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Homemade Book

With the trip out to California (and the sight-seeing along the way), Ashley and decided not to buy Christmas gifts for each other. We decided instead to make something for the other person. I wracked my brain trying to come up with an idea. I didn’t want to sew something because she can sew and make it herself. I wanted to make something that she couldn’t. So, I wrote a short story, just for her. Then I hand wrote it on fancy paper, with decorative corners, etc. I made a fancy cover out of cardboard and bound it by hand with ribbon. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted it to look like, and it turned out even better than I could have imagined. I ordered a cigar box on Etsy to store it in, because it seemed like it needed and old box… like that’s how it was found or something.

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NaNoWriMo 2011 – COMPLETED!!!

I completed NaNoWriMo with 50,458 words, which is pretty exciting. I titled the novel of short stories Daft Rhapsody because most of them are influenced by music in some way. In music, the word rhapsody is “an instrumental composition irregular in form and suggestive of improvisation” which is definitely what my novel is–I wrote it by the seat of my pants. And, of course, daft means “senseless, foolish, insane; crazy” which is also definitely what my novel is. So, the title couldn’t be more perfect.  Below are the titles of the stories, along with the plot that was generated by the plot machine on the Script Frenzy website (the sister website of NaNoWriMo).

“The Mermaid Who Couldn’t Swim”
Fresh out of jail, a mermaid who doesn’t know how to swim is kidnapped by the Russian mafia.

“The Voice of Love”
On a remote island, a one-armed fencing champion falls in love with a voice on the radio.

“The Graffiti Pirate”
In a town called Sandwich, an 80-year-old graffiti artist begins training for a life of piratehood.

“Looking for Greener Grass”
In a world ruled by evil flying elves, a poetry-writing middle school teacher travels to India in search of true love.

“Zombie Survivor”
After being banished from the island, a zombie golfer unknowingly arrives at a nudist colony.

“Nix’s Internship on Planet Earth”
After crash-landing in the desert, a superhero with no friends teams up with David Bowie to save the world.

“The Hit Woman and the Trumpet Player”
In a rundown Villains Club, a feuding polka band switches suitcases with a Mafia hit man.

“How to Shave a Sasquatch”
After escaping from prison, a group of Star Wars collectors sets out to shave a Sasquatch.

“Hearts on Fire”
While lost in the Science Museum, a pyromaniac firefighter must avenge the murder of an old flame.

“Affairs of the Heart in Space”
In a haunted space station orbiting Pluto, a presidential candidate enters a love triangle with Siamese twins.

“A Big Bend in the Vacation” (Bonus Story)

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NaNoWriMo 2011

I wasn’t going to participate this year. I was going to focus on the novel I started for NaNoWriMo 2009 (I’m only a 44,000 words, which is kinda sad–I should’ve been to at least 50k by now). But I really, really want to complete NaNoWriMo, even if it’s just once. So, I signed up.

This is the description for my novel:
Ten short stories. Ten weird adventures based on results from the Script Frenzy Plot Machine.

The plan is to have ten stories, but if that isn’t enough, then I’ll write up one more. So far, I have two of the stories started. The first one is almost done. You can view the story titles and the SDPM plot here. They will be added to the list, as I write them. Eventually, I will add a word-count widget to the side bar, but until then, you can view my stats here.

If you have any ideas for a title for the novel, I’d love to hear them.

P.S. I’m toying with the idea of posting the stories on my blog as I finish them.

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NaNoWriMo 2010 – Week 2 & 3

Day 20: 19644 words. Well, unfortunately, I just don’t think I’m going to make it this year. I am 13696 words behind and have no time to do any writing between homework (presentation and two papers) and my life (family time, friend time, Thanksgiving); not to mention that I ran out of story. I did learn a valuable lesson however: I learned that I can’t write stories about everyday stuff. I can’t write dramas. Action/adventure is my forte and that’s what I need to stick to.  [I tried to write a drama and I ended up having fight scenes and people getting killed, etc.]

Day 11: 16073 words.  I’m making progress, but I still feel like I will never catch up.

