Second Week of Nano

It’s into the second week of Camp Nanowrimo and what do I have to show for it?  Zilch.  But.  I have a plan.  It’s the “easy button” plan.  The “stupid easy” plan.  I have the beginning and parts of the middle of the book from previous Nov Nano and April Camp Nano so I’m trying to figure out my Nano schedule to be this:

July 14 thru 21 –Print what I have written thus far, read thru, pen & ink reorg/revise, comp reorg/revise — This will give me a better jumping off point

July 22 thru 31 — Write 1,000+ words per day

July 31 –  Submit my 10,000+ words by 11:59pm

Cutting it close, eh?  I like it like that.  But see, I have a plan.  If I can clear 2 hours per day to write, I can score 2,000 wpd so that would be awesome.  Yeah, I think maybe I can do that if I get up at 3am on those days.

3-5 write

5-9 work on Contract 1

9-1 work on Contract 2

We’ll see how this goes.  A monkey wrench is about to be thrown into the plan on July 17, so I’m not sure how things will hold up after this.  The following days and weeks will be complete insanity.  Pray for me?  Pray for my baby more?  She is scared to death.  One knee surgery last Dec 26.  The other knee surgery on Thursday.  Ugh.  I can’t even imagine…  :’(

I wish all of you Wrimos out there the best of luck with your writing goals!  We got this!

Let’s Play 20 Questions

Okay, I’ve had several thoughts about this blog lately and wanted to get your opinion.  I don’t want to overwhelm my readers, so I wanted your input.

I have many interests and I wouldn’t mind blogging about them.  Which of the following would you be interested in reading?

1) Bible study/God/Jesus/Prayer/Miracles (I will be doing this one anyway.  I made a deal with God.);

2) Creative writing & Nanowrimo/Camp Nano (this would include challenges as well); By the way, Camp Nanoers, I’m interested in engaging in some word sprints.  Who’s game?;

3) Quotes;

4) Cooking/recipes/experimenting in the kitchen;

5) Working from home/companies to work for and who not to work for/every day life;

6) Being a divorced/single mom with a teenager;

7) Health/fitness/diet/losing weight/daily working out/super foods and what helps what and what foods hurt you/improving energy, eyesight, and well, health overall;

8) Depression, anxiety, anger issues, frustration, suicidal thoughts, grief (dealing with it & how to take action to improve);

9) Cleaning/organizing (tips, techniques, checklists) re home, schedules, life in general

10) Life in general as I sometimes talk about (with my teen, my mom next door, my crazy furballs, my insane work-from-home schedule, life in the country, Mississippi, road trips, etc.)

Okay, so it’s only 10 questions, which, in my opinion, trumps 20 (unless you just love answering long lists of questions).  So, give me a shout out.  Let me know which items you are interested in.  What are you interested in reading that’s not covered here?  I am great at biting off more than I can chew but I am determined to get back to daily blogging and creative living (writing, cooking, finishing my books) and I’m just curious what your thoughts are.  Comment me below.

And I’ll eventually incorporate photography again, but that will be added back to the blog perhaps in a couple months.

Lata babes!

- Carol

Genesis 48

Joseph is told his father is ill, so he takes his sons Manasseh and Ephraim along with him to see Jacob.  Once there, Jacob explains to Joseph that God had appeared to him and blessed him, saying, “I’m going to make you fruitful and increase your numbers.  I will make you a community of peoples, and will give this land forever to your descendants after you.”  Jacob further explains that Ephraim and Manasseh will become his sons rather than Joseph’s.  Any children born to Joseph after them will be Joseph’s.  (Confusing, right?)  In the territory they inherit, they will be reckoned under the names of their brothers.

As Jacob/Israel was returning from Paddan, Rachel died in Canaan, a little distance from Ephrath.  So he buried her there beside the road to Ephrath” (that is, Bethlehem).  When Israel saw the sons of Joseph, he asked, “Who are these?” “They are the sons God has given me here,” Joseph said.  Then Israel said, “Bring them to me so I may bless them.”  Israel’s eyes were failing because of old age, and he could hardly see.  So Joseph brought his sons close to him.  But Israel reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim’s head, though he was the younger, and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on Manasseh’s head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.  Then he blessed Joseph and said, “May God bless these boys.  May they increase greatly upon the earth.”

