Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Writing my way through January

Yes, I've been quiet. That's because I've been writing.

After all these years reading paranormal and sci-fi romance, I finally gave in to writing one. What started as my side project in November during NaNoWriMo has continued to grow and flow. Thankfully. I even know how it ends and I'm only two thirds of the way through. Which if you're in the extreme pantser category like I often am, you know how much of a miracle this is.

The Last God has been fun to write, so far. I say that because things have been moving along so well, that I'm just waiting for either my ambition or inspiration to suddenly go dry. But so far, so good.

Once I get a better handle on how to spell my MCs name, I might even share a little about it. Yes, you read that right. I've spelled her name soooo many different ways that's it become rather a game of key mashing the general shape of the thing every time I use it. I had to say it last night at my writer's group meeting when I was passing out the latest excerpt and let me tell you, having to pronounce the name I haven't decided how to spell was pretty much a vocalization of a keymash. It's *mumble* Ja...*mumble* I'm happy to report the first two excerpts have been well received despite the name issue.

Other than happy writing away and gathering a few extra winter pounds, we've been searching for an exchange student for the next school year. As of yesterday, we may have secured one from Denmark. We're quite excited because she has the same interests as my daughter and when you have a nerd artist, that's not such an easy niche to match. Nerd artists tend to be shy and not go out for exchange student programs, not like the sporty kids do anyway. We should know in a week or two if we've made a solid match between our school, her family, and the exchange program.

I have been reading and watching but doing so much of both lately that I haven't been good about keeping track. Oops. I should probably get better about that again. I did manage to read 38 books last year, which, while I'd set out to do the 52 book challenge, is technically a fail, is a lot more books than I made time for the year before. That's a win...in my book. (Ouch, I know.)


10 comments:

  1. You are such an inspiration to me. I can't believe that with all you've written over the past year, you've also found the time to read 38 books! How do you do it!

    Also, I LOVE that you continue to take in exchange students. I don't know if I mentioned it when we chatted, but I was an exchange student my junior year of high school (in Mexico City). I assure you from experience that these kids will never forget your hospitality and will be forever grateful for your contribution to one of the most amazing and formative years of their lives!

    -Peter

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    1. Auw thanks. We do have a lot of fun with our exchange students. I'm happy to hear you had a great experience too! We don't have a lot of time for travel, so bringing another part of the world to us is a good substitute. :)

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  2. Hi Jean - well done ... I'm reading a bit more - but intend to increase that. Good luck with the writing - and your Danish exchange student will be so interesting ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks, Hilary. Good luck with your reading!

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    1. Yeah, it's just a series of letters (if only I could decide on that series...).

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  4. "Fun to write" seems to me to be a key ingredient to a good story! Glad things are still going well.

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    1. It is. I'm also working on another one that currently is defined as "not fun", which is why I seem to be working on every other project but that one.

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  5. Glad to see you're writing! I hate when there are names that no one can figure out how to pronounce. (Being mute as it is, you should see some of the expressions I'm told I get when encountering names that look like the alphabet died and was sewn back together by Dr. Frankenstein.)
    Keep on reading and keeping on being you.

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    1. "The alphabet died" HA! That is awesome. Yes, exactly. I'm toying with not actually saying her name at all in her own language to avoid those expressions.

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