This is the first book I read by Rebecca Miller, though I have to admit I read it because she was a friend first. I had no idea she wrote until she plainly said, “I write.” And then I was curious. I love to read, so I read.
Perhaps it is the stigma of writers who self publish, but my expectations for this book were relatively low. I mainly wanted to read it because a friend wrote it. I ended up loving it and being impressed that someone could write a full novel that held my attention through the end, and then publish it. And then sell copies!
I know how to fix Same Time Next Week. I need to back the story up. I’ve solved my problem too early and I’ve run out of enough conflict to keep the story running. So, I need to add more ‘story’…. I always get into trouble when I get lazy and try to skip story… and bring both conflicts in the story to a more reasonable conclusion. And I need to bring my main characters back to a certain point, which will be significant to the story. Amazing. Uhm. I have no idea when I am going to dig into it and fix it. But. Yes.
Weeeeeeeeee, end of the month! It’s that time again! I’ve had a few people ask me why I count my words. Well, the answer is— because. No, seriously. To me, it’s something that keeps me writing. It keeps a goal in my head to shoot for. I don’t say ‘I have to write 1900 words today’ and then set out to write that number of words. I just write. And then count the words. It’s interesting to see the numbers I come up with at the end of each month. I can then gauge if I am slacking off or being an overachiever or doing okay. Anyone that knows me or my […]
New chapter up at my archive and the NFiction archive. Getting down to the nitty gritty in the story. Real emotion and tough conversations and my male main character is finding out what his female counterpart means when she says she’s ‘fucked up’. He needs to be patient, she needs to buck up and stop being scared. She has a lot of preconceived notions about him because of what he does– he may not understand her enough to get that. Interesting dynamic is coming to play, here. And now that the road trip is over and they’re heading home, I’m really hoping that the chapters will come easier. And also […]
Chapter 41 is complete and up at the Archive. It was a pretty simple chapter to write, and some things actually surprised me by coming out while I was writing it. Most importantly, I got something that I can build on for future chapters. Know what that’s called? PLOT! WOOP! I’m having an issue with another story in that I am horribly stuck but I want to finish the story so badly. I’m unable to go back and figure out what’s not working, though. It’s just…boring and I can’t figure out how to extend it or rewrite it or… SIGH. It’s been sitting for quite some time. It’s actually my […]
I’m writing another chapter in which my characters are in New Orleans in early December. A great part of writing, to me, setting the scene. I beelieve (or I read it somewhere) that setting is a character. It helps tell your story just like the plot and dialog , so I do a fair amount of research while I write to make sure my descriptions are realistic. I’ve looked at pictures of Bourbon street and the French Quarter and the walking tours and the bars and read the reviews and the website pages so much that I really, seriously think I need to go there, now. Just like I needed […]
I got an email this afternoon that put a smile on this weary writer’s face: Dear MissM , Great news! Your submission has been accepted for entry on the short-story.net website. Now you can get your work seen by the world! The unique address to your work is: http://www.short-story.net/story.php?s=1465 If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reply to this email. It was sort of a given, since it’s a short story archive that doesn’t seem to have many stipulations but it was a place to start! *claps* I’m so excited! I’m so scared! What if people don’t like it? *scream*
Last night, I got busy… on my writing. I intended to update chapter 41 over the weekend. I had it allll planned out. Of course, because I had it planned out, life got in the way. In my head, I had what I thought was a bit of cute, witty, but story line revealing banter between my main characters. I took notes on Friday, because I knew I couldn’t get to it until after the weekend. I was looking forward to writing it, because I could just hear it in my ear, on the tip of my tongue, and laughed every time I thought of it. So then I sat […]
We have reached the end of another month in 2010… time is flying by! It’s time again for the Get Your Words Out Word Count Report. In the month of February, I blogged quite a bit on my personal blog, sometimes managing 7 blogs a week. I also completed a chapter of All I Wanna Do, the epic fanfic that seems like it’s never going to end but will, eventually. I also slaved over my first short story submission, Try to Say No, which I’m particuarly proud of. I’ve heard nothing about it, thus far. My word count for February comes in at 33, 431, beating January’s 31K by a […]
Things I need to do vs things that get in the way. That’s what I am dealing with, over here. I need time and space and energy and a clear mind to write. I don’t have all of those elements, but I’m working on it. Dealing with some personal issues that I would love to exorcise with writing. Unforunately I think the writing will be more self involved and not fiction. But we will see. I’d like to pull the short that I wanted to revamp and see if some ideas for turning it into a 3k -to 5k short story come to me. I feel like I am struggling […]