Struggles

When I first set my goal of editing my NanoWrimo WIP, I had a high hope of finishing by yesterday. Since nothing in my life goes as I think it will, when problems arose, it was one of the first things I stopped working on.

April turned out to be a month of how can I help my twelve-year-old deal with his frustration and anger more effectively. He has a bit of a temper when performing an unpreferred activity such as going to school or getting off electronics.

As his mother, my first priority is to help him. He is what the experts call a high functioning autistic boy, which pretty much means that he sometimes behaves like an average twelve year old, while other times behaving like a three year old boy having a terrible temper tantrum.

With a lot of prayer and patience, I figured out what was the best course of action at this time to best help him. Often it comes at the expense of me working on my manuscripts, and I am okay with that! My family comes first, for one day I will wake up and my children will be living on their own and will be out of my sphere of influence, and I don’t want to wonder if I did all that I could to help them navigate these turbulent years.

And I’m happy that as I wrote my notes on what I should/could do to help bring the different versions of my manuscript together I figured out how to do it, so that’s a win to me!

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Camp NanoWrimo

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My family and I visited Galveston, Texas twice this month. Each time I go, my characters nag inspire me to finish my re-writing and editing of the first book in the Enchanted Locket series. Today I found out that Camp NanoWrimo has a camp in April and knew what would happen.

I’m participating in this year’s April Camp NanoWrimo because I really need to finish re-writing and editing my Enchanted Locket manuscript. I’ve only been working on it on and off for six years!

I Love My Characters

One night last week as I sat on my couch watching an old YouTube video, REO Speedwagon’s “I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore,” and my neglected characters, Rachel and Noah, demanded that I write their story. I haven’t written in any of my manuscripts in several months, yet I opened my YA time travel manuscript and re-wrote some of the most important scenes.

I enjoyed reading their story and stayed up late for two nights writing new scenes and editing some mistakes that I found while listening to some of my favorite songs. As I immersed myself back into their world, the realization hit me like a ton of bricks: I miss writing their story! I can balance my love (and maybe need) for writing with my practical side of working on my real estate business.

Here is the video that inspired my writing. Enjoy!

 

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I have been tagged by my friend Christine Scott to answer ten questions about my WIP (work in progress). Here is the link to her blog, Marathon Writer, so you can check out her next big thing. Her WIP is very interesting.

Question #1: What is the working title for your book?

Time Control: Deception

Question #2: Where did the idea come from?

A combination of things; watching Star Trek, interest in time travel, etc. The first book was actually going to be about a president of the United States, but decided to write it as the second book.

Question #3: What genre does your book fall under?

YA science fiction

Question #4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?

I’d  have to look that up. I don’t know enough about teenage actors to pick yet.

Question #5: What is the one-sentence synopsis for your book?

Sixteen-year-old Rachel Foster meets a time traveler from the future who requests her help in saving billions of people lives in the year 2080.

Question #6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Not sure yet. I want to finish working on the manuscript before delving into it.

Question #7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I’m not finished yet. My husband and I started it three years ago and we changed it last year when we thought of a better way to begin the story.

Question #8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

The closest one I know about Lisa Mangum’s Hour Glass Door series.

Question #9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I read the Twilight Saga in 2008 after years of not reading (fiction) and realized that reading fiction was the best remedy for stress to me. The idea to write one came to me on Mother’s Day in 2009.

Question #10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

We use a time machine that resembles a touch screen cell phone. And the subtitle is Deception.

Character Depth

Last night as I was writing a scene with Rachel and Enzo from Time Control, the scene changed course while typing and started to write itself. Her mother called while she was out with Enzo, asking where they were and when she would return home.

Initially Rachel’s parents were pretty laid back with her schedule, but the character wanted more control over Rachel, especially since she is a bit impulsive. The scene where Enzo meets her parents flowed nicely around one o’clock in the morning. I love the tension this created between mother and daughter.

This short scene didn’t add a whole lot to my word count, but it certainly helped me move on from a rough spot where I sat in my chair and just stared at my computer screen.When Rachel travels to the future, her parents think she’s at a friends house. And when things don’t go as planned, she turns to someone else for help.

New Website Design

Yep, this another site image/template….again. For almost two years I’ve struggled with many different designs for this author site, since I write for children, young adults, and adults, in various genres. The publishing experts strongly recommend that authors make their sites about them, or at least their genre/age.

Somedays I feel like a young girl again, trying to find my place in the world. The scenic headers I’ve used are pretty…..but they did not represent who I am or what I do, and it drove me nuts. Two days a week my talented husband writes computer billing software for anesthesiologists, and last night I asked him to help me customize my site on his computer. I’m amazed at how fast he researched online how my template was coded and then learned to program new codes for my changes!

I forgot about this header until this morning, and gazed at the brush and the open bottle of ink. It reminded me that I’m a fiction writer first, and blog about my work-in-progress. Sometimes the social networking becomes a job in itself, where I spend one to two hours checking Facebook, Twitter, or reading people’s blog posts. For some reason, this header image inspires me to work on my manuscripts. 

My mother is feeling better after her tumble down the stairs last month and will return to work next Tuesday.

I need to finish my weekend cleaning and then work on my manuscript. 

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  🙂

 

 

Sentence Fragments

As I was reading the book, Grammatically Correct, by Anne Stilman, the sentence fragments page. In high school and college, I learned that sentence fragments were unacceptable when writing a paper for a grade.

Whenever I read novels, sentence fragments stand out, and I tried it in my manuscripts, but it felt wrong, especially when Microsoft gives me the red underline – meaning this is not a good sentence.

The definition according to this book is: “A sentence fragment is a group of words that is punctuated as a sentence – that is, it begins with a capital letter and ends with a terminal punctuation mark – but does not meet the criterion of “grammatically complete” as defined above. A dependent clause or a phrase, standing alone, would constitute a sentence fragment. Sentence fragments are technically errors, but they may be used deliberately for emphasis or some other effect.”

Most of the examples that I’ve read have been from books in dialogue, or ones that use 1st person narrative. I can read  the character’s inner thoughts and get to know them.

Now that I have shared my book’s allowance of technically incorrect grammar, I’m going to open one of my manuscripts and practice. I highly recommend this book from Writer’s Digest Books.

Do you like writing your characters thoughts or beliefs in ways that stand out to the reader?

It’s Great to Work on My Novels again!

After a six week resting (from doing much of anything) break, I feel well enough to work on my novels! It’s so amazing to write after letting the stories sit in my word documents while my neck heals. I’ve enjoyed reading Kirsten White’s Paranormalcy series; it’s fueled my desire to edit my paranormal novel, The Enchanted Locket.

Have you met your writing goals this week? Do you find it difficult to write after the business of the holidays?

Poem for The Enchanted Locket

Anthony and I wrote a poem together for our character, Emma, who wrote a poem for her mother’s funeral.

Until We Meet Again

I was not ready to say goodbye

My heart yearns for your sweet embrace

As you rest peaceful

Amongst the clouds, the stars

And everything that shines in my heart

My silver locket

Perfectly shaped to hold you

Close to my heart

Rest peacefully

As you look down

From the heavens tonight

Guiding Father and I

Until we meet again