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Writing is back on track for NaNo. I had a quilting retreat over the weekend, and while I was able to write (and even catch up!) on Friday, it took attention away from my creative classes (also: never leave your husband in charge of the children, especially if they have complicated plans for the evening!)

I made a conscious decision on Saturday to focus on my (paid for) classes, and actually really got into the groove with sewing – I ended up working on class projects until midnight, damn my word count!

The worst part about Friday was the scattered writing sent my plot into a direction that really messed up the story. It took me a while to get my groove back after that mess.

Caught up a bit on Sunday, and should be caught up again by the end of the day today.

Found a couple of good writing books while out with my son yesterday. One is Fire Up Your Writing Brain by Susan Reynolds. I love me some brain research, and tying it to writing? Sold.

Expanding Vocabulary

Working on NaNo again this year, I couldn’t remember a word for the wind in pine trees…sirissing? Shirshiring? I typed “define surussing” and BAM:

su·sur·ra·tion

(so͞o′sə-rā′shən) also su·sur·rus (so͝o-sûr′əs, -sŭr′-)

n.

A soft, whispering or rustling sound; a murmur.

[Middle English susurracioun, from Late Latin susurrātiō, susurrātiōn-, from Latin susurrātus, past participle ofsusurrāre, to whisper, from susurrus, whisper, ultimately of imitative origin.]

su·sur′rant (so͝o-sûr′ənt, -sŭr′-), su·sur′rous (-sûr′əs, -sŭr′-) adj.
Okay, back to writing. Needed to update this blog, but this doesn’t count toward my word totals for the day, so, BYE.

30-dayJournalProject

*Something* has to get me going…and this is free!

It started July 1st, so I’m playing catch-up with the program. Like I do with everything blog-wise right now!

I plan on using this site (Write Already) to post my journalling progress…if/when I make any.

Crafty/sewing/quilty stuff is still here: MichiganDenise

The Sometimes Site

Yeah, it’s been a while. Since this account is linked to blogs I’m following for quilting and crafts, I’m going to redirect you here for now: MichiganDenise

I will keep this blog for entries on writing, but that might be a while…

I have not been writing in a long time. My main concern right now is getting in shape, so I spend all my morning energy on that. I started a rowing class this month, and LOVE it. Now to get my regular diet on track, and start losing weight.

I won’t bore you with that here – or create yet another site. Just know I want to get back to regular writing, but I need to focus my energy elsewhere for a little while longer.

First Wall

When you hit a wall, do some research! When I originally thought up my current novel idea (about 14 years ago, as a script idea…nothing ever written, actually), I asked on a fiction forum about the best way to rob a bank in England (yeah, like that’s not going to ring some alarm bells…well, on a fiction forum, it didn’t!). I was told at the time (around 1996…pre-Wikipedia) that a better place for an amateur to hit would be a post office, where retired state workers picked up their pensions…in cash. (Perhaps I should have checked up on the guy who answered that for me…hmm…)

Now, apparently, that has gone over to electronic bank transfers, “leading to a loss of revenue for Post Office branches and many closures.” (Wiki-wiki-wiki…yeah, I went there).

Umm…so, now what (for my protagonist)? I had decided to set it in modern-day, but I might go back 12 or 15 years and keep it staged in a era where my original idea could actually take place.

However, in researching the Royal Mail, I came across more of my old fascination: a now-defunct and abandon mail rail system in London, recently invaded by an urban exploration team called the London Consolidation Crew. My story may take a whole different direction…if I ever stop reading up on this stuff.Image

It’s the curse of coming from the touchstone of Ruin Porn…an unhealthy fascination with (literal) underground/invasive/abandoned urban scene/activity. Doesn’t mean I’m heading to London anytime soon…or even Detroit. But my word count for today will suffer.

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

NaNoWriMo ver. 2.0.12

Off and running! Thanks for stopping by the blog. If you came over from NaNo, be sure to follow me here at WordPress. Previous posts are a bit old…I am working on a completely different novel at the moment (as required). If you just stumbled upon me randomly, first of all, ouch — watch where you are going, please! Follow me anyway and be sure to check out my NaNo progress as CreativeExile. Thanks!

Day Thirteen: duhn duhn DUHN

Well, it finally happened. I’m hitting a wall. My word count has dropped and I’m struggling to get anything down on the page. But, you know what? I’m delighted. I thought my first two weeks were going a bit *too* well. And while I struggle now, I still get writing done, I still discover things about my characters, and details of my evolving plot. I understand  the theory of new project excitement, leading to boredom, leading to starting a new project (I am a crafter, as well, and have many “UFOs”). I get bogged down in wanting to do research rightnow, but I resist.

My writing book  companion this week has been The Architecture of the Novel, by Jane Vandenburgh. Her very first chapters spoke to exactly what I am accomplishing: getting to know my story by writing. it. I very nervously went on to her chapter on plot, but it continues to speak to the Seat Of Pants In Seat Of Chair logic I believe in.

One research path I followed this week (after my writing session) was Ruin Porn. This post has one thing to say, and while I may not agree with everything in it (History is a Bitch, in my opinion, and there’s not much you can do to stop the march of time. Rail at the government, rail at corporate policy, but get a new model of success for urban areas. One that doesn’t involve R.P.’s polar but equal opposite, Hope Porn), it does give me new things to think about and new blogs to explore on the subject of urban renewal for my beloved hometown.

After I finish writing for the day.