Reverb 2010: Completed

The title pretty much says it all.  I’ve completed the Reverb 2010 challenge as of this morning.  It proved to be really interesting, reflecting back on the past year.  I learned a fair bit about myself in the process, which I guess, is one of the things the creators were hoping for.  Plus, it was fun writing about random stuff that’s happened to me in the past year.  Fun, and occasionally a little painful.

But yes.  That’s another writing challenge down.  I really don’t think I needed another one after the semester I’ve had, but I don’t regret doing it. 

In other news:  I finally got my grades for the semester.  Thank.  God.  They were loads better than I would’ve thought, which was a huge relief.  I was expecting my overall GPA to drop this time around.  

Anyway, New Years Eve.  Boyfriend is coming up tonight.  Also hanging out with three friends at a local hangout.  We’re going to have a good time.   

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Writing Updates and Christmas Break

To quote the vlogbrothers, this LiveJournal post comes to you today in three parts.

Part 1:  The Good. 

The good is that I’ve finally finished switching The Recruited from first person to close third.  I’ve been working on that since, oh, early October, so it’s wonderful to finally have the hard part out of my hair.  (Yes, I did just call the retyping "the hard part."  It’s way harder than I’m expecting the editing to be.)  I’m also on chapter eight of editing the story, and I finally know what my protagonist’s internal motivation and key flaw are.  (Again, yes, this may sound basic, but it’s actually harder than it sounds to incorporate this in an action dominated story.)

Then again, brainstorming with  tonight helped a ton.

Part 2:  The Bad. 

I have no freaking clue what my grades are for school.  They were due in on Wednesday, but they haven’t been posted yet.  I’m only whining about this because a friend of mine from THE SAME SCHOOL got hers, like, yesterday.  Where is the justice? 

I also haven’t worked on The Lost very much lately, because I’ve been so caught up with the editing that I just haven’t had the time–or admittedly, the inclination–to do more new writing.  Which is stupid.  I need to finish writing this trilogy so I can move onto something else.  Like editing book one and querying it, editing book two, and finding new writing projects to do.

Part 3:  The Meh.

I’m not enjoying the Reverb project as much as I’d like.  It’s fun and all, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like I’ve done a bit too much crap lately where I’ve been under a deadline to enjoy it to its full potential.  Never mind the fact that I started late and I’m doing two or three posts a day to catch up.  Also, have not done anything for the 100 Prompts Challenge since finishing prompt #47 back . . . whenever that was.  I swear, when I find the inspiration or when The Lost is finished, or The Recruited is edited, I shall get back to those.

Also, am still trying to decide whether to enter the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest this year.  Any feedback would be much appreciated. 

Merry Christmas to all, when it comes your way, and to all a good night!

Reverb 2010

So, I’ve found another writing project through  over at one that will only last me through the duration of December.  Right about now I’m thinking I found that project just in the nick of time, since I had just finished all my finals prep and was needing a break from the noveling.

Anyway, the purpose of this project is to reflect back on the year 2010 and think about things you’d like to change or do differently in 2011.  I’ve been doing two prompts a day to catch up by the end of the month, because obviously this has to be done before January.  (Or not, but it helps me to have a deadline.) 

The website link is herewww.reverb10.com/ and I hope at least some of you will go check this out.   The prompts don’t have to be any set length.  They can be however long or short, specific or vague as you feel like doing that day.  My only issue has been reflecting back over the year enough to come up with shit to write about.

It might be time to break out those journals I keep all year round so I can find more ideas.  🙂

To those who you do this:  have fun and happy writing.  I’ll probably be keeping mine to myself, just because some of them reveal too much about where I live, or give names of people I’d rather not reveal online.  Not to mention all the, you know, personal stuff. 

Nano News

News on the NaNoWriMo front:

I did manage to win.  It was definitely NOT pretty, and I’m definitely NOT going back to the story now that I have my 50,000 words completed, but at least I can say that I have won successfully two out of two years in a row.  What can I say?  I am horribly vain about completing things I start, even if they’re writing challenges which will forever remain unfinished.  

As of now I’m back to working on rewriting/editing The Recruited, and rewriting The Lost.  I’m over halfway through the rewriting phase, and probably about a third of the way through The Lost.  Now that I’m not devoting my daily word count to a novel I have no intention of finishing, I should be a lot more productive.  Huzzah!

In the meantime, I also need to revise my query letter, so that when I am finally freaking ready to send this novel out into the world, I will have a pitch that doesn’t suck.  In other words, I’ll be staying plenty busy. 

Thanks to those of you who listened to me talk about Nano the whole goddamn month!  You guys rock!