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And it's Friday once again! I thought I'd tell you a bit about what I'll be doing for the next month. Of course I'll be writing my IAN diaries, and taking care of the house and the kids and the animals. Bit still has her library groups three days a week through the end of July. But I'm also going to be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo.

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Ok, we do have a diary schedule. But, when you are ready to write that diary, either post in thread or send FloridaSNMOM a Kosmail with the date. If you need someone to fill in, ditto. FloridaSNMOM is here on and off through the day usually from around 9:30 or 10 am eastern to around 11 pm eastern.
Monday: BadKitties
Tuesday: ejoanna
Wednesday: Caedy
Thursday: art ah zen
Friday: FloridaSNMOM
Saturday:Dave in Northridge
Sunday: loggersbrat

Basically I'm going to attempt to write a novel, or at least most of a novel in a month. I've set my goal at 30,000 words in case I have a few bad days when I can't get to the computer to actually write, or I don't have the focus to do so. My book does not yet have a title, hopefully one will come to me as it progresses, or FlSNDad will come up with something as he reads it. He and Caedy are writing as well.

Now officially National Novel Writer's month is in November, but only Caedy participates in that one because with home schooling, Thanksgiving, and getting ready for Christmas plus weather changes and the ensuing health issues that always crop up that month, November just doesn't work well for FlSNDad or myself. Bit however is going to do a mini-Nano this year, with a much lower daily word count. They even have a lesson plan available which we'll start in October in preparation for Nano.

So FlSNDad and myself are going to do Camp Nano this year, which runs in the month of July, which is much more friendly to our schedule and our health. We've each set our goals at 30,000 words. Traditionally the word count is set at 50,000 but for Camp Nano you can alter that.

I have the first four chapters and a prologue plotted out, some basic character descriptions written and some backgrounds, especially for the main family. The antagonists are still in shadow yet. I have a vague idea who they are and what they represent and want, but I'm still filling them in. That may be because they are still on the periphery of the first four chapters, just hints of what they are. I'm hoping to have a better idea before July 1st gets here. Four days to go.

My novel synopsis:

Urban Fantasy YA:

Nora's life has been challenging. Her family has always been different. Her father restricted to a wheelchair, her mother a therapist sometimes viewed as a 'hippy' by neighbors. An incident in elementary school prompts her parents to home school her so they can teach her how to control her burgeoning abilities. Things seem to be going well for Nora by high school graduation, she's gotten control of herself, her 'special skills', her life.

College looks bright: new job, new school, new friends,new plans. New evil.

FLSNDad's Novel synopsis:

Welcome back to Mariner Key, a small community off the coast of Florida, where things, aren't quite normal. Joe Carter sees this as an unexpected, but very welcome fresh start, a chance to get his life back on track now that he is finally crawling out of the bottle and back into the sunlight. But how much sunlight will he actually see, even on the gulf coast? Something new has washed up on the shores of this little slice of paradise, something that the former big city cop hasn't seen before, and has no clue just how to handle.

So what are your plans for the rest of the summer? Are you doing something special in July? Do you have a novel floating around in your head waiting to get out? Could you write 1000 words a day?

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 09:55:17 PM PDT

  •  The nieces are here for a visit (12+ / 0-)

    and they are just cute as a pair of buttons.  I took them down to the beach this afternoon, and tomorrow we are off to the Family Fun Day at Tanglewood - summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra on the grounds of one of the original Gilded Age estates.

    Writing, on the other hand, is the bane of my existence: every word has to be pulled out of my mind as if it were a tooth.  That means hour after hour after hour spent at the keyboard at the boring work of taming those delicious ideas and lining them up on paper.

    Vai o tatu-bola escamoso encontrar-me onde estou escondendo? Lembro-me do caminho de ouro, uma pinga de mel, meu amado Parati

    by tarkangi on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 10:24:53 PM PDT

    •  I still have an aversion to writing, a remnant (10+ / 0-)

      from grade school, when we had to do reports. They'd often be required to be at specified lengths...so many pages usually. I got particularly good at making my penmanship reeaallyyy dddrrawwnn oouuttttt!

      •  Fortunately (10+ / 0-)

        I did finish my thesis.

        Son went through a rebellious phase where he used ridiculously large fonts and lots of spaces between the lines.

        My sister the art historian, on the other hand, just loves to write.  Write write write write write and another publication goes off to the journals; makes me wonder if I went into the wrong line of work, she does.

        Vai o tatu-bola escamoso encontrar-me onde estou escondendo? Lembro-me do caminho de ouro, uma pinga de mel, meu amado Parati

        by tarkangi on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 11:28:08 PM PDT

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      •  I used to like doing reports. (6+ / 0-)

        I remember writing several reports just because I wanted to, not because they were assigned LOL. I also enjoy doing research, so planning home school lessons for the kids during the school year is a lot of fun as well. My kids write their reports on the computer, so they don't get to try the big hand writing thing on me LOL. But my son has (among other things) dysgraphia (so does his bio-father), so hand writing things was always a major issue for him. He's much better typing on the computer, and we taught him to type when he was in fifth grade. If I gave him a short answer question on paper I'd be lucky to get five words back, if I gave him one on the computer I'd get a neat little paragraph.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 04:57:06 AM PDT

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        •  This is true for me and my child. (3+ / 0-)
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          It took a doctor and a lawyer to get the school to let the writing happen on a computer, but the change was so enormous.  Not a choice for me, every word was "created" or "drawn, not written.  In blue, non-erasable ink, requiring so many rewrites.  

