Signed up for a writing class

When I went to Crimebake I heard about an intensive one day writing course provided by Mystery Writers of America-MWA University 2.0-that will be held in Boston on February 14. I immediately searched for it but it wasn’t open for registration.

Well, I was able to register on 12/30, so I am good to go! I’m really looking forward to it. I love these types of events, not only for the educational meat of the classes and panels, but for the chance to network with other writers.

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I’ve been slacking

I’ve been slacking. Though I hadn’t realized just how bad until I looked at the date of my last post-4/14/14-Yikes!

I have done some writing in that time, but to be honest, not a lot. I have let my time get taken up by other things. Things like (in order): gum surgery (never want to do that again!), a new grandson and all that entails (baby shower, birth, baby sitting, learning how to feed a baby again, etc), which I would do again in a heartbeat, and wrist surgery (both wrists) which I wouldn’t want to do again, but am definitely glad I did do it-no more wrist pain!

Now that I don’t have the excuse of wrist pain, I have to get going again and get my story written. I have some great things in mind for the story and I have actually gotten my characters on the literal road. I also have one or two ideas bouncing around in my head that I want to get written – a horror short story that I have recently found a publishing possibility for (so now I have to write it) and a supernatural/romance/mystery that I have had in the back of my mind for a couple years.

So no more slacking!

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I’ve said it before: Time to get writing!

I was really happy to get my new story, “The Light of the Sun” submitted to Emby Press for one of their anthologies. Let’s just hope they pick my story. In the meantime, I think I will also submit it to a few other contests/magazines as I really like this particular story and its characters. I envision a series of short stories with this group of characters.

But now it’s time to get back on track and write some more on my novel (novella? It started out as a novella, but has now reached the point where it will likely be a full fledged novel. Which is great!) I need to get my characters on the road, literally. I do find those types of scenes a little difficult to write. It’s hard to put some action into riding in a truck. But I’m going to do it! I have some ideas about obstacles and emergencies they can encounter on the way. Especially in NYC – I plan some major adventure there!

I just have to get typing.

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Making progress

After finishing the scene I mentioned in my last post, instead of getting my people on the road (literally), I started my new project – but it’s going to be a series of short stories, so I should be able to move back and forth between the two projects. I’ve gotten about 2000 words written, on top of the character profiles, names (what they mean are important to the story) and basic vampire research. So I feel pretty happy with the progress so far.

I still have to get myself into a schedule of writing every day. I seem to write in spurts – nothing for a week, then I get inspired and write feverishly for hours or a whole day. But that isn’t a productive way to get things done. I need to get myself writing every day, even if it’s only for thirty minutes. Of course it’s complicated by the whole necessity of going to work every day, too.

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Time to write

I’ve taken a couple day off from work this week, and along with the holiday, I hope to have to the time to get some more writing done. I’ve already completed a scene that I needed to add in order for action later on in the book to work – 9 pages, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but it entailed incorporating the research I had done into the story via action and dialog, which was fairly time consuming.

I’ve added that scene and made a few changes to what I already had to make it fit. Now to pick up where I left off originally and get my characters on the road!

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Auto Correct

I haven’t posted in a while due to the busy-ness of going on vacation (a caribbean cruise-Yay!) and the holidays (also Yay!), but now it’s time to get back to business!

I was working from home the other day and a co-worker sent me a text and I responded. For some bizarre reason auto-correct changed my “important” to “inn portability” – which doesn’t even make sense, by the way. I immediately sent another text correcting it to important. My co-worker responded with “What, no mobile hotels? I’m sorely disappointed.” That made me think, under what circumstance would a mobile hotel come into play? And, BAM! I had the idea for a new story – a series of short stories, I’m thinking.

The very next day I got my weekly email from Duotrope with new publishing opportunities. One of them was for an anthology of super-hero short stories. BAM, again!

I put the two together and came up with an awesome new series possibility that I am very excited about. Now I have to get a move on and finish my current project!

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