Stacy...Sensibly Insane

I have my own little world, but it's okay - they know me here.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Slowly But Surely

Revisions have started slowly but surely. The slow part kind of sucks but then that's the job. First draft you can fly through to get everything in your head on paper so the page count is awesome but with revisions, every word counts, every emotion needs to be deeper, and every minute detail needs to be added. In other words, each page is re-examined, dragged through the shredder and hopefully put back better than before...or at least until the next set of revisions.
Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 5:44 PM :: 4 comments

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Sick, Safe, and Starting Again

What a way to wake up on your birthday...sick with a horrendous cold!! But my hubby did make the day special cooking me a big breakfast, and ^^trumpets sounding^^ buying me a birthday cake!

I collected my child safe and sound from the bus after school. They did good on their first day (I of course was a wreck waiting for the phone to ring all day) They just looked so small on the bus. But after them excitedly talking non-stop about the day I felt a smidgen better. Please tell me it gets easier watching a stranger drive off with them (although I must insert here that the bus driver is an older gentleman and very nice).

Hopefully my head cold will clear enough today today to start my revision and making this wip into an actual comprehendable kick-a$$ story.
Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 8:24 AM :: 4 comments

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Whew...I Made It!

I finished the first draft of this wip last night!

Just last week I thought there was no way I could get it done by my self-imposed deadline of the end of September. This freaked me out because I had yet to miss one of my personal deadlines--I write it on the calendar and that's it--it was even to the point where I went and scratched it out (which I had NEVER done before) because I just didn't think it was realistic anymore. Then I read a few blogs and Stephanie Bose had been reading this book (forgive me for I can't remember what it was called) and offered some tips from it for a first draft. ...WOW, it made so much sense and took the weight off my shoulders and let me get through the rough draft...a week before my origional written down deadline!!(Thanks Steph!!)

So I'm flying a little high today trying, for at least one day not to think of what comes next because we all know how fun it is to rework, revise, and edit--ugh! But now that the base of the wip is there, I am looking forward to adding the deeper meat and expanding on the hot parts.

But that's for Monday because I still have to lug the boxes down to the mudroom in preparation for the Salvation Army coming to pick them up, do laundry, grocery shopping, and get my child (and myself **shudder**) ready for their first day of Kindergarton. To add to this it is my Birthday tommorrow and like most adults realize, if you want a cake you pretty much have to bake it yourself.
Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 7:42 AM :: 3 comments

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Friday, September 23, 2005

Minor Rant

Okay, I admit I was raised in a city and walked to school unlike my husband. Our child will be taking the bus like he did. Now in my naive mind I thought schoolbuses picked children up at their homes but now find out that they want me to walk in the opposite direction of the school to meet the bus which would mean (because we only have one car) a half-hour to forty minute hike round trip with a toddler and four year old...and in the middle of our winters...I don't think so. So we've been playing phone tag with the transportation company to get a stop much closer to us and, to which I just found out another family would also benefit. You would think it would be a no-brainer.

Supposedly someone is to come out today and assess the area but the company didn't sound to thrilled. I agree we are on a blind bend that wouldn't be safe for the children to cross or the bus to sit but I'm not demanding they pick them up at my driveway, just a place a five minute walk down the road where it is nice, level and easily accessible for both the bus and our families.

Am I really asking too much? I'll keep you posted.

p.s. on the writing front ^high five^ for another seventeen pages done!
Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 8:16 AM :: 1 comments

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Power Burst

Whoa, had a major power burst yesterday! Not only did I scrub down the bathroom (which has to be one of the worst jobs in all the world), cleaned the kitchen, sorted the summer clothes, and purged another two boxes, but I also got twenty pages written while keeping the two kids busy! Yes!! What a day! The best part was that when I think back I really only spent about two two hour sessions at the computer. It's only too bad those power days don't happen very often. Here's to hoping the writing momentum at least stays up! Twenty pages is very unusual for me, I'd be happy with 8-10 a day for this first draft but hey, I'll take what I can get!
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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Schlepping Back In...

