April Camp NaNo and #WriteMotivation Update – Week 3

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

As before, here are the RRFS A-Z Challenge posts thus far!

A is for Apostrophe – Me!
Classical British PoetsLissa
Consent and You! Why It’s Important to Think About Consent in Your WritingEris
The Quirky and Captivating Characters of DiscworldSerena
Let’s Talk About Ellipses…Rebekah
F is for Fanfiction – Me
Divine Gaiman – Revelations of a Humble Genius – Lissa
H is for Hangover (From Writing) – Eris
How do you Idea? – A Day in the Brain of a Ferret – Serena
J.R.R. Tolkien – A Bit of Gratitude – Rebekah
K is for King (Stephen, that is) – Me
The Meaning of a Letter – Lissa
Martin–as in George R.R. – Eris
The Importance of Non-Fiction to Fiction Writing – Serena
Choosing the Best Opening Scene for Your Story – Rebekah
P is for Pierce, Tamora – Me
Writers are Weird – A Look at Quirks – Lissa
Representation Issues – Eris

And now, my goal updates:

2014-Participant-Vertical-Banner1. Camp NaNo – Finish draft 2 of MGG.
Word count goal: 67,000
Current word count: 65,633

I finished! I finished! I finished!

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Draft two is complete! I finished transferring over the paper edits of my last two chapters on Saturday morning, before I had to head out to see family for the Easter holiday. It was wonderful to have that accomplished before I left town.

I cut out approximately 2,000 words and cleaned up a lot of the story. Then yesterday, because I was still on a high, I rewrote my query and tightened it up. Overall, I’m pretty happy, in case you couldn’t tell. :-)

Of course, we’ll see how long that lasts.

And now, if you’ll excuse me:

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2. Finish 2013 NaNo novel.
I did not make much headway on this goal last week, sadly. I did, however, write about 200 words and get myself past a stuck point, and outlined what happens in the rest of the story. I’ll be hitting this pretty hard this week and next, and if I don’t finish it this month then by golly I will finish it in early May.

How’s your month going?

April Camp NaNo and #WriteMotivation Update – Week 2

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.


As before, here are the RRFS A-Z Challenge posts thus far!

A is for Apostrophe – Me!
Classical British PoetsLissa
Consent and You! Why It’s Important to Think About Consent in Your WritingEris
The Quirky and Captivating Characters of DiscworldSerena
Let’s Talk About Ellipses…Rebekah
F is for Fanfiction – Me
Divine Gaiman – Revelations of a Humble Genius – Lissa
H is for Hangover (From Writing) – Eris
How do you Idea? – A Day in the Brain of a Ferret – Serena
J.R.R. Tolkien – A Bit of Gratitude – Rebekah
K is for King (Stephen, that is) – Me
The Meaning of a Letter – Lissa
Martin–as in George R.R. – Eris

And now, my goal updates:

2014-Participant-Vertical-Banner1. Camp NaNo – Finish draft 2 of MGG.
Word count goal: 67,000
Current word count: 49,758

I’m in the middle of chapter 18 and stalled out because I realized I needed to add a conversation in there that I should’ve probably added on the paper edit round, but didn’t (probably because I was drunk and/or tired when I was on that chapter) (probably both, let’s be real here).

I’m going to step it up this week, because I won’t have much of a chance to work on it this weekend.

2. Finish 2013 NaNo novel.
All right, nearly 3000 words written so far this month, and I am so close to the end I can almost taste it. I know better than to think I’ll have this wrapped up in the next 10k, but a girl can dream, right?

In other news, I can’t believe April is half over. Who authorized this?

How’s your month going?

April Camp NaNo and #WriteMotivation Update – Week 1.5

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

First off: While I, personally, am not doing the A to Z Challenge this year (obviously), I am doing it along with the other Ferrets at the RRFS blog.

Here are the posts we’ve written so far for the challenge:

A is for Apostrophe – Me!
Classical British PoetsLissa
Consent and You! Why It’s Important to Think About Consent in Your WritingEris
The Quirky and Captivating Characters of DiscworldSerena
Let’s Talk About Ellipses…Rebekah
F is for Fanfiction – Me
Divine Gaiman – Revelations of a Humble Genius – Lissa
H is for Hangover (From Writing) – Eris

We’ll keep the rotation going all month. My next letter is K. :-)

On to the updates!

2014-Participant-Vertical-Banner1. Camp NaNo – Finish draft 2 of MGG.
Word count goal: 67,000
Current word count: 42,434

I’m making much faster progress on this goal than I anticipated. The word count is misleading; 67k is roughly how long draft 1 was, and I set it as my goal since I’m trying to edit draft 2 in its entirety before the end of the month, incorporating the paper edits I’ve already made along with the suggestions from my CPs.

