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31 October 2013 @ 03:53 pm

Don't know if anybody uses Livejournal anymore. I don't think I've used it in a year or two. Don't know if any of my old friends are still around. (If so, hello!)

I just recently started using it as a private journal with hidden entries (safer than a written journal or one just laying around on a computer). But, I figured I'd go ahead and come out of hiding to say hello to anyone else still lurking around.

Since the last time I posted I've had a baby boy (6 months old now) and had a fun tumble with postpartum depression (which I think is finally over). I also "finished" my first novel, queried it to agents, got a whole bunch of rejections and decided I needed to take my novel from two-character point-of-view to one-character point-of-view, and have been stuck trying to find time to make the necessary edits. So far that's been unsuccessful, as my job and new child have been sucking up 100% of my time and energy.

Oh! Also, we bought a house. There are no more upstairs neighbors having domestic assaults, screaming babies, barking dogs or blaring music! It is blissfully silent! (At least, once my son is in bed.)

Other than that, everything is pretty much the same 'round these parts.
31 January 2012 @ 09:03 pm
Hey, I have I Livejournal! Imagine that!

What's been going on:

- I'm closing in on the end of my novel. I've got three chapters to go (maybe 4, if I split one in two, like I'm considering).
Plus as I've been working, I've decided the backstory of one of my main characters doesn't give him enough drive to do what he does later in the book. I've figured out how to fix this, so I'm going to have to go back to the first two chapters and tweak. I have a pretty good idea in mind what to do, so hopefully that won't take that long.

So, hopefully, within another month or two, I'll be able to hand the thing out to a few friends who offered to take a look, and get some opinions before actually trying to get this thing published.

I'm getting there!

- Other than that, nothing much is going on. Still living in an apartment and desperately wanting to get a house. Unfortunately vehicles keep breaking and sucking up any saved money we store away.
Still terrified of the thought of having kids.
Still working at the paper and trying not to lose my mind.

But! I really can't complain. Things are going okay, for the most part. Just really want this dang novel to be done and deemed publishable!
20 October 2011 @ 06:30 pm
Still alive, just not feeling the "journaling vibe," I guess -- here or on my blog. Day to day life keeps me too busy to do much other than post on Facebook or Twitter maybe once a day.

Still working hard on the novel revisions. Not quite where I wanted to be as of October, but still doing pretty darn well. Into chapter 10 now (and hope to finish it up sometime this week). Bad news is I think some of my later chapters need to be split in two, so now I'm looking at about 18 chapters instead of 16. (It's never going to end! *sob*)
No, I'm very excited about the way things are going, and the chapter splits are pretty much just to make the chapters end in more dramatic places than they did before. If I could just add about 5 more hours of free time to my day (one for a nap and four for writing), I think I'd get a lot more accomplished. But I'm getting there. Also planning on participating in NaNoWriMo next month to slap down a rough draft of the sequel.

Other than that, life is pretty much the same old thing. Still working at the paper. Still living in the same apartment. Turned 29 this month, which is kind of scary. Going to have to start having the babies soon, I suppose. (It switches every other day whether that thought makes me happy or scares me to death. It seems to be sticking mostly to the 'scaring me to death' part.)
05 October 2011 @ 04:21 pm
Dude just called work and started being a jerk when I told him that 1) No, I did not have new coworker's cell phone. 2) No one else in the office had her cell phone. She just started. Like last Thursday. Haven't updated the contact lists yet. and 3) We don't give out cell phone numbers anyway.
During his general being an ass-ness, I cut him off and politely asked him if I could take a message and have her call him back later. His response: "Fine. It's (111)111- are you writing this down?"

What went through my head: WTF. No, I was going to memorize it and sing it back to her.
What I said: Yes, that's why I asked you for it.

A little snarky, maybe, but better than my first response. And still more polite than anything he'd said to me through the whole conversation.

29 September 2011 @ 08:37 pm
I'm still around! Just not very vocal lately.
Work's kept me pretty busy and exhausted when I get home -- sometimes it's from the sheer amount of work I have to do, sometimes it's the strain of all the socializing/talking I have to do when I'm always battling my social anxiety. Some days it's a mixture of both, which leaves me totally wiped out. I enjoy my job for the most part, though. I just wish I wasn't so dead tired in the evenings.

It makes it really hard to work on my novel. I'm not where I wanted to be at this time (ya, know, FINISHED), but I'm not doing bad, considering my crazy schedule. I've finished editing 8 chapters out of 17 so far, and am working on chapter 9. I'm hoping to get that one finished this weekend. After I finish this round of editing, I expect to have to go through one more time, but that should just be a final-touch round of making sure everything flows right and tweaking a few things here and there to go with plot changes I decided to make later on. Hopefully that third round won't take longer than a month. So, since I won't be working on it in November while I'm working on the rough draft of the sequel for this year's NaNoWriMo, I'm now expecting to be fully done with the first novel sometime in January or February of next year.
I'll keep my fingers crossed that it works out that way.

Speaking of which, I need to try to put together my notes for this next chapter so I can knock it out this weekend. I'm off to go do that -- if I can keep my eyes open that long...
01 September 2011 @ 11:30 am
I am back from the scorching hot land of Florida, feeling refreshed and noticeably more tan!

My vacation was lovely. Got to relax with my husband for about 10 days while visiting family and old friends, playing putt-putt, laying on the beach and visiting the Harry Potter theme park in Orlando.

