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Short Update but Necessary: ROW80

I didn’t realize how much NaNo would kick my ass this month. Add in all the traveling I did and I’m surprised that I’m even ahead of my goal for the month. A lot of it is crap..and by a lot I mean a lot…but the words I have written are the most I’ve ever written EVER for a story. So I;’m happy. The editing process is going to be tough and it’ll stretch out over a couple of months, but I happy with my progress  Now all I have to do is actually finish it, edit, and submit it somewhere where it’ll hopefully be picked up and published. But I can worry about that over the coming months. 😛


Writing Goals

NaNoWriMo (Goal: 2k per day): I’m about 2 days ahead, currently sitting at 40,439 words. Got less than 10k to go and I’ll have crossed the finish line!

General (Goal: Write every morning): Completely failing at this. The past few days have seen me in a writing slump but I’ve made up for it. I realized that I write the best during sprints where I can talk and challenge myself against others. I might go back to writing in the morning, but I think what I’m doing now works for me. We’ll see what truely happens when Dec. 1st rolls around.

Blogging

Pen, Paper & Imagination (Goal: post everyday about my writing): I’ve posted every day, yay! Updating this blog is super easy since writing is what I’m focusing on for November. However, I will have to figure out what I should do once November is over, i.e. blog every week, have certain topics, etc.

Quiet Contemplations (Goal: blog 3x per week): This is going to be on hold until I’m done with NaNo aka December 1st. I’ll start thinking up topics over the next week but my posts are going to be nonexistent until the end of the month.

Overflowing Bookshelves (Goal: Draft posts for the rest of the year): I’m doing alright on drafting my posts but I need to work on them some more. I’ve signed up for a blog-a-thon bash in January where I’ll really work on the nuts and bolts of my blog.

Jusani Blogging Goals (Goal: Draft the last 3 articles): Didn’t work on it. Will make a list of ideas this week and starting thinking about how to write them.


To see a list of all the Nov. 18th check ins click here. Connect with other ROWers by following #ROW80 on Twitter or joining the Facebook ROW80 group.

F3 Cycle 104: Thunder

I’ve decided to start doing a weekly writing prompt, called Flash Fiction Friday. F3 is a community where prompts are posted every Friday and you have until the next Wednesday to respond. In’s not a contest, just a way for writers to get some inspiration and write a short based on it.

This week’s prompt is in honor of NaNo. Because November recognizes words, specifically 50,000 of them that we write in a new story, F3 decided that this week’s prompt was going to words. We have to use the words: gunshot, train, mime, balcony, monkey, & rain, in the story or title with a 900 word count maximum. My story comes right in at 898, excluding the title.

Without further ado, I give you:

Thunder


Nicolai looked out the train window, watching the rain blanket the earth in a wet haze. Lightning flashed in the sky and one…two…three seconds later thunder rumbled in his ears. He lifted his cigarette to his lips and took a drag, a thin trail of smoke curling out of his mouth. Sweet ambrosia, he thought as the nicotine swirled through his lungs, lessening the tension in his shoulders. Oh, he knew it would kill him, slowly but surely. A silent killer waiting in the shadows until he succumbed. But on this day, he didn’t care about the future. There was only here and now.

He lifted his hand to take another drag when a soft rustling sound made him glance toward the seat across from him. He hoped that it was just Eva moving in her sleep, trying to get comfortable on the too-small train seats. She had sprawled out across three of them last night. Nicolai had spent a few amusing hours watching her toss and turn, arms flailing around and making soft grunting noises that made her sound like a monkey. He rolled his eyes. Eva was only amusing in sleep. He didn’t want to deal with her right now.

But alas, first one eye then another opened, blinking slowly in the harsh light before their owner sat up. Her stringy brown hair was smashed flat against her face and her makeup was half smeared on her right side. His lip curled; she looked disgusting.

His eyes returned to the dreary scene out the window, watching the raindrops trickle down the windowpane on some slow decent to death.

“It’s cold,” she said, wrapping her shawl around her shoulders. “Where are we going?”

Nicolai flicked the ash from the cigarette out the window, ignoring her question. She’d know soon enough.

The speakers crackled to life. ‘Kosva, next stop.’

