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I've been doing a bit of writing lately. I've got three stories going right now--sort of. I've got one in progress that goes along with the roleplay, and it's going well. It involves Dakota McCabe, from my Lucky Raven stories.

I'm also planning a fanfiction mashup story that also involves Dakota. I don't write a lot of fanfiction, but I've been watching Highlander lately, and I wondered what would happen if Dakota, an ex-Marine and former journalist, came across Duncan MacLeod--either saw him fight, win and have a quickening, or saw him die and come back to life. With his sense of curiosity, there's sure to be some kind of adventure in there.

And the third is in the character journaling stages. I've been writing character journals for Damian and Casandro, two of my Immortal Watchdogs characters. They're brothers from Crete. I have a good grasp of what Damian's story is--or at least his purpose. I've been stumped on Casandro's purpose for a while now, but I think it's finally coming together. This is what I love about character journaling. You can learn a lot about the character, but you can also learn some things about their backstory and their current and future stories. Awesome! :D

My mini is doing well. She's not as fast as she could be, since she's got a single core processor, but she's great for writing. She's my main word processor, but I've done a little writing on the biggie, too. The biggie is having some problems. That's nothing new, since he's about three or four years old now. We plan to take him to a computer repair shop at some point. If he can't be fixed, we may just get another mini laptop.

Jeff and I went down to Moka Joe's on Tuesday. We took both the mini and the biggie. Jeff used the biggie to check out some companies on Angie's List, and he loved it! I wrote a character journal entry on the mini and talked to Maria. I also got a free decaf Americano. It was a good night. :)

The pupplet and the kitty are both doing well, and we've only lost one fish recently. It was one of the neons, and it wasn't totally unexpected.

Jeff started laying carpet in our third bedroom. He also repainted the walls. He had to move everything out, of course, and he put our empty 20-gallon aquarium into the master bedroom. I want to set it up for fire-bellied toads, but I need to find out more about keeping them. And I'm not sure what to do about the crickets. If I can buy some in town instead of going eleven miles to PetCo, that would make it easier. I don't want to raise them myself, but that's a possibility, too.

My mom went back home last weekend. She had a good trip, but she was kind of annoyed with security for making her take off her coat and shoes, and I guess they had a hard time getting her off the plane at the other end. But now she's home, and all is well! :)

And my battery is starting to get low, but the nearest outlet is too loose to hold the power supply's plug in place, so I'd better wrap this up for now. I hope you're all doing great!

Lois

lmeighmy: Found Photo. I Do NOT hold the copyright and am only using it for entertainment purposes. (Typewriter)
It's been several days since I've posted my progress, so thought I should do that today. I've written every day this month (so far) except for the 11th, 12th, 18th, and 19th. That's 16 days' worth of writing, and only one of those was under the suggested daily amount of 1,667 words. I'm not stressing over the word count. I enjoy writing, and I write as much as I can each day. That said, looking back on what I've written, it's nice to see my stats:
Tuesday, Nov. 15 -- Daily Word Count: 4,010 | Novel's Word Count: 35,150
Wednesday, Nov. 16 -- Daily Word Count: 3,935 | Novel's Word Count: 39,085
Thursday, Nov. 17 -- Daily Word Count: 1,806 | Novel's Word Count: 47,475
Sunday, Nov. 20 -- Daily Word Count: 2,898 | Novel's Word Count: 50,373
Monday, Nov. 21 -- Daily Word Count: 1,606 | 52,044



I hope to write a little bit more. I'm about to add a new scene for Dakota. So far, the additions for his part in the storyline are going well. And now Lucky's about to meet his real dad, which really pleases me! :)

Anyway, I'm still just as excited about this story as I was when I first started planning it. I'm also looking forward to working on future stories for the series. Maybe I'll even turn them into movie scripts. Wouldn't that be something? :D

Lois





lmeighmy: Found Photo. I Do NOT hold the copyright and am only using it for entertainment purposes. (Typewriter)
I didn't write anything on Friday and Saturday, but yesterday and today, I managed to add a good amount to Raven's Dawn, my Nano novel:
Sunday -- Daily Word Count: 4,342 | Novel's Word Count: 27,616
Monday -- Daily word Count: 3,524 | Novel's Word Count: 31,140
I've begun adding the scenes for Dakota...the scenes that will carry into future stories. And I've shown a bit more of Lucky's relationship with his "father," Lucas Raven. At times, it's been very slow going, and it'll need a lot of editing. I have an aversion to editing, but I'll need to do it.

