Thursday, September 29, 2011

September challenge progress update

The end is in sight, and I'm nowhere near 30k, but here are my word counts for the week following my last update (in the hopes some accountability will be propel me towards a massive quantity of words before tomorrow night!)

Day 19: 160
Day 20: 0
Day 21: 1,353
Day 22: 931
Day 23: 234
Day 24: 2,282
Day 25: 2,130

Final totals to be posted on the weekend ...

Monday, September 26, 2011

Exciting Moments

I'll publish my September Challenge update here tomorrow, but in the meantime I thought I'd share one of my favourite writing moments with you. It's that moment when something just 'clicks' in a story, taking you in a whole new, exciting direction.

I've been struggling with a scene in my ST novel in which my heroine, Vivian, goes out on a boating trip with one of the heroes. I've written this scene in three different ways, placed it in different places in the manuscript, and still it wasn't quite working. I know this scene still has its place, but it needed something more.

That something more happened at about 11pm last night. Suddenly my heroine did something that took me completely by surprise, and everything just clicked into place. I won't give details as I'd hate to spoil the surprise before this story is even published, but clearly Vivian has a way better grasp on this story than I do, and knew exactly what was missing!

The boating scene, now nicely slotting in after this new plot twist, no longer feels like it's lacking.

Has this happened to you?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Progress Update

Isn't it bizarre how the words flow some days and on others it's like sweating blood? In August, I averaged more than 1,000 words a day. That's because I was writing about 1,000 words an hour.

In September, having signed up to do 30k in 30 days, I'm managing about 250 words an hour. It doesn't take a mathematician to work out it's taking me a whole lot more hours to get new words down. Sometimes hours I don't have.

So with a sigh, I have to admit that my total for Days 8 - 18 is a whopping low 6,066. Falling ever behind, but hopeful that this week will be the week I start to move forward again.

Friday, September 9, 2011

September Challenge progress update

I got off to a slow start on this challenge, and have been slow to catch up, but at least I'm getting words down. Roll on this weekend!

Day 1 - 0
Day 2 - 565
Day 3 - 0
Day 4 - 1,924
Day 5 - 395
Day 6 - 1,711
Day 7 - 1,520

Which gives me a grand total for the first week of 6,115 (behind by 885 words).

Friday, September 2, 2011

The awesomeness that is The Secret

Since I've been suffering eye strain lately, I've been investigating e-readers. Only the el cheapo Chinese variety are readily available in SA, the one I want (Nook) is not available in SA& downloads from B&N are impossible, and the Sony has got quite a bit of bad press. So I sort of settled on a Kindle. I never really gave much thought to how I was going to pay for it, I just knew I wanted one.

Then this week I checked my royalty statement from TWRP and did a double take. I emailed them a query on why my Kindle royalties are calculated on $3, when the book is listed on Amazon as $5. I got a very nice reply from them yesterday explaining that they regularly get this complaint from Non-US authors. Apparently Amazon loads a surcharge for buyers outside the US. Neither the publisher nor author sees a cent of this!

 Grrr to the Amazon monopoly and the fact that they restrict you to buying from them (though I gather there are ways around this). So I fired back an email saying "thanks, but that just put the nail in the coffin. I won't buy a Kindle and support Amazon if they're going to charge me extra for every purchase".

Last night at dinner with my writing group, and again at work this morning, I spouted off about the evils of Amazon and how I plan to boycott them.

Then at lunch time, as I headed out to fetch the kids from school, I bumped into my director in the car park. He has just arrived back from a holiday in New York. I said "thanks for the gift" - meaning the miniature statue of the Empire State Building I found on my desk this morning - and he says "no, that's not your real gift" and hands me a Kindle.

I'm in love! Not with my director, of course, but with my shiny new e-reader. (Though Dean is definitely a super special person for being so generous).

And this is how The Secret works. You put out the intention, you don't think too much about it ... and voila.
One e-reader and one ecstatically happy Romy.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Spring Energy

It's Spring Day in the southern hemisphere and I can definitely feel a bright, new energy sweeping through. Here in Johannesburg the sun is shining, the buds are blossoming, and it's divinely warm.

Today has also been designated Spring-bok day. The lousy pun is in honour of our national rugby team, the Boks, who are being given a great big send-off today as they head to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. May they do as well in this world cup as they did in the last.

In honour of this new energy, I've signed up to do Rachael Johns' September Challenge. The aim is to write 1,000 words a day to achieve a total of 30,000 words by the end of the month. It's very do-able without intruding too much onto regular life, and since it's what I've been managing the last couple of weeks, I'm hoping this challenge keeps my momentum going and sweeps me through to the end of When September Ends.

Spring is when the famous Namaqualand daisies make their appearance in the usually arid Karoo area of South Africa. This stunning image comes courtesy of the blog Namaqualand Spring Flowers. Visit their site for more stunning pictures.