          If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

          by weck on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 08:55:05 AM PDT

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  •  I do outreach for the local Legislative (10+ / 0-)

    District Democratic Organization as a volunteer. Parades and fairs and stuff, for which I need to rally folks to participate. Mid-June until mid-July is crunch time...there is so much to do and only so much summer in the Great Northwest.

    We've got a parade on the 4th, and then a booth at local fairs the following 2 weekends.

    July 19th and 20th will be busy, as there is a 2-day fair, plus 2 parades on Sat. 19th...that will be tricky. Usually these 2 parades are staggered, but not this year....We will need to do one parade and then haul ass get to the next one. The elected's in our district expect us to show up for support, and it's my "job" to get people to turn out....

    ....If I make it through that weekend, I've got two weekends free of commitments:-)

    •  Sounds like a busy but fun month. (6+ / 0-)

      We've got local stuff going on on the fourth, but that's about it. Summers are quieter here and most big things are planned for spring and fall because it's just too bloody hot and it rains pretty much every afternoon (or at least there's a good risk for it). So fairs and things happen earlier in the year for the most part and are already done.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 04:54:07 AM PDT

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  •  I hate writing. (11+ / 0-)

    It's too much like real work. (Commenting, OTOH, is child's play.)

    But I wish you the best, FloridaSNMOM, and for your husband and kids, too.

    I think 30,000 words is novella-length, but I always get novellas and novelettes mixed up. At any rate, if your urban fantasy turns out great (with revision, lol: every first draft needs revision, whether it gets it or not) then you might consider sending it to Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. Or The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

    Oh, and after July, why not drop in at SensibleShoes' Thursday night writing workshop, Write On! if you haven't already. I go there to read how various kossacks respond to the week's writing challenge: it's my way of relaxing after work.

    English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

    by Youffraita on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 11:09:55 PM PDT

    •  It is, but you don't have to stop at the end (6+ / 0-)

      of July. That's just the goal for writing in one month. I'm hoping once I get going I keep going. They say it takes 2 weeks to start a routine, once I've written every day for a month, hopefully I'll be in the routine of it and I'll be involved enough in the story to keep going.

      The  story will be as long as it needs/wants to be, if it makes Novel length, great, if not I'll find another market :).

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 04:45:43 AM PDT

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  •  I don't have the (8+ / 0-)

    self-discipline to write a book.  I'm not a bad writer and I enjoy working with words, but sitting down to write a book is beyond me.  I'm not sure I could even do a decent short story.  My best writing has been the narratives for grants.  I once managed to weave together a coherent grant for a new phone system and gym refurbishment for a school.  I can't now remember what thread I used to do it, but it was quite credible and we did get funding.  :-)

    Weather is still decent though there is a chance of showers every day.  We did get a little rain and thunder yesterday afternoon but there was no wind to speak of.  The river is steady, just above flood stage.  The only thing affected right now is the sidewalk in the riverside park.  The rollers on the dam are still down which is an indication that things aren't awful... yet.  If we're lucky again this year, things won't get any worse and the water will recede without further incident.  Third time is a charm as they say.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 02:56:07 AM PDT

    •  I would have no idea how to write a grant (6+ / 0-)

      I'd  have to study it first and figure it out. But a short story, once it's in my head and speaking to me, I can get down in a couple of days. It's the longer ones that tend to go quiet after a while, and then I get frustrated with it.

      We never did get any rain last night, they kept saying it was coming, and it hit south and east of us, but we never got anything. And now the rain chance is lower the rest of the week. Doesn't mean we won't get rain, it's summer in Florida, every afternoon there's a chance of thunderstorms. Sometimes they tell us there's a 30% chance, and that's the day we'll get it, and when there's 50% we won't.  Luckily we're not anywhere near the river here, it's on the other side of town. But the local flood watches and warnings have finally come off the weather reports. So I suppose we're down to normal ranges again, for now at least.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 04:52:01 AM PDT

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      •  Grant writing isn't hard (4+ / 0-)
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        but it is tricky.  You have to know a lot about the entity that's offering the money.  The biggest thing is to never assume anything.  If the directions aren't crystal clear to you, call and ask for clarification.  Even if they want something totally daft, you must supply it.  After all, the people with the money make the rules.  :-(

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 08:34:10 AM PDT

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  •  Good morning. (5+ / 0-)

    It's going up to 80, but it's gloomy and foggy now.

    Starting a walking plan today.   Hopefully I can keep it up.   I usually do it for a few months, and quit.   Taking the pups for a walk soon, and later I'll take myself for a walk.  