I'm schlepping back into the wip trying to find my characters but at the same time keeping the momentum going. Which means I'm working the front and the back of the book at the same to me, kinda interesting, and beats not getting anything done at all. Every page is a step closer and all that!
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Friday, September 16, 2005


I'm obviously trying to do too many things at once and all I'm coming out with is more of a mess.

I'm purging...both my story and my house. I've purged three chapters of the story and two rooms of the house and in the range of equality they both probably have the same amount of purging left to go. It just seems that as I purge, I'm leaving a trail of junk behind me that still needs to be sorted know, the keep pile, the maybe pile, and the get rid of pile. What I have done is awaiting a pick-up from the Salvation Army (for the house items of course) and the items from the story are stored in a folder marked 'Extra Text'. The main difference however is that purging non-usable items from the house is a lot easier than from the story.
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Sunday, September 11, 2005

I've Lost My Characters...

This is a good lesson in not second guessing your gut.

Aroung Chapter Four things were kinda feeling a little I was missing something. Things weren't quite working the way I wanted them to etc. I knew I should have gone back to the spot they started to feel wrong and revised from there....but no, I really wanted to get a first draft of this story done, making notes along the way then go back and revise, edit and fix everything. Why? Because I thought I should...this is what happens when you think too much--now I am on Chapter Ten, things seemed to be going well when I realized that was because I was just writing out the scenes. What would happen here, what would she say/do, what would he say/do, some descriptive etc. The scene was what I wanted but I had totally lost the characters. They had no depth, no true thoughts in there head and when I thought she would panic, she should have punched him out, and him, well, let's just say whimp. Yuck...ick...gag me with a spoon.

Then I went back and read my first chapter which I had sent into a contest...WOW!! I loved it, it had everything I wanted for these characters...they were strong, aggressive, filled with conflict, and was great...and that's when I realized my mistake. I should have gone with my gut at Chapter Four and went back to fix things. Now I have two thirds of an ms full of crap and months of wasted time. I'm sure I can save some of it but I'm hitting my head against the keyboard and the letters left on the screen pretty much match what I'm calling myself.

Ah well, live and learn. Off to start again, this time trusting my gut and throwing the 'should be doings' out the window!

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Thursday, September 08, 2005


I have very little to say on this subject except one thing new and expectant mothers need to know...sleep is a long gone dream once you have children. I figure by the time they go away to college my body will be so used to the lack of sleep that it won't know anything else and I will remain forever depraved.
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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Nothing Worse...

There is nothing worse than having a sick child. We had our episode last night of going to a walk in clinic and having suggested that we go see a pediatrition in a hospital in a neighboring town about a half hour away because our hospital didn't have a pediatrician. Thankfully everything was fine in the sense that there were no major concerns and just a viral infection that with fluids and diet would be better in a few days.

But it was while we were in the hospital waiting room that the news on the small TV were giving more details on the Katrina disaster. Wow, tell you about being thankful for the health and wellfare of your family. It distressed me that my child was sick but at least I knew there was a doctor waiting to look at him. These images on the news had overfilled hospitals with no power, no water, no food and the unbelievably heroic nurses and doctors fighting for the lives of their victims while they themselves were on a slow dehidration/starvation trail. One story showed 29 newborns rescued from a hospital...but only three mothers were with them. The other children had no family and most of the time no one had knowledge of their mother's whereabouts. Could you imagine giving birth to a child while a hurricane ravaged your hospital then having your child taken away (for their benefit of course) but not knowing if they were alive or dead and vice-versa? And this is just one smidget in the problems with all the lootings, murders, rape etc. Even the police having to barracade themselves into their stations for their own personal safety.

Needless to say, I had no problem with the long wait time in the hospital when this was going on in our neighbors to the south. Feeling horrified for them and at the same time thankful beyond thankful of our own safety. My heart and prayers goes out to all who were affected.
Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 3:25 PM :: 0 comments

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