Thursday, December 19, 2013

Happy Holidays!!!

My last post was a bit of a downer.  I wrote about how I lost momentum during NaNoWrite month and the story that I was working on started to fade away… Well, the second half of December has definitely improved!  I think I needed to let my NaNoWrite story just sit for a while.  I took some time to think about it and then all of a sudden I had a second wind.  I’ve been working on my Middle Grade Fantasy story now at full speed!!  I know I won’t finish by the end of December but I don’t really mind as long as I’m making decent progress.  It’s funny how writing motivation ebbs and flows. 

Also on a happy note, we have been getting the new house ready for the holidays and this year we finally put up a tree! 
Here’s a pic of Hugo standing in front of it.  I was afraid he might steal some of the ornaments for chew toys but he’s miraculously left them alone.  (As far as I can tell.)

Here’s one more holiday pic of Hugo in his Christmas Sweater that Uncle Tim and family got for him.  Usually, Hugo doesn’t wear clothes except for very special occasions… I think this sweater is pretty darn cute.  (That’s me in the background trying to get him to hold still.) 

On a final note, my website is officially shutdown!  I checked it today and it no longer exists.  I am a little sad about it but I have to keep telling myself it’s easier having just one site. 

This post is going to be brief since I want to get some writing in this morning on my MG-Fantasy but I wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday!!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Website Updates and December Blues

Starting January 2014, I will no longer be hosting my web address  I know, I know... I just launched a new version of it in August but my hosting service was expiring and I decided to consolidate.  You can still find me here at  I figured it was just easier and cheaper to stay with blogspot (it’s free!) so why have both?

It’s officially December and winter is most definitely coming.  They are forecasting single digits by the end of the week and at night we are going down into the negatives.  I am bracing myself for my first full Minnesota winter.  I hope it's not as painful as people make it seem.

With November coming to a close, I am sad to report on my progress with NanoWrite.  I lost steam, not just with the story but with writing in general.  I knew I wasn't going to finish by the end of November but still I was hoping to at least be halfway done.  I am only around 17k words.

It’s been difficult for me lately especially when the people close to me have the maybe-it’s-time-to-grow-up-and-be-realistic conversation.  Maybe they’re right and I never will get published.  During times like these, I have to remind myself that I still have MOD out to interested agents and who knows--I may get that email today saying they want to rep my story.  But most of the time I just have that sinking feeling that it’s not going to happen for me.

I'm beginning to have doubts and that makes it really difficult to sit in front of my computer and tackle the next chapter.  Every word I type just seems wrong.  And I start to question the voice, the story, the paragraph--is this too long?  Is this character unlikable?  Am I going to send this out to agents once I'm finished only to fill my inbox up with more form rejections?  Then it's pretty much over for me and I have to stop writing for the day.  That, in a nutshell, explains my pathetic 17k word count for an entire 30 days worth of work.  566 words a day.  

So I have been feeling pretty discouraged lately about my writing prospects when funny enough I came across this Insecure Writer’sSupport Group Lo and behold what do they have on their front page?  This NanoWrite jpg:

That made me smile and feel a whole lot better about everything.  So, I decided I had to join.  The group posts the first Wednesday of the month and I'm anxious to see what it's all about.  Writing is a very solitary thing for me but maybe I need to come out from under my rock and see how other people are coping.