Yesterday, I read The Giver by Lois Lowry. And like a fool, I started crying, right there in my cubicle. I swear, I’ve cried more in the past month I’ve been there than I have the entire six years I was at Nationwide. Okay, that’s an exaggeration. But WOW. That book just gripped me. I remember Lois Lowry’s Anastasia books. I loved those books. But The Giver. Wow. She’s versatile and sooo good. Soooo good.

I’ve been reading a LOT at work. Since I’m working on the Literature and Character Education (LACE) teacher guides, it’s important for me to know the material in the books. OH DARN, right? SUCH a hardship. Getting paid to READ, right? Seriously, I cannot complain. Except for the fact that I read too damned fast! I need to slow down. Some days I manage to make it through two books AND the LACE guides.

What else? Oh yes. My doctor put me on a medication for my headaches and BOY DOES IT MAKE ME SLEEPY. He told me to take it before bed, which I did. But I had a hard time keeping my eyes open today. I was so cold so I had the hot thing and I was drinking cocoa and once that stuff took effect, I felt all fuzzy and warm. It was hard to stay awake.

Speaking of cold… there was snow here yesterday! Lots of flurries. Lots and lots. Kind of exciting, but then again, not really. Although I did enjoy getting out my cute scarf and hat and gloves.

I’m so glad it’s Friday! I really am. Two days of not getting up when it’s still dark out. Nice.

Last night, in my drug-induced post-sleep haze, I started thinking of the church I used to go to when I was in college. The St. Thomas More Newman Center. There are people there who were there when I used to go there!! Wow, such a long time ago, the Catholic me. But you know, there is a little bit of her still in me, the current me.

I’ve been on a MADONNA kick lately! I don’t know what my deal is, but I’ve been listening to loads of Madonna. I guess it’s just time for that phase in my life.

Writing. Sigh. Even though I’m on a break, of course it’s calling me. However, I stay out of the professional loops and things–I’ve really cut myself off from that world, because hearing of everyone else’s success is just highlighting my failures and it makes me depressed and bitter and angry, not to mention jealous–so yeah, it’s a good thing I’m keeping away from the writing world for now. It’s really hard to see everyone else moving ahead, while I stay stuck. :(


Happy Friday, people! :D

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Official Yet Unofficial Break

I’ve been going crazy, working on my two WIPs and really getting nowhere. I just can’t get the stories to gel the way I want, yet.

Therefore, I’m putting all writing on the back burner. Until October.

BUT I’m not going to stop myself if something hits me before then. But until October, all pressure is off. My agent has two books now, so I think it’s okay for me to rest a bit. Right?

I think I WILL work on character sketches and things like that to keep me in shape, but I won’t stress about writing a freakin’ novel. And I’ll always be updating my lilrongal journal, my private journal, and my written journal. I’ll be writing. Just not working. I think the break will be good.

October is a magic writing month for me. So there is no need to try to force it now.

*feels weight lift from chest*

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I Want to Write

It’s the mood that I love. Just… dying to create, to write, and actually being able to do it.

· I don’t have to be at work today.
· Aidan is in a good mood.
· I feel happier than I have all week.
· I’m inspired.

I feel like that now. So I will write. :)

(Originally published at Anywhere Is…)

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My Writing

How/why/when do you choose your point of view or main characters, protagonists?

I wouldn’t say I choose them. They come to me with their story, and they ask me to tell it for them. Some characters live in my head for years before their stories are ready to come out. Others–just a fews months or weeks. I give the character a trial run–there are usually at least two or three false starts–then once I get into the rhythm, the story unfolds.

How/why/when do you choose point of view (first, some variety of third person)?

There is never a choice. First person all the way. Otherwise, I simply cannot connect to the character.

How/why/when do you choose where the work in progress “starts” or opens?

It starts when I put those first words on the screen and find myself in the flow. Usually, I have to have at least 2,000 words down before I consider it a new WIP. Otherwise, it’s just a dabble.

Is the first thing you write about likely to end up being the first thing that your readers eventually read?

No. Again, I tend to have a few false starts (usually a paragraph or two) before finally finding the perfect storyline, niche, voice, narrator, etc.

Do you ever write the ending first? How/why/when do you choose chronology/structure?

I do not write the ending first, but I may not necessarily write it last, either. I’ve done books both ways–completely in order, and also skipped around, writing whatever scene strikes my fancy and then moving things around later. I go with the flow and write whatever I feel like. Otherwise, I could get stuck on something forever and ever. The beauty of this is that I can make the rules. I don’t have to write in order. I don’t have to use “chapter one, chapter two, etc.” I don’t have to write the ending last. I can write what I need to get out at that moment, and come back to the hard parts later. Sometimes I have to mull over a scene mentally before I can get it down. Sometimes, I know something will be very emotional and hard, so I have to make sure I’m in the right place to focus on it. As long as I’m writing, I don’t care which order it’s getting down.

Does your writing process change when you shift genres or topics (say from a story to an essay, or from fiction to non-fiction)?

I haven’t switched genres yet, but I’m sure it would change depending on the needs of the topic and/or genre.

(Originally published at Anywhere Is…)

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Word Counts

Now that CRUSH is finished and marinating, I am working on a couple of new projects. No goals in mind yet, just really playing around, seeing what develops. Here is what I have so far:


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1,120 / 50,000


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835 / 50,000

Good times. I’ll see how I work with each of these, then run with whatever project takes off. YAY, it’s so nice to write. :)

(Originally published at Anywhere Is…)

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