Tuesday, November 23, 2010

nanowrimo: 7 days left!!!

Ahhh! I have over 13,000 words left to write in order to reach my goal of 50,000 by November 30. I got behind again at the end of last week. I blame Harry. Which, by the way, was the best movie I have seen in a LONG TIME. Having just finished the book it was even more emotional and satisfying to see. Just full of pure awesomeness.

I'm very happy they made it into two films. Granted I have to wait 9 months to see it, but it's worth it. My fellow HPBC members and I went to the midnight premiere. It was so much fun. I will post pictures soon.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

nanowrimo: day 16

Still plugging along. I had a major setback last week. I wasn't able to write for like 4 days. And getting behind was one of my biggest fears for this challege. You can't catch up on what you missed and then take a breather. You have to keep going!

I told my sister, "I've got to write more than 5,000 words to catch up...aahhh."

She said something like this, "Then go do it. Don't quit."

Today I'm at over 25,000 words. I should be 26,000 something. So not too bad.

I thought the pressure of catching up would hinder my creativity. The opposite happened. I don't know if that will always be the case, but it worked this time.

Thanks for the pep talk Natalie! I might have to name a character after you ;)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I'm done. I'm done, I'm done, I'm done, I'm done!!!!!

In other words--I'M DONE! I finished Deathly Hallows last Wednesday.

Oh. My. Word.

Such an amazing finish to an incredible series.

I don't think I can really write about it. I feel like I'm still trying to process everything.

It's pretty much official. I have huge literary crush on J.K. Rowling.

SO GLAD I finished before the movie. We have our tickets for the midnight show. And don't worry, the Harry Potter Book Club has secured Team Gryffindor outfits for the occasion. Can't wait!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

nanowrimo: day 8

So here's the weekly update.

Day 8 and no major moments of writer's block. Having an outline is tremendously helpful. I've veered off of it a couple of times, but that's okay. The outline allows me to take these creative detours and still get back on track.

Check out my stats. I kinda like this. I like knowing my average word count, and when I will finish if I keep writing at this rate, and how many words I have left, etc.

So my life in a nutshell: Still sane. Still having fun writing. Still reading Harry Potter.

My middle child asked me the other day, "You're still reading Harry Potter? When are you going to be done?" She's totally annoyed I'm not done yet. Well, it will be soon since the movie comes out next week! Squeel!! The trailers look soooo good!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Meeting Suzanne Collins

So last night I went to Hicklebee's Bookstore to meet Suzanne Collins and have her sign my copy of The Hunger Games. Well, she stamped it. She had a wrist guard on her right hand so she couldn't do any signing. She used a stamp that will be discontinued after this book tour. It's kinda cool--has a mockingjay next to her signature. Anyway, there were probably about 200 people crammed inside the bookshop. It was great though. I really didn't have to wait long. I wanted to say something cool and perhaps intelligent in the 3.5 seconds I had to interact with her, but the only thing that came out was, "How are you? Thanks for coming." What I really wanted to say was, "You're pretty much awesome and I wanna be you when I grow up!" I was really hoping for a little Q&A session, but no such luck. She read from both Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Loved every minute of it.
(p.s. always do your hair...even if they say you won't be aloud to take posed pictures with the author)

Okay, I was not prepared to hear her read in southern accent. She referred to it as a futuristic Appalachian accent. Very interesting.

I really like this bookstore...I will have to revisit with the kiddos.

One of the best things about this bookstore is what's written on the walls. And that would be tons of author's signatures and drawings. Very cool. These are from the bathroom :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

nanowrimo: day 1

So the first day of nanowrimo my kids had the day off school. There went the idea of writing while they're gone. However, I managed to exceed my daily goal and didn't feel like I ignored them too much. They played outside and did crafts. It's all good.

This was a good writing day. I'm curious and excited to see how the rest of the month goes. It's only going to get busier so I hope these next couple of weeks I can surpass my daily word count goals. That way I can relax over Thanksgiving weekend. That's the plan anyway. We'll see what happens.

P.S. It's so much fun!! I'm loving it.