Basically, the word count means I’ve completed editing on 15 chapters out of 23. Huzzah!

2. Finish 2013 NaNo novel.
I have written all of 500 words on this, since I’m spending most of my time on goal #1 at the moment. But every word is progress, yes? I will finish this dadgum story, I swear.

Hope everyone else is having a good start to the month so far!

Final March #WriteMotivation Update & April Camp NaNo Kickoff

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

- Write 10k on the NaNo novel.
Stretch goal: Finish it.

And my total for the month was just under 12,000 words! Given where I am in the story, I’m hoping that another 10,000 will be all I need to finish it up. We’ll see.

- Edit 5 more chapters of MGG.
Stretch goal: Finish paper edits.

Finished the 5 chapters, which puts me with about 8 to go in paper edits.

- Write all Ferret A-Z posts.
One’s scheduled, two are finished and awaiting editing, a fourth is halfway written, and the last two are outlined. I will have them finished before the end of this week, most likely, but not before the end of March. Oh well!

- Read 2 books.
I finished The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms this weekend! Somehow I will managed to get reviews up for it and The Lotus Palace. SOMEHOW. I also started The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Finally. :-)

The sign-up for April’s #WriteMotivation is still up, but it goes down after midnight tonight.

And speaking of, here are my goals for next month:

1. Camp NaNo – Finish draft 2 of MGG.
This is my big one, since I’m 2/3 of the way through paper edits. So I’ll finish those first and then dive into moving all of them over into the Word document. As long as I get this goal completed, I’ll call April a win.

2. Finish 2013 NaNo novel.
I’m very close to the end of the climax right now, and after that, it’s a series of wrap-up and resolution scenes, at least one of which is already written. WHEEEE.

How did your March go? You all ready for April? Who else is doing Camp NaNo?

March #WriteMotivation Update – Week 4

We interrupt your regularly scheduled #WriteMotivation update because X-MEN TRAILER!!

Days of Future Past was one of the first X-men stories I ever read, one of these children’s novelizations that were published back in the early ’90s. It was a heartbreaking story, and I hated reading about how many of my favorite characters had died in the future. Even so, it was a good story, and I’ve been really, really excited for this movie ever since I found out they were adapting Days of Future Past.

The trailer scenes between Magneto and Professor X in the future are just killing me. I’ve always enjoyed their dynamic in the movies, and it’s so nice to see something that looks good with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen after the awfulness that was X-men: The Last Stand.

Anyway, on to the update!

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

- Write 10k on NaNo novel.
Stretch goal: Finish it.

Woot! Managed to hit 10k yesterday. Apparently I need to write more fight scenes and characters snarking at each other; they’re great for the word count.

On the upside, I also figured out what happens with the last major plot thread I hadn’t quite ironed out. On the downside, that pretty much requires me to add an extra 3,000 words to the story, which means there ain’t no way this is getting finished in March. OH WELL. We’ll see how far I can get before next week.

- Edit 5 more chapters of MGG.
Stretch goal: Finish paper edits.

I’ve edited three chapters now, woo!

- Write all Ferret A-Z posts.
One’s scheduled, a second is mostly written, and two more are outlined. I need to pick it up on this goal.

- Read 2 books.
I’m 63% of the way through The Lotus Palace, still 15% of the way through The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and have added The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to my list. THAT ONE’S FOR YOU, JESS.

In case anyone’s interested, April’s sign-up for #WriteMotivation is up now, and there’s still time to sign up for the April session of Camp NaNo.

ONE WEEK LEFT IN MARCH, PEOPLE. LET’S DO THIS THING.

Trailer Park: Spider-Man and The Giver

So apparently March is “the month of trailers releasing,” which is completely fine by me. More stuff to look forward to!

Once again on the list of “stuff from Michelle’s childhood that is suddenly making a comeback, how excellent is that,” we have The Giver, based on the book by Lois Lowry, which I vividly remember as being one of the first books I’d ever read with an ambiguous ending.

The trailer is kind of creepy, Meryl Streep is kind of terrifying, and Jeff Bridges looks pretty much exactly the way I expected the Giver to. I’m not sure how well this will match up with the book (the fact that it’s in color alone is enough to tell me they’ve changed some things), but as long as they stick to the tone of the book, this should be pretty good.

And there’s also a final official (official final?) trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. I am beyond stoked for this movie (I am a Marvel fangirl; I freely acknowledge this), especially considering how awesome the last one was.

Still, with all the trailers and previews they’ve released, I feel like I’ve seen about half the movie. OH WELL.

Yeah. This is gonna be great. :-)