Written In Blood (and Tears!)

One person's climb to (hopefully!) the world of the published novelist…the trials and tribulations of parenthood..and whatever else pops into my head at any given moment!

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Day 3 – The Crash

Good evening, lovelies.

I have had a bad writing day. I only managed a measly 592  words.

That said, I made it over the magic 5,000 Day 3 total, so I’m not too miserable.  I also have a reason. I slept in LATE this morning; this ear infection demanded sleep.  I went to the store and post office to send off a jewellery order. I spent a couple of hours on jewellery stuff, then headed out to a friends’ housewarming party, which was awesome! It had been ages since we’d been able to hang out and have some fun with them, so it was a nice stress reliever.

I did find out that my muse doesn’t like alcohol. I only had three beers, but it seems that it was enough to send my muse screaming to the hills, or wherever muses go when they’re mad at you.  I tried really, really hard to do some writing when we got home, and I managed to push myself over the 5k mark, but I can’t do anymore. I just don’t have it in me right now. I’m feeling kind of down and mad at myself. This is ridiculous, considering that I have, so far, been able to hit targets every day, but there’s that part of me that say, “Others have twice the amount of words that you do! What is wrong with you?” Yeah, I’m comparing. That isn’t healty. I know this, and yet I still do it.

Tomorrow, I’m cleaning the house and doing all that family sort of stuff. Then, somehow, I’ll pull those 1,667 words out of my brain. Hoping that the words flow more freely then.

How’s it all going with you??

Love to all

~Jacqui~

Lucy’s Jewellery – Piece 1

Hi guys!!

OK so you know I posted about making my main character’s jewellery? Well, this is her first piece.

There is a story behind it, I just haven’t finished writing it yet 😉 I know it’s special, and I know it’s going to cause her some conflict at some point. I’ll blog it as soon as I know what it is!

It is for sale, but not until December 1st. I need the pieces with me as inspiration just until NaNo is over. You can find purchasing information HERE. If you’d like to own this piece, simply comment on the picture with the word “SOLD” and I’ll contact you for payment information.

Thanks for checking this out!!

Love to all

~Jacqui~

Day Two…The “YAY” Day!

Good evening, fellow Wrimos…non-wrimos…and everyone else 🙂

Day Two of NanoWriMo 2012 has gone surprisingly well.

I woke up yesterday morning with an ear infection that just won’t go away. Taking the opportunity while I could, I took the day off and concentrated on resting, writing and being with my family. By last night, I had hit my word count target for the day, so I went to bed feeling very smug and happy with myself.

This morning, I awoke to a very blocked ear, but knowing I had clients this afternoon, went to work anyway. I lasted until 12pm. Sigh. My clients cancelled their appointments, so I left for the day just after lunch. After a quick stop at my local craft store to pick up a couple of jewellery related items, we headed home and found our copy of Season 4 of  Sons of Anarchy sitting in the mail box. Now, I knew right off the bat that this was going to be an issue. I’m a huge SOA fan and I knew it would be a massive distraction.

Oh well.

I figured I’d catch up with Nano tomorrow. Then I remembered last year, where “Oh, I’ll catch up tomorrow” had become my favourite saying, and ultimately I failed NaNo because of it.

So I flicked on my computer. Then, out of nowhere came 1,896 words, streaming onto the screen. Damn scene practically wrote itself.

I feel GOOD.

I feel strong, and capable, and damnit..I feel like a writer.

I CAN DO THIS!

Until tomorrow, lovelies

~Jacqui~

 

 

Countdown to madness!

So here we are, less than 48 hours until the start of NaNoWriMo 2012.

My Twitter has exploded with the infamous NaNo hashtag, my fellow writers are all chomping at the bit to get started, and I’m well, not.

Today started with me forgetting that NaNo starts on Thursday; somehow I  was a day ahead of myself and boy, didn’t I just freak out.  I mean…total meltdown, “OH MY GOD it’s tomorrow and I don’t have a PLOT!” sort of freak out. If that wasn’t bad enough, I hopped into the group on Facebook that is dedicated to us “Wrimos” and posted, quite publically, that I was freaking out because NaNo starts tomorrow. Sigh.

Bless them, they were all very sweet about it, but they’re probably thinking I’m a total idiot. Sigh again.

