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Novemberish wrapup: Writing and reading mania

November has been a month of balancing my time and energy.  You'd think after 30 days of NaNoWriMo, I would be ready to take a break. But no...I'm still deep into my story "Blue Steel" and eager to push on and finish it.  Although I think both Father and James are glad the month is over.  It's been a month of blank looks, uh huh's and late dinners while I'd write, then push to type all my scribblings up in order to make sure I'm keeping up.  I'm going try and keep the same momentum going with the writing, push for the 1600 words or at least 5 written pages a day and finish the story by the end of December.  That way I can start the year fresh and dive into outlining and editing and researching.  
I had a plan during the month of November to read unputdownable books so that I wouldn't get caught up in a story at breakfast time, decide to keep reading and then find my writing time had completely disappeared.  I soon discovered, I rarely choose bo…

Sunday Salon: Nanowrimo winner!

November has flown by in a blur and yes I know there are three days left, but I did it and as of today have written 50,197 words.  Happy Happy Joy Joy.  There are holes as big as Montana and there are scenes yet to be written and and an ending to find. I just derailed my main male character by having an old love show up and steal away the main female character.  Where does her heart truly lie?  I don't know at the moment, because I'm really liking the old love.  He kind of jumped in and took center stage and kind of has me rethinking part of the story.  
I discovered something this month as well.  The goal I had throughout the year of writing at least 500 words or one hour a day, well, was just stupid and very limiting, for me.   I should know better than to limit myself.  The words just flowed and felt so good, putting my all into it.  I found myself writing, in the morning, afternoon and evening. Didn't matter what time it was.  I'm no longer going to relegate to a c…

Row80 and birthday Bounty

It's been a couple weeks since I checked in.  I've been writing like crazy on Blue Steel for NaNoWriMo and happy to say as of last night at 36953 words.  Hubby and son have been most supportive in helping around the house. James has a new chore - cleaning his own bathroom.  Not a so happy byproduct (to him) of the craziness of November.  I've been bad and haven't stepped foot on the treadmill.  Too busy typing up my daily scribblings.

I scored bigtime for my birthday and received some excellent writing books.

Happy Dance!   I also have received Lee Child's "Worth Dying For" and Jasper Fforde's "One of our Thursdays is Missing."   James is campaigning for a dog so he got me the DK "The Encyclopedia of the Dog." It was fun looking through it and the pictures reminding me of all the different dogs we had and those of our old long forgotten neighbors and friends as well. Prompted some great memories and stories to share. Plus a great ne…

It's a celebration!

Help me celebrate turning a marvalous
--- 52 ----

Have a glass of virtual champagne.
~clink~ ~clink~

2012 Reading Challenges

It is that time of year again when everyone is announcing their reading challenges for next year. Keeping it simply for 2012 and joining in on just a few.  

Beth Fish Reads What's In a Name challenge is always fun and has interesting categories:
Between January 1 and December 31, 2012, read one book in each of the following: A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title: (ie: Black Hills, Purgatory Ridge, Emily of Deep Valley)A book with something you'd see in the sky in the title: (ie:   Moon Called, Seeing Stars, Cloud Atlas)A book with a creepy crawly in the title: (ie: Little Bee, Spider Bones, The Witches of Worm)A book with a type of house in the title: (ie: The Glass Castle, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Ape House)A book with something you'd carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title: (ie:  Sarah's Key, The Scarlet Letter, Devlin Diary)A book with a something you'd find on a calendar in the title: (ie: Day of the …

Randomness will lead somewhere - really!

A tip for staving off writer's block 
Open an encyclopedia to a random page, and read an entry.  You might get one good detail (the sacred 'ibis' was revered in ancient Egypt) or a whole line of exploration (St. Dunstan's, a British organization that cares for those blinded in war, was founded by a blind newspaper owner) to shake you out of your stupor.   (Pocket Muse by Monica Wood)
Actually works wonderfully well - I know!

