I’ve Caught My Second Wind…

Kind of.  I was looking on Pinterest, of course, and I saw a picture.  It’s from way back in season 1 of Supernatural.  The picture is black and white, from Sam’s point-of-view, and looking over at Dean.  Dean is looking back (even though he should be looking at the road).  I know the context behind the picture in regards to the show.  I know the episode, the scene, and the lines that go with it.  Sam needed to get to the interview, but Dean didn’t want him to go.  They were a good team back there.  I’m obsessed with this show, I know.  I know.

I ended up staring at this picture for several minutes.  Then I got to thinking: What if, instead of Dean, his name was Sterling?  What if, instead of baby brother Sam, it was girlfriend, Melanie?  Where are they going?

Then it hit me.  She’s going home.

I haven’t gotten much down yet.  I was writing it in a spare notebook, but I’m going to start in on a Word document in a few minutes.  I have no plot at this point, and I only have a vague idea of what’s going to happen in my head.  I think I’m about 15,000 words behind on NaNoWriMo.

I’d better get to typing!

I Don’t Think I’m Going To Make It…

I just…I don’t like my story any more, and it really sucks.  I like the premise, I like the idea of it, but the people and places that I have set up just aren’t meshing.  I think I’m just going to put it on hold, maybe try it on one of the camps next year.  In the meantime, I’m going to continue trying to edit Reapers.  I’m also going to be reading.

I don’t know if any of you watch LittleBookOwl on YouTube.  She, along with several others, are in charge of the Tome Topple Read-a-thon this year.  She has an announcement video up that you can take a look at if you’d like.  I’m currently in the process of tracking down some of my books that I can use in the read-a-thon and I’m going to try and participate!  I hope you guys do too!

Bah…

In the process of trying to work on my outline for “Wink” I’ve discovered that I don’t really know if I like it or not.  NaNoWriMo starts TOMORROW and I still don’t know if I like it.  I don’t want to go horror with it.  I freak out too easily-I don’t read horror, so I won’t write horror.  I still like my tagline, though.  I think I’ll just keep working on my outline as I go.  If ya’ll want to take a look, my NaNo is here.  Be my buddy!  (Or you can just creep on my page, I don’t have much up.)  Tell me what you think of my tagline/synopsis; I’d love to hear!

In the meantime, I’m going to get back to work on the outline, which will probably just end up with me looking at Pinterest longer than I should for inspiration.

Happy NaNoWriMo Eve!

Books/Movies

Have any of you read something by Stephen King?  I’ve gotten to page 13 of The Gunslinger–first book I’ve read by him, first book I’ve owned by him, and I probably wouldn’t have gotten it in the first place if they weren’t making a movie.  Also, Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey are in it which increases the likelihood that I’ll watch it.  I like being able to compare the movie to the book.

I’m weird, I know.

The other option on my TBR was Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.  My first encounter with this was the English-dubbed, animated version.  I watched it several times and loved it.  Then, one time when I found it on TV, it was the original, foreign-language version with English subtitles.  I wasn’t going to let that stop me from watching it.  You know a movie is good when you’ll read the subtitles just to be able to watch it.  It wasn’t until a year or two ago that I realized that there even was a book.  I found it a couple of weeks ago and bought it (breaking my book-buying-ban while I was at it) and I’ve been waiting to read it.  It jumped out of my TBR jar this time around, but I thought I’d try Stephen King first since Halloween is coming up.

It’s been four or five days since I started it and I’ve read 13 pages.  If I haven’t read more of it by this weekend, I’ll probably stick it back on my shelf and try again later.  Right now, I’m in the mood to read–when I’m not working on Reapers or the new NaNoWriMo story–and I don’t want to put myself into another six-month-long reading slump just because I can’t get through one book.

How’s your TBR pile going?  Whatcha reading?  Let me know!

One Down, An Undetermined Amount to Go…

Well, I do actually know how many I have to go.  Books, that is.  I have a list on my computer (name, series, author, whether I’ve read it, and if it was print or not) of all the books on my Kindle and my bookshelves.  Slightly ridiculous, I know, but I have a bad habit of buying a book because it looks good only to get home and find out I’ve already got it…from a few years ago.

But now, for the one down:

I just finished John Winchester’s Journal.  I know, it sounds like I actually read someone’s journal, but I didn’t.  JWJ was written by Alex Irvine, and released in 2009 to go along with the TV show, Supernatural.  Now, this show is easily my favorite of all time–I can quote it, I can look at pictures and know which episode/season it’s from, I know plotlines, etc.  I also have a music playlist named Dean.  If I wasn’t scared to death of needles, I’d probably already have an anti-possession symbol tattoo right now.