Hogwarts castle is beautiful, as is the snowy Hogsmeade -- bravo to the engineers involved in bringing it to life! I just wish it had been less crowded so I could have fully enjoyed it. We went in the middle of the week when kids would be back in school -- or so we thought. It was packed. Had to wait over an hour to get inside the castle, and that was the very first thing we did upon arriving at the park. I can't imagine how long the wait was once all the late-comers arrived. (The wait was worth it though. The castle is amazing and the ride was a quite a bit more intense than I expected!)
I couldn't get inside the shops though, including the wand shop, which I really wanted to do. The crowds were crazy, and with my anxiety, I really didn't want to stress myself out by fighting to get places.
So, after the castle, I let my husband run off to ride the Dragon Challenge roller coaster, while I grabbed a butterbeer and grabbed the only available spot of shade underneath a Hogwarts flag (which had the bonus of also being away from the majority of the crowd) and took pictures.

I took the whole 10 days off from writing which was wonderful. I felt guilty at first, but then thought, Hey, my every waking moment for almost the last year has been spent writing, editing, thinking about or doing research for this book. Taking 10 days off will not kill me. So I'm back feeling refreshed and ready to tackle my next chapter.

I'm also hoping to take a trip to the Parthenon in Nashville in the very near future since my characters are currently inside the Parthenon and it's been difficult to get the right feel of the place with just pictures on the internet. I've found some sites that have been very helpful with helping me figure out the floor plan of the place, but it would be best if I could go to the replica and see it first hand, especially since I'm only a couple of hours away from it.

Now I just have to get my husband and cat to leave me alone long enough for me to make some real progress in editing this week!
12 August 2011 @ 02:19 pm

Also, this time next week I will be on my way to my hometown in Florida for a 9-day vacation with the hubby in which we will visit family and old friends, lay on the beach and visit the Harry Potter theme park. I'm also planning on giving myself a complete break from writing for that whole week (but will bring pen and paper just in case I can't help myself. ^_^).

I'm doing well on the novel still. I've finished edits/rewrites of Chapter 6 and have started chopping up and re-doing Chapter 7. I've divided it up into three sections. (I seem to work A LOT better when I divide it up in manageable chunks instead of making myself just work as much as possible until I'm too tired to think straight.) My week has been pretty exhausting, so I've only re-done the first section. I hope to get the second section done tonight and then the final section done sometime this weekend.

I expect Chapter 8 and Chapter 9 will not take long to fix up, since if I remember correctly, those were my best-written chapters of this whole NaNoWriMo mess. Of course, I have not looked at those chapters in months. I may hate them now. lol.

So, right now my life is just basically a flurry of trying to get everything done so that I can leave next week. Busy, busy!
03 August 2011 @ 04:59 pm
Things are much calmer on the homefront and I have not had to stay up to the wee hours of the morning watching Design Star. (Not that I mind Design Star. I quite enjoy it actually. It's the wee hours of the morning I don't like.)

Also, I'm almost done editing Chapter 6 of my novel. Which is strange because I deleted my former Chapter 6 and started completely over from scratch, so I thought it would take me a long time to work through. But surprisingly this has been one of my favorite chapters to write. I've always had a soft spot for interesting visions/prophecies in stories and now getting to write one of my characters giving one of her own is the most fun thing EVER. Largely because I'm hinting at plot points so when readers (hopefully)go back and read the book, they'll be like, "OH HEY! She hinted about this here!" I should probably mention J.K. Rowling is my hero. XD

There's three main scenes in my chapter six and I've got the majority of the work done, now I'm just going back through and tightening everything up, adding more descriptions, etc. I plan to be done Friday and move on to Chapter 7. Which will also need to be largely rewritten.

I think I have to get to Chapter 8 before things start to not need massive rewrites. lol. Ah well. I'm enjoying working on this story tremendously. <3
26 July 2011 @ 09:40 am
I usually take Mondays off from writing on my novel since that evening is usually time the hubby and I spend together because of our weird schedules. But, he was happy to play with his online friends on the X-box last night and so I snuck off to my computer to finish that darn Chapter 5 that I was only three pages away from completing the previous night.

I'm proud to say I finished it.

Onward to Chapter 6 tonight! :D
25 July 2011 @ 09:00 am
I got three pages away from my goal of finishing editing my 5th chapter of my novel last night. So close! I probably could have kept going, but I felt my concentration slipping and I didn't want to have to come back and re-do what I'd just reworked because I was too sleepy to do it right the first time.

I had to work Saturday, but Saturday work is generally easy -- it's usually just a matter of waiting for my coworker to put the Sunday newspaper pages together so I can proof-read them. So I worked on my novel while I was waiting and tried to figure out how to rework my current chapter to end on a suspenseful note.
After some reading, I figured out my problem was I was making things too easy on my protagonists at this point. They just walk in and get what they want and head along their merry way to the next plot point. I was being much too nice to my main characters. So, I decided to have the people in charge refuse them what they need, so now my next chapter is going to start with an awesome stealthy scene that is going to be so much fun to write. And I would have missed it if I hadn't decided to be mean to my characters. lol.

I had planned to finish up the current chapter yesterday, but my day was chopped into a lot of random bits of free time. I didn't get to sit down and properly focus on it until about 9 p.m. By 11 p.m. I was pretty sleepy so I went ahead and called it a night.

I'm planning on finishing that chapter up tonight, though. I know I said to mercilessly mock me if I wasn't finishing on time, but I'm only three pages behind my schedule, so there is no merciless mocking called for quite yet. ;) (Though I suppose you can, if you really feel the need. lol.)