Tick-tock…tick tock…

Tis the eve of NANOWRIMO…are you ready?

Tonight I will be going over the final details on my book idea, making sure each characters character is fitting, and hoping that New York will get another W…sorry, got distracted there.

Now, moving on, here is an idea of what the plot of my book is:

Nathan and Dorothy Warner own a farm, which provides food and money for themselves and their two daughters, Cate and Robin—who is actually adopted.  The Warner farm is in bad shape.  The barns are falling apart, the fences need mending, and the chicken coops are leaking.  Due to bad crops and a back injury, Nate Warner is unable to fix his place up himself or hire help.  One day, a young man named Joseph Collins, shows up who is willing to help the Warners get back on their feet.  Cate is quite taken by him, but is shattered when she learns that his father owns a business which has been making offers to buy the Warner place.  Has Joe been lying to the family about his intentions, or is he sincerely trying to help a family in need?

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Are you paying attention?…

Okay people, after careful consideration—and finally figuring out my password—I have decided to participate in NANOWRIMO this year!!  

My only fear?

It starts in just three days…pressure.

It’s not that I am totally unprepared; I have my characters set, the plot summary, and even the book title.  Still, something just feels different about this years preparation compared to last years.

Last year was the best time I’ve had doing NANOWRIMO so far.  Okay, so it was only my second year… But I knew the characters like the backs of my hands, and I knew exactly how the story would end, and where it would leave my beloved characters.  I am even planning a sequel for that book, but it may be in my best interest to give myself more than a month to write it.  If I had not prepared myself well last year, I never would have made it.  The book was long, and the most detailed thing I’ve ever tried writing.  It came out well, but I know I could have done better had I had more time.  I am hoping that the sequel will maybe be even longer, and there will certainly be lots more going on, with even more characters.

But anyway, I’m getting away from the point of this post: THIS years novel.

It was hard coming up with a simpler idea this year.  I would—for the first time in my life—like to write a shorter book.  My goal is 120 pages.  I thought of several ideas for this years challenge.  One was a mystery, since those are my most favorite types of books.  (SHERLOCK HOLMES) eh-hem… It is still my goal to write a mystery book someday, and I am quite interested in attempting to write this somewhat haunting tale.  The unexpected turns are always pleasing in books, which is why I love mysteries.…like Hound…creepy.

Then, I thought of how it would be interesting to write a love story.  I thought of one, and even thought up all of the characters; however, it was lacking something…a full idea of what could happen.  Again, I still would like to write it someday, but it needs more details.

There was one more book idea I had, which I had already started writing sometime ago.  It was a book dating back to the times before my latest novel.  It’s title is, The Witch of Brookshire.  But still, the idea of a love story was very appealing to me, and since last years novel was a war story (and TWoB would be one as well), I’ve decided to go with a love story.

Finally, I decided on a story about a family who lives on a farm, which is beginning to fall apart.  Love stories seem like they are hard.  So many have been done, and all the good ones seem to be the same plots.  They hate each other because they love each other, there’s a triangle involved, etc.  My idea, I’m sure, has been done before, but as people say, “not with your characters!”

Keep writing!

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UPDATE:

UPDATE: My book had been delayed.  Every time I tried sending it in to Create Space, an email came back telling me the cover photo was going to be blurry.  Then I found out it was because I was using the wrong application to make the cover. (Turns out it wasn’t the scanners fault after all…) Anyway, after fourteen tries, it’s finally done!!!!!!!

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ish…

Hullo again.

Mother and I have finished proofreading! In fact, we finished awhile ago, however, due to complications involving a certain book cover, my novel is taking longer to publish than I had anticipated.

I, honestly, don’t know when I am going to learn my lesson.  But it will be fine.  As long as it comes out right in the end, I’ll accept the amount of time it’s taken.  The last novel I published, I got it published right away and it didn’t turn out well, so I will try and deal with the delay.

(Still, me being me, I am frustrated with the whole thing…)

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Coming Soon…

Hullo! Goodness, it’s been a long time since I last posted…

“Did you miss me?…”

Anyway, back to the original idea of this post.

After completing the NANOWRIMO challenge, I enlisted my mother to help me proofread my novel.  It is a long process, but we are closing in and only have two more chapters to check! So, I didn’t finishes in time to get the free copies,😦 but I still intend to send it to Createspace.

Once the novel is finally complete, I will have a post about it.

P.S. This was my 40th post!!

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Swallows in Missouri

I told a friend I would share some pictures of swallows dipping over the river.  Here they are!

This first picture is a nest that we found at college.  Ain’t it purtty?

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It’s kind of hard to see the swallows, so I put some circles around them so you could find them better.

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Thinking of…

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Good read on a good day about a good man.

(The real reason we celebrate this day.)

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Boromir

The River had taken Boromir son of Denethor, and he was not seen again inMinas Tirith, standing as he used to stand upon the White Tower in the morning.  But Gondor in the after-days it long was said that the elven-boat rode the falls and the foaming pool, and bore him down through Osgiliath, and past the many mouths of Anduin, out into the Great Sea at night under the stars.

For a while the three companions remained silent, gazing after him.  Then Aragorn spoke, ‘They will look for him from the White Tower,’ he said, ‘but he will not return from mountain or from sea.’  Then slowly he began to sing:

Through Rohan over fen and field where the long grass
grows
The West Wind comes walking, and about the walls it
goes.
‘What news from the West, O wandering wind, do you
bring to me tonight?
Have you seen Boromir the Tall by moon or by starlight?’
‘I saw him ride over seven streams, over waters wide
and grey;
I saw him walk in empty lands, until he passed away
Into the shadows of the North. I saw him then no more.
The North Wind may have heard the horn of the son of
Denethor.’
‘O Boromir! From the high walls westward I looked
afar,
But you came not from the empty lands where no men
are.’

Then Legolas Sang:

From the mouths of the Sea the South Wind flies, from
the sandhills and the stones;
The wailing of the gulls it bears, and at the gate it
moans.
‘What news from the South, O sighing wind, do you bring
to me at eve?
Where now is Boromir the Fair? He tarries and I grieve.’
‘Ask not of me where he doth dwell — so many bones
there lie
On the white shores and the dark shores under the
stormy sky;
So many have passed down Anduin to find the flowing
Sea.
Ask of the North Wind news of them the North Wind
sends to me!’
‘O Boromir! Beyond the gate the seaward road runs
south,
But you came not with the ailing gulls from the grey
sea’s mouth.’

Then Aragorn sang again:

From the Gate of Kings the North Wind rides, and past
the roaring falls;
And clear and cold about the tower its loud horn calls.
‘What news from the North, O mighty wind, do you
bring to me today?
What news of Boromir the Bold? For he is long away.’
‘Beneath Amon Hen I heard his cry. There many foes he
fought.
His cloven shield, his broken sword, they do the water
brought.
His head so proud, his face so fair, his limbs they laid
to rest;
And Rauros, golden Rauros-falls, bore him upon its
breast.’
‘O Boromir! The Tower of Guard shall ever northward
gaze
To Rauros, golden Rauros-falls, until the end of days.’

So they ended.

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Happy St. Valentine’s Day!

Good evening, one and all!

I have not abandoned this blog.  I’ve just been sort of—dare I say it—busy lately.  I am planning on doing a real post real soon.  SPOILER— it will probably be about books or music or both.

Until we meet again! Bu–bye!

And a Happy St. Valentine’s Day!

Lots of❤ and thanks to all my readers and followers.

P.S. Finally! My first post of 2015 is here!!

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