Back on the blogging horse again..

22 10 2009

Weather: Has been unseasonably cool, mostly in the upper 40s. Not complaining. For today: High: 57º & rainy. And foggy. Perfect weather for writing.

It’s been a couple weeks of non-writing and other health issues. I broke a toe and am hobbling around, cursing intermittently. Add in a dollop of PMS and financial chaos and yeah. Been a little distracted.

But enough of the whining and flailing.

Writing had hit a bit of a wall for me. The WIP was stalled and I was getting NOWHERE on planning for NaNoWriMo. So, I did the smart thing and set it all aside for a couple of days and went on a research binge. And caught up on some reading. (Got Laura Anne Gilman’s “Flesh and Fire: Book One of The Vineart War” and was hooked in the opening pages. ) Fantastic story and using a unique magic system, wine, which in turn makes it even MORE interesting. Great book and highly recommended. Also been catching up on the Dresden Files. (Reading Small Favor at the moment with Turn Coat, to be ordered and Changes to be PRE-ordered. Oh and a Dresden Graphic novel in the wish list as well. )

Research for NaNo has actually yielded some good little “What if…” thoughts so that I can get a serviceable plot brewing. Thank the gods that Norse Mythology has enough loose ends and loopholes that I can concoct a lovely urban fantasy from the question marks. 🙂 Love that there is no definitive myth on whether Ragnarok has a) already happened, b) is YET to happen, or c) is happening in cycles. Lots of open ground to mine there. That and the fact that some gods & many of the Svartálfar (Dark Elves) & Ljósálfar (Light Elves) escaped to Midgard during the fighting…well. That also leaves some stones unturned. VBEG. I have an abandoned story from a few years back that will need to be completely re-written, but the seeds of a good story are there. It will have new characters and a completely re-worked plot. Nice thing is, once I got a few salient points down on paper, the bits of dialogue started cropping up. And stray scenes. I’m only jotting down notes so I don’t actually cheat and get started early.

Been spending a large chunk of the morning chatting with my lovely writerly friends about topics as diverse as vampire canon (which DOES NOT EXIST, KTHXBYE!), writing software and whether or not committing ourselves to NaNoWriMo when we have books on the burner (and on the back burner and hanging from the ceiling and stuck in little boxes under the bed) makes us masochists.  (I, for one, believe I have lost touch with my pain threshold and am just doing it because I like the taste of insanity in the morning. Burns so good!)

On the home front, Bri and I are getting the house prepped. We’ve crunched the numbers and are slowly getting the few cosmetic things fixed so the house will be ready for the market come March of next year. Seattle or bust, baby! We’re actively looking for places to live out there and, of course, looking for jobs. Along with about a bajillion other people. Sigh. Remember what I said about my masochistic tendencies. Yeah. Right there.  But we’re full bore dedicated to getting the hell out of  here. Sooner rather than later, thank you very much.

Been compiling writing mixes again. And with NaNo coming up, I need to start formulating soundtracks for my characters.  My writing mixes lately have been made up of predominantly the new Three Days Grace, AFI, Muse and Editors albums. All of which are conveniently fitting to the storyline of the WIP. (“Last to Know” off off the new 3DG is so perfect for the epilogue, I swear it was written with pre-knowledge of the storyline. Which would just be weird & creepy.  ::makes note to send those boys a fruit basket or something for the inspiration::)

All righty. Got to get back to work and then head home for a writing session. No telly tonight (Supernatural & Vampire Diaries are both repeats. So vexing.)

More tomorrow, my sparkling ferrets of delight.

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Now Playing: Fly on the Windscreen — Depeche Mode

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3 responses

23 10 2009
JimmySlaveGirl

So exciting you’re prepping for your house sale and the eventual move! Old story resurrections can be quite exciting, too. Maybe at some point I’ll go dig out really old ones and see what comes of them. 😀 Oh, and I finally got your blog to show in my blogroll on my page! YES!
Hope your writing inspirations come back and word count increases again. I’m going to attempt some today… and/or some artwork, too.
Nettie made breakfast! I’m snarfing it down! WOOT!! xo

23 10 2009
musingraven

:crossing fingers: Yeah. I was beginning to worry that I was going into NaNo cold, which I know from previous experience is a VERY BAD THING.
Dreamfic ideas cropped up again last night and I did a bit of fiddling with that story as well. But WTLGD is pretty much done. And re-writes are going well. I abandoned the total re-do of the intro. It was causing me much strife and would have required me to remove several scenes I really liked. So I’m just revising bits instead of a full on re-write.

YAY on getting my blog up on your site! The networking we’re all doing is just phenomenal and can only help us, I think. Good luck on your writing today. I’m hoping we’re all about to shake off the dust. Seems like we all hit a bit of a slow down there for a while.

23 10 2009
JimmySlaveGirl

All of your progress is so exciting. Feels like it’s been ages since I read any of your stuff. Hope you have something you can share soon! 😀

Yea, sometimes the way the writer’s block hits it makes you wonder if it’s the alignment of the planets or phases of the moon or something. LOL

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