Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 21, WOOHOO!

Sleepy eyes, I has themWOOHOO! Did it! Finis! The End! Caput! Well, not exactly. Validation at Camp NaNoWriMo doesn’t begin until Friday, April 25, but that’s not gonna stop me from whoopin’ and hollerin’ around here for all of another two or three minutes tonight–until I pass out from exhaustion, that is. Tired, sleepy eyes, I has them.

That’s it for tonight, I really am going to turn off the computer and crawl into bed with the dogs and get some much needed rest. Of course, if I happen to dream a scene or two, I’ll have my phone and iPad by the bed, so I can capture any bits of brilliantness that might otherwise disappear into the night.

Thanks for reading and I hope your Easter season continues to be blessed and filled with graces. Peace be with you! :)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: A little over 2K. Total: 50K.

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Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 20

Locked! Oh no!Okay, so I went to the evening Mass at my parish and I got there early so I could prepare, you know, evening prayer, rosary, look over the readings of the day, but I noticed that there were no other cars around and I thought, Ruh roh, I’ll bet they only had Mass this morning, I’ll check and see if the door is locked, and it was. (Deep breath.) So I got back in the car and looked at the clock and got out my phone (remembered to take it this time and it’s a good thing!) and checked the website of the next closest parish (which is NOT close, lemme tell ya, well, actually, the next closest had started their Mass at 5pm so that didn’t help, so I had to go to the next next closest parish), and there was an evening service at that one, it’s big because it’s closer to the city, but that means it’s far away from where I live and far away from my parish. So I lead-footed it, er, I mean, I casually non-chalantly and oh-so-very-slowly–alright, alright, I lead-footed it all the way to that 6pm Mass. And got there with a few minutes to spare and found a parking place near the front door.

I almost passed out in the parking lot from the shock.

After Camp NaNoWriMo is over, I promise I’ll get back to writing something for the blog, I will, no, I mean it, something about one of the gazillion books I’ve been reading. About some of the issues facing us as Catholics. Something!

Thank you for visiting and I hope you had a happy Easter and that your Easter season will be blessed and grace-filled. Peace be with you! :)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Under 2K. Total: A little less than 48K. Woohoo!

Look at this photo gallery from the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. No wonder they call that place “the Rome of the West”!

EWTN Bookmark, 4-20-2014, “John Paul II, Man of Prayer: The Spiritual Life of a Saint”, Doug Keck interviews Joanna Bogle, British journalist, blogger, author, TV presenter.

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Happy Easter! Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 19

He is Risen! Happy Easter, y’all! May your Easter season be blessed!

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Under 2K. Total: 46,247. Woohoo!

Hallelujah, He is Risen!

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Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 18

Tonight just stats and a video. I hope your Holy Week has been a blessed one. Thank you for reading. God bless you!

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Under 2K. Total: 44,650. Woohoo!

Dr. Scott Hahn, The Fourth Cup

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Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 17

Today I discovered some interesting textures in the story, some parallels between sets of characters, some echoes of events and experiences that are not identical but similar. I can use those to bring out different aspects, different facets of experience and meaning. It’s something I hadn’t thought of or realized before. It’s something I’d read about in a writing book a long time ago but didn’t really get. Until today when I saw it in this story. Love when that happens. :)

Thanks for dropping in, do drop in again, and may you have a blessed Good Friday.

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen – Good Friday video.

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Over 2K. Total: 43,003. Woohoo!

(Technically I wrote another three hundred or so words after midnight so those should count for tomorrow, er, Friday instead of tonight, er last night, Thursday. Argh! Brain. Hurts. Must. Sleep. Soon. But not until I finish getting another idea down and back up the project on Dropbox. And the Time Capsule. I know some people back up every few weeks or every few days. But I back up my work several times a day and the Time Capsule has its own schedule that I don’t even have to think about.)

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Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 16

I was going to spend the day with pad and pen, or iPad and stylus. Did that happen? No, it didn’t happen. I spent the day reading and watching videos instead. Not just any old reading and not just watching any videos either. It was all novel-related. Well, most of it was. Okay, some of it was. But I also spent some time working on my beat sheet and I think that is really going to pay off. :)

Bishop Sheen is a man after my own heart, he really tells it like it is!