When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand on Ephraim’s head he was displeased; so he moved his father’s hand from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head.  Joseph said to him, “No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.”  But his father refused and said, “I know.  He will also become a people, and he will become great.  However, his younger brother will be greater, and his descendants will become a group of nations.”  He blessed them that day and put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.  Then Israel said to Joseph, “I’m about to die, but God will be with you and take you back to the land of your fathers.  And to you, as one who is over your brothers, I give the ridge of land I took from the Amorites with my sword and my bow.”

That’s it today.  I don’t quite get the different peeps in the Bible claiming children as their own when they are not.  I don’t get the names changing from one to the other and back again.  Just a few of the items that perplex me, but then we aren’t supposed to understand it all, right?  Well, I’m trying to anyway.  If anyone out there has a theory, please share.

Aside from the Bible study, still working too much to find time to do Camp Nanowrimo, but it’s still early in the game and I will possibly integrate some Nano time in the upcoming week.  Good luck all you Campers!!  I might show up late but hey, save me some s’mores.  Oh, well, I’m abstaining from extra sugar, so maybe just save me a cracker?  *sniff*

Oh, and if you are interested in a great type of prayer that TOTALLY worked fast for me, holla (comment me below), and I’ll share.

Lata!  *smooch*

-Carol

Back in the Bible

Yeah, so, I left off of the ole’ Bible study back in March and I believe I stopped after Genesis 43-46.  If I’m wrong, please holla!  I will pick up where we left off and then readjust my “Reading the Bible in 365 Days.”

Genesis 47

Joseph brought his father and 5 of his brothers before Pharoah.  They had traveled from Canaan with their flocks, herds and everything they owned as the famine was severe there and they were wanting Pharoah to allow them to live in Goshen.  Pharoah agreed and told Joseph to give them the best part of the land and if any one of them had special abilities, to allow them to attend Pharoah’s livestock.  Jacob (Joseph’s father) came in and blessed Pharoah and they had a lovely chat.  Joseph also provided his father, brothers and all members of the household with food, according to the number of their children.

Now all of Canaan and Egypt was wasting away due to famine in the region and all of the people used their money for grain.  So, now, they had no grain and no more money.  They came before Joseph to ask for food.  Joseph told them to bring their livestock and he would give them food in exchange.  They gave him their horses, their sheep and goats, their cattle and donkeys.  And he provided food for them through that year.

After that year had passed, the people came before Joseph again saying, “We have no money, no livestock and no food.  We do not wish to die of starvation nor see the lands go to waste.  Please let us sell our bodies and our lands to you in exchange for food and seed so we may live and the lands may survive.  So they sold themselves and the lands to Joseph for Pharoah and he owned all of Egypt and the people became his servants so that they might eat and live and plant seed and produce on the lands.  However, he did not buy the land of the priests, because they received a regular allotment from Pharaoh and had enough food from that. 

Joseph told the people/servants to give a fifth of their crops to Pharoah and the other four-fifths to keep as seed for the fields and food for themselves, their households and their children.  Joseph made this law concerning land in Egypt–still in force today–that a fifth of the produce belongs to Pharaoh.  It was only the land of the priests that did not become Pharaoh’s. 

The Israelites settled in Egypt in Goshen.  They acquired property and increased in number.  Jacob lived in Egypt 17 years, and he lived to the ripe old age of 147, although perhaps not as long as many who came before.  When the time drew near for Israel to die, he called for his son Joseph (remember Jacob was also known as Israel.  Confusing much?)  and said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you will show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt, but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried.” “I will do as you say,” he said.  “Swear to me,” he said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

That’s it for today, y’all.  Confusing how many peeps in The Book have more than one name.  And the deal with placing a hand under the thigh to make a promise.  I wouldn’t recommend trying that one today unless ya wanna get knocked out.  Pinky swear maybe?  A handshake?  Give your word?  Spit on it?  I’ll pass on that one.  How important do you feel people’s promises are today?  Do we mostly keep our promises to others?  To our family members?  To friends?  To those who ask us to make a promise?  I’m curious what you think.  Chime in, won’t you?

Oh, and I’m planning on posting every day, even with my insane schedule.  I figure God/Jesus and His Good Book need a solid following and so I shall do just that and do my utmost to accomplish this daily, along with working my contracts, going through Camp Nano during the month of July, chasing after my 14 year old, cooking, cleaning, ya know, everything we Super Moms do.  ;)

Love to you all, smooches and go with God.  Ciao!

