saifai: (Purple Me (saifai))
Tis the season for NaNoWriMo. I've been doing it for years now, and I always enjoy it. Part of the reason is because it gives me a reason to write. Not that I don't already have ideas, but I tend to work best under pressure. I always was one of those people that waited until 3am to do my homework, or study for a test. I once prepared a presentation on Abraham Lincoln (complete with costume and poster board visual aid) in 24 hours in my final year of grade school. Got an awesome grade for that. The same process didn't work so well for my senior project, but that's another story.

NaNoWriMo is also a chance to expand my skills as a writer. I've never been a good student when it comes to English. All the rules and regulations make my head spin. I've always been a bit believer in if it sounds good, I'm okay with it. However, as a writer you look at things very differently. Especially when it comes to your characters.

I heard recently a tip given to someone if they're suffering from writer's block, that to work through it you can try writing a letter to your character to ask what they want to do. They'll usually surprise you. I've done variations on that before. I've written biographies for my characters, and that usually serves as a wonderful guide for me to experience my character from the inside out. It's always been my experience that if you truly know your character, they'll write the story for you.

It sounds weird if you've never experienced it. It gets even weirder if you're hearing the voice of your characters too. Some will have dreams where their characters nag them about differing plot points. I've been driven to write an entire email to a business client once in the voice of my character just because the character had something in my mind that I'd been ignoring.

I suppose that leads me to my next point. I almost always outline my story in some way. How I do that really depends on the story itself. One story I knew the background of my main character, and knew the end outcome of a secondary character. Once I put the two together it wrote itself. It required a hell of a lot of research to build that initial character. But another time I did the same background research, built an extensive outline of where I wanted the character to go, and then had my character hijack the story and take it in a different direction entirely. Never be afraid to just let go and see where it takes you.

I'm always learning, and always writing. I enjoy seeing different ways of doing things. The story I'm doing now is taking a far more traditional approach to the plot in how its structured. The characters are writing themselves to a point, but it's within the guidelines I've set for them.

As I said, it just depends on the story for me.

So how do you do it? Do your methods differ depending on the character or story line? Do you do it the same every time? Or does it just depend on the inspiration that's driven the story you're writing? I'm curious to know how others see the writing process when it comes to building your characters.
saifai: (Monday Again (secondverse))
I've been managing to keep up with my word count on NaNoWriMo, though only just. There are some days I don't write at all, but then do major sprints on another day. Not the best way to do it, but I've got a cold. I figure I'm allowed.

I've also been having issues with my hemiplegic migraines. Just the other night I had an attack. I hadn't realized at first what was happening. I had come across a word I wanted to use, but couldn't remember how to spell it. Brain fart, I thought at first. But then I knew what word I wanted to use, but couldn't quite figure out how to say it or spell it. I thought to ask my Mom, but then couldn't get the word out. All I could recall is that it started with a C. But I couldn't say the word. I really couldn't. The knowledge just wasn't there. In the end it took me a full 5 minutes to come up with the word "Compensate". O.o

Other than that, I've been sick since Sunday. Started out with the scratchy throat, and now I'm up to headaches and sniffly nose. I think I'm actually getting better, but my head is still killing me. My poor Mom got sick now too, though I don't think she minds much. She'd been planning a trip to a nearby town a couple hours away to do a big meeting for a project she's part of. She really didn't want to go. She kept bemoaning the fact she hadn't got sick yet for days now. LoL. Luckily for her, she woke up feeling awful today. Sore throat, temperature, and all. I think she'll be regretting that by tomorrow though. Be careful what you wish for.

Now, I'm off to get a few words caught up before I set off to have breakfast. With any luck I can pump out a few thousand words. We shall see.

Hope you all had a great weekend, and that your week will go swimmingly. :)
saifai: (BtVS - Spike Tainted (saifai))
I always love Fridays, even if it is a bad migraine day.

I went to breakfast with my mom at the Cracker Barrel. I love that restaurant. They've got this awesome breakfast with a yogurt, fruit, and granola parfait. Yummy! I always end up browsing around the store when I'm done too. They've got the most awesome things there and there's something new every time I go in. My current favorites are the crocheted scarves and cardigans

Actually, breakfast was a good time though. We ended up eating with three of mom's work friends. One is close to my age, the others are older. They're all lots of fun though. I don't get out much these days, so any chance to socialize is a good thing.

