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Wanting to Kill Computer

I sat down the other day to start writing my brand new MS NT2. Before anything else I wanted to have the correct format so I wouldn’t have to worry about it later.

I hate formatting because it’s been over a decade since I last took a computer course and my writing program on my last laptop was some funky cheapie thing that vaguely resembled Word. Word has changed SOOOOO much since I’ve last used it. I’ve had my new laptop for perhaps half a year and I still don’t fully know how to use this newer version of Word. It’s not even the newest! It’s a 2010 version that my husband had.

But! I somehow managed to figure out most features on Word so I thought, “I can figure this out too.” I mean, it’s not as if I haven’t formatted a document before. Pfft.

20 minutes later this is how I felt:

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So much for my confidence in my formatting skills. Everything was fine until I had to put in a header and page number. I couldn’t seem to add a header on the left with Last Name/Title and then add a page number on the right. Whenever I tried it would erase the previous addition (whether it was the header or the page number).

Many animalistic noises were issuing from my bedroom and they weren’t the fun kind.

I ended up plugging in the page number on the left then sticking in my name/title before that and separating the two with tabs. I think my high school computer teacher would say I cheated but agents aren’t going to check to see how I achieved the result so long as the result is correct.

By the time I was done I had lost all desire and energy to actually write.

Wonderful.

I think I really need that computer class at the library in the Fall.

Do you fight with your writing program?

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Weekend Writing Warriors #3

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On to my 3rd 8-sentence snippet of Night’s Treasure for Weekend Writing Warriors! This is a snippet of a conversation between Morpheus, the god of dreams, and his daughter Poppy.

– 3rd Snippet Night’s Treasure

“No one can accuse Hermes of theatricality,” Morpheus snorted in amusement.

The woman laughed, her voice lovely and airy but human like Sophy’s.

“At least he’s not so bad as Eros, forever playing tricks on everyone,” she stated. “And I would gladly take Hermes’ theatricalities and flirtations before having to endure Dionysus’ breath. He reeks of sour grapes!”

Morpheus laughed. “Fermented grapes, my dear,” he corrected her.

“Fermented or sour, he smells disgusting!”

– End Snippet –

If you want to read more 8-sentence snippets from other writers or if you want to add some yourself, go to Weekend Writing Warriors. Every week they have a new sign up list. Enjoy!

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Pinterest, Manuscripts, and Goodreads

A bunch of topics for today!

  • Pinterest
  • Night’s Treasure
  • NT2
  • Goodreads

Technically those first 2-3 go hand-in-hand.

I’m almost always adding pics to my Pinterest boards. The reason I’m mentioning it here is because I’ve updated my folders for Night’s Treasure and NT2 (yeah, that’s it’s working title for now; boring, I know). Now I have some visuals for my manuscripts. They’re not exact, of course, and I did NOT create them. I’m not an artist. A bunch of them I found on Pinterest while others I found on DeviantArt.

Here’s a taste of what I found…

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As always, more info on Greek mythology can be found at www.theoi.com.

The other update on NT2 is that I’m about ready to start plotting on a larger scale. I have a feeling I’ve gotten most of the major research I needed and now have to figure out a way to put it all together. This means my ideas are taking shape and I now need the details to put everything together.

I’m excited and dreading it at the same time.

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While I begin that, I also have to go back and make some small changes to Night’s Treasure based off of the recent critiques.

Lastly, I’ve read a few more books for my Goodreads 2014 Challenge. I keep getting ahead of myself though by checking out books from the library to read before I’ve finished any books that are in the Currently Reading list. While I finish 1 or 2 of the new books I check out, I end up running out of time and returning anywhere betwen 1 and 5 of the rest.

I’m disappointed that I can’t make more progress. There are a number of reasons why this isn’t happening but progress is progress and I’m doing way better than I thought I would anyway.

What really bothers me is that I didn’t make more progress in Rebecca. It was a good book and I was only in the beginning. The timing was just really bad because I was super busy with the rest of my life and my eyes were super tired and dry.

What’s next on your reading list?

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Weekend Writing Warriors #2

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The second 8-sentence snippet from Night’s Treasure for your reading pleasure.

If you want to read other writer’s work, meet those writers, or participate yourself stop on by Weekend Writing Warriors. Every week writers get together here to share their work, published or unpublished.

– Night’s Treasure

“I didn’t realize my . . . friends as you call them . . . were being so indiscreet as to let you view their movements.”

She didn’t dare confess that she had been outside the first night and had nearly run into his followers entering the woods to bury their victim. Nor did she deem it wise to tell him she had spied on them since then from windows overlooking the garden at the back of the house. Instead she lowered her eyes to the floor and clasped her hands in front of her.

“Yes,” Leuco admitted after a long pause. “We have been making sacrifices to Thanatos.”

“And tonight is my turn? You’ll sacrifice me next?”

