lmeighmy: (D To Keep You Safe)
I've finally updated my website's homepage. I also added a new blog entry (which links to a character journal entry with a warning for language. Just thought I'd warn you here, as well). If you're interested, go ahead and read them. I'll wait. :)

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Alrighty, well, if you read the posts on my website, you know that my external hard drive recently died. I had very little warning. The guys at the computer store couldn't retrieve my files, so I downloaded a handful of programs that might be able to help me retrieve them, but only one actually came close--and by "close," I mean that it was the only one that could actually detect the external drive. It still couldn't retrieve anything.

I'm not daunted. I got most of my writing off it before it went kaput. And I'd planned to make some big changes to the novel anyway. The most important thing to me wasn't really that important. It was a minor character who I now plan to give a much larger role to. A cop who adopted a little girl (she's now a teen). This is no sissy cop. He's as tough as they come, but he's a real teddy bear when it comes to his little girl. I couldn't remember his name (and I still can't), so I came up with a new one for him.

I've also added another character by the name of Bookie. That's his nickname, and if you read the above links, you'd already know this. ;) Anyway, I was planning another story, and Bookie was going to be one of the main players. But I've discarded that story, since nothing seems to want to come of it. I really love the character, or at least the ideas I had for the character, and so I decided to bring him on over into Dakota's storyverse. He seems to fit in rather well. I'm glad to bring him in. He and Dakota get along great, but Bookie doesn't seem to like the cop I mentioned above. Maybe it's because he's had run-ins with the authorities before? Or maybe their personalities just clash. Whatever the reason (which I will be exploring at length, believe me!), they don't get along well.

To make matters worse, Dakota McCabe's adopted son, Nate, doesn't much care for Bookie, either. Nothing Bookie does (at first) impresses the teen in the least.

These should make for some interesting interactions, don't you think? :)

Anyway, the novel's official title will be McCabe Saga: Dark Horses. Dakota and Nate are considered underdogs--both in their personal lives and with regard to the larger events happening to them.

I'm planning the series around Dakota and Nate, and the police officer and Bookie will play their parts, as will other characters. I'm really excited about returning to this thriller series. (Did I mention before that these will be thrillers? Ha!)

I haven't given up on my fantasy stories, either. If you'd read the links above, you'd already know this, as well. ;) I'm working on balancing both storyverses. I think, for the time being, I'll work on planning Dakota's series and building the fantasy world of Illdirin (which will encompass several series). I can focus on both my favorite genres rather than just one at a time (and I can probably mix some horror in there, too--the creepy kind, not the gross kind). I love this idea immensely. :)

Anyway, it's late, and I need to take a shower and start dinner. If only I could forego eating and just work on my stories, all would be perfect with the world!

Lois


lmeighmy: Found Photo. I Do NOT hold the copyright and am only using it for entertainment purposes. (Typewriter)

At the last minute, I decided to write a novel. I was going to wing it. I had a hero, supporting characters, an opponent, some vague plot ideas, and on the 1st, I started writing.

By the end of the third day, I was a bit bored and frustrated with the story. I just didn't know the hero as well as I would have liked, and I kind of lost my way, storywise.

So I changed gears and picked up a story I'd recently jotted down some ideas for. A trilogy, actually. I know my main characters well, and I have a good idea of how the opponent would act and react to certain things.

Day four changed everything. I started writing a story I actually had good ideas about, and I ran with it. I'm writing one storyline at a time. First came the storyline for the hero, then for his brother, then for the opponent. Only the opponent's storyline wound up being for another character I guess I needed to explore, and boy, have I explored! In the process of writing his second chapter, I reached and surpassed 50K...on Day 16! How cool is that? :D

Read on to see what got me there... )

I'm going to keep writing. The plan is to write the rough drafts of all three books in the trilogy all at once.

I'm also shooting for 100K words by the end of November. I can do it. I'm on a roll! :D

I will say this. If it wasn't for the WANATribe writers who have been sprinting every day, lending support and encouragement, I doubt I'd have won already. I'd probably be around 25-35K right now...which wouldn't be so bad, but man! To write fast and hit the mark so early has given me an incredible feeling. :)

Anyway, that's what I've been up to.

And it's almost time to start on more writing sprints, so I'd better get to it!