We got our grocery shopping done. I'm rather surprised I manged it with a migraine, but it was one of those that was very painful but I'm still mobile. There are degrees of pain when it comes to chronic conditions like that. I'm quite sure even a few years ago something like this would have knocked me on my butt. Such is life though.

I've got one more grocery trip to do tomorrow, though I'm not up to it today. There are some things you just can't get where I usually go, so I always end up going to at least two stores. I can get it all in one place if I wanted to pay 35% higher prices. My budget really can't take it these days. I don't mind though.

Later tonight we're having our pizza and a movie night. Just a rising crust frozen pizza, but it's one of my favorites. I'm not sure what we'll watch. Maybe Maleficent. I've got it on video and just haven't got around to watching it.

Nanowrimo is doing well. I'm staying over my daily word minimum at least, which is good. My migraines haven't been treating me very well, so it's about all I can manage. I'm happy to be getting even that done though, so I'm not complaining.

Hope you all have a great weekend yourselves!
saifai: (SeverusWriting (swanboat_icons))
Summer has completely passed me by. That's not entirely unusual, but I seemed to have a few more migraine issues this year than in the past. My fall has been a bit better. I'm writing more. I've been doing more around the house. I've gotten a few fall cleaning type projects done. I have a few more things I want to do before winter sets in though, so on the drier days I've got plans for some of those projects.

Anyone doing National Novel Writing Month? My NaNoWriMo this year is going fairly well. I'm already at 13,000 words. Not bad for four days work, I'd say. In the twelve years I've done it, this is the best start I've ever had. My first day I wrote over half of that total.

I've been reading a ton, but not been watching as much as I usually do. I've got caught up with another British mystery, this time "Rosemary & Thyme". Two older women, one recently divorced, start up a landscaping business. Of course, they're nosy as all get out and usually end up solving some crime or another. They're a hoot. They remind me quite a bit of Miss Marple, actually.

It's officially cold where I am now too. I'm set to go to the store tomorrow and fully plan on picking up some things for beef stew and hot chocolate. I'll probably make a pie too. I can serve it warm!

Hope all is going well where y'all are.
saifai: (NanoWrimo 2008)
Sort of.

You know I went into this blind. Well the first bit I wrote, the first day, I wrote out a dream I'd had (which ended up being written as a dream within a dream). Second day I had nothing. Today I had two dreams back to back that gave me characters (one of which I can't decide is boy or girl, so for now is androgynous and strongly resembles a certain German singer), a life to build on, and a plot.

Yay me!

Also? I'm mostly caught up.

Nano Word Count: 4917
saifai: (NanoWrimo 2008)
Sort of.

You know I went into this blind. Well the first bit I wrote, the first day, I wrote out a dream I'd had (which ended up being written as a dream within a dream). Second day I had nothing. Today I had two dreams back to back that gave me characters (one of which I can't decide is boy or girl, so for now is androgynous and strongly resembles a certain German singer), a life to build on, and a plot.

Yay me!

Also? I'm mostly caught up.

Nano Word Count: 4917
saifai: (Hylton Coat)
Irish Physical Characteristics
As fun as it is to let people think my physical characteristics come from my mother's native american ancestry, the high cheekbones and dark coloring, it's actually from my Dad. They're scottish and irish for the most part, but my dad's color (black hair and brown eyes) are definitely irish. Did some research on it, and I guess it's fairly common to have brown haired irish. Black hair is less common, and black eyes are rare. My eyes are several shades darker than my Dad's, and almost black (depending on the light). I'm guessing I'm closer to being black irish, or more accurately Fir Bolg. Legend says they were short, unaturally white, and had black hair and eyes. That's pretty much me (and my Dad) in a nutshell. Well, my hair is more very dark brown (a bit lighter than my Dad's), but still. Got the short, dark, and white going for me.

NOTE: Oddly enough, my mother's family are quite fair of hair, skin, and eyes. My great-grandmother was native american, and my great-grandfather was german. Both were very fair. My mother ended up with blond hair and hazel eyes, which later turned a light brown. We don't know what ancestry my mother's birth father had. Grandma refused to talk about him other than to tell us his name.

