Wednesday, November 30, 2011

NaNoWriMo Day 30: WINNER!

Final word count: 50282.

Is the story finished?

Not even close.

Is it good to be done?
Oh, yeah!!

Thanks for sticking with me these awesome, horrible, draining 30 days!


Its a great feeling.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

NaNoWriMo: Day 27...BEHIND

Alas, yes, I am VERY behind on NaNo...okay, not VERY, but considerably. I worked ahead one day and slacked two, leaving me behind by one day, and now it is the evening, and I'm about 2000 words short.

Never fear! I shall type valiantly!

I had a very good Thanksgiving with family and food, and didn't really mind getting behind. If possible, I wanna hit 50,000 early (I'm at like, 42,900 right now) because of a friend visiting on Wednesday, the last day, but I'll do whatever needs to be done (within reason) to finish on time! The actual STORY will not be complete this month, but I've got a ton done and laid the groundwork for a truly excellent novel. Naturally, its a mess, and no, friends who are looking forward to reading it, you probably won't read it anytime in December, either.

But it's been great fun! It hasn't intruded on my life at all. Once I can save money for things other than feeding myself while in Europe, I think I just need to invest in a laptop, and than I'll be able to write all the time. I just don't have the resources now; I'm only being allowed to use the laptop in November because of NaNo.

Well, that's all for tonight! : )

Friday, November 25, 2011


All too often I have forgotten that I am abundantly blessed.

I'm stressed out or can't sleep at night, or school is hard or work is exhausting, and all I can focus on is how horrible my life is.

Meanwhile, God is holding me in His arms.

He's looking down at me, listening to all my silent and not-so-silent complaints, my grumblings, my sorrows, my anger, my pettiness. He's holding me, stroking my hair, and all I do is complain.

I'm in His arms, and I don't even realize He's there. 


I'm happy and content, with friends or family or all by myself, eating ice cream, drawing or writing, basking in the little good things in life, and all I can focus on is how 'lucky' I am.

MeanwhileGod is holding me in His arms.

He's looking down at me, listening to all my silent and not-so-silent laughter, hopefulness, dreaming, loving, and joy. He's holding me, stroking my hair, and I don't even acknowledge Him.

I'm in His arms, and I don't even realize He's there.

Even when I am thankful for my blessings, I often forget Who it is that has blessed me.

Thank you, God. Thank you.

~ Happy Thanksgiving ~

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Amazing little video that warmed my heart. Enjoy : )

Friday, November 18, 2011

NaNoWriMo: Day 18, CHARACTERS!!

Charlotte Worth, 16 (and The Frog)

Toby Worth, 23

These characters were created at, and they turned out absolutely amazing! My only complaint is Charlotte's hair is not quite how I imagine it, and I had no way to make Toby look older/taller than his younger sister, but ah, well. Since I just couldn't get them to look right drawing them, I'm very pleased with this. More characters in the future? Possibly...not sure yet. These are the two main characters, anyway. 

Things are going well still! Word count is 29,186...but I haven't even reached the climax yet. Oy. So I'm thinking I'll have to start writing scenes rather than just go in chronological order, otherwise November will end and I won't even have a complete skeleton of my novel! 

That's it for now...I'm off to bump my word count some more : ).

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

NaNoWriMo Day 16...I'M NOT DEAD!

I am, however, very tired, and therefore....



Yes, Anna. I know. But I needed the 'shmallow kitty.

Current word count: 27146.

Novel excerpts 1 and 2:


Once upon a time, there was a kind, just king and a queen who lived in a beautiful castle, in an enchanted forest, beside the most magical lake in all the world. All they ever wanted was to have children, and they got their wish. They had one handsome son, a prince, who was the kindest person in the world. But he was all alone. They wanted another child, someone for the prince to love and grow up with, but it didn’t seem they would ever get that wish. But they hoped and they prayed, and finally, seven years later, they had one more child; a girl, a little daughter, who loved the prince more than anything else in the world.
                Ok. So they weren’t really a king and a queen. They didn’t live in a castle. The forest wasn’t enchanted. The lake wasn’t magical. The boy wasn’t a prince, and the girl was not a princess.
                But, to Charlotte, all of it was true.


Charlotte couldn’t help but wonder at the stupidity of what she’d just done. Everyone says that love is blind, and people do crazy things when they’re in love. But Charlotte could only believe that love saw everything perfectly. It was emotion that got you all muddled up. Maybe if she’d had food in her stomach, she wasn’t freezing to death, and she wasn’t still so emotionally distraught over losing Toby; she could have made a better, far less emotional decision. But the die had been cast and the deed was done. She had sealed her fate, for better or worse.
The lion walked for a very long time, and Charlotte finally fell asleep. She had fitful dreams about her family; her mother crying, her father disparaging… so much hurt and pain. Even asleep she couldn’t escape it. 

It's going well!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

NaNoWriMo: Day 8!

I lost my big lead over the weekend  but I currently have 11960 words and my story is going strong.

I am really enjoying NaNo...thank you to everyone following this perilous journey!

Friday, November 4, 2011

NaNoWriMo: Day 4 ART!!

HURRAH! Today, I present you with the stellar art I have available for my NaNo Novel! Behold!

These two BREATHTAKING icons were made by my dear friend, Kayla the Graphic Design Nut. I love her nearly, and she was even willing to edit for me!

And this was made by me, today. Its not very fact, it took the least amount of skill possible to create an edited photo, but it is meaningful to me because it is part of the story. 

It's going well...I'm past the 10,000 word mark! 1/5 of the way done!

Prayers, please! 

God bless you this weekend. 


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NaNoWriMo: DAY 1


Day 1, and my word count is 3,100.

And that was AFTER the computer crashed and I lost roughly 200 words.

A rough start, but I am PUMPED.