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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Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 11

Dunno how I'm gonna write this villain yetHaving to spend time in my Antagonist’s head is giving me a headache. Seriously. Having to think the way he does, having to look at the world through his eyes, makes me shudder. We’re so different, he and I. I hope. He’s planning to do some things of which I do not approve. I am so not living vicariously through him. Nope. Not. The way he thinks makes my brain hurt and I find it challenging to write for him at all. I’ve written villains before and had great fun. But this one, oy! Gonna take some work to make him more of a person. I don’t want him to be a cardboard character, he has to be real flesh and blood. Well, not real flesh and blood because he is a fictional character. But he has to seem like a real person when you read the story. And for that to happen I’ve got to make him real to me. Hmm…

The War on HumansIn related news, I tweeted this link earlier but just in case you missed it, here it is: the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement. “Returning Earth to its natural splendor and ending needless suffering of humanity…” By voluntarily allowing the human race to become extinct. Yes, that’s right, by going the way of the dinosaurs. It’s not a joke. I wish it were. These people are serious. How did I find out about them? I found out about VHEMT (and other movements, like Deep Ecology) by reading the War on Humans, by Wesley J. Smith (also at Discovery Institute, article database, National Review, First Things, LifeSiteNews, The Weekly Standard, and @forcedexit on Twitter), as part of my ongoing research. Check out the documentary. Get the eBook for $1.99: Kindle version, iBook version, Nook version. And, no, I don’t make one cent off anything I recommend on the blog.

Thank you for visiting and reading. God bless you and peace be with you!

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Over Just over 2K. Total: Over 30K. Woohoo!

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Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 10

Yes!Quick update tonight because I had a really important breakthrough today and I’m so excited I can hardly stand it! I mean, this was a heart-pounding, head-rushing, Oh-my-I-can’t-believe-I-just-now-realized-that really important kind of breakthrough. And I had not one of these but two, both realizations hitting me right here in the second week of Camp NaNo. Wow. Wow! Other realizations have followed from those realizations and there’s just a chance that I might not be wasting my time trying to write this thing after all. ;)

What breakthroughs, you ask? Well, I can’t tell you much. But I can say that I finally realized what the basic story is (yeah, that is a rather important thing to finally catch onto) and also what every scene in this novel is primarily about, what it primarily has to show or dramatize. After two plus years of false starts and thinking I finally understood where I was going only to run up against another brick wall, this new understanding is a very important development. Whew! I’m so relieved I could dance around the house and run around the block.

Well, if I could dance and in my current state of health (or lack thereof) could run, that is. ;)

Thanks for stopping by and may God bless you abundantly!

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Over 2K. Total: Over 28K. Woohoo!

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Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 9

Why, I could do this in my sleep...I fell asleep last night before I could post an update here. Just flat ran outta steam. Collapsed into bed. Hugged my pillow and my dogs and was out like a light. Left the night light on, but I was out. Then I jolted awake because I remembered I hadn’t posted the nightly update post and I opened one eyelid and looked over at the desk, shook my head, rolled over and went back to sleep. Probably for the best. Probably would have read something like this: “Aslfasl sfl;safl;sot asowoijas. asdflasSLla E.” So, yeah, probably for the best that I just went on ahead and got some rest.

Why was I so tired? I think it’s because I’ve been doing so much research into current events and mind-sets and leftist propaganda and tactics and movements (DiscoverTheNetworks is a great place for information on the left) and I think all at once it got to me. That, and all the prednisone I’ve been taking for my sarcoidosis. I’ve never had to take such large doses before and I don’t like it. Messes with my concentration and that’s something I do not need while I’m trying to write a 50k-word novel in 30 days, don’t you know. Sigh.