NanoWrimo Panic Setting In
NanoWrimo is coming up in *checks* five days. I still have no idea what I'm going to write about. In all the years I've done it, this has never happened. I always have some idea, or character, or something. But this time? I got nothing. I'm thinking I'll just start writing out my thoughts and letting it take shape. Not like I've got much of a choice on that.

German Rules
This will probably come as no surprise to you, but I would like to learn German now. Sign me up for the language lessons.

Much Chores Await Me
I need to sweep the porch, clean out my room (because movers are coming in a couple weeks to remove my furniture to be replaced by smaller single-person sized stuff), and possibly water the plants. Watch me not do it. I'm very good at procrastinating. I'm thinking dinner and a movie sounds much better than housework.
saifai: (Hylton Coat)
Irish Physical Characteristics
As fun as it is to let people think my physical characteristics come from my mother's native american ancestry, the high cheekbones and dark coloring, it's actually from my Dad. They're scottish and irish for the most part, but my dad's color (black hair and brown eyes) are definitely irish. Did some research on it, and I guess it's fairly common to have brown haired irish. Black hair is less common, and black eyes are rare. My eyes are several shades darker than my Dad's, and almost black (depending on the light). I'm guessing I'm closer to being black irish, or more accurately Fir Bolg. Legend says they were short, unaturally white, and had black hair and eyes. That's pretty much me (and my Dad) in a nutshell. Well, my hair is more very dark brown (a bit lighter than my Dad's), but still. Got the short, dark, and white going for me.

NOTE: Oddly enough, my mother's family are quite fair of hair, skin, and eyes. My great-grandmother was native american, and my great-grandfather was german. Both were very fair. My mother ended up with blond hair and hazel eyes, which later turned a light brown. We don't know what ancestry my mother's birth father had. Grandma refused to talk about him other than to tell us his name.

NanoWrimo Panic Setting In
NanoWrimo is coming up in *checks* five days. I still have no idea what I'm going to write about. In all the years I've done it, this has never happened. I always have some idea, or character, or something. But this time? I got nothing. I'm thinking I'll just start writing out my thoughts and letting it take shape. Not like I've got much of a choice on that.

German Rules
This will probably come as no surprise to you, but I would like to learn German now. Sign me up for the language lessons.

Much Chores Await Me
I need to sweep the porch, clean out my room (because movers are coming in a couple weeks to remove my furniture to be replaced by smaller single-person sized stuff), and possibly water the plants. Watch me not do it. I'm very good at procrastinating. I'm thinking dinner and a movie sounds much better than housework.
saifai: (whirlpool_drapinch (neopet.com))


   


Mobile Slash Center
There's a new toy out called the Amazon Kindle.  Dood.  I so want one.  Just think of all fics you could load on this thing!



They say that you can put 200 books or whatever on it.  You can also email word documents and photo files to it.  *smiles an evil grin and rubs hands in glee*

Nano: Imminent Failure
In other news, I'm not going to meet my goal for the Nano.  On the bright side, I've got a decent story fleshed out.  I'll be continuing on with it after November.

Turkey Day Food Adventures
Thanksgiving with my Mom was a quiet affair.  It was just the two of us.  We had all the fixings, just in smaller amounts.  We made Turkey/Chicken Gumbo Yaya (turkey broth with chicken bits so we could save the turkey for sandwiches) and plenty of sandwiches.  Speaking of which, I had my first hot turkey sandwich ever (open faced sandwich, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy).

I made the Brandy Pecan Pie again.  It's become a favorite.  Last year when I made it there was too much booze in it.  I didn't cut down on the Brandy, but I did use half the amount of Bourbon Vanilla in it.  Probably could have done without using the Bourbon Vanilla all together, but it's all I had.  I'll have to post a recipe for it soon.  It was really good, and super easy to make.  Came out nice and chewy rather than the hard and crispy versions I'm used to having.

Wheeeeee!
I need to catch up with everyone here.  Have been AWOL for a month or so.  I've got a ton of recipes and fic recs to share.  Hopefully I can get those up in the next week or so. 