Apparently, sooner than he thought. He snubbed out his cigarette and stood up. “Come,” he said and walked down the aisle to the exit. He could hear her stumbling behind him, bumping into him as the trained started to brake.

“Sorry,” she murmured as she moved to stand a few feet away.

He grimaced and had to stop the immediate urge to wipe his coat where she had touched him. He shouldn’t bother; the rain would wash her away anyway. The train slowed to a stop and the doors hissed open.

He stepped onto the platform and gazed around, a hand covering his face from the rain. They needed covering. “There.” He pointed off to his left to a building barely discernible through the downpour. “The building with the balcony and red overhang.”

They started across the station, thankfully spared a large crowd because of the weather. He smiled slightly as anticipation rushed through him. The rain was the only reason he stopped at Kosva. No one came out in this weather.

They reached the building in no time, taking the stairs two at a time to reach the landing. Nicolai shouldered the door open just as another flash of lighting crossed the sky. She rushed past him and into the warm dry room. Nicolai closed the door and slowly clicked the lock shut. Finally.

Reaching behind him, he pulled out the gun from the small of his back and pointed it at her.

“Are there any towels?” she asked, flitting around the room like a soggy butterfly. “We need to—” She turned to face him, eyes flicking down to the gun and back up to his face, her eyes wide. “Nicolai…what are you doing?”

Nicolai smiled at her, the gun pointed steadily at her heart. He walked forward, forcing her backwards out on the balcony, the rain washing away the last of her makeup. Lightning rent the air. “What does it look like?” Thunder started to rumble as he cocked the gun and fired a warning shot, lightly grazing her cheek. The heat in his belly grew as he saw the blood trickle down her face. He wanted to lick it.

She flinched as she backed into the railing, trembling like a leaf. “Nicolai, please.”

The desperation in her voice was so delicious he had a moment of doubt. Maybe I should keep her. His mind toyed with the idea for a few moments, wondering how she would dance and sing for him. It would be better than this pathetic whimpering she was doing now. But no, he shook his head slowly, not taking his eyes off her. He was done with this toy. It was time for a new one.

“Wh-why?” A flash of lightning brightened the sky.

One…Two…

“Because I can.”

Three…

He pulled the trigger as the thunder rumbled and watched her body arch back before falling slowly to the ground. Ecstasy.

Nicolai walked closer to the body, toeing it slightly to make sure she was actually dead. Her head lolled to the side, eyes wide open, mouth parted in an expression of surprise. All she needed was some white face-paint and rosy red cheeks and she could have passed for a mime. She might even have been pretty then, though the rain washed away all traces of her blood. Her most beautiful asset.

“Goodbye, Eva.” His hunger satiated, he turned around and left the room. Whistling slightly, he exited the building and walked down the street enjoying the flashes of lightning and thunder.

Only 20 More Days Until I Can Sleep

So this update is going to be short and sweet. I’ve been really tired the past few days, drove cross country and it finally caught up with me, but I’ve been staying on track with my writing…well mostly anyway.


Writing Goals

NaNoWriMo (Goal: 2k per day): I’m behind. As of 11:45pm Nov 10th, I’m sitting at 17,249 words when I should be at 20k.

General (Goal: Write every morning): So I did it once and then took two days off where I didn’t really write. Going to work on it again for the coming week.

Blogging

Pen, Paper & Imagination (Goal: post everyday about my writing): I’ve posted every day, yay! Updating this blog is super easy since writing is what I’m focusing on for November. However, I will have to figure out what I should do once November is over, i.e. blog every week, have certain topics, etc.

Quiet Contemplations (Goal: blog 3x per week): After I switched NaBloPoMo and my writing blogging, to this blog, I haven’t been updated my personal one. I feel like I’ve been neglecting it so I’m going to focus on it this week.

Overflowing Bookshelves (Goal: Draft posts for the rest of the year): I’ve worked on some but I’ve gotten sidetracked with a new game. Hopefully when I fly back home on Tuesday and get settled back in I can work on it.

Jusani Blogging Goals (Goal: Draft the last 3 articles): Didn’t work on it. Will make a list of ideas this week and starting thinking about how to write them.