Lois

lmeighmy: Found Photo. I Do NOT hold the copyright and am only using it for entertainment purposes. (Cog)

I've been participating in Nanowrimo ever since 2006. It seemed wrong not to participate on what would be my tenth year, so I changed my mind.

I won't actually be writing a novel, though. I'll be planning out two series--one about my crew when they were privateers, then another after they go rogue and become pirates. I plan to write several novels in each series. It should be a piece of cake to reach 50K words with just the plans alone. I'm going for it! :D

That said, I'm trying to take it easy until then--well, except for today. I've done a lot of work today, but not on Nano stuff.

Tonight's the Kick-off Party down at our favorite coffee shop. Even though we won't be using computers for writing, I'll be taking mine along. I need to download some course lectures and other things anyway, so why not? ;)

I'm really looking forward to this, as I do every year, even if it will be different. This will be just the kick in the pants I need to get busy with this. I've been procrastinating. Even though I stay busy, I'm not always busy with what I should be doing. It will be good to get back to it.

And on that note, I've got a shower to take and a snack to eat (I never had lunch).

And daydreaming to do about the series. ;)

Lois

lmeighmy: Found Photo. I Do NOT hold the copyright and am only using it for entertainment purposes. (Phoenix: Born Anew)

A Note About This Theme: I know some people have a hard time reading light text on a darker background. If my text is hard for you to read, there are two solutions I can think of. You can either switch your Dreamwidth settings to view journals in your own theme, or you can copy and paste the text of my entries to a temporary text file in Notepad or some other text editor. In any case, I hope you find my words interesting and inspiring. :)

It's been a looooong time since I've posted. I plan to post more often from here on out, though still not as much as I used to when I was over on LiveJournal.

I've been working on worldbuilding a lot, and I've been writing rough drafts of short stories. I'll be planning and writing more soon, but I'm trying to take care of some other things first.

Research is a biggie. I'm having to research things like medieval sailing ships (mainly the cog, but others, too) and how to sail them, pirates and privateers, the yeti, currency in medieval times, etc. I'm also making up a lot of stuff about my different countries and regions, creating races for my world, etc. It's a ton of work, but a lot of fun, too!

Reading and taking courses are two other things I've been up to. I highly recommend Udemy.com. They have tons of courses, and if you sign up to get their newsletter, you'll get notices when they have awesome sales. I recently picked up two great writing courses for $10 each, and before that, I got my first course for about 70% of it's normal price. Awesome! :D

And I've been dealing with lots of tech issues. My external hard drive started dying, for one thing. I got a lot of stuff off of it, but not everything. I want to try again. Most of the maps of my fictional world are on it. I'd like to save them if I can. There have been other problems too, but nothing so nervewracking as the external hard drive situation.

I've also started playing my first "real" game, Assassin's Creed II. I'm loving it, but there's a lot I still don't know how to do. I'll get the hang of it. I'm currently on sequence 4. :)

I normally participate in Nanowrimo every November, but I'm taking this year off. I'm still dealing with some wrist pain and trigger finger, so I've been limiting how much I do on the computer. I'm also dealing with fibromyalgia, which is getting better slowly. I just don't want to put any pressure on myself and have a relapse of any kind. I should have taken some time off earlier in the year. Not participating in Camp Nanowrimo in April and July would have helped, I'm sure. :P

We've been working on changing our eating habits, too. We've been steering clear of processed foods as much as possible, though Jeff still eats bread. I've been staying away from bread, rice, and pasta for the most part (occasionally I'll have some, but it's rare and not much). I've been drinking tea, rarely having coffee of any kind. I love Yogi and Stash teas. I drink some Harney & Sons, but I'm trying to use those up. Then I'll stick to Yogi and Stash. I also love matcha tea, but I need to get a sifter and matcha bowl. Hmm...

I'll sometimes post writing I've done, but I'm going to lock it to my friends filter. They'll be first drafts with a little editing to clean them up. They won't be the finished product. The finished products will likely wind up on my Website (or in Kindle eBooks when I start publishing them).

And that's pretty much what I've been up to. :)

Keep traveling light!