Hope everyone had good holidays.  *hugs all around*
saifai: (whirlpool_drapinch (neopet.com))


   


Mobile Slash Center
There's a new toy out called the Amazon Kindle.  Dood.  I so want one.  Just think of all fics you could load on this thing!



They say that you can put 200 books or whatever on it.  You can also email word documents and photo files to it.  *smiles an evil grin and rubs hands in glee*

Nano: Imminent Failure
In other news, I'm not going to meet my goal for the Nano.  On the bright side, I've got a decent story fleshed out.  I'll be continuing on with it after November.

Turkey Day Food Adventures
Thanksgiving with my Mom was a quiet affair.  It was just the two of us.  We had all the fixings, just in smaller amounts.  We made Turkey/Chicken Gumbo Yaya (turkey broth with chicken bits so we could save the turkey for sandwiches) and plenty of sandwiches.  Speaking of which, I had my first hot turkey sandwich ever (open faced sandwich, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy).

I made the Brandy Pecan Pie again.  It's become a favorite.  Last year when I made it there was too much booze in it.  I didn't cut down on the Brandy, but I did use half the amount of Bourbon Vanilla in it.  Probably could have done without using the Bourbon Vanilla all together, but it's all I had.  I'll have to post a recipe for it soon.  It was really good, and super easy to make.  Came out nice and chewy rather than the hard and crispy versions I'm used to having.

Wheeeeee!
I need to catch up with everyone here.  Have been AWOL for a month or so.  I've got a ton of recipes and fic recs to share.  Hopefully I can get those up in the next week or so. 

Hope everyone had good holidays.  *hugs all around*
saifai: (Hate Writing (yin_again))
I have been working to ignore the recent ex's nuptials. I've been working a few extra hours at work. A former classmate from highschool (who also had a crush on the ex) is now a co-worker. Oh, and I'm doing the Nano. I'm taking the chance to pull together a few dreams I've had and trying to make something cohesive out of it. So far so good. I'll give more details as I have them. Haven't gotten very far, but I'm making progress.

My mother is off on vacation for two weeks. She set one of my good friends to keep my company (or Georgie Sit as she calls it). I'm going over to her house later today so we can have Movie Fest v2.0 (v1.0 was last weekend). We're watching Transformers, Lord of the Rings (extended edition), Transformers, Monty Python's and the Holy Grail, Transformers, Ronin, and Transformers. Yes, mother, I am taking my Nano note-taking device with me so I can sneak in some plot and scene ideas during the movies.

Oh, and dude. As if I didn't have enough to garner my attention on the web as it is, now Amazon has to go and pull this on me. *grumbles and gets comfy to watch*


saifai: (Hate Writing (yin_again))
I have been working to ignore the recent ex's nuptials. I've been working a few extra hours at work. A former classmate from highschool (who also had a crush on the ex) is now a co-worker. Oh, and I'm doing the Nano. I'm taking the chance to pull together a few dreams I've had and trying to make something cohesive out of it. So far so good. I'll give more details as I have them. Haven't gotten very far, but I'm making progress.

My mother is off on vacation for two weeks. She set one of my good friends to keep my company (or Georgie Sit as she calls it). I'm going over to her house later today so we can have Movie Fest v2.0 (v1.0 was last weekend). We're watching Transformers, Lord of the Rings (extended edition), Transformers, Monty Python's and the Holy Grail, Transformers, Ronin, and Transformers. Yes, mother, I am taking my Nano note-taking device with me so I can sneak in some plot and scene ideas during the movies.

Oh, and dude. As if I didn't have enough to garner my attention on the web as it is, now Amazon has to go and pull this on me. *grumbles and gets comfy to watch*


Phew!

Dec. 2nd, 2003 11:31 am
saifai: (Default)
Eh, I finally reached the end of Nano with the required amount of words. Now all I got to do is finish the story. I'm rather proud of that accomplishment. I'm happy to announce that my writing partner also finished a winner.

Now, I'm trying to get back to a regular amount of work and get caught up on my website updating. I've got to finish uploading B:tVS season 5 through 7 and Angel seasons 1 through 4. Yup, I'm that behind. It was behind when I bought the site though, so I can't take all the blame. It's just been a nightmare trying to get it up to date.