I then went into procrastination mode. I moved the living room furniture around. I received an order of beads (Okay come on, technically that wasn’t MY fault) and of course, being totally obsessive compulsive about such things, just had to put them all away or die!! (Ok, so that was my fault, it could have waited).  I snagged a couple of very cool NaNo facebook timeline covers. I had to post on my facebook page that the bead order had arrived (naturally!) and now, well, I’m blogging.

I’m sooo not ready for Thursday. I have a sketchy, sorta-kinda idea of where this story is going. I have a half developed character who, through no fault of her own, is going to go through hell and back with the help of another character, whose name, gender, occupation or age is totally unknown and who has been given the unfortunate “name” of Character B.

Seriously.

What  in the name of all things Holy was I thinking??

Oh yeah. NaNo is FUN. It’s addictive, like chocolate but not as fattening.

It’s 30 days of madness, furious typing, hair pulling and tears, of rewarding the tiniest effort with something spectacular (like chocolate). It’s knowing you CAN complete something. It might be 50,000 words of pure crap, but it’s DONE.

Or, so I’ve heard, anyway. I failed last year. That cannot happen again. I shall not let this bloody thing defeat me!

Stay tuned for Day One’s update on Thursday 🙂

Much love,

Jacqui xxx

Beads and words and Twitter….Oh My!

I love to write.

I love jewellery making.

I love the challenge of NaNoWriMo.

The challenge now is to blend the two. How on earth am I going to do that without one taking precious time away from the other? Let’s also remember that I have FIVE children and a Day Job. I suck at time management. My hubby had to nag me like a madperson last year just to write my words each day because I was caught up in something else.

I was pondering this question the other day when it suddenly struck me that “Lucy” (whoever she is) is going to love jewellery. Certain pieces are going to be important to her, like the silver heart pendant her grandfather gave her when she graduated high school (OK Muse, thanks for that little tidbit that I hadn’t thought of before writing this post!).  Other pieces will represent different, important times in her life. You get the idea.

Yes, this means that I will physically design and create all her jewellery for her throughout the month.

This could be absolutely genius, or it could be a total disaster. Either way, I’ll end up with a better insight of her character and some gorgeous jewellery at the end of November. I’m excited and a little terrified. I’d never really thought about how to blend the two things I love more than my family until now, and I’m hoping and praying that it doesn’t turn into a mess.

I’m also a little overwhelmed by all the technology I now have to keep straight. TWO WordPress blogs (this one and one for jewellery although its inactive and hidden at the moment), two Twitter accounts (one personal/writing and one for jewellery), as well as my personal Facebook and my jewellery Facebook page (which, if you’d like to have a peek, can be found here: J Lynne Jewels. I am, admittedly, a newbie when it comes to most of this stuff, and am now feeling just a little bit like a drowning rat. Which one do I update first? How do I make sure none of them are neglected in November? Can I really pull all this off? Isn’t amazing how self doubt just sort of sneaks up on you when you’re not looking? I’m sure I’ll be fine once I get started. It’s getting started that’s the problem!

Any advice for a technologically impaired newbie?

Much love,

Jacqui

Preparation and Panic

Well, here we are again. It’s almost Day One of NaNoWriMo, 2012.

I’m pumped. Terrified, but pumped. I think I might puke.  Last year, I made it to a not too terrible 15,000 words before the flu got me and I couldn’t lift my head up, let alone write. Being pregnant and sick didn’t help matters much either. This year, I’m aiming to beat that word count.  I might not hit the magic 50k (i am nothing if not a realist), but I’ll be happy to get further than I did last year.

Up until a few days ago, all I had to go on was a character name, Lucy, and a setting (blood covered snow in the woods). That was it. These two things kept coming up in dreams, random thoughts, or even on TV.  The name Lucy seemed to be everywhere, and when it started to snow in my hometown, I took it as a sign. I still don’t have too much more, but have been listening to all my favourite music looking for cues (right now, that’s the Rock of Ages soundtrack. Do not judge. It works for me!) and it’s surprising how much is coming up. I am asking my muse lots of questions about my character, and although she hasn’t been too cooperative just yet, I know she’ll turn up eventually, screaming at me to “Just write it down, you idiot! We’ll edit in December!!” My muse can be a bit temperamental.

So..4 days and counting. Are you freaking out yet??

Much love,

Jacqui

xxx

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