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NaNo Prep Time

I am in that fun space of not having a plot for my novel. I have a group of characters I would like to play with, however: 36 year old magical triplets. I've been fleshing them out in online roleplay. So far I have really liked the results. It's still twenty-one days before NaNo. If I time things right, I could get a plotline before the month is over. It'll be exciting if I work that out. I normally don't plan out my plots. Normally, though, my stories tend to spiral, going around and around in circles. I have found writing on 750words.com had helped me with taking that circular writing out of my fiction writing and keep it in my non-fiction writing. This might be a problem if/when I decide to write a non-fiction book, but for the time being I have had great success with keeping my fiction from getting so tedious. Over the last few days I have been hit really hard by the Ponds from Doctor Who. I've fallen in love with their characters. It came as a shock to me because I didn't think I liked them all that much. But I do, I really do. I want to write a pair of characters who love each other in a way that the Ponds love each other. So I am not going to be surprised if my NaNo novel gets to be Pond influenced. All in all, though, I think I am plenty pleased.

With You I Can Do Anything

A few thoughts on River SongCollapse )

Caught up on Doctor Who and my dad and I are watching the entire Legend of the Seeker series from the beginning. I have also been charmed by this series. I think between DW and LotS, I will be getting ideas to write about very soon. I feel like there is something on the tip of my tongue, but it's just not there yet. Still cooking. I am in love with Kahlan Amnell, though. I was tempted to RP her, but in a current day setting, with reincarnation. Total AU, but very appealing to me. /makes mental note to get some Kahlan icons

Though I haven't done any fiction writing since November--another successful NaNo, I gotta add!--I have been writing. Someone directed me to 750 Words dot com and I have been writing up a storm. Just in the month of December, I have written over 133,000 words. It's a lot of thinking, some complaining, some visualizing--which has been helpful in dealing with my grief about my mom--and my thoughts on my writing and what I have been reading. Writing every day has helped to set up a regular routine for me. And guess what? I am 31 days in. Haven't missed a day yet. Their cute little bird badges have helped keep me active. I love collecting things, even things that don't really matter. Things matter to me, though. Like if I missed a day, I wouldn't be happy. So I keep writing.

A few weeks ago, I began reading every day in addition to writing. It is making me feel a bit more stable too. I started Lynn Grabhorn's Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting. Great book. Grabhorn talks about being in touch with your emotions. It also ties into the Law of Attraction and how the Law of Attraction works off of energy and emotions too. Like our thoughts have power, too. The more positive thoughts, the more positive energy. The same is true about negative energy and negative thoughts. She says some things that I am not so sure about, though, like people attract their deaths to them. She gives one example of a friend's mom who died in a freak car accident when someone had thrown a rock off an overpass and how it had hit her friend's mom on the head and her friend's mom died instantly. I do believe that we attract our experiences to ourselves, though. Grabhorn also mentioned a way to lose weight: visualize yourself at the weight you want to be at and imagine yourself into reality. It's like my mom's saying "fake it until you make it." You are making that neural pathway, even through visualizing, and then you start living it. I like it very much.

I've finished Grabhorn's book and am now reading Christian McEwen's World Enough & Time. McEwen's main focus is on leading a slower life. A slower life is highly appealing to me. I used to live a slower life in my childhood. It was all about playing outside, pretending I was on a deserted island, reading in my tree house. This was before video games and computers for me. I am going to make a change. I mean, I already have. I am taking more time to read, write, and cook. OMG. I am cooking! I've been obsessed with latkes lately. Very much yum.

After Christmas, I bought some of the things that I had wanted for Christmas, namely this coat--I've been positively gushing over it for weeks--and these boots. I wanted a new ensemble. I have also bought a new shirt. I added gloves and a purple umbrella. I've wanted riding boots for a while, but you won't believe how happy a coat with leather on the elbows makes me. Like seriously gushy. It's my studious writer's jacket. The whole ensemble is. Can't wait to see how it looks!

Fundraising for NaNoWriMo

Hey everybody!

For the second year in a row, I am fundraising for NaNoWriMo and its parent company Office of Letters and Light. I want to raise $2500, so I am going to need a lot of help here. The OLL does a great service by doing a lot of outreach to inspire writers in schools and libraries and by holding yearly writing programs for all ages. In addition to the NaNoWriMo, the OLL holds Script Frenzy. They have a Young Writers Program for NaNoWriMo and for Script Frenzy too. This year, they kicked off the first Camp NaNoWriMo--for those people who want to do NaNoWriMo when it isn't November. You can see a break down of where the donations go here.

Any amount you are willing to donate means a lot to me. :D

Jen's Fundraising Page



I have also started a team to fundraise $25,000 for NaNoWriMo. The team page can be found here: Writers Assemble!. Anyone is welcome to join!

Thank you!

Busy in October

So October is going to be extra exciting for me this year! And mostly it has to do with NaNo! Pomona Valley region is a go! Officially. :D Three years of holding regular write-ins has finally paid off. I'll be Co-ML with one of the former Co-ML of LA. Now we gotta spread the word. Many, many, many press releases and bb splattering will be in my near future. Oh and phone calls. I am super excited (more than super nervous. I'm only a little nervous.) I can see it all happening now, though. Like "October? What's October?" I feel like this month is going to go super fast. I mean we're already on the third. How'd that happen. *L*

Besides the planning, I am trying to have October be writing heavy. I'd like to get to my neglected blogs Jen in Los Angeles, The Artist's Muse, and Writing the Path. I am taking part in a writing challenge called octoberwriting. It's 10 ficlets of 1000+ words, all written in the month of October. I thought this might be a good way of getting ready for NaNo, so I can sort of flow into that. No idea what I am going to do with that yet, but I'll be thinking more about it later today.

