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So I am thinking that maybe my NaNo project would be better classed as a NaNo to NaNo project! I am making progress but I seem to be stuck at around 500 words per day with everything else that is going on in my life. The goal and deadline are real with NaNo so it has me writing, just not fast enough to do the book in a month. Even if I get a weekend and pound out enough words the odds are poor that they would be "fit to print." Now if I say I have until the next NaNo to get this done then I still have a deadline and that gives time not just for the first draft but for re-writes, grammar messages, and other things that might even get the story to that stage where I would need an editor to move forward towards publication...

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Rick: It's totally okay to stick to 500 words a day if that's doable for you. And yay for figuring out a way to keep yourself writing! Love the idea. I'll do my best to support you.

I had a bit of a revelation about my story: There will be two versions of it.

- a tame, adventurous dragon fantasy tale about a daring and courageous rescue of kidnapped kids with a love subplot (published by Hannah)

- an explicit fantasy romance tale with a love plot, as well as a dastardly villain and lots of... ummmm... action. emoticon (published by Joanna, my... err... Romance pen name)

The thing with Amazon is that it's way preferable to name stories "explicit Romance" rather than outright "Erotica" because the latter is rated 18+ and kept out of search results unless specified.

Anyway, for the first time I can see how the very same plot can serve two very different audiences and still make sense and be fun for both. Titels will be different, character names will be different, probably descriptions will be different. And of course, the story will have a differeren focus - with the villain's plans being decidedly different, as well.

And that's quite interesting and fun to persue. emoticon

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So today I did some editing on the NaNo day 16 post because I am chicken! emoticon In less than 500 words the first crisis point blossoms and a lot of people are going to die which I really don't like but the story in my head insists it has to be this way. I was going to do it, just working up the nerve when I received a call from a client that insisted they had to talk with me personally. Stacey, my secretary, routed the call to my home and it turned out that "personally" in this case meant "face to face" so I had to leave over 1-1/2 hours before I normally do. I was expecting the worst kind of news so instead of continuing to write I looked up "copywriter" and "editor." I think I can get by without one of these and even so, the advice I keep seeing is to hold off until I cannot think of anything else that will improve my story with my own "best effort."

Oh, the reason the client had to see me was to present me with an award for the best service provider in 2016. The plaque is to me personally, not my company, which is wayyyy cool. emoticon

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 emoticon Yay for that plaque!

I do most of my editing on my own, before I ask beta readers to join the fray. My formatting people are usually amazed that my manuscripts are so clean. So that's good.

I also tend to stay away from any books giving writing advice. I do not want to write mainstream stuff, which those tend to promote.

Having said that, here's one that's quite helpful: ]Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Brown and Dave King.

Most of all, however, follow conventions for line breaks, allow white space, and write clear text. emoticon

I'm way behind again in NaNo. Didn't have enough writing time yesterday, due to a Christmas party with colleagues I couldn't avoid. It was fun, at least. And now I'm stuck in the story anyway. (Plus a lot of outside worry is intruding.)

Unhappy author here. emoticon

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Apologies for being absent...

Caught a really nasty cold that laid me low on Sunday. Monday, I was even running a fever. Today, I'm back at work, and almost back to normal. Still coughing, still slightly headachy, but definitely on the mend.

Despite this, I focused on writing, and I'm on target with NaNo. Unfortunately, my story is practically done, I may have two or three more days in it.

I'll write something else, then...

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I think I am on pace to finish the NaNo in October 2017! emoticon

I need to be more decisive on sequencing events. Either that or just gloss over them. The trouble with doing a gloss over is that it rips up my time sequences and destroys the "back again" part of the story that I do have at the moment.

Clent crisis' have also messed up my writing and editing schedule. Maybe during my "Thanksgiving Holiday" I can make some progress... at least I plan on trying now instead of giving up.

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Yay for being on target!

I can see you chose a difficult plot to start writing with. Take you time with those scenes. And a novel is usually longer than those 50k words, so don't worry about length.