Day 10: 14304 words.  NaNoWriMo says I should have 16670 words, so I’m still a few thousand behind.  At this rate, I’m expected to reach 50k on December 8.

Day 9: 12205 words.

Day 8: 12205 words.  I’m still behind.  I can’t seem to catch back up.  Maybe tomorrow.  They say the second week is the hardest, so I guess I that’s to be expected.

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NaNoWriMo 2010 – Week 1

Day 7: 10480 words.  Yeah, I’m behind.  At the rate I’m currently going, I’ll finish (with 50,000 words) on December 4, according to my NaNoWriMo statistics.  I’ll step up my game tomorrow.  Right now, I’m too tired to think straight.

Day 6: 9516 words.  When it comes to the exciting scenes, I’m having no trouble turning them out, but the mundane stuff in between is really hard for me.

Day 5: 9365 words.  I started out really slow today, but I spent most of my evening working on this story.  I keep worrying that the story isn’t big enough to be a novel, but then I realized today that NaNoWriMo is about quantity–editing is for December.  So, if I run out of scenes, I can always make something up.  If that means that a zombie or a serial killer or a criminal on the lam or whatever has to show up, then so be it.  I have decided that I will be open to whatever my mind comes up with and I will not toss out any idea as being too over-the-top.

Day 4: 6002 words.  It was just a bad day all around and so I wasn’t much in the mood for writing.  Still I managed to get a few words in there.  Tomorrow I’ll really have to crank them out since I’m now officially behind.

Day 3: 5329 words.  I’m just a tad bit nervous that this story isn’t of novel length.  Let’s hope if it’s not 50,000 worth of words by itself that I can make up some stuff to buy me a few more words.  I hope I don’t get bored with the story.  I already got bored with the intro and skipped to a scene towards the end.  I did that last year with my NaNo story–skipped around randomly, writing the scenes in whatever order I chose–and I didn’t complete my novel.  I really hope that doesn’t mess me up this year, but I am finding that I just can’t seem to write a story in order.

Day 2: 3550 words.  Still on schedule.

Day 1: 1830 words.  That’s pretty good since I need to write 1667 per day to stay on track.  Tomorrow my goal is to write at least 2000.

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Ready for NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow and I’m feeling pretty confident.  I’m prepared with a general outline and character sketches.  Today, my plan is to bust through some homework (and possibly get ahead) so that I can focus on my novel.  We’ll see how it goes. Don’t forget that you can watch my progress at: Texas Jen

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NaNoWriMo 2010 – Preparation

NaNoWriMo 2010 is just weeks away.

What is NaNoWriMo you ask?  It’s National Novel Writing Month and it takes place in November, every year.  The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in one month.  The contest begins on November 1 and ends on November 30 (which is about 1700 words/day).  The prize is a novel, written by you!  “:)  I participated last year, but didn’t make it all the way (I am still working on that story and have a little over 30K now).  If you read this post and think, wow this awesome, I’m so doing this… let me know your user name (after you sign up) and we can be buddies on NaNoWriMo.

Part of me wishes I could just start now, but I’m glad too that it isn’t time yet.  I really, really want to complete it this year, but as usual, I have school and work.  November really isn’t the best month for a contest like this… especially for college students.  November is towards the end of the fall semester and that’s when all sorts of papers and writing assignments are due.  How can I work on my all important novel when I have a 10-page paper on British literature due?  Okay, maybe it’s not 10 pages… I don’t remember how many pages it is, but that’s not the point.  The point is, while I’m supposed to be all responsible with school, I really feel like NaNoWriMo is more important…  After all, as my friend Dennis has told me a million times, I don’t need a degree to be an author, but I do need a novel to be an author.  “:)  November is going to be a stressful, yet fun month, and I definitely welcome encouragement.  You can keep track of my progress on my NaNo page: Texas Jen, and maybe even view an except of the story later on in the month.

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NaNoWriMo 2010

Even though I’m again taking three classes, I still plan to participate in NaNoWriMo this year.  I will try to complete it, but if I don’t, my goal is to at least get farther than I did last year. 

