Saturday, April 21, 2012

"Fitting the Pieces Together Times Two"

This past week was interesting, both writing wise and otherwise...
Tuesday, Hubby worked dayshift and that meant time for me to write. So I took advantage of it, and managed to get a lot done in Chapter 11. One sees a LOT of conflict in this chapter and some resolutions happening but there is also some nastiness which moves the story forward the way I want it to go. One character, who I had set up originally as someone with a good heart, is now a major cause of conflict, meaning the reader is going to hate their guts. I wasn't going to do it like that but since there isn't a lot of conflict in the first part of the story, I decided to toss it in and see how it went. It's flowing much better than I had originally planned. HOWEVER, this character does make a bit of a turnaround later on in the book as time marches on so don't hate them fully and see they only mean well, even if they're driving the reader nuts! LOL
I have also gotten the AST file spliced in on Tuesday... It took me several hours of editing/adding a LOT of stuff into it on Friday to get it to fit in and flow with the rest of the story that happens ahead of it, but after a lot of work, grumbling, etc, it's finally up to "draft 1" quality.
Friday also saw the start of Chapter 12 and another battle between two characters... It wasn't something I had planned to do originally but once again, it seems to fit in with the story better than my original idea. 
I'm not sure how many pages or how many words were added but I do know this week saw a LOT of work done to #7. The cats actually behaved and I was impressed.
I am so close to splicing in the FLSD2 file it's unreal... If I had another hour or so on Friday to write, I probably would have been able to do that but due to time restrictions, it didn't happen. Hubby will be gone here and there through this coming week (working, running errands) so I'll be deep into getting the gap closed so I can splice it in and edit it to fit the rest of the story... IF I need to that is! LOL I may change the setting on it, I may not... It all depends on what fits and what doesn't.
I did have the full day to write on Wednesday while Hubby took his mother to an appointment in the Valley... But due to being stressed out and not sleeping well the night before, I decided it was best if I took a break and just relaxed for a change on that day. I wound up having to take a break from my main Facebook profile but was still in there, in another profile that where only a few select people know it's really me. I didn't want to neglect my duties in Sanctuary or MW so I was in both at various times the last couple of days and only officially returned to my main FB profile today.  It was either take a break or not write, so I chose to take a break from the "drama", got my equilibrium back and was able to write this week.
I'm not going to go into detail about what prompted me to take a break from my main profile... You see, I have learned my lesson about saying nasty things about people publicly, and I know better than to open my mouth in public about certain things. I'll gladly share something silly or fun but drama is a NO NO on this blog. End of story!
Anyway, that's what went on this week in my world... Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 13, 2012

"Word Processor, Brain, Coffee and Kitty Insanity?"

