Saturday, November 5, 2011

Party down...then back to work...Like a Boss!

Such is the nature of a "good time": short lived, transient, and usually bad for your health in some fun way.  Today was my boy's 16th birthday party, so we did.  It was fun, everyone had a good time!  My co-author and full time daughter, Avalon, was very  diligent and did all of her writing this morning before things go out of hand with the party preparations.  I, on the other hand, have managed to carve out a couple hundred words today.  Don't worry, I will make sure to hit my word count goals before I go to bed, but my daughter amazes me.  She inspires me to put my time in and make it count!  We are making our way out of chapter 2 and into some of the meat of the story, so it is exciting to pen (can I say that? I'm typing!?!) down who these characters are and what they are going to become.  So as not to lose my inspiration, here are some highlights of the day, in no particular order:

  • toilet paper mummies
  • balloons
  • Rock Band
  • Just Dance
  • hot dog bar
  • apple pie for 1
  • my son!
  • Sonic Generation's
Well, time to get back to it!  Here's the short list of what's up
# of Chapters completed:  2
# of Chapters summarized: 25
# of Hotdogs eaten by me today: 2
# of cups of coffee today: 25
Today's chapters inspired by:  Birthday parties/ Hotdogs/ Soundcloud/ El Ten Eleven (look them up!  very diggable and tasty gooves!)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Holy Smokes...blow the dust offa this puppy!

So here I am, back haunting this old site.  I really tried to avoid it for the most part,'s too hard to stay away!  NaNo WriMo started today, and since I am going to be a writing mess for the next thirty or so days (rewrites and edits don't count) I thought that it would be the perfect excuse to break back into daily journalism    by posting the happenings on the new novel that I am co-writing with my daughter.  The working title is called (drum roll..lbblblblblblblblblblblblb) The Timekeepers and it is something that we are both super excited about.  This is my fourth NaNo and my daughters second.  We both won last year, My first novel, The Arklight Compendium topped out at over 50,000 words with room for sequels and everything while my daughter (then in 6th grade) did a stunning 21,000 words in 30 days for her first novel, Alice of 1000 worlds!  Nothing to sneeze at and it's a pretty good book.
This years novel is coming along very well already.  We prepped the heck out of it, writing chapter summaries and character summary charts among other things.  It is fantastic Sci-Fi novel along the lines of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Warriors and the like.  I will be doing updates on a daily/semi-daily basis to just share how it is going and to more likely vent my frustrations out on the inter-webs. So for now know the basics...
Young protagonists Courtney and James Adams have their somewhat perfect and boring lives disrupted by a violent accident that takes the lives of their parents.  They are sent to live in foster care until the fateful day that they meet their estranged Uncle, Ezra Adams.  Ezra Adams takes on the responsibility of raising two very special young adults who come to find that they have power that most only dream of and that others will kill for.
 That's all for now, but thanks for sticking around.  More to follow
Resident Timekeeper,

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Playlist is Character...

Here is the slide with the annotation directions. Don't forget to do the playlist essay...300 words about the first 10 songs that pop up in your playlist and how they represent your character.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Layering effects on writing

This weeks lesson on Layering also comes from Heather Sellers The Practice of Creative Writing: A Guide for Students, Bedford/St. Martin's, 2008, Copyright Bedford/St. Martin's, 2008.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Truth is Stranger...

Here are the slides!  This next several weeks exercise were inspired from  Heather Sellers The Practice of Creative Writing: A Guide for Students, Bedford/St. Martin's, 2008, Copyright Bedford/St. Martin's, 2008.


Friday, January 7, 2011

Flash Fiction...

Here is the power point assignment that I used earlier today. You should have everything that you need.  If you are stuck, use the techniques for writing from the first semester