Herein lies a few rants... )

So yeah, you see that little chipper bouncy icon down there. Doesn't sound like it, but it's true. I'm in a really good mood and ready to face the coming days.

Phew!

Dec. 2nd, 2003 11:31 am
saifai: (Default)
Eh, I finally reached the end of Nano with the required amount of words. Now all I got to do is finish the story. I'm rather proud of that accomplishment. I'm happy to announce that my writing partner also finished a winner.

Now, I'm trying to get back to a regular amount of work and get caught up on my website updating. I've got to finish uploading B:tVS season 5 through 7 and Angel seasons 1 through 4. Yup, I'm that behind. It was behind when I bought the site though, so I can't take all the blame. It's just been a nightmare trying to get it up to date.

Herein lies a few rants... )

So yeah, you see that little chipper bouncy icon down there. Doesn't sound like it, but it's true. I'm in a really good mood and ready to face the coming days.

Email Hell

Nov. 29th, 2003 12:43 am
saifai: (Default)
I went on vacation. I came back with over 1000 emails waiting for me. Actually, my Outlook and servers weren't working right when I first started, and Outlook crashed once under the weight of the emails, so I actually had 2000 when the emails re-downloaded.

I had about half of them end up getting filtered out, so that was good. Part of the problem has been that I recently closed three email accounts on my domain. So now my catchall account is sending them all to me. I know, setup a filter to not have them sent. Didn't get a chance to do it before I left though. Now I'm getting so much porn spam, it's just unbelievable. Not all of it is that, there's some email from Japanese pharmaceutical firms. Yay.

Sigh. I finally got it all done, though. Oh, had a decent Thanksgiving. Watched the extended version of the second LOTR, and The Italian Job. WooHoo! Good fliks, and next one I'm gonna watch is X2 *bounce bounce*

More from me on Monday when I'm done with my Nano, once and for all.

Email Hell

Nov. 29th, 2003 12:43 am
saifai: (Default)
I went on vacation. I came back with over 1000 emails waiting for me. Actually, my Outlook and servers weren't working right when I first started, and Outlook crashed once under the weight of the emails, so I actually had 2000 when the emails re-downloaded.

I had about half of them end up getting filtered out, so that was good. Part of the problem has been that I recently closed three email accounts on my domain. So now my catchall account is sending them all to me. I know, setup a filter to not have them sent. Didn't get a chance to do it before I left though. Now I'm getting so much porn spam, it's just unbelievable. Not all of it is that, there's some email from Japanese pharmaceutical firms. Yay.

Sigh. I finally got it all done, though. Oh, had a decent Thanksgiving. Watched the extended version of the second LOTR, and The Italian Job. WooHoo! Good fliks, and next one I'm gonna watch is X2 *bounce bounce*

More from me on Monday when I'm done with my Nano, once and for all.
saifai: (Default)
I was hoping to get my Nano done before I leave for my trip to visit the in-laws for Thanksgiving, but no such luck. I've been trudging through a difficult section that involves romance and a whole lot of pointless drivel. Anyway, I'll be writing long-hand and typing it up when I get back.

To all of you who're celebrating this weekend, Happy Thanksgiving!
saifai: (Default)
I was hoping to get my Nano done before I leave for my trip to visit the in-laws for Thanksgiving, but no such luck. I've been trudging through a difficult section that involves romance and a whole lot of pointless drivel. Anyway, I'll be writing long-hand and typing it up when I get back.

To all of you who're celebrating this weekend, Happy Thanksgiving!
saifai: (Default)
Eek, I'm a bit behind. My writing partner has the same word count that I do though, so at least I'm not alone in this boat. So, I'm gonna be doing a whole lot of nothing but writing over the next week or so. I managed to come up with solutions for some of my plot problems, so I think it will go alone alot smoother now. More news from me soon...
saifai: (Default)
Eek, I'm a bit behind. My writing partner has the same word count that I do though, so at least I'm not alone in this boat. So, I'm gonna be doing a whole lot of nothing but writing over the next week or so. I managed to come up with solutions for some of my plot problems, so I think it will go alone alot smoother now. More news from me soon...

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