Spring cleaning time.
Okay, maybe it’s not spring here yet. But I’m optimistic that we won’t have snow in April. (But chances of that happening are pretty low.) So I started doing spring cleaning with my writing stuff.
I am one of those people who writes notes on anything. As you can see, I have a variety of things: little brown envelope, small spiral notebooks usually kept in my purse, scratch paper from our printer, whatever piece of paper I could find.
I don’t usually do this with life in general, mostly just writing stuff. Silly things my daughter says. Plot/character ideas, agent stuff, descriptive words I might use in my manuscript. Title ideas and character names. Sometimes dialogue. Anything that strikes me related to my writing. And unfortunately, if I don’t write it down, it has a 95% chance of being forgotten.
So I’m cleaning things up. When I start working on a story, I get an 8×10 spiral bound notebook to write those ideas. I went through all this crap and moved it to the correct notebook. But some of my notes are for stories I wrote a while back, and have no notebook, so then I just throw it into a manila folder. (I have a folder for each project. Even ones that got pushed aside for better ideas. But if I started creating scenes in my head, it has a folder.)
What I’m wondering is, how many people do this too? Do you write little notes like this for everyday things? Or is it mostly writing stuff like me?
Or are you the type of person who will put the information down in the correct place right away instead of leaving notes around the house?
I’m trying to get better at this. I should just leave small notebooks in several rooms, so that it’s there when I need it. But then I have to leave a pencil too. And the kids like to move them around. Or use the notebooks themselves. And if I hide it somewhere, I might forget where it is.
Maybe I should work on some memory exercises, so I wouldn’t have to write it all down.
So do you write yourself notes like this, or are you an organized person?
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The end of 2012. Another year gone by. So many people have inspiring posts about the past year and what they are looking forward to in the new year.
Things that make you go huh?
I’ll be back next Sunday.
One of the early ‘adult’ books I remember is April Fool’s Day. Looking back, I was probably too young to read that, but hey, who doesn’t like partying and sex and murder! (In fiction that is.) So in high school I moved on to John Saul and Dean Koontz, among others. I also got into horror movies.
(WordPress was doing some funky things, and my post wasn’t showing. I’ve reposted, and hopefully it’s working now.)
So I was sitting at my computer Saturday morning—less than 24 hours before my blog post was scheduled—and I didn’t have any idea what to write. It’s been busy this week, getting into the school routine and organizing a garage sale at my house. (This is the last one I’m holding… perhaps forever.) I checked Google Reader for new blog posts and saw one I hadn’t read yet from this week, so I went to Mark Koopmans blog, Aloha! Mark Koopmans Says Hi fro HI and read his IWSG: Are you unfollowing to me post. And voila. I knew what to write about.
Mark wrote about being unfollowed by people on Twitter. Did you know there’s a website that will tell you who unfollows you? I didn’t. (Go to his site to get the link, I was too lazy to add it here.)
That got me thinking, maybe I should go clean up my Twitter account. I’m one of those people choosy people, I guess. I went through the list of people I follow, and I know about 95% of them from reading their blogs, or have some other connection to them. Not always just because they followed me.
I hate my Twitter feed getting filled up with people I don’t care about. (I hope that doesn’t come off as snobby.) And I don’t follow many celebrities/entertainment feeds either. The vast majority are writers, agent-types, and a few other friends.
So I figured it’s time to go through the people who follow me and see who I want to follow. Check out their blogs and see if I’m interested, and maybe I can get to that this week. I’m sure in the end, I’ll add a few more.
My low numbers are just fine with me. Maybe when I become a published author, I might feel differently because it might be a way to connect with readers. But I’m not there now. So I’ll stick with my low numbers.
What’s your Twitter style? Do you follow anyone who follows you? Or do you look for more of a connection? Do you periodically go through and clean up your Twitter account?
I’d first just like to say a quick thank you to Melissa Landers at her group blog Honestly YA. I won two books in their Who-Needs-Summer-Loving giveaway. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally and While He Was Away by Karen Schreck. Thank you Melissa.
