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April 1, 2016
So here we are. April 1 and the start of Camp NaNo.
I am miserably ill.
But I'm getting writing done anyway. Might as well. Not much else I can do right now.
Clouds in black and white
April 2, 2016
I managed to write over 4k yesterday. I'm still ill today, but moving along. The story is not going the way I thought it would. I need to circle it back to the outline, but that seems to be moving farther and farther away. I really had no intention of writing this one without some guidelines. LOL
Still not feeling well. I want this to clear up. Spending more time in bed than I am in front of the computer.
April 3, 2016
No, not much better.
I seem to be averaging about 4k a day, though. That's a good amount, really. I should get through Jami (if I can find the story line again) by the end of the month.
Oh and today is Puppy day! We've had her for two years!
Sunset, Crystal Cove
April 4, 2016
Every time I think I have Jami back to the outline, I realize the outline is a thousand miles off from where I thought it would be. So I make another mad dash towards what I want, cutting out parts of the outline and replacing it with something different. It's working. I'm getting words. But this is just a crazy way to write a book.
Maybe since I'm starting to feel better (I hope), this will all go a little better. I'm aiming at 4k a day to the end of Jami. That sounds good to me. Half way there today. I'd like to get it done and work on some other stuff for a bit.
Do wish it would warm back up though. We had 70's yesterday. Much cooler today again. Come on nice warm spring!
April 5, 2016
Cloudy, scruffy weather today. I want warm! I want to move my desk!
It will get there. Snarl.
The writing is going fine. Jami is moving along in an odd sort of way; I don't know quite what to expect from it. The novel over all is about 50k now, around half of that for Camp NaNo. So not too bad at all!
Editing is going well, too. This is good. I need things done!
April 6, 2016
Russ surprised me with a trip to Sioux Falls, dinner at our favorite place, and we bought the new C. J. Cherrhy book!
Can't complain about a day like that! I also got a good amount of writing done and editing. I think Mirrors 2 is done! I'll need to format for the print version, but the ebook copy is ready to go.
Things are looking good!
April 7, 2016
We had a massive amount of wind last night and today. Which, of course, also means it got cold again. Snarl.
Ah well. It's bound to start getting better soon, right?
I have been writing 4k a day on Jami but I think I'll drop back to 3k for a while. I want less stress over words for a few days.
And that's it. Time to go read for a while!
April 8, 2016
Saw a few geese out at Crystal Cove today, but not more than that. We've had such odd weather that I'm not surprised no one is really around this year.
Having some trouble getting moving on some writing, but I'll get there again, eventually. I think the story is falling into place, too. Yay!
April 9, 2016
Had bunches of little American Gold Finches at the feeder today. Yay! I haven't seen that many all in one place before. It was very nice -- even if it was 8 am and I still hadn't slept.
Yeah, not feeling great. Only got about 1k written, too.
Really feeling miserable.
American Gold Finches
April 10, 2016
Writing started moving a bit better today. Unfortunately, I have work stuff piling up, too. So I probably won't be doing as well as I hope.
And will we please have spring soon? Just warm enough for me to move to the other room. I want to see things again.
But Jami is moving along okay!
April 11, 2016
They say spring is coming. Really, that's the theory. it's supposed to be very cold again tonight (20's) and then . . . warmer. I don't want hot. I just want warmer.
Writing is going better than I had hoped. Novel #100 is over 60k total and almost up to 40k for Camp NaNo. No complaints there.
Playing around with graphic stuff. Hoping to move the office soon.
April 12, 2016
Just over 40k on the Camp NaNo stuff. Yay! Over all, it's going well.
And it is warmer today. I even moved some of the things out of the office, though nothing big yet. I am looking forward to this, though.
The photo studio stuff will be fun. I suspect it will cut into my writing time. LOL. But I am looking forward to it.
And that's it. Jami is over 66k total and I don't know how long it is going to go -- longer than I considered, but that's okay. I'm still not sure this is the right novel, but I'll keep working at it!
April 13, 2016
This has been an odd Camp NaNo for me. The book goes well, slows down, goes well -- and I'm still not sure this is really the tale I want for Jami (the character). But it's getting to be fun to write, at least.
That's really about all I have to say. I think Edmond has a cold. Maybe Zaphod, too. It is that time of year.
De Soto National Wildlife Refuge
April 14, 2016
Jami is just short of 45k for the Camp NaNo run, and that makes it almost 68k total. Well. That's a lot longer than I had thought about!
It's too bouncy, I think. I'll see what I think of it after it's done and put aside for a while. Just write the rest of it and move on.
There's not a lot to say today. The weather is so much better. I can't wait to move out to the other room and get the bird feeders filled again and everything all spring-like.
April 15, 2016
48,000 words on Jami -- or at least that much for NaNo. Another 26k before that which means -- yeah. Jami is at 74k already. Wow. It's moving along. I'm not sure if it's moving well, or just moving. LOL
Weather is getting better still. I am so happy to see spring!
And I need to start thinking about what I'm going to write after Jami. I think it will be a rewrite. I've got a few things that truly need to be redone again.
April 16, 2016
Happy Boy's Day!
April 17, 2016
The boys are ten today. They're looking very good, too, though Edmond had a bit of a cold. it's this odd weather.
We've had tons of birds through at the birdfeeder today! That was great fun! Its why I wanted to be out here while it was still early spring. You see all kinds of great birds.
