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Status updates on various writing works-in-progress including NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and Novel_in_90 projects.

Looking forward to NaNoWriMo!

By | September 22, 2017
NaNo 2017 Participant Badge

NaNo Approacheth!

It’s time once again to start making plans for November… of course my plans rarely survive contact with the 1st, it’s still fun to try! 🙂

Since last year’s post-a-day worked well for [Placeholder], I’m going to try it again with the new book. I’m also going to follow on the heels of Chasing Falling Stars and write a pre-NaNo book on the setting and charactors for the novemeber novel.

I ‘m tentatively naming it [YANS] (yet another new story), because my track record for working existing stories is horrible. But that means I need to think about what sort of book I’d like to read…

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Building a KDP Select Bookshelf

By | August 10, 2017
Chasing Kindle Unlimited KDP Select

Chasing Kindle Unlimited! (KDP Select)

I’ve been meaning to put together a prompt book (or two) for KDP Select, but they demand exclusivity and all of my previous prompt collections were made of things already posted on the blog. Even the new prompt books I had been working on were designed to be blog-friendly, so those are also out of the running.

What I do have is all of the old Custom Story Prompt books that I’ve never reused.

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Writing To-Do List (aka Wattpad)

By | April 19, 2017

It’s a Camp NaNoWriMo month, but so far I haven’t gotten much writing done!

I was going to do a quick ‘state of the writing desk’ sum-up post to raise my spirits when it occurred to me that almost everything I’ve written since the last update had been posted to Wattpad.

I’ve been using Wattpad as a place to post MuseFic-centered writing, since I assume it’s the least likely to be stolen. Sure, there’s sometimes an actual story rough draft in there, but folks are (probably) too lazy to dig it out and repost it.

Only… I haven’t been posting those same stories here. Which is a tad worrisome, I don’t want to end up where I’m missing writing from the archives again. So there will be a little spam as the week goes by as I play catch-up (and hopefully write new words!).

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Rethinking the Saturday Story Prompt eBooks

By | January 20, 2017

Proto-Prompts!

For the past couple of years I’ve been creating yearly eBook collections of the Saturday Story Prompts, sort of a virtual tip jar, but they haven’t proved as popular as I had hoped. The Custom prompts books over on Etsy are doing a lot better, but I get more favorites than sales (alas). I’m actually making more from the Google AdSense… and that’s just sad.

I haven’t completely given up on those books and I’m working on ways to draw in some new readers to the older books. I’m running a quick test on Amazon advertising, so we’ll see if that changes anything. I’m also trying to get some views through Pinterest by creating a board of prompts and I’ll be uploading one of the older SSP books to Wattpad starting a little later this month… but I’m not overly optimistic about my social marketing skills. 😉

Which brings me back to pondering how to bundle these guys in a more appetizing fashion!

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Taking the Dive in Wattpad, 52 in 52, and Other Grand Adventures!

By | January 4, 2017
Half-imagined Never Afters

Half-imagined Never Afters

It was quite lovely to take a month off after the chaos of NaNoWriMo, but my success in posting once a day with [Placeholder] has given me overly optimistic views going forward.

In fact I started out with the crazy goal of continuing to post daily, but since 2017 is my year of ‘stop over-committing to things you doof’, I decided that was a bit much. Right now I’m going to make a point to sit down every night with the intent to work on some writing… and see where it goes from there.

The main plans are thusly: Wattpad, 52 in 52, NaNoWriMos, Scribophile

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De-Fandoming Hushed and White With Snow

By | June 8, 2016

LJ Hushed and White With Snow IconLJ Stargate IconI’m trying to get back into the habit of writing again, so time for another Random Roll! (I’m using the six-sided dice over at Random.org because I still have found my whilst unpacking.)

6. Fan Fiction (Filing off the serial numbers)
1. Hushed and White With Snow

And… whew. Of all the fan fiction on the list to end up with, this one will be the hardest to unravel because it depends on existing relationships between the characters and elements that are specific to the show.

The one saving grace is that it was also a drastic departure from the normal canon of the show and it is still a WiP, so is mostly outline. Should be a fun experiment to redo! 🙂

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The Wolves We Are + Scrivener = WIN?

