Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and cold

I have a new article up on WOMEN ON WRITING about Outlining Vs Blank Page process. You can check it out here.

The interview with me on Long and Short Reviews will be up in May 2009 (don’t worry, I’ll remind you) and my day on Stacy Dawn’s special Christmas blog-a-thon is December 13 (yeah, I’ll remind you about that one, too).

Except for the mystery, I didn’t write much yesterday. I went to storage. I got out the Christmas decorations. Some of them, I hadn’t seen since I packed them in 2001. They’re already up. I’m not putting up the others until the first of Advent, but I’d unpacked them to look at them, and it seemed silly to repack them for two weeks.

I also rescued some of my favorite china and did some rearranging so I can keep it in the apartment and use it. I’m repacking some boxes of stuff I don’t need, and that will go back to storage. I’m going through all those boxes marked “misc.”, repacking and reorganizing and maybe even doing some purging.

I got work done on the Nina Bell Christmas story, and on “The Ramsey Chase.”

The interview with Kim Smith was so much fun. It was so nice to actually talk to her, after all the emailing back and forth. I can’t wait for her book to come out in January, so I can host her!

Good morning’s work on the mystery. I cracked 40K today, so I’m in my own home stretch. Hopefully, these upcoming 10K will be easier than the last 10K!

I’ve got a lot of business correspondence to deal with, and, now that the computer is semi-running properly, more interview stuff to get out for the IWOFA week I’m hosting in December. Plus errands, grocery shopping, etc.

Poor Iris had ear trouble. I thought she and Elsa might have ear mites, so I gave them ear mite medicine, but, in Iris’s case, it seemed to make it worse. So I washed everything out yesterday with simple soap and water (can you imagine how much she hated that?), but today the ears seem clean and clear and are back to their normal color. And she’s stopped scratching. Whew.

I figured out what I want to make for holiday presents for people – something from the heart, but not too complicated, but still cool enough and fun enough so that each one is totally unique. If I can get everything in the next day or two, I’ll do a few prototypes and then get to work. If what I envision works, I’ve just solved the bulk of my gift-giving for the season in a way that’s both completely unique AND something I can afford in this economy.

I was a little worried.

Back to the page.


Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 40,018 out of 50,000 (Nano goal)

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Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 40,018 out of est. 75,000 (total goal)

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  1. Congrats of bursting the 40k!

  2. You can’t get much better than handmade gifts from the heart for a Christmas present. Good for you, Devon.

  3. I love making presents for Christmas. It’s something I haven’t had the pleasure of doing in a really long time – I used to cross-stitch. I miss it. But I just don’t have another moment to spare. Maybe some day I can get back to that.

    My sister used to make presents for the entire family, too. I miss that. I got some really cute stuff from her.

    So, anyway, what I’m saying is – home made gifts are the best presents. Okay I’m rambling I’ll shut up now. 🙂

  4. GREAT article on outlining v. blank paging. I do a bit of both – outlines, for the most part, stall me completely. I get so caught up in the nuances of it that I just quit. So this time, I decided to envision the ending. The minute I realized how this story was ending, I was able to write with abandon. And thanks to Nano, I’m writing without looking back (another pitfall I’m prone to). The characters are coming off the pages at me and I’m able to let them lead me where they want to go.

  5. GREAT article. I’m actually a “hybrid writer” or a “Plantser” (half plotter/half pantser).

    Yay for working on the mystery.

    You’ll report back if your prototypes work, right?

  6. greate article keep it up..

  7. Ditto. Liked your article. Always thought myself to be an outliner, until a published friend was stern about my not being too rigid – she suggested I have the outline but be open to straying if the characters seemed to veer.

  8. Your idea for handmade Christmas gifts sound perfect! Nothing is better than something from the heart.
    I hope you have a pleasant day!

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