TLC Book Tour: Hometown Girl by Mariah Stewart

Hometown Girl
By Mariah Stewart 

Back cover: " Life was always just about perfect for Brooke Madison Bowers. She was the prettiest, most popular girl in small-town St. Dennis, Maryland, a prom queen, local pageant star, and the pride and joy of her loving parents. She even married the man of her dreams. But the promise of happily ever after fell to pieces when her husband was killed while serving in Iraq. Brokenhearted and longing for the solace of better days, she returns to the idyllic world of St. Dennis, and the familiar comfort of the family farm. Surrounded by her loving family and friends, she’s determined to build a new life, complete with her own cupcake bakery. She’s equally determined never to fall in love again.
For Jesse Enright, life has been a challenge. A fourth-generation attorney, he’s spent his life fighting to escape the shadow of his irresponsible father. Now he’s moved to St. Dennis to run the family law practice, and he’s ready to find the right gi…

I have a theory!

Sunday Salon: Being creative

I'm plugging on my NaNoWriMo first draft of Blue Steel.  I started with an outline, then decided to write the scenes that have been floating about in my head.  I had three variation of the same scene so am writing them all and see which clicks and moves the story forward.   Kind of freeing not writing linearly.  I checked out scrivener and see the beauty of the program but because of the learning curve will utilize it when I'm done with Nano and not under pressure.  One less thing to stress over.  I usually write every thing long hand and type it up later.   Have been trying to type the days writing up in the afternoon, however it doesn't always work out.   The pressure to get er done was relieved when I found this clause on the Nano site:

How do I verify if I’m writing by hand?:
Invoke the Luddite Clause!

What you do is write your 50,000 words, then have someone you trust verify that it is, indeed, 50,000 words. Then using something like the Lorem Ipsum generator, submit…

2011 Books completed

2011 Book List
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I will be keeping track of the books I read for 2011 in this post.   Posts with links lead to my review of the book. Reviews may be posted later than when finished the book.

Safe and Sound - J.D. Rhoades Tiger Eye (Dirk and Steele series #1) Marjorie M Lui  Shadow Touch (Dirk and Steele Series #2)  Marjorie M. Liu  Secrets of the Demon (Kara Gillian Series)  Diana Rowland Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy Red Heart of Jade - (Dirk and Steele #3) - Marjorie M. Liu Beatrice and Virgil - Yann Martell Cinders - Michelle Davidson Argyle Delirious - Daniel Palmer The Five Love Languages - Gary Chapman  (nf)  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Bronte An Eye for Murder - Libby Fischer Hellmann (e-book)  Eats, Shoots and Leaves - Lynne Truss (nf)  Full Mortality - Sasscer Hill (dnf)Forsaken by Shadow - Kait NolanWild Man Creek (Virgin River Series # 12) - Robyn CarrWild Rain (Leopard Series #2) - Christine Feehan (e-book)The Fifth S…

2011 Reading Challenges

It's that time of year when all the reading challenges are being announced for next year. I won't be going challenge crazy again for the new year.  I'm limiting myself to three or four (or try to) and will be instituting another buying ban until I've read the majority of my TBR Pile. Books in italics are ideas for the challenges.  The challenges I will be joining are 

The goal is between January 1 and December 31, 2011, read one book in each of the following categories:   Completed
A book with a number in the title: The Fifth Servant - Kenneth Wishnia A book with jewelry or a gem in the title: Red Heart of Jade - Marjorie M LiuA book with a size in the title: Long Gone - Alafair BurkeA book with travel or movement in the title: Heat Wave - Richard CastleA book with evil in the title: Secrets of the Demon - Diana RowlandA book with a life stage in the title: Wild Man Creek - Robyn Carr
The challenge runs from January 1 through November 31 and the goal is to read books  wr…

Books on the Nightstand

What's on the Nightstand

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I am updating the list as books come in, whether purchases or review books in order to keep better track of what is in the stacks. I won't be reading them in any particular order just by mood or randomly picked using Advanced Reader Copies will be read and reviewed around their release dates. Review books will be read within a reasonable time frame.  Challenge books throughout the year and by the end of the Challenge.  I have a whole slew of non fiction books but won't be listing all of those. Those also will be read by when the mood strikes and I probably won't review them, unless its something that really strikes my fancy.

A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals #1) - Kresley Cole (ebook)A Killing Tide - P.J. Alderman (ebook)Across the Universe - Beth Revis An Eye for Murder - Libby Fischer Hellmann (ebook) An Irish Country Doctor - Patrick Taylor (gift) Benjamin Pratt and Keepe…

It begins - Nanowrimo 2011