Happy Dance

I know this is my poetry and daily prompt blog but can I just say how happy I am to find out that my #NaNoWriMo novel Loving Ashe is #2 under Chicklit on Wattpad?!

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Though I completed 50K words in November, with the current novel at 66K words, I’m in Act III – which is actually quite hard to get right! But I’m keeping my fingers crossed I will, and #amwriting

Loving Ashe is Getting Some Love – 10K Reads!

So my #NaNoWriMo and #JustWriteIt effort, Loving Ashe, which is currently being serialized on Wattpad, is getting some love from Wattpad readers.  It just hit 10K reads today and I’m pretty happy!

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I don’t know what’s going to happen next.  At 54K words, I’m trying to get the story to wind down and get to the The End part by 11/30.

Because technically, that’s finishing a novel, right?  It’s just not reaching a word count?

NaNoWriMo Blues

It’s the 23rd day of NaNoWriMo, and though my word counter says I’ve written 67K words, I’m really only at 45,635 words (because I am editing as I go – don’t tell anyone).  In the midst of it all, the house is untidy, my gray roots are showing, and I’ve slackened off on my running – and walking.  Yes, my butt has gotten quite big in a span of 23 days.

But in those 23 days, I published my novel Finding Sam.  Indie-publish should be the word to use though, since I didn’t get published by some big-name publisher and they’re not yet beating a path to my door.  Hell, not even a small publisher, not that I even know what publishers are not actually vanity publishers right off the bat.

But I’m quite pleased with myself that I got my book on Kindle and Smashwords’ Premium library, which means I get to see it featured in the search results on the Apple bookstore and other stores that Smashwords sends their novels to be featured.  I thought it would be nerve-wracking and confusing. it’s not like I kept a checklist on paper – for this one was all in my head, and on my browser bookmarks folder.  Now all I have to do is tackle the marketing, but that will be after NaNoWriMo.

So all in all, in those 23 days, I don’t think I’ve done too bad.  I’ve managed to stay out of trouble – online, at least, and have kept on writing, and pants-ing pseudo plotting my way to the end of my second novel, Loving Ashe.  All I need to do now is input the number on the NaNoWriMo website and call myself a winner.

But not till this second book is done and dusted.   I’ve got 7 days left.

Five and a Half Inches

I’m in love with this contraption
really, I am
five and a half inches may not mean much
but it feels like I’m in the grand slam

Maybe I’m just too shallow
maybe I’m just too dense
but I love the way it feels in my hand
I love how it’s not all pretense

for size really doesn’t matter to me,
or who knows? Maybe it does
I can barely grip this thing with one hand
oh, how I love the way it does buzz

it always has something to give me
whether I’m sitting still or out for a jaunt
but five and a half inches of pleasure
what more can a girl want?

* Yep, I finally got my iPhone 6 plus!

It’s a Good Day To Be A Writer

Today, my first son turns 23.  It’s also the day I chose to publish my first novel, Finding Sam on Amazon.

Now , while I just “published” an in-progress novel for NaNoWriMo a few days ago, there’s nothing like actually publishing a completed novel because I know it’s as “done” as it can be.  Even my husband told me a few weeks ago that if I kept worrying about perfection like I do over my work, nothing I write will ever see the light of day.

So last night, bleary-eyed and cross-eyed, I hit the button marked Publish and unleashed my dearest Sam into the world.  And while there may not be any balloons, cake and confetti to mark such a momentous occasion, I did receive my iPhone 6 Plus today and just activated it.

And I also heard from the Margaret Atwood people about the Wattpad contest I entered a month ago where I wrote a bit of fan fiction for her new novel, The Stone Mattress (and no, I didn’t win BUT I am getting a copy of her book as a runner-up!).  Still…

It’s a good day to be a writer.

- Reposted from Back_Space | by Liz.

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Guillermo del Toro on Imperfection

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“Well, I have said this in the past, so I hope i don’t bore you by repeating it, but I think that we live or die under the tyranny of perfection. Socially, we are pushed towards being perfect. Physically, beautiful to conform to standards that are cruel and uncommon, to behave and lead our lives in a certain way, to demonstrate to the world that we are happy and healthy and all full of sunshine. We are told to always smile and never sweat, by multiple commercials of shampoo or beer.

And I feel that the most achievable goal of our lives is to have the freedom that imperfection gives us.  And there is no better patron saint of imperfection than a monster.

We will try really hard to be angels, but I think that a balanced, sane life is to accept the monstrosity in ourselves and others as part of what being human is. Imperfection, the acceptance of imperfection, leads to tolerance and liberates us from social models that I find horrible and oppressive.”

— Guillermo del Toro

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