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May 1, 2015

I reached 100k plus a bit by the end of the April NaNo.  It was not easy and I can't say I'm happy with the stuff -- but then I wasn't before the April NaNo, so it probably isn't any worse.

I have an idea for a new story, at least.  I'm not sure if I can do it -- it's going to be a bit odd.  I'm going to try to see if an older book (about 1910) can be adapted to an sf story.  I plan to just read a page or two and use that as the very basic storyline, much the way people have been adapting fairytales for the last few years.

The book I am looking at is Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.  I will likely make the MC a bit older, too.  So, at the opening, she'll be arriving at a space station, not a farm somewhere.  I'll be moving along the plot line (and probably skipping things that simply will not work) and seeing what I can get out of it.  I might call it Sunny.  Or Sunny of Redtail Station, or something like that.  This is going to be just for fun, just to see what can happen.

You never know until you try.


May 2, 2015

We went to DeSoto today!  Yay!  That was a nice trip.  Saw some egrets in breeding plumage which was lovely.  Didn't get a lot of writing done but that's okay.  We are well past NaNo now.  I need to start looking at other things.

I haven't had a chance to start the new book, though I thought a bit about it.  I hope to get to it next week.  Tomorrow is some work stuff.  Lots of work stuff, in fact.

Had a nice day, though.

Stone State park 

May 3, 2015

And today we went up to South Dakota and visited!  That was fun too.  Lovely thunderstorm on the way home.  I wish I could have gotten a nice picture of it.

Before we left town, though, we were stuck on the off-ramp of the highway because a tractor had pulled down a wire and it started a little fire.  Eventually, they had us turn around and go back down and onto the highway, which was interesting.


May 4, 2015

Writing is back to the 'ugh' stage again.  I am barely getting 1k a day and I need to get moving on something that will take my attention better.  I'm trying to do some short stories, but even those aren't working out very well.  I haven't had a chance to start the new novel project yet, either.

I need focus.  Or something.


May 5, 2015

Not doing any better on the writing.  In fact, I seem mostly to be doing well with naps more than anything.  Come on brain!  Time to kick into gear again and get something going here!

Other than that -- weather is odd.  Might get some storms tonight.  That's my big news.  Almost done with a bad short story, but if I get it finished, I might be able to move on to something else.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

May 6, 2015

We had a bit of a storm, but not much really.  A little rain.  We need more in this area but at least the air isn't filled with dust and we are no longer getting the fire hazard warnings every day.  Or maybe we are -- I've stopped opening Weatherbug since they changed it.  I might have to watch more carefully now.

Other than that, I'm doing okay.  Writing a bit of this and that.  Today I started the rewrite of Touched by the Wild.  It's not going to be a fast rewrite, but I'm happy with it so far.


May 7, 2015

People are getting some bad weather out there.  Everything so far is south of us, though.  We're fine here.

It's a quiet week. Still working on story stuff.  I'll get something done eventually.  I hope.

Just not much to say.


May 8, 2015

Still not really doing well with writing.  I'm moving along on things but I'm having a 'not connecting' moment here.  Or week.  Or maybe month.

I am enjoying Touched by the Wild, but it is a very slow process.  More detail!  I simply do not do well on detail sometimes.  I'm working at getting better.

And that's it, really. 

Canadian Tiger swallowtail

May 9, 2015

Flooding in some parts of Nebraska.  Snow -- lots of snow -- in other parts.  Tomorrow we might get some 'weather' and it could be rough.  I'm betting we'll miss most everything since we're right on the edge.

Still pecking away at stories.  Focus -- that's what I need!  Focus on something.  Anything!  LOL  I am even bouncing around on this little thing, going off to check one thing and another.

Okay, time to get settled in and . . . do some art, I think.  Yeah.  I"ll get to the writing eventually, right?

Mother's Day

May 10, 2015

The weather here wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been.  Just a bit of rain and wind.  Not far away it was much worse, so we got lucky here.

Writing is still going slowly, but I hope to give it a push soon.  I like the rewrite of Touched by the Wild, but it is going slowly. 

That's about it!  Not much going on around here!


May 11, 2015

I am trying for a 3k day today, with all of it on Touched by the Wild.  It is moving along nicely and I'm a bit over 1/3rd of the way there.  I seem to have a nice feel for it.

Cold here today.  About 50f out, but at least we don't have the 18 inches of snow they got in Western Nebraska.  Am I glad for that?  I don't know.  We didn't get much snow last winter.  One storm with a bunch of snow might have been fun, especially since it would melt away fast.


May 12, 2015

I got up today with an idea of how to easily redo the ACOA site.  Well, relatively easy.  I'm copying pages out right now.  It's a small site.  It doesn't need Joomla! the way the bigger two sites (Forward Motion and Vision) do.  I can handle this much better in html.

But it will take a bit of work.

Yesterday was a pretty good writing day.  This has taken my attention away again, but it is something that needs to be done.