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


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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

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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. (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... )
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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? )
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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: (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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I've been struggling for the past two weeks over what I wanted to write here. I'm resistant to the thought of going back to a "This is what I did today" format, so I'm trying to find interesting things to share on my blog. My friend, Patti, told me to write about my passion. Right now, that's writing--but not just my own, and I'll talk about that in a minute. Right now, I just want to say that things have changed a lot for me. I don't have as much free time as I did a year ago, but in many ways, that's a very good thing. It's forcing me to grow as a writer, to learn how to better manage my time, to learn discipline, to make time for what matters (even when it seems frivolous) rather than just doing whatever strikes my fancy in the moment. While that may be well and good for some people, it's very undisciplined, and one cannot be successful letting the winds take them every which way.

In an effort to earn some extra money while having fun with something I enjoy, I've become a part of a new Web site for writers. It's called Your Story Starters, and we're trying to gear it toward writers suffering from what many refer to as "writer's block," as well as teachers looking for material for their students. We offer prompts--story starters--that will get people thinking and, of course, writing. We've seen many sites on the Internet, many books, offering prompts. Most of them are very basic, or they're just plain weird or funny or--definitely not what we're offering. We try to give some tips and questions to get the writer or student thinking, to get them excited about the piece. We're not getting these prompts from other sources. We're putting a lot of time and effort into them because we want to offer the best product out there. We want to go above and beyond what everyone else is doing. We want to put out a product we can take pride in, something that people will recommend to others.

As a result of this, I'm learning a bit about social networking. I've had a Twitter account for a long time, as well as a Facebook account and a Google+ account, but I haven't used them as much as I could have. Mainly, they just seemed very overwhelming for someone who didn't really have anything to say most of the time. Now that I have something to talk about, I find I'm actually looking for things to Tweet or update about. And I'm finding I really love our hashtags (#yss and #yourstorystarters), even if we've only just begun using them. We're not making any money with this yet, but it's only a matter of time, right? The most important thing right now is that we're having fun, but we're also treating this as a real business, because that's what it is. It's work, and hard work at that, even if it is fun work. I'm glad to be a part of this, and I plan to do my part in making it the success I believe it can be.

In other news, Nanowrimo is coming up. I have no idea what I'll write. I haven't worked out any storylines. But I think I'd like to write some kind of fantasy. I have a D&D-style story I was working on, but I want to change it to fit my own fantasy world. The character names will all remain the same, but I'll have to tweak certain details. Should be interesting. I think for this year's Nanowrimo, I'll concentrate on the character's backstories. I should have plenty of information to come up with a novella length document. :)

I also have another story in the works. I'm working on the outline. It's slowgoing, and it's not for publication. It's for the roleplay. It's an interesting concept, and there's a lot to consider in this story. I want it to be complex, but interesting. Most of all, I need the characters to be real. Shouldn't be a problem. The hardest part is plotting, which is always the case, and I've got lots to go on in that regard. I'm still really loving my character, Dakota, too!

And now for the personal stuff. Eric and Chelsey have moved back up to Joplin. I won't go into detail, but Eric's already got a job, and he's also working on their new house with Chelsey's dad. It's a ton of work. Chelsey's been really busy, too. And Josiah's started pre-school. From what I've heard, he really loves it. :)

Jeff's still working at the greenhouse, and I still can't help wondering when they'll "go out of business" again or something, but I'm trying to stay positive and learn contentment where I am. Most of the time, it's relatively easy, but there are times when it's not. Just need to keep from letting those times bog me down. Easier said than done. 'Nuf said?

My mom's here. She's been here for more than two months. It's been a good visit. I feel kind of guilty spending so much time back in the studio working on this or that, but we get time to socialize in the evenings, too. And I imagine she loves the peace and quiet as much as I do.

We're hoping to go up to Joplin before my mom goes back. When the kids moved back up there, we went with them. Jeff drove the truck, and I kept him company. This was when Isaac came through, but it wasn't really that bad. It was kind of nice, actually. And as always, it was great to see Jeff's dad and step-mom. We want to go up there again within the next six weeks. We need to sit down and discuss when would be a good time. We'll also need to head to the airport at some point, when my mom has to fly back home.

Oh! One other thing on the subject of writing--sort of. I actually won a book! I follow The Plot Whisperer, Martha Alderson, on Twitter and Facebook. I also subscribe to her email, since I tend to miss a lot of tweets and status updates. In one of the most recent e-mails, I saw that she was doing a mini tour on the Internet, and I could possibly win her new book, The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-By-Step Exercises To Help You Create Compelling Stories. All I had to do was comment on an entry to be eligible. I didn't expect to win anything, but I wanted to comment and let my support for The Plot Whisperer be known. I figured I'd buy the workbook after a little while, so winning wasn't really all that important to me. But I won! I actually won! :D So far, I really love it. It asks a lot of really great questions about the plot, the characters, etc. I plan to use this for my Nanowrimo book of backstories, too. It should help make my characters and their world ever more complex and realistic, as well as the main story, when I get around to creating it. :)

~L

lmeighmy: (Animated Harvest & Raven)
Jeff's finally back to five days a week. He'd been working 6-day weeks for about 2-3 months. Now that he's off that extra day, it gives us time to do some other stuff if we want to, although we haven't yet. He spent this past Friday mowing the lawn. Fun day off! :P But it freed him up to shop on Saturday. The AC in our car smells weird when we turn it on, so we have to drive around with the windows down and the AC off. Because of this, we did our shopping early on Saturday morning. We came home, Jeff did some more mowing, then took a shower, then we went out to get some new sneakers. We both needed them. I got a pair of Ryka Devotion trainers. I love them! :D We also went to PetCo. My Betta died, so we got a new one. Black Jack (his body was very dark red and looked almost black, but his fins and tail were blood red with one streak of blue) was a Crown Tail Betta. The new one is a veil tail. He's teal and blue with a little red. I also got a cory cat to replace the one that died a while back. I got a few for the main aquarium, too--including two new Dwarf African Frogs! :D I've missed having them. They're soooo cute! :)

Anyway, that's been about the most exciting day lately. :P

We've continued going over to the kids' apartment on Tuesday nights. Last week, we had Chocolate Chip Kahlua (I used Kamora instead of Kahlua, though) cake to celebrate both of their birthdays, which are exactly one week apart. I also got a few things for Chelsey. Eric had wanted some protein shake mixes for his birthday, and we'd given those to him the week before. He was really excited about them, too. :) And we also played Apples to Apples. That's a very fun word game.

Health and fitness stuff under here... )

I've been working on backstories for the characters in a new story I plan to write. Right now, I'm working on their backstories so I can get to know them. These stories show where they're coming from, and it will help me determine where the main story will go. I'm really excited about it. It's an alternate universe story, but the alternate universe, at the beginning, is only slightly different from ours. Something will happen that will change things dramatically. I can't wait to explore all my ideas--ones I have now and ones I'll get later on. Writing is an adventure! :D

And that's about it. Now I've got to go grab my lunch and start roleplaying! :)


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