“I Thought You’d Been Eaten By Dragons!”

No.  No, I have not been eaten by dragons.  Which, I think that the majority of you will be glad of.  If not… Well, that’s not my problem, now is it?  😛

But I am back from my hiatus, which was basically just a temporary disappearance due to the fact that I’ve been doing a lot of traveling of late, as well as a fair amount of writing, finishing up Camp NaNo.

I could tell you all what’s been going on in my life of late, but I think that I’ll save that for another post.  After all, I have been planning on doing what FaithSong did and write a “Doings” post, where I’ll fill all of you in on what’s been happening with me.

So, I just thought that I’d chime in, letting you know that I am alive and well.  I have not fallen off the face of the earth.  I have not been abducted by aliens.  I have not been eaten by dragons.  Although, I wouldn’t cross that last one out as a potential, abrupt end to my writerly life.

I''ve been honing my artistic skills!  Aren't my stick figures just lovely?  :P

I”ve been honing my artistic skills! Aren’t my stick figures just lovely? 😛

Cheery bye for now!

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Hiatus

I know that I just started this blog, and I know that this is probably a bit soon for a hiatus.  My apologies for that.  But my life is going to be so crazy, with much more than just Camp NaNoWriMo, that I probably won’t have the time to post or comment.  I don’t know how often or how much Wi-Fi I’ll have, so I’m just going to post now and say that I’ll be taking a bit of a blogging break.  I’m guessing that it’ll be over by the end of the month.

Tally ho!

Writing Until Your Fingers Bleed

There’s only one short week left until Camp NaNoWriMo starts!  No doubt those of you that are doing it are a chaotic jumble of excitement, nervousness, and writerly madness, especially for those of you that are cramming months’ worth of plotting into a single week, trying to get everything ready for the enormous task that is ahead of you!  Chances are you already feel like Camp has begun, your life is becoming so crazy with this!

Last Camp session, I was talking with one of my cabin mates, and I said, “With all the writing we’ll be doing, I wouldn’t be surprised if we wound up with calluses on the ends of our fingers from all the typing!”

She agreed that that would be really neat, and I was honestly considering that that might be a possibility.  Sadly, however, that didn’t happen.  Maybe someday, though!

A month or so later, in May, I was at the CHAP Homeschool Convention, speaking with one of the vendors, Jonathan Brush, about my writing.  And he gave me this bit of advice:

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He told me that this was what I need to be doing.  He told me that I need to be honing my craft so that I got better and better.  He also said that I need to write all kinds of things, forcing myself to stretch beyond the comfortable bounds of fantasy.

Seeing as this is Camp NaNoWriMo, I will, of course, be working on Guardian, and not the other things like Jonathan mentioned.  But hopefully I will write enough during Camp to make my fingers bleed.  Later on, after that, I can get to working on writing other things.

But whether or not you’re doing this Camp session, if you’re a writer, this still applies to you.  I know that it takes a lot of resolve to hit the little red button in the top right-hand corner of the screen when Pinterest’s up.  Believe me, I know.  I’ve wasted a WHOLE lot of time on there myself!  So if you need a procrastination buddy, I’m over here!

Really, though.  Pinterest can wait.  As can pretty much all the other forms of social media.  There are too many tales waiting to be written to waste all that time on other, less important things.

Let the writing commence!

Life at the Plotbunny Farm

For those of you that may not know, plotbunnies are the metaphorical creatures that produce an author’s plot.  They produce these plots at a rather extraordinary rate, hence the name plotbunnies.

On a normal day, plotbunnies are rather cute, non-menacing creatures.  Sort of like this little guy:

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Other days, when the plotbunnies threaten your character’s well being and possibly your sanity, they look a little bit more menacing:Scary-Rabbit-with-Teeth--55865

That, my friends, is a plotbunny of ferocious nature.

I had an encounter with the latter type a few nights ago.

It was a late night, you see, and I was trying to go to sleep.  As my brain usually does when it is unoccupied, it drifted to my current work-in-progress, Guardian.

The plotbunnies were terrifying.

In a matter of minutes, the plotbunnies had successfully deprived me of sleep as well as given me new material to torture my characters with.  It was slightly terrifying.  But I generally prefer to listen to my plotbunnies, especially the late-night plotbunnies.  They were, after all, the ones to give me the seeds for Guardian.  I didn’t feel like I could deny them.  Not yet, anyways.

Since they were determined to keep me awake, I obliged them and recorded the new plotline in my notebook.  By the time I was done, it was around 11:30 p.m.  But the plotbunnies were appeased, so I stood the chance of going to sleep.  I was, eventually, successful.

There you have my most recent encounter with plotbunnies of ferocious nature.  I’d love to hear about some of your encounters with plotbunnies, ferocious or otherwise!