Weekend Writing Warriors – Never Found 7

December 14, 2014

Welcome friends, followers, and Weekend Writing Warriors!

Good morning! I’m sharing eight more sentences from my Nano project “Never Found.” It’s hard to believe that November is over, isn’t it? My main character, Tricia, has been woken by a mysterious blonde stranger at her apartment…

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“Could everybody in your family do magic?” Tricia prodded.

“My mom and my brothers can only change to wolf form and back,” Candice said. “Dad does that, plus some energy projection. It’s basically like being able to fire a gun, except you don’t need the gun or any bullets. Kinduv a handy trick, but also important to be careful with.”

“Change to wolf form,” Tricia repeated. “Are you telling me you’re werewolves? There are freakin’ werewolves in Toronto, really?”

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Never Found 6

December 7, 2014

Welcome friends, followers, and Weekend Writing Warriors!

Good morning! I’m sharing eight more sentences from my Nano project “Never Found.” It’s hard to believe that November is over, isn’t it? My main character, Tricia, has been woken by a mysterious blonde stranger at her apartment…

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Candice had a car parked across the street from Tricia’s building. It was so dark a brown as to be almost black, a four-seater with comfy seats and a flashy stereo. “Where are we headed?” Tricia asked as Candice pulled out onto the street.

“Downtown.  That’s part of the reason I came so early.”

“Okay, let’s talk,” Tricia said after a moment to confirm that Candice was indeed heading south towards the lakeshore. “You–you called what we do magic. Is that just a figure of speech, or–I don’t even know how to end that. What do you know about magic?”

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What’s up Wednesday? Crashing from Nanoland back down to Earth

December 3, 2014

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blogfest to share the answers to a few simple questions… Join us!

What I’m SnowyHousesreading:
Finished “Academ’s Fury”, just hours before the ebook expired back to the library ebook. Since then, I’ve started “Sheepfarmer’s Daughter”, one of three Paks paperbacks that my Mom gave me for my birthday, and started listening to stories via the PodCastle and Toasted Cake podcasts again. I kinda fell off fiction podcasts during November, partly because I was listening to my soundtracks so much, and the fabulous Storywonk Nano podcast; something else had to fall out, but I’ve got plenty of stories queued up on the iPhone now!

What I’m writing:
Well, I reached 60k for Nano at Wafflepalooza, and I’m really happy with where my incomplete books got to. Since December started, I haven’t done any actual writing, but I do want to work on synopsis outlines for both books, as well as getting back to the Flash Fiction course.

What works for me:
Riding the wave of Nanowrimo for a victory lap, I guess! Pulled off another 10k between Thursday and Sunday, which is pretty good.

What else I’ve been up to:
Enjoying not going out for write-ins nearly every day. Playing around with my Dana Alphasmart wordcount software a little more, with keyboard shortcuts to copy values from field to field, and changing the deletion routines so I can just delete scratchpad 2 out of 4, instead of having to delete 2, 3, and 4 all at the same time.

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Nanowrimo Spotlight: Whatever you choose, as long as it’s not obscene

December 2, 2014

Greetings again, friends and followers. After a great November, I’m resting and recovering, but I have one more spotlight interview to share with you, from Sahar Sabati. Sahar has one blog here, and another for reviews.

Have you participated in Nanowrimo before?
I did NaNoWriMo twice, in 2008 and in 2014.

What are you writing about this year?
I started working on the sequel of my book, Spirit Within Club. It is a coming of age story following seven years in the life of a growing group of friends from the age of 10 to 17 as they figure out what their contributions to the betterment of their school, their families, their neighborhoods, and the world can be.

What is your favorite book – you have to pick just one!
This is always a difficult question to answer! At the moment I would say that Shoghi Effendi’s God Passes By is my favourite book.

What advice would you give to all your fellow Wrimos?
I would suggest to jump into it and make the most of an experience that is bound to make you a better member of the writing community.

