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30 Days of Writing

October is always a busy time around our household, and in addition to it being a month for Halloween parties, our annual Samhain ritual, and the month of our wedding anniversary, I've decided to finally throw in and participate in the 30 Days of Writing meme. Starting tomorrow, October 1st, I will post a blog each day in answer to the questions in the 30 Days of Writing list. I'm not certain who started the list, but I grabbed it from J. Koyanagi, and it seems like a fun idea. Plus, amid everything else going on, it will provide me with the motivation to keep thinking about writing, every single day, rain or shine.
To see what the questions will be, click “Read More”. Wish me luck, and happy October!

Week Ending 9/25 Writing Summary

Sunday
0:20 Blog post: "SPEAK Loudly" (376 words)

Monday
None

Tuesday
0:20 Chapter 24 (cut 442 words from a scene that wasn't working)

Wednesday
0:40 Chapter 24 (484 words)

Thursday
0:30 Blog post: "Promises by Marie Sexton" (review, 389 words)
0:10 Chapter 24 (67 words) Would have written more, but was interrupted by my husband's computer having a major hardware failure, followed by my husband having a major panic about said hardware failure.

Friday
None

Saturday
None

Weekly Total
0:50 Blogging (765 words)
1:10 Writing Daughter (109 words)
2:00 total, 874 words total
Embarrassing, considering my goal of 10,500-14,000 words for the week. Hopefully this week will go better, and I am going to follow the same goal baseline. Maybe this time I can stick to it. :-)

Promises by Marie Sexton

I met Marie (and her husband and daughter) at Writing on the Waves, and hanging out was an absolute blast. When she confirmed that she had some titles published, I decided I'd check them out. As an amusing side-note, I think this is the first book I've read in a while that was both 1) set in the modern day and 2) did not involve even the slightest hint of the paranormal. Honestly, it was a nice change of pace. So, without further adieu (aside from clicking "read more"), my review of Promises.

SPEAK Loudly

Why? Because Wesley Scroggins doesn't want you to do so. He also doesn't want you to read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Here's what Scroggins has to say about the book in his article in Springfield, MO's News-Leader.com:
In high school English classes, children are required to read and view material that should be classified as soft pornography. One such book is called "Speak." They also watch the movie. This is a book about a very dysfunctional family. Schoolteachers are losers, adults are losers and the cheerleading squad scores more than the football team. They have sex on Saturday night and then are goddesses at church on Sunday morning. The cheer squad also gets their group-rate abortions at prom time. As the main character in the book is alone with a boy who is touching her female parts, she makes the statement that this is what high school is supposed to feel like. The boy then rapes her on the next page. Actually, the book and movie both contain two r…

Writing Goals for Week Ending 9/25

Ok, I have now reached a point where I need to write at least 1350 words a day to be able to hit my self-imposed deadline of November 30 on Daughter. In light of this, I'm going to set myself a personal goal of averaging at least 1500 words/day this week (a total of 10,500) with a preference for 2000 words/day (14,000 this week).

Wish me luck, and if you don't see facebook/Twitter posts that I'm writing, ask me what I'm doing. :-)

~Kieran

Week Ending 9/18 Writing Summary

Due to various complications this week, largely surrounding my allergies, the pollen count, copious amounts of ragweed, and over-dosing on allergy medicine to try and cope...

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100% Sadness

Week Ending 9/11 Writing Summary

Sunday 0:20 Chapter 21 (226 words)
Monday 5:15 Chapters 21-22 (3374 words, a new record)
Tuesday 1:00 Blog Post: "The One-Quarter Mark" and "The Name of the Wind" review (1471 words) 3:00 Chapter 18 (filling in a scene that finally clicked) and Chapters 22-24 (2299 words)
Wednesday None
Thursday 0:30 Chapter 24 (32 words)
Friday None
Saturday None
Weekly Total 1:00 Blogging (1471 words) 9:05 Writing Daughter (5930 words, again a new record) 10:05 total, 7401 words total

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Back in March, a friend of mine recommended this book to me. Being someone who wanders the shelves of my local Borders frequently, I had seen it numerous times, and heard good things about it, but I was always reading something else when it would catch my eye, and I'd think, "Okay, I'll pick you up later."

My friend tells me, "Do not make me fly out there and hurt you 'til you start reading it." He is six feet, four inches tall and a sergeant in the US Marine Corps. He can make good on the promise of pain, and I'm not inclined to give him any reason to do so. I picked up a copy, but due to various events going on with work, and the cruise we took in May, I didn't actually read the book until the end of June/beginning of July. Now I look at the calendar and realize that I've gone two months and haven't actually put up any review of it, so here we are.

The One-Quarter Mark!

Back on July 19th, I wrote that I was finally hitting my real kickoff point with the book. Well, after a day that involved a ridiculous amount of writing (3300+ words) I am at 24.91% of my goal words for this book. A mere 200 words will put me over the one-quarter mark, and it feels pretty good, realizing that since July 19th, I've written more than 23,000 words. It's not the 1000 words/day mark that I wanted to hit, and since I started actually tracking time writing and words written on a consistent basis over the last three weeks, I've only had 6 days where I actually crossed that mark.

Week Ending 9/4 Writing Summary

Sunday
None

Monday
None

Tuesday
2:10 Chapter 19 (1245 words)

Wednesday
0:40 Blog Post: "Whether or Not to Edit" (746 words)

Thursday
3:05 Chapter 20 (2327 words)

Friday
None

Saturday
1:30 Chapter 21 (1029 words)

Weekly Total
0:40 Blogging (746 words)
6:45 Writing Daughter (4601 words)
7:25 total, 5347 words total

Whether or Not to Edit

In the writing world, there is a continual and divisive debate about whether the author should edit their work as they go. Some say yes, some say no. Interestingly, most of the blog posts I've read of late fall into the latter camp, the ones who say you shouldn't even go back to fix a misspelled word. Robert Heinlein, Stephen King, and Brandon Sanderson, all bestselling authors, have all, in their own way, warned against editing. Heinlein said, "You must refrain from rewriting, except to editorial order." Sanderson leaves spell-check (even the little red lines under the words) turned off until he's making his last pass through the book.

I've tried this, including turning off the spell-check markers, and I can't do it. I'm obsessed with grammar, punctuation, and spelling. I think it goes along with my overall obsession with language, as I also must use all the proper diacritical marks when writing in, for example Español or Français, but I can't ha…