Lois

lmeighmy: Found Photo. I Do NOT hold the copyright and am only using it for entertainment purposes. (Kal - serious)
As I said on Facebook and Twitter, my word count for today was 5,194, bringing my total for the week, so far, to 14,366. At the moment, my two main characters are 16 years of age, and already they've gone through hell — well, Kal has, at any rate. Sha is just disgusted with the human race, in general. (I'm just using the first three letters of their names. I must protect the identities of the innocent, after all. ;))

Anyway, it's been a very good writing day. I'm not sure how the edits will go when I'm done with this thing, but I know I'll need to add in more description and makes the circumstances feel more terrifying, but I will definitely be leaving out some of the gory details. Some of the stuff Kal is going through, I can see it happening, but there's no way I'm going to write it all out, even though I certainly could. I'll write enough to make it obvious what's happening, but no way am I going there.

That said, I am having a lot of fun writing this story, so far. And I'm really happy with my word count. I was starting to think it would be a struggle to reach 12K by Friday. It started out really slow, but the more I write, the better it gets, thus my happiness. And at this rate, I may end up at 20K by the time I'm done on Friday. :)

And here is a brief excerpt... )
lmeighmy: Found Photo. I Do NOT hold the copyright and am only using it for entertainment purposes. (Kunal Khemu)
Some of you might remember my Immortal Watchdogs character, Kalaghata. This short takes place when he was a teen and still coming into his powers. He is an immortal, and he has never (yet) met anyone like himself. He has no mentor, no one to tell him what to expect or to teach him how to control his abilities.

Very early in his life, he suffered unimaginable cruelty, but I haven't been explicit here (don't know that I ever will be, to be honest). In this short, he meets a man, a Greek "traveler," who will have a profound impact on his young life.

Enjoy!

~L

On to Hope Anew? )
lmeighmy: Found Photo. I Do NOT hold the copyright and am only using it for entertainment purposes. (Typewriter)
I haven't done any writing since Thursday. I've done a bit of brainstorming, though. And there were some tricky things about Kalaghata's storyline that I just didn't know.

First of all, I realized I needed to figure out a way that these immortals could die, some kind of vulnerability. I needed a situation that would test Kalaghata in a huge way, and through finding this vulnerability, I did that.

I also created a new element, a new substance, that causes this vulnerability. It was originally used to imprison their enemies, but it can be used against them, as well. It makes them weak to the point where wounds or poison can kill them. Not a pleasant thing, but necessary to the overall storyline.

Other than that, I worked out some tricky stuff in Kalaghata's timeline--most notably, the crisis, in which he faces a "secondary antagonist." In other words, he has a difficult encounter with a lesser enemy. Soon after this, he'll have the big showdown with the main antagonist. I have yet to figure out if he defeats this enemy in this story or whether he will face this enemy again in a later story. This is one thing I have to work out before I go back and plan the parts of the story that lead up to the crisis and the climax.

And he has a very good chance of losing two people who are very close to him, which is sad, but life will go on for him, and he'll be richer for it. In spite of the fact that it doesn't sound like it. ;)

I've also got the beginning of the "Big Picture" story--the catalyst to the series--all set. I still need to flesh out the rest of it, but the beginning is the most important part at the moment, especially since Kal's story happens first.

I wanted to focus on something in his present and have something from his past, maybe two things, parallel it, so there will be flashbacks (made obvious when I write them in italics), but they will be minimal compared to his modern story.

I also somehow figured out a way to add vampires to the story, but they will be minimal. I don't want to write vampire fiction, per se, but I don't have a problem with adding a vampire or two, especially since there was at least one character who's story would change too drastically if I made him a regular Immortal. He'll have his own story at some point.

Someone recently asked me if this was going to be anything like 50 Shades of Grey, a story I never, ever plan on reading, let alone imitating. I will not be writing steamy sex scenes. If I'd be embarrassed to read it out loud, then I won't write it. :P That said, I told her it's kind of like a cross between Highlander and Stargate with a bit of Supernatural mixed in. All in all, I consider it a dark fantasy.

~L

lmeighmy: (Animated Harvest & Raven)
I've been on Twitter a ton over the last couple of days. It's been a lot of fun, and I've actually been able to keep it from being too much of a distraction while I'm working. Go me! :)

I just finished reading The Cathari Treasure, by Daniel Arthur Smith. I really loved it, and I look forward to reading the next Cameron Kincaid novel, The Somali Deception. I really love this character. He's a former legionnaire from the French Foreign Legion, and he's currently a celebrity chef of a fine restaurant. Great combo, I think. I wrote a review for The Cathari Treasure over on Amazon if you want to check it out.

