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amanda_sheree: my baby, Annie, in my lap (Default)
Saturday, June 6th, 2015 10:42 pm
I've been spending a lot of time with family and friends lately: walks, park trips with my dog, movie theater showings, birthday celebrations, restaurants, mall outings, a picnic, a baseball game with fireworks, TV shows, and--of course--great conversation. Today, I saw Ex Machina and then went out to eat at a sushi place (I ordered teriyaki chicken because I'm a chicken {pun unintended} when it comes to seafood).

Since I finished the newest draft of Inevitable Dusk on May 9th, I'm going to start the editing on June 9th. I hope to get it out to my first proofreader and editor before the end of August.

While distancing myself from Inevitable Dusk, I've been working on my first chick-lit, Unquenchable. I'm forcing myself not to go back and rewrite and edit and nitpick because otherwise I'd never get a full first draft.
amanda_sheree: my baby, Annie, in my lap (Default)
Friday, November 9th, 2012 12:02 am
I had several days of no writing.  D'oh!  But my brother came to visit and we had a lot of fun.  We saw Wreck-It Ralph and adored it; I recommend it, and I loved the nods to some of my beloved video games (mostly older ones.  My brother is up-to-date with newer stuff).

My back pain has been through the roof.  Even sleeping is very painful, whether on either side or flat on my back.  I'll probably try to ice it again when I go to bed.  Maybe a chiropractor would help; I don't know.  I'm having my neck and shoulder pains as well.  Adam helped loosen up my tension--he's a strong guy--and the pressure on my neck and shoulders hurt but it alleviated some of the pain.  He was shocked at how dang tense I am.  It's like my shoulders are made of cement.  Grandma's good at loosening up my muscles, too.  I might buy another heat pad, or improvise, but sometimes heat worsens it.

Anyway.  We got rain today, which made me happy.  I had the perfect writing conditions: Rain; caffeine-filled, icy, slushy Diet Pepsi Cherry soda; my writing playlist; and a purring Annie.  I've managed to get in over 2,000 words throughout the day.

Word Count

Today: 2,144
Total: 5,626

Tsirris is now at over 81,000 words.
amanda_sheree: (autumn)
Thursday, October 11th, 2012 01:55 pm
 The rain is really coming down right now.  It's a good thunderstorm; oh, how I love thunderstorms!  I'll probably curl up in bed and continue reading Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.  And I might go twirl in the rain again.  Ah, this weather is the best.
amanda_sheree: my baby, Annie, in my lap (Annie and me)
Monday, January 9th, 2012 02:28 pm
...and I am still without a laptop charger. However, ideas for different novels and other projects have been forming, and this year I plan to complete my "Pernille: A Love Story (A Satire)," my short-story-thing with chapters, Tsirris, and Brownie Points. I have notes, outlines, etc. for them, and I am ready to start on Brownie Points, a children's chapter book. Some of my non-writer friends have also expressed interest in it, and a high school friend had offered to do illustrations. For the time being, I'll have to write on paper.

I plan to update my LiveJournal and DreamWidth more often, and to do some catching up on reading friends' journals.
amanda_sheree: (autumn)
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 05:30 pm
I'm just making a short update.

For Thanksgiving, I visited family. I spent a night at my grandparents' house the Sunday or Monday before Thanksgiving, and the next day, Grandma and I went to my cousins' and stayed until the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It was incredibly fun, and my cousins and I have acquired yet more inside jokes. We also played Mario "Bubs" one night and were up eating weird concoctions of things that Allie made until two in the morning. (Mario "Bubs" is the new Mario game for the Wii, which includes a feature where you can hit "Start" or something to keep your character from dying by putting it into a bubble.) Also, the stuff Allie made wasn't that weird, and I guess she'd ripped a recipe from Alissa.

On Black Friday, I went shopping with Alissa and her boyfriend. I ended up not buying anything, but I have some ideas on what to get loved ones for Christmas. First, we drove to Best Buy, and the checkout line was winding almost a quarter around the store. Next, we went to Jamba Juice (I think; it was a famous juice place) and then Target. We finished up at the mall.

This week and next are very stressful and are going to be very stressful for me. My last class session of the semester is next Thursday, when I take my final exam. The rough draft for my final essay is due tomorrow, and my final draft is due on Tuesday (it has to be six to eight pages).

I have several goals for the winter break, at least two involving writing (my fiction writing).

Trying not to freak out.
amanda_sheree: autumn candy (autumn candy)
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 01:57 am
I didn't make the deadline for my college's literary magazine; oh, well. Maybe I'll submit something next time.

I still plan on doing my Halloween prompts. I'm envisioning the scene for "Festive levitating gala." I have vague ideas for some of the others as well. I'd love to expand at least a couple beyond flash fiction, partly to work on my short story skills.

It looks like I won't finish this draft of Tsirris by November. So many continuity errors and changes/ updates I've made to the story are conflicting and driving me crazy. It's sloppy, and I want to EDIT, EDIT, EDIT. I still want to tell the story. It just needs so much work.

Other ideas are looking attractive. What to choose, what to choose.

