Leo's Angel Oak Tree

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wait for it....

It's Official!!  I am a NaNoWriMo 2010 Winner!!  YAY!

After much frustration, more stress, lots of scenes dancing in my head, and many more steamy scenes with my main man, LEO (swoon!!), I have reached my goal of at least 50,000 words by the end of NaNoWriMo!

So here's my cheezy acceptance speech:  (Ready?)

I would like to thank the many writer friends who have encouraged me every step of the way from my Twitter Followers, Facebook Friends, and Blog Followers. Also, to my students, who asked every morning what my word count was!! To my hubbs, who loves me enough to give me time to write!

And last but not least, I couldn't forget to thank my fingers who never quit typing even when it would have been VERY easy to do!

My November rocked hard core! So, now I am giving it a rest until January when I can go back and cut most of the words I've written to make this bad boy shine!

Meanwhile, I will be revising and editing LOVESTRUCK to prepare for querying!

Stay tuned...I plan on posting some of this accomplishment on my blog and also hosting a blogfest. A THANK GOD NOVEMBER IS OVER blogfest! So tell everyone you know to keep coming back for the details!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Blog Award!!!

One of my very cool buds gave me a blog award for my NaNoWriMo success story!  Thanks Margo!

So, I'm paying it forward...


I have to tell you all five things I love and send the award on to five other bloggers.  So here goes:

1. Love my Hubbs and my Doggies
2. Love my Fourth Graders
3. Love movies and all things entertainment
4. Love writing steamy scenes
5. Love BOOKS!!!!!

So, I am passing this award to the following bloggers: 

1. Alison Miller: Because you were sooooo much fun at SCWW!!!
2. Roni Loren : Because you live in TEXAS!!
3. Kathryn Kupanoff : Great Post on Quality or Quantity
4. Jessica Stanford: for your post on Hermione Granger!
5. Dawn Embers: For being just SO COOL!!

Congrats for making me smile, laugh, and write!!! Hats off to you!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

My NaNoWriMo Experience

Boy, oh, Boy!! The month of November is halfway over, and NaNoWriMo is still going strong.  So far, it is going well.  It was just the kick in the pants I needed to get back to the computer again. It has had its hiccups though. 

November 1st: The FIRST DAY

I was soooooooooo excited to get started.  I sat down after work, got my notes and plot outline, and started writing.  The flow was smooth and I was hammering out a masterpiece (yeah, right?). At least I was getting words on the page! I was about 1,234 words in, very close to my goal of 1,667 words, when the Scrivener for Windows beta version I was using deleted every word in front of my eyes. Yeah, I know! Well, I opened another window and tried to access my saved file (I had been saving every five minutes!) and that file was empty too.  I literally cried! 

Now don't get me wrong.  I love Scrivener and want a full version.  It's a great piece of software for writers.  I love the plot corkboard.  I just had a glitch.  Anyhoo...I lost everything and reported the bug!

Now, I could have stopped right there, went to bed, and doubled up the next day.  BUT...my Fourth Grade class was counting on me to make my goal.  So, I stayed up until almost two in the morning to finish my word count.  I did, so YAY! I also saved it in three different locations in MS Word!!

Since that memorable first day, I have written everyday, made my goals, and have loved every minute of NaNoWriMo! I even opened it up to my class and 16 out of 20 students signed-up as well.  We are having a write-in this week in class, and I can't wait!!

So, are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year?  If so, buddy me, okay!!