What I’ve been doing all these past weeks…instead of blogging.

To say I’ve been waylaid by life as the sole means for my lack of posts would be cheesy and cliche. That’s why I’m switching around the wording.

Of late, I have been rather busy with the holidays and such, so I must apologize for my lack of posting.

Doesn’t that sound posh.

Okay, but really…I have been busy. As long as you count sleeping in and reading books busy. (Which I do.) But I figured since it’s the New Year and all – I should do the obligatory New Year’s Resolutions post where I try to shame myself into being better at things.

  1. I resolve to write more frequently on my blog[s].
  2. I resolve to exercise more.
  3. I resolve to make better eating choices.
  4. I resolve to read a gazillon books.
  5. I resolve get an internship in NYC this summer.
  6. I resolve to write a novel.
  7. I resolve to buy less shoes…even if they are on super sale.
  8. I resolve to travel and take photographs.
  9. I resolve to be more disciplined in my writing.
  10. I resolve to actually check back on my New Year’s Resolutions sooner than January 2014.

That last one may be a bit of a stretch. It’s embarrassing to say, but sometimes I forget entirely about my resolutions as soon as I’ve posted them some place. It’s like my brain says, “Whew, glad you got that out of your system, let’s go back to that sleeping in business.”

And then for summary: I had a great winter break, thank you for asking. I saw friends + family and it was a nice bit of relaxation. I saw THE HOBBIT and rather enjoyed it. I bought myself a Nikon D3100 and am so far in love it’s not even the least bit funny. I successfully completed NaNoWriMo in November and now have a very lackluster novel to revitalize (it just needs some tender love and care…then it’ll be a decent novel.) and I’ve also taken quite a bit of photography with that new camera. Now I’m ready to get back into the swing of things as school starts next week.

Cheerio!

Whoops, I’m behind again…

So, it’s the halfway point with National Novel Writing Month. You’re supposed to be at the sweet spot of 25,000 words and feeling pretty good about yourself.

But I’m behind. I’m only at 14,000. Which is still a decent word count and all, but I’m determined to catch up.

That’s why I just sat down and did a marathon sprint of writing. 3,100 words in 45 minutes! That’s pretty crazy, but it actually went by really fast because I got a lot of my plot hammered out. I hadn’t really known where I was going and so this is a great development.

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo right now, how are you faring? Good? Bad? Don’t want to talk about it?

NaNoWriMo – who’s with me?!

So a lot of you have probably heard about National Novel Writing Month. If not, you should definitely check out this link. Basically you write a novel in 30 days. The whole point is to get 50,000 words written and at the end of November you’ll have “won” Nanowrimo. And even though that sounds like a huge number it’s only a measly 1,667 words a day! Anyone can do that!

I love it! I actually did it in 2005, 2006, and 2007 and won each year. (AKA, I have over 150,000 words in 3 random novels that would need heavy amounts of editing to actually be worth reading.)

But that’s not the point of nanowrimo. The point is to get words down on paper. To get the story out of your system. To jump over that terrifying hurdle of “what can I possibly be thinking – there’s no way I can get this down, I’ll mess it up!” It’s about quantity versus quality. Because, let’s face it folks, you’ve got 1 month to write a novel and then 11 other months to edit and revise it.

So, I’ve always been the kind of fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants-let’s-write-about-whatever-today nanowrimo kinda girl. Meaning I’ve never had a plot or any foggy idea what my novel was about. This year I prepared a little. I seriously thought about what I was going to write about beforehand. I didn’t really make any leeway with my thoughts, but I had a vague idea of what I wanted to write about before I started typing. And that’s more than can be said for previous years.

Also, if you’re doing nanowrimo – feel free to add me! I’m under LauraRaquel! I’d love to watch your progress as we embark on this adventure of literary abandon.

So here’s to the start of November and all the other participants writing a novel! You’ll probably be hearing some nanowrimo rants on this blog as well during the month.