By | June 3, 2015

The Wolves We Are eBook Cover 300x400

I’ve been mucking about editing/revising/curing at the draft of The Wolves We Are for quite a while now. Finding the green folder with the current be-scribbled draft in it was actually a nice surprise while unpacking, but I really haven’t done anything other than flip through it in months (years?).

Then I got an email from NaNoWriMo the other day reminding me that my Winner’s Goodies from last November’s win are going to expire at the end of the month, so I figured I’d better get cracking.

The free book from CreateSpace is going to be a dump of all the story prompts, daily snippits, and flash fiction that I’ve done to date. (I’m calling it The Really Big Book Of Very Tiny Stories!) But then I decided I’d really like for final version of The Wolves We Are to be in it as well.

Which means I have to actually finish the thing… darnit.

So I picked up a free 30 days trial of Scrivener with the option to buy it at 50% off if it works. (Once again, yay for winner’s goodies!) Now all I have to do is get all my crazy doodling out of the green folder version and into the digital one.

And then probably print it right back out again… I’m still not 100% sure the idea of editing without colored markers is possible. *pokes draft*

But I might finally have a ‘finished’ version that I can put up as an Ebook, so keep your fingers crossed for me! 🙂

Building a Story To-Do List

By | November 10, 2014

Short Story Outlines

This year’s NaNoWriMo has turned into another series of short stories and that’s sent me digging back into the vaults to see which outlines are ripe for word counts. I didn’t plan for the first story to die out at 10k, or the second to round out a 5k, so I’m needing some serious story bones right now…

So far I have finished off

  • The Tear’s of Winter — New universe, 10kish
  • Werewolf Sick Days — Tales of the Drunken Unicorn, 5kish

Older Stuff I have I can work on

  • Last Requests — Nothing done on this one other than the really rough outline
  • Chewtoys — Plenty of room for prose expansion on ‘this is what happened’ sum-up bits
  • Silverwitch — very very rough idea of where it was going, so lots of room to run
  • The Ties That Bind — Lots to prose out still, but it might be better to finish Silverwitch instead of working on the sequel
  • Inheritance — Still needs a lot of prose written, but the story itself has issues, might be good to work those out in a NaNo rush.
  • Natural Instincts — Almost no prose done, pretty much an untouched universe so lots of room to wiggle
  • Three Tequila, Floor — Lots of room to run here, very vaguely roughed out. Also bonus for being in the same ‘verse as Werewolf Sick Days (TotDU)
  • The Wolves of Windsor Dorm — Only a very loose idea, but I keep referring to it in the other TotDU stories

I have a few other stories in the wings, but I think I’ll start with these and roll out the others as needed! 🙂

Bundling Prompts for NaNoWriMo

By | October 10, 2014
Prompts by Any Other Name

Prompts by Any Other Name…

On top of the Custom Prompt eBooks, I’m also looking at offering some theme-bundled prompts before NaNoWriMo starts up again. There’s nothing quite as much fun as getting other folk’s PlotBunnies hopping and with the forum reset delay I’m itching to get to work!

As you can tell from the checklist, I’m still pre-prompting my way through the 2015 calendar year, so I’m not at a point where I can easily stop and write new prompts. Thus it’s time to dig into the 1200+ prompts I already have… and try to suss out repeating themes.

Right now I’m going with: Death, Cats, and Sarcastic Banter. *sighs*

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Phooey on Fresh Starts!

By | October 6, 2014
Half-imagined Never Afters

Half-imagined Never Afters

NaNoWriMo starts in 25 days, Jeff Goins Intentional Blogging Challenge starts wednesday… and I want nothing more than to break open a fresh new set of notebooks!

I want to throw out all the old blog content and start over, redo the theme, rebuild the archives, start fresh and clean and find that impossible little pocket universe where that is a valid approach. I have almost ten years of posts here and countless stories and artwork that still haven’t made it online, I have half-finished projects that well outnumber the ones still stuck in the ‘would that be a nifty idea!’ stage.

But fresh starts are cleaner. Neater. Easier.

Well phooey on that!

I’m going to keep everything I have: the same content, the same custom theme, the same notebook and I’m not going to start from scratch.

I put a lot of work into getting where I am, it’s time to commit to what I’ve already done. This time I’m not going to knock down the building just because it needs a new coat of paint. *rolls up sleeves*

Bring it on Jeff and NaNo, I’m ready for ya!