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So it’s December Now

Posted in nanowrimo, writing on December 4, 2014 by Nellie

I know I said I wanted to update this blog (at least once a week) but NaNoWriMo sort of had me sucked in and I had enough issues keeping on track. But I did it.

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With a little over 50k, I clocked in another win. Now usually I put the story(ies) aside to let them ‘rest’ or otherwise forget about them even if they are unfinished. I’m trying to NOT do that this time around and teach myself better writing habits as well as writing daily again, even if it is a couple hundred words. Need to start somewhere. I found that I wrote more on the weekends because that was when I was away from home. I tend to get sucked into the couch and not want to do anything. Doing something other than planting my butt on the comfy couch.

I also need to catch up on my TBR pile because there is a huge pile of books that I want to read and new ones coming out that sound interesting all the time. I’m also making a list of things that I want to finish and a word count for the coming year. Hopefully I can last longer than a few months.

So how are your goals going?

Chugging Along

Posted in blogging, writing with tags , on April 8, 2013 by Nellie

I really didn’t write much this weekend. The goal I set for myself for Camp NaNo was 30,000 words. It’s doable without being TOO much, really. I’ve done 15k and 25k. 30K shouldn’t be that much of a problem. So far, I’ve only written about five thousand words so I need to write about 1500 a day to get ahead and stay ahead. I’ll have to see how it works.

Yesterday I was kind of busy. I’ve taken to volunteering my time and helping transport rescued cats to their forever homes. Yesterday I drove two very fluffy cuties to meet the last leg of their journey. They are so adorable. It was also my birthday. I’m at this point that while I like to get some things: a gift card for B&N, maybe a really nice bottle of wine, a road trip somewhere, it’s not a big deal really anymore. So I spend my time helping gives cats a second chance when they were close to not having that chance. It’s good for a little extra karma and I’m an animal person. It feels good to make someone else’s day and help them out where it wouldn’t have possible before.

The name of the group on Facebook is Underground Railroad Rescue Kitties Network or URRKN. If you’re interested in joining, just pop over. Though if you don’t do Facebook, I can see about what can be done to join up. And it’s only a few hours a month, if that, of your time. It’s really not that bad.

I never know what to say, really

Posted in camp nanowrimo, Monday Mixer, writing with tags , on April 1, 2013 by Nellie

Last week I didn’t do any posting at all. Mostly due to work being a headache and coming home and the brain shutting off. On top of that, I did minimal writing (which sucked) and zero reading (which sucked even more). It had gotten to the point that I was getting irritated because I knew there was a book out by an author I like and I was either too busy or too tired to read it.

It was like that the whole month. It really, really sucked. The meetings haven’t stopped but I’ve told myself that I’m going to get up from my desk at work and do something, whether it’s read or writing. Just so that I can keep going out it and don’t get stuck. Bad enough I have three stories going and all of them are sort of stalled out now.

How do you deal with the work vs writing argument?

If it’s getting up early…yeah, I’m not a morning person so I don’t know how well that one is going to work. 🙂

I’ll be updating more regularly as the April Camp NaNoWriMo is going. The nice thing is that we can pick our own word count to achieve and I gave myself 30,000 to write this month.

Also, here is a Monday Mixer.

Sarah shifted the torch, pulling down the goggles before going to work on the piece of metal. Little pieces of swarf littered the floor under her feet.

“There you are.” The woman’s voice was faintly disapproving. “I don’t understand why you are doing this. It’s a perfectly good conservatory. Get the workmen to make it bigger.”

“I’m perfectly capable of doing it myself with just the glasswork needed to be done.”

“You shouldn’t have to do this. I don’t understand.” A heavy sigh. “You need to act more like a lady. This is going to be scandalous if people find out you are doing common work.”

Sarah felt the headache starting up already. “Mother. I don’t need a man. I don’t need anyone to help me do anything and no one gives a damn about if I get my hands dirty. YOU are the one who is scandalized. Not me.”

150 words
@solimond

Struggling along

Posted in blogging, writing with tags on March 20, 2013 by Nellie

This whole juggling schedule I need to work on is trying. I know other people do it but I’m still trying to get a schedule down for work/writing stuff. I’ve written more this week than I have last week, even if it is only a couple hundred words at a time.

And I have done zero work on getting things together for Camp NaNo next month. At least I only need to come up with 30k words. I think I can manage that. I hope. It should be an interesting month, that’s for sure. I need to find some new sound track music to help during my writing. If I listen to anything with lyrics, I’ll pay attention to what the song is about than just pushing forward. On top of that, I want to read again. I haven’t really read anything that didn’t have to do with work for the past two weeks.