I also need to catch up on my RP tags. So that's my plan for writing this month. :D

There also will be much reading. I need to finish Gabrielle Bernstein's Spirit Junkie. Next book might be something related to writing, or something like Judy Brizendine's Stunned by Grief.

Finally, Monday will be filled with Doctor Who viewing. I have a bunch of episodes to catch up on. I'd like to finish out Doctor Who and Alphasif I can. I think I about eight episodes to watch between the two. My NaNo is going to take place in a universe not so different from the one in Alphas, so I'd like to get a better understanding of the world. I like the way abilities are handled there.

Where I've Been & Where I'm Going

Except for 2010, 2011 has been the more difficult year for me to date. This is the year that I've been learning how to live with out my mom physically being here. I have a couple of ups and a lot of downs. Most days, I've spent sleeping, staying up online until all times of the night/morning, not walking, not leaving my house, avoiding life things, not writing. It's been the year I've done the most amount of travelling too. A year ago at this time I just had gotten back from Atlanta, GA. This past March and early April I went to Vancouver BC and then hit Portland, OR and San Francisco for WonderCon. This past July I spent a week in LA with a friend and then a week in San Diego for Comic Con. When I was out I was pretty active, but back at home I'm sluggish and lack any routine.

When X-Men: First Class premiered, I was three days from my 30th birthday. I normally like birthdays, but this one I wasn't to happy about because 1. I was turning 30 and 2. my mom wasn't here when she should have been. So I got to bury my head under the rock called Tumblr and the XMFC fandom and indulge and not come back out until Comic Con. But a little while after getting back home, I've kind of
gone back. Besides Tumblr, I've been taking part in XMFC fandom in RP. I've made some good friends and have gotten back into writing--at least as far as character writing goes. I still feel heavily rusty.

What I'd like to do is work on my writing projects that tie into losing my mom. I am doing a joint project with an artist friend, but it's been a topic that is so hard for me to stay in for very long. Even now, I struggle with talking about the feelings. I know I've gotten emotionally numb and am still quite tired.

The 9th wasn't as hard as I thought it could have been--which could be because of me being emotionally stunned. I really don't know. But I did make a realization about career plans I am going to pursue. While looking up information on Carl Jung--someone I've been interested in for a while, but yes, my interest has been intensified because Michael Fassbender is playing him in A Dangerous Method--I realized that a lot of my core interests and spiritual beliefs are Jungian theories. I never saw a practical application in my interest in coincidences. I thought it was my flight of fancy and quirkiness, but now I am thinking I could do something with it. I actually have some hope for getting back to school, when I have been uncertain about graduate school for seven years. If I ever meet Fassbender, I think I should thank him for indirectly helping me find my calling.

I am going to try to buckle down on my writing. Doing those projects I need to do and start working on prep work for NaNoWriMo.

I'm also working with a creativity coach--the same one I was going to be working with earlier this year, but I stopped e-mailing her. Apparently she thought I would reply if she e-mailed me. Her e-mail came at a good time for me because I really would like a little help. I'd like someone to bounce ideas off of. I might be continuing with my life coach, who I was putting off a bit before and after Comic Con. Her fee is kind of intimidating and I genuinely felt I didn't want to talk to anyone until after the 9th. I needed to ride it out by myself. And like I predicted, I am finding myself ready to begin tackling some things, but taking things gradually. Not only can I take on too much, I get ahead of myself, I use things to avoid, and I drop everything I'm involved in. These habits permeate all aspects of my life. I was able to get more done when my mom was here. She was a taskmaster to me and my dad and it's so hard to do things by ourselves. :( I'm pretty sure that we're both depressed, though. So it isn't
just a lack of interest/desire in getting things done; there is a physical reason.

Right now, at this moment, I feel pretty good.
Listening to "One Day" again. Would love to see this used in a Heroes vid.....<3
Uplifting, cleanses the soul. I love this song. Can't get enough. :D

New Year Comms

If you are planning on doing some writing in 2011, I highly suggest that you check out getyourwordsout. GYWO is a challenge comm for words. There are five levels--150k, 200k, 250k, 300k, and 350k word commitments. There are weekly events like word wars, word generator exercise, and prompts. It's a whole lot of fun and I hope you join me! :D I attempted to do 250k this year and am going to end probably about 40k off. I'm doing a 300k challenge in 2011 and have a slew of writing ideas already! You'll find all the information you need on their Pledge and Commitments. You only have until Dec. 31st to sign up.

I am also kicking off a comm this year and I invite you to join! project2011! Project 2011 will be a place for people who want to accomplish big things in 2011 and want to be part of a support/motivation group. On December 31st I am going to be making a post asking people about what they want from this comm.

Still much to do before the year ends.

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The Red Lady

This year I made the literary acquaintance with writer Sera Beak. Beak is the writer of Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark. This book has changed my life. There is a great deal that Beak speaks about that I already knew, but didn't know that I knew. She has a way of organizing things is a very understandable way. Beak is always positive, but not in that fluffy optimistic way that some new age people can be. Beak is down-to-earth and practical. Her tone is conversational. She is quite spiritually curious and has traveled the world seeking spiritual experiences. She has created her own spiritual life and travels her own path with no second thoughts or regrets.

If you are looking to get a jump start to you creativity and living your life deeply, I highly recommend checking out Beak's book.

Beak has a blog out, Spiritual Cowgirl. In her most recent post, she summarizes the ways one lives as a Redvolutionary. It definitely gives you a taste of who she is as a person and the style of her book.

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