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Six Sentences on Sunday

sixsentences~~ Sunday, post six sentences from a writing project — published, in progress, for your cat — whatever. ~~

From a fanfic:

“How do you know? You barely listen to anything I have to say anyway. I could say you’re the most beautiful girl I’ve ever met, and you’d act like I just called you Hitler. I’m not sure you even know what a compliment is. Or how to accept one. No wonder your boyfriend broke up with you.”

Tools of the Trade: Scrivener

scriv8If you’re around the NaNoWriMo community enough, you’ll know about Scrivener. It’s a writing program that many WriMos swear by. Plus the creators at Literature and Latte give a discount to anyone that participates in NaNo or Camp NaNo. And if you win, you get 50% off the software.

scriv7What makes Scrivener so special? Well for me, it’s the way you can organize your novel. Right off the bat, the software gives you pre-formatted options for all sorts of projects including novels (with or without parts), screenplays, and nonfiction. You can also just start with a blank project.

If you do start with a template, you get everything you need to write your novel and polish it up to send to editors.

scriv3The way that Scrivener handles organization is what usually draws people in. You can divide your novel/story/screenplay however you like. By default, the novel template breaks things down by chapters and scenes. But you can change it to what works best for you. As you can see in my example, each scene is titled and in a folder for a chapter. The symbols next to them can be customized from a list of premade icons, or you can upload your own (I haven’t tried that yet).

scriv1There are other ways to organize your files. My favorite is the cork board because it’s a cork board! Each scene marked on the side is a card that can be moved around like stickies on a wall. The cards can be adjusted to different sizes so you can fit all the info you need.

Another way to look at things is the outliner. scriv4

It gives you an overview of each scene. You can include different columns of information. My example has the synopsis, draft status, and word count. You can move things around just like with the cork board to organize your novel.

scriv2A really helpful tool is the Inspector. It gives you an overview of each scene. The synopsis and scene title go on top (although you can change that to be a photo). You can also add labels to your scenes. These are set up to be “scene,” “chapter,” and other basic labels. Those can be changed. I like to divide mine by POV or plot points. The status can be changed. By default, you have “to do,” “first draft,” “second draft,” etc.  There’s space to leave notes which comes in handy when it’s time to do revisions. There’s also an option to create tags for easy searching.scriv5

Also helpful are the statistics the software gathers. They give you an overview of your entire project and the approximate page count if you were to publish based on typical word counts per page.

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For NaNo, one of the most helpful tools is “project targets.” It lets you set the number of words you want for the entire project and for each session. It’ll let you know if you hit your goal for the day, and it’s fun to watch the little bar turn green the closer you get to your goal.

Scrivener is great because it covers all of the basics you need to organize your works. It’s available for both Windows and Mac, although the Mac version offers more features (I have the Windows version). It’s definitely to go-to writing software for most of my writing friends and what I use most often for organizing and writing novels.

There’s a free thirty day trial which is worth checking out, although if you wait until NaNo, they usually give you a little extra time to explore it, and you also get those awesome discounts.

Six Sentences on Sunday

sixsentences~~ Sunday, post six sentences from a writing project — published, in progress, for your cat — whatever. ~~

From one of my camp fanfics I’ve been working on:

Bellamy cringes. “Is it that bad?”

“I wouldn’t worry,” Clarke says flatly as she starts to clean his hand–wiping away the oil and blood from his knuckles.

“How can I go wrong with that stunning vote of confidence?” He gives her a wicked smile when she looks up. He swears she blushes.

Happy Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day in the US, Canada, and a bunch of other countries.

Don’t forget to call up your mom (or that special woman that is like a mother to you) and tell her how much you love her. *

I wish I could, but my mother died over sixteen years ago. If I could go back in time…

So Happy Mother’s Day to my mom (who is no longer with me):

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Me and my mom in 1985 (I think–I was about 8)

And Happy Mother’s Day to my mother-in-law, Kay (who we lost in March):

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Kay and Jack (3 weeks old) in 2010

And I guess, Happy Mother’s Day to me!

(Christmas Eve 2016–trying to get a nice picture of all five of them is like trying to nail jell-o to the wall.)

*Unless your mother is/was a abusive bitch–then call the “mother” in your life–whether she’s an aunt, a grandmother, a friend, or the old lady down the street. Whomever she may be–let her know how much you appreciate her being in your life.

 

Six Sentences on Sunday

sixsentences~~ Each Sunday, post six sentences from a writing project — published, in progress, for your cat — whatever. ~~

From a fanfic from Camp NaNo I was adding to:

“And I didn’t peg you as a comedian. I was right.”

“Annoying and snarky. A winning combination. The guys must be lining up at your door.”

