Camp NaNoWriMo

Day 24 for August Camp NaNo 2012

 

It’s after 10PM on the east coast and I have the opportunity to work on my memoir about depression, what caused it, and how I came out of it with God‘s help.

The desire to write, to tell my story is there, but also lingering within me is fear. Fear of going back to those places that caused such pain and sadness. It is hard to write about one’s experiences in relation to hard times especially losing not only one loved one, but several. I sit here with a need to tell my story believing what I say may help someone out there, but also that writing it out may be therapy for me, and praise to God who helped me through that valley to the mountain top so to speak.

But how to get through those moments that make you want to cry…or just push the book off somewhere else and find something else to work on. Just because I don’t feel depressed, doesn’t mean that the pain of losing someone is gone. It’s still there and I believe that is what is causing me to struggle on with this book. I believe that God puts struggles in our path for a reason and that is to help us grow to become stronger for whatever purpose He may have for us. Since I believe this, and since I believe that with God I have nothing to fear, I must practice what I believe and press on.

So currently, my book stands at 26,892 words. I will now end this post and work more on my book and write another post before I hit the sack and let you all know how I have done. But first, a little prayer to God to help me with this journey.

Back later!

 

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Camp NaNo Day #23

 

Here I am on the 23rd of Camp NaNo. It’s just after midnight here on the east coast of the U.S. My mind things of the story I should be writing, but my stomach is yelling it’s monstrous voice to feed it, and my eyes and mind are screaming “Let me sleep, PLEASE!” Oh, what to do  in moments like these, knowing you must press on to meet that deadline? Knowing the next chapter you are about to write is going to be hard, but knowing it will lead to a published work someday that will prayerfully help at least one person in the world.

My desire and my heart want to continue on, but I am afraid I must call it a night. Get a snack to quiet the beast in my gut and close my eyes to end the constant straining to keep them open and rest my mind so that tomorrow…or should I say later today…I’ll be able to do more writing and make more progress on my book than before.

Ah, sleep is a friend and I know I must relinquish to it. But it is hard when the words come and with them feelings and dialogue…all plays in the sleeping mind, waiting, wanting, yearning to be written for other eyes to see. By I must quiet the mind with prayer and let God take over my sleepy body and ease me into a restful sleep.

Camp NaNo day #23 continues….much later today. 🙂 Night all!

 

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21st Day of August Camp NaNo

 

I haven’t done ANY writing on my book today. Spent about four hours working on my cooking and catering course through the Stratford Career Institute while my 3 yr old daughter did her “school work” on abcmouse.com. We just signed her up today and started her on the preschool level. I gave her several chances to take a break but she loved it so much she didn’t want to quit! lol. So I just finished my school work and took my second exam and got a 95! Yea!

But anyway, back to my Camp NaNo story. I don’t have a title for it yet, but it is about my story on depression and how I got through it…however, I have  an idea for another book has been really working in my head. I keep trying to push it away. I’ll have to save it for the November NaNo.

So tonight, while my husband works on writing a computer program for me, I’ll be working beside him on my Camp NaNo story for this month. Only have a little over 26,000 words. Not sure if I’ll make the goal, but I’m dang well gonna try. Thing is writing about depression and things that cause it is hard. Brings back some emotions so I’ll have to do a little at a time and then have a “happier” break before bed like watching some comedy or something

Well, the dinner bell is ringing folks so I best go and get the hubby and daughter some dinner and get myself some while I’m at it. Then we’ll tend the garden, get the daughter to bed and then it is writing time!!! Or…that’s that plan..but we all know plans can change, don’t we? lol

See later my friends. I will be back later tonight with another report on my progress. Cheers!

~Janis~

 

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August Camp NaNo

 

Geeze, here it is in the middle of August 2012 and I just realized it is another Camp NaNo month. Ugh! Some time to realize it!  I do have a story in mind and I’ll begin writing, but I think I may be a little late to meet the deadline of 50,000 by the end of the month. However, God works wonders and with Him there is no telling what can happen, so….I am just going to plug along with what is sitting in my brain waiting to get out, and see what happens. Very interested and excited to see what happens! You never know with God leading your life where you’re going to be taken next, so here goes all my fellow campers. Best of luck to you and may God bless you on your writing endeavors!

 

Janis

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Camp NaNoWriMo, General Updates

Back To It Again

Ah, so here we are again. I said I was going to take a break from writing and search out other things in life, like other interests, but there comes a problem when characters keep popping into my head and scenes play like moves, and story is just begging to be told. Characters sit in my head, acting out their stories, but their stories are not being heard. Why? Because I am not writing them.

