Friday, October 22, 2010

I'm Back! Seriously!

So, in my last post, which was in mid-July (I'm ashamed to say) predicted exactly what happened to me this past summer. I said that once I got my job, I'd be too busy and less focused on my writing... and like I said, that's exactly what happened. I enjoyed making money this summer and I certainly don't mind having some money put away as I work my way into my sophomore year at UMass Amherst, but I'm still bummed that the roll I was on quickly came to a halt.

I'm living on campus now and I have classes and two jobs, but I haven't forgotten about Catching Up to You. I've had so many ideas not only for Catching Up to You, but also for the sequels to it. I've already got a clear plan as to where Kendall and Colt's stories will go through their respective high school and college careers. And I'm just itching to finally get it all written down.

NaNoWriMo is coming up and although you're not supposed to use work that you've already started, I think I'm going to use the opportunity to just get some of Catching Up to You cranked out. It's going to need more than 50,000 words to finish it anyway... so it's not really cheating... really.

So, I'm off to rewrite an outline... and next Tuesday, I'll hopefully have a brand new teaser!

Friday, July 16, 2010

A Butterfly, a Job, and an Outline...

First off, look at this butterfly I saw in my front yard! I took this picture on my cell phone and I was pretty impressed with the quality... not going to lie. :-)

I live way, way, way in the boonies of my city in Massachusetts where we don't have cell phone service AT ALL. We're in the middle of the forest, so I come outside often to the chirping of birds and butterflies (and moths, and beetles, and ugly little fly things). So that's why I snapped this!

So, in other news, I finally found a job! My aunt hooked me up with the company she works for and I'll be starting as a temp (just doing filing and what not) sometime next week!

On one hand, I'm excited because I need the money hard core, but on the other hand, I'm kind of worried about "Catching Up to You". I was hoping I could get most of it, if not all of it, done this summer so that I could just worry about editing/revising while at school next semester. But I'll be working from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM... Yeah.

So, I thought I'd finally give in and create an outline for my story. It's something I've never done before, but I figured it would help me keep track of where I want my story to go and ultimately help me get it done faster. I used this method by Rachel Vincent that I found through Ellen Faith. It's super fun and easy and I like the look of it hanging on my wall!

So, there ya have it! I wrote a little over a thousand words yesterday and I'm hoping to get a little bit more than that cranked out today (maybe 2000?) now that I have a clear idea of where I'm going with it. I also hope to finish up my swaps on Inkpop today. So... wish me luck!!!