I'm also going to read his previous book (I don't see the kindle version on Amazon, so I'm going to read it online here. It's called The Potter's Daughter, and it's more of a drama. It's not my usual fare, but I look forward to it. :)

Also, I managed to freewrite some fiction on my WP blog yesterday. Editing it took longer than actually writing it did, and it has some curse words, but that's just the way the characters talk. I wanted to warn anyone who doesn't like to read that kind of thing. It's just a scene, and it's about two of my favorite Immortal Watchdog characters, Damian and Cassandro Andronakis. They're brothers who were born on the island of Crete about 4,500 years ago. You can read it over on my Wordpress blog. It's not an action packed scene. It's more focused on the relationship between the brothers. I explain more about it at the beginning of the entry.

Speaking of my Wordpress blog, I think I'm going to use it more for fiction than anything. Yeah, that's what I'm going to do. I stress out over writing personal stuff, mainly because I lead a boring life. Nothing much exciting happens here, and I don't feel like always talking about what I had for lunch or whatever. I'll still jot some things down here from time to time. That's what this blog is for, after all. Just hope I don't bore everyone to tears! :P

~L

lmeighmy: Spring 2014 (I think?) (Moi)
Jeff and I just got home from shopping a little while ago. I got this cute little Lucky Bamboo in a brown glass pot. The thing that attracted me to it was the little fake black and blue dragonflies in it. They're so cute! I love Lucky Bamboo, but I've only gotten it for the aquariums. It's nice to have one I can sit in my window, instead. :)

I also got a six-pack of pansies in different colors. What I really wanted was calibrachoa, but we couldn't find a price and figured it would be expensive (it was a gorgeous hanging basket), so I went for the cheap pansies instead. They're cute, and I really like them, so it works.

We each got a new pair of jeans, too. It seems like he always needs them, but he doesn't buy them until they almost start falling apart. One of my pairs got worn enough that it has a little hole it it, so I needed a pair, and he decided to get a pair, too.

And I don't really know why I'm writing about our shopping trip. It's not really that interesting!

Otherwise, I'm just rocking to one of my favorite bands and catching up here and there online.

Hope you're all doing well!

~L

lmeighmy: (D To Keep You Safe)
I surpassed 50,000 words, and I’m happy about that. However, I’m not too happy about not reaching my secondary goal, which was to reach 60K. I came fairly close, however, as my final word count was 56,515. It’s still nothing to sneeze at, and my story, from what I can tell, is far from done.

I plan to finish this rough draft, then start revising it. During the revision process, I’m going to start posting it as a serial novel. I’ve never done this before. The most I usually do is write the first draft of a novel. Occasionally, I’ll read them, do some light proofreading, and then never look at them again. I’m not too confident in my editing skills. My best skill is coming up with the story and writing it as it comes to me. (This doesn’t mean I don’t plan my stories. I outline most of them beforehand. Occasionally, I don’t do any planning whatsoever. Other times, as with this story, I start out planning, then pants it for a while, then maybe start planning closer to the end (although I’m still in the middle with this one right now).

I’ve killed off a character I liked, but who was getting really dull. I’ve added a character I’d planned for a different story that’s pretty much going nowhere. And I only recently came up with the main villain, the purpose for the secondary villain, and some other small, yet important facts for the story.

In the midst of all this, I also roleplay (which is awesome fun and has resulted in a character I really love more than any other, a character who I want to explore a lot more), using blogs and email. This character is a journalist, and as I was telling my partner in the roleplay, he makes me want to change the world with my own writing. He really makes me want to improve on a lot of things within myself, and I love that. He’s opened my eyes to a world of possibilities, both personally and professionally, and that’s one of the things I love so much about writing him. He’s the kind of person I want to be, in spite of his faults and problems. It’s never too late. In fact, a person should never stop learning, should never stop trying to be more than he or she is at any given moment. I’ve got a long way to go before I can reach the point where I’ll be anything resembling satisfied, but I feel I’m on the right track.

Have you ever written a character like this–a character who, in the process of writing them, made you want to aspire to be more than you are?

~L

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