stephaniecain
25 July 2012 @ 04:16 pm
*eyes desktop warily*

My 4-year-old HP desktop is acting unhappy lately. It'll boot up, I'll start doing something, and two minutes later it just randomly shuts off and goes into the reboot cycle. O.o Or it tries to boot, then freezes and I have to do a hard reboot. *sigh* I really really can't afford to replace it right now, so I am going to sacrifice a goat later to see if that appeases it. >.> Or maybe I'll just run a few more diagnostics and pray really hard. Heh.

In the meantime, though, I've been using Rachel Aaron's method of fast writing, and I am floored with how excited I am to sit down and write every day. It's been a long time since I've felt that way, so this has basically revolutionized my life.

One thing Rachel Aaron does is track her productivity, which I had always done in a desultory sort of manner. I used a spreadsheet to track how many hours I wrote and how many words I wrote each day, but I hadn't bothered tracking much else. I do know that spending 5 hours at the Barnes & Noble cafe always means a very good writing day for me -- often between 5-8k words. But I hadn't done too much specific tracking. So on June 30 I started a spreadsheet that tracks Times (of Day) Written, # of Hours, Word Count, Words Per Hour, Location, and Medium (meaning longhand, netbook, desktop).

Since June 30 I have written for a total of 23.51 hours. In those hours, I've written 28,091 words. Most of those words have been written at home, many of them on my netbook, which has a new lease on life thanks to Xubuntu and LibreOffice. A lot of those words have also been written at Starbucks, where I go for two hours once a week to write. During that time, I've had 9 days where I was unable to write, for various reasons.

I confess, I haven't read Rachel Aaron's books, but she is officially one of my new favorite authors, simply because of what she has taught me. As soon as I have money, I plan to buy all her books.
 
 
Current Music: Luke White - Black Market Red Roses
Current Mood: excited
 
 
stephaniecain
15 November 2011 @ 01:57 am
Finally, this novel (or this novelist) is picking up steam! Woohoo!
17056 / 50000 (34.11%)
:)
 
 
Current Mood: giddy
 
 
stephaniecain
18 November 2010 @ 10:26 pm


I officially crossed the halfway mark tonight. I know I'm still three days behind, but I think I can catch up by Sunday night at the latest.

I hit some sad, heavy backstory stuff tonight as I wrote. I hope it wasn't too much infodump, but there hasn't been a great place to work the information in until now. I could have Chloe telling Brax about what happened, but honestly that would be out of character. It would be out of character for her to tell ANYONE, though my goal is for her to be in a place that she could tell Brax, by the end of the novel. Part of her story arc is learning to trust, particularly learning to trust a man. We'll see if she cooperates on that one. Heh.
 
 
Current Music: Zoe Keating - Optimist
Current Mood: creative
 
 
stephaniecain
17 November 2010 @ 11:14 pm
WOOHOO!!!



I have revised my graphs down to 50k instead of 75k, because I'm going to keep hoping for 75k but right now I just want to catch up with where I should be for 50.

I made a lot of progress tonight! Just over 4300 words, and if I hadn't had Criminal Minds on tonight, I probably would have crossed 5k for the day. Then again, I stopped on a high note, and [livejournal.com profile] astraea36 is going to hate me tomorrow when she gets THAT cliffhanger. :D

Sometimes what I need, obviously, is for someone to read what I have and say, "Yes, you're doing good, keep going." And since I was questioning my pacing, I needed someone to read a big chunk at a time and say, "No, you're doing all right, now focus on THIS part of the plot for a while." [livejournal.com profile] astraea36 has been great for daily encouragement (as have several other people who aren't reading), and [livejournal.com profile] microgirl8225 gave me a kick in the pants and got me back on track today.

My writing friends are awesome. Completely awesome.
 
 
Current Mood: giddy
 
 
stephaniecain
07 November 2010 @ 10:06 pm


Whew! Thanks to wordwars with [livejournal.com profile] microgirl8225, [livejournal.com profile] mingsmommy, [livejournal.com profile] kyrdwyn, [livejournal.com profile] cuspofqueens, and [livejournal.com profile] severity_softly, I was able to add a LOT of words tonight. I'm back above where I need to be to get my 50,000 in. I've been using 75k as my target, but if I went with 50k my graph would look more like this:



Yesterday I did do a lot of character/plot work via the Plotting a Novel in One Hour exercise, and I figured out the connection between the crimes and the big issue Chloe is facing, so that's awesome. Hopefully everything I've got so far makes sense, even if I have to do a lot of editing later. :D
 
 
Current Music: Stars - Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
Current Mood: excited
 
 
stephaniecain
04 November 2010 @ 10:48 pm
My NaNo tip for the day: When in doubt, burn someone's house down. You learn all kinds of things about a character when their house is on fire.



