Tuesday, November 28, 2006

I haven't disappeared off the face of the earth yet!!!

I guess it seems I've not done much updating since band stuff was over but I've been busy.

As soon as band competitions ended, NaNoWriMo began and for those of you not familiar with this - it is a writing frenzy. National Novel Writing Month starts November 1 and ends November 30. The object of this is to write 50,000 words of a Novel in 30 days. I was challenged to do this and to write a novel or novella or whatever it came out to be since all I really have done have been short stories and haven't really felt that I had a novel in me. Well, I have hit the 33,000 word mark and am probably half way finished with my story, probably a middle grade book, which now that I've gotten a few twists and turns going on in my head, I'm excited about getting this story finished. Needless to say, I won't hit the 50,000 this month but will keep working on it until it is finished. I went into this with no idea what I was writing, so my challenge was to rewrite my mystery as a young adult story - and I had started a YA before but wasn't really pleased with how it was going. So what happened was that Lana told me to find a story prompt and write a story. I found one that said - two friends enter a house. In the house there is a 100-year-old mirror that has never been broken - write a story about what happens.

Well since my fascination has always been this "house on a hill" that got me writing my very first novella (it is completed, just not edited and is kind of dull), I started a story about the mirror. Then when I started NaNo, I decided to keep the house and the mirror and work with those, as well as two girls exploring the house. Now the story has taken on a bit of magick and involves witches and that sort of thing - I hope the girls will enjoy it - With my busy schedule this week, I will be pleased as punch if I hit the 40,000 word mark. I must work today and then attend my kids' band concert this evening and upon returning from that, I will be writing some more tonight. Tomorrow after work, I'll add some more. Slow and steady - if I do about 2500 words the next three days, I should hit the 40,000 word mark by the end of Thursday (but do have the town parade to attend as well as a meeting - so may have to do some power writing tonight and tomorrow so I can accomplish what I need to do on Thursday - fingers crossed I hit the 40,000 mark, although I must say, I never really thought I would get a story that was this long or longer - I figured my story would end at 30,000 or 35,000 but it's not ending - the girls are just now going into the house -

Okay - now you know where I've been - hope to see you all on the postings - E :)


The Observer said...

now I know why you have been so quiet...so absent; was gettint a tad worried - so I peeked in here to see, love the new layout etc

Rain-drop said...

you have anew layout! wow. Cool. I like this post about NaNoWriMo; you do the thing justice. Congrats on your words! I really like the idea of the mirror that has never been broken. And you said you got witches in there, so I'm very curious about that, too. I hope I can read this story someday!