Sunday, March 24, 2013

March Madness!

Nope, not talking about basketball, I'm talking about a marathon writing month to get the rough draft of the first of my contracted books done.

Anyone who reads my blog knows that I set monthly goals with self-imposed deadlines but this month the writers over at www.Seekerville.blogspot.com host a program that they call Speedbo. It's just like NaNoWriMo in November. It's designed to get you writing and get to the finish line of your project. The timing was perfect for me and it's fun to be logging up word count and sharing the ups and downs of getting a book on paper with other writers.

My goal was 45,000 words. I'm at 40,000 but I did start with 15,000 words already written on this manuscript. So, I have 3000 words or the last chapter to go. And to tell the truth, I'm really getting anxious to write the ending, so I maybe finishing up earlier than the 31st.

I was asked on Friday to be part of the South Dakota Festival of the Book! SQUEE!!!! Exciting. I've attended every year but the first. This year it's in Deadwood the third weekend in September. I will post more information as I know it. But if anyone lives in the area, I hope you come and see me.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Surface

Tired of slepping around my heavy and bulky laptop and after much deliberation, I made a purchase last month, a MicroSoft Surface.

I call it my portable writing device and I LOVE it! My intent was to take my Surface to work and write during part of my lunch time. I was doing that already in long hand but then I'd have to type that progress into my manuscript before I could start writing at home. Even though I'm a fast typist, my Surface saves me time. I've been 'testing' it out for a month now and don't know how I ever did without it.

I chose a Surface RT even though the Pro's were on the market and I purchased the package that included a keyboard. I wanted the preloaded MicroSoft Word program. That is also the reason I chose a Surface over other tablets. Editors prefer manuscripts be submitted in a Word document.

Now, my tablet doesn't have much memory but that's okay because I save my documents to SkyDrive. Yep, I'm feeling pretty techie because I figured out how to save to the cloud. HA! (I'm sooooo not a techie!). All I do when I get home is download my file from SkyDrive to my laptop and I'm good to go to continue writing.

My Surface will be much easier to carry when I travel, too. I will say that I had to get used to the keyboard because it's flat rather than raised, and I'd be lying if I said that I mastered it but it beats writing in long hand.

I know there have been AlphaSmart devices out for a long time which is a small word processor, and many writier's I know swear by them. Netbooks and Notebooks were popular at one time too. What portable writing device do you prefer?





Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Teenaged Crush

As you know the first thing that seems to slip when I'm under a deadline is my blog. I'm trying to post at least once a week but missed last weekend because I helping my sister celebrate her birthday!

We didn't go far, to Grand Falls Casino to attend a Mark Lindsay concert. Ladies, do you remember him? My sister had a HUGE crush on him back in the sixties and brought every teen magazine he was in. Now, I liked him too but secretly. See if my sister liked a teen idol, then her rule was I couldn't crush on them too. Older Sisters!

However, I had my share of 'teenie boper' crushes, Donny Osmond, Tony DeFranco and Shawn Cassidy to name a few. I was lucky enough to get to see Donny & Marie's show in Vegas roughly five year ago and considered it a dream come true.

So what does all of that have to do with writing? Well, I've been married for over thirty years and that giddy, jittery feeling when I see my husband wore off long ago. So, when I'm writing a scene with the blush of new love, I channel the small town girl from thirty-five years and how she felt when her current 'crush' came on television or a song played on the radio.

What singer/star did you have a teenaged crush on?

P.S. I received some exciting news from my agent last night. It's too early to release it publically but I'll keep you posted!