Friday, October 11, 2013

"Can you ride a motorbike?" "I expect so. it's that sort of day."

 I was sick all day with the flu, so I spent the whole time in bed, drowning my fever in tea and watching TV. I'd have tried orange juice as well but I roasted the top of my mouth the other day sipping hot tea through a straw. Not my brightest moment.

 I am not feeling very random at the moment, which doesn't happen often while I'm editing - as you may have guessed by now. If anything, I think I am feeling a little sulky...or maybe it is a lot. It kind of happens every time I get to this certain part in my book.

 NaNo is now only three weeks away - I actually thought it was closer than that. I've been working on my outline for about a month now, if not longer. Every time we have journaling in English class I scribble down plot ideas or snippets.
 I finally decided which book I'll be doing. I wasn't sure if I was going to be revealing anything about it, but half the fun of NaNo is knowing what everyone is writing and them knowing what I'm writing.

 I've been working on this book for years, literally. I've re-written it ten times at least. I've re-plotted it. I've fought with the characters and even ended up killing one of the heroes - he later pulled a Rory and since then has been well behaved.
 I love everything about the plot, but it is so complex and full of so many twists and turns it often leaves be behind, buried in the dust, panting to catch up. This time, thanks to my dear Mycroft - now I've got you all picturing a pastry loving, umbrella carrying, book helper - I have a plan and I think I might be able to safely say this will be the final draft. I hope so, because I kind of never want to re-write this book again. Ever.
 It also means it might be one of the next books I publish, if all goes well.

 I'll be going into more details the closer it gets to NaNo. I might even tell all of you the whole story behind the book, but it is long and might be boring, so maybe not. I will reveal the characters, title, and summery. Maybe starting the week after next.

 Right now I have five chapters of edits to add to Abolished, then I am done with this stage of editing. After this I will go back and re-read book one to make sure there are no inconsistencies between the two books, then I will go over the last bit of edits before sending it in for my proof copy. And sometime in there I need to get the cover done.

 What about all of you? How many of you are doing NaNo? Do you have your plots yet? If so, what will you be writing about?

 I used an Amy and Rory quote, because everything is better with an Amy and Rory quote. It is from Let's Kill Hitler.




  1. Not doing NaNo this year, although I've participated in the past. Sounds like you'll be ready when it begins.
    Happy editing!

  2. Hoping to do NaNo this year, but it mainly depends on if my computer miraculously comes back to life, or if some blessed person decides to gift me with enough money to buy one. Both of which are not likely to happen. :P So I'm still deciding whether to do it or not.

    I commiserate with your sulkiness...woke up early this morning intending to work on writing...and promptly said, "Psh--writing. Sleep more important." and rolled over and went back to sleep. Any writing at all has yet to happen today. :P

  3. I'm planning on doing NaNo :) huzzah. I participated for the first time last year, and while it's not my favorite thing, I can't deny that it does motivate me to write more consistently. And, since I've got lots of book ideas and never feel like I have enough time to write them all down... I think Nano's extra boost of motivation will be good for me. (I think I'm going to set my word-count-whatchamajiggy to something low like 30,000, though. November is one of those months where lots of unexpected things tend to happen to me. LOL (Last year, the entire family came down with a horrible stomach virus, which thankfully was over by the time we set off to visit family, but it cut my 3 weeks (3 weeks because I knew we would be traveling and I wouldn't get any writing done during it) of NaNoing down to 2.

    For NaNo I'll be working on the second book in my Grayden's Tale saga (that's a working title/series name... I didn't have a name for book 1 until it was finished. I think I'm sticking with "The Orb and the Airship" for book one, but don't hold me to it)! haha.

    I love Amy and Rory. :)

  4. I'd be interested in hearing anything about your NaNo project and good luck with it. I'll be doing it, as well, and plan on winning this year :)

    Hope you feel better and let the tea cool a bit before sipping it through straws :)

  5. I'm doing NaNo this year! I'm going to try two new thing for my novel this year: planning and science fiction. I'm writing a time travel novel called "Midnight Run". It's a working title right now.

