Back from Hiatus!

Happy Thursday, Aledans! Two weeks ago I snuck out of the blogosphere for a while, but I’m back now. Things aren’t so crazy hectic around here, and I’m back to working on StO. Speaking of StO, I sent the first (edited) half of it to my CPs yesterday, and already received gold stars from two of them! In fact, they kind of forgot to actually critique it because they were so sucked into the story. And one of them already figured out a twisty bit, so yay for the clues working!

dolphinjump

April 15th was National Dolphin Day!

I signed up for #WriteMotivation this month, but since the first half of the month was such a shit-meet-fan fest, I haven’t kept up with any of it, so I won’t even bother with my goals. Just know that I’m back, I’m starting to work on those goals again, and Custom of the Week will be going up like normal (and hopefully I’ll get back on track with Science Tuesday soon too, I have a couple months worth of science news to post!).

Dear Adam, You Can Have Your Rib Back (and a #WriteMotivation Update)

Happy Friday, Aledan Merfolk! My week started with my neck going out, and now I can’t keep my ribs in place to save my life, so it’s going to be a short update today because I haven’t done much this week except go to the chiropractor and lay on the couch.

I have been writing, though. I’m *this close* to the halfway mark, and finally out of that muddy middle I was talking about last week. Technically, yes, the halfway mark is in the middle, but I know what needs to happen right now :) I only have one more scene to write before that middle scene!

I also went to my one year heart check-up yesterday and got an A+ as far as my EKG goes. For those of you who were here during my crazy heart episode of 2012, you’ll know how happy this makes me :)

#WriteMotivation goals:

1. Continue writing Speak the Ocean. Still writing daily and about to hit the midpoint!

2. Start writing the query for StO. I still need to work on the middle and end.

3. Do better with visiting the other blogs. I did a little better than last week, but I have to work on this.

4. Run 2x per week. Yoga once per week. If my ribs would stay in place I’d get some traction on this one.

Have a wonderful weekend, Aledans, and come back on Sunday for a seapony custom! I’m going to go ice my ribs.

The Muddy Middle (and a #WriteMotivation Update)

I couldn't find an ocean-themed notebook, so I went for the spring theme.

I couldn’t find an ocean-themed notebook, so I went for the spring theme.

Happy Friday, Aledan Merfolk! This week the slow season at work officially ended, abruptly, and I’ve been insanely busy. Which is why this update is going up rather late, and Science Tuesday never happened. It’s also why I haven’t sent my critters new StO chapters all week long. Not that I haven’t been writing – in fact, I bought a new writing notebook at lunch :D Is there anything better than finishing a writing notebook? Other than ponies and wine, of course?

Speaking of ponies, I have merponies coming to the blog for Custom of the Week! Hopefully lots and lots of merponies, and maybe even a sea pony! Why yes, there is a difference, which I’ll explain if I’m allowed to feature the sea pony :)

As far as chugging along on StO goes, I’ve reached the muddy middle, where I’m not sure if what I’m writing is working, or if I’m going to have to scrap it and re-write. There doesn’t seem to be enough driving force in this section. I’m also not quite sure how to get to the midpoint. I know what happens at the midpoint (you’re going to love it), but I don’t quite know how to get to it without rushing everything. Once I get to the second “pinch point” as Story Engineering calls it, I have everything set and ready to go. But yeah, still climbing that hill to the midpoint.

Speaking of climbing hills, let’s check out those #WriteMotivation goals:

1. Continue writing Speak the Ocean. I’ve hit the muddy middle section, but I’m still writing daily.

2. Start writing the query for StO. I still need to work on the middle and end.

3. Do better with visiting the other blogs. Um, oops.

4. Run 2x per week. Yoga once per week. I haven’t run for my second time yet this week, but maybe tonight, since it’s so nice out.

Not bad, except for the other blogs part.

Have a good weekend, Aledan Merfolk. I’ll see you back here on Sunday for a merpony custom!

A Week of Crazy Travel (and a new set of #WriteMotivation Goals)

This week has been so crazy I can’t even believe it’s already Thursday. Trying to do any amount of traveling this winter has become insane at best, so of course my five hour trip home from Washington DC became a nineteen hour marathon of airports and shuttles. I’m still recovering.

The long weekend with my sister was great, though. The best part of visiting family is that I don’t feel the need to be a tourist, so we mostly hung out in her apartment, talking, reading, and watching a marathon of Marvel Superhero Movies (X-men: First Class, Thor 2, Iron Man, the Avengers). We did get a fancy tour of the bowels of the Capital, including a senator’s “hideaway” and the underground tunnels that link all the buildings nearby. The St. Vincent concert was amazing, and we were able to see a friend for the first time in twelve or so years because he was a bartender right around the corner from the concert venue. So, despite the unexpected overnight stay in Atlanta with no luggage, the trip was a fun success!

