fairytalewitch: (Vulture)
2017-07-08 10:08 am
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2017-07-04 06:24 am
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fairytalewitch: (Writing)
2017-07-01 11:23 pm

Books & Writing: July 2017


|Streak: 237 Days|

 
01. 2,706 words; Solitaire

02. 1,702 words; Solitaire; podcast, journaling.
03. 3,326 words; Solitaire, podcast, The Craft of Style (Coursera) 1.1, journaling.
04. 2,250 words; podcast, writing videos, Solitaire, journaling.
05. 1,830 words; podcast, writing video, TCoS 1.2-1.3, journaling.
06. 2,060 words; Solitaire, journaling.
07. 6,553 words; typed notes, podcast, writing videos.
08. 2,765 words; podcast, writing videos, journaling.

09. 2,850 words; Solitaire, TCoS, journaling.
10. 550 words; Solitaire, writing videos, journaling.
11. 2,640 words; Solitaire, TCoS, writing videos, journaling.
12. 2,076 words; Solitaire, TCoS, podcasts, journaling.
13. 525 words; TCoS, journaling.
14. 4,033 words; Solitaire, journaling.
15. 4,276 words; Solitaire, TCoS, podcasts, writing videos, journaling.

fairytalewitch: (Music)
2017-07-01 03:24 pm
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Solitaire WIPlaylist

fairytalewitch: (Cats)
2017-07-01 06:00 am

Caturday: The Sleeping Prince

 

Or, why it's 9:30 am and my bed still isn't made. (No, I'm not moving him. I'm a witch, not a monster.)
fairytalewitch: (Frog Kiss)
2017-06-28 04:44 pm

In Which Wonderful Husband is Wonderful

Last night was pretty hellish. It may have been the cheese (I'm lactose intollerant and most of the time eat dairy anyway) that caused me to have bad TMI problems all... night... long. I was exhausted and hurting and miserable penduluming back and forth from bed to toilet until six in the damn morning. The tummy meds I took made it a little better but didn't stop it. I finally got a bit of sleep but woke up weak, shaky, muzzy-headed, and droopy.

Today was Vet Day. I'd cleaned the cat carriers prior to all intestinal hell breaking lose and left them sitting out and open for Serena and Prince to get accustomed to them. But my Mr. had to take them. I couldn't even form a coherant sentence let alone wrangle two cats in a vet's office. When he returned Prince was fine, Serena was miffed, and he had care items. Lots of care items.
  • Subway Chicken & Bacon Ranch Melt
  • Greek yogurt
  • Probiotic smoothie
  • 2 bottles of Powerade
  • Dark chocolate Hershey's Kisses
  • Caramel Hershey's Kisses
  • Real mozzarella*
* Yes, I will take my dairy pills before eating the mozzarella.

I slept off and on all morning and much of the afternoon and spent the rest of the afternoon drooped over the keyboard doing pretty much nothing. But maybe food and fluids will perk me up enough to get some writing in.

fairytalewitch: (Book)
2017-06-17 10:45 pm

Books & Stories of 2017

  1. Malice in Wonderland, Lotus Rose
  2. A Red Rose Chain, Seanan McGuire
  3. Indexing: Reflections, Seanan McGuire (reread)
  4. In Sea Salt Tears, by Seanan McGuire
  5. Forbid the Sea, by Seanan McGuire
  6. No Sooner Met, by Seanan McGuire
  7. Once Broken Faith, by Seanan McGuire
  8. Feed, by Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire)
  9. Deadline, by Mira Grant.
  10. Girl Genius, Kaja & Phil Foglio (catch-up)
  11. Murphey's Luck, by Benjamin Laskin
  12. Kilt at the Highland Games, by Kaitlyn Dunnett
  13. Witch Myth, by Alexandria Clarke
  14. Karma's a Bitch, by Shannon Esposito
  15. Magic for Nothing, by Seanan McGuire
  16. Deadbeat, by Jim Butcher
  17. The Cabinet of Curiosities, Guillermo del Toro
  18. The Productivity Project, Chris Bailey
  19. Dusk or Dawn or Dark or Day, Seanan McGuire
  20. Hopeless Maine 1: The Gathering, Nimue & Tom Brown
  21. Hopeless Maine 2: Inheritance, Nimue & Tom Brown
  22. Detective Comics #27-30
  23. The House with a Clock in its Walls, John Bellairs
  24. The Figure in the Shadows, John Bellairs
  25. The Letter, the Witch & the Ring, John Bellairs
  26. The Baba Yaga's Assistant, Marika McCool
  27. Detective Comics #31-40
  28. The Ghost in the Mirror, John Bellairs
  29. Detective Comics #41-50
  30. Ghosts, Raina Telgemeier
  31. Foiled, by Jane Yolen
fairytalewitch: (Stories)
2017-05-31 11:43 pm

