Changing horses mid-stream in NaNoWriMo

What started as an original super-powered rescue squad is now a Thunderbirds fanfiction including a super-powered rescue squad. I’m not giving the Tracy boys super powers; that’s been done, if not alwasys done well. The squad won’t be all girls as romantic foils to the boys; that’s also been done and not well. This will be a mixed gender squad positioning themselves as a rival to IR–with nefarious purposes lurking in the background.  Here’s hoping I can write the whole thing (or nearly so) in 50K!

Warm fuzzies

I received an email today from a reader who lives in Australia. She wanted to thank me for writing The White Winds and for being an influence on her own writing. She said…

…although you had no idea you were doing it, even just reading your stuff taught me the importance of making sure all your facts are right, that you spelling and editing is good, and that it doesn’t matter how long it takes you writing something as long as you stick to it and you’re somewhat proud of it at the end.

Her letter gave me the warm fuzzies. I’ve not felt too confident recently and her letter just gave me a needed boost. She also made me realize I have to finish a few things on my fan fiction list as well as edit what I’ve finished before I put it up on my new site.

Just wanted to share. I’m formulating a reply.

Busy building

Yep. I am busy building a new website. My old archive is falling to bits, mostly because I have only a passing acquaintance with HTML and none whatsoever with CSS. It pains me, in a way, to do this.  I felt my original site had some rather interesting features; for example, quite a few people commented favorably on my Library page with its shelves and books. However, the guestbook script I downloaded to act as a reviews board was no longer supported (indeed, no longer exists!) and was buggier than an ant hill. It filled with spam–though the spam catcher was really good a quarantining it and deleting it. The whole site is built on tables within tables within tables. It’s just too unwieldy. So, I’m going for a WordPress build on my own domain. I need something that looks sleek and will function as my author’s site as well as my fan fiction archive.

So far, so good. There is some tweaking still to be done but I’m learning as I go. My daughter, at least, has more than a passing acquaintance with CSS. (She’ll tell you she’s no expert but she’s better than I am!) I have already exported this blog and imported it there; eventually I’ll be posting there exclusively, I think.

I also like the fact that WordPress.org had the WP Copy Protect plug in, as well as JetPack, which is used here. There is entirely too much plagiarism on the Web these days. I’ve seen people copypasting stories they don’t own from Fictionpress and selling them on Amazon.com. There’s the whole issue with the food bloggers who are having their recipes and photos snagged and used in like-farming sites all over Facebook. The issue is part of the reason I’ve been leery of posting my novel online anywhere. But with the Copy Protect, I can do that safely. (Plus, I can put it behind a password for extra security while it’s being betaread.)

I’ll put up a link when I’m ready.

Wow! It’s been too long!

Almost a year and a half since my last post here. That’s… not good.

Well, as one of my resolutions for 2013, I want to write a post for one or the other of my blogs every day. I wrote one after midnight on the first at my livejournal and this blog gets today’s post, I guess. The livejournal is usually more, uh, lively as I post about everything and anything there and this one is supposed to be more about my writing, which has been less than stellar recently.

I did do NaNoWriMo in 2011 and 2012, trying hard to actually finish something. My August stint in 2012’s Camp NaNoWriMo was a bomb — who knew my household was just that busy in August?! This year, however, the Camp sessions are in April (since the Office of Letters and Light have dropped Script Frenzy) and in July, IIRC. I think I should be able to make one of those sessions work, though I will try for both.

My 2012 NaNoNovel was pretty much dreck. I had taken the advice of my writing friends on lj and started something new. Within the same universe as Wight Knights but a prequel, if you will. It did have the saving grace of setting some things about my universe in stone but the characters were flat. I didn’t know them at all. I might revisit it later; I’m just not sure.

I did make a change in my writer’s tools, though. I’ve toyed with yWriter off and on and this year I used it pretty much exclusively. It fits the way I write, using scenes that you can actually move around within the chapters. It also gives room for notes and character descriptions. It might actually make a planner rather than a “pantser” out of me yet!

More to come later. There’s a little Thunderbirds fanfic I’ve started; it will probably end up as a new chapter in my “Missing Scenes Anthology” once I’ve watched an episode for clarification. My friend Lillihafrue is back to writing, too. She’s been bouncing ideas off of me to finish up one of her stories. Having a writing community, like what you get with NaNoWriMo, is such a help with motivation. Here’s hoping that 2013 will be better than 2012 for my writing goals!