Friday, November 28, 2008

Hello Editing, My Old Frienemy

I just realized that it's been weeks since I did any editing on my book. Unfortunately, editing means staring at the computer for (possible) hours at a time, which makes my eyes burn to the point of me wanting to claw them out of my own head (sorry you had to hear that). Also, I lack a computer of my own so I have to use my Dad's laptop, which is in high demand at my house so getting a few undisturbed hours on it is hard.

But I can't keep putting off editing. The parental units grow impatient. I think my friends are getting kind of impatient too. I promised all mentioned parties that they could read my book after I finished editing it. But then, my editless streak wasn't entirely due to procrastination. For a while now I actually haven't been able to edit my book (okay, I could but it would be more tedious than before).

While editing my book earlier in the month, I kept a small piece of paper at hand to act as a bookmark. I know you can't put a bookmark in a Word document, I just used it to write down the chapter I was supposed to start on the next time I edited the book. Sadly, that paper was lost and I now have no idea where I left off. It's quite upsetting because I got pretty far.

Oh, whatever. I'll figure something out... or just scroll through the book until things start looking unedited again. I suppose I'll bring this rant to an end and bid you adieu.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Hey everyone. Today's Thanksgiving which means I will be spending the first half of the day watching the Macy's Day Parade and helping my family prepare the annual feast (I say "helping" because I'm not that good at cooking), and the second part of the day will be spent eating disgusting amounts of said feast.

Anyway, just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I can't wait to eat some rolls and pumpkin pie (they're my favorites).


(above: Thanksgiving Chibi 08)

Monday, November 10, 2008

My Eyes Burn

Ugh, I've been staring at the computer for hours. Luckily, I'm doing more than staring. I'm writing. I've been working tirelessly for at least six or seven hours trying to boost my word count. I'm finally in the 6,000s! Not very far in, but I'm in! Darkened Daylight (my NaNo book) picks up a lot sooner than my vampire book (still debating whether it's safe to put the title online).

The physical aspect of writing has been kind of slow because my wrist hurts and I've been wearing a brace since yesterday. The plastic piece in the brace that keeps my wrist from moving also keeps my hand from touching the laptop I've been using to write my book. With the brace induced lack of mobility in my hand and the way it slides around when I type, it reminds me of the robot hand in the doll grab machines. Weird, huh?
Not only that, but my shoulder has been getting kind of tired either from the position of my arm or the fact that my arm moves a lot more than it did without the brace making my hand slide around.

You know, my ears kind of hurt too. I can't write in silence and I haven't been writing in my room so I've had my iPod on almost all day. But I love music so much, I'd rather suffer through the pain than go without it.

Anyway, enough about pain and such. I didn't get a blog just so I could complain about stuff (lucky for you, because I'm an expert at complaining).

Hmm, now that I'm done complaining, I can't think of anything else to post about. Don't worry, I'll have something better next time. So long, farewell, auf wiedersehn, goodbye.
(That ^ does not look how it sounds)

(hehe, little Sound Of Music reference)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

NaNo Update and Some Stuff About My Book

I have finally gotten past my writers block. I now have over 3,000 words in my NaNo book. I know I'm way behind schedule (not that I really have a schedule), but I think it's coming along nicely (quality wise). The beginning is a little slow, but I can't really help that. I've never really been good at starting books, but I must say I'm pretty good at middles and ends. I have this obsession with epic cliffhangers.


As for editing, I took a break for a few days and just started back day before yesterday. I got through 36 chapters with minimal changes and very little hatred for what I was reading. While I was writing I felt like it took too long to get going and worried that readers would lose interest before they got to the good parts, but now I'm not so sure. It really starts to pick up when the two opposing groups meet in early chapters. There's an evil B trying to overthrow her "best friend" and claim all the power for herself. Remember how I said my book is about vampires? Well, you're about to find out a little more. You should feel honored, I don't do this often. I hardly even talk about my books outside of my house (walls have ears and all that).


