my time, I sent them in for consideration. I’m all nervous and excited and so hopeful that I am chosen. If even as an alternate…

I won’t know anything until the eleventh or so. I’ll have no fingernails left by then.

Well, time to get back to finishing my story left over from NaNo. Oh, and PS to the person who keeps spamming me about the way I label and write my blog… FYI… MY blog, MY rules. Done and ignore.

Sorry. That was eating at me, and all that nervousness is coming out as total sarcasm.

 

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