Books & Writing: June 2017

 
|Streak: 222 Days|


01.
1,771 words; Solitaire; Power of the Pen: Writing Identities and Social Issues in Fiction and Nonfiction (NovoEd); writing tutorial videos; journaling.
02. 5,019 words; Solitaire; writing tutorial videos; journaling.
03. 1,800 words; Solitaire; writing tutorial videos; journaling.

Total: 8,598 words |  Average: 2,866 words per day | Notes: I've decided to try to write 5,000 words every Friday.


04. 1,885 words; Solitaire; writing tutorial videos; PotP; journaling.
05. 2,220 words; Solitaire; writing podcast; writing tutorial videos; PotP; journaling.
06. 1,300 words; Solitaire; PotP; journaling.
07. 1,300 words; Solitaire; PotP; journaling.
08. 1,050 words; Solitaire; journaling.
09. 5,100 words; Solitaire; writing tutorial video; research; journaling.
10. 900 words; Solitaire; writing tutorial video; research; PotP; journaling.

Total: 13,755 words |  Average: 1,965 words per day | Notes: I'm coming right along on the early stages of figuring out what I'm doing with Solitaire.


11. 3,290 words; Solitaire; writing tutorial video; research; PotP; idea to be explored later; journaling.
12. 2,995 words; Solitaire; writing tutorial video; research; journaling.
13. 2,018 words; Solitaire, research, journaling.
14. 2,110 words; Solitaire, writing podcasts, PotP, writing tutorial videos, journaling.
15. 2,835 words; Solitaire, writing podcasts, PotP, writing tutorial videos, journaling.
16. 5,032 words; Solitaire, writing podcasts, writing tutorial videos, transferring notes, basic character profile, journaling.
17. 2,270 words; Solitaire, writing podcasts, journaling.

Total: 20,550 words |  Average: 2,936 words per day | Notes: Still in the early stages of figuring out what I'm doing with Solitaire.


18.
1,950 words; research for The Fairy Godmother Problem, PotP, writing tutorial videos, journaling.
19. 501 words; writing tutorial videos.
20. 4,410 words; Solitaire, writing tutorial videos, research, journaling.
21. 1,400 words; research, writing tutorial videos.
22. 5,145 words; research, writing tutorial videos, writing podcasts, journaling.
23. 5,212 words; research, writing podcasts, transcription, journaling.
24. 3,480 words; writing podcasts, writing tutorial videos, Solitaire.

Total: 22,098 words |  Average: 3,157 words per day | Notes: Okay, I have no blasted idea what I'm doing with Solitaire.


25. 1,700 words; PotP, research, journaling.
26. 2,250 words; PotP, Solitaire, journaling.
27. 3,150 words; finished PotP, Solitaire, writing podcast, journaling.
28. 500 words; journaling.
29. 705 words; writing podcast.
30. 5,010 words; writing podcasts, writing videos, journaling.

Total: 13,315 words |  Average: 2,219 words per day | Notes: This week was hellish on a lot of different levels. I'm amazed I was able to write so much as a grocery list.


Books of June 2017

01. The Letter, the Witch, & the Ring by John Bellairs
02. Baba Yaga's Assistant by Marika McCoola
03. Detective Comics #31-40
04. The Ghost in the Mirror, by John Bellairs
05. Detective Comics #41-50
06. Ghosts, Raina Telgemeier
fairytalewitch: (Book)
2017-05-02 01:07 pm

Books & Writing: May 2017


| 192 Days |
 

1.
 601 words; general writing studies.
2. 692 words; The Craft of Character & Description (Coursera); noodled a bit on an idea.
3. 853 words; worked on a Blacktree setting.
4. 3,102 words; TCoS&D, journaling, plotted Minestrone & Murder; general writing studies.
5. 2,927 words; plotted M&M; TCoS&D, general writing studies.
6. 3,663 words; general writing studies; plotted M&M; TCoS&D; journaling.

