Friday, 29 November 2013
Monday, 25 November 2013
Friday, 15 November 2013
|These were my Halloween cheer bows.|
#My cheerleading program is hosting a Christmas Craft Fair on December 7th and I am having a stall. It was my idea to host if, after all. And I knew the extra cash would come in handy just before Christmas. And I really thought I'd have time to make loads of bows before the day. Sadly, that has not been the case. In fact, I have made very few bows. So few, that I am wondering if I can even fill a stall. So, I better get to work. God knows the baby dolls and Legos aren't going to buy themselves...
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Okay, I admit that I have pretty much given up on NaNo at this point. Sad, but true. In fact, I just said to a work colleague that I have looked forward to it all year and now can't find time to sit down, let alone write. Honestly, anyone who says 'if you really want to write, you will make time' clearly has a lot less on their plate than me. Or has access to some kind of super caffeine and no longer requires sleep.
What I have done is read... and research. It isn't too hard to squeeze a quick read, say a blog post, in between patients in clinic. And although I am disappointed that I won't finish NaNo, I have learned something I think may prove to be valuable. Maybe a few things. Probably the most important of these is that not every writer uses the same 'method' to get the words down. Yeah, I know that's kind of obvious, but hear me out.
I keep reading about how I should write everyday. Let's be honest. I don't even get to shower everyday. There is no chance I'll get to write everyday, or at least not until the kids have moved out. I've read loads of posts on what methods various published authors use. Most of which still preach 'write every day'. But this week I have come across another method, one that just might work for me. That is if I tweak it a bit.
The method is called fast drafting and it originates from a workshop taught by a woman called Candace Havens. Essentially, you write 70k in 14 days by concentrating on page count instead of word count. There are a few rules, like don't read what you have previously written, but the big one is 'write 20 pages a day for 14 consecutive days'.
There is no way I can do 14 consecutive days. And sitting down long enough to write 20 pages seems unlikely, but I have an idea. I think I'll try a lower page count at first. For example, I need roughly 30k to finish Valentine Bride. If I shoot for 10 pages (estimating 250 words per page) over 12 non-consecutive days, that would do it. Furthermore, I could aim to do 4 days a week and finish in 3 weeks. Then I could try to up my page count and/or days per week for my next project so that eventually I am hitting the 60k mark in a month.
I am thinking of making my first draft more of a 'bare bones', telling. That way I can capture the entire story on the page while it is still fresh and exciting. I am also thinking of writing my fast draft by hand so I can steal random minutes here and there instead of trying to find time to sit at or get to the computer. It's worth a shot, anyway. So, I'm going to spend the next week or so (since I am ridiculously busy) plotting a couple of projects in preparation.
If you've done fast drafting or have another unusual way of raising your word count, I'd love to hear about it. Happy writing!
Monday, 11 November 2013
Seriously. Have you ever had one of those days where you wonder why the hell you got up in the first place? Today has been like that.
First, I struggled to get the kids ready all the while DH leisurely drank his coffee, complained about going to work and the 'long day' he had ahead of him, then headed off on his SIX MINUTE commute.
Long day? I got up at 6am and chopped up the ingredients for a beef stew and loaded it all in the crock pot. Then I got my shower, got dressed, helped Hunter get dressed, made him breakfast, dressed Scarlett, made her breakfast, got both of them dressed to head out the door for the 30 minute drive to get to nursery and a further five minute drive to school. Then at school, the teacher informs me that Hunter isn't responding to the special measures put in place and has been lashing out for frequently. Oh, and parents are coming in to complain regularly. Which, of course, pushed me to tears. After that bomb, I started on my 30 minute drive to work, which was twice as long thanks to a back up on the motorway. And it was grey and rainy and cold.
Work was okay, in spite of my tendencies to start crying at my desk. I couldn't go into clinic because I was afraid to cry in front of my patients (never good when working with any patients, but really bad when working with cancer patients). So, I do my shift with (thankfully) only one doctor witnessing a break down and head to pick up the kids-- Hunter from link club (after school care) and Scarlett from nursery. I race home, praying all the way that the crock pot hasn't burnt the house down, and find that the stew is lovely, but I can't eat yet because I have to feed the kids, bathe Scarlett, and clean the kitchen-- all the while DH who came home only minutes after me gets in his pj's and settles in to watch TV. With both kids in bed, I finally managed to get in my pj's, eat a quick bowl of stew, and complete a database for a research project I am involved in. And now I'm blogging at 10pm. And trying to keep my eyes open.
So as you can imagine, NaNo isn't going so well. :(