Yesterday, a war mare appeared in my dragon story! You never know what kind of surprise the writer brain pulls out next. (War mares are a real thing, though.)

Happy NaNo writing! emoticon

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The science part of my story is taking tons of time. The science-fiction part of my story is taking almost as much time. I did get a little bit of help in designing planets from ]this site which both drove me nuts and made me happy at the same time!

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Yeah. That's one reason I tend to stick to fantasy. It's so much easier on the science front.

And having studied archaeology, I do know a lot about societies and early tech, which makes it easier yet again.

Glad you found a site that helps!

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PetSmart (a rather large store for pet supplies) is doing a "Grand Opening" of their newest store less than 10 miles from my home so both my wife and I are going there to see about getting Gypsy, my dog, some treats, and toys.

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I bet your dog will love them!

This morning, I'm at 46k for my NaNo mess. I hope to "win" by Monday.

Then I can create the monster needed to "validate", and then I can finally go about picking the dragon story apart and make it really work.

Then... editing month. Need to edit the Cloud Lands story and send it to my formatting people. I'm hoping for a February release. Need to edit a German novel and use that as trial for Jutoh. Hope to release that in December to keep a promise to my Dad.

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48k for NaNo. I'll do my best to win today.

Doing NaNo has left me exhausted. That's because I usually started writing seriously too late in the evening, and thus didn't get enough sleep.

It's an interesting observation, because I would love to carry some writing momentum into December.

An author's visibility depends most on the sheer number of books published. Many have said that they finally got good sales after their third series or so. And that means being productive. Publishing books every year.

I've failed that spectacularly this year. I had plans to publish lots, especially for my new pen name. Never finished editing the books, never got them formatted. Never finished the covers.

So maintaining even a bit of momentum, plus bringing in some editing and formatting into the mix of activity would make a huge change for me. That's the goal for next year...

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I had two deaths and two hospitalizations in my church in November. The city did some major damage to the churches parking lot and I am still trying to get them to acknowledge the damage and make a commitment to fixing the damage. The guys painting the church keep bouncing around on what they paint and when they paint it which makes it difficult to say where they are and how much longer it will take to finish the job. My Aunt tore her ACL somehow and is having difficulty with her recovery which has me worried.

Despite all of that I have averaged about 400 words a day in my writing between my "story bible" and the actual story and have been moving up (yesterday was a 600-word day). My goal was to match what Jack London said his average was when he was writing and I still have a shot at getting to the 500 words per day level. I have no clue how big the story is going to be when I finish at this point. I have a vague feeling that the story will continue on past the point in my general outline. No details or scenes beyond the current story have manifested themselves yet but I think that is because the current story is still so young.

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Hi all! It's been [sign in to see URL], hard year. First there was the stress of the fires, thankfully the rest of the year had more then enough rain, in fact our swamp is full so there might be a lot of flooding come spring.
Then Grandma got sick so the parents were away for about a month and about a week after they got back she died. emoticon
We were still dealing with that grief when Dad finally got an appointment about his knees and it seemed like he would have to have surgery so we were running around trying figure out the animals feed and how he would even be able to get into the house. My brother and I spent three days building a lovely rock ramp then the surgeon gave him braces instead because he's young enough that the fake knees would need replaced and that would likely kill him...
We were just catching our breath after then when Dad's boss decided to retire and the Council told him he would be getting the job. While not looking forward to all the headaches he was just starting to get excited when they changed their minds and opened the job everyone. Dad still applied for it but yeah didn't get it. Instead they hired someone who has been fired for failing drug [sign in to see URL] smart of them. emoticon Oh and this is the second time they've said they were going to promote him and then didn't, the first time they just got rid of the position... emoticon They've told him other times that they know they can't get anyone to replace him and this is how they treat him?!? Grrr!
So the day after we found out about the job a local group which owns the old school plot on our quarter got together and told us they are going to fix up the school and party in it. And even if they don't fix it up it will either go to the R.M. or be auctioned off, not revert back to the quarter like most do.
This was all led by a couple who we thought were our friends, but I guess not emoticon so now we're looking at moving because even if the neighbors parties don't get out of hand the place has attracted the wrong crowd before and would likely again after they fix it up.

