Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Don't inhale cleanser!!

Okay, I'm sure that inhaling cleanser is probably not something that many people would want to do, and I didn't want to do it either, but I was scrubbing down our three bathrooms yesterday and I always use comet cleanser in the tubs and toilets. All that dust in the air got into my lungs and today I'm barking like a seal and sound like I've been a smoker since birth. Yeah, it's beautiful--not!

But on the upside, the kids are in school and it's quiet here so I can work on my writing and the only chores I have today are going to the bank and laundry so it should be a pretty easy day. That makes me happy.

We got the last ding on our credit paid off yesterday so that will be coming off and then we can buy a house!! I'm so excited. Our landlords are coming over tonight to talk about us buying the house we're in, and really, I hope it works out that way so we don't have to move again. This house is perfect for us and we've already lived here for almost two years so it would be nice to not have to move.

And now that I've checked in here, I must be off. The bank is calling.

Monday, September 25, 2006

A discovery!

Ever since I had an ancient computer that all I could use for writing was note pad, when I got my newer computer, I had Microsoft Works and thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread and have been a faithful user of Works...until today when I discovered Microsoft Word. I like it so much better and have now transferred all of my important writing from Works to Word.

I know, I'm so easily amused, but that's just the way I am. Simple minded, I suppose. :o)

As for my current Work In Progress- AKA WIP- I'm up to 38,000 words and have found a great critique partner to help me through the process. I'm thrilled to have someone who can look in from the outside and point out things that could be better. So, Johanna, if you're reading this, Thanks a ton :o)

My kids just got home from school so I'm gonna scoot. Homework and all that.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

I've done it!

I reached the 30,000 word mark in my book today. I'm quite excited because I've never gotten this far in anything I've written so it's like reaching a new level in my writing. Anyway, I wanted to share that and now that I have, I'm back to work.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Another day, another...day

Yep, it's simply another day. What have I done today? Got the kids off to school, washed, dried, folded and put away four loads of laundry, cleaned the breakfast dishes and got down to work on my book.... or so I hoped. But no, the cats decided that today would be their day to fight constantly and, me, I can't concentrate on my writing when the cats are hissing and howling behind me. So I had to put one cat downstairs and close the door and now the other cat is gloating... yes, gloating. She's walking around like she's queen of the world while the other cat sits at the top of the stairs behind the door and issues forth a pitiful sounding meow every few minutes. I do wish they'd learn to get along.

Anyway, here I am, writing here when I should be working on my book. I've just started chapter 8, so I'm getting there, it's progressing, and really much more quickly than I would've thought.

Okay, now I'm just procrastinating. I must leave this place of blogging and get down to work... I must! And so I say, farewell, aufweidersein, adieu!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

I'm one step closer.... right?

So I have a BLOG, that makes me a real writer....right? ;) Just kidding, I know I have to actually write to be a writer so here I am.... writing.

I completely tore apart chapter one of my Work In Progress today, started totally over and I have to say, I'm liking it better now. It has more emotion and feeling this time around so that's a good thing. I'm waiting on word from my critique partner to see what she says about it, then I'll continue with chapter 2.

I guess I never really realized just how hard it would be at times to "Tell a story" but once you get started there are so many things to consider; it's so much more than simply telling a story. It's also about making the readers love your characters and feel the emotions that you're trying to portray. I, personally, have enjoyed many a good book, felt what the characters were feeling, without really paying all that much attention to how the author accomplished that. Now that I'm trying to write a book myself, I find that when I'm reading someone else's work, I'm reading it from a writer's perspective, figuring out how this author is projecting the emotions of these characters outside of the book and into my heart. This is a good thing, right?

Sometimes, yes, however, I also find that I lose a little of the feelings when I'm being so analytical about what I'm reading so I have to find the balance. "Sigh* It's so much more complicated than I would ever have imagined.