I am still feeling upbeat about this novel and loving these characters. But I really really need to learn that surfing LJ, watching Mean Kitty videos, and reading about online plagiarism scandals, does not get my daily word count done.
 
 
Current Mood: sneezy
 
 
stephaniecain
03 November 2010 @ 11:16 pm
Managed my word count and Criminal Minds both.



Introduced the love interest, who threw me a curveball plotwise. And now I really need to go to bed.

I hope this is still funny.
 
 
Current Mood: tired
 
 
stephaniecain
02 November 2010 @ 11:12 pm


Not bad, but not great. I still made forward motion, and I definitely got a better handle on Jason and Martin, who are secondary characters to Chloe. I decided to keep the first person POV, because that really gives Chloe a lot of her voice. Plus it's sort of the convention for supernatural crime/paranormal/urban fantasy. Haven't figured out yet if moving the setting from Indianapolis to rural Indiana is the way to go, but I'll decide that later. Unfortunately I got too distracted by researching stupid little details like:

Would a mouthy but devout 38-year-old call Michael the Archangel "Saint Mike"? (Probably.)

Is Saint Michael, in fact, the patron saint of cops? (He is.)

Who won the Indiana Senatorial race? (Coats.)

But I got a scene written, and while I'm not quite on track for my own personal goal (75,000 words), I'm doing okay for the official NaNo wordcount. Hurrah! Of course, tomorrow I have to buckle down and write early, because Criminal Minds is on at 9 and while I'll give up Warcraft for NaNo, I won't give up CM.
 
 
Current Mood: sleepy
Current Music: Stars - Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
 
 
stephaniecain
30 November 2007 @ 06:35 am
Just for fun:

Widgets and stuff )

And my Progress Report.
 
 
Current Mood: awake
 
 
stephaniecain
30 November 2007 @ 06:34 am


There were times I wasn't sure what I was doing, and I will never again change horses mid-stream during November, but I have validated my novel!


In the course of validating, I always scramble my text, because I am an uber-paranoid nerd. It was so much fun seeing character names like that, I thought I would share the code-names of some of our favourite blokes: Sxvxyus Sqakx and Yxmus Zukiq (aka Muugy). I'm not sure what the squishy ship name for Zukiq/Sqakx would be, but it's a pairing for the ages. *grin*
 
 
Current Mood: awake
 
 
stephaniecain
29 November 2007 @ 05:30 am
Woohoo! Another breakthrough tonight. Of course I'm not writing things in any kind of order, but still, it's good to get words out.




48490 / 50000 words. 97% done!
 
 
Current Mood: bouncy
Current Music: Gary Glitter - Rock And Roll Part 2
 
 
stephaniecain
22 November 2007 @ 04:45 am
NaNo  
Realized I haven't updated this in a while. Saturday I did 2400 words, Sunday 2200, Monday 1000. Tuesday night (into Wednesday morning) was a good night, with about 6,000 words. Tonight I managed another 1650.




35967 / 50000 words. 72% done!


So I'm doing pretty well on NaNo, though it's been a strange month so far.
 
 
Current Mood: content
 
 
stephaniecain
17 November 2007 @ 04:19 am



25290 / 50000 words. 51% done!


Things came together tonight. Suddenly the new direction I needed to take gelled, and I've got a plan again. I need to write out a lot more new plot cards, but I'm very pleased with my progress for the night, simply because I got unstuck.

And it is 4:18 am. I seriously did NOT mean to be up this late tonight. This morning. Er.

How true this icon is.
 
 
Current Mood: pleased
 
 
stephaniecain
30 November 2006 @ 09:52 pm
Zokutou word meter
50,213 / 50,000
(100.4%)






Though I validated much lower than my actual word count, for some reason.

 



I'm not quite finished with the novel itself, but I'm partly through the climax and will be posting some new scenes at [livejournal.com profile] theregent very shortly.
 
 
stephaniecain
30 November 2006 @ 04:59 pm
Okay, I'm not as panicky as before.  I'm putting my NaNo thing in here so it will update as I update the count on the NaNo site.


 


I find the graph almost amusing. Heh.