november nano

Printed Manuscript

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That’s it folks! This is the printed first draft of my NaNo novel. I’m letting sit for a few days and I’ll start planning a new novel before I do any read-throughs of my manuscript. Need to give my brain a break on that one for now. Hopefully, I’ll be able to catch more errors when I go back to it.

I don’t know where you live, but here in Maine there frost most every morning so it was cold waiting for the bus to pick up my daughter. For me this is just the kind of weather to be working on a novel. Or reading a book to help inspire me. Reading always makes me want to write and writing makes me want to read. lol Too bad I can’t do both at the same time. Then I’d be set.

Well, I’m off to walk on the treadmill and start that next novel which is tentatively titled 1977.

Before I go, if you have a finished manuscript I would love to see pictures of it. If you can, leave a picture in the comments or send them to jisoucie@hotmail.com

Good luck everyone.

Facade, november nano

Month After NaNo

So here we sit in December, just beginning the second week. Today manuscripts for Lulu’s Wrimo Accelerator deal are due today. Mine won’t make the cut, just because I am not ready to submit. For one it is not finished. However, the deadline for a free manuscript review is December 31st so I may shoot for that. I have my printed “chapters”, or what are proposed chapters at the moment, printed in front of me. I think I have one more to print. Today I am hoping to get some editing in.

Watched the show “A Good Read” on PBS and watched a couple of interviews with Maine authors. Stephen King was the interview I ended on. (Watch it here: http://video.pbs.org/video/1357861895/)I couldn’t possibly watch another interview after the creative juices were just flowing and my soul begging me to sit down and write. Stephen was the Big Name growin up in my house. Seems I was always shooed out of the room when someone rented one of the movies based off his books. I remember when IT came out and my brother told me the movie was based off a book that Stephen King wrote. I hadn’t a clue who Stephen was at the time, but my brother showed the book and my eyes widened and jaw dropped when I saw how thick the book was! I remember saying, “I wanna do that someday,” and then I went off playing never writing anything serious until over ten years later when I was seventeen and my mother was dying of cancer. I was writing in a journal, but wasn’t writing anything else. Not until the end of March 1999 just  a few weeks before my mother died, I wrote a poem for her, “Forever My Mother”.  Her death sparked a range of emotions I didn’t know I could feel and since I felt I had no one but God to talk to, I wrote. I wrote in my journal and then poetry…then…lyrics…then short stories…then my first attempt at a novel which I thoroughly enjoyed, but now is recycled though I have kept the character names.

After watching the interview with Stephen tonight, he helped me realize something with my current novel and what I was struggling with throughout NaNoWriMo and struggling with this morning. I was blocking the full range of emotions I used to write with after my mother died. My writing was full of driving emotion then and I believe that trying to always be positive and never show anything otherwise has really stumped the creative process. What am I thinking anyway? We’re human. God created us with emotions and our characters have emotions and reactions, otherwise they would be pretty boring.  Without emotion, or actions driven bey emotions, there isn’t drive to the story….no plot…no action!  D’oh! Time for major rewrite.

So I guess Stephen inspired me once again, but also taught me something, or rather reminded me, that we need our emotions to survive, to create, to drive us forward to that next pivotal moment in our story that could change everything!

Thanks, Stephen. Guess you just never know when you will be inspired and helped by someone, or just who that someone will be.

Now I must get going and get to work on my NaNoWriMo story and get as much done as I can before the 31st!

God bless and good night!

Facade, november nano

NaNo Day 16 – Gimping Along

Number 16

I must admit. Tonight is starting off quite slowly…er…well really I haven’t started at all. It has been a long day.

Was up at 7 and then while eating breakfast there was a loud BANG! on my front window. I look up and see this plume of feathers everywhere. A bird flew into the window, but I knew it had to be a bit one for the sound of the impact. Surprised my window was cracked!

I went outside and looked around and didn’t see the bird at first. When I turned to go back inside there he was. Laying on the ground was a partridge, breathing, but clearly out of sorts and confused at what happened. So I go back inside and call the Maine Game Wardens to figure out what I should do. I was told to wait an hour to see if the bird came back around and if he/she did, and did not injure anything, it would fly off on it’s own. So I wanted and checked on the bird about an hour later and as soon as it saw me, it flew off. Good ending there!

Shortly after that it was off to the vet for two dogs. One was up to date on shots, the other needed everything. Got that done and then picked up a friend from church and brought her home to spend the day with us. We enjoyed good food and watched Garfield: The Movie which we all loved! I can never get enough of Garfield! lol.

It wasn’t until about 7:30 or so when we got back home after taking our friend back to her place. It is after 9PM Eastern.

Listening to Pandora and Elvis is singing “Suspicious Minds”. Perfect time period music for my story.

Hmm Well, I guess I should go and get writing.

I just want to say, “Thank you. Thank you very much.” for reading along! 🙂