3 Books in the Works, Fun time in my Head and on my Computer

I had a little book, it was the merest thought, the merest character until it blossomed into a full-fledged idea and a full fledged story.

I said I would be working on a new genre and I am happy to announce  I am well into the story and I am very excited about the characters and their interactions.

I started with one type of book in mind and took it up a notch. I am so glad I did. These characters had so much more going for them than I at first imagined.  I do love when a character shakes me up and says “Hey Listen!”

I am listening Dolcey, I am listening.  Hurry up and tell me what I need to know. Hiram needs to get his story out too.

Don’t worry Hiram, I have you started too. Hold on, hold on, you are about to be set free. Keep feeding me your backstory. I am listening.

Two strong characters with a lot of appeal coming soon.  Oh, what a time to be writing!

 

Happy Dance Commences!

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I’m so excited! and I just can’t hide it!

Today, I finished the draft of my book.  I am sending it off for editing and beta reading.    

 I knew  three things the moment I woke up:

 1. What I needed to say.

2.  Where to place The end.

3. How to start the new story.  

I wanted you all to share in my news. Because, in case you could not tell. I am excited!

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Word Count Totals For April: It Was A Very Good Month

Today is May 1st and I am going to follow J. C. Cauthon‘s lead and post my final counts for the month of April. I hope that J.C. sees this is a form of flattery not a cheap imitation.

I am excited with the word count and the progress made on both The Shepherds of Donaldson Park and the new book. The new book has no title, only a working premise.

The new story will be  based on a character out of the current book.  The character, Gwen Masterson, intrigued me which compelled me to write her story. She wanted to be written about before the other book is even completed.  Oh yes, she is going to be a noisy character that already knows her own story.

This is the first time I have juggled two stories at one time. It is not as hard, since their stories will over lap a bit.  It is an exciting process. Some day I will tell my story as to why I am so excited to be writing again.  Right now I just revel in the fact that I am writing. It has been a long time returning.

The reason for this post is to show (using the graph that J. C. Cauthon shared with me) my own progress. April complete

Thank you so much J.C. This has kept me accountable for my time. I love the chart!

I had 6 days where I did not write on my book. I plan on having less off days in May. 5 days were spent on Gwen’s story. So only 1 day where I only wrote on the blog. Blogging was a bit more successful as I only missed 2 days writing on The Page Turner.

Thank you for following along in my writing adventure.  I do hope it is of interest. It keeps me enthused.

 

 

 

Camp NaNoWriMo Ends For Me

YAY!

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Today I am the proud owner of this banner and a certificate. I wrote 41,394 words on my book.  I originally set my goal at 30,000.  I surpassed that number so I happily upped it to 40,000 on the 15th of April. I am very excited to have reached my goal. I was going to raise it to 50,000 and keep going, but you can’t update after the 20th.  I validated my word count today.

It is a good feeling to share the news. If you are still going towards your goal in Camp NaNoWriMo, I wish you good luck!

Let me know when you achieve your goal.  I would                love  to celebrate with you!

 

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Cheers everyone!

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Meet Rachel and Drew: The Main Characters in The Shepherds of Donaldson Park

I have been writing furiously this month on my new book, The Shepherds of Donaldson park. It has been the best writing experience of my life. I have pushed myself to write a story with a bit of humor, a good bit of nice clean romance and a few feisty shepherds.

It can see the end of the book in sight and I thought I would share an excerpt from the book.  I would and should add in a delightful cover picture here, but alas, I am not at that stage of the process.

I can see it vividly in my head. Now I just need to get it on paper and even more importantly on the front of the book.

Instead I will show a picture one of the shepherds.

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I will share a little bit of information about Rachel and Drew and leave the unfolding of their story for when you read the book.


Rachel’s Excerpt:

Rachel Payton woke up alone in her bed to the sound of her dogs milling around in the bedroom.  The wakeup call was familiar to her since they started to stir about right at six ‘clock every morning.

