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Sorry for being a bit MIA this week - I see new Heck stories posted by Phyllis and nativefloridian, comments from Phyllis, Tanaquific and nativefloridian and of course, Inanna waiting patiently for me. (We'll ignore all the other stories by my flist that I have yet to read *avoids eye contact*).

I've been working long hours and when I do get home, I've been trying to get caught up on my NaNo (I'm just reached over 25,000 words today, which is exactly where I need to be - Yay!) and I had a couple of days where there were issues with my Internet connection. I think it was on their end because it's been working fine all day today.

We're also heading towards the shortest day of the year and when it gets dark so early I lose sight of the fact that there's still lots of evening left. Right now it's getting dark between 5:00-5:30 (possibly closer to 6:00 still). By December 21st when it's dark by 4:30 I'll be gnawing my arm off and trying not to hibernate in my office.

Ahem. But I digress.

As for my NaNo, I'm writing chick lit and I'm both pleased with it and very unhappy with it. I think I should have gone with the sci fi plot I have in mind instead... I'm pleased with it because there are parts in it that are (in my opinion) really funny, but the main character and plot are not turning out anything like I planned. I realized I'd truly lost control of the thing when my main character had sex on the dining room floor. Nothing wrong with that, per se, but it entirely derails what I had intended to happen in the story. And to add insult to injury the sex scenes read like really bad letters to Playboy. *sigh* Well, she's having a lot of fun (as is he) and I'm still enjoying the writing experience so I guess it's not all bad... :D

So just a short random update. I wanted to wave *hi* and let people know yes, I'm still around and writing my NaNo and on Oasis when time permits. :) Now I'm going to head back to the laptop and work on Oasis some more (and possibly on my NaNo novel). I'm also watching the Doomsday Blitz on the History Channel today - and learning way more about the end of the world than I ever expected to know. O.O And I may post the other 13-14 letters I have ready over the next few days as well... (I think I may post them all and keep them restricted until I'm ready to release them to the communities...that should help speed things up. :) ).

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laura_josephsen
Nov. 16th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
Good to see you around!

Ugh, I know, it's getting dark soooo early. O_o

And YAY for being caught up on NaNo! That's awesome! And it looks like I'm not the only one whose characters are running around doing whatever they feel like doing and totally disregarding the plot. ;) I guess that's just part of having characters--particularly when you're writing those characters during NaNo.

shirleyann66
Nov. 16th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And the darkness is already starting to affect me and we're not even getting dark at 4:30 yet. :( :( I think I need to get off my (substantial) rear and get one of those SAD lamps I've heard so much about. :)

I was very relieved to get to where I needed to be with NaNo. Now to keep the momentum up for the last half of the month!! You've been kicking my butt all month with your word count - I'm really impressed! *waves pompoms*

I laughed really hard when I read your note to your characters, thinking "I feel your pain!" Since I don't actually plot or write sequentially I'm finding my characters are completely running away with the story. I'm curious to see how it's all going to end... *ponders*
shirleyann66
Nov. 16th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
Just noticed your icon!! That's priceless and so darn appropriate!!! LOL

(and just how unobservant am I???) :D
onceiwasaturtle
Nov. 16th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
Ahh ... NaNo ... I've hit a spot of total apathy right now, but it's not apathy with my story, it's apathy with well, I don't know what the apathy is with. o.o Gah! Stupid womanly-cycle-thing!! X-(

I'm just over 21,000 words right now.... I really need to get a good lead going on before Thursday night, because that's when Loen and I fly out to go spend a bit over a week with family!! *resorts to chocolate*

Glad to hear you're doing so well, with your writing and everything else! I don't remember it getting dark so early being quite so disconcerting when I lived in Alaska, but I didn't have to commute there.... *does not enjoy driving in the dark*
shirleyann66
Nov. 16th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
I hear ya - I was actually considering throwing everything I'd done so far and starting over with my sci fi plot. And then I reread what I'd already done and thought "that's actually not bad...and then this can happen at this point..." .

Stupid womanly-cycle-thing!! X-(

Oh, boy, yeah, I know what you mean. That's (supposed to be) next week for me; I'm hoping I'll be able to work right through it, mood swings and all.

I see you're now almost at 25,000 words - whoohoo!! :D Good for you! Good luck on writing while you're with your family; hopefully you can pull ahead of where you need to be so you can enjoy your week away.

