I’m Still Here!

So, I am still around.

These past few months, I didn’t have a lot of time for posting, and when I did have the time, I really, really didn’t have the energy to do so. This semester was extremely stressful, and I had two of the most hateful professors that I’ve ever encountered. Honestly, this was the first semester I’ve ever had nightmares about a class. I have another month before I start summer classes, so I’m trying to catch up on a few things that I put off, and hopefully blogging will be one of those.

Unfortunately, the stress of this semester makes be question this fall’s plans. Specifically, I’m not sure about being able to do NaNo this November. I’ll be a senior this year, and I have six classes, three of which are level 400s, and a fourth is a field work/research class which, as the name implies, includes field work along with a lecture portion. All of them are major classes, too, so they’re all classes I care about. I’m also applying to Grad School and getting ready for the GRE. I’ll also still be working part-time. That’s a lot to keep up with, and nano might have to take a backseat. Keeping my GPA up and getting into UT’s Masters program will definitely be my first priority, natch.

The idea of not doing Nano hurts, I have to admit. I’ve participated for seven years this year, and after coming so close last year (41,000 words), I’d really like to come in with a win. I also have so much that I’d still like to do with Witch Queen and Ashes, plus I have other ideas that have been sitting on the back burner for years, now. I just don’t know if it’ll be possible.

I would compensate by doing the July CampNano, but that summer class I mentioned starts on July 6, and is what’s called an “Intensive” course. It’s a semester’s worth of work in four weeks. Yeah. Probably not going to be getting much writing done with a French exam every five days.

However I decide, though, I still have a while . I’m going to spend some time writing on Witch Queen, and editing the crap out of Ashes, since I’ve decided that there are parts of it that I really don’t like. Once August rolls around and I settle into classes, I’ll make a decision whether or not I feel up to participating.

Either way, I’m still cheering everyone on! Good luck to anyone participating in CampNano next month, and, since I know I’m not the only one already thinking about November, happy planning and outlining!



Update for the end of January

January is coming to a close, and Witch Queen is currently sitting right at 25,000 words, and about 83 pages (with a standard letter sized orientation. The more accurate 6×9 orientation is just under 130 pages), and almost seven chapters.

"read mode" screenshot, with the layout/style for "Witch Queen"

“read mode” screenshot, with the layout/style for “Witch Queen”

I haven’t worked on it as consistently as I’d like to be able to say that I have, but I haven’t tossed it aside, either, which is an accomplishment. I really can’t stress how much having an outline has helped in making sure that this work doesn’t just die.

I’ve got some free time tomorrow morning, with nothing better to do, so I’m hoping I can get more done then. I do intend to post sections of it, but they have to be edited to my standards before I do so. I print out the work as I go, so that I can go back and edit it as I work. I make the edits on the physical paper, then go in and make the changes. Once I’ve done the sections that I want, I’ll post them.

Maybe tomorrow. Maybe.

The Current Projects page now has most of the details for the Witch Queen. I may add Ashes to it eventually, but I don’t know. February is coming up quickly, and, for me, that means a paper on Antigone is going to be due soon. I have a feeling that I’m going to be lucky to continue working on Witch Queen, never mind adding anything else into the mix.

It’s kind of funny, really. Witch Queen was the one story that I really never thought that I would continue, and now it’s the one that really just won’t go away. I’ve actually become rather fond of it.

We’ll see what February brings.



The Countdown to NaNo is on

So, between class work, working, reading, and all of the other things I’ve been doing, I haven’t had much time to post anything on here.

Final countdown to NaNo is on. Wasn’t able to go to the regional kickoff party, since I was out of town, but I’m hoping to make several other of the events. I know there are bi-weekly write-ins on the campus, so I’m hoping to make a few of those, too. I’m trying out a new software this year: yWriter. I’ve seen lots of good reviews, and I’m still setting things up, but I like what I’ve seen so far. If I wind up not liking it, I can always go back to using Scrivener.

Haven’t really done anymore work on the novel itself, other than breaking things up into planned scenes and chapters to put into yWriter.

Finished reading Frankenstein for my upper level lit. class. I had actually never read it before, strangely enough. It wasn’t bad, although it’ll probably never be one of my favorite “classics”. It was certainly better than the first two, though since one of those was Paradise Lost, well… “dammed by faint praise” might be appropriate. Next up is Farenheit 451. If there was ever another book that could inspire my loathing on a level equal to Paradise Lost, it’s Farenheit 451. I hate this book. Though I also used to hate 1984, and now it’s a part of my blog’s background.

But, somehow, I don’t expect to love 451 anymore this time around than the first time.

However, I’m also reading another book on the side. It was recommended, oddly enough, by my mother. She read it several years ago, and was fairly surprised that I, a dedicated psychology student, wasn’t aware of it. It’s called When Rabbit Howls, and it isn’t for the faint of heart. I’m about a quarter of the way through it, and it’s one of the most fascinating things that I’ve ever read, especially for something that’s nonfiction. I’ll do a detailed Review/Recommendation when I finish, but, for those that aren’t familiar with it, the book is about a woman with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly Multiple Personality Disroder or MPD). Her alters are known as the Troop Formation, and there are 92 identified alternates (other personalities).

The book is written from the perspective of the Troops, and deals with their awakening awareness of each other. As such, it’s a bit disjointed and can be hard to follow. It also deals with, in no sugarcoated way, about severe sexual and physical abuse of a young child (the abuse being the root cause of the DID), and is occasionally hard to read. However, even with all of that, I know that I’m going to be recommending the book once I finish it.

I also need to finish The Lucifer Effect. I’ve had that on my shelf for over a year now, and haven’t worked on it much.

So there’s how things have been. Good luck to eveyone prepping your NaNo projects! The countdown is on! Now, I have to go and study for a Social Psych exam.



I Live

I have not abandoned this blog!

I’ve just been really busy the past couple of months. Coming straight off of NaNo (met the goal at 53198), going right into the Christmas season is never easy, but all of the holidays, family things and crazy work schedules are behind me. The past few days, I’ve been looking over my (unfinished) NaNo work and considering what I want to do with it. I think I’ll do a bit more writing on it, and see where it takes me. 

Also hoping to do a bit more reading this year than I did last year, so I may do some book reviews too. We’ll see.