But right now, I'm concentrating on the rough draft. After that, I'll put it away for a while and work on my screenplay. I need to read it, then make some notes on changes I want to make. After that, I'll write a treatment, then start on the second draft. I can't wait! :D

But first, I have to finish the rough draft of this novel. I love this story, and I'm really enjoying the process. :)

Lois







lmeighmy: Found Photo. I Do NOT hold the copyright and am only using it for entertainment purposes. (Ben Hill: Young & Orange)
I didn't write at all yesterday, but last night, I went to the write-in at Moka Joe's and managed to squeeze out a fair amount of words. And I did some writing this morning, too. Hopefully, I can write a bit more in a little while.

My stats for the past two days:
Day Eight -- Daily Total: 2,193 | Novel's Total: 19,603
Day Nine -- Daily Total: 1,970 | Novel's Total: 21,573
I haven't yet written the bit about Dakota that I wanted to. That will start with the next scene, I think. I just have to figure out how it comes about, then I'm good to go. :)

Lois





lmeighmy: Found Photo. I Do NOT hold the copyright and am only using it for entertainment purposes. (Typewriter)
I've been busy, but not just with Raven's Dawn. Still, I've exceeded the minimum goal every day except one, so far. Here are my stats for the past few days:
  • Friday, Day Four -- Daily Word Count: 502 | Novel's Word Count: 10,205
  • Saturday, Day Five -- Daily Word Count: 3,633 | Novel's Word Count: 13,838
  • Sunday, Day Six -- Daily Word count: 1,784 | Novel's Word Count: 15,622
  • Monday, Day Seven (so far) -- Daily Word Count: 1,788 | Novel's Word Count (so far): 17,410
Over the past few days, Lucky has found out that his mother's lung cancer is no longer in remission, and she has only a few months to live, at the most. He is devastated, and if it weren't for one older brother and his friend, Dakota, he'd be in much worse shape than he is.

And as if that wasn't enough, he and his best friend are about to have a run-in with the school bully.

But good things are coming. Can't have all the bad without giving him some good stuff too, right? :)

Out of 71+ scenes, I've only written 17. I've combined some of them into chapters, but I doubt I'll be doing much more of that, which means I've got a long way to go. Good! I like it that way! :D

And that's how it's going, so far.

Lois











lmeighmy: Found Photo. I Do NOT hold the copyright and am only using it for entertainment purposes. (Typewriter)
First of all, why the heck are the subject lines in my LJ Twitter posts in Russian? I'm not Russian. I'm American! :/

My final word count for Tuesday (Day One) was 5,142. Three chapters of fairly decent length. Go me! :D

Yesterday, I added 2,355 words, three short chapters, which brought my word count to 7,497.

Today I wrote one chapter, but it's a fairly good one in which I introduce all the Ravens (that's not all there is to it...there's more). It's not a boring chapter. It just doesn't have a lot of action or angst in it. It came to 2,206 words, bringing my total to 9,703. It was really slow going at first, but once it got going, I almost didn't want to stop. But I had other things to do, so I behaved myself. :)

I'll work on the next chapter at some point tomorrow. I'll introduce Lucky's mom's ongoing battle with lung cancer (she has never smoked, but her husband's a virtual chimney, not to mention a nasty alcoholic).

I'm really looking forward to the chapter after that though, as it involves Dakota protecting Lucky and basically setting their friendship in motion, so to speak, even though he's ten years older than the young teen. :)

So, I've been busy! LOL I'm still loving my story. In fact, I love it more with every new chapter I write! I kind of want to write another one now, but I'm going to wait. I just don't have the time at the moment.

Lois















lmeighmy: (D To Keep You Safe)
I've been brainstorming for this year's Nanowrimo. I'm going back to my favorite character, since I've been concentrating on him a lot in role play, but I'm going back to before the first story I ever wrote about him...back to when his mama died. Lucky Raven was 13 then, and he still thought his mother's husband was his dad. This was back before he made peace with the two siblings who always bullied him.

