Headphones was an experiment, a story written in "snapshots", a serial, a comic in word form-- call it what you will. It ran for one year plus one day-- January 1st of 2015 to January 1st of 2016. It was the story of a group of friends who took in a damaged girl and helped her find herself. But on the way, she helped them fill the holes in their own lives. I've pulled it now with the hopes of rewriting it into a book. Each day was matched with a music video and each month's mixes are still here. So if you've stumbled in, enjoy the music, and hopefully I'll be able to post updates occasionally!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Writing Style

This is how I work. Stuff pops in my head (usually while I'm stuck at work, in the shower, or just as I'm falling asleep!) and I jot it down. Then I throw the note on my desk where it visits with my other notes until I have time to work through them and decide which file to type them into. Or, on occasion, I just sort them into "first" "middle" and "end" and pull them out as I write each section. It's always good to have a system!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

CampNaNo Halfway Mark: Embers and Flame

So here's the thing:

I've pushed and pulled and got Embers and Flame through Chapter 5, and I'm still really undecided if there is any chemistry between Ben and Cherry. I set a "goal" or a challenge to each story I write, and this one is supposed to be something light-- a rainy afternoon, don't really have to think too hard, kind of read. Give it a perusal if you're at all interested, but remember, it's a very rough first draft.

Something I want to mention is Ryan. Just so you know, he really is a decent guy and he did care for Cherry. They just simply weren't all that compatible--there was a lack of chemistry (yes, I love that word, just in case you were wondering about it). Cherry has a problem with self-esteem and he tends to blame himself for the breakup-- he dwells too much on the failure of the relationship. It's all still fresh enough that he tends to compare everything to Ryan, and it becomes a problem later in his relationship with Ben. So, the question at this point becomes, as I try to lay the groundwork for that conflict, is it coming through? Or is it just the opposite, and is becoming annoying? Let me know in the comments, please. Also, is the pace too slow? Too much narrative? And, obviously, is there any chemistry between Ben and Cherry?

*note: I've pulled the first 5 chapters. But if you are interested in being a Beta reader, contact me through the comments.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

CampNaNo Begins

    Well, as of yesterday, 5 days in, I'm tracking okay. Today and tomorrow are going to be a challenge, just because of my work schedule. In November, when I did the NaNo challenge, we had enough extra help and I was able to leave early on occasion, giving myself an extra hour or two through the week, but that's not possible this time. If anything, it's a bit flipped-- I've been working extra. It's one of the reasons I kept my word count low. Before, I could do some marathon sprints on the weekends, but I think we've got something going every weekend this month, so I'm not going to have the same opportunities.

    But, on the upside, the story is starting to flow. Each book I've written has had a challenge at the start. Headphones was just me challenging myself to complete something, because I always started things, but notoriously never finished. And at 180K, I did! (Now to edit it into an actual printable format. That's next on my list.) Then came When Silverfish Dance.  The challenge there was simply to write a book. And I did. For Like Cracks In The Sidewalk, I wanted something darker and also I wrote it in 1st person POV, something I wasn't comfortable with at all. And it worked.

    So now, with Embers and Flame, I'm trying for something lighter. My plan for this one is to be a light rainy-afternoon read. The kind of book that requires a cup of hot tea while curled up on the couch, listening to the rain patter on the leaves outside the window. A little lovey-dovey, a little angst, and a happy ending. Sounds easy, but it so is not! And I'm writing it in double 1st person POV, just for the challenge that creates. Whether it'll work or not, I guess I'll find out!