To Camp or Not to Camp

Camp Nano, that is.  Camp Nanowrimo to be exact.  Contemplating my final decision on this and jotting down my thoughts as I decide.

Have I signed up, yet?  Yes.  Some of you may know me well enough by now that I like to bite off a bit more than I can chew.  I come from this kind of stock.  My mother is the same way.  Stubborn.  Hard-headed.  Doesn’t listen.  Goes off in 20 directions at once, full throttle, no stopping until your body or brain stop functioning properly, or both.  We always have too much on our To-do lists, although I take the lead with the list making, as I’m a diehard-write-it-all-down in a planner or small note pad/ledger list maker.  I even do the sticky notes.  All over the place.  Partly, because I’m senile and I’ll forget 10 seconds after I thought of it.  Anyway, I digress.

I signed up with the best of intentions.  Yes, I know where the road of good intentions lead.  Thing is, I get so super-duper uber excited when I think about the 31 days of juicy and delicious chaotic manic creative insane hair-pulling sleep-depriving writing frenzy.  As if I don’t have enough on my plate right now causing sleep deprivation.

I worked from home for a year.  I needed more money fast so I got a law office job from hell.  Worked with Satan’s minions for what, 1.5 months?  And really, that was too long.  I was desperate.  What can I say.  Turned up my work-at-home contracts and got my rear in gear and got myself out of hell.  Sort of a long story but I can save that for another day.  So now, one contract here.  One contract there.  Another to begin today or tomorrow maybe.  A fourth to start Monday and I’m working my fingers to the bone.  I have an option for a 5th contract but I really do need to get some sleep at some point.  Even my laptop can’t handle the pressure.  It’s falling apart and it’s only a year old but then my kiddo did step on it, so that might have something to do with it.

As you can see, my conundrum is too much work and not enough play nor sleep nor sunshine makes Carol a dull girl and exhausted.  So, my goal for the following  7 days will be to decide which contracts to keep and which to maybe set aside and put on hold until I need them again.  I will establish my work hours for 8-10 hours per day M-F instead of 12 or 18 hrs and I will make (yes, I said make) the time for my creative outlet.  When I don’t make time to write, I become this sad, angry, tired, feeling old sort of person who’s all about work-work-work.  I mean, I make time for family, just no time for me.  I know when I do the Camp Nano thing, I still feel tired and feel a little old and honestly, dragging around like a zombie sort of person but there’s more excitement and fun and wonder in the midst of my bedraggledness (yeah, I just made that a word).

So, okay, I’ll do it.  I will make a plan.  And hopefully stick to it.  And I will participate every day during Camp Nano in July and try to find 5 minutes to hang out with my cabin mates, but not gonna promise on that one.  Not enough hours in the day.  Know what I mean?  And I’ll try to make more time for my blog.  Remember when I posted every day?  I need to get back to posting at least once a week.  We’ll see what happens.

Oh, and I found out a few days ago that you can request some of your previous bunk mates and/or camping friends from other bunks to join you in your cabin this go-round.

If you happen to be carvin’ out time to do the Camp, as well, shoot me a message here or at camp.

http://campnanowrimo.org/campers/carol-blake

And good luck to you in all your endeavors whether you join us at camp or not.

Lata!

-Carol

*squishy hug*

Camp Nano – Stick a Fork In Me, I’m Done

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It was fun

Now I’m done

Yea me

I had a blast

Writing as fast

As can be

What comes next

Is anybody’s guess

Rewrite

After 30 days

Fingers ablaze

Good night

Okay, I just wanna say I am excited even if I don’t sound like it.  I did spit out over 10,000 words, which was my goal (10,587 to be exact), so I’m pretty stoked about that.  What comes next is the arduous task of reorganizing everything, cutting and pasting into chapters, as the first 37,000 words were in some semblance of organization, the last 20,000+ are pretty much straight up (as my friend Winter says) “just say stuff word vomit.”  Actually, I had a pretty good flow going, but being hurried, I just typed it and figured I’d reorganize everything later, so I get May to “play.”

