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About The Mood is Write

I'm a writer with big plans for self-improvement and I'm looking forward to finishing two books so I can send them to publishers.

A Sand Flea Breakthrough

esAfter writing the second draft of the Sand Flea for my first National Novel Writing Month, I’ve been stuck.  I tried to rewrite this problem story in Camp NaNoWriMo, but it wasn’t to be, and I failed utterly, despite being psyched up for the challenge.

However, after Two years, I feel I am ready to look at it with fresh eyes, and I realize something.  Ask is the protagonist, but that doesn’t mean the story has to be told through his eyes.  The POV character came shortly after, in the form of Korenila.  This will allow the reader to watch Ask’s outward changes that he wouldn’t notice, give insight into the priestess and her bodyguard Evoxe, and perhaps see more of the world in which they all live.

It should also follow a more solid timeline that the reader can track, and will eliminate the boring points when Ask is bedridden and nothing is happening from his perspective.

This is still his story.  The voice telling it is simply someone else.

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Posted by on August 1, 2015 in Announcements


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Editing Day 8

I got nothing done yesterday, and I’m halfway convinced the frightening dream I had yesterday morning was some sort of unconscious punishment for that.  Mostly because the idea is silly as heck.

Anyway, I’m exhausted mentally.  I look at large clusters of words and my vision blurs.  I’m going to recharge as much as possible before the team-editing starts.  I’ll keep you posted.

I recently purchased The Elder Scrolls: Online (when it launched… after playing in the beta and then forgetting I owned it until a few days ago, and have been rewarding myself for making goals with play time).  If anyone is interested in playing with me, look up Vianmil on the Aldmeri Dominion side.  I’m level 17 or 18– I can’t remember, but I have open character slots if anyone wants to find me and play with me.  I make a pretty good healer, apparently, when I don’t run out of mana.

I really just need a good night’s sleep, though.

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Posted by on April 28, 2015 in Announcements


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Editing Day 6

I feel like I’m still asleep.  I’ll do what I can, but so far today, any time I try to concentrate on something, I end up on imgur, even when I exit the browser tab.  Hopefully getting something to eat helps with this, but if not, one day of no work in nearly a month probably won’t hurt me– though the idea rankles.

My plan to get over this?  Give in for a bit to my urges, get something to eat, and keep my file open.  The mere fact it’s there and untouched will drive me to look at it, and by looking at it, I’ll start editing, I’m sure.

Wish me luck!

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Posted by on April 26, 2015 in Announcements


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Editing Day Five

I think I have the day number correct.

Anyway! I did finish editing a 3k-word-long scene yesterday.  It dragged on and on, so I believe I need to trim and shorten any scene over 3k words– that, or inject more interest and tension.  Something about the whole thing is off, and I don’t want my readers to have to feel like they’re slogging through it– though that fix may come in the next step of editing, when I go through it with my more poetic friend.

I need to move on from that for today though.  The next scene needs a look, and I’ve got a nice, quiet hour ahead of me to do just that!

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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in Announcements


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Editing Day 4

Day four begins with waking up late and the kid I watch (not Charles– still bitter about that) is already on the television. I also have to be delayed in my editing time, since I slept in so late.  I’m so dissappointed!

I’m going to get in as much as I can before I have to make dinner.  Wish me luck!

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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Announcements


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Editing Day 3

I forgot to post earlier, but I did get several scenes edited– and finished chapter one!  I think it’s still clumsy, but that will be for outside eyes to help with, now that it has fewer stupid mistakes and plot holes.

Things are going on schedule, even though I only got a half hour of editing in– I doubled the amount I edited yesterday!

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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Announcements


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Editing Day 2

Day one, I didn’t get many additional words in, but I did go through the initial scenes and found a few errors that needed fixing.  No continuity errors, thankfully.  I dealt with those as I wrote by highlighting with grey to ‘erase’ and then typing around them.  It keeps me gaining, and I don’t have to deal with the ego hit of “I lost x words editing!”

Just as soon as I finish pepping up and brainstorming with the friend who asked me to do the April session of Camp NaNo, I’ll begin my editing for the day!

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Posted by on April 22, 2015 in Announcements


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