Monthly Archives: November 2012

Distractions Be Gone!


As a resident of the Jersey Shore, like most people in the state, I was without power for all of last week.  Halfway through the week the clubhouse in my community got power, so I was able to go up there for a couple hours, charge up and lose myself in my writing. Not having TV did wonders for my word counts.  Not having heat made me cherish the hours in the warmth, not wanting to return home to my chilly house, even if I was dealing with loud chatty older folk who were pestering me occasionally to find out what I was doing.

Since I got power back (Huzzah! There was much rejoicing!) my word count has definitely suffered.  I’m still above the curve, but there are so many distractions around! TV shows to catch up on and lure me into a warm comfy lull on the couch, laundry to be done, dishes to be put away, phone calls coming in, etc.

You’d think it would be easy to turn the boob tube off (heh does anyone call it that anymore…besides maybe the elderly?) and to focus, but for some reason it’s just not!  We’re having another storm with all this heavy snow that could very well put the power back out.  I don’t want to spend another week in the dark, but my NaNoWriMo novel would love it.

I’m hoping as things get back to “normal” some of my regular NaNo writing buddies will start pushing and challenging me a little more which will help me get past all the distractions. I know I should be able to do it myself, but as the song says “I get by with a little help from my friends” and that’s especially true when it comes to the 50,000 words in 30 days. We shall see.

Go away distractions, taunt me another day!

W.I.P. Blog Hop


Welp, with Nanowrimo going on, I can’t take a super long time for blog posts (busy busy am I!) but I figured I could do this one about my W.ork I.n P.rogress since it would tell everyone a little about what I’m working on for Nano.  Thanks to my buddy Patty for tagging me!

There are ten questions to answer about your W.I.P.  I might tag a couple of people after, but if you want to answer them, please do so and be sure to leave me a link so I can check our your answers!

Here goes:

1)What is the working title of your book?

The Girl Who Glided Under the Sea

2)Where did the idea come from for the book?

Oddly enough, Patty and I came up with underwater merfolk type stories around the same time (twins!).  I always thought it was weird that there were only mermaids/men and why couldn’t there be other half sea animal half human hybrids. So while the two main characters are your typical merfolks, there are also crab-folk, octo-people, seahorse-men and shark-men.  Why should fish have all the fun? 😀

3)What genre does your book fall under?

Fantasy. This one is also Middle Grade rather than YA

4)Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Oooh who knows. Maybe I’d want to cast all fresh faces, especially since the ages of the kids are 12-17.

5)What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Gah only one sentence? I hate those…

Surfer girl Penelope wipes out and gets saved by Phineas, prince of the merfolk, who changes her into a mermaid with a magical necklace that later gets stolen by the evil shark-folk who want to use it to turn human and gain power and wealth.

6)Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Good question. I am currently self published but might be looking to consider a small press to help with promotions.

7)How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Just started it! Four days and 10k words in. (At the time this posts, it’ll be 6 days in and who knows how many words)

8)What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Hmm well, I guess I have to compare it a bit to the Little Mermaid (we can use the Disney version since the original has a far unhappier ending) because the necklaces are rumored to have been made by a prior king who’s daughter married a human prince and he wanted them to still be able to easily visit with each other.

Also I guess Everblue…even though that’s a YA book.

9)Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Deja vu….

10)What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Welp, there’s a good bit of comedy and it’s a good adventure story with a tad of romance (nothing too crazy, this is MG!). Also, seahorse-boy who’s very sensitive about impending fatherhood. Too cute! 😀


So share people! What are you working on? Something for Nanowrimo? Something different? Share, share!


NaNoWriMo is here!


It’s that time of year again! Time to buckle down and get your 50k words written in 30 days!  I have heard all sorts of arguments for and against doing NaNoWriMo and all I can say is do what works best for you.  If you can’t write well under that pressure, then don’t push yourself.  If you find it to be a great catalyst to start a project, then go for it!  Don’t let others sway you with their own opinions. Do what *you* want.

I won’t be doing daily blogging this year as I did last, but you’re welcome to look back if you need the encouragement.  I will say that if you’re going to participate, take advantage of the forums and ask questions, do research, get involved in word wars and sprints. Just make sure you leave them to do some actual writing! I know how easy it is to get sucked in over there.

My last words, for the moment, on NaNo is that you should remember that even if you complete a novel in the month of November, please realize that while the story is written, it is far from done.  Please don’t go trying to submit it somewhere without taking the time to edit, rewrite and have people beta read it.  NaNo seems to get a bad rep from those who try to send their work to agents or to self publish by skipping those important steps.  If you’ve taken the time to write the story, it deserves to be in the best form possible before hitting a wide spread reader base.  Please take pride in your work and in the industry. By putting out subpar working, you’re making the rest of us look bad.

If you’re participating, best of luck! If you let me know who you are over there, I’ll add you as a writing buddy!  Happy Noveling!