“You’ll never know.”

Six Sentences on Sunday

sixsentences~~ Each Sunday, post six sentences from a writing project — published, in progress, for your cat — whatever. ~~

From a fanfic:

When he looks at Octavia he sees his best friend–the person he swore to protect with his life. And now he knows he did nothing but fail her. He kicks off his boots then nudges Octavia over so he can climb into the bed. He tugs the pillow from her hands and tucks his arm under her head. She sniffles into his shoulder.

“I’m sorry, O,” he whispers.

May Goals

Recap from April:

Reading: FAIL! Read 0 of 4 books I wanted to do.
Writing: Win, win, win and win! Completed all four objectives.
Finishing/Editing: I’m not sure if they were one a week, but I finished seven stories. Bonus!
Posting: Posted only one story which is way less than “as many as I can finish,” and one less than my minimum two story goal. Fail. 😦


May Goals:

Reading:

  • Read four books to make up for missing April’s goals.
  • Read another four books to keep up with my Goodread’s challenge

Writing:

  • write every day in my writing journal
  • add 100 words to a WIP every day
  • maintain my streak
  • keep up with #writeastory
  • edit for an hour every day

Finishing/Editing:

  • Finish four of the uncompleted one-shots
  • Edit four of the already finished stories from April

Posting:

  • Post at least two fanfics

Camp NaNo April – Day 30 and Camp recap

Camp-2017-Winner-Profile-PhotoIt’s over! It’s over! I can’t believe it. It’s the first time I’ve won Camp NaNo, although I’ve only tried like three other times over the last few years. I feel very accomplished even though all I did was add 29 stories to my WIP folder.

My grand total was 76,502 words over 30 days. I didn’t miss a single day. And that doesn’t include all of the journaling/brainstorming I did for the stories. That was 26k yesterday alone!

I’m riding high right now, but I’m also exhausted. I celebrated by cleaning the garage which I’d been putting off for a month. My brain is fried and my wrists hurt from typing so much, so my plan is to take it easy in May–some light journaling/brainstorming, at least 100 words to a WIP, and one hour of editing every day. The editing is going to be the part that trips me up.

The only downer at the moment is that I didn’t publish one story each week like I planned. I didn’t even get two stories out last month. I kind of feel all of the recaps I did make up for it, but I plan to get three stories out this month.

On to the last Camp recap!

Day 30: betray

Nobody said living in the bunker would be easy, but three months in and people are ready to kill each other. It’s all Bellamy can do to keep the peace. When it all gets to be too much, he finds a quiet space in a dark, abandoned tunnel. Clarke always knows where to find him, and she’s exactly what he needs after another rough day.

With Clarke he doesn’t have to spell out his problems. He doesn’t have to say anything at all. She just knows what he needs to hear and when he needs to hear it. She’s always been great that way. For Bellamy, these intimate little chats never last long enough, but his butt is numb and he’s bone tired.

Talking with Clarke did brighten his day a little. Too bad nothing good ever lasts long for Bellamy. He hears a banging noise coming from a storage closet. He can’t not investigate. What he finds is almost too horrible to comprehend. Now he’s rushing a bleeding Luna to their makeshift medbay. And things don’t look good.

The End.

There’s a lot that will be going on in the story–what I wrote was mostly just Clarke and Bellamy talking about how tired they are.

Bonus:

Clarke squeezes his knee, sending a shiver through his body. She does things like this now, and he never knows what they mean. It’s like she wants to throw him more off balance. Is everyone plotting against him? But this is Clarke. He lays his hand on top of hers, wrapping his fingers around hers. She smiles up at him, and he suddenly feels like he can’t breathe. He has no idea how or why she has this effect on him.

That’s a lie. He knows exactly why she has this effect. He wants to tell her. It’s on the tip of his tongue, but he bites it back. It’s not the right time. He doesn’t deserve her yet. Maybe never, but he’s got to try to earn that back. Instead he squeezes her hand, getting her attention. “Are you okay?”

He can barely see the faint smile on her face. “Of course.” He arches an eyebrow and Clarke sighs. “No, not really. Not at all.”

Bellamy snorts. “Finally, an honest answer.”

She glares at him but then just sighs again, leaning her head against his shoulder. “It’s hard being the leader,” she whispers.

“Yeah.”

