Writing Again…

Finally! I have a new WIP!

My local writer’s group is working on a new anthology with a Mardi Gras theme. How awesome is that?  I’ve written a very rough 3500 words. After a bit of research, I can now go back and flesh the story out. My goal is at least 5500 words. It’s very skinny at the moment.

My WIP is set in Mobile (the home of Mardi Gras) and involves an actual Mystic society. The setting is also historically linked to our Carnival season. Which means…I better get it right. The story is fictional. But I want to depict our traditions as true as possible.

There’s nothing worse than reading a book, set in your hometown and about an event you know well, and being pulled out because your brain yells it’s too fake. A reader unfamiliar with the city or events may not have an issue with the inconsistencies. But a native could be annoyed.

That is the problem I’m facing. The anthology will mainly be sold in town (and online) so I want it to feel authentic. Submissions open in October. I’m probably over thinking this a bit.

As usual– there’s a playlist…

Some of these may not seem like Mardi Gras tunes but trust me. It works.

  • Dancing Queen- ABBA
  • Born on the Bayou- CCR
  • Bourbon Street Parade- Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • Celebration- Kool & the Gang
  • Chasing Pavement- Adele
  • Corrine, Corrina- Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun- Cyndi Lauper
  • Jump, Jive, an’ Wail- The Brian Setzer Orchestra
  • Tailgate Ramble- The Dixieland Band
  • When the Saints Go Marching in – Louis Armstrong
  • Ol’ Slac by Grayson Capps
  • Lagniappe (parts1 & 2) – Trombone Shorty

There’s actually another couple of dozen song as well but this gives you a good idea.

Laissez les bon temps rouler.

-CK

NaNoWriMo 2017 Week 1

Week 1 of NaNoWriMo has been tough. The world has tried it’s best to keep me from writing. We’ve had car trouble, illness, and other issues pulling my attention away. Today I woke sick– again. I’m really tired of allergies. I can’t wait for the weather to turn cold and kill whatever is producing this pollen.

I am starting to feel like I am in the groove. The words are coming easier. Thanks to my handy dandy outline keeping me on track. I will say that this week’s daily goal of 2500 words is hard! Next week my goal is 3000 words. Yikes.

I may have to steal an hour this weekend to get a little work done.

 

In other news, I just completed the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge for 2017. We’ll need to make a few adjustments for next year. Some of these topics were rough. If you would like to see the 2017 list, click here.

That’s it for now. My fingers are tired and I need a nap.

How’s your week?

-CK

NaNoWriMo Day 1

Today is the first day for NaNoWriMo 2017! It’s always good to start strong. It takes a little pressure off other days.

Word count goal: 2225

Actual word count: 2310 🙂

My word count for each writing day needs to be over 2000 words per day. That’s a lot. But I know I don’t get much accomplished on weekends. Then there is Thanksgiving. So when I planned my word counts for the month, I took that into consideration.

This morning, I cleaned the kitchen before work and set up my work space. That way when I came home I could make coffee and get right to the writing. Which I did. But it was hard. Yesterday, I realized that I plotted my story too early. Meaning I needed several scenes added to it before I could write the first scene I planned. When I started this morning I had to write those initial scenes cold without much of a plan. I don’t work well that way. But I did it. That’s what matters.

Tomorrow I can start writing where my plot cards start. That should be a little easier. I hope.

What are you doing today?

-CK

NaNoWriMo Prep 3

NaNoWriMo 2017 Participant Flair

It is official I am participating in NaNoWriMo 2017. I say it’s official because I finally signed up at NaNoWriMo. I also bought the t-shirt. Not the winner shirt. I usually buy the winner shirt in advance but last year I didn’t finish. Not even close. So now when I wear the shirt I feel guilty.

Goals from last week:

  • complete character inventory sheet/backstory Done. I think most of the character work on the four most important characters is complete. I know I will continue to add to them as I plan but the hard work is finished.
  • Sign up on NaNo website Done. I just need a title now.
  • Work harder on finishing Origins. It’s not finished but it is close. There’s probably less than 20 pages left to edit.
  • Think about the major plot points for NaNo. I have a few plot cards.
  • Finish setting out Ghost rules (from last week)

I consider last week a success even though I did not finish everything. This week is plot and research.

Goals for week 3 Preptober:

  • Make a list of “locations” and describe- these are the main locations where the story takes place: MC apartment, where she works, and the cemetery. Yes, every ghost story needs a cemetery.
  • Begin assembling a list of minor characters- just the few that I know I need. Most will be added as I write.
  • Plot, Plot, Plot
  • If possible visit local history library for research- there’s a few things I need to research for my story
  • create a list of synonyms for walk- don’t laugh, this will make my life so much easier

That’s pretty much it. More than enough to keep me busy.

What are you working on this week?

-CK