I don't remember being quite so affected by it as a kid either, but then again - I spent more time outside in the winter when I was younger, which probably helped a lot. Nowadays, of course, I'm inside all the time so I don't get the sun I need. I also don't remember being quite so affected by the cold either... *sighs*


onceiwasaturtle
Nov. 16th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Yea, whenever I'm at a point where my mind is blank as to what to do next, I tend to read over the last section. And then my fingers start magically typing all by themselves! :-p

Ugh, hope it doesn't hit you as hard as it hit me this time! It's hard to maintain concentration when you just want to kill something....

Yay! I stayed up ... waaaaay too late. But it was worth it. ^^

Oh, the cold! Wow, I was never affected by it like I am now! It just keeps getting worse and worse, ever since I had Loen...!
phyllis629
Nov. 16th, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
Good to "see" you.

That's great that you're caught up on NaNo! Are we going to be able to read your novel when it is finished?

I also hate the fact that it's getting dark so early. I spend a lot of time in Boston, so by 5:30 pm I feel like I should be getting in my PJs! The only saving grace is that we've had some warm weather over the past week. It will get worse in Dec when it's dark and cold!!
shirleyann66
Nov. 16th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Good to be "seen" :) .

I've been thinking about sharing my novel - but it needs a pretty substantive edit before it's ready to be read by anybody else. It's unabashedly a Mary Sue (well, sorta kinda) but I would need to change more information to protect the not-so-innocent. LOL

The only saving grace is that we've had some warm weather over the past week. It will get worse in Dec when it's dark and cold!!

We've been having warmish weather too. And yes, when it's dark and cold I'm pretty much a basket case - which is why February is usually my worst month, especially that last cold snap before spring.

PS - I've seen (and read) your latest chapter. I'll be commenting shortly. :)

rubberbisquit
Nov. 17th, 2009 05:01 am (UTC)
I have been slacking soooo much on my Nano. I don't think it's going to happen this year just based on time alone. School sucks. lol. Being constantly sick for two months sucks more.

I'm glad you're doing so well though! I found last year that it was easy to reach the word marks because everything I was writing was personal experience. This year I tried something original and it has completely not been going well. I've hit a mile high wall and I don't know how to get around it *sigh*

But yay! Go YOU!!! lol. I'm glad to see that you have time to still write heck. As soon as this semester is over I'm hibernating for a week so I can catch up on the internet. Only a month left.

I totally know how you feel about the daylight situation too. Once 4:45 rolls around at work I feel like I should be at home knitting or something. Totally crazy.

Lol, this post is way more about me than I had intended.

I send ALLLLLL of my good Nano thoughts and luck your way! Your main character sounds awesome and I kinda want to be her ;) Even if the sex scenes do read like Playboy letters. And I'm sure we'd all love to read it. You have a true talent and I'm always overjoyed to be able to read something by you. That reminds me, I have a lot of feedback to leave you. I may have to just devote an entire journal entry to you because I won't be able to contain my enjoyment and excitement about Oasis in one reply ;)
shirleyann66
Dec. 1st, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
Wow! I'm soooo sorry for taking so long to respond to your comment. :)

First of all, too bad about NaNo - but thanks for all your good Nano thoughts - I think they're what helped me make it over the edge! :D

I hope the semester is going well for you (must only be a couple of weeks left by now) so now I'm sending you all MY good thoughts!!

Your main character sounds awesome and I kinda want to be her ;)

You and me both!! LOL - the really funny part is that the main character is totally a Mary Sue (at least in the sense that she's based on me), but I'm more sad than I can say to report I've never had sex on my dining room floor.

And I'm sure we'd all love to read it.

I'm going to post an excerpt and if people are interested, I'll share it when it's edited. :)

You have a true talent and I'm always overjoyed to be able to read something by you.

*blush* *blush* *blush* Awwww....thanks!! That means a lot. :)

That reminds me, I have a lot of feedback to leave you. I may have to just devote an entire journal entry to you because I won't be able to contain my enjoyment and excitement about Oasis in one reply ;)

LOL - that's awesome!! I'm glad you're enjoying it (and I appreciate you reading it during your busy semester). :D I'm hoping that once things ease up for you, we'll be seeing some more stories from you, too. (but no pressure, of course LOL ).
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