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Where I'm At: Part III

"I heard a preacher say recently that hope is a revolutionary patience; let me add that so is being a writer. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up."
Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life)

I am trying to hold onto my patience. My word count grew slowly over the past week, but I have done small accomplishments with the hope of completing the novel soon. I think moving forward at this slow pace will teach me something in the long run. Not quite sure what that lesson could possibly end up being, but I will wait and see what happens. I can only move forward.

I have a full time job and this week, with the 4th of July holiday, will give me an extra day off from work. I plan on using one of those days for writing at this time, as well as doing my best to work on the novel every weeknight after the day job. In front of me I d…

A Writer's Prayer

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I found Neil Gaiman reading his poem "A Writer's Prayer" and thought I would share. There are some other free downloads on the website provided that you might enjoy, as well. Neil Gaiman is definitely one of my favorite authors and I am completely thrilled when he reads his own writings. It feels like another level of magic is weaved into his words. Or maybe it is just the British accent. You decide.

Now go listen to "A Writer's Prayer".

Or read it here:

A Writer’s Prayer
By Neil Gaiman

Oh Lord, let me not be one of those who writes too much;
who spreads himself too thinly with his words,
diluting all the things he has to say,
like butter spread too thinly over toast,
or watered milk in some worn-out hotel;
but let me write the things I have to say,
and then be silent, ’til I need to speak.

Oh Lord, let me not be one of those who writes too little;
a decade-man between each tale, or more,
where every word accrues significance
and dread replaces joy upon the page.
Perfecti…

Where I'm At: Part 2

I didn't do as well as I liked this week on the writing front. Some things happened that I couldn't control (everything is fine, no worries). Still, I have gone over the 60,000 word mark! Not bad for a novel that I expected to only be about 50,000 words. I think this might be longer than my other novel when I am done with it. I am going to keep moving forward this week and I will write another update next Sunday until I finish it.

For fellow writers, I added @AdviceToWriter on Twitter. It features quotes on writing from famous authors which is something I love to see. My favorite as I looked at the back log?

Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. SAMUEL BECKETT

I don't think of this week as a failure, but I see it as a challenge to push myself harder. I know I can do it. I have done it before.

Happy writing!

Natasha
Word Count: 60, 255

Online Comics

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For the past nine to ten years, my favorite online comic has been Sinfest. I can't remember how I came across it, but it was definitely in the early days. In 2002, I was so completely hooked that my husband (boyfriend back then) wrote code so the comic would refresh automatically every morning as my desktop background on my computer.

Here are three of some of my favorite strips. Check out the website and read this article about the artist Tatsuya Ishida and his "satirical webcomic about angels, devils, sex and politics that averages 300,000 hits per day". A collectionof the first 600 strips will be released in a collection from Dark Horse June 17, 2009 so check it out at your local comic shop.

Natasha

Tash Comics

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My husband Joey and artist, S., created a character of me in their online graphic novel, Revelation. It is on the latest page (18). The shirt "Tash" is wearing is on sale now. Here's a preview:


Natasha

Sushi!

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A good friend of mine showed my husband and I how to make sushi (vegetarian for us). She was so nice that she even bought us a bamboo sushi mat and brought some nori seaweed from the local Asian store.

My husband and I visited the local Asian store to buy some sticky rice and another mat. We ended up walking out with four adorable pink and yellow cat soup bowls that we can use for rice, and chopsticks with different animals on them (see below). I want to use them every day now!

We had a sushi Sunday and had fun trying to figure out what different things that we could put inside of them. We originally went with carrots and cucumbers leftover when our friend was over, but then branched out and had green olives, pineapple, and jalapenos. We might try pickles sometime since we can't eat pickled roll ups anymore (ham with cream cheese spread on it with pickles).

Here's the recipe that we have experimented with, but also my friend's original recipe. Enjoy!

4 nori seaweed
4 oz. cream …

Where I'm At

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“A work in progress quickly becomes feral. It reverts to a wild state overnight. . . it is a lion growing in strength. You must visit it every day and reassert your mastery over it. If you skip a day, you are, quite rightly, afraid to open the door to its room. You enter its room with bravura, holding a chair at the thing and shouting, ‘Simba!’”
-Annie Dillard

I found this little tidbit in a blog post called 54 Tips for Writers, From Writers. I am in the home stretch of my current work in progress, KIN, and I truly need to sit down and master this beast. I plan on blog posts for Tuesday, June 16th and Friday, June 19th, so don't miss out! I have this need, deep in my bones, to get this novel finished so I can set it aside. I know it sounds really strange, but once I finish a project, I like to set it aside for a time so I can go back to it with fresh eyes. I just need to finish it.

So, next Sunday, let's see how far I am.

Natasha
Word Count: 55,280

E-Publishing

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I wasn't much interested in the world of e-publishing until I went to Core Con and sat in on a panel of just that subject by author Tina Holland. She discussed the benefits of e-publishing (saving trees, instant downloads, etc) and showed us her e-reader. Now with Amazon's Kindle, people are a little more aware of electronic books, novellas, and short stories.

I wasn't very open to the idea of e-publishing until I went to Holland's panel and started to learn more about this branch of the industry. It isn't something that will go away, and instead of turning my nose to it, I thought that maybe it was time to research more about it. What are things that I like or dislike about it?

It can benefit authors and publishers financially since they don't have to cover the costs of making a book. This can also help the environment by saving trees. They can encourage more self-publishing, You might be able to earn more income than by printing it with sites like Lulu.

On the o…

Confidence

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It has been almost four years since I graduated from college with an English degree with Creative Writing emphasis. In that time, I have written several short stories, poems, and almost three novels. I still have a long way to go in being the best writer that I can be, and I will always be the first one to admit that. Still, I want to keep moving forward.

Since it has been four years, I figured it was time to go back and read some old books and new ones on writing. The first of these that I picked up was Ursula K. Le Guin's The Wave in the Mind. I read her other book, Language of the Night, a few years ago and intend on re-visiting it sometime in the future. I am taking notes, actual handwritten notes, in a journal my husband's grandmother gave me when I graduated from college. Lately, I have been using the computer more and more for writing. I felt it was more appropriate to go back to my college days and take notes, so when I do become discouraged, I can flip through the book…

Twitter and Goodreads

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I think it is about time for me to talk about my Twitter account. Feel free to follow me.

I have heard a lot of mixed reactions about Twitter, but I have to say that I really find it useful and enjoyable. I follow librarians, book bloggers, agents, writers, and others that help give me advice or news I wouldn't find anywhere else. There are alerts of book giveaways, advice articles, and even joining in to help save TV shows like Dollhouse. I think if you are interested in those type of things, Twitter might be a fun place to join. Also, it does help that some of my favorite actors like:
Nathan FillionJewel StaiteDavid HewlettMindy KalingAlyson HanniganEliza DushkuAlso, don't forget authors:
Laurie Halse AndersonNeil GaimanJo KnowlesMeg CabotKevin J. AndersonRebecca Moesta
I could teel you more about the people on my list, but I have 111 that I am currently following. To learn more about Twitter, check out these tips. Or try this blog, as well. Feel free to send me a direct message…