Thank you for reading and God bless you! :)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Under 2K. Total: 40,333. Woohoo!

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Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 15

Too Much!Overload. That’s what happened to my brain today. Overload. Too much information. Short circuit. Too much research. This was supposed to help my imagination, not swamp it! Ack! I think I’ll spend tomorrow with a pad and pen–or an iPad and stylus, though I don’t like any of the styli I have–and doodle some ideas (Hi, Marty, I thought of you when I wrote that). I may even get out the note cards–the index card app. Or just use the index card portion of Scrivener. Ack again! The whole point is to make it simpler! Well, that actually is an argument for using the index cards within Scrivener. That way whatever I come up with will already be there in the project, ready for the next step.

And my next step right now is to close this laptop and go to bed.  Thank you for dropping in. May your Holy Week be blessed as you prepare for the Easter season! Peace be to you! :)

Bishop Fulton J Sheen’s last Good Friday talk before he went to be with the Lord.

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Under 2K. Total: Over 38K. Woohoo!

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Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 14

A little R 'n' R: Rockin' 'n' Readin'

A little R ‘n’ R: Rockin’ ‘n’ Readin’

Another rainy day. Stayed inside with the dogs (they are so bored with me!) reading Schiller’s History of the Thirty Years’ War (available in various formats for free at Project Gutenberg). Instructive. Enlightening. Whether he is correct in all his conclusions or not, it’s a fascinating read. I gained some insights that will help me construct situations and motivations for the novel. Every few pages I have to stop reading and type up some notes, inspirations and observations.

Thanks for reading. God bless you and peace be with you. :)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Under 2K. Total: Almost 37K. Woohoo!

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Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 13

My parish ran out of palms for evening Mass so I didn't have to watch everybody make these tonight

My parish ran out of palms for evening Mass so I didn’t have to watch everybody make these.

Just to change things up a bit, I took my Magnificat with me to Mass this evening instead of the regular Divine Office. (I usually get to Mass at least 30 minutes early to pray and prepare.) And I’m glad I did because I read something in there that helped me visualize something for the novel. I took it as a sign that that was the direction I should take in the story, that I should focus on that for a while. Some direction. I’ll take it! ;) And, though I forgot to take my phone with me this evening so I couldn’t use any of my nifty note-taking or writing apps, I did manage somehow to remember the ideas I had when I got home and finally sat down to write. Amazing. :)

Thank you for reading and may God richly bless you now and forever. I pray for all visitors to the blog and all the people I’ve met through Twitter, too, as well as remember all of y’all at Mass. Just so’s you know. (Prayers for yours truly are most appreciated, too.) Peace! :)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Over 2K. Total: Almost 35K. Woohoo!

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Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 12

Write like the wind!I didn’t sit down to write today until after 10pm tonight. Well, I’m writing this at nearly 1am Sunday morning, so that would be 10pm last night. I spent the day reading and looking at maps and thinking about logistics, how the people in the story would handle a certain devastating event. Then I sat down to write with only two hours to go until midnight, so I had to write, write, write and keep going and I wondered how I’d ever reach the goal of 1,667 words but next thing I knew I had passed 2,000.

I don’t even freak out about it any more the way I did the first few times I did the thirty day noveling thing. (See NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo.) Now I know I can hammer out 2k words in two hours, less than two hours if I really push. Are they good words? Depends on what you mean by good! ;) But I can get thoughts going and words flowing and very often I’m truly surprised by the thoughts and images that come to me while I’m racing toward the deadline. That’s one of the reasons I love NaNoWriMo so much: It’s 30 days of discovering things that I might never have discovered if I hadn’t taken the plunge. 30 days of heightened awareness and an overheated imagination that’s shifted into hyperdrive. My rough draft boldly going where none of my other rough drafts have gone before!

Okay, obviously I should start writing earlier so I can stop earlier and write these posts earlier and not try to do this so late. Oy! ;) Thanks for stopping by and God bless you. Peace! :)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Over 2K. Total: Almost 33K. Woohoo!

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