Post-Nanowrimo Update: Last three chapters online

That's me! :)

That’s me! 🙂

Now that Nanowrimo is over, I can do useless things like watch TV and do laundry (actually, I managed to do both of these things while I was doing my Nanowriting). It also means I can start my Christmas Movie Bonanza–the annual event when Tord and I overload on our favorite Christmas movies like Elf, the Holiday, Surviving Christmas, the Preacher’s Wife and Love, Actually. And we drink glögg (Swedish for mulled wine).

Now, for those of you who’ve been following Laney, Mads & Niklas’s story, you can now read the last three chapters of Maybe Baby. Please remember it’s still really, really rough. And there are still plot holes–already thinking of ways to correct them. Hope you enjoy the rest of the story. It’ll  be online until the end of the month. After that, I’ll start a new page to keep you updated on the revision status of Maybe Baby and when I hope to make it available.

Also, this month, I’m trying to raise money to donate to Stockholms Stadsmision, an organization here in Stockholm that helps women and children in need, the homeless, and substance abusers who are trying to recover. If you buy a copy of  The Melanie Chronicles (ebook or print version) or Linger: a short story (Kindle-only), all the profits for the month of December will be donated to the mission.

Happy First Advent! 🙂

Nanowrimo Day 28 Update: Closing in on the end & Chapter 9 online

So this is it–I have until Friday night to complete Nanowrimo and I am nearly done. I only have to write 2700 more words.  I could probably finish tonight if I have the energy, but I don’t want to stress myself.  I’ll just let the words come out in their usual fits and starts until they flow more easily.

I won’t say this has been an easy Nanowrimo experience. There have been mornings when I wake up and I am still too tired to write (and it definitely shows) but I force myself to do it anyway. And then I wonder why I can’t keep this same momentum all year. I used to be a more disciplined writer. When I was working on my MFA, I always made sure I had an hour or two to write. When I first moved to Sweden, I made sure I wrote everyday. I think I went through a period of trying to adjust to a new culture, a new language and the crazy winter darkness here–takes some getting used, I assure you–and the next thing I knew months had gone by and I hadn’t written a single word on the first novel I tried to write. I joined a writers group, started 3 novels, finished one. Still felt like I wasn’t getting anything done.

And then Rebecca Foreman told me about Nanowrimo. The first year, I finished one day late. The second year, I faltered. Ditto all the other years I tried…until 2011, when I finished a day ahead of schedule. Now it’s 2012, and it looks like I’ll be a day ahead of schedule again.

By the way, Chapter 9 is online in all its unedited glory.

Happy reading (and writing)!

Nanowrimo Update Day 25: 41.5K words and Chapter 8 online now

Last night while making a turkey for my belated Thanksgiving dinner, I worked on Maybe Baby. After we finished eating and then watching an episode of Big Bang Theory, I continued working on my NaNoNovel. And now, I have crossed into the home stretch: I have written 41,500 of the 50,000 words necessary to complete Nanowrimo. If I can stay on track, I will finish on 28 November. That is my goal this year–to finish slightly ahead of schedule.

I am pleased that I’ve managed to be so disciplined. I am usually a lazy writer in that I write in fits and spurts. I force myself to get up at 6 AM every weekday morning and sometimes I manage to write, other mornings I edit or try to revise. There are those mornings when I am just too tired and I end up reading celebrity gossip on TMZ.com or I stare at the screen as I try to read Huffington Post through sandy eyes. I don’t get much done. Some mornings only 200 words emerge. On a good morning I will have written close to 1000 words before it’s time to take a shower and head to work. But then it’s time for Nanowrimo and I always get at least 500 words written before it’s time to go to work. And then I come home after work and write (and don’t stop writing) until I reach my daily goal of 1600+ words.

And…before I forget…Chapter Eight is now online! Go to my Nanowrimo 2012 page and you can continue following Laney’s story.

Nanowrimo Update Day 23: I passed the 38K mark and Chapter 7 is now online.

Yesterday turned out to be a good day, despite starting off with not feeling well. Sometime around midday I was beginning to feel like my old self again and that’s when I began answering work emails and writing. I took a break at around 2 PM and had a very late lunch and forced myself outside (and out of my pajamas) to get some fresh air. I took my MacBook Air (it goes by the name of Zuzu, just like George Bailey’s daughter in It’s a Wonderful Life), went to a local café and wrote a bit more. When I came home, I wrote while cooking dinner. I wrote while watching True Blood and New Girl. And then it happened–by 9:30PM I’d finally crossed into the land of 38K. By 10PM, I’d written 38,416 words. I am now less than 12,000 words away from completing Nanowrimo.