She sat up; leaned back against the wooden headboard of the queen sized sleigh bed before grabbing the phone and checking the time. She might as well check for any messages from the night before. This was a habit she formed quickly after getting her new phone.

This phone had all the bells and whistles. It had quickly become her most valuable tool, her lifeline to family and friends. She could search the internet, check out Facebook and read a few emails without ever leaving the cozy bed. Taking a few precious seconds to fully wake up before heading out into the chilly morning, she made use of the phone.

Twenty minutes later Rachel was turning on the coffee pot that had been prepped last night, she shuffled around in the oversized jacket which was slug over her sleeping gear of yoga pants and a tank top. Rachel smiled looking around the cute kitchen; she felt the familiar stirrings of love for this bungalow she had recently purchased. Sure, it had taken her almost a year to save up for the down payment, but now it was hers, monthly payments, brand new expensive hot water heater and all.

A year, hard to believe it had only been a year since her world came crashing down around her ears.  A year seemed so long unless you were living it, surviving it. Dealing with life altering decisions and making them work for you. Actually, Rachel thought, a year is not really so very long.


Drew’s Excerpt:

Drew walked over to the passenger door and opened it. He reached for her hand before  Rachel could  drop to the ground.  He did not loosen his hold on her hand even after her feet landed on the driveway.  He walked along side of her, enjoying the feel of her hand in his. They walked side by side down the long stone pathway and  up the five steps leading to the wide wraparound porch. He unlocked the front door with his free hand, before showing her into the house.

His boots sounded loudly on the tiled floor of the foyer. He stopped so that he could pull off his jacket and hang it on one of  the pegs behind the door.  Leading her through the house he pointed out various doors that opened off of the long wide foyer.  drew opened one of the wooden doors and they were entering a spacious brightly lit room.

At first all Rachel could see was a wall made up of three extremely wide windows that also ran from floor to ceiling. The wall of windows was framing the beautiful pastures outside, like a well hung canvas.

“Oh, Drew! What a lovely view you have!  I could sit here all day and just watch the wind blow the grass and the clouds flowing across the sky.  How do you leave it?”

Rachel sank into a high back chair that sat facing the large set of windows. The light flickered across the room as clouds passed briefly in front of the sun.  Drew stood next to her still clasping her hand, gently rubbing his thumb over her knuckles.  He loved the way her skin felt, firm and soft.

“I’m glad you like it here.  It has always been a special place for me and I have never really wanted to leave here.  I feel like I am bound to this Farm, and it is a very good feeling.”



I would love to hear what you think about Rachel and Drew.  That is my subtle way of asking you to please provide me feedback in the comment section.  🙂

A Wandering Mind Allows For Other Activities

Over the weekend I have written 9000 words in my goal of 30,000 in Camp NaNoWriMo. For just four days in, I feel that is a pretty good start.

Hello Monday!

This morning, after addressing the dogs pressing needs, I cranked up the computer and pulled up the project’s document. I have decided to change the tense to present instead of past, so off I go making those changes on the 50 pages I have written so far. It is going along swimmingly. In the first few hours I am on page twelve and I have added in 647 new words to the story. I like it,I feel confident. I am pleased with my efforts.

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Sure this is typical behavior for me. I keep going back to the beginning quite often making small, and occasionally some pretty large changes. I do not call it editing, I call it perfecting the character. That makes me feel better about it anyway. Obsessive is such a labeling term.

This morning while making changes, correcting the tenses and looking at the pictures I have bookmarked for inspiration,  I decided that it would be simpler to have everything in one secure location. Yes, plan two for the day. I mean, how long can this take?

Meanwhile over at the real estate website,  I attempted to copy the picture of the house I felt inspired to let Rachel live in. The Webmasters have made it where one picture is not available without saving an entire website. I don’t have time for that!

Instead, I found a creative way to save that picture. It did indeed involve a screen print, an email and a photo editor. I am not on a strict a schedule here, Am I?

I had this rogue thought, it is, after all 8:15 am. My moring is getting away from me,  I must address it in an aggressive manner. After I get that picture saved on my hard drive, I realize, this is Pinterest worthy!

