Thursday, 30 December 2010

2011: SB's YeoWDam't

I was wondering how to explain something this insane and eventually settled for doing it in interview format. My alter ego often helps me out with character interviews and getting out of plot holes, so I thought she was the best one for the job.

Although I did think about turning it over to one of my characters... Anyway, read on.

NaNoFiMo day 30: completed!

Well, yesterday I completed my NaNoFiMo novel, which was the still unnamed vampire story. It came in at just over 31ooo for the month, making the overall story just a tiny bit longer than The Frozen Tear.

Here are the actual figures:

Started with: 43905

Added: 31653

Final total:  75558

Now on to the next challenge! You can read all about it in my next post.

Monday, 6 December 2010

NaNoFiMo day 6: progress report

Writing: the unnamed vampire story I was working on before NaNoWriMo and The Frozen Tear

Words (Written Today): 2133

Words (Total as of Today): 2759

First Sentence (Written Today):  "Hey Jaden, I was wondering about something," Liselle said.

Friday, 3 December 2010

NaNoFiMo 2010: vampires!

I was going to take a couple of days off and then do a review of what I've learnt from NaNoWriMo, but then I discovered that I've already written 7 k in two days on a new story and I'm being stalked by a main character from the story I was working on before November...

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

NaNoWriMo day 30: all over, red rover

For all my fellow writers who met their goals this November: YOU ROCK!!!

For everyone who failed, epically or otherwise: YOU ROCK TOO!!! Epic fail beats never trying in the first place like rock beats scissors!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

NaNoWriMo day 23: unexpected success and a dash of optimism

Well, after my worst weekend so far (253 words) I put in my first 5k day on Monday and managed 5589 words to bring my total to 56526. I also wrote my first really painful scene, killing off one of my favourite characters.

NaNoWriMo day 19: unexpected success...?

At the time of writing I am just 587 words away from the official NaNoWriMo goal of 50000. I've also completed and submitted Alfred the Advertising Assignment. I should be jumping up and down for joy.


Monday, 15 November 2010

NaNoWriMo day 15: kind words

I think I'm suffering from the week 2 blues a little late, so it was nice to find Randy Ingermanson's e-zine in my inbox this morning. Since his footnote says it's okay, I'm sharing what he said about NaNoWriMo:

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

NaNoWriMo day 10: a dodgy approximation of a pep talk

This is my own personal version of a 'pep talk'. I am using the term very loosely. In the general run of things I am about as motivational as a poster saying 'procrastination gives you something to look forward to later'.

Anyway, here's my 'pep':

Write it anyway. There is no idea too good to write.

Seriously. Any idea you've ever had is too good to not write.

Side note: Imagine what would happen if the main characters of every unfinished story haunted their authors until the story was finished. I'm thinking about writing something along those lines in a project or two's time (or maybe next November). Next I'm going to write about zombies, though. Even if I have to make the main character be a zombie, I will get zombies into a story.

Also, drop me a line. It is very lonely here in my little corner...


PS - my current word count is 27207!

Monday, 8 November 2010

NaNoWriMo day 8: strawberries and goats

Actually, day 8 has nothing to do with strawberries, goats or indeed anything else other than my novel and Alfred the Advertising Assignment. The weekend, on the other hand...

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

NaNoWriMo day 3

Word count at the end of day 2: 5100

For everyone else participating in NaNoWriMo this year, welcome to day 3! For those who haven't joined the fun... well, you're missing out and your life might be a little less insane than it could have been this month.

This is my first time nano-ing, wrimo-ing or whatever it's supposed to be called. So far it's been by turns hard, surprising, hard again, suspenseful, surprising again and then a dash of frustration. Er... in no particular order.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Step into my parlour...

When maniacs go for a walk, they take the psycho path. I might set foot on it once in a while...


I'm Siana Blackwood – writer, web designer, web developer and student. I don't plan to talk about web design, web development or being a student unless it directly impacts on my writing, so that's all you're going to hear about any of that. Now on to more fun things.