Showing posts from November, 2011

Why I Decided on a Smaller Word Count

I am on Day 15 of the 250 word/day challenge. I have reached almost 5000 out of my 6500 total goal for the month.  I am really happy with the progress that I have made so far. I only have a few more days to go!

What are the reasons why I decided on writing a smaller word count this November?

The need to write I’ve been working on the same novel for quite some time. I want to try out something new. Yes, I have short stories written. I think it is just time to do something longer.

NaNoWriMo I haven’t participated since I started KIN. This year, I wanted to join in. I knew that there was no way that I could meet the 1,667 words/day. So I decided I wanted to do something different this year.

A simple blog post. I follow author Diana Peterfreund’s blog and there was a blog post from a reader asking how she finds time to write. Her point is to even write in smaller increments (such as a page a day) can add up to something in the end. So I found a writing challenge that fit that from over at In…

West Coast Side Trip

My husband Joey and I decided that we wanted to visit San Diego and our good friend (and artist) Sue Dawe this year. I really wanted to attend the Halloween Party at Disneyland so we decided on going in October. Here are my favorite highlights of the trip.

1) Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore I heard a lot about this bookstore online. I actually bought books from them when I went to author signings at San DiegoComic Con back in 2009. When we went to the store, I didn't realize how much more amazing it is when you go there in person. They describe themselves as "genre store specializing in science fiction, mystery, fantasy, and horror" and they have a list of different authors that stop by every month to sign books. The night we went, Neal Stephenson was stopping into promote his new book, Reamde. The author also happens to be one of the favorite authors of our good friend and catsitter, Brandon. We ended up coming back to the store to get our catsitter a signed book. One of the …

Taking a Different Approach to Writing

Without risking failure, maybe even running headlong into it, there’s no chance for discovering something new and beautiful. –Sara Zarr

I’m not just in the first week of a writing challenge, but in the first week of writing discovery. It is the start of a new way of writing for me and it could change the way I do writing.

KIN is nearing three years of work. I am in the revision portion of the novel and balancing it with this new project. Looking back, I decided that writing was the easiest part of Kin. The struggle that I am having with is with revisions. When it comes to revision, readers are one of the most important resources and I found amazing critique partners. However, I am still in the part where I am holding it close to myself and scared to let it go. I am almost there to give the full manuscript to read, but not quite yet.
This new novel, I wanted to approach it differently from the lessons that I have learned about my writing style. I decided I want more of an outline, but I a…