Prepping for Camp Nano

2014-Participant-Facebook-ProfileWhat do you do when you’re prepping for Camp? You make a list, check it like five million times, and try not to freak out. Yeah, that’s about it. LOL Beyond that, you also learn to triple check everything you plan because you know whatever you plan to do will not be what you really end up doing. Thus, why I’m taking the last couple of days of March to make backup plans. Why? Because I live in Cynnie-verse where nothing goes how it should. Let me explain how this works.  Continue reading

Updates, Writing, and More

Sometimes it surprises me just how much I do manage to get done on my days off. It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally updated my website, finished edits on one of my older books, and got some stuff at home finished with 1.5 days left this week. For me, this is simply amazing. It took about a month to get used to working 10 hour work days, but I’m getting there. Continue reading

COW: How random is random in writing

writer-1-150x150So I’ve been reading craft of writing books lately and I’ve been editing. Mainly, I’ve been reading books on structure and scenes. Reread a couple of my craft books I had on my Nook as well as in print. A few things caught me this time which I hadn’t noticed before. This is what happens when you review regularly– new things catch your eyes and mind, which help your growth as a writer. The thing that stood out is that in real life– random things DO happen. However, in fiction– that’s just not allowed but very rarely. Everything is noted and plotted out beforehand. *puts up hand* Now, before you pansters out there have a hissy fit, even you, who don’t plot, know there must be conflict for your characters to learn, grow, and eventually achieve their goals. Otherwise, it would be the most boring tale known to mankind. Yet, it’s true- we can’t just have them catch a cold because it just happens. It happens because Martha, their cubicle mate was sick with pneumonia, which she caught because her abusive ex-husband was stalking her and chased her outside last week, when our hero helped her out and chased the ex away with a baseball bat, etc. See what I mean? Planned. Not random– it happened just because it did. Blew my mind away– Poof! I had a late night “Come to the Writing Gods” moment with that revelation. Wasn’t pretty.  Continue reading

Looking forward to 2014

22160-Clipart-Illustration-Of-A-Yellow-Emoticon-Face-Wearing-A-Party-Hat-And-Blowing-On-A-Noise-Maker-At-A-PartyRight now, I’ve gone through my first week in transition at my day job and learned I will never learn it all. More importantly, I learned being sick my last week of training is not recommended. My male got sick after– not good. Then having the holiday ruined more writing time because the male was sick, his mom was here and just things got away because my sickness wasn’t completely gone. Continue reading