It seems as though a writer cannot take a TRUE vacation from writing. It is in the very core of their being, part of what God built into them, into me. When I tried to pursue other interests, I realized that these other interests involved some kind of writing as well, so really, I wasn’t taking a break at all.

So I have decided to pick up one of the fictional stories I started last year for Camp NaNoWriMo called Lasting Shadow and see how much farther I can get with that. Finding my story and character sheets will be interesting. If I can’t find them already printed and sitting in my filing cabinet, I will have to print everything again, but that’s no big deal. I’ll just happy to write fiction and have fun doing it.

When my daughter is old enough, she’ll get to read my stories and that just brings a smile to my face. Also, to keep writing, is do not only what God built into me when he made me, but also to continue to pursue something my mother was very supportive of when she found out I wanted to be a writer in my early teen years. So in a way, writing is like honoring her memory as well. I’m sure she would be proud of me if I kept going, but perhaps disappointed if I stopped writing, but I don’t think that is an option for me. I have learned so much. Not just to write a novel, but how to social network, how to blog, how create my own book covers, how to publish via CreateSpace and Amazon KDP, writing press releases.

I have learned all of this and I am helping and elderly woman from my church by the name of Phyllis Georgina Rose who has just published her book The Rose Garden. I am using my skills to help her publish her books and help her books to become more known. All I can do is try my best and pray. God will have to take it the rest of the way.

You will find both Phyllis’ book and my books on www.goodreads.com as well as Amazon and other places online. I hope you check out our work!

We’ll continue to work hard so you have more to read. 🙂

Promotion

Available for Interviews and Looking for Book Reviews

Just wanted to let people know, that if you are someone who does interviews, I am available by Skype, email, instant message, or phone, even snail mail. Also, if you do book reviews of Indie Authors, I have a few books I am looking for reviews for. The books are:

Day and Night: A Collection of Nature Poetry

Heat of the Night: A Collection of Love Poetry

Everlasting Arms: A Collection of Religious Poetry

Curious Perceptions: A Collection of Poetry Inspired by Life Experiences, Emotions and Thoughts

A Daughter’s Reflection (memoir)

The History of Sackets Harbor, New York

Please feel free to contact me if you’re interested. Thanks.

Looking forward to helping other authors as well. If you are looking for a book review, or are willing to do an interview, let me know. We can help each other market our work. Thanks.

Janis

Secret Anguish

Secret Anguish Revamp

Well, this morning I have finally come to realize that my book Secret Anguish has been a real pain to work on. I couldn’t figure out why for a long time but this morning it dawned on me. I had a hard time working on this book because I was overwhelmed by the amount of information in the book and I somehow knew it would not do well once printed. I figured, if I, the author, was overwhelmed, I can only imagine what the reader must go through to read the book. So now, Secret Anguish is going under a MAJOR revamp and I will be starting with a fresh outline and making the book more simple and easier to follow.

I pray God will help me with this task and that this book, in its new stage, will help inspire and encourage those who read it. Well, it looks like it is time to get started.

Have a great day!

Secret Anguish, Writing Updates

Secret Anguish Book Update

This morning I took the time to go through my book Secret Anguish: A Journey to Better Health and realized it is not as finished as I once thought it was. I have a few things to add to the book since as my recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder, but really it isn’t far from being finished.

I’m still trying to decided on whether or not to self publish this book or try to commercially publish. It’s so hard to decide these days. Either way there are no guarantees. I even recorded a video as I have started video blogging to go with my regular blogs. I have posted the video of You Tube but I will see about either embedding the video in the blog itself or just pasting the link here. Grrr! I am using the WordPress App for Ipad and it doesn’t have a way to add video or even pictures into your blog. How frustrating. Now I have to go to the site to ad the video. Bother! Thought this app was going to make things a little simpler but I guess not. Anyhoo, I will post the video to my blog if I can.

Take care and God bless.

Camp NaNoWriMo

5th Day of Camp NaNo

Well, I must admit. It is the 5th day of Camp NaNo and I have fallen behind with my word account. Was able to exceed my daily minimum word count yesterday, but I have not written anything as of today. Rather hard when I have company visiting, but that’s okay. I don’t get to see friends from New York very often. Hopefully, as the week wears on I’ll be able to get back to my writing.

So far where I stand with Facade is 4,020 words. That leaves me with about 45,980 words to go. Sheesh! Better get crackin’ as soon as I can.

Best of luck to all you writers out there!!

 

~Janis~