Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 13

My parish ran out of palms for evening Mass so I didn't have to watch everybody make these tonight
My parish ran out of palms for evening Mass so I didn’t have to watch everybody make these.

Just to change things up a bit, I took my Magnificat with me to Mass this evening instead of the regular Divine Office. (I usually get to Mass at least 30 minutes early to pray and prepare.) And I’m glad I did because I read something in there that helped me visualize something for the novel. I took it as a sign that that was the direction I should take in the story, that I should focus on that for a while. Some direction. I’ll take it! ;) And, though I forgot to take my phone with me this evening so I couldn’t use any of my nifty note-taking or writing apps, I did manage somehow to remember the ideas I had when I got home and finally sat down to write. Amazing. :)

Thank you for reading and may God richly bless you now and forever. I pray for all visitors to the blog and all the people I’ve met through Twitter, too, as well as remember all of y’all at Mass. Just so’s you know. (Prayers for yours truly are most appreciated, too.) Peace! :)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Over 2K. Total: Almost 35K. Woohoo!

Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 12

Write like the wind!I didn’t sit down to write today until after 10pm tonight. Well, I’m writing this at nearly 1am Sunday morning, so that would be 10pm last night. I spent the day reading and looking at maps and thinking about logistics, how the people in the story would handle a certain devastating event. Then I sat down to write with only two hours to go until midnight, so I had to write, write, write and keep going and I wondered how I’d ever reach the goal of 1,667 words but next thing I knew I had passed 2,000.

I don’t even freak out about it any more the way I did the first few times I did the thirty day noveling thing. (See NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo.) Now I know I can hammer out 2k words in two hours, less than two hours if I really push. Are they good words? Depends on what you mean by good! ;) But I can get thoughts going and words flowing and very often I’m truly surprised by the thoughts and images that come to me while I’m racing toward the deadline. That’s one of the reasons I love NaNoWriMo so much: It’s 30 days of discovering things that I might never have discovered if I hadn’t taken the plunge. 30 days of heightened awareness and an overheated imagination that’s shifted into hyperdrive. My rough draft boldly going where none of my other rough drafts have gone before!

Okay, obviously I should start writing earlier so I can stop earlier and write these posts earlier and not try to do this so late. Oy! ;) Thanks for stopping by and God bless you. Peace! :)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Over 2K. Total: Almost 33K. Woohoo!

Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 11

Dunno how I'm gonna write this villain yetHaving to spend time in my Antagonist’s head is giving me a headache. Seriously. Having to think the way he does, having to look at the world through his eyes, makes me shudder. We’re so different, he and I. I hope. He’s planning to do some things of which I do not approve. I am so not living vicariously through him. Nope. Not. The way he thinks makes my brain hurt and I find it challenging to write for him at all. I’ve written villains before and had great fun. But this one, oy! Gonna take some work to make him more of a person. I don’t want him to be a cardboard character, he has to be real flesh and blood. Well, not real flesh and blood because he is a fictional character. But he has to seem like a real person when you read the story. And for that to happen I’ve got to make him real to me. Hmm…

The War on HumansIn related news, I tweeted this link earlier but just in case you missed it, here it is: the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement. “Returning Earth to its natural splendor and ending needless suffering of humanity…” By voluntarily allowing the human race to become extinct. Yes, that’s right, by going the way of the dinosaurs. It’s not a joke. I wish it were. These people are serious. How did I find out about them? I found out about VHEMT (and other movements, like Deep Ecology) by reading the War on Humans, by Wesley J. Smith (also at Discovery Institute, article database, National Review, First Things, LifeSiteNews, The Weekly Standard, and @forcedexit on Twitter), as part of my ongoing research. Check out the documentary. Get the eBook for $1.99: Kindle version, iBook version, Nook version. And, no, I don’t make one cent off anything I recommend on the blog.

Thank you for visiting and reading. God bless you and peace be with you!

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Over Just over 2K. Total: Over 30K. Woohoo!

Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 10

Yes!Quick update tonight because I had a really important breakthrough today and I’m so excited I can hardly stand it! I mean, this was a heart-pounding, head-rushing, Oh-my-I-can’t-believe-I-just-now-realized-that really important kind of breakthrough. And I had not one of these but two, both realizations hitting me right here in the second week of Camp NaNo. Wow. Wow! Other realizations have followed from those realizations and there’s just a chance that I might not be wasting my time trying to write this thing after all. ;)

What breakthroughs, you ask? Well, I can’t tell you much. But I can say that I finally realized what the basic story is (yeah, that is a rather important thing to finally catch onto) and also what every scene in this novel is primarily about, what it primarily has to show or dramatize. After two plus years of false starts and thinking I finally understood where I was going only to run up against another brick wall, this new understanding is a very important development. Whew! I’m so relieved I could dance around the house and run around the block.

Well, if I could dance and in my current state of health (or lack thereof) could run, that is. ;)

Thanks for stopping by and may God bless you abundantly!

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Over 2K. Total: Over 28K. Woohoo!

Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 9

Why, I could do this in my sleep...I fell asleep last night before I could post an update here. Just flat ran outta steam. Collapsed into bed. Hugged my pillow and my dogs and was out like a light. Left the night light on, but I was out. Then I jolted awake because I remembered I hadn’t posted the nightly update post and I opened one eyelid and looked over at the desk, shook my head, rolled over and went back to sleep. Probably for the best. Probably would have read something like this: “Aslfasl sfl;safl;sot asowoijas. asdflasSLla E.” So, yeah, probably for the best that I just went on ahead and got some rest.

Why was I so tired? I think it’s because I’ve been doing so much research into current events and mind-sets and leftist propaganda and tactics and movements (DiscoverTheNetworks is a great place for information on the left) and I think all at once it got to me. That, and all the prednisone I’ve been taking for my sarcoidosis. I’ve never had to take such large doses before and I don’t like it. Messes with my concentration and that’s something I do not need while I’m trying to write a 50k-word novel in 30 days, don’t you know. Sigh.

Going to go fix a cup of hot tea and read a while in bed. Thanks for visiting. God bless you and peace be with you! :)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Almost 1K. Total: Over 25k. Awright! Uh huh! Update: After I posted this, I got an idea and ran with it. Word count for tonight is now: 1,687. Total: 26,288. :)

Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 7

So many thoughts running through my mind today and tonight. So many ideas trying to squeeze their way into the novel. Can I fit them all in there? Nope. Got enough ideas to write a series of books (I hope) and I’m going to have to find a way to narrow the focus for this one. Write, write, write, cut, cut, cut. That’s the way it goes. But this is the rough draft phase (and I do mean ROUGH) so it’s not time to cut yet. Oh, but the temptation is so strong! To cut it all! ;)

Sometimes I wonder why I started this mess. I wonder why I ever thought I could write. Then someone tells me how something I wrote effected them and then I remember why I started this and I open up Scrivener and begin again.

But not tonight! It’s late, the dogs are all snoring, my feet and ankles are swollen from all the steroids I’m on (dang sarcoidosis), and before I get any further into full whining mode, I’m going to bed and get some sleep. The storm kept one of my dogs awake last night and she kept me awake, too. Can’t keep my eyes open any longer!

Thanks for stopping by. Please keep me in your prayers and know that I keep all visitors and readers and Twitter friends (and even those who aren’t friends!) in my prayers and remember you all at Mass. Peace be with you and God bless you! :)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Over 2K. Total: Over 22k. Woohoo! Awright! (Passes out.)

Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 6

Wow. (Oh, wait, that’s how I started off Day 3’s post. I should start this one completely differently. Ha! Take that, all you sufferers of adverb aversion! I’ll start over.)

Whoa! (Heh.) It’s been a dark and stormy day (and now night) here at the lake. I’m just hoping the only road in here doesn’t flood again. Really a drag when that happens. But it would keep me at home and help me stay at the desk writing. If the basement doesn’t flood, which would keep me downstairs with a mop and a bucket and I don’t even wanna think about that right now. (She says as the sky opens and the rain begins to pour. And she wonders if she maybe shouldn’t have brought all the plants on the deck inside for the night. Good thing the deck is covered!) Once upon a time I had no house and not so many reasons to grouse. ;)

But I’ve digressed long enough. Let me tell you what happened this evening when I went to Mass. I got there early enough to pray the Divine Office before the Blessed Sacrament. As I knelt before entering the pew, I noticed two people sitting in one of the front pews, talking not loudly but certainly not exactly quietly either. And, really, one isn’t supposed to be talking in there at all. But in most parishes I’ve been in for lo these many years, few people seem to understand that. So as I knelt I asked the Lord if maybe they couldn’t be inspired to maybe end their conversation or go into another room. And they did! I got into the pew and knelt to prepare for Mass and I heard the gentleman say to the lady, “Let’s go in that other room, people are trying to pray.” As they disappeared through the door I whispered to the Lord, “Thank you, Jesus!” :)

Later the priest came in. Our long-time priest passed away a while back and we have yet to receive another, so we’ve had lots of different priests helping out. When this one came in, the Lord showed me once again His inimitable sense of humor. The priest got there with barely any time to spare and had to work out where and how everything worked and the one helping him was the lady who had been talking in the pew before, and now she was talking and laughing in the sanctuary and MUCH LOUDER, too.


I buried my head and my attention in my prayer book as much as I was able. And the Lord gave me a gift. I read the wrong readings for Evening Prayer (did Evening Prayer I instead of II for Sunday) but it worked out alright because I read some things in those readings that inspired scenes for the novel. See how good the Lord is? Even when I’m an idiot, He pours out graces. I had forgotten my phone (I said I was an idiot, right?) so I had to dig in my purse for a pen and an old receipt so I could scribble down the inspirations before they got away.

Later when I got home I fed the dogs and fixed dinner and ate while watching EWTN. The show on Chesterton was about some of the things I’ve been writing about in the novel. So I got more ideas then. God is so good! I’ve been trying to write this story (well, trying to figure out what the story is and how to write it) since 2012. But now I seem to be finally getting somewhere. And that’s a wonderful feeling.