To see a list of all the Nov. 10th check ins click here. Connect with other ROWers by following #ROW80 on Twitter or joining the Facebook ROW80 group.

NaNo Update

It’s the 10th of November and I’m 1/3rd of the way though NaNo. I’m on track for the NaNo word count (I’m sitting at 17,249 now) but I’m behind for my personal wordcount (should be at 20k today). While I’m behind, I’m not going to beat myself up for it. This is farther than I’ve ever gotten on any of my writing, and I don’t see myself quitting at all! Major plus. *\^_^/*

I thought today would be a good time to do an update of my novel. I’m not ready to post an excerpt since my writing is complete crap right now (I can’t wait until I can edit the garbage out in December!) but I do want to update about my characters.

Cassidy (MFC): She’s a restaurant owner but I didn’t know what type of restaurant she wanted to have. Through a conversation with Micah I realized she’s vegetarian. While her restaurant isn’t going to be totally vegetarian since she’s going to cater to the fact that the town is by a lake (prime fishing location), it will have a healthy bent to it. After NaNo I’ll go through healthy/vegetarian/vegan recipes to see what her restaurant will offer.

Micah (MMC): He’s still mainly a mystery to me, which is not good since he’s my one of my main characters. As he is now, he’s more vulnerable than I originally pictured him. Oh he’ll become more alpha male when he finally hooks up with Cassidy but for now, he’s the guy next door who’s been in love with her since they first met. I think I’m writing him like this since I haven’t fully formed him in my head. I don’t know his history yet so I struggle to figure out why he reacts the way he does. There have been a lot of flashbacks into his past which will be edited out of the actual story once I get a feel for him.

Becca (Cassidy’s friend from college): Apparently she decided she wanted to be a werewolf too. I was writing a scene where Cassidy and Becca are talking and Becca just started spouting out facts about werewolf packs and the mating ritual… So she’s a werewolf who already has her mate.


So that’s my update. If you’re doing NaNo or any other type of writing, where are you at in your story? And how do you get into your character’s heads enough to know them intrinsically?

Late Night Writing

I told myself that I was going to start writing in the morning. I saw the effect writing within the first hour of waking up had earlier this week and I told myself I was going to continue it. But I haven’t. I’m back to the late night, trying to outrun the clock, writing.

While there’s nothing bad about writing late at night, I do need to work on creating a schedule for myself. Being up late does nothing more than make me wake up later and feel like crap for the whole day.

And it’s killing me. I can’t focus at all and the only reason why I’m even still writing is because I’m behind on my NaNo. I need about 500 more words to break 15k and I’m going to break that today. I’m going to pound it out, even if I have to write up until 11:59pm.

 

Writing Slumps

I haven’t written more than 166 words in the past two days. And I don’t know why that is. I’m in a writing slump, which isn’t good with NaNo looming over my head. While I’m still on track word count wise, I will be feeling it later on. The fact is, if it’s easy to miss basically two days worth of writing, it will be easier to fall into not writing at all.

If I can force myself to blog at 11:45 at night because the thought on not blogging one day bothers me so much that I have to get up and log on, then I know I can feel this way about writing as well. I just have to get over this slump and make it up tomorrow.

Sprints and Rewards of Change

So I blogged a few days ago about starting a new habit. This month I’m focusing on writing every day and I decided to switch up what time I do it at. From now on, I’m going to write within the first hour of getting up. 

Today was the first time I participated in a sprint and the first time that I wrote in the morning. And the rewards were amazing. In 45 minutes I had written 2,525 words and it wasn’t even lunch time yet. I have the rest of my day free to do whatever I wanted, some of which was spent taking a well deserved nap since I was running on 4 hours of sleep. 

I think sprints worked for me because I would write for 10 minutes or 20 minutes then take a break. Instead of wondering when I would be done or trying to get to a certain word count, all I had to do was make it to the end of the 20 minutes. I can regroup during the break and figure out where I want the scene to go next. Or, I can just chit chat with the fellow sprinters and talk about everything except writing. 

I like the feeling of having my whole day ahead of me. So I’m going to keep it up. I’m going to write in the morning and blog before 5pm (I’m going to work on getting that down to noon). Here’s to building new habits. ^_^