Monday, November 17, 2014

#NaNoWriMo14: In the Thick of It

Let's just pause for a moment to recognize two things about this year's NaNoWriMo experience:

1. I have yet to quit due to time constraints, stress, a lack of creativity and all of those previous excuses I have used.

2. Aside from a small 1k-word shortage, I'm relatively on track for finishing by November 30.

This is an accomplishment in itself, whether I end up winning or not. I'm finally at the point in my life/career that I realize how plowing through writing on a daily basis works much better than waiting for that spark of creativity. I hate to admit all of those people who shovel out writing advice are right, but hey--someday someone will tell me that I'm right on some obscure subject, and we'll be even.

I must also address my Vine experiment. I've managed to put up a video everyday, but I realize how boring they are. The last two have been screenshots of my Nano stats page. I'll do better, I swear. I'm also forgoing the weekly YouTube video compilation hoping that I can get a much better 30-day compilation made in December. You know... one that actually includes words and stuff so the videos don't look like a jumble of random clips.

And a little early Christmas reminder for you: a book of haiku always makes a great gift, so pick up Unfolding Life today and check it off of your shopping list. ;-)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Week 1 Wrapup and On to Week 2

Here's the compilation video, as promised. It sucks. I had a music track for it, but after a computer update yesterday, Movie Maker went bizzaro and started making an awful screeching, popping noise instead of the track. The program has changed since I last used it a few years ago and is more frustrating than I remembered, so next week I think I'll be using Adobe Premiere Elements. 

Week 1 of NaNoWriMo has gone surprisingly well. In past years, I've usually fallen behind at this point. By the 15th, I'm out of the game completely. This was always due to a lot of things--lack of money, lack of work (we're smack in the middle of the freelance holiday dead zone), and the guilt that comes along with spending so much time and effort on something that may never make a dime for me. While the guilt has subsided this year, every other little problem that had held me back in the past is actually ten times worse. Either I'm getting too old to care about things or I'm being really, really stupid. I haven't decided yet.

As of right now, I'm still on track with my work count. The novel went from focusing on the narrator to focusing on the narrator's boss. I don't know how that happened, but it's making it easier to meet the word count. Eventually, I'll get back to the narrator's seemingly petty problems.

Monday, November 03, 2014

The Chronicles of My #Nanowrimo Adventure

If you follow me on Twitter or on Vine, then you may have noticed that I'm doing a Vine a day for NaNoWriMo this year. It's not much, but I wasn't sure about doing full videos just yet. Maybe next year this will turn into a full-on vlog (or a reality show? Come on producers, you know you want to *wink,wink*). But for now, you will be able to see snippets of the things that make nano great--and suck. Here's an example from Day 1:

Don't follow me yet on Twitter or Vine? I'll be putting up a weekly roundup of the videos on my YouTube channel, which I would be more than happy for you to subscribe to so you'll never miss a new video.

Okay. Back to writing...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Stuff to Try, Stuff to Do...

Well, it's that time again... another Vox Box has arrived in the mail. As usual, I'm totally excited to try out all of the products. Unboxing, reviews and anything else about the products will be all over at Showered in Beauty.

Along with the Vox Box, This week is all about NaNoWriMo prep. I had a long, almost incomprehensible paragraph outline written a month ago. This week I'm turning it into more of a solid outline so that I won't get lost in the plot by Day 15.

And I'm trying to think of something special to do to keep me motivated this year. I can't decide what it will be. Should I deny myself cookies until meet my daily word count goal? Should I produce some vlogs to record my progress? I still haven't decided but I'll do something fun.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Reconnected... and It Feels So Good

Well, as of 7PM last night, I have Internet access again. It wasn't easy, and I didn't think it would happen. A call was finally placed, and the cable experts on the phone were adamant this this equipment would no longer work because of the speeds being paid for. Yet four hours after that call was placed, the Internet was running again, and might I add, faster than ever. Huh. But this equipment is inferior? Okay...

Anyway, I've been trying to catch up on all my emails and getting back to work. The three-day hit I'm taking in the wallet doesn't help, but luckily there is work to be had now that I'm back online. Will I still have to go out and find seasonal retail work? Looks like it. And New York is getting put off indefinitely. Money is the main issue since we are now officially in lets-hike-up-the-prices-for-the-holidays season, but the hatchet attacks on the streets and deadly diseases infiltrating the city are making me feel not so bad about not getting there right now.

So I'm going to focus on what is good around here. NaNoWriMo starting next week? Check. Tons of samples/campaigns/VoxBoxes/free stuff coming in the mail? Check. Still having a three-year backlog of books to read? Check. So it's not so bad.