In reading news, I finished reading Dracula. My feelings on it are mixed. For example, the protagonists aren't very distinct (although Van Helsing and Quincey are in dialogue). Also, there are points in the story where they're not quite bright, or are even oblivious (and with so many clues from past experiences!). Overall, I enjoyed it, though.

Next up on my Halloween reading: The Complete Sherlock Holmes and Frankenstein. I have yet to get Something Wicked This Way Comes; the local Barnes&Noble didn't have it.

I'm not sure what I'm doing for Halloween yet. I'm hoping to get a cheap-ish costume.

Last week, I took my mid-term. Hopefully I did decently. I've been investing a lot of time in the class and enjoying it for the most part. The evening before the exam, I met up with some classmates at Barnes&Noble after I did my book shopping.

I don't know why, but I have been exhausted physically as well as mentally. My body wants so much sleep, and I don't want that much sleep. Maybe it's related to the changing season? I took out my extra comforter for my bed last week. We've had some scorching days, though! I think it's been in the 100s Fahrenheit. So, the day length--instead of the weather--is probably what's factoring into my exhaustion. It's eating up my ambition as well. Solution: Listen to lots of music and just start writing.

Well, I think I've rambled long enough. I may go to bed before completing my class reading; I've already been reading for it the past several hours.
amanda_sheree: autumn candy (autumn candy)
Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 11:09 pm
So many stories and ideas are swirling around in my mind. It's hard not to jump from idea to idea instead of settling on one project and seeing it through before taking on something else. I'm going to try to map out my priorities.

1. Complete Tsirris. Excise the info-dumps, tie up any loose ends, and fix all inconsistencies. Then, let it sit for a month or two before hardcore editing.
2. Start querying Inevitable Dusk to agents. Write a compelling and concise synopsis (this is going to take a while).
3. Pick up another main project. Options include Brownie Points, two new Matagot projects, and a weird science-fantasy for which I'm character-building and world-building.
4. Complete novellas. My current two are "Pernille: A Love Story (A Satire)" (my project for the anthology) and this parody-thing I've worked on sporadically over the years.
5. Finish short stories and more flash fictions,

Oh! My college is accepting up to five submissions per student for a literary magazine (submissions are free and everything). I'm mentally running through ideas of what I could submit. The maximum word count for fiction is 3,000, so that's pretty good. The deadline is October 10th.
amanda_sheree: my baby, Annie, in my lap (Annie and me)
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 11:30 am
So, it's been a while. I have neglected not only my journals, but my writing, too (aside from some plotting and world-building).

So far, my British Literature class is going well. I've really enjoyed our reading assignments, and have a few classic readings under my belt; I have finally read Beowulf, for one. (I have been am using "have" a lot, aren't I?)

Last week, I met some nice people. The first one and I started talking at the bus stop, and she asked my favorite bands. I answered with Within Temptation and Evanescence...and she said those were hers! We proceeded to list our favorite songs. Then, on the bus, I talked to someone from my class. That was Thursday, and when I got home, I had an awful surprise waiting.

Annie, my amazing, adorable, affectionate, smart (and did I say amazing?) cat was sick. She was drooling and sneezing. I can't say how upset I was/ have been. I have been literally sick with worry. We got her to the vet a couple days ago, and the vet prescribed an antibiotic. Today and yesterday, Annie has been drinking water, and that's a relief. She's peed in her litter box, too, but I haven't seen her really eat. However, she seems to have improved, but I don't think I can shake my worry until she is 100% well. My family and I have been praying like crazy. I've been weak, exhausted, nauseous,... I love my little girl so much. Mom says that if this is bad, wait until I have kids and they get sick.

So, I'm going to keep praying. If Annie gets well, I'm going to be overjoyed.
amanda_sheree: my baby, Annie, in my lap (Annie and me)
Sunday, July 17th, 2011 10:50 pm
I've been going on early morning and late evening walks about every day for the past few weeks. I usually get out around 5:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. and stroll to and around the park. It's fun to see all these little rabbits dashing across the grass and through the hills; it seems like we see more of them each time. They're brown, but their tails are bright white, and that makes them easier to see sometimes. And, of course, there are always loud birds out in the morning.

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amanda_sheree: (Mew)
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 10:42 pm
Ugh. Not feeling great. I've been nauseous and feverish the past few days. I haven't really gotten writing done (well, a few flash fictions).

I'm waiting for my registration date at the local community college (my application was accepted and whatnot). I plan to start out with one class and see how it goes. I've been looking at the course catalog, but changes keep being made. Hopefully registration will open soon, and hopefully I'll snag the class I want.

I'm looking forward to finishing a draft of Tsirris so I'll have more time to work on other things. My target for Brownie Points is about 30,000 words, since I'm planning for it to be middle-grade. In addition to that, I might start one of my next planned Matagot novels. On the NaNoWriMo front, I'm considering the werewolf project that I ended up not doing last year.

In the meantime, I'm trying to stay focused. I still have quite a few threads to finish in Tsirris, but for the first edit, I already know a lot of the info-dumps will be cut.

Oh! One more thing. I've gotten some feedback regarding the beta-ing of Inevitable Dusk that pointed out a few weak spots, and that's given me some inspiration. I don't expect to blow up the word count, but a little added action in a few places might take care of the issues. After a round of beta-ing and more editing, maybe I'll start looking for an agent.