Okay, so the group of hunters have just found out that the ancient and super powerful vampires that their families have been hunting for generations are going to their school. The hunters believe that the vampires are evil, but they're not. Not only have they realized that the vampires are really close by, but one vampire and one hunter are friends and the other hunters don't know how to tell him, or even if they should.


Well, that's all I'm going to tell you right now. Just know that if you steal my ideas I will be completely devastated and could lose all desire to ever write anything again.

Have a nice day! :D

Monday, November 3, 2008

Eek, editing! Wait, this isn't so bad

Well, it took me two more days to start than I originally planned, but I have finally done it... or at least started it. Yep, I have right now, at this very moment, officially edited 11 chapters of my book. Keep in mind that these are short, Maximum Ride length chapters, but still, I managed to read 11 chapters of a book I wrote without pulling my hair out, screaming, crying, or swearing (which I never do, by the way).
I'm surprised, and happy, to say that I actually kind of like it... so far. I'm likely to come across something I hate soon. It's inevitable. I mean, me liking every part of a book I wrote would likely trigger the apocalypse. In fact, I can think of at least five parts off the top of my head that I plan on changing. But I'll leave those for another time. Right now, I'm in a fairly good mood and I don't feel like ruining it.
So, for all you writers out there, fear not. Last time I questioned whether it was possible for a writer to like anything they wrote, and now I know better. I actually laughed at my own work! I read something I wrote, and it made me happy!
I think a lot of it had to with the fact that I talked about my book with my friend while I was writing it. And you know what? She seemed excited to read it! Let me tell you, having someone who wants to read your book out of more than just curiosity can really help. It helps more if you give them an excerpt, whether it just be a verbal retelling or a printed out sample, and they still want to read it. But be sure that whoever you talk to about your book is into the story. You won't be doing yourself any favors by talking about, say, a sci-fi book with someone who's not interested in sci-fi.
Today's lesson is pretty much, find your target audience and don't condemn your book before reading it. After you finish writing, wait a month or so before going back to read it. Give yourself time to forget exactly how you worded everything so it seems less like your reading something you wrote and more like your rereading your favorite book for the millionth time.
That's really all the advice I can offer you for now. I'll be back soon with more Tales of Editing and maybe some more writing advice, though I'm not making any promises on the latter.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

NaNoWriMo

Today marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I've just joined and I'm still debating which book I'm going to write. I'm thinking of writing the beginning of one of my two series based in the distant future. It saves me a lot of time on research because I get to make everything up, and if there's one thing I'm good at, it's making things up.
I really can't decide which one to write. One of them is a three part series, the other is a two. Also, they're connected. The three part-er is the prequel to the two part-er. Both of them are going to be written from multiple POV's. As with the book I've already finished, I can't tell you everything for legal reasons. But based on the information you have, which one do you think I should write?
Please leave a comment with your thoughts on the subject. :D
Learn more about NaNoWriMo here.

p.s.
I'm a horrible procrastinator and haven't even started editing my book.

And So It Begins

So, today marks the beginning of Operation: Edit. That means that I will be hold up in my office (my room), toiling away on my computer (my dad's laptop), while trying not to rip my hair out (that's going to be hard). If you live anywhere in the United States and you hear someone screaming "I hate everyhting! No one will ever want to publish this! I'll never write agian!" that's just me. I haven't been able to stop thinking about my book since I finished the first draft, and so far all I've wanted to do is change everything. Not exactly the signs of a bestseller... or a seller, for that matter.

Anyway, let's pause that tangent for a few seconds and talk about something else, like foreign languages.
I recently found a really cool translation website. You can translate (almost) any English sentence into Latin, French, German, Russian, Spanish, ect., ect. I personally like translating things into Latin. You can check it out here.

So, hope you have fun with the online translater! Just know that while you're doing that, I'll be sitting in front of a computer reading things that I could never love because they are from my own mind. Seriously, is it possible for a writer to not hate everything they write? If there are any writers reading this, I fully expect feedback on that question. (please note that it may take longer for comments to be posted while I'm editing)