    Doing stuff around the house, and going food shopping.

    Have a good day.

    I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

    by broths on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 05:28:01 AM PDT

    •  Good luck with the walking plan! (4+ / 0-)
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      I wish I could walk more. I do what I can. Today is not a good walking day, I'm moving like a snail, by body is all stiff. I think it's a fibro flare coming on.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 07:14:17 AM PDT

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  •  i do not write good letters (5+ / 0-)
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    let alone a novel.  good on ya!  i do have what i think are some good ideas for a short story, but i don't have the skill to actually write it.  i talk up my story plot to my sister and daughter at our weekly munches but that's as far as it goes.  i would be willing to give the idea to someone who wanted to flesh it out.

    i will spend most of this summer trying to put some limits on this wild pup of mine.  she is a handful, very stubborn. and needs structure. ( i am not all that good at structure either.  maybe that's related to my poor writing skills.)  but she and i are doing our best to make it work.  there are times when i wonder if i chose poorly, she is so active, not laid back like rubi was, and i have to stop and remember that she is just a big puppy.  she feels like a freight train when she runs over me on the couch during her "crazy dog" phase in the evening.  it is an adjustment period.  the trainer will be here on sunday afternoon so maybe she will be able to give me some guidelines for calming her during those manic moments besides putting her on a tether with a chew toy.  i am probably not doing it right.

    i cook for the dinner club tonight.  i think i will fix a pork tenderloin and some fried apples.  i love pork and apples.  have a good day ya'll.

    "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

    by art ah zen on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 06:59:37 AM PDT

    •  Story writing takes practice. (5+ / 0-)
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      When I was a kid I started writing short stories, and mimicked the style of authors I liked. My own writing style expanded from there, but I can still see influences of those authors in my writing.

      Maybe an hour before she typically hits her 'crazy dog' stage you could take her out for a walk, or take her out and play fetch or something to run out her energy before she gets that manic? THen maybe she'll be calm enough that you can re-direct that playful time into 'work' time.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 07:16:31 AM PDT

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      •  i have been trying that. (5+ / 0-)
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        the trainer warned us that razzle would be very active between 6-8am and 6-8pm, that those are her traditional hunting times.  mornings are not a problem. i have been giving her kong cones with her food around 530p.  but its the time of day when i am cooking dinner and i don't get her out for a walk.  also that's the time the all neighbors walk their dogs and razzle is still very reactive to other dogs.  we are working on that too.  i just need to get a routine down with her and that may mean i need to change our routines.  i may need to cook dinner earlier or have it in the oven when her hunting time comes on her so i can devote time to her.  she has no control over these urges yet but i hope we can help her stay calmer so she doesn't get tethered although her tether is always where i am, she is never left alone.  i just have an aversion to animals being restrained, even if they don't mind it.  i would mind it and i transfer that emotion onto her.

        thanks for your suggestions.  i know she is meant to be with me, i know our fates are intertwined, that we have an affinity for each other somehow.  so i have to find out how to teach her and learn from her. i will try playing with her around 5p for a while and see if it helps.

        "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

        by art ah zen on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 07:54:00 AM PDT

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  •  Good luck with the writing, (4+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM and family! It sounds like quite a challenge, but fun, too. I seem to lack certain "ions" - insipiration, motivation, dedication - for tackling something like that, at least when it comes to fiction.

    Ooh! I just saw a baby groundhog working its way across the yard. I saw mama much earlier and looked for a kit or 2, but didn't see any then. I love to watch them. They waddle as they nibble, but when something startles them, they're surprisingly graceful as they lope away.

    It's beautiful here, sunny and not humid. Hope everyone has a good day.

    •  Thanks! (4+ / 0-)
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      I have a lot of the pre-planning done which will make it easier I hope and avoid writer's block in the middle of the month. I have a sense of where this book is going, who all the characters are and what their motivations are. Of course, they always throw me for a loop somewhere and change things, but that's half the fun of it.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 08:50:30 AM PDT

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  •  People keep telling me I should write a book. (5+ / 0-)
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    I probably could.  I enjoy research and I do seem to have a talent for storytelling.

    The thing is, several of the people I've known for most of my life at this point are professional authors.  I have no stories in me that are burning to be told - and besides, I've never wanted to work that hard.

    Granted, there are probably things I do that people look at me and wonder why I would want to work that hard, but writing isn't one of them.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 08:47:47 AM PDT

  •  Was always good with (typing) papers in (4+ / 0-)
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    college, researching and organizing are easy for me and I would get good grades for my work.  I have never wanted to do extra writing for fun or profit, and never saw anything creative as a career path.  

    Going to be very warm for a few days, we are loaded up at the business, have a birthday party this weekend and our first steel band performance of the gazebo season is Monday night.  I like all of those things better when It is not excessively hot outside!

    I have several tiny yellow squashes coming on,  and am looking forward to grilling them!  soon......

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

    by weck on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 09:06:07 AM PDT

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