February 14 first became associated with romantic love thanks to Chaucer, but according to legend, when Saint Valentine was in prison, he healed the daughter of his jailer, and before he was executed, Saint Valentine sent the girl a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.
For some, February 14 is better known as the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre. In 1929 seven men were gunned down by Al Capone’s gang in an attempt to rub out “Bugs” Moran.
Now Valentine’s Day is a day for giving and receiving cards and chocolates and having romantic dinners. So what are you planning on doing today? Plan something romantic? Write a poem? Maybe visit 2122 North Clark Street, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago’s North Side and see where Capone’s gang spread a little red?
This past weekend I passed the time away at a ‘booth’ with three other authors in Guelph at the Holliday Inn. It wasn’t the most crowded event I’ve been to, but I sold some books.
The entertainment was pretty good, even though it wasn’t planned by the event coordinators. Quite a few people came dressed as their favourite Sci-Fi or Anime character, and I’ll admit I had to keep asking my table-mates who they were. I recognized Darth and the Troopers, and Leia, and there were two apes from The Planet of the Apes. The rest ???? I think one might have been Rey Skywalker. Had fun with a Jawa, or maybe she had fun with us. Also think a Tusken made an appearance.
Dr. Who was there, but I had to ask. Don’t watch it. I did recognize Cruella de Vil. Still trying to figure out who/what this is.
On a high note, The Myth Hawkers Travelling Bookstore now carries my two books. Thank you Pat. 🙂
I’m trying to get the first draft finished for my New Adult paranormal book.I’m a little under 34,ooo words to far.
I managed just over 700 words Thursday night while I was waiting for the Sisters in Crime meeting to get started, and hit the library this afternoon to do some more. Got a total of 1748 words yesterday and today, which is well below my target. Oh well, at least got something written.
Decided to give the Amazon Marketing Service a try and see what happens. My campaign is set to run from the 5th to the 8th. I’ve set my budget at a whopping $5 per day. Wonder if it will be worth it? LOL I’m running it on book 2. Fingers crossed someone bites. One per day will at least cover the budget. 😀
The other day I was at a York Region open house for some proposed road widenings. The reason I went was to check out how close it will be to a pioneer cemetery. Turns out it’s not going to impact it, but there will be a proposal in about a year to widen another road that runs parallel to the cemetery. Will have to keep an eye on that one.
Anyway, while I was there I picked up their new trail guide. I was flipping through it this morning and decided that come spring I’m going to try to hit as many as possible as least once in 2017. Some are a bit of a drive so I may only go once, unless it’s a super trail. A few are very short so they might not be worth the trip. I wonder how many I’ll manage to get to?
I’m falling a bit beind in my word count. A few thousand words behind. Oh well, at least I have something written. Just over 8,300 words – should be at almost 11,000. One of my buddies already has over 60k. He always has more than the NaNo requirement of 50k after only 2 weeks. His goal is generally to end up with a transcript that he can edit and publish. I doubt the short story I’m working on will be published anywhere, but ya never know. I may end up with several shorts that I can submit or put in an anthology at some point.
The story is around faeries and it’s kinda fun doing the reserach, both on the faeries and the area in Scotland where I’ve set it. More research to do. It’s never ending.
The writers group I belong to is holding a mini-NaNo event for the first time. Rather than doing 50,000, we can set out own goals. The only criteria is it has to be at least 10,000 words. I’ve decided to work on short stories and have set a goal of 25,000. It’s now day 2. So far I’ve written absolutely nothing. LOL
We have several write-ins scheduled this month, the first one being tonight. I think I’ll go over so I won’t have any distractions. If I can get 2,000 down tonight, I’ll be all caught up.
The writing group I belong to is going to run a mini NaNo this year. I was trying to come up with a few tips for people who have never done it before. These would also apply to anyone doing full NaNo or just writing in general.
Are you thinking about participating, but are a little scared of the thought? It is a lot to commit to in such a short period of time. With a mini version that task is less daunting. You set your goal. Take the time to think about what you believe you can commit to time-wise, make a rough guess at what you normally can do in that time, and stretch yourself a bit. Maybe add 5-10% to your estimated word count. If you think you can do 20,000, stretch it to 22,000. This is supposed to be a challenge after all. Here are a few tips to get you going.
Try to prepare in advance. Even if you’re a pantser like me, try to come up with some sort of outline so you aren’t staring into space trying to figure out where to start. That’s my biggest challenge. Keep in mind you don’t have to write just one story. It can be a collection of short stories or poems. Maybe write a chunk of your novel. Do whatever you feel moved to do and if you can come up with a general idea of the flow before you start, you have a much better chance at meeting your goal.
Don’t stop writing to do edits. The goal is NOT to end up with a ready-to-publish piece of work at the end of the month. The goal is to get the words on the paper. Don’t re-read what you’ve written. Don’t run spell check every 5 minutes. Just write. I realize it’s difficult for some people not to edit as they go, but that just slows you down.
Two phrases come to mind. (1) Bum in chair: you need to commit to write every day if possible. If you miss your daily word count, then you have to write twice as much the next day, and the daily count goes up every day you don’t write. (2) Puke on the Page: you must get the words on paper (or computer screen). If you don’t then you won’t accomplish what you set out to do. They don’t have to be good, they just have to exist.
Remember, once December arrives you can edit to your hearts content. Flesh out your characters. Set your scenes. Do whatever you need to polish your work (or complete it if you started a novel). November is the time for getting the words out. You have 11 more months to make it shine.
Spent last Tuesday at the Wooden Stick golf club. It was our company’s annual charity tournament. Proceedes go to Princess Margaret, Sick Kids, and another cancer research place who’s name escapes me. Sorry. 😦
It was a full day, 7:00 am to about 8:30 pm. Lots of stuff in the silent auction, including an autographed Joe Carter jersey, 3 lots of Jays tickets and a huge TV.
Lots of money raised, fun time had by all, as usual. Waiting for the pics to be posted.
Just a little over a month left before my semi-retirement starts. Day one I’ll be taking my car in for a little body work, so I’ll have a rental for three days. I’m going to miss the purple and black duct tape on the driver’s side mirror. I still don’t know what’s happening with me going part-time at my current place of employment, but the plan is to work Tues, Wed & Thurs. I’ll have lots to keep me busy over my 4 day weekends.
I have two books in progress and another ready to come off the shelf after a few years of collecting computer dust. Also have a couple of adventure short stories in my head (maybe novellas). Still mulling over how to handle them. And yes, I write before typing.
Then there’s the magazine that the writing group I belong to is planning on starting once we get the ‘official’ go-ahead. First issue February 2017 – online and a few print copies.
Maybe I’ll find time to get back into my genealogy and relax and do some cross-stitching. I used to stitch pretty much constantly several years ago, before I got into genealogy, then writing.
I still have two more courses to take at the U of T, one of which I might be starting in September. It’s either then or January, and since that one is on campus, I think I’d rather travel in the fall then the first few months of the year as the weather is generally worse then. The last course is the ‘final project’ which I’m thinking will be that book that’s been gathering computer dust. It’s based on a story I dug up doing some genealogy.
Oh, I forgot that I have notes for yet another one. I have about 12k words typed up I believe.
Hurry up October!