Hubs and I in a senator's "Hideaway" under the Capital.

Hubs and I in a senator’s “Hideaway” under the Capital.

I finished reading THE SAVAGE BLUE, which I loved, and wrote more StO on the plane. I’m super behind on critiquing though. I had planned to do that on the plane, but I couldn’t get to the printed pages because they were in my backpack in the overhead bin. So that’s tonight’s plan.

And it’s a new month! Which means new #WriteMotivation Goals:

1. Continue writing Speak the Ocean. This does not appear to be a problem so far, which makes me kind of nervous. When is this writing spree going to end? Hopefully not until I’m finished with the first draft.

2. Start writing the query for StO. I totally did this last month :) The first paragraph is SOLID, but I still need to work on the middle and end.

3. Do better with visiting the other blogs. Travel made this nearly impossible this week. I’ll do better next week.

4. Run 2x per week. Yoga once per week. Travel also screwed this schedule up, but considering how much I walked around DC and various airports in the past week, I’m going to call it a semi-win.

This weekend I’ll be recovering from the busyness of last weekend, so I plan to do a whole lot of nothing. It’s also going to be seventy degrees, so I plan to do nothing with the windows open ;) Have a good weekend, Aledans and Merfolk!

A Quarter Done with StO! (and a #WriteMotivation Update)

Happy Thursday, Aledans! I’m having an awesome day today, because not only is it my Friday (yay for a long weekend to visit my sister!), but I also finished the first quarter of StO, did a light edit, and sent it to my CPs yesterday! I already received notes from one CP, including the very awesome: “Chapter 7: Loved it.” (I admit – I love that chapter too. And Chapters 1-6. And Chapter 8 that I’ve already started writing… I’m going to have a hard time killing any darlings in this one).

There’s a POV issue I have to figure out, and some telling in the first chapter (the first chapter is chock-full of science, because I want my mermaid story to be as realistic as possible), but other than that I’m doing well so far. And I’m not slowing down. I’m obviously taking the weekend off to visit with my sister, but once Tuesday rolls around I’m really hoping I’ll still be ready to write. Considering my sister has been reading the new version of StO, I don’t think this will be a problem ;)

Since this is the final week of February’s #WriteMotivation, let’s see how I did:

  1. Continue writing Speak the Ocean. I’m writing daily!
  2. Map out StO. I keep changing how things play out in the middle, but the big things are mapped!
  3. Re-name the Apollo crew. No longer a goal.

I’d say that’s pretty damn good. I’ve also been running (gasp!) because summer will be here before I know it, and I’m heading to Key West to soak up all the StO goodness where it takes place. I need to fit into my bathing suits if I want to find a mermaid ;)

I cannot wait to be back in Key West!

I cannot wait to be back in Key West!

Have an excellent weekend, Aledans. I’ll see you next month with a brand new set of goals!

Everything is Good (and a #WriteMotivation Update)

Happy Friday, Aledans/Merfolk!  Cupid’s Blind Speed Dating contest is over, and while I didn’t get any requests, neither did any of the other adult fantasy. Which is a good thing for me, because it means I don’t have to stop writing Speak the Ocean!

That’s actually a really good thing, because I don’t think a day has gone by in the past week when I haven’t worked on StO. I just reached the first plot point, my boy and my mermaid just met, and things are getting really good. REALLY GOOD. I wish I could tell you more, because you’d be just as excited as I am, but for now I must zipper my lips and make you wait. Because I love you, and as readers I know you love tension ;)

I also CPed a friend’s MS this week, looking for inconsistencies in the science, and I have to tell you: it’s SO GOOD. The relationship of Princess Mononoke meets the drought of Water Wars. I loved it to bits and I can’t wait until you can all read it too.

Best movie ever? Or Bestest movie ever?

Best movie ever? Or Bestest movie ever?

Speaking of Princess Mononoke: Hubs and I spent most of the weekend/week watching Miyazaki films. I forgot how breathtakingly beautiful his movies are. If you haven’t seen any of them, get thee to Netflix and start watching!

It’s still a #WriteMotivation month, so here are my goals:

  1. Continue writing Speak the Ocean. I’m writing daily!
  2. Map out StO. Still have to add some of the middle parts, but I’m not too worried about this.
  3. Re-name the Apollo crew. No longer a goal.

*dances* Yeah, I’m happy with that :)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Aledans. And let me know what your favorite Miyazaki film is so I can watch it with Hubs!