– End Snippet #2 –

I’ll be changing my Sunday writing post to Saturday from now on so I can get this in on time (my normal Sunday posting time falls too close to the WeWriWa deadline for my comfort). It doesn’t seem necessary to post this Saturday and then immediately post something else the next day.

Also, because life is beginning to return to normal (minus all the nasty smoke from the fires…again), I’ll be adding in my mid-week posts once more.

Hope everyone enjoyed snippet #2 from Night’s Treasure!

What writing group(s) do you like?

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Making Progress on NT2

Got critiques on NT from my dad, mom, and uncle on this vacation. Most people wouldn’t take family critiques seriously but I do. Especially with my uncle because he’s really not the type to be biased…at least with me. My parents are a bit biased I think but when they gush over it, it makes me feel good. They gave comments that are helpful too. Also, my dad is part of my target audience (he’s 71 with the brain of a 17-29-year-old girl).

There are a few changes I need to make to my MS, mostly grammatical and none I think in the beginning pages. I’ll get that done perhaps later in the week or possibly early next week. It’s not like I’m on a deadline or anything. Still playing the waiting game with that one agent. I didn’t tell her in my query letter that I was sending it out to any other agents because I wasn’t at the time so I don’t want to send it out to others till I hear back from her.

In the meantime I’m making a lot of progress with research and ideas for NT2. It’s slowly coming together. Pretty much all of the details are missing but the big stuff is coming together. Pieces are materializing the more I research and the puzzle image is getting clearer by the day.

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(It bugs me to no end that the grammar in the quote is wrong, but it’s true – I write what I want to write.)

So what new Greek dieties can we expect in this next installment?

  • The Erinyes
  • The Keres
  • Hecate

Those are the new ones I’ve made a place for so far. I have some ideas that I want to happen but I’m as yet unsure of how they should happen and who would be best for them.

Here’s a dance that I’ve been salivating over for years now. If I can’t find a way to make it fit this time (and I desperately want to), I’ll keep it in my arsenal for a later story.

And another…

For more information on Greek mythology, you can go to www.theoi.com or Wikipedia.org. Both sites are very informative though I think, on the whole, Theoi.com has more to offer and the information is easier to find there.

What’s your favorite Greek deity?

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Lack of Sleep

Because my cousin had to leave early on Saturday for a test on Sunday, we left at 4am on Saturday to get there earlier so the kids would have more time together (not to mention my cousin and I). It was fun but imagine waking up at 3am to start driving at 4am. Ugh.

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I’m sure that’s what I looked like when I woke up too. Hated it but it was worth it. Coffee didn’t do a whole lot of good but it helped. My poor little guy wasn’t too happy about it but he survived.

I have no doubt I passed through all the stages of sleepiness.

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Perhaps the coffee staved off the last stage. I almost never fall instantly asleep though. Sometimes the more tired I am, the harder it can be to fall asleep.

From what I heard when I was in high school, people usually sleep in one position and that it says something about their personality. I’m not sure how that works because over the years I’ve noticed that I sleep all over the place.

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I used to sleep only on my back, then it was on my sides, then my belly. Now I’m back on my sides but that’s mostly because sleeping on my belly usually gives me heartburn. A lot of times I start off on my back and end up on my sides. Usually my left side because it’s true that sleeping on the right side can aggravate heartburn. Go figure.

My son takes the last two positions most of the time. Much to my detriment whenever I travel and have to share a bed with him. There are nights I get little uninterrupted sleep because I’m karate-chopped or side-kicked many times during the night.

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Yep. That’s pretty much how my son slept from baby to present.

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That’s not actually how I sleep. I just thought it was funny. It used to be how I slept when I was growing up though.

How do you sleep?

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Weekend Writing Warriors #1

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This is my first time posting on the Weekend Writing Warriors blog. It’s a place for people to meet other writers, read other writers’ work, and share some of their own work, published or unpublished. I’m excited to share an 8-sentence snippet from my book Night’s Treasure. I’m currently trying to find an agent who loves it as much as I do.

Wanna join in the fun? Meet new authors? Read others’ work? Go to Weekend Writing Warriors.

Night’s Treasure

Screams of pain tortured her and drove her burning legs forward. She was running through the forest, her feet making soft thumping noises on the hard packed soil as she fought to go faster. They were behind her, back in the house. That house of evil. How she wished she could leave it all behind her but her legs were wearying and she had nowhere to go, no one to welcome her, no family but the one from which she ran.

The night lent no light. The trees that surrounded her blocked the rays of the moon that would have lit her path. She saw singular beams as they broke through the leafy cover and dotted the forest floor.

– End –

Those are the first 8 sentences of my book. Night’s Treasure is a New Adult MS and is centered around Greek mythology. It’s about a demigod, Sophy, who must find a way to become immortal (without the help of her mother – the goddess Nyx) so she can join her family and her betrothed in Tartarus.