Do you all remember when my flash drive died? I was upset and disappointed. Then I quickly realized it was for the best. I had so many novels started on there that were no where near being finished. Half of them didn’t even make sense and weren’t good at all.
So losing my flash drive made me feel as though I was starting completely over, but that wasn’t a bad thing. I told myself that I was going to work on only one novel at a time. Only when I completed the first draft I’d be able to move on. I need to finish what I start.
I was doing so well, then I realized the other day that I have been falling out of my routine. I have three novels started, four in desperate need to be edited, and more ideas attempting to push themselves out of my head. It’s annoying, actually.
I have been doing pretty good. I haven’t been starting anything new other than what I already have started. I’m in the mood for both Hunter & Comet and Union Academy. So I’m going to try to finish those first while trying to edit Hunter and Diary of a Lover at the same time. I just need to print out Diary of a Lover (and give it to Kris) while Hunter has a long way to go before I can give it to anyone else. As stated in my previous post, I figured out what is wrong with Hunterand I desperately need to fix it. So I’m going to do that and it’s most likely going to take a while.
Speaking of my flash drive dying…I know that conversation was a little while ago, but LOOK! This is my new flash drive. He’s rubber and small and adorable and 8GB! And he was 15 bucks. 😉
1. My sister Kris and I decided to come up with some sort of schedule. It was actually her idea, but I thought of the idea a while ago (er, years ago). Of course, that was all mine was–an idea. I never even tried it for one day. But yesterday she came up to me and told me to help her stick with something. She showed me a “to do” list of hers. On that she stated she wanted to set a daily goal (words, pages, time, etc.) and do it every day. Monday through Saturday would be spent working on originals and Sunday would be FanFiction days. When I came up with this, I decided I was going to do FanFiction on Saturday and Sunday and originals would be Monday through Friday. I mentioned that to her and I don’t know if she’s going to do her way or my way, but either way we’re going to do it together. Since she asked me to help her make sure she completes this to do list, I decided that I’m going to do it, as well.
Yesterday, which was Sunday, we went to Barnes and Noble for our weekly writing session. I ended up working on my FanFiction because, well it was Sunday, a weekend day. For writing in a notebook, I got a whole lot done. Today is Monday (and the first day of Camp NaNoWriMo) so I worked on original. But since Camp started, I started something new instead of editing Hunter or Diary of a Lover or anything like that. I’m writing Cybertra. I’ll post the summary on here by the end of the month.
Anyway, I decided that I was going to write for at least one hour every day. The morning is really the only reliable time I have just to myself. So I decided that every day (all seven days of the week) I’m going to write from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. That started today. And man do I wish that I started something like this a long time ago! I had the most productive day! I woke up at 6:30, took a shower, made an iced coffee, and wrote while I had Raph getting her daily exercise and I got my morning caffeine dose. My timer went off on my iPod after an hour, I took Chip for a walk, then I got myself ready to go out. I had to babysit toady from 9 to 3. It was great. Not to mention that by 8, I was wide awake, felt refreshed, and ready to take on the day! If this was any other normal day, I would have woken up around seven, realized I needed to take a shower, but say “eh, I’ll do it tonight,” then count down until I had to leave the house all while moping around in my bed watching TV…I’m really not that lazy, but sometimes….
2. As stated, today was the first day of Camp NaNo. I’m going away this week (leaving Wednesday afternoon and coming back Friday afternoon). So I can write on Wednesday and Friday, but I’ll miss Thursday. One day isn’t bad. But I am going away again the last week of July. The 20th to the 27th. I’m going to bring a couple of notebooks with me and work on FanFiction that week. Yes, I will be breaking my schedule, but I can’t bring my laptop. So I decided that I want to try to finish Camp before I leave. That gives me 20 days instead of 31. Of course, I’ll still have a couple days when I get back, but still.
This means I should write 2,500 words a day instead of the usual 1,613. I wrote 1,616 today. At least I met the standard quota. If I didn’t have to babysit today, I probably would have written a lot more. I have to babysit again tomorrow (double time…9-3 with one family and then 4-7 with another family). Wednesday I’m babysitting, then leaving. Thursday I’ll be gone. Friday I can write when I get home. All next week I’m babysitting 9-1. It’ll be tough, but I think I can make it work. I can at least be able to make it to 50k by the end of the month, if not by the time I go on vacation. I will do it!
3. My novel is weird. Seriously. I had a completely different vision in my mind for Cybertra and it…well, it took an unexpected turn. Don’t get me wrong, I love where it ended up going, but I was shocked…and was laughing. A lot. I can’t post the summary yet, so you’re going to get lost when I tell you this, but…in the novel, the father builds robots to help people in need. Elderly people, police force, etc. He makes 100 robots at a time and when they all get shipped to a big company that sells them places, he makes a new batch of 100 robots. But, in the prologue, his daughter is six and wants to keep one. All the robots look exactly the same on the outside. The only way to tell them apart is by their personalities. And…well, one of them, the one they end up keeping, has a very different personality. He wasn’t supposed to be this animated. He was supposed to act more…robot-like, I guess you could say. So I can’t give you a summary, but here’s a small excerpt from the prologue:
“No, no, no! You must hold your pinky up. Haven’t your mother taught you any manners?” a small little girl wearing a pink, frilly dress with a sparkling tiara on top of her head, held up a small plastic tea cup. Her pinky was in the air and she tried to speak in a grown-up, mature tone.