I've also added a new character to the role play (see my userpic above--of a younger Ben Hill--for my character model), but he first enters the scene in the novel I'll be writing next month. His name's Dakota, and he's ten years older than Lucky, but he's been through a lot of the same things Lucky has. He takes the kid under his wing and helps him through some pretty tough times.

I really love Dakota. He's very laid back, but has a very dark side that rarely shows. He's a drifter, never staying in one place for very long. He wants to see the world, meet new people, have adventures. But after the 9/11 attacks, he feels like the world's gone crazy, so he goes to the one place where he can get his bearings: Mayville, Arkansas. He served in the Marines for two years with John Raven, Lucky's older brother (the one Lucky has always gotten along with), and they are very close.

While in Mayville, Dakota will meet a future enemy. In this book, he's nothing more than the chauffeur of a very wealthy Japanese family...or so everyone believes. But he is very clever and secretive, and he will manipulate things to produce some scary future outcomes.

I'm making lots of changes to the original storyline, and I may end up combining this novel with a novella I wrote back in '08. I don't like most of that story, but it had some great moments and events. So I want to cut a lot of it out, but keep the good stuff. It makes sense to combine the two stories, so that's what I plan to do. I'm also removing certain elements and adding others.

I have several documents I'm working on for this. First, I've got the Brainstorm/Breakdown document. Then I have the Character Chart, which lists all the characters, their roles in the story, descriptions, and miscellaneous information about them. I've also created a Scenes document, in which I'm jotting down scene ideas as they come to me. I've started character journaling for Dakota, as well. And I need to start doing it for the younger Lucky. Character journaling helps me get to the heart of my characters.

All of this is so much fun. It's keeping me busy, but I'm excited about it! :D

Lois













lmeighmy: Found Photo. I Do NOT hold the copyright and am only using it for entertainment purposes. (Billy Wirth: Sultry)
I've finally finished the summary for my new story, thanks to the patience and brilliant input of a friend of mine. Now I have two people reading it to look for inconsistencies; needed changes, additions, etc.; and anything else that needs to be fixed.

Tomorrow, I plan to work on a couple of character journal entries. One will be connected to this new story, and one is part of a blog story I've been working on. I'm more happy about this than any person has a right to be! :D

And to top that off, I looked out through the window a few minutes ago and saw this:



Breathtaking, isn't it? :)

And now, I'm about to get off here and relax. It's getting late, and I need some time to unwind before bed.

Have a good one!

Lois















lmeighmy: Found Photo. I Do NOT hold the copyright and am only using it for entertainment purposes. (Billy Wirth: Leather)
I've been brainstorming a new story. It takes place in the Raven story-verse, and Lucky appears in it, if only to show the villain's purpose and how far he'll go to "get even" with the hero, Buck L.

I have information on the three main "good" characters. I still need to gather information on the villain. I have his name and a tiny bit of his background. I even have a character model for him. YAY! :D

And I've been brainstorming ideas for the story. There's lots of danger and intrigue, romantic entanglements, humor, frustration, a murder / attempted murder, and complications (though I need to add more to keep the suspense going in the saggy middle).

This has been a blast, and I'm far from finished. I hope to have some friends look at my summary when it's done to give me valuable input.

Lucky has already written a character journal entry, too. :) I need to have the others write some. It helps me get into their heads better. I love that!

Anyway, that's what I've been up to lately. As always happens when I'm working on a story, other things have taken a back seat, such as my knitting. I hope to work on my cardigan later this afternoon, but we'll see. When I'm involved in a story, it's hard to drop it for something else, but I'll try. ;)

Have a good one!

Lois















lmeighmy: Found Photo. I Do NOT hold the copyright and am only using it for entertainment purposes. (Billy Wirth: Sultry)
Yesterday, I wrote the first two pages of a new story. I only wrote two pages because I had to do a lot of research, too. Today, I wrote down things about the three main characters--the hero, his best friend, and another character who plays a very large role in the story. Tomorrow, I'll brainstorm with paper and pen while I babysit. I look forward to the challenge. I just wish I could get some help!

Oh, and this story takes place in the Raven universe. My two main characters know Lucky, his brothers (John and Joey), and his father (Ten). In fact, the main character's best friend is also a very close friend to Lucky. It's a small, small world, after all! :P I haven't yet decided if Lucky will make an appearance. He probably won't, since it takes place in Hawai'i, but there might be mention of him, at least.

And now, I've got to run.

Have a good one!

Lois


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