(cross-posted from my personal LiveJournal – originally posted there at 12:39 am)

I’m already past my quota for the DAY.

What, you don’t write 1700 words in 40 minutes?

I’ll give you a hint:

Make no attempt to disguise your character as not yourself, ramble on at length about the history of comic book characters (summarizing other people’s work really ups your word count!), pour out everything you know about the supernatural, and talk at length about all three of the mean things you and your sister did to each other as little kids.

Current Chapter Title:
“Chapter The First: In Which Lauren Grace Vanderbilt Morlock Discovers That She Is, In Fact,Not the Most Important Person in the Entire Universe (Much to Her Dismay)”

Quotes of the Day:
“If you would like, we can have a lengthy conversation about how superheroes are our modern mythology, and how it is actually a metaphor when these people gain their powers, for our changing bodies in puberty and our changing roles in life in adolescence and coming to understand our own power of being adult and working that out psychobabble blah blah blahcakes.”

“I get really bad headaches. I keep trying to walk through walls in hopes it will make them better. I usually just end up walking into walls instead, which is not as effective for curing a headache, actually.”

“…I was fairly certain I was destined to save the world at least once, perhaps several times, perhaps over and over again and maybe then someone would go back and actually retcon my life and it would all be different and I would have a new origin story and you do not know, okay?”

“I may be a Marvel girl, but Batman is really cool.”

“So my sister. I love her very much. I think people are supposed to love their sisters, and I love her. I maybe do not really understand her, but we fight much less than many other siblings, so, yeah. We are on pretty good terms, pretty much all of the time. I mean, I am fairly certain she has not stolen any money from my jewelry box for weeks, and I am even more certain that it has been a couple of months since the last time I handed her an empty soda can and said, ‘Here, you can have the rest.’ (Never mind that I fed her dog biscuits when she was two, okay? She was hungry.)”

“I am not known for my ability to shut the hell up.”

“She likes to help people. Which is a really good trait if you are going to have superpowers, I suppose.”

Consider yourself warned.  This reading journal is about to become a writing journal!

Here’s my MAGNA CARTA I (see No Plot?  No Problem! for details) – a list of things I really like in books.

Magical girls
Smart girls
Love that doesn’t get in the way of adventure
Love that isn’t too angsty
Love that is fun
Pretty hair
Smart men who have principles
Misunderstood people (mostly because they’re too smart)
A few close friends
Fantastical elements
Cleverly hidden exposition
Intricate interweaving of mythology
Talking cats
Girls who are strong but not physically tough

What about you?  What elements do you really like in your stories?

Hello there!

I started my school library media coordinator program on August 25th and life has been a whirlwind ever since. I’ll soon have reviews of The Chocolate War, Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones, The Contender, and The Outsiders for you.

I was dropping in mainly to remind you that NaNoWriMo is just a couple of months away and to tell you that I will be participating. One of my classmates was an English teacher and assigned NaNo to her students last year and participated herself as well. She’s planning to get a group together in our program. I don’t know how successful she’ll be, but at least I’ll have one on campus writing buddy!

How are you? What have you been reading? What are you looking forward to reading?

My next assigned text is Wintergirls and I’m very excited.

So this year my sister said to me, “I’m not even gonna pretend I’m gonna do NaNoWriMo.”

Well, I started my NaNo on Nov 2, and I have yet to break 10,000 words – but the 8500 or so I’ve written is more fiction than I normally write in ANY month.

And that is why, even though I’ve never made it to 50,000 words and don’t know if I ever will, I try every year. Because the 2000, 8000, 10000 or 20000 words I actually get through are more than I do any other time of year. And I feel like each time I do it, even though my word count has actually gotten lower in recent years, I get closer to something, some intangible place wherein I am a writer.

Hi there, friends! Once again, I have registered to participate in National Novel Writing Month. (If you want to be buddies, you can find me under the name KimberlyH.) I have tried plotting and I have tried pantsing, and I have gotten almost halfway to the 50,000 word finish line, but I have yet to complete a NaNovel. So I’m trying a few things differently this year.
1) I am neither pantsing nor plotting, but doing this bizarre thing where I have a vague notion and I have notes about ideas I want to use, but I have no idea where this thing is taking me.
2) I am treating this like a giant 50,000 word free write, which is what it’s supposed to be anyway. I don’t know why I have always felt like I needed to write a GOOD novel for NaNo. It’s not really the point.
And the big one, number three:
3) I am soliciting you as members of my reading group. All this means is that as I write the novel, you will get installments emailed to you for you to read or delete at will. I do request that you offer no critique during the NaNo-ing period; we’ll save that for NaNoEdMo. But reminders and proddings to send more story are perfectly acceptable.
If you would like to be part of my reading group, comment here or drop me an email at your preferred address for me or at lectitans at gmail dot com. You will get an invite to a Google Group called "The Theatre Fairy." I am the only person with posting access and I promise only to send out story bits. I will need your email address to invite you.

So if you’d care to join me for this crazy ride, let me know!

As I gear up for this year’s NaNoWriMo, I’m making reading lists.  I’ve never won NaNoWriMo.  I always run out of steam.  I don’t want that to happen anymore!

I’ve chosen YA urban fantasy as my genre of choice this year.  So far I know I want it to be a story about a girl who has to save her sister.  I feel that’s vague enough that I can express it without worries of anyone stealing my idea.  I have established a writing LJ parallel to this one, entitled

 , to chronicle my plans for writing.  I’m on NaNoWriMo as KimberlyH, should you care to be buddies.   

Here are my reading lists that I’m using as resources:
Bildungsroman: Fantasy Novels for Kids and Teens
Bildungsroman: Monster Mash
Bildungsroman: Vamping It Up
YALSA: Magic in the Real World

Anyone have any other list suggestions?  I’m looking for lists rather than titles, because it’s nice to get lots of info in one place.