So Melissa sent the two books this week and included her author bookmark. And I thought that was so cool. Of course I’ve seen author bookmarks before, but it just hit me that hey, this is a totally great perk of being an author.
Yes, that is a little nerdy maybe, but who cares. Also nerdy is the fact that I have a little bookmark collection. When I was younger and went to the library, they always had free bookmarks, so I’d always take one. That collection grew over the years. Then as an adult I stupidly started tossing them.
Some of the bookmarks in my collection have the yarn tassels and some are advertising different events. I bought this one for my son, a thin hand-painted surfboard made of wood. It was very cool–he unfortunately doesn’t fully appreciate it yet. And one of them is from 1981. Yes, 31 years old—an antique. And I could barely read in 1981—not novel lengths at least.
So I decimated my bookmark collection. But recently I’ve decided to start growing it again, grabbing free bookmarks when I can, because one day I can pass my collection down to my children. Yes, kids, that is your inheritance. A bookmark collection. Don’t get too excited.
The funny thing is, half the time I don’t even use them. Instead using ticket stubs, receipts, post-its or whatnot. But they sit safely in a special little bag, waiting to be used. And someday, I’ll add my own author bookmark to my collection.
What do you use as bookmarks?
In my short writing career, I’ve ran across several coincidences that amaze me. Coincidences between my life and my writing. I posted my first story here, and now I’ll do a second, the most recent.
I like to think that they may be signs of good things to come. Now since I haven’t gotten anything published yet, related to these signs, it just may a far-in-advance sign. We’ll see.
Not long ago I participated in the Hookers and Hangers blogfest. Another participant gave me a terrific compliment on my mini-pitch of The Proper Way to Say Goodbye, which I also included in my posting. We went back and forth in e-mail a few times and decided to beta read for each other. Although I didn’t have a summary of her story, she had her first chapter posted on her blog, and it intrigued me too.
She got mine done quickly, and I’m getting closer to finishing up her story, but the interesting thing is the coincidences between our two stories.
-suicide of a loved one
-both our main characters love to run
-characters named Murphy. (Okay, hers is a dog, but still. Murphy is not a common name.)
These things are not huge, but when I got to the part where her Murphy (the dog) shows up, my mouth dropped. I couldn’t believe it.
So coincidence or sign?
I don’t know what it means, but I hope something good, for both of us.
Have you ever run into little coincidences in your writing journey?
I’ll admit I was a bit lazy. I typed this up the day ahead, and although I’ve got a few other posts I could’ve used, I didn’t feel like using them now.
So instead, I’ll tell you about a couple things I’m excited about.
Remember Christa Desir’s Band Camp flash fiction contest. There is still time to vote on your favorites. And if you come back here next week, I am offering a $10 gift certificate to B&N or Amazon to the one who guesses which is mine. If there is more than one correct person, I’ll draw names.
So come back here next week to guess. Christa’s contest ends July 31st.
Click on any of their sites for more information.
Take a traditional fairy tale and ask what if? Then write a 300 word or less scene that falls into one of four categories: plot twist, tragedy, love story, or comedy.
Each judge is offering a special prize.
I have officially joined Team Plot Twist, judged by Cassie Mae. My story involves Cinderella, but that’s all I’ll say.
It was hard to get it down in 300 words, but mine is written and now I’ll just have to do some editing.
Gearing up to get an agent blogfest/pitch contest in September.
This couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve sent my manuscript to beta readers. And barring any major changes, I can be ready, or almost ready, by September. This will be a good way to test the waters with my new story.
There is a lot of stuff going on during the month, so clink on the picture above to find out more about Deana’s blogfest.
And this is totally random. My twenty year reunion is next weekend, and I am so excited for it. I’ll get to see some good friends I haven’t seen in ages. Along with all my other classmates I haven’t seen since the 10 year, or before.
So is anybody going to participate in the The Fairy Tale or Gearing up for an Agent blogfest? Or are there any others out there that sound like fun?