This year I’m doing more to prepare.  I’ve already have the story idea and I’ve begun writing character sketches.  I’ve picked a story-line that focuses more on the characters than the plot, so I won’t have as much research to do—I think that was my downfall last year, my story required too much research and I got hung up on details instead of just writing the story.  Before November, I also plan to have a basic outline of events.  This, of course, will change as I write the story, but it will get me started and keep me moving.  I’m pretty excited about this and I have a good feeling about it.  I think I can complete NaNoWriMo this year.  I think I can… I think I can…

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NaNoWriMo Excerpt

“Don’t you think we could work something out?” she asked batting her eyelashes the way she had seen Flame do it a thousand times before. A slow smile slid across her lips as her eyebrow arched.

“Well,” he said eyeing her greedily. He glanced over his shoulder at his comrades and apparently made up his mind. After walking into the room, he closed the door behind him and approached her. Of the four men, he was the closest to good-looking. He wasn’t the tallest one or the shortest, just somewhere in between. He had shaggy brown hair in need of a cut and eyes to match. Dimples gave him a certain amount of boyish charm, but Jett found it hard to be interested in a man that could potentially get her killed—if he didn’t complete the task himself.

He leaned over until his face was just inches from hers and glanced down enjoying the view. He looked up and smiled, she could feel his breath on her skin. It smelled of the cinnamon gum he was chewing. Well, at least there’s that, Jett thought.

“What did you have in mind?” he asked as he inhaled her sent. She didn’t wear perfume—it could be too memorable—so, all he smelled was her and soap.

For a split second Jett thought about a witty remark, but decided against it because it really wasn’t her style. Instead, she leaned towards him and pressed her lips to his. It wasn’t the worst kiss she’d ever had and he did taste of cinnamon and cigar. It was a strange combination and it made it more bearable.

Her partner was so thoroughly enjoying himself that he didn’t even notice when she shifted on the chair. She brought her hands forward and gripped her seat, giving her the leverage to bring her knee up hard, connecting with his favorite appendage. He groaned in pain, but was silenced by an elbow to the face. He tumbled over backwards, sprawling on the cement floor with a loud thud. She toed him with her boot, but he didn’t stir.

Jett dropped the cuffs onto his chest and ran to the door. When the next moron came barging in, she shoved the door back in his face, knocking him down. She pulled it back open and stepped out. The shortest man ran at her, but with a high kick to his head, she stopped him short and knocked him out cold. She really loved motorcycle boots—with a steel toe and a metal shank, they were perfect for kicking people. The doorman was back on his feet, reaching for his gun and she was forced to kick it out of his hand. An uppercut left him seeing stars. A blow to the face broke his nose and sent him over backwards.

With no more thugs between her and escape, Jett ran out the door. She ran full out across the lawn, not pausing to look around. She was almost to the gate when she heard the crack of a gun shot. A split second later she felt it graze her shoulder. Another shot was fired, but it missed her completely. She jumped up on the iron gate, scrambled over the top and dropped down on the other side. She hit the ground running, still not looking back.

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Time to Get Serious

Wow… I’m really going to be done with school in just a little over a year. I’m so glad I’ll have my B.A. before I’m 30 (which will help decrease my chances of having a mid-life crisis). In May of 2011, I’ll have a B.A. with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in History. And then what? What will I do with it? When I first started at SVSU, I had all these plans for when I was done with school… When I graduate, I’ll get a new truck. When I graduate, I publish a book. Now that I only have 14 months until I get my degree, I’m feeling a little nervous. I need a game plan. I want to be an author and I need to get serious about writing.

Background info: In November 2009, I started a story for NaNoWriMo. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to complete it—it’s just too hard to write a 50,000 word novel while working 35 hours a week and taking three classes. However, I have every intention of attempting NaNoWriMo in 2010, even though I’ll be working and going to school just as much. I also have every intention of finishing my current story and then to try to have it published. So, it is my goal to have written at least 50,000 words on it by my graduation date. Once I’ve graduated, I plan to take my manuscript on a research vacation to Miami (where a bulk of the story takes place) and then to Washington D.C. (where the story ends up). So, I have 14 months to add about 22,000 words, as well as to polish it up. I can do this.

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