Weekly Total: 11,838 words |  Average: 1,973 words per day | Notes: Not bad, but I was a bit all over the place this week.
 

7.
 2,700 words; journaling; research for Unchained.
8. 2,200 words; general writing studies; plotted M&M; started revising the hook of Unchained; journaling.
9. 2,200 words; outline of M&M; journaling.
10. 2,522 words; outlined the second draft of Unchained; TCoS&D, journaling.
11. 501 words; general writing studies.
12. 1,101 words; TCoS&D; noodled on Unchained; journaling.
13. 2,662 words; webcast; TCoS&D; journaling.

Weekly Total: 13,886 words |  Average: 1,984 words per day | Notes: I was a bit more focused this week, but I could still do better.

 
14. 2,376 words; outlined Unchained; TCoS&D; journaling.
15. 1,038 words; scrapped the outline of Unchained and started from scratch; Power of the Pen: Writing Identities & Social Issues in Fiction & Nonfiction (University of Iowa); journaling.
16. 2,500 words; Unchained, TCoS&D; PotP; journaling.
17. 595 words; TCoS&D; PotP; journaling.
18. 1,800 words; TCoS&D; PotP; Unchained; Solitaire; journaling.
19. 4,462 words; Unchained; TCoS&D; general writing studies; journaling.
20. 3,500 words; Unchained; TCoS&D; PotP; journaling.

Weekly Total: 16,301 words |  Average: 2,389 words per day | Notes: That's definitely better, but I still didn't achieve my goals.


21.
2,750 words; Unchained; PotP; TCoS&D; journaling.
22. 575 words; Unchained; PotP; journaling.
23. 600 words; Solitaire; journaling.
24. 3,450 words; Solitaire; PotP; TCoS&D; journaling.
25. 2,850 words; Solitaire; PotP; TCoS&D; journaling.
26. 1,300 words; Solitaire; PotP; journaling.
27. 1,125 words; Solitaire; PotP; journaling.

Weekly Total: 12,650 words |  Average: 1,807 words per day | Notes: I decided I was just spinning my wheels on the Blacktree universe and decided to poke Solitaire for a while instead.


28. 1,300 words; Solitaire; PotP; journaling.
29. 1,125 words; Solitaire; PotP; journaling.
30. 988 words; Solitaire; PotP; journaling.
31. 1,750 words; Solitaire: PotP: journaling.

Total: 5,163 words |  Average: 1,290 words per day | Notes: Using PotP to work on Solitaire feels a little like cheating, but it's really helping me find the shape of this story.


Books of May 2017

1. The Cabinet of Curiosities, by Guillermo Del Toro
2. The Productivity Project, by Chris Bailey
3. Dusk or Dawn or Dark or Day, by Seanan McGuire
4. The House with the Clock In It's Walls, by John Bellairs
5. The Figure in the Shadows, by John Bellairs
fairytalewitch: (Writing)
2017-04-05 12:19 am

Books & Writing: April 2017


| 161 Days |

  1. 4,928 words - The Craft of Plot (Coursera)
  2. 1,196 words - The Craft of Plot 
  3. 2,351 words - General writing studies
  4. 3,252 words - Mindmapped Minestrone & Murder; general writing studies
  5. 6,752 words - Worked on the mindmap for M&M
  6. 3,669 words - Worked on the mindmap for M&M
  7. 5,506 words - Worked on the mindmap of M&M; The Craft of Plot 
  8. 2,557 words - Worked on the mindmap of M&M; The Craft of Plot 
  9. 1,941 words - The Craft of Plot 
  10. 4,375 words - Worked on the mindmap of M&M; The Craft of Character (Coursera)
  11. 890 words - The Craft of Character 
  12. 5,854 words - General writing studies; journal; worked on the mindmap for M&M; The Craft of Character 
  13. 2,751 words - Worked on the mindmap of M&M
  14. 5,859 words - Worked on mirroring the mindmap for M&M onto an app on my tablet so I can work anywhere
  15. 4,151 words - Worked on reviewing The Craft of Plot
  16. 3,600 words - General writing studies
  17. 2,050 words - General writing studies; mindmap for M&M
  18. 3,910 words - General writing studies; mindmap for M&M
  19. 3,473 words - General writing studies; mindmap for M&M
  20. 3,300 words - General writing studies; plotting for M&M
  21. 3,874 words - The Craft of Character
  22. 5,744 words - The Craft of Character
  23. 1,991 words - The Craft of Character; general writing studies
  24. 3,311 words - Changed my goal for the month from 50,000 words to 100,000 words
  25. 3,002 words - General writing studies; The Craft of Character
  26. 4,911 words - The Craft of Character; general writing studies
  27. 2,008 words - The Craft of Character
  28. 2,970 words - The Craft of Setting & Description (Coursera)
  29. 7,740 words - The Craft of Setting & Description; general writing studies
  30. 601 words - Outline of M&M