That being said, it’s take me seven years to get JWJ, mostly because I didn’t know it existed until last year.  I found it on Book Outlet a few weeks ago and had to get my hands on it.  I absolutely loved it, even though it’s not a book in the traditional sense.  It’s written from John’s point-of-view, obviously, and it starts two weeks after Mary’s death in 1983.  It ends right before the show starts in 2005, leaving off as John leaves Jericho.  I loved being able to read it and pick out things that I recognized form the later seasons of the show and how everything related back and forth.  It also gives a better sense of John himself, instead of just getting his one season on the show and then Sam and Dean occasionally mentioning him.  Five out of five stars from me, and I will probably read it again.  Right now, I’d really love to get on Netflix and marathon the show, but work it waiting.

“Dad’s on a hunting trip, and he hasn’t been home if a few days.”

Looks like I’ve got work to do.

NaNoWriMo 2016!

I finished it!  I finished my restructure and printing of Reapers!  It clocked in at just under 60,000 words, and I’ve taken the last three days to do nothing.  Well, I did do some stuff, but I didn’t write a word.  While that’s all fine and dandy, now I want to start writing again.

So!  I’ve been scouring my idea-notebook and idea-board on Pinterest.  There were a few pins and things that got me to thinking (I’ve currently got eight tabs open), but then I looked through my notebook again.  And I found it.

Some of you may watch as much TV as I do-I’m currently catching up on Teen Wolf because, once again, I was late to the party on that show.  In Season 3 there was an episode where the lacrosse team had to stay at a hotel for the night.  The last scene of the episode is the bus pulling out onto the highway, and there’s this song playing.  I had to look it up, I couldn’t help myself.  The song was called Sleep Paralysis and it’s by Gabriel Bruce.  There were a few lines of lyrics that I liked-liked enough to write them down.  I saw the lyrics in my book, and then I saw the pin.  The Pin, y’all.

And that’s how I partially figured out what I’m going to writing next.  At the moment, I’m calling it Wink.  It’ll probably change down the road, but for now it’s good.  I only have two writing buddies on the NaNoWriMo site, so if any of you want to find me, the name is the same as it is here- OneOfNyn!  I hope to see you guys there!

So much crying…

In Kat’s defense, she’s been through a lot.  I would’ve cried too.  Upside is, she got through it.  And I finally finished Chapter 21!  I had to add more into this chapter so it would flow better.  I didn’t have to move anything else around, or make a different scene into this one, so it didn’t long to have this chapter finished.  Chapter 22 is going to be a little more complicated, I think.

I’ll manage.

Also, I’ve got 58, 600 words in my document.  At this rate, maybe I’ll have 65,000 when I get through this time around.  I want to be done by October–that’s my deadline.  I’ve got 112 pages to go (give or take a couple), but I can do it.  I’ve also gone through the first chapter with my multicolored pens, marking it up with things to fix when I get through.

I think it’s going to start getting good pretty soon, and I’m beginning to like where all this is going.

How about you guys–how much do you like what you’re writing?

18 Chapters, 72 Pages

And I’m almost halfway there.  I’ve been juggling the past couple of weeks between fixing chapters on my computer, looking over the chapters I’ve printed, and reading.  I really want to hit the 100-page mark, but I’m also around 50 pages into The Scorch Trials by James Dashner.  I had hopes of finishing all four books before the fifth, and supposed final, book in the Maze Runner series comes out.  I want to read, but I want to write.

I’ve gotten through the area where I had to take out part of my scenes because Kat gets amnesia.  I didn’t delete them, just moved them to the end of the document–because that would’ve been a 3,000-word hit on my word count.  It’s at 57,000 at the moment.  I think I’ll hit around 65,000 on this first run-through and reorganization.  I’ve got a few pages of “add–” and “add–“.  That may push me to around 80,000 the next time I got to print.  My poor printer.  It’s never worked this hard in its entire life.  I thought I’d lost it a few days ago, but no, it was just the color ink being stupid.

I also started getting NaNoWriMo emails today.  Is it really almost October?  Really?  I’ve got a small notebook filled with ideas for my next attempt.  I wonder what I’ll do?

56,526

That right there is my word count.  I’m a fourth of the way through reorganized my story and there’s ten chapters in the first fifty pages.  At the moment, I’m just taking what I’ve written and adding a few words to make a sentence more coherent or deleting a few so I’m not repeating myself.  I have a small notebook that I got in an OwlCrate box a couple months ago, big enough that my sloppy handwriting isn’t one word to a page, but small enough I can fit it in a bag or one of the small compartments on my backpack.  Every time I think of something, I write it down in my notebook, so that when I’m through getting everything lined up the way I want it, I can just look at my notes and go back to where I need to fix things or add things in.  I’ve got a small list of characters that I’m trying to add to, and a list of places where they’re going.  I’ve also got a gigantic three-ring binder at home that I’m keeping my printed chapters in, a few floor plans for houses, and anything else I decided to stick in.  If I do a chapter a day, it’ll take me just under a month to get a first draft done up so that I can start my revising!  Excited, yet terrified.

I’ll let  you know how it goes!  See y’all!