Sunday Link Love
- Ohmygosh, I forgot to link this in my post 7 Favorite Talking Cats, Part 2! It’s a Puss In Boots custom My Little Pony. Appropriate, no? Awesome, yes.
- I’m loving Neil Gaiman’s All Hallow’s Read tradition.
- Did you know that there’s an Occupy Writers? It’s true. There is.
- Major thanks to KD Sarge for pointing me out to Set Phasers to Lol! And now I procrastinate on everything forever.
- There’s a BABY MONKEY CAM ON THE INTERNET. And now I procrastinate on everything forever.
- Informative video about how the NYT Bestseller List works:
- More video madness – Kiersten White posted a video this week that somehow managed to make me love Nathan Fillion even *more*:
- Okay, so I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo this November. I admire everyone who does it, but I just don’t think I’m made of the right stuff! Nonetheless, I’m loving all the NaNoWriMo humor that’s going around, such as this handy NaNoWriMo Pyramid of Consumption.
ROW 80 Update
To recap, my ROW 80 goals:
- 1. Finish outlines for the three books.
- 2. After the outlines are finished, write 4000 words a week on KtLO.
- 3. Write a short short for every meeting of the monthly critique group.
Something surprising happened this week, from Wednesday evening into most of Thursday. I just got absolutely possessed by my outline. It was bizarre – suddenly, after spinning my wheels for a couple weeks, I knew what I needed to do! And then I did it. And I felt like this:
No lie, probably some of this:
But don’t tell anyone
Well, sort of. I reached the end and wrote the summary for the last chapter. But it’s not completed. I kind of developed this habit of changing important things but not going back to make it consistent. For example, there are several characters that feature in the first few chapters that no longer exist in later parts of the outline. So that’s something to work on this week, but I’m still kind of stoked because I know a lot of important things now. There will be around 50 chapters spread over 4 main parts. It’s close third person past tense with 3 POVs.
I also made some important decisions about that first ROW 80 goal. You see, I don’t want to take another month (possibly longer) to write an outline for a book that may never be. Ditto on the third book. Moreover, I don’t think I’m ready to write the second outline. For me to write an outline, I have to know the big points on the map – writing the outline is basically an exercise in connecting A to B and so on. But for this second book in the series, I don’t have the major points yet. And from what I do know, all the events in the first book should remain the same. So, the way I see it, there’s no harm in just jumping into writing the first book. I won’t lie – I’m pretty itchy to get down to the whole writing thing!
Long story short, I’m modifying my ROW 80 goals from finish outlines for the three books to finish outline for the first book. And since I’m pretty much done that, I can cross that first goal off my list! Yay!
As much as I would love to start writing KtLO like right now, I really can’t. I never got around to working on my short short for my critique group, and the deadline is approaching fast. It would also be nice if I could rework another short story (not a short short, about 4,000 words) and send it out. In addition, my dad is visiting with his girlfriend this weekend, which is fantastic since I have not seen my dad in two months, but writing time? Not a thing. I don’t know about you, but I think revising two short stories and an outline is enough work for one week.
So! The week after this coming week, I will definitely start writing KtLO. Like, for reals.