Books of April 2017
  1. Magic for Nothing, by Seanan McGuire
  2. Deadbeat, by Jim Butcher
fairytalewitch: (Frog Kiss)
2017-03-17 09:38 am
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The Friday Five

From[community profile] thefridayfive.

1. Have you ever been to Ireland? Not yet. My husband's (justifiably) nervous that if I go I won't leave!

2. According to Facts about Ireland, 73% of Americans are unable to locate Ireland on a map bereft of country names. Whether you are American or not, can you find it on a map? Yes, and I can point to Co. Cork, from whence my twice-great grandfather came.

3. Are you or do you know a natural redhead? My hair is auburn, as was my father's.

4. Will you be celebrating St Patrick's Day? In my way, yes.

5. Do you even know who St. Patrick is and why we celebrate his day? Yes, and the controversies on it.

 
 
 
 
fairytalewitch: (Writing)
2017-03-11 11:15 pm

Progress March 5 - 11, 2017

4thewords Leaderboards 
  • Streak: 111 Days
  • Words: All Time 243,177 (#48) | This Year 127,760 (#24)
  • Battles: All Time 416 (#19) | This Year 275 (#17)

All totaled, I wrote 15,061 words this week - 4,561 words over my weekly goal. Mostly I worked on revising the zero draft of Unchained and climbing around in the bad guys' family tree.

This next week I'll set all that aside. I've decided to unofficially (meaning I won't actually sign up) do Camp NaNoWriMo in April. 4thewords is having a special event and I might as well jump in. Originally I was going to write the actual first draft of Unchained. But I have another idea. I'm going to write a cozy mystery set in Blacktree. I've been itching to try my hand at a cozy. Plus this will give me more worldbuilding and characters to use in Unchained and other works. I've never done anything remotely this structured so it's going to be a real bitch challenge to which I'm both looking forward and dreading.
fairytalewitch: (Stories)
2017-03-01 08:19 am
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Books & Writing March 2017


| 130 Days |

  1. 1,547 words; worked on merging and organizing my files.
  2. 4,543 words; worked on merging and organizing my files.
  3. 7,233 words; worked on merging and organizing my files, started a list of potential character names.
  4. 552 words; worked on merging and organizing my files, added to my potential names list.
  5. 6,008 words; worked on Confrérie des mains d'or, worked on merging and organizing my files.
  6. 1,646 words; worked on Confrérie des mains d'or
  7. 2,620 words; worked on Confrérie des mains d'or, worked on the Bellamy family tree, worked on organizing and merging my files.
  8. 570 words; worked on the Bellamy family tree.
  9. 1,112 words; worked on the Bellamy family tree.
  10. 1,525 words; worked on the Bellamy family tree.
  11. 1,580 words; finished the Bellamy family tree.
  12. 1,744 words; noodled on Murder & Minestrone.
  13. 1,510 words; noodled on Murder & Minestrone.
  14. 1,991 words; played with a character profile app on my tablet; worked on merging and organizing my files.
  15. 1,057 words; worked on revising the 7PSS for Unchained, finished merging and organizing my files.
  16. 550 words; worked on revising the 7PSS for Unchained.
  17. 4,941 words; extracaricular writing, homework for The Craft of Plot.
  18. 1,100 words; worked on revising the 7PSS of Unchained.
  19. 591 words; worked on analysing a cozy mystery.
  20. 1,555 words; The Craft of Plot (Coursera)
  21. 1,552 words; The Craft of Plot (Coursera)
  22. 625 words; revised my character sheet.
  23. 800 words; noodled on Murder & Minestrone.
  24. 3,277 words; worked on character profiles for M&M; The Craft of Plot; research.
  25. 3,406 words; worked on character profiles for M&M; backed up my work; added to the list of potential character names; worked on a thing.
  26. 944 words; The Craft of Plot.
  27. 1,504 words; worked on the plot of M&M; The Craft of Plot.
  28. 1,100 words; worked on the plot of M&M.
  29. 900 words; worked on the plot of M&M.
  30. 551 words; The Craft of Plot.
  31. 1,350 words; research.