Writing is good. Over the 50k mark and still going.
April 18, 2016
We took the boys to the vet today for their yearly visit. It's amazing how good they are in the car. They actually seemed to like everything except going into the see the vet. LOL. Russ stayed and talked to him afterwards (they're good friends) and I stayed out in the car with the two boys. They normally wouldn't have that much time and they were pretty funny trying to check everything out.
Writing is up to about 55k. Yay! 5k more to my Camp NaNo goal. I hope I can finish the book before the end of the month, but then I have the problem of what will I do next? I have things that need done. It's not like there won't be anything out there.
But still -- ugh. Don't want to think about it right now.
Zaphod and Edmond
April 19, 2016
There are two problems with being out in the dining room now. One is that the weather immediately took a dive towards the cold. Ha! Fooled you, zette! So I have to have a little heater on near the desk quite often. That's not horrible. I'd have it on in the little office if I was still there.
Second is the lighting. I have one dull lamp in this room and it is not enough light for me to work well. It' a good thing that most of my work is on the computer, including outlines and such.
Getting writing done, though. I will be happy to get beyond Camp NaNo, though. Not sure what I'll do after that, but I am looking forward to it!
April 20, 2016
I have made it past the 60k mark for Camp NaNo, which means I had enough to verify and get the winner certificate today. Yay! Now, can I finish the book?
I think so. It's going to be longer than I expected, but I don't mind.
We had a lot of rain today. Not so much as Houston, Texas -- 225 Billion Gallons in 24 hours! -- but enough to make everything damp in a house prone to have leaks. We'll have rain tomorrow, too -- but then it clears up for a while. Yay!
And it might even start getting warmer again!
April 21, 2016
I am barely getting 1k today. The story has slowed again, though I'm not certain why.
I think it might be the changing weather mostly. Up and down, annoying stuff. I want it to warm up (but not too much).
And then, of course, is the news about Prince. Damn this has been a hard year.
April 22, 2016
The question now becomes whether or not I can finish Jami this month. Yeah, the book grew far longer than I had expected it to be -- and I'm still not certain it's right. It's a good story -- I'm just not sure if it is Jami's story.
I'll have to think about that one.
The proof copy of Kat Among the Pigeons is here. Except for one small addition, I think it looks good.
I have to cut back the pictures in Lightroom. It's over 178k and kind of having a few problems. LOL. There are lots of shots to erase, so I'm not too worried . . . except for the trouble of going through and finding them.
Always some new project!
April 23, 2016
A warm day!
So I'm having trouble concentrating on the writing. LOL
I did get some nice pictures of birds out at the feeder, though.
And I am moving in on the last part of Jami. This is good -- I might actually have it done this month after all. And what shall I do in May, then? There's a good question!
We are supposed to have thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow. That should be interesting too. I'm ready for it.
April 24, 2016
We had an incredible round of thunderstorms. Very nice! Nothing too serious and not even any hail, though there was quite a bit of rain for a while.
Getting closer to the end of the month. Getting closer to finishing Jami. Not sure If the two will coincide or not, but over all, I'm pretty happy.
April 25, 2016
Had a nice 3k day. Began setting up my photo studio finally. Camp NaNo really slowed me down on that one. But I'm getting there. Just need to clear more stuff out of the room.
Overall, it's looking good though. What else? Nothing, really. Getting bits and pieces of stuff done and looking at the end of the month insanity.
I really shouldn't do more than November NaNo, though the April one did help me get past that end of Winter stuff. But still -- not really something I need to do.
April 26, 2016
Book sale! We sent yesterday and today and picked up some nice books. I'm looking forward to reading all of them. I finally got a good light out here at my desk, too, so I should be able to read here, even. Yay!
Camp NaNo is going fine. And I am getting things done in my Photo Studio. This was another month with too much going on to do the stuff there, but May is coming. May will be better, right?
April 27, 2016
Wow. Bad weather south of us. Russ was going to go to Omaha tonight, but changed his mind. Good.
And it is cold. Snarl.
On the good side, I am down to the last bits of Jami. I'm amazed! I didn't think I would get it done this month!
That's about it. Edmond still has a cold. We're having Internet connection problems since the weather turned bad. I hope it all clears up soon!
Only three days left in the month. Yay!
april 28, 2016
Yes, I can do this. Almost done with Jami! Drawing it out a bit so I can have some words on the last two days of the Camp NaNo stuff. I'm happy, though! It's almost done!
Novel # 100!
I am going to do some short stories next month. And editing. And rewrites and stuff. But I think it might be a nice, light month overall. I want some calm.
I would also like some warm again.
Story A Day
April 29, 2016
Jami is sitting there, just a few paragraphs from done.
Life is good.
Except it's cold here and I am tried of that -- but otherwise, not so bad. I can look around and see life again. I really shouldn't do NaNo outside of November. LOL
The weather here is awful gain. It feels like we're slipping back into fall and winter is around the corner. Not helped at all by the fact that there is snow in the western part of the state.
Rocky Mountain Stream
April 30, 2016
It is after midnight. I'm working on the last bits for Jami. I might leave it until tomorrow afternoon, though. I'm just exhausted tonight.
But . . . it's gong good. I'm really very happy with the fact that it did finally all fall together.
So this is it. We got through another month. Yay us!
Time to sleep for a while!