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Less than 4K. Total: Over 20K. Awright! Woohoo!

My Camp NaNoWriMo stat page said at this rate I’ll finish by mid-month. Of course, I won’t. Even if I reach 50K by then, I won’t be finished. This story is a mess and I have loads of work to do on it. But I’m thrilled with the way it’s going and that’s enough for now.

Thanks for stopping by and may the peace of Christ be with you always. God bless you!

Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 5

I’m exhausted yet exhilarated. Tired yet inspired. Been pushing myself, asking questions, letting the main character answer in his own voice. Letting him tell me what he sees, what he hears, what he thinks and feels. What he wants, doesn’t want, never wanted, always wanted. Why he left home, why he came back, what he expected to find, what he never expected to lose. I’m getting a sense of the world he lives in, a sense of how that world works. Or doesn’t. I can’t tell you much more right now but I can tell you: This is fun! And work. Work fun and fun work. The best kind. :)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Over 4K. Total: Almost 17k. Awright! Yeah! Uh huh! Uh huh! On a roll! :)

The Sanctified Body by Patricia TreeceBtw, I never did get around to picking out a book to read last night. By the time I finally got in bed I was too tired. Tonight I may be too excited to read. But I want to. Probably going to read some of Patricia Treece‘s “Apparitions of Modern Saints : Appearances of Therese of Lisieux, Padre Pio, Don Bosco, and Others; Messages from God to His People on Earth.” Fascinating book. Also ordered a used copy of her book, “The Sanctified Body.” And, yes, I do plan to write something about what I’m reading. At some point. Really. I will. Soon. Ish. >.>

“An authentic study of 19th- and 20th-century occurrences of bodily mystical phenomena–levitation, bilocation, luminosity, the perfumes of sanctity, and inexplicable energy–this gripping and authoritative investigation is a profoundly thoughtful and engaging exploration of the human body as it is affected by ‘holiness.'” From the description of “The Sancitified Body” on Amazon.

Thanks for stopping by. God bless you and may His peace be with you always! :)

Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 4

This is going to be a really quick Camp NaNoWriMo update post because I really really want to get some more reading done tonight without having to stay up too late. So without further ado, here it is.

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Nearly 3800. Total: Over 12K so far. Woohoo! Happy Dance!

Thank you for stopping by and peace be with you!

Now I just have to choose one of the million books I’m in the middle of reading and get to it. Let’s see, which one? Eeny, meenie, miney, moe…

Mysteries Of Christianity Apparitions, Patricia Treece Bishop Sheen, Communism and the Conscience of the West Messengers_Treece Onward Catholic Soldier by John LaBriola

Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 3

Wow. All I can say is, Wow. I mean it. That’s all I’ve been saying today. The ideas are flowing, the words are flowing. Not that I won’t have to completely rewrite this mess later but ideas are coming out of my imagination and onto the laptop screen and I have not felt this wonderful in, well, forever! Yes, I’m getting some housework done and pampering the pack (what good doggies I have!). But I’m putting and keeping writing high on the list of priorities and it’s working. And it’s a delight, truly a delight. I may be feeling just a wee bit manic right now. But after the last few months I’ve had, I’ll take it! When I take my prednisone in a few minutes, I’ll be even more manic. More hyper, anyway. And a lot hotter. Oy. Time to turn on the ceiling fan, grab some more cold tea and spend some time reading, stoking the fires of the imagination, don’t you know. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers for your writing or whatever you may be working on, and peace be with you! :)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: 4, 291. Total: 8,361. Woohoo! Yeah! That’s what I’m talking about! :D

Book arrived in the mail today. Hurray!

Apparitions, Patricia Treece

Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 2

This is going well! Already have the beginning of a glimmer of a new slant on the story. And thoughts and words are flowing. Marvelous what sitting down at the desk will do. Writing at home is becoming a delight. I don’t even have to play music in the background unless I want to. And I haven’t these last two nights. Good thing my dogs are always willing to take a siesta. All I have to do is say the word and they keel over wherever they are. Plop! ;)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: >2K. Total: >4K. Woohoo!

I want this shrine for home!

How many first drafts can this (or any) novel have?

2014-Participant-Facebook-ProfileIt’s time for Camp NaNoWriMo once again and once again I’m writing what I’m calling a first draft. On a novel I’ve been trying to write since, let’s see, 2012. In the grand scheme of things that’s really not a very long time. But it seems like forever to someone who’s used to writing poems, songs, and posts on blogs and Twitter. And every time I start over (yes, I know you’re not supposed to start over) I choose “first draft” as the current draft’s status. Crazy, huh? Well, it is what it is and mostly what it is is fun and incredibly entertaining. For me, at least. The writing of it, anyway. We’ll see if anyone else thinks it’s remotely entertaining when I finally get it written. Now that’s optimistic of me, isn’t it? I said “when” and not “if.” How d’ya like that?

Word count goal: 50,000 in thirty days, by the end of April. Word count tonight, the first night of writing: 2,014. Pretty good, huh? :)