What a week!
Hubby worked two full day shifts this week, meaning I had two full days to write... Or so I thought...
Wednesday started out normally for a day that Hubby starts work at 6 a.m. We got up to get Son ready for school, waved to Hubby as he drove down the driveway, got ready for school with no problems and I quickly finished getting caught up with things online after seeing Son get on the bus.
It wasn't until after I went offline and tried to write that things went downhill....
I made the mistake of putting a chicken breast into the toaster oven to roast while I was writing that morning so I'd have it for lunch later that day. Noelle, our fluffy white cat, is VERY fond of chicken and started going nuts when she saw me getting it ready. She howled and basically sat on my lap the entire time it was in the oven and would NOT settle down even after I gave her a few tidbits off of it before it fully cooled. I shared it with her and she was still going bonkers, meowing and smooching my arm constantly the ENTIRE time I was trying to write and basically threw me off of my creative mode. I could NOT concentrate while that furball was howling (she has this VERY weird meow, it sounds like someone stepped on her tail when in reality no one is near her!). I had planned to wrap up Chapter 10 that day and splice in the AST scene but neither happened. I was NOT impressed and was fit to toss Noelle outside in the rain so I could get a little peace and quiet! After things settled down, when Son got home (figures!), I hoped and prayed she and Amber would be good the next day I had scheduled to write, which was today.
Today started off with a LOT of kitty insanity. Hubby left for work about 5:15 this morning and the instant he was out of the driveway, Amber went NUTS, pouncing on everything in sight, zooming around the kitchen and making her "I'm silly!" noise, which is a mix of a meow, a chirp/trill and a grunt. It's pretty loud and very distinctive and it makes me want to hide under my desk because that tells me I'll get ran over by this 15 pound cat acting like she's lost her mind at some point!
Thankfully, she settled down after a few minutes. I went upstairs to wake up my son and when I came down, Noelle was on top of the monitor. I moved her, that problem was solved.
After Son was on the bus and I started to bounce around ideas for the latter part of Chapter 10, the cats decided to get into a mini cat-fight right under my computer chair. *head desk!* I broke it up, thankfully no one was hurt, and things were fine after that.
Today, everything went smoothly... I started writing and both cats fell asleep, one was on top of the armchair in the living room and the other one claimed the picture windowsill. 
Things went in a different direction than I had planned though... I was thinking the AST file would be going in at the end of Chapter 10 but the more I thought about it, the more I felt like it wasn't the right place to put it and it should go in later on in the story... But something else that was only an idea felt perfect for the latter part of Chapter 10 so I wrote that up and Chapter 10 is now DONE! (or I hope it is anyway! LOL)
It took several (six) cups of half caff coffee, lots of turning the air blue when I couldn't find the right words for things, and lots of me pacing the driveway smoking like a freight train while trying to work things out in my head, but I did get that part finished today! I'm not sure on word count because I was editing the (small) part I wrote up on Wednesday but it is over 5 pages worth, dialogue and descriptions are both present in the part I wrote today and Wednesday. It may be moving along a lot more slowly than I had hoped but it IS getting done with each paragraph I add to it. 
There is still a LOT to be added to this story, it's not even a quarter of the way finished and I know at this rate I will not have it done by my original goal of the start of 2013... But I will get it done. Better late than never, right?
I hope y'all have a wonderful Friday the 13th and a fun and happy weekend!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

"Chomping at the Monitor?"

These last couple of weeks have been a real "SNAFU"... 
Last Thursday, Son got a really bad case of the flu. We did take him into the doctor and he is fine but he was still sick on Friday, meaning he was home from school two days in a row and I didn't get a chance to work on Untitled #7 at all that day. I wasn't happy but things like this do happen from time to time so I made adjustments and did a little editing here and there where I could while he vegged in front of the TV.
Son was also ill on Monday and Tuesday but this time it was a nasty head cold. By this time, I was also ill with a cold and the brain was foggier than it is normally so writing was out yet again.
Yesterday, I didn't have any opportunity to write either due to Hubby being home all day and other things happening here. I was going NUTS and just about chomping at my monitor the last few days, wanting to write but being unable to, I was going crazy!
Today Hubby ran some errands and was gone a full FOUR hours... I had Word open and was rereading chapters 5-9 before he was even out of the driveway! *laughs*
I did some editing first... Took out some stuff that wasn't relevant to the way the story was supposed to flow, added some words/lines in here and there and started thinking about how I wanted to proceed with the latter half of C9. The next thing I knew, the words were flowing quite quickly and the next time I looked at my computer's clock, it was over 3 hours later and almost time to get Son from the bus stop!
I managed to wrap up Chapter 9 today and even got a few paragraphs into Chapter 10 before I had to stop! I am not sure on the exact word count for today but it is up over 1500 words and covers at least 6 pages.
I'm very pleased... I was thinking that I would have to work on something else in the story (another part/file) before moving on in the main manuscript but when things hit me, they hit me good!
I'm slowly getting ideas for other parts of the story, the ones that are "blank" at the moment in my mind and on my computer... I'm putting them down into the Ideas file (or on my cell if I'm not around the computer!) as quickly as they are coming and sometimes, they are coming faster than the earth's velocity going around the sun! 
I am also VERY close to splicing in what I call the AST file, and when that time comes, I'll make any necessary adjustments to it after it's spliced in so the story flows along perfectly.
Have a wonderful long weekend everyone!