Just a heads up, I’m not as finished with this book as I thought I was.  However, reorganizing and revising will help to show me what pieces need finishing and I’m setting May 31 as my big finish book deadline.  Reorg, revise, rewrite, proof, polish, print, enlist Betas, work queries, possible revisions, polish yet again and yes, the big “P.”  Publish.  I’ll keep ya posted.

I do hope all you Wrimos out there in Camp NanoLand are finished or just about finished as the deadline is fast approaching.  What, two more hours to go before we leave camp?  It was fun sharing stories by the camp fire and getting fat roasting and eating s’mores.  Ok, maybe not the fat part.  I hope y’all enjoyed the wine and cheese I brought.  I know I did with my giddy self.  hehe!  It sure helped my fingers fly!  I was workin’ like a maniac.  And I was just a singin’, too.  She’s a maniac, maniac on the … laptop.  Anywho, now it’s over for me and I’ll be sad to see some of you go back to your regular lives, no more quiet chit chatter over early morning coffee and watching the sun come up.  It was fun and I enjoyed going through this little adventure with you guys.  Who knows, maybe some of us can get together again for the July camp.  Might be working again on the Cursed Series.  But for now, I’m off to wrap up this work of nonfiction.  I hope all of you reached your word count goals.

Love ya!  Lata!

C

Killin’ It

Well, yea, I’ve finally reached an end with these online work contracts so now I can more fully focus on Camp Nano! Yippee! 6 days left in this challenge and I’ve barely begun. Got a bit typed this morning and by the end of my lunch break, I’d reached 2,809 (my goal is 10,000, as I already have over 30K). So, I’m well on my way to my 10,000. I think I can do this. It’s so great to have my creative outlet back. Funny how when it comes to work, getting up early is like pulling a wisdom tooth with a piece of thread but when it comes to writing creatively on something I’m passionate about, I can jump outta bed like a piece of popping corn. I have created my writing schedule for the last few days of April, then I scheduled my revisions, reorg, proofing, polishing, Beta readers, possibly revising again, blah, blah, blah, then queries and then publication.

So, c’mon 7,191, throw it at me. I can handle it. Bring it. And prepare for annihilation. I’m bringin’ ya down, baby.

As far as Bible study and reading the Bible in 365 days, I’m still planning on getting back on task with this, but not today – probably in May.

So how are all you wrimos doing with yours? Keeping up with your writing? Have a daily writing schedule? Are you planning or pantsing it? I’m usually very big on planning but this go ’round, I’m flyin’ high by the seat of my britches! Wooohooo! Catch ya on the flip side. ‘scuse me if I’m a leeetle silly. Maybe a little too much vodka in my vanilla vodka and oj. Hey, it is Friday and it was a long, stressful week, so I’m lettin’ my hair down a little. Well, if you consider lettin’ your hair down coming home from work, mowing the front yards of mine and Mama’s homes, then in to clean up, eat a smidgen of supper, finish watching Once Upon a Time (Yea, Regina!!!! It’s about time, girl.) and chill with my dreamsicle in a glass. Vera nize. Vera nize, indeed. The kiddo is spending the night at her dad’s, so now, it’s just me and my sweet little ole laptop. I love that kiddo. I love candlelit quiet alone time with just me and my handsome laptop, too. ;) Gonna go get my word on. Lata!

Can I Get Your Opinion?

When I first asked this question to several people, I got more of an answer for story number 2.  They said that to read about depression would be depressing; the ones who claim to not have depression do not wish to understand it; and some are put off regarding reading about God, thinking that everything relating to God will be somehow religious.  Lately, I’ve been asking people again about the books and I’m getting more answers for story number 1.  A few have said both.  I’d like for you, the readers, to weigh in, if you would on which you would be more enticed to read.

Please pick which book you would be more apt to read:

1) on depression and God; how this person takes action to improve their level of depression, how to deal with God and how he plays into it all; helping one understand how to deal with someone in their life with depression — this would be written by someone with a lifelong history battling depression, not with a degree in psychology, so this is not a clinical book; more of one’s story overcoming obstacles — humor, anger, love, sarcasm, real life and just finding calm and carrying on (yes, I said it); or


2) on a teenage girl born of a witch and vampire, having her powers bound as an infant and adopted by nonmagical parents (raised in the South) to protect her from the crimes committed against her birth family and the entire magical world. After a tragic series of events, she’s thrust into a crash course in magic (humorous as well as terrifying trial and error) when she discovers she has magical powers she never wanted and is depended upon for ending the war ensuing between the magic and nonmagic worlds, or at least part of the war… — humor, love, small amount of romantic tension, tragedy, action, friendship, mystery/ suspense, sci-fi/fantasy/adventure…

