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!!!

16 comments:

Angela A said...

I love that outline method. It's so gorgeous and I wish I could use it, but I can't plan a story. I just have to let whatever happen happen :)

Caitlin said...

Aw man, I'm so jealous of your outline/your ability to pump out mass amounts of words like that!! Good luck :D

Ashley said...

Oh, I like the idea of a storyboard! I'm sure it eliminates the hassle of papers everywhere. That's always my problem. Especially losing all the little napkin slips...

Ellen Faith said...

I don't have any phone reception at my house either, Noelle. I know exactly how you feel.

Ellen Faith said...

(A side note: that link will no longer work. It's now: http://ellen-faith.blogspot.com Sorry for any inconvenience!)

Girlinbetween said...

wow! great outline!

Cleverly Inked said...

Whaaa.. I would so love to live in the "boonies" Who doesn't love nature

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Medeia Sharif said...

I haven't tried that outline method before. I use a spreadsheet.

That's so cool about living in a forest, but I couldn't live without cell phone reception.

Meeroar said...

that's an AWESOME butterfly... and i'm ok w/ no service, a little break can be good, no?

:) check out my blog (meeroar.blogspot.com)

Girlinbetween said...

yay for the job and the word count!

Tahereh said...

wow, incredible! good luck with everything!

melissa said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. Thanks for your posts. I am now a follower here. I will be back. :-)

Alei said...

Thanks for the comment! I just now found it, I obviously don't get notified when someone comments on my blog.
Took me forever, but I finally was able to Follow your blog. Yay! I simply love your header. And what it says, it descibes by blog almost perfectly. Ah, looks like I'm stealing your blog! I am not in the least bit, I assure you.
Would you like me to add your blog to my directory on inkpop?
Anyways, nice, er, commenting with you. ;)
~Rin

Char. said...

Hi there!
I'm in a similar stage with my first going-to-be-published-at-least-I-hope-so novel! I'm also on Inkpop. What's your username? Would love to get in touch :)
And love the outline method! Perhaps I'll use it one day.

Jackee said...

Congrats on the word count! Awesome! Shh... don't tell anybody but I actually love outlining. It's one of my favorite parts of writing. And I live in the boonies too--wouldn't have it any other way! :o)

So great to find your blog!

Cheers,
Jackee

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