Going to go fix a cup of hot tea and read a while in bed. Thanks for visiting. God bless you and peace be with you! :)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Almost 1K. Total: Over 25k. Awright! Uh huh! Update: After I posted this, I got an idea and ran with it. Word count for tonight is now: 1,687. Total: 26,288. :)

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Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 7

So many thoughts running through my mind today and tonight. So many ideas trying to squeeze their way into the novel. Can I fit them all in there? Nope. Got enough ideas to write a series of books (I hope) and I’m going to have to find a way to narrow the focus for this one. Write, write, write, cut, cut, cut. That’s the way it goes. But this is the rough draft phase (and I do mean ROUGH) so it’s not time to cut yet. Oh, but the temptation is so strong! To cut it all! ;)

Sometimes I wonder why I started this mess. I wonder why I ever thought I could write. Then someone tells me how something I wrote effected them and then I remember why I started this and I open up Scrivener and begin again.

But not tonight! It’s late, the dogs are all snoring, my feet and ankles are swollen from all the steroids I’m on (dang sarcoidosis), and before I get any further into full whining mode, I’m going to bed and get some sleep. The storm kept one of my dogs awake last night and she kept me awake, too. Can’t keep my eyes open any longer!

Thanks for stopping by. Please keep me in your prayers and know that I keep all visitors and readers and Twitter friends (and even those who aren’t friends!) in my prayers and remember you all at Mass. Peace be with you and God bless you! :)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Over 2K. Total: Over 22k. Woohoo! Awright! (Passes out.)

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Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 6

Wow. (Oh, wait, that’s how I started off Day 3′s post. I should start this one completely differently. Ha! Take that, all you sufferers of adverb aversion! I’ll start over.)

Whoa! (Heh.) It’s been a dark and stormy day (and now night) here at the lake. I’m just hoping the only road in here doesn’t flood again. Really a drag when that happens. But it would keep me at home and help me stay at the desk writing. If the basement doesn’t flood, which would keep me downstairs with a mop and a bucket and I don’t even wanna think about that right now. (She says as the sky opens and the rain begins to pour. And she wonders if she maybe shouldn’t have brought all the plants on the deck inside for the night. Good thing the deck is covered!) Once upon a time I had no house and not so many reasons to grouse. ;)

But I’ve digressed long enough. Let me tell you what happened this evening when I went to Mass. I got there early enough to pray the Divine Office before the Blessed Sacrament. As I knelt before entering the pew, I noticed two people sitting in one of the front pews, talking not loudly but certainly not exactly quietly either. And, really, one isn’t supposed to be talking in there at all. But in most parishes I’ve been in for lo these many years, few people seem to understand that. So as I knelt I asked the Lord if maybe they couldn’t be inspired to maybe end their conversation or go into another room. And they did! I got into the pew and knelt to prepare for Mass and I heard the gentleman say to the lady, “Let’s go in that other room, people are trying to pray.” As they disappeared through the door I whispered to the Lord, “Thank you, Jesus!” :)

Later the priest came in. Our long-time priest passed away a while back and we have yet to receive another, so we’ve had lots of different priests helping out. When this one came in, the Lord showed me once again His inimitable sense of humor. The priest got there with barely any time to spare and had to work out where and how everything worked and the one helping him was the lady who had been talking in the pew before, and now she was talking and laughing in the sanctuary and MUCH LOUDER, too.

Oy.

I buried my head and my attention in my prayer book as much as I was able. And the Lord gave me a gift. I read the wrong readings for Evening Prayer (did Evening Prayer I instead of II for Sunday) but it worked out alright because I read some things in those readings that inspired scenes for the novel. See how good the Lord is? Even when I’m an idiot, He pours out graces. I had forgotten my phone (I said I was an idiot, right?) so I had to dig in my purse for a pen and an old receipt so I could scribble down the inspirations before they got away.

Later when I got home I fed the dogs and fixed dinner and ate while watching EWTN. The show on Chesterton was about some of the things I’ve been writing about in the novel. So I got more ideas then. God is so good! I’ve been trying to write this story (well, trying to figure out what the story is and how to write it) since 2012. But now I seem to be finally getting somewhere. And that’s a wonderful feeling.

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Less than 4K. Total: Over 20K. Awright! Woohoo!

My Camp NaNoWriMo stat page said at this rate I’ll finish by mid-month. Of course, I won’t. Even if I reach 50K by then, I won’t be finished. This story is a mess and I have loads of work to do on it. But I’m thrilled with the way it’s going and that’s enough for now.

Thanks for stopping by and may the peace of Christ be with you always. God bless you!

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