“I have not had time to learn manners. My apologizes,”
The man poked his head through a door in the crack of where the young girl and her guest played on the floor of her bedroom. He opened the door a little more to see her smiling and laughing.
“Well, it’s a good thing you came here, then.” She giggled.
“Hannah?” he opened the door all the way.
She froze. Her eyes grew wide as she shifted them back and forth between both of the gentlemen in her room. Finally, she leaned forward and whispered something.
“Hannah,” the man sighed. He knew exactly what she was saying to her robot friend.
“Oh, right! The inspection!” the android jumped off of the floor. “Excuse me, Mr. Noel! I must go see Mr. Noel! I am late…I am very late!” he brushed right by the gentleman and disappeared down the hallway going to the basement.
Mr. Noel shook his head. He lifted his clipboard and muttered to himself. “Fix attention span on number four…”
Leo is what Hannah names him. He wasn’t really supposed to have a name, either. Oh, well.
So I realized that Camp NaNo is two days away. Have I figured out what I am going to do? Yes. Have I really planned it at all? No. You see, I thought of this superhero idea. It’s about a group of superheroes that get together and form an alliance like the X-Men, the Justice League, The Avengers (that movie came out not too long ago, if you have not seen it, go see it!)…of course, I have not figured out how the superheroes are going to meet, why they form the alliance, what they call themselves, where they live, etc. It’s a mess. So I decided to do little “prequels.”
Let me explain this before I go any further…we’ll take my FanFiction for example. I thought of this idea years ago, but still have never done it. Everyone knows the Ninja Turtles, yes? Everyone knows there are four turtles: Leo, Donny, Mikey, and Raph. I had four one-shots in mind (a one-shot is basically a short story…no chapters, for those of you who don’t know). The first one, Mikey does something in Donny’s lab, creates a huge monster, and has to get rid of it. The other three one-shots will be along the same thing. Each one of them will accidentally create some sort of creature (I’m not sure how, yet) and have to get rid of it. Then I am going to do a fifth one, which will be a chapter story, and it will be about all four of the creatures coming back out and destroying everything then they have to defeat them all over again. So they’re not really sequels or anything, but you do need to read the chapter story last. Other than that, it doesn’t really matter what order you read them in. This is how I’m going to do this series. I’ll write a story based on someone’s background, the next story will be about another character, and so on. Then the last one will be their beginning with one another. Does everyone get what I’m talking about?
I decided that this group is going to have five characters in it. I thought of three of the characters already. I know a lot of basics with one of the characters, so that is who I am going to write about first. The story is called, Cybertra. Awkward name, yes? Well, she is a technopath. My sister helped me come up with her name because I had Cybertron stuck in my head for some strange reason and I didn’t like it. My sister said, “Why not? You should use it.” I said, “It sounds like a boy.” Then she said Cybertra. I thought it still sounded kind of weird, but we decided that the main character will be deemed Cybertron, but then claim it to be a boy’s name and she’ll change it to Cybertra herself.
So the story is all about her life, how she got started, when she found out she had powers, etc. Now if you love superheroes and things like that just as bad as me, you may be saying, “How are you going to write something like this as a novel? Wouldn’t this be better as a comic book?” I thought that to myself, as well. Except I cannot draw worth crap. I don’t know if this will ever get published or not. I don’t know if it will even come out good because it’s kind of difficult describing battle scenes and such in a novel. However, if it actually does come out decent and people can actually tell what is going on and do enjoy it, maybe I will try to get it published. However, if not, maybe I will hire an illustrator and we could do a comic book together. I would love to have my own comic book out. My sister and I had the idea to do a web comic together a while ago, but that’s another story for another day.
Anyway, it may be a book, it may be a comic, or it may just stay in my flash drive. However, this is going to be my Camp NaNo and whatever happens with it, I’ll be proud of it…even if it is crap.
Now you’re probably thinking, “What about the other four characters?” Well, once I finish Cybertra, if it comes out decent, I will move onto writing about the next character…maybe that will be for the August Camp NaNo. I’m not sure yet, but I still have two months to worry about that. We’ll have to wait and see what happens with this one.
My biggest concern is that even though I know the basic gist of everything that is going to happen, I have two days to outline this story and to get all the characters together. The summer session of school started yesterday, so I kind of have my hands tied with homework right now. The electrician is coming tomorrow, so I am going to have no power in the house all day. Which forces me to write in a notebook and outline and such, but I’m going to feel so out of place…or I’ll just go to a friend’s house in which case I won’t be able to work on anything at all. We’ll have to wait and see and hope that I have the first half of the story outlined by June 1st.