Sneaky Ninja question! How will you know when you’ve reached success as a writer?
I write as a way to inspire personal and community development. I have reached success in that many of those who have read my books have reached out to me to tell me how my book has had a positive influence in their lives. Read the rest of this entry »


Weekend Writing Warriors – Never Found 5

November 30, 2014

Welcome friends, followers, and Weekend Writing Warriors!

Good morning! I’m sharing eight more sentences from my Nano project “Never Found.” It’s hard to believe that November is almost over, isn’t it? My main character, Tricia, is dealing with a mysterious blonde stranger in her apartment…

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“And I guess I’m curious about what it’s like when other people use magic,” Candice said. “For me, when I use the voice, I have to concentrate when I’m speaking, really emote into it like I’m up on stage, you know? I could hardly do shit until after I took drama class, if you can believe it. And it helps if I’m touching the person, or just touched them a few seconds ago.”

Tricia stormed back into the bachelorette room, fully dressed, and grabbed the flattest pair of shoes she could find. “So is that why I agreed to go with you to see this Vinny guy? You used your own mojo on me, there outside my door?”

“Well, I pushed you a little, yeah.”

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Nanowrimo Spotlight: This Blog Has An Imposter

November 28, 2014

Good morning, friends and followers. I’ve got one more interview left, and there might be another coming in before tomorrow. This one is from EvanescentDreams, who might have been eaten by one of the Nano monsters, because she didn’t respond to my follow-ups or post a word count. But here’s what (she?) had to say:

Hi, readers of this blog. I’m not really an imposter; I’m being interviewed:

NaNoWriMo and I:
This year is my first go at NaNoWriMo, so I am most definitely a NaNoNewbie.

I have wanted to write a novel for many a year; NaNo simply gave me the metaphorical kick in the behind I needed. I decided to participate after discovering the concept on Youtube, (oh, the Internet) while searching “How to write a novel”, or something similar, and said concept appealed to me immediately because, well, it seemed (and still does seem) such an amazing, inspiring, brilliant idea. The community is a very lovely and welcoming one, as well.

What are you writing about this year?
I am writing a novel inspired by the concept of the Grim Reaper; The idea is, every few centuries, the current Death takes on an apprentice, whose job is to assist Death in their usual activities, and to take over when the current Death retires. This system has worked for time immemorial. But the new (and unwilling) apprentice is horrified by the Afterlife, and, deciding he has nothing to lose, rebels against Death’s reign of tyranny.

What is your favorite book – you have to pick just one!
My favourite book… I have so many… This is so difficult… The Amber Spyglass, (by Philip Pullman) I think. It encapsulates everything I want in a novel: Beautiful and vivid prose, engaging characters, edge-of-your-seat pace, wonderful originality, and, re-readability.

What advice would you give to all your fellow Wrimos? Read the rest of this entry »


Nanowrimo Spotlight: Kristin James

November 27, 2014

Hey everybody! I’m in a bit of a hurry to make it to a write-in tonight, so it’s a good thing I’ve got this really terse spotlight to share with you! It comes from Kristin, who blogs at missoverture and can be found on the Nano site as witchykristy.

How long have you been participating in Nanowrimo?
I’d be considered a NaNo veteran as I’ve been doing it since 2008, and won every year. :) It’s fun to meet new people in the chats every year and at write ins because were all so like minded.

What are you writing about this year?
This year I have been writing about a civil war between two cursed races.

What is your favorite book – you have to pick just one!
In all honesty, my favorite book at the moment is Misery by Stephen King, though I am partial to The Hunger Games.

What advice would you give to all your fellow Wrimos?
For advice, I’ll say dedicate two hours a day to writing to hit your goal–if you’re like and type at 130 WPM, you could even just do an hour!

Sneaky Ninja question! Do you smoke? Have you ever??
I currently smoke, indeedy.

Anything else you want to say?
I have a book coming out next year called Crows among Doves–it’s a supernatural romance novel.

Thanks for dropping by!