Bleh, that does suck.

And in true fashion, considering that I’m having problems writing, I can’t think of anything really interesting to talk about.

So, have a good week and see you Friday.

Midweek Blahs

Posted in blogging, recipe, writing with tags , on March 13, 2013 by Nellie

I missed Monday’s post. But I did have a valid excuse. Work has been crazy. We have someone retiring and there are two of us who have to take over some of the duties she does as well as our own work. While that doesn’t seem bad, we used to be a team of 5 to a team of 3. There is a lot of reading documents, meetings and making sure that we can keep things in budget while making sure programs still can provide services. A state commonwealth public servant. Once upon a time I would have recommended state employment to people but we have seen some heavy cuts and we’re supposed to get more and frankly unless you know someone big, you’ll just be at the bottom of the totem pole and get stepped on.

I don’t think I’ve really written much in the past week because my mind has just been so tired after work, on top of the time change. I’m trying to turn it around. I’ll have to see how well I do in the next two days. At the moment, in the one chat room that will hold sprints for Camp NaNo, all the warm up sprints are too late or mid afternoon so that I’m not home. So there isn’t anyone really to poke me on chat or something and have a small word war.

I was talking to someone though and she gave me a link to make your own chicken nuggets which look really yummy. And since I’m such a nice person I’ll share. Cause really, these look too yummy to keep to myself.

Chicken Nuggets

See you on Friday when I hopefully have a little more energy. We’re having cake. Maybe the sugar will help.

Weekend Hustle

Posted in blogging, writing with tags , on March 8, 2013 by Nellie

So, it’s yet another Friday night. Where do they all go. I should have something thought up but I don’t. Not much of a surprise but then I’ve been feeling crappy today. I don’t know if I picked up something that someone already had or what. I thought I only had a mild case of the ‘blahs’ last week and got over them but I’ve been feeling exhausted today.

As much I sort of sat at my desk at work staring blankly at the computer when I could have been working on words. As such, nothing really got done. It could be that the weather flip flops. That always makes me feel tired and blech because the weather isn’t making up it’s mind and it’s usually during that time that I get sick. Not stay in bed sick, well maybe a day, but just a run down have zero energy but still enough to get going kind of sick.

The sick that makes you sort of cranky but the effort to be cranky at people is even too much.

I seem to have started off the month like that as I’ve only written once or twice. And I’ve seen some open calls for shorts that I should get on if I want to make a go at this writing thing. Head, meet desk (or table in this case).

I think after this post I will be going to be because in the two hundred words that I’ve written, I’ve yawned like three times. Usually a sign to give up the ghost for the night. Tomorrow, maybe I can wake the muse from the warm covers and see if she wants to do something. Plus i have a few challenges that I need to write for. Hopefully something coherent will come out of it.

Though yet another set of characters has popped into my head. Luckily I’m not quite sure how to describe them or their actions quite yet onto paper. They can stay up there until I’m ready for something different.

I can say that I am NOT looking forward to the time change this weekend and losing an hour of sleep. I’m glad to see Spring show up but that part sucks.

Have a great weekend.

Midweek Hump

Posted in blogging, writing with tags on March 6, 2013 by Nellie

It’s Hump Day and another day down. I have to say that I’ve been bad. Tonight is the first I’ve written for this month period. That’s bad. But things have been getting hectic at work so when I get home, my energy is half shot and trying to think of twists and turns. Bleh. I have felt it, at the back of my head “I should be writing. I need to get that story done.” The mind is more willing than the body. I’m hoping to remedy that a bit. Even with the work schedule that is looming on the horizon.

The final tally for February is 25,214.

The starting tally for March is 768. Hopefully this is just a slow start. <a hrefCamp NaNo is starting up next month and the one thing that has changed. Instead of 50,000 words being the goal, you can put the number that you feel will work for you. So it is very relaxed this year which is nice. So on top of getting back into writing every night, I have to work on what story I'm going to work on.

Maybe sitting at the dining room table will help with writing when I'm taking breaks from making things. I know going out to places like Panera Bread can help too because it gets me out and sitting on my butt. Though one of my favorite places, Atlanta Bread Company, closed. And they didn't announce it or anything. Just locked the doors and cleaned out the place. I found out by reading an article in the paper. They had some really yummy French Onion soup. Ah well.

What are your favorite places to go out when you need to get away from your own set up at home?