Multi-passionate writer, author and solo-preneur

Month: October 2009

Happy Halloween!

Non-Goals and ‘WriMo Chatter

(Cross-posted from Daydream Believer)

You know, I had goals for this week, but when I neglect to blog them on Monday, I forget all about them by Wednesday. But they really haven’t changed much: stay healthy, keep gearing up for NaNo, keep my clients happy…those pretty much sum it up.

This Old Haunt now on Scribd!

After some feedback that it’s hard to read or print the story on the This Old Haunt blog, I went ahead and converted the whole shebang into a PDF e-book and published it on The e-book version costs $3.00, and once you pay you can access the entire story to read on the site or download a printable PDF copy. There’s no Creative Commons box to check under the copyright options, but the CC license still applies. And of course, if $3.00 is too rich for your blood, you can still read it here, totally free of charge. Just use the labels in the sidebar to navigate between chapters.

Click here to get This Old Haunt on Scribd!

Insomnia-induced NaNoWriMo ramblings

I’m coming at dawn from the wrong side this morning. My circadian rhythms are so far out of whack that I never even felt like going to bed all night. I’m feeling a little like it now, but if I went to bed now I’d sleep the whole day away and be right back where I started tomorrow morning.

I whiled away the wee, small hours by finishing up a copy writing project I’ve been doing for a while, and since finishing I’ve been blowing off steam by playing around with graphics for my NaNo profile. It’s been a productive week of novel planning, and I’ve got all of my main POV characters profiled, a stack of notecards full of scene ideas to arrange, and, wonder of wonders, I even have a title:

Casting my novel – the male lead

Don’t you love writing kismet? I’m working up character profiles for my NaNoWriMo project, and I was researching Slavic names for my male vampire protagonist. I settled on Alexandr Konstantin, which means “steadfast defender of mankind,” which is apropros given his role in the story. I was also trying to get a mental picture of him, so out of curiosity I Googled the name, and this is what I found.

Yeah, he’ll do.

Goals for the week, and Halloween paper crafts

(Cross-posted from Daydream Believer

It’s Sunday night and, like I said, Monday’s are heck-a busy, so let’s lay out some goals for the coming week. But first, a quick recap of my day, most of which was spent with part of Husband’s side of the family, where meat was smoked and then consumed, rowdy, excited dogs (well, one) were petted and petted and assured that they are very pretty and that yes, I love them even though I just met them, too, Guitar Hero and Scrabble were played, mead (yes, actual mead) was drunk, and a fine time was had by all. All, that is, except our own pets who, judging by how forlorn they acted when we left and how pee-their-pants happy they acted when we got back, were lonely and depressed and miserable the entire time we were gone. Either that, or they’ve got us so fooled that we don’t even suspect them of partying the entire time. I like to think it’s the former. Poor babies.

A loose writing schedule. Because you know how well those always work out for me.

(Cross-posted to Daydream Believer)

The Hero Factor mark-ups are finished, and here’s the breakdown:

  • 60 total scenes
  • 12 of which will be brand new
  • and of which approximately 1/3 of those remaining will require extensive revisions
  • but the rest just need some tightening and grammar clean-up.
  • I made gloves. And now I make goals.

    [Cross-posted from Daydream Believer]

    I’ve been enjoying a lazy morning snuggled up on the sofa with my pets and the snuggliest afghan in creation (thanks again, Susan!), but it’s about time to wake the aytch up and get to work, so let this post serve as a warm up for my brain.

    Last week, this week, and a month from now (yay NaNoWriMo!)

    (Cross-posted #)

    I know I said I’d start posting my goals again last Monday, but then I got slammed with work. So far this freelance biz is feast or famine, and my regular clients all seem to be on the same cycle as to when they have work for me. I’m not complaining. The busy times are great, as they mean we get to eat and pay the mortgage, and the stress of multiple deadlines isn’t nearly as burdensome as the stress of wondering how to pay the bills.

    My brain was pretty fried by Friday night, though, and I spent the weekend trying not to think about work and just recover so I could dig in again this week, which promises to be another busy one. I actually had planned to get a lot done on Saturday, including blogging and posting the next ep of This Old Haunt, but I got hit with a pretty bad headache, and all I managed to get done were some errands and a few scenes of Hero Factor marked up for revisions. Then I spent Sunday puttering around the house getting the cleaning and laundry done. Well, mostly done. I’m still waiting on the last load to dry so I can put it away before I get to work on client projects.

    I also put out the Halloween decorations yesterday, which made me ridiculously happy. I love October and Halloween so hard.

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