Wow! Sorry about the rant! I just feel angry and nervous and completely wrung out. I can't seem to focus on anything so my writing has tanked which is frustrating. Thanks for listening, or reading I guess. emoticon Trying


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Hi Tryingtowrite,

I know what you are going through, similar things have happened to me more than once so I suppose it is, as they say, people are the same no matter where they come from. I like the rock ramp part of your story/update. You are a good person to take time and do that for your father.

Sorry to hear about your Grandma, I know that has to be hard.

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Oh, Trying, I'm so sorry. That was a rough year indeed! My condolences for your grandmother.
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There are few things more awful than people going back on promises and treating others unfair. Is moving really an option with so much lifestock and everything you built?

If so, I wish you'll find a community of like-minded people who work together for the common good.


Yesterday, I won NaNo, by validating on their site. I'm still a little surprised I pulled it off, despite a week of being rather sick. So I have one new story and half of a story to show for my efforts, as well as many new ideas.

Now it's time for editing (most of all "Betrayal", #4 of my current dragon series), and for learning how to format my own ebooks.

Wishing everyone a good day.
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NaNo is officially over today.

I know I want to keep working on the stories I created this time around, but I also need to edit older stuff. But it's good to keep momentum alive.

So I'm trying to find the best mix of self-care, writing and editing for December.

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I'll finish out the scenes that are chopped off in my November 2016 post. The only one that I can think of right now is the Cindy-Mona scene. After that, I'll start to post my December 2016 progress on the story.

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It is now officially the "Christmas Season" so I am starting to look around to see what I want to do with it this year.

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Sounds good!

I'm just back from a walk in the park, with my camera. Maybe this is inspirational. emoticon

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It's a little island with a bridge leading to it, and a fenced in place to sit.

Planning on some more writing and editing today.

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Thanks. emoticon I miss her but am glad she isn't suffering anymore.
We're looking in Saskatchewan right now so would be able to take most if not all of the animals. Even if we moved somewhere else in Canada we should be able to take some.
We've been talking about moving for the last couple of years because the crop dusters have started flying right over the house and leaving trails of dead plants everywhere. This was just the last straw.
What worries me the most is Dad's job. He can't physically keep doing this job, but doesn't have training for anything else. The farm doesn't make enough to support us and really wouldn't if (when) we move. Us girls only have training in farm stuff, so maybe a part time job that would allow us time to set up a new farm?!? I don't know... We'll see what the new guy does, he might want Dad to do the computer stuff instead of unplugging culverts and the like.
I guess we'll just have to keep looking into things and see what happens.

It's great to hear that your guys writing is going good! And that is a really pretty picture, Firle.


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I am going to need feedback on how to farm dead soil, dead as in the dirt has no living organisms in it, for later on in my story.

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Trying, I hope you'll find a solution for a good place and enough income for it all. The crop dusters sound horrible.
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I'm dabbling in photography after splurging on a tele-lens in October. I have a digital SLR camera, and it's been great fun to "hunt" for photographic trophies.

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Next step is to try and create covers for some of my books. That's definitely a challenge...

I edited a bit this morning. I have to go downtown for some errands after work, but I hope I'll have time for some more editing later today. I'm also doing a session for a tapping buddy in my evening... and that's usually enough for a day.

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My church is collecting toys for the local children's hospital and we are starting early on our February "Country Day's" celebration and yard sale. Kinda confusing trying to coordinate both of these at the same time. emoticon

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Next step is to try and create covers for some of my books. That's definitely a challenge...


I've been thinking of doing that too. I need to get me a good camera. The one I bought years ago just doesn't have the 'juice' today's cameras have. I want one that does good videos too, so I can do videos for YouTube. One that has great zoom for getting fabulous closeups of things far away. I thought I might also get one of those 'go pros' as well? Be a companion to the camera?





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Next step is to try and create covers for some of my books. That's definitely a challenge...