Books of March 2017
  1. Kilt at the Highland Games, by Kaitlyn Dunnett
  2. Witch Myth, by Alexandria Clarke
  3. Karma's a Bitch, by Shannon Esposito
fairytalewitch: (Writing)
2017-03-01 08:02 am
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February 2017 in Review

 Books & Writing February 2017

The second month of 2017 went even better than the first. I wrote 55,595 words (198.55% of my standard goal, 132.37% more than my maximum goal) for an average of 1,986 words per day. So, my new standard daily goal is 1,500 words because clearly I can do that.

Most of the month has been spent on research. That doesn't generate much wordcount, so I continued to do character profiles and the occasional writing prompt. The rough outline for Unchained is done and highlighted as development guide. I've been working on revising the format of my character profiles to better suit my needs, as well.

At the end of the month I had an unbroken 100-day writing streak. I'm damn impressed. I'm not so impressed with my non-research reading, which was only three books.
fairytalewitch: (Stories)
2017-02-26 11:17 pm

Prompt: Two kids find a body on abandoned train tracks.

Milieu: Blacktree
POV Character: Joseph "Richie" Matthews
Wordcount: 1,618 words

1,618 words. TW: Blood, death. )
fairytalewitch: (Stories)
2017-02-22 11:06 pm

Just Write Wednesdays #2

Milieu: Blacktree
POV Character: Sophrosyne "Sophie" Knight
Wordcount: 3,569 words

Prompt: You've been hexed by a jilted lover. What did they hex you with? )
fairytalewitch: (Stories)
2017-02-21 10:53 pm

Crunked

Setting: Blacktree
POV Character: Sylvia "Sunshine" Knight née Jones
Other Characters: Debra "Zebra" Mitchell, Phoebe Knight, Talia "T.K" Danvers née Knight
Prompt: "A tuna sandwich" via [community profile] dailyprompt 
Rated: NC17 (alcohol and drug use, profanity, unhealthy relationship)

Read more... )
fairytalewitch: (Default)
2017-02-09 09:39 am
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Do you like to dance?

 

What impresses me the most is her discipline in holding perfectly still for so long.


 
fairytalewitch: (Writing)
2017-02-08 02:38 pm

How I'm doing it.

 
 
 

This is my planning process, as it stands right now and exists for this particular story. I’ve switched to using Google Docs so I can work on all the devices that we’ve got or at the library if it comes to that. It’s working pretty well for me.

First I take the rough idea for my story through the 7 Point Story Structure (hereafter referred to as 7PSS). I love the 7PSS. It makes sense to me and it’s the only way I’ve ever been able to successfully rough out a story. What you’re looking at is the “first draft” version. It’s not set in stone. It’ll definitely evolve beyond all recognition before I’m even a quarter of the way into the actual writing process. But it gets me started.

Google Docs has an add-on called, aptly enough, Highlight Tool. To get it click Add-Ons at the top of Google Docs, then Get Add-Ons, then look for Highlight Tool. Unfortunately the Add-Ons are in no particular order and rearrange themselves every time you open them, which drives me absolutely nuts. But Highlight Tool and a couple of similar Add-Ons are there if you don’t mind going digging for them.

That’s Highlight Tool on the right. In order to make my document easier to navigate I’ve created seven different highlighter colors: People, Places, Paranormal, Events, Institutions, Other, and Note to Self. Your highlighters will be different than mine. Once the highlighters were created I went through the document and highlighted the appropriate things.* Now the 7PSS is complete and looks like an Easter parade, and I can see at a glance who is involved, in what way, where, etc. From there I go down to the bottom of Highlighter Tool where it says Export Highlights and click By Color then choose New Document. Highlighter Tool will arrange the 7PSS according to the colors of the highlighters, starting with everything you haven’t highlighted then working down the categories alphabetically while leaving the original document intact.

And there you go. An organized, easy-to-follow outline. 😍

 

 

* This is particularly helpful to me because my eyesight is awful but I can clearly distinguish color. Hence everything of mine is color-coded, arranged by category, and/or alphabetized and I lose my shiznit if it gets changed.