  6. Aw, sorry your sick. Get better soon. My dad would say "get plenty of rest and get lots of fluids" but it sounds like you're already doing that. =)
    I'm intrigued about your NaNo novel! I can't wait to find out more.
    My novel will be the second in my spy/espionage/I-don't-know-what-to-call-it-anymore series. I was at a bit of a loss at what to do... and then I had an idea last night! Now I can finally start writing my own outline.
    Hurrah for an Amy/Rory quote! I'm quite proud of myself for recognizing it right off the bat.

  7. I've had my NaNo picked for a month or two now, and I'm barely restraining myself from starting it already! It's the first book of my Secret Project, so I can't say much about it. It's sci-fi, so as prep, I've got a stack of sci-fi books next to me a mile high that I'm reading through. My mom and I sat down the night before last and hashed out the plot. There's still a few things missing, but I'm hoping that my reading stack will supply some answers.

    And I'd give you a cookie to help you through Abolished ... but I'm not sure it deserves it ...

    1. I'm the same with my NaNo novel this year:) I got the whole plot figured out about halfway through September. November can't get here fast enough!

    2. I'm distracting myself with character exercises (there are twelve main characters in this book, and I want to already have a feel for their voices) and some short stories I need to write for my next Collection and one for a contest.

      But this is a really cool, nice, unique idea and I'm really, REALLY excited to write it, and grow more so with each book I finish reading. I've already fallen in love with most of my twelve (actually, there's technically thirteen, but A is ... different), and there are a bunch of really cool scenes forming in my brain, and hilarious lines. Sigh ... just three more weeks ...

  8. I've got three ideas floating around for my NaNo novel...I'm still trying to figure out which one to go with. (Knowing me, I'm gonna go with the one my dad and I created in a spurt of crazy last Sunday, as oppossed to the one I've been planning for six months.) Glad to hear you've got a more solid plan! Super pumped for NaNo!

  9. Hope you're feeling better, Jack! The flu season certainly seems to be in full swing right now...
    Ooh, I wish I could do NaNo this year! Unfortunately...with school and everything else going on, I don't think I'll be able to. :/ I would really love to get back into writing again, though! Or at least editing...I've got that book I finished four years ago which I would love to actually go through and edit (the prologue is nicely edited, and the first chapter...but after that, a lotttttt of work needs to be done). So maybe I can set some kind of goal with that...Anyway, I'll be rooting for you!
    Also, in reply to your comment on my blog a few days back, I do think you would really like Sleepy Hollow--it has that same sort of feel as Supernatural, with history thrown in. There are also so many great lines.(:

    decked out in ruffles

  10. I love that your character pulled a Rory. Those are the best kinds of characters. :)

    How far are you into your "TV show"? Treskie and I are nearly at the end of the fifth season, and I'm hoping the sixth season deals with less of the Angles/Demons things, and more with just mah boys. They did the demons so well. They just completely fell apart with the angels!!! X-(

    I am probably not doing NaNo this year, but I shall cheer you on! GO JACK! GO GO GO!

    1. I just noted I wrote ANGLES/Demons... like, an army of right, obtuse, and acute angles are going up against the demons. LOL.

  11. Nano is at such an inconvenient time of year...sigh. I hope it goes well for you! Can't wait to hear more about your book!

  12. NANO! Woooot! Definitely doing it this year and totally pumped! This will be my fourth year to participate and I think it's gonna be a great one. ...I hope anyways.

    Good luck on finishing your editing! And I hope that flu is out of your system. Having the flu is so very not fun.

  13. I just had to tell you...I finished reading your book! :D It was so fun! I really enjoyed it. Treskie had said it reminded her of Tintin and I agree. It also reminds me a little of Brian Jacques too. In the best way of course. The way you keep switching characters is great. It makes you keep reading because you want to get back to the last cool thing you read with one person. I hope that made sense. I'm sure you'll understand. Anyway. It was really good and I'm looking forward to book two. :)

    I'm sorry about the flue. That's never any fun at all. Well...I guess watching TV shows is a fun way to spend the time while you're sick. :) At least there's that.

    Still, hope you're feeling better soon!


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