NaNoWriMo 2016 – Day 1

November snuck up on me! At least I’m prepared for NaNoWriMo. Well, as prepared as a pantser will be.

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I had a few story ideas and, a week or two ago, my 11-year-old son helped me choose which one to write. Since then, I have named a few of the main characters and thought about a general story line. Here is my synopsis from my novel announcement:

Tulpa pets are all the rage. Everyone has one. Except for high school student Jen. (I’m pantsing the story again this year, so we’ll see where the story goes from there.)

The working title is Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Tulpa. Why? Because I love the Beatles song that inspired the name (Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey from one of the best, if not the best, albums of all time) and it kept getting stuck in my head. So I went with it. I’ll come up with a better title once the first draft is finished.

It will be a young adult novel and I’m going to write this one in first person. This will be a fun challenge, because I wrote in third person last year and it was intended for adults. Yes, I cursed freely in that one. Won’t be cursing so much, if at all, in this one. I plan to make it something my son can read.

As for the actual writing, I’ll be writing on my iPad during lunch at work again. Then writing for another hour or two at home in the evening. I’ll be using Scrivener at home again this year. I didn’t use it “properly” last year because I just put in a bunch of text pages for each chapter. Not rebellious, just lazy. But it was easy to go back and break out the novel for revision.

Enough writing about writing for NaNoWriMo 2016…

Good luck, fellow participants! We can do this!

NaNoWriMo 2016

Right after winning my first attempt at NaNoWriMo in 2015 as a pantser, I decided I was going to be a planner for 2016 to try something different.

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Guess what.

I still haven’t planned.

Perhaps I am meant to be a pantser. I’m okay with that. It was so fun watching the story unfold especially when I didn’t even know what was going to happen next. I’m actually looking forward to that experience again this year.

At the moment, I just have a couple of vague ideas of a couple of stories I might want to write, with a few more rolling around in the back of my head. About the only planning I’ll be doing before November 1 is deciding on which story to go with. I could do like I did last year and change my mind on October 31. Heck, I may just go with a suggestion from Stephen King in his On Writing book and pick a situation and let the story unfold. As long as I have a starting point on November 1, I’ll be happy.

One thing I do hope to do different this year is go to a local NaNoWriMo writing event. I didn’t do this last year, and I think it could be fun to do. We’ll see how schedules work out next month.

I will probably check around and see what prep other folks are doing. I might do some last minute planning, but it will likely be a small enough amount that saying I’m a pantser will still be accurate. 🙂

Cards from Gelli Plate Prints

A couple of months ago, I made my first Gelli Plate prints and had a blast. I decided to try making some cards using inspiration from a site I found through Pinterest.

Card using Gelli Plate print circles

I enjoy the abstract look of this card. The circles look like flowers to me, but I also think they look like balloons. Either way, it is fun and the colors are happy.

The other thing I really like about this card is each card turned out to be a bit unique. (Quick side note… I usually pick a design each year and everyone gets the same card. Lazy? Perhaps. I think of it as practical, because time to sit and make cards can be scarce.) All five of the cards I made have the same design, but the flowers have their own colors and patterns and are in slightly different arrangements.

These cards were easy to make, but a little time-consuming because of all of the circle punching. I used three different sizes of circle punches on the prints I had made. The punches were made in different areas of the prints to try and get a variety in colors and patterns. Then the circles were put together with roll-tape adhesive. Continue reading