NaNo 2016: Week 3 Update

This update is full of heartbreak and angst.  Ok, mostly angst and anger.  As I was working yesterday on building my characters out–actually adding words y’all, my ENTIRE FILE CRASHED AND I CANNOT OPEN THE RESTORED FILE 🙁

So my total week 3 update is zero, zip, nada.

I am not happy about it.

But I refuse to wallow any longer. I have an older version of that file on my backup drive– I CANNOT stress how important it is to back up your files on an external drive people.  I shall see what I can salvage from that and I shall move on.

Onward and upward people.  I remain in the NaNo hunt (I think this is the longest I’ve stayed in so far 🙂 ) But know, I am not happy about this still.

Muse Music: Lesson Learned

No one is immune to life’s sting. And not all masks are easily detectable.  It’s okay to feel the pain, but there is absolutely no point in wallowing. Just get it done and look forward to the next corner, the next sunrise, and the next mountain peak. Because surely, it is coming.

I have several, very important projects to wrap up in the next few weeks.  With so much going on in the “real world” lately, I began to lose sight of a few things.  But my friends, along with Ms. Alicia and John, have helped bring a bit of perspective.

Hell, what is life without a little pain?  If you don’t experience the bad, how will you appreciate and cherish the good?

He broke my heart
And now it’s raining
Just to rub it in
I’m at your door
I feel so crazy about it
You’ll say I told you so
You saw it long ago
You knew he had to go
I finally came ’round
I’m back on solid ground
Can’t let it get me down

 

muse music

 

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1st Edits…& So It Begins

Good writing is hard workIn case you didn’t know, or were wondering–since I don’t think I’ve shared this bit of news here– I am expanding my previously published short/flash fic story, “Found Rhythm”, to novella length.  So, to ensure I do my story justice and not take away from its original message, but amp up the emotion and connection, I hired an editor to assist me with development, direction, and to provide line and copy edits.

Today I received my first ever set of professional editor notes.  And, let me just say, WOW! Of course, I was excited, and anxious, to get the email.

Then I opened it.

Then I read it.

Then I opened the revision letter.

And it is NINE pages long.  Nine! O_O *Que the music and the beverages*

So after I got over the fact that I had NINE pages of developmental critique, help, and suggestions, I read it.  And guess what? It’s all good.  Exactly what I was looking for and what I think I need to move this story in the direction I what it to go.

Now the hard work starts. It’s time for me to take my baby and help it mature into the story I know it can be.  A story with the heart, soul, and depth only an additional 20k words, my sweat & hard work, and the my editor’s expert patience will provide. Well, a few beverages of the caffeinated and adult varieties may also be needed. 🙂

So, enough of my semi-griping. I’m really excited about this project and seeing how my little seed of a story will grow.  It’s going to be hard work, I know, but I’m looking forward to it.

Cheers!! Here’s to me achieving another milestone (my first set of professional editorial notes–WOOHOO), a successful editing process, putting a diamond shine on my story, and me & my editor keeping our sanity over the next few months. 😀

Image Source–not sure of it’s origination, but I found it on the net here.

 

Muse Music: Be Here Now

A little something to help me through some minor disappointments & important truths,  and onward through the upcoming.

 

Don’t let your soul get lonely child
It’s only time, it will go by
Don’t look for love in faces, places
It’s in you, that’s where you’ll find kindness

 

muse music

 

 

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Possibilities…Hope….Growth

sun rise

The best part of my mornings is leaving my house and getting my first glimpse of the sky.  Today it looks like there could be two suns rising.  And as dark as some of my more recent times have been, I could use the warmth of two rising suns in my life.  As I am a firm believer that God sometimes uses signs to communicate and mark journeys, I’m taking this to mean by days will be full of  hope, possibilities, opportunities, growth, and success.  All things that  flourish in the sun.

Life plugs along and waits for no man.  Either you let the darkness consume you, or  you dig in and work harder  so that when the rays return, your burdens are lighter and easier to handle now that you can better see the muck you’ve worked through and the path that lies ahead.  You don’t always need to see in full color HD high resolution the ditches and valleys through which you are traveling.  Sometimes, the darkness is a kindness.

While I’m here, a quick update on the writing side of things. I’ve finished my contracted short story and sent it in to the editor. (Can I get a Woot Woot?) Now, the real work begins! I’ve jumped back into my UF story I started last year. Unfortunately, I still couldn’t connect with it.  So instead of beating my head against a rock for another year on this idea, I completely disassembled it and started from scratch with a new story. Very daunting, but I am loving the new direction it’s heading and the energy I have for it.

Oh, and I’ve been asked to contribute to another short story collection! WOOOOT! No deats to share right now, but I just *may* have 2 short stories out this year. 😀

“No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are raise your sights and see possibilities–always see them, for they are always there.”

~Norman Vincent Peale