Writing Update

Greg and I have had two, hour-long writing sessions. The first night, we managed 725 words. Last night, we added another 602 words. In total, we’ve written 1327, and we’ve completed the prologue!

Our writing style seems to be that one of us uses brute strength and forced words just to get the story down, then the other goes back and polishes the language into something that seems natural and acceptable. We flip-flop these rolls and it’s working really well for us so far. There hasn’t been any yelling, and neither of us has any extra bruises or experienced blood loss–always a good sign!

Greg's the one with the ponytail. Illustration by David Saracino
Greg’s the one with the ponytail.
Illustration by David Saracino

A Couple of Updates

Yes, I am behind on my book reviews. Thank you for noticing! I still need to write-up and post reviews for The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Book of Earth (Diadem #5) by John Peel, and *deep breath* Welsh Folk-Lore: A Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales by Elias Owen. But I have good reason for being so far behind. If you follow my blog, you know that the husband (Greg) and I have been working on a book. That’s been taking up much of my precious at-home evening time. Well, I have a big update on the writing front–We have completed our outline! Yessireebob, We have our book all plotted out and it is ready to be written.

Now comes the fun part–real, honest story writing.


NaNoWriMo Preparation Update

We’ve had unseasonably cold weather here in the North Georgia Mountains. We’ve had ice and multiple frosts now. Luckily, it makes for good cozy activities, such as sipping warm mulled wine and curling up on the couch with a quilt armed with a good book. In the case of Greg and me, we’re honing our research skills and studying up on fairy legends and mythos of the British isles and Scandinavia. The research has proven to be most helpful, and we continue uncovering loads of super interesting stories and legends, and even just small things that will add to our over-all world-building.

The book outline is shaping up nicely, and each day we are able to work on the story, we get more and more excited.

Here’s a random factoid for you: the Welsh plural for Corgi is Corgwn (pronounced “corgen” like “oxen”)–you can bet your teeth that we’re using that one.


Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? What are you doing, if anything, to prepare?

Foggy Morning

foggymorningThis was the view from my back porch this morning. It was super foggy and creepy-looking. Plus it was cold. We actually had ice on the porch this morning. Luckily, I had brought in Spidey, my spider plant that usually gets killed by frost at least 2-3 times a year, but he keeps coming back! He is a Lazarus plant.

The day does not promise to be a bright, sunny one. Which makes it a perfect day to stay inside and do more novel research! Yesterday, Greg and I came across so much exciting and useful information that will definitely add that extra bit of depth and awesomeness to our book.


No Hike

There’s no hike this weekend. Greg and I are planning on giving the house a good thorough cleaning (including cleaning out the garage) and doing research for our NaNoWriMo novel.

Research time!
Research time!