Friday, May 20, 2011

Day 30 - 50,189 Words

The title says it all. I broke 50,000 words. I am going to take a breather now, before I begin the editing process.

Happy Birthday, Ransom. I hope you like your present one day, when you're allowed to read it. It's meant to remind you that you can accomplish amazing things if you take it one day at a time.

And I'm very amused by your new preferred form of transportation. As if the neighbors didn't already think we were weird.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Day 28 - 45,089 words "I Ain't Good-Lookin' But I'm Somebody's Angel Child"

So if I were gonna give up, it would have happened a long time ago. Here I am less than 5,000 words from the finish line, where my prize will be an entire novel written by Amy R. Ha! I'm dazed and tired, past the point of 'hitting the wall' as marathoners do in the last few miles of the race, and I have to say this is one of the most rewarding things I've ever done. I will be able to say that I did, in fact, do something I always wanted to do. I realized that I can't simply sit and wait around until I become the kind of person who does these things. I just have to DO them, and then I will be that person. I've ignored many beloved friends and family members, let the laundry pile up, and have generally been letting Vu take the brunt of the parenting duties at times, but all the sacrifices I've imposed on others will pay off on Friday. Right now my 'baby' is not good-looking. In fact, it's not fit for anyone's eyes but my own and Vu's just yet. I have everything I need to work with now though. And to me, it promises to be something I can be proud to share one day.

Now, a quick pictorial summary of other moments I've managed to snatch recently:

And lastly, but very importantly, Vu self-published his long short story/novella, complete with a cover he designed. I'd love to see this story of his made into a movie - it's so atmostpheric. Give it a try!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Day 21 - 30,116 words

I'm getting close to the last leg of it, and I'm certain my adrenaline will help me catch up the little bit I've fallen behind. I fell behind for a very good reason: my one of my darling best friends, Jenny, got married to an awesome guy this last weekend. Not to mention that the weekend before that we girls had a little bridal getaway. It was a fantastic wedding, very garden-y and relaxed. And now I'll have to practice calling her Mrs. Jenny Brown. That's going to take some getting used to.
The best thing for my novel so far has been the feedback and support from I've gotten from my sweet husband. He's listened to everything I've written so far (except what I've just written this afternoon, but we'll cuddle up in the hammock with my laptop for another reading session this evening) and clearly seems to be enjoying the story, knowing it's a rough draft. What more could I ask for? I see that he genuinely likes it, and I respect his opinion so much.

I plan on trying to get the manuscript printed up in pseudo-professional style to present to the boys on their birthdays. I don't think it will mean much to Ransom, except possible as a novel thing to flip through or throw across the room, but I'd like to get pictures so I can show him later.

Thanks for reading, and love to all!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Day 15 - 21,745 words

Wooohooo! I'm officially halfway there. Time-wise I'm half way there, anyway. Word count-wise, welllll, I went to a bachelorette party this weekend. The important thing, though, is that I'm only a little bit behind and I'm not falling further behind.

I gave myself nightmares last night, by the way, when I read the chapter I'd written yesterday afternoon to Vu. :) I guess that's a good sign.

I've heard that it's a common mistake for a first-time novelist to create too many characters. I see that I have possibly done that. But I love them all, even this evil ones, even the undead ones. Don't make me axe them! Also interestingly, I've created way more male characters than female ones, even though most of my main characters are women. Hmmm.

I'm looking forward to the rewriting process, when I can once again unleash my inner editor, who is foaming at the mouth and raring to go.

Love to all!