So, with that in mind, I bring you Chapter 7–the one with the clunky beginning. Heck, maybe the entire chapter is clunky. As I reread all of the chapters, I see the things I need to fix. It’s the same with this one, but I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

To my American readers, belated Thanksgiving tidings! Hope you stuffed yourselves with plenty of turkey, candied sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. I will enjoy my turkey tomorrow and Sunday. 🙂 And don’t get pulled into the Black Friday hype unless you really think you’re getting an exceptional deal. Usually, those very same items are on sale again in a few days at roughly the same price. Trust me, I know. I used to work in retail in the US.

Happy reading (and writing)!

 

Nanowrimo 2012 Update: Chapter Four Online and My Nano Progress

So it’s Day 15 of Nanowrimo and I am closing in on my daily word count target. When I reach it I will have written 25,000 words. That’s right–I will be halfway through Nanowrimo! Am I excited? Damn straight! I love the feeling of accomplishment that I get when I am on par every day. I love watching my story unfold without being hindered by my evil inner critic–and my inner critic is really bitchy and mean. I love it when–just before I fall asleep–I figure out where I want the next day’s writing to go. Ah…Nanowrimo is wonderful. That’s all I can say.

Now, if you want to follow my progress, go to my Nanowrimo 2012 page. You can read Chapter Four in all its unedited and unrevised glory. Laney’s getting herself into trouble…:)

Happy reading (and writing)!

 

 

Nanowrimo Update: Chapter Three online

So here I am, chugging towards the halfway point of Nanowrimo (I’m closing in on 21k and halfway point if 25k). I’m also halfway through Chapter Six. Things are heating up! Laney is in Skåne with Niklas, and she’s already promised Mads she’s going to come to Copenhagen ASAP.

For those of you who are interested, Chapter Three (unedited/unrevised/very rough) is online. Go to the Nanowrimo 2012 page to read it.

And now it’s time for me to get back to writing.

Happy reading (and writing)!

Nanowrimo starts at midnight!

Yup, that’s right! In less than three hours I could start writing my next Nanowrimo masterpiece. Most likely, I will wait until tomorrow morning to start–but it depends on if I get a second burst of energy. Last night, I was so giddy thinking about Nanowrimo that I threw together a cover for this year’s NanoNovel just to keep me motivated.

My plan is to write 1700 words a day to make sure I can finish on time. On weekdays, as long as I don’t have too psycho days at work, this should be doable. Weekends are when I can manage 3000-5000-word days. I like my idea so I think that will also help me stay on track.

Last night, I figured out names for my main characters. I decided that one of the male characters (the potential sperm donor) was Danish and called Mads. The other male character (the man my heroine lives with) is Swedish and called Niklas. My heroine’s name is Laney. I’ve figured out what they all do for livings. I’ve figured out why Mads decided to become a sperm donor. I know he’s afraid of sea gulls. I know that Laney wants a baby but has no clue what do with children when she is around them. I’d tell you more but that would be revealing too much. 😉

If any of you are going to participate in Nanowrimo, add me as a buddy! You can find my profile here on the Nanowrimo site.

That’s it for now. Happy writing!

 

Gearing up for Nanowrimo 2012

What I will be doing 1-30 November…

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know I’ve been gabbing about Nanowrimo for a while. For the uninitiated, Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it’s like a big love-in for writers–we all become maniacs together and try to write 50,000+-word novels in 30 days. Now, granted, it’s become international–people around the world participate in Nanowrimo–but the name remains the same. And every year, there are people who frown upon Nanowrimo or who don’t see the point in doing Nanowrimo if the participant isn’t “serious about writing”. Sometimes I read these posts; often I ignore them. I don’t really care if someone else thinks Nanowrimo is stupid. I think Spinning is stupid but I don’t try to dissuade others who love it from doing it. Just don’t try to force me into a Spinning class with you. 😉

Many years, I’ve tried to finish Nanowrimo by being a “pantser”–one of those people who write without an outline, with no clear idea of where they want their story to go, they just write and let the words come to them. I only succeeded in that once and even then I finished one day late. Last year, I wrote a pretty detailed outline–though initially I’d planned on only writing a 3-sentence per chapter outline–and I finished early.

This year, I have an outline–not as detailed as last years but enough to keep me on track. My story is set in Copenhagen and Stockholm. Later this week, I’ll update my Nanowrimo page here on kimtalksbooks with a blurb so you’ll know what my story is going to be about. I’ve already posted a link on Facebook to my Nanowrimo 2012 Spotify playlist. If you’re interested in hearing what’s inspiring my writing this year, here’s the link. And just like last year, I’ll post a few excerpts so you can see what I’ve been working on and keep you updated on my progress. 🙂 If I can figure out how to upload my word count wideget, I’ll add that too.

November 1 can’t get here fast enough…:)