Saturday, August 16, 2008

I'm not dead, yet.

Wow, life just has a way of taking over. I haven't posted here in so long, mostly because I haven't written in so long. Part of the problem is I've been having problems with sitting at a computer screen too long. It has been making me nauseous. That is a bad thing when you are a web developer, and a wannabe writer. I went for my 40 year old eye exam, and the Dr. said "Come back when you need me... in the next one to two years." So it's not my eyes. So I'm not really sure what is going on there. But Nuadaim has been calling. I went back and read the first couple chapters again yesterday. It still seems like there is something there.

The family is taking a week and headed to Disney World next week. When I get back, I've got a date with a manuscript. I'm so close. I'm not quitting now.

Also I'm toying around with the idea of doing nano this year. I've got a story idea that has been kicking around. A more young adult story, than Crimson Swarm. Maybe that could be my goal with the edits. Get them done before November 1. Seems doable.


Tamara Morning said...

Haven't seen you on Silver Griffin lately. How's the writing? Are you still thinking of doing NaNo?

Misti (a.k.a. witchofbreitha)

D. Robert Pease said...

I hadn't received any update notices and thought maybe Silver Griffin was dead. So a month or so ago I took a look and saw that some of you were still there. I'd love to come back, but I'm just not sure I have the energy. It is so much work to crit 4 or 5 people's work for one crit of mine. I haven't felt the healthiest this past year, and it has been really hard to get myself to write. I did pick up on the editing again over the past month. I've been concentrating on getting the manuscript polished, then I want to find some beta readers to read the whole thing, instead of doing a chapter at a time.

As for NaNo, last night I was just talking to one of my son's friends who aspires to be an author. She is thinking about doing NaNo. I might try, just to get her involved. But man, that is a lot of writing.

How are things on your end? How many people are active on the Silver Griffin? Is Samantha still around?

witchofbreithla said...

You know, I'm really embarrassed to admit this, but I just now saw this message (a month alter. I know. It's sad.) I have no excuse. It IS a lot of work critting other people's chapters, but I have honestly learned just as much from those crits as from the ones I receive, and I know I need all the help I can get. I've done a little bit of beta reading, and it does make a difference to read the whole thing instead of just a chapter at at ime.

I'm ready for NaNo, and it starts in about, oh...4 hours now. I'm trying something new this time, urban fantasy. It's a lot of work, but I enjoy it.

As far as I know, everyone's still on Silver Griffin, although Stuart, Ellsea, and I are the only ones who've posted lately. We're hoping to get it stirred back into some kind of life. You should give it a shot again. We miss you.

D. Robert Pease said...

So you haven't heard from Samantha in a while? That's sad, she seems to really be going through some hard times.

I've decided I'm going to make a stab at NaNo too. We'll see. Mine's going to be a YA/Science Fiction story. Who knows, maybe I'll bring this new story back to Silver Griffin. (not sure if it fits within the boundaries of the crit circle.)

What do you mean when you say Urban Fantasy is a lot of work?

Tamara Morning said...

Oops, I meant NaNo is a lot of work. But honestly, urban fantasy is proving to be a challenge, too. For this story, I researched angels and demons (and their names and powers), Roman history, Irish history, the sinking of the Titanic, Mayan history, Casanova, Napoleon, and quite a few other odd and seemingly-unconnected things. I actually had fun doing that, though. I know this story doesn't fit in Silver Griffin, but I just finished outlining the sequel to Witches, so that's something to fall back on.

No, I haven't seen or heard anything from Samantha in a while. I know she had a lot going on, so I hope everything works out for her.