What’s up Wednesday? That sweet sense of Validation

November 26, 2014

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blogfest to share the answers to a few simple questions… Join us!

What I’m WUWMaple65%2reading:
Still mostly “Academ’s Fury” in library ebook format, from Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. I’ve been taking it slow and not reading that much because I’m busy with Nano stuff.

What I’m writing:
I validated my 50k for Nano this evening! Both books are going well, though I’m briefly blocked on “Never Found” and flopping back to the sci-fi for tomorrow.

What works for me:
Writing on my own twitter sprints, hosting a virtual write-in for dozens of internet strangers in a coffee shop, apparently. I got 2k done in about an hour and a half, whoohoo!

What else I’ve been up to:
Went out for burgers with my family at “The Works” in Jackson Square, where I had my first brisket on top of a cheeseburger. (It was kinda like a cross between roast beef and bacon, yum!) Also went to visit my Co-ML ThornesQuest, who’s having some health issues and is in the hospital.

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Nanowrimo Spotlight: Recipe for NaNo, A Pinch of Oregano, a Dash of Chutzpah

November 25, 2014

Greetings! Today I have another spotlight interview from a fellow Storywonk, so welcome Melina Kantor! You can find Melina on Nanowrimo as MelissaDK

When did you get started with Nanowrimo, Melina?
Way back when podcasts first came out, one of my favorite authors, Lani Diane Rich, and her friend Samantha Graves (C.J. Barry) started a show called “Will Write for Wine.” At the time, I was an avid reader, but not a writer.

On October 6th, 2007 (yes, I remember the date), I was in Central Park with my dog, earbuds in place. We took a break by the duck pond, and after listening to the episode about NaNo, I rushed home and signed up. By the end of November, I had the draft of my first book. I was shocked.

This is my eighth Nano, and my third time participating in NaNo in Jerusalem.

I love bundling up in my NaNo hoodie, drinking hot apple cider at a cafe, and pounding out the words.

And a personal tradition – towards the end of NaNo, when I’m exhausted and suffering from writer’s block, I write while listening to this episode of Will Write for Wine. Of course, I’m also addicted to StoryWonk NaNo (also thanks to Lani Diane Rich).

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What are you writing about this year?
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Nanowrimo Spotlight: Metamorphose Magazine

November 24, 2014

Okay, we’re into the last week of National Novel Writing Month now, and I still have a few spotlight interviews to share with you. Today’s comes from Star Davies, who’s come on my blog to promote Metamorphose.

When did you start with Nanowrimo?
I joined Nanowrimo back in late 2007 after some fellow writers created a buzz about the race to 50k. I was addicted. from 2007 – 2009 I entered the race and completed at least 50k words. In some cases far more. In 2010 and 2013 circumstances forced me to sit out on the excitement, but I was quickly back into it. While I have enjoyed the writing and the thrill of the race, my fondest memories of Nano are from the community of friends I have made over the years. Most of them have very strong characters and interesting stories I would love to see in print. They have been incredibly important to helping me grow stronger as a writer. I participate regularly on the Role Playing forum to blow off steam and de-stress from rough days. I love this community and am proud to support it.

What are you writing about this year?
For the first time since I seriously started writing, I am working on a screenplay. It’s incredibly stressful because the margins won’t work, the rules on formatting direction and dialogue are so strict, and my computer hates me. It’s a fantasy, because really, what else would I write? Last Man to Die is about an unlikely hero named Tov as he relates the horrors that humans sustained as they were exterminated by an animal-like race called the Kraits. Spoiler alert, he sustained injuries so great that he is the last human to die.

What is your favorite book – you have to pick just one!
Ha! Anyone who is a fan of fantasy knows how impossible that is. Most books come in a series. There are a lot that have influenced me, but I think I would have to go with … Robert Jordan’s A Memory of Light. I have never cried so much throughout a book before in my life, and I doubt I ever will again.

What advice would you give to all your fellow Wrimos?
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