In My Own Little World

Greetings, earthlings! (And… non-earthlings welcome too I suppose, if there happen to be any around…)

I return from my unannounced blog hiatus! *trumpet fanfare*

Camp NaNo wore me out and I had several life things to catch up on, so my poor bloggy fell silent… But now I’m back, and haven’t done an update on general stuff, so I think I will do that!

Updates!

Here are a few of the things I’ve been doing in the last couple weeks…

Blog: You may notice I’ve been doing a bit of tweaking to the blog… I updated some stuff in the side bar and stuff and updated the about and story pages and so on, so look around if you like. πŸ™‚ I’ve also *ahem* been having a ton of fun making new graphics…

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Playing with Pictures: The updated header etc. is due to my latest online obsession: Pixlr. A good friend told me about it some time ago and ever since I’ve been addicted to it. I’ve never done much more than very simple photo things because it’s never been important enough to me to bother buying something like photoshop. But this is free and easy to use and I must say I’ve been enjoying it immensely! Especially making book covers… So much fun!

Camp NaNo: I won! 10 thousand words in a month may sound low to most of y’all prolific writers out there (who I admire greatly from a distance) but I hadn’t done much writing at all this year until now so I was very pleased to make some headway on a some stories. I got nearly a chapter of The Invisible Mask done, and got well on my way into Snowfall at Kedran’s Wood, which I’m super excited about! I think I’ll probably write another scene or two and then take a break to try to figure out the crazy plot that’s all over the place and needs to be sorted before I go much further…

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April 2014 Camp NaNo stats

Other than that, I’ve been doing miscellaneous other things including:

  • Enjoying the rain and cool weather. And, alternately, roasting in the heat. (Our weather keeps doing weird things…)
  • Eating cream cheese on crackers, my latest food obsession.
  • Going to a few writer meetings, which are always fun.
  • Reorganizing my bookshelves – I do that a lot, don’t I?
  • Discovering the wonders of perusing the story boards of friends on pinterest. All the pretty!
  • Brainstorming fairy tale retelling ideas for stories!
  • Which has also led to no longer being sure what I’ll write for this NaNo. Now I have three different ideas fighting each other in my brain over which one gets to be written…
  • And going out walking and taking pictures:

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That’s about it.

I have a few blog post ideas simmering in the back of my brain, including a long forgotten batch of Liebster award answers that I need to get to, and some general thoughts on writerly things that various blog posts have gotten me thinking about.

So hopefully you shall hear from me again, and soonish!

In the meantime, I’ll try to get back to doing writerly things. But I’m afraid that when all’s said and done, especially as far as sticking with one story and then getting distracted by a shiny new idea… this is me:

Music for the Camping Writer

Well, I’m running short of time to finish Camp NaNo and there are many words to write yet. But during one of my writing breaks, I thought I’d keep up my Monday-posting streak!

So, for your listening pleasure, here are some of the songs and melodies I’ve been listening to for inspiration as I type away at my Camp stories.


Planxty Amblade Cruso – Kate Price
Theme-song melody for my current WIP “Snowfall at Kedran’s Wood”.

I’m not sure entirely why it’s the theme-song for it, but I got the CD it’s on for my birthday, which was around when I was doing a lot of the brainstorming for this story, and it sounded similar to a lot of the music I used when writing the first book, “The Owl of Kedran’s Wood”, so it sort of twined itself to the story and now it just is part of it. Also it seems to sound a little wintry; but that might just be me. I’m listening to that one all the time — it’s so inspirational to my story.

After that, in no particular order:

Gaelic Morn
A friend linked this to me years ago as good instrumental inspirational music for writing, and I’ve continually gone back to hear it over and over since then — it may be the thing I play most on Youtube. Heartrendingly beautiful. ❀ (Okay, so the picture’s weird. But I got over it. ;))

Let it Go“Frozen
Let’s face it — this is here because it’s constantly stuck in my head, so I have to go watch it…

End Credits“Braveheart” soundtrack
Mostly 1:40-3:10. GORGEOUS.

Prince of Persia soundtrack

‘Nuff said. πŸ˜€


Touch the Sky“Brave” soundtrack
This is just so awesome! I love it.

Noble Maiden Fair“Brave” soundtrack
This has to be one of the most beautiful things ever!

Cover of The Lord of the Rings themes by The Piano Guys
This. This is the best. I discovered it during NaNo last November and have never tired of it. It’s amazing to watch.

And there you have it, a few of the songs and tunes that have been jangling away in my head as I write! Hope you enjoyed!

Do you listen to music when you write?

Welp, back to the Campgrounds. πŸ˜‰

Camping! (not-really)

In April I’ll be hopping onto the Camp NaNoWriMo bandwagon — though just with a low goal of 10,000 words. I want to get myself writing something and I figured it would provide a good push.

What am I going to be working on? Eh. That’s still undecided. But I figure that with all the stories I have in the works, there should be something to write each day… right?

Here are my most-likely candidates for working on in April, as described on my Camp page, in this edition of OPERATION WRITE SOME WORDS THIS MONTH.

CampApril14coverSong of a Pirate
A nautical medieval fantasy novella I worked on for both of 2013’s Camps, featuring pirates, gypsies, memory-loss, and possibly a giant crab.

Snowfall at Kedran’s Wood
A contemporary-fantasy Christmas novella sequel to my latest finished novel. I say novella because I’m pretending it’s going to be short — I’m obviously a delusional person. Contains a hilarious group of friends and one of my favorite characters ever, complete with black leather jacket.

The Invisible Mask
A fantasy novel with mansions on windswept moors and fine people going about in carriages. Think “Pride and Prejudice”, with action, from the point of view of the fellows instead of the girls. Starring Richard Armitage.

I may end up working on any, all, or none of these, and if anything else rears its head and begs to be written, I’ll not complain. πŸ˜‰

Is anyone else doing Camp NaNo this April?

What are you currently writing?

(Also, I keep not posting any of the posts I keep planning to post — colds have a way of making your brain not want to function — but I’m determined to get to them soon.)