Thank you.  I appreciate your opinion and your comments.  Toodles!  ;)

Camp Nano April 2014

2014-Participant-Facebook-CoverMy apologies for missing so many days from my Reading the Bible in 365 Days and Bible study/blog.  I am planning to return either today or tomorrow.  Trying to finish up some work before I start a new chapter in my life.  Also, (and yes, I’m probably biting off a bit more than I can chew but now that’s not different from any other day is it?) I am joining in on this upcoming Camp Nanowrimo.

The first camp nano of the year begins April 1 and I have been completely missing my creative outlet.  I’ve been too busy working on everyone else’s projects but no time to work on my own since October or November, so on April 1, it will be back to me time.  Yay!  I don’t usually appreciate missing sleep but when it comes to something I’m excited about, it’s not a problem for me to get up at 3am or even 2:00 to start writing (are you like that?), coffee pumping intravenously and a granola bar on stand by.  So, it’s so great to have a couple of things in the works to be excited about!

I had been working on 2 different novels back in October/November:  1) my series – books 1 and 2 (sci-fi/fantasy/adventure) filled with a mixture of nonmagic folk, a magical realm, witches, vampires, a girl with unfathomable powers and unknown to her until a tragic series of events occur and the veil is torn between the magic and nonmagic worlds; and 2) a book on depression and God.

I had been drawn for months toward the nonfiction novel on depression and God but the more I talk to people about both, I’ve decided people are still not ready to deal with their depression.  They don’t want to honestly discuss it, like it’s taboo or something — at least the majority; some seem to think if they ignore it, it will go away; they certainly don’t want to read about it and many that are deeply depressed (as we all FEEL on different levels) don’t want to read about God.  Those people who say they do not suffer from depression but have people in their lives that do suffer — well, they try to just avoid those people altogether or deal with them if they don’t have a choice but are not that interested in reading to understand something that they feel might depress them.  I sense some underlying depression issues right there.  They don’t want to understand it.  So, I suppose until I figure I have a potentially larger readership for that particular novel, I will sit that on the back burner and work on the one that many have expressed more of an interest in.  It seems just about everyone I talk to has an interest in reading books comprised of magical/fantastical components; adventure; mystery/intrigue/suspense; tragedy, etc., so my fantasy series is the better option for now.

Camp Nano runs April 1 through 30.  I currently have over 51,000 words on book 1 and I’ve moved several chapters to book 2 but mostly, that’s just copied and pasted gobbledy goo.  I’m needing to revise book 1 and add 10,000-20,000 words to finish, I believe, or somewhere in there.  My goal is to spend Apr 1 & 2 revising and days 3-30 adding 10,000 plus words during camp and hopefully finishing book 1.  Then, May 1, begin the processes of revising again and again, polish, employ my beta readers while organizing my query letters and choosing which houses to submit to, consider opinions from betas, perhaps revise again, then submit queries and ultimately, publish.

What book would you find more interest in?

Are you participating in Camp Nano during April or maybe July?  If so, I hope to see you there.  Perhaps we can chat by the campfire with our s’mores and tell ghost stories.  ;)  It’s not too late to join.  You can join anytime during the month of April by clicking here.

Drop me a comment.  I’d love to chat with you.

I won! I won!

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I won Nano!  NaNoWriMo!  You know, National Novel Writing Month?  I did it!  The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days and I reached 51,101 words.  I’m still not finished with my novel and have not had time to work on it much the last few days but once I’m caught up with my workload, I will carve out time to finish the book, revise, reorganize, polish and then attempt to publish.  I’ll keep y’all posted.

So, who else participated in Nano?  How far did you get?  You know, starting is the biggest obstacle.  Forcing yourself to sit down and write every day is the next largest.  As long as you do those two things, you are a winner!  Work on it till ya get finished with it.  As Nike says, “Just Do It!”  Whether you choose to publish, or not, everyone has a story in them and you should write it down.

So, this one is short and sweet.  I’ve gotta get to work.  I have a full day ahead of me before I need to pick Hallie up from school.  Y’all have a great day!!  Love you guys!  *smooch*

-Carol