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: (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

lmeighmy: Found Photo. I Do NOT hold the copyright and am only using it for entertainment purposes. (D - To Keep You Safe)
I reached my Nano goal of 50K. My novel's still far from done, but at least I can take it a little easier now that I've reached the goal. :)

I've written some stuff in Dakota's blog, too. I love coming up with ideas for his story. Granted, they're non-roleplay related, but one of the things I came up with, we're actually going to work into the roleplay, even if the situation is different. I love that! :D

I've been shopping today. Some of it was Christmas gifts, and some of it was stuff I needed/ wanted anyway. I need to hold off a little bit before I buy anything else. I still need to buy the rest of Jeff's Christmas gift, too. I need to research for that, but it'll be fun research. :)

Thanksgiving was good. It was just Jeff and me, so quiet. We'd planned on going up to Joplin today, but his boss told him early this past week that he'd have to work. So we plan to go up next weekend. If he has to work again, I'll be pretty miffed!

Anyway, this is very brief, I know. Just wanted to post something so no one thinks I've died or anything. ;)

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. (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)
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: Found Photo. I Do NOT hold the copyright and am only using it for entertainment purposes. (Tyler Posey)
Nanowrimo is almost upon us, and I have a few last minute things to figure out before tomorrow morning. I'm one of those writers who doesn't let enough good things happen to my heroes, so I need to see if I can come up with a few more. I added some yesterday, but I still need more. Poor Lucky just has one after another bad thing happening to him. I need to break it up just a little more.

I've combined this story with the one I wrote previously--the one I didn't like. It had a couple of really good things in it. I kept them both, but the circumstances changed a bit. No worries there. I can always adapt them to another story if I ever want to. :)

I've been writing character journal entries when I can, and that's helped with getting their voices down. I hope to continue with those throughout November and beyond (I don't count on having the novel finished by the 30th, as I believe it will be longer than 50k words...quite a bit longer, I hope). I might need to write some character journal entries for the heroes' dads in my Rogue Journals blog so I can get their voices down, too. They play somewhat big parts in the story, after all, being the major villains that they are. There's also another important character I need to get a handle on. So three characters to blog as. Am I under much pressure? No, not at all! Why do you ask? LOL

So, tomorrow, I'll start work on this novel, and I'm really excited about it. It's so different from all my other stories, including my other Lucky Raven novels. It's kind of like a prequel, because he's younger, but it's not really, since I haven't published anything. But this is my chance to make some needed changes to the Raven storyverse, so I'm all over it. :)

And on that note, I'd better catch up on here, then get to work!

Lois











lmeighmy: Found Photo. I Do NOT hold the copyright and am only using it for entertainment purposes. (Ben Hill: Young & Orange)
I've got all my scenes (I think) jotted down, so I've got the bones of my story now. I still need to go over it and add details to tie things together, and to tie this story in with Blood Ties and future stories.

When I first started working on the Scenes doc this morning, I had 35 scenes covering a full three pages. By the time I finished for the day, I had 71 scenes covering almost eleven full pages. I figure I should end up with a rough draft of somewhere between 85,200 and 142,000 words. I don't expect to finish it by the end of November. My plan is to write a (roughly) 2,000-word scene each day (some scenes will be shorter, some will be longer). By the end of the month, I should have around 60,000 words written. Not bad! :D

And I've tied in the first novel I wrote about Lucky with this one. This caused some things to change, and also made some things happen earlier than they did in the previous story, but I like it! :D

I also have ideas for a future novel involving Lucky and Dakota. I'm really looking forward to planning it! Dakota's really grown on me during the planning of this novel, not to mention the character journal entries I've been writing, as well as the role play (AU) stuff that's been happening. :)

And I've got a working title: Raven's Dawn, because even though it's the end of life as Lucky knows it, it's the beginning of the rest of his life!

Lois











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