That’s right. Ohio.
So, I’d like to be able to say I’m here for patriotic reasons, as the photo suggests. Ohio is the state that always votes for the winner. Like…always*.
However, I am not here for the noble cause of casting my vote in this fine, fine election. It’s too late to register here, anyway.
I’m here to write, fuck, and be merry.
It’s working out pretty fucking well so far.
AND OMG OMG OMG TOMORROW NANOWRIMO STARTS OMG! NaNoWriMo is the month where all the nutjobs who think they’re writers, and all the crazies who have hopes to be writers, sit down and write an entire fucking book in one short month.
It’s fun! It’s intense! It’s…well, it’s actually what a lot of writers do every month. What I theoretically should have been doing the last…um…six months. But, do what can you do, right?
What can you do?
Join me if you want. I just checked my profile and it’s pretty unspectacular…but if you’re registered on NaNoWriMo.org, add me as a friend. I’ll try to add a photo and novel info shortly.
*Yeah I totally don’t check out facts before I publish blog entries. See the comments for more details.
So apparently it’s 2012. Happy Year.
While I celebrated Christmas with all my might, I pretty much ignored New Year’s this year. Quiet evening at home, we had. More or less. So to speak.
And anyway, now that it’s a new year, I’ve been working hard on getting my two newest novels published. The sequel to Under Order is past the editing stage and now is just in desperate need of a little graphic design help before I can get it up to the Amazon store.
Perhaps I’ll whore myself out to a graphic artist.
My other novel is still in the editing stage, but progress is moving along swimmingly. It’s a fucked up sci-fi/bdsm/erotica novel that pushes even my limits a little bit, and I’m the one who wrote it. It was my project for NaNoWriMo and I think the speed at which I cranked it out made it more intense than my normal stuff. The plot is so interesting to me that I’ve actually considered cutting some of the graphic sex out and making it a book that doesn’t need to be filed under ‘erotica’.
But that wouldn’t be right. Right?
2012 will be a good year. It must be a good year. Go, Sade, Go!
N is doing NaNoWriMo too, so both of us are trying to write a novel in one month. Every morning we wake up around five so we can sit together, sometimes in front of a small fire, and write.
It worked very well for the first two days. Then we started annoying the hell out of each other.
“Hey, listen to this line, it’s great!” I’ll exclaim.
Or N will say, “Sade, how do you spell [insert random word here]?”
My point? We constantly interrupted each other, which led to both of us being distracted. What’s worse, we’d be distracted in the middle of cruising. Cruising is what I say I’m doing when I write a scene that just sort of flows from my fingers naturally.
So, our solution is a tube of chapstick on the coffee table. It lays flat until one of us wants to interrupt the other. When I have a question or something to share with N, I put the chapstick upright. If N notices and isn’t in the middle of something, he’ll let me know he can talk. Otherwise I just wait until he’s free and looks up from his computer.
It’s working well and we mostly follow the rule. Doing NaNoWriMo with a friend or partner? I highly recommend using a tube of chapstick if you start bugging each other.
This morning I finished up my rough draft of the sequel to Under Order. I’m seriously excited about this book. It has twists, craziness, fun and mystery. It has the unexpected! I really love it, so much – which is good, I suppose, since I wrote it. I can only hope my readers like it, too.
BUT, I’m going to set the draft aside for a month. I think it is wise to give myself a break from a long novel before editing it. Short stories? Sure, give it a few days and edit away. But this novel is topping at 120,000 words and frankly I need a break.
I was just in time finishing up the sequel so I can concentrate my efforts on NaNoWriMo. After I finished the draft, I made the outline for the book I’ll write during November, which is National Novel Writing Month. I decided to do something different for me, for learning’s sake. Who knows if it will be any good. I’m going to delve into a bit of Science Fiction mixed with a little bit of BDSM and I think it will be really fun. We’ll see how it goes. I’ll be sure to post excerpts!
Are any of you doing NaNoWriMo? Feel free to add me as a buddy; I just recently joined the site. I’d love to know what you’re working on.