Other recaps:
Day 1 – survive
Day 2 – redo
Day 3 – sunshine
Day 4 – fear
Day 5 – inside
Day 6 – share  FINISHED!
Day 7 – annoy
Day 8 – guard
Day 9 – Heaven
Day 10 – blood 
Day 11 – promise
Day 12 – discover
Day 13 – together
Day 14 – try
Day 15 – experiment
Day 16 – illusive
Day 17 – phone
Day 18 – trust
Day 19 – threat 
Day 20 – breath
Day 21 – fall
Day 22 – mind
Day 23 – writer’s choice
Day 24 – mistake
Day 25 – collide
Day 26 – life
Day 27 – remember
Day 28 – sympathy
Day 29 – dispose

FINISHED STORIES!!!
Handle with Care – share (day 6)

April Round-up

All things reading and writing.

Reading:

Didn’t get any books read this month. Camp NaNoWriMo kind of ate my brain. I did get a little bit of reading done. Just not enough.

Writing:

This is where it all happened in April. 77,854 words for the month bringing the total for the year to 182,714 words. And a 120 day streak!

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Editing/Finishing:

I don’t even know where to start. Thirty stories were started in April. Six are considered finished but unedited at the moment.

Posting:

Handle with Care (The 100(TV))

Camp NaNo April – Day 29 recap

Camp-2017-Participant-Profile-PhotoWhat’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word dispose?

Come on, admit it–you thought of the mafia dumping bodies into the river. Or some variation. I know I did. My second thought was, “I’m not really into turning Bellamy and Clarke into murderers.”

I really had no idea what to do with this prompt until I checked the dictionary. Low and behold, “dispose” has other meanings. Who woulda thunk?

I decided to go with this one: to make fit or ready; prepare

Day 29: dispose

Today we join Bellamy as he’s getting ready to infiltrate Mt. Weather. He’s trying to psych himself up, but the fact that half of the grounder clothes he’s wearing are too small and the other half are too big isn’t a good sign. Then Clarke shows up.

He really doesn’t want to talk to her. But he really does.

That’s basically how all of his thoughts are when it comes to her. Contradictions that bounce around in his head. Right now, he’s just confused about why she’s here because six hours ago, she pretty much said he was expendable. And that hurt more than he cared to admit.

It’s hard to figure out what she wants when she just stands there looking small and awkward. More like a kid than whatever the ground has molded her into the last month. He doesn’t like it.

And he doesn’t like the tension. He doesn’t like this situation at all, but he doesn’t have the words to say all of that. Apparently Clarke doesn’t either so they fall back to their old routine and bicker.

There’s a good chance Bellamy won’t make it back from this mission. They both know it, so why are they fighting? That’s what Bellamy wants to know. He’s pretty sure it has something to do with the Commander wedging herself between them. He’s not jealous, he swears, but he doesn’t like being left out of the loop. A loop that consisted of the two of them until a few days ago. How did that happen?

The End.

I noticed there was a bit of time in season two between episodes nine and ten where they could have a conversation about the decision to send Bellamy into Mt. Weather. It never sat right with me that one minute she’s telling him she can’t lose him and the next it’s worth risking his life. I get why she made the decision–why she said that–but they never actually discuss why she changed her mind. And I didn’t like how they went from being partners to Clarke being in charge. Looking back, this seems like an omen for season three. Bad things happen when they aren’t working together.

Bonus:

“It’s going to be fine, Clarke. Let me worry about getting into Mt. Weather, and you worry about-” He scrunches his face and looks away. “You worry about Lexa.”

He finishes putting on the jacket. It’s too small but wearable. When Clarke doesn’t say anything he looks up at her. She’s just staring at him. God, he hates it when she does that.

This is stupid. They’re running out of time. Bellamy rubs his forehead and sighs. “I don’t want to fight Clarke.”

“Neither do I.”

“Then what are we doing?”

She stares for a couple more seconds before looking away, swallowing hard. “I don’t know.”

Bellamy shakes his head. “We used to talk about this stuff. Make the plans.” He doesn’t finish his thoughts.

Clarke nods, still not looking at him. This chasm has opened between them in the last couple days, and he doesn’t like it. “Forget it,” he mumbles and grabs the cloak he’ll be wearing over the jacket.

Other recaps:
Day 1 – survive
Day 2 – redo
Day 3 – sunshine
Day 4 – fear
Day 5 – inside
Day 6 – share  FINISHED!
Day 7 – annoy
Day 8 – guard
Day 9 – Heaven
Day 10 – blood 
Day 11 – promise
Day 12 – discover
Day 13 – together
Day 14 – try
Day 15 – experiment
Day 16 – illusive
Day 17 – phone
Day 18 – trust
Day 19 – threat 
Day 20 – breath
Day 21 – fall
Day 22 – mind
Day 23 – writer’s choice
Day 24 – mistake
Day 25 – collide
Day 26 – life
Day 27 – remember
Day 28 – sympathy

FINISHED STORIES!!!
Handle with Care – share (day 6)

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