I think that when the time comes I'll have to hire someone to do the cover for my books. None of the spaceships I find look like what I am envisioning and almost all of them have Earth in the background which won't do at all.



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Jox: I'm using a Canon EOS 360 SLR, with a 70-300 telezoom from Sigma. It has a macro function which I rarely use - very hard to hold still. I'm adding a pic below that I took without the macro zoom.

It's still difficult to actally convert pictures into covers. The covers of my published books consist of several pictures spliced together. I'm not sure I can do that on my own...

Rick: Yes, it's a good idea to hire someone for a cover, especially for SF. But like I said, most of the covers have been created from more than one pic, so just look for elements you like.

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Pretty picture, I love the look of tiny ice crystals even though I do not like the weather that causes them. Thinking about that last bit because the forecast here says we will have a hard freeze on Wednesday and I have already committed to working a half-day in this cold. *sigh*

I got to looking at spaceship and space station pics this morning and discovered that the spaceship in my story is unique in several ways. This led me to begin looking at different pieces of each and before I knew it my morning time was almost up... I did manage a small snippet addition to my story but I really wanted to do more...

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Okay Pastor Rick, you asked for it! emoticon

     The main things to revive the soil would be: Lots of organic matter, manure for the micro-organisms and some sort of mulch so the dirt wouldn't wash or blow away.
     Two scenarios:
     If I had a lot of time and didn't need the food right away here is what I'd do.
Year One - In the fall I'd layer manure and hay/straw together until I ran out of one or the other then I'd spread wood chips 4 inches or more over the whole area. The manure adds micro-organisms, nitrogen and other minerals and nutrients. The hay/straw adds organic matter that breaks down quickly. The wood chips add minerals as well as slower released organic matter, and retains water. If the chips have green leaves mixed in they also add nitrogen and minerals.
     This would all sit and compost over the winter and in the spring if I knew what killed the land I would seed:
      Plants that like salty land: [sign in to see URL]$department/[sign in to see URL] Lots of organic matter and good drainage would also help.
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     Or if the ground was just over-worked I'd make sure to add a lot of tree leaves and wood ash to add back minerals.
     In the fall I would add more manure/hay and another layer of thick wood chips. From then on I would plant whatever I needed and only add the amendments as necessary. You could also add charcoal, which provides a home for bacteria.

     If I didn't have time or needed the food quickly:
I'd take my most composted manure and hay and plant early crops in it then as the rest composted I'd plant crops that matured quickly in it. In the fall I'd dump whatever I could scrounge onto it: Ash from my fire, leaves, dead animals, weeds. Then I'd add mulch, either wood chips or hay/straw. And just repeat the process year after year until the soil built up.
     This is all for a garden, for a pasture or hay field I'd spread a couple inches of manure/hay then 1/4 inch of wood chips. If I didn't need it right away I'd let the grass and plants from the area work their way in. Otherwise you'd have to collect or buy seeds, preferably from plants that grew in the area.

So yeah that's how I'd do it on Earth. emoticon I hope this helps I can get titles to books on building soil if you want as well. They all have different methods just to add to the confusion. emoticon Adding wood chips to our garden made a huge difference, we never really had earthworms and now have lots. emoticon And we already had 'good' soil. (Okay I used add way too many times!)

 


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Thanks, Firlefanz. I think you may have mentioned what camera you're using before, but I didn't save the info. I did a Google search for it, and I've saved the Amazon and search links in a browser folder with other camera options for YouTubing.








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Trying, I love your little lecture on creating garden soil. Perfect!

(I used to dream of buying an island in the mediterranean and make it all green again, restoring the forests that grew there in ancient times.)

I'm sure you're aware of tierra negra, a mix of compost and wood ash that people used to fertilize soil in South America. Fascinating work.

Jox, glad I could help. That camera and lens is basically a "cheap, entry level" solution. Most professionals use other cameras. And I am seeing the limitations of my tele-zoom, especially now that the sun is low on the horizon. The light often isn't strong enough to actually take some shots - or I'd have to use a tripod.

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