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With nothing but time on my hands and a deadline of 27 days. Pshh, I’ve got time!

Pulling up Pinterest, I start adding in the photos that I had saved of my inspirations. Oh yes,  I am feeling very clever now. Pinterest! Vicki,  you are a genius! I am basking in my own cleverness. I need another smug cat picture in this location.

What a wonderful rogue thought this has turned out to be. At this point  my Pinterest account now has one additional board and inspirational bits and pieces to build the complete picture of Rachel Payton’s life.

Oh yeah, my rewriting and word count are looming ahead of me. Oh no!

Is it already noon?

Deadline! deadline!  That one simple word keeps bouncing around in my brain.

What would any logical self-respecting person do?  Why, write a new blog post,  of course.

First Week of Writing the New Book

It has not even  been a full week since I started on a new book. Lets break it down. Shall we?  Before day one, a writer friend of mine on Goodreads named J sent me a message and said, “Vicki get writing” So with that bit of encouragement I decided, I would!

Day One, I sat looking at the Word screen thinking, First word, first word, first word. That went on for about six hours. Alternating looking at Word and Richard Armitage I started thinking about my day and suddenly a picture formed in my head.

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Quickly I typed it into the page and realized, I liked it. I liked the colors and the pictures that it was drawing.  So I added a little more, then a person came to me.  Yes, I knew this person, She was easy to picture as well.  So I set about introducing her.

Next thing I knew, it was six a.m.Time for people to stat milling about the house getting ready for work and school.  I had been writing all night.  I felt great, energized even.  I had written about two thousand words and I had a clear idea of this story.

This was the first major writing I have done in quite a while. I write book reviews and love writing them.  Nothing pleases me more than sharing good books with people. But this was different in my head. It felt good.

Day Two, I sat at the keyboard and picked right up.  Everything was coming freely and smoothly until one character asked the other a question.  Suddenly everything was quiet, blank, stark white in my head.  Oh No! No, No, No, This can’t be happening.  I don’t know the answer.  The character sat in his chair staring into space while I thought and thought of an answer.  He sat there staring for two days. Two days of me staring at him as we both ruminated on the question.  That one darn innocent question.

Day four, I sat down fresh from a full night’s sleep. Coffee in my cup doing it’s job by bringing my sleepy brain to life.  I opened Word pulled up my story and took a big deep breath.  I opened a new tab on the browser and brought up Goodreads.  That seemed like the perfect thing to do. I started chatting with a friend.  I broke down admitting I was stuck. Stuck at 3462 words.

We chatted and I started describing my dilemma. He asked a few questions which made me think about the character. He asked his name and then let me know the origin of that last name. It was brilliant.  He mentioned that the name of the character could be Swedish or Norwegian and that they were usually farmers or ranchers.  We talked on for a while then suddenly I knew, I just knew who he was and what he did. heck I even knew where he lived and what his house looked like. I had my answer. I had more than my answer, I suddenly with clarity knew his history. It was like a light turning on in my brain. I looked over at the word document and began writing again.

My character stopped staring and animatedly started telling his story.  It was a huge Aha moment.   He talked so much I was thinking that this story would take place in one setting,  in one sitting.  I finally had to make him stop talking and let someone else speak. It was lovely.  I realized that I was ready for chapter two and I was satisfied with this day’s work.

Day five,  A research and writing day and it felt good to know what direction this story was heading. If there is one thing I love, it is research. So this was a fun filled day of gathering information. Chapter two flew onto the screen, the plot was beginning to take shape and I realized I had only written for three days, but I had worked on this project for a full five days.

After a long dry creative spell this was like a full body massage with delicious smelling lotions. It was invigorating and satisfying. I felt very alive and excited with this new phase of writing.  Now chapter three is coming along, introducing more of the story one word at a time and I realized, I needed to read a book and write a review.  So I did without guilt, and at 7964 words, I have to admit that all is well with my world this week.