Sunday, 3 March 2013

NaNoEdMo for ROW80, and the Page 77 Meme

Using the ROW80 prerogative, I'm shaking up my goals!

I've completed the on-screen edits for Druid's Moon, but fallen behind in everything else. There are a few threads on the Forum I need to catch up on, and so many other blogs I'd like to visit and fellow bloggers I'd like to congratulate, like Laurel Garver, who's releasing a poetry collection!

Also, the next couple of weekends are going to be busy with family events, which sort of puts a dent in my editing-all-day Saturdays and Sundays.

On the other hand, NaNoEdMo is here!

So I have to decide, for once and for all, what I am going to fix this month. Just look at how many projects I have, all in varying degrees of completion:

Druid's Moon, contemporary paranormal romance novella, needs a round of paper edits, and limited research

Rome, Rhymes and Risk, historical romance novel, needs a round of on-screen edits, then paper edits, and more research

Captive of the Sea, historical romance novel, needs to be typed up! Followed by edits and research plot bunny, historical mystery short story, needs a title! Followed by on-screen edits

Eyes of the Sky, contemporary vignette, needs a round of paper edits

Out of the Water, historical romance novel, needs a light touch on the first few pages and then further submissions to agents

Just When You're Thinking Things Over, contemporary vignette, needs to be submitted somewhere

He Ain't Heavy, historical short story, needs a light touch, and then to be submitted somewhere

The Face of A Lion - I received my blue pencil comments! This historical Middle Grade novel needs a lot of further editing before I submit it to agents

This isn't counting all the other brewing/percolating ideas, or any of the other items on the To Do List of Life...

The best thing now, probably, is to not lose momentum on Druid's Moon. I'll read as much as I can during the week and even on weekends, and hope (!) to have it finalised by the end of the month, ready for betas.

I was collating some of my research and craft notes last week and came up with a list of tough questions I need to answer, all about my characters' motivations, the villain's intentions, and also: how can a Kraken stay alive for 2000 years?

Meanwhile, since Fred and Lyne of Druid's Moon are always in my thoughts... I took a couple of short tests the other day on the BBC Science site, and during one came across this photo - all thoughts of the test forgotten, I immediately took a screen shot. She looks like Lyne!


While I'm in novel-dwelling-on mode, here's a meme for us to share!

"Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to go to page 77 in your current WIP and post 7 lines."

Here's mine; I included a few lines before the actual page 77 lines, to give you a bit of context for what's happening:

Lyne was shaken, suddenly and violently, and opened her eyes to find the Beast wrestling with the tentacle that had hold of her. He gripped it in his massive jaw, tossing his head from side to side, and rocking Lyne with the force of it, as the tentacle refused to release her leg.

The nearest stable thing was the Beast himself, and Lyne clutched at his shoulder to keep from tipping into the water. She dug her fingers into his fur and regained her balance. But then the Beast rose up, tore the tentacle off her with teeth and paws, and she was flung backward onto the grass near her bike. She rolled over and sat up, in time to see a second tentacle shoot up from the sea.

Will she escape? Or will the Beast turn on her, along with the owner of the tentacles? Ah, the mysteries...

Please share your page 77s!

How many projects are you in the middle of?

And... if you're looking for book recommendations, the Word Wenches are here to help!

9 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You have almost a dozen projects - I'm happy when just one strikes me.
How can a Kraken stay alive that long? Google it. I'm sure there's an answer out there somewhere!

Glynis said...

Deniz, for once I think I am busier than you! My blog explains it all! ;)

Glynis said...

Deniz, for once I think I am busier than you! My blog explains it all! ;)

S.P. Bowers said...

Congrats on the blue pencil notes. I can't wait to see THE FACE OF A LION in print.

Denise Covey said...

I just love being busy, don't you? Don't be overwhelmed, just be happy that you're so immersed in the world of writing. I know there's people who stick to one project at a time, but obviously there's plenty of us who like to multi-task in every way, including our writing.
Having family things and visitors tears a strip out of our time, but it'd be a boring world if we had no family and friends, so give it your best shot.
I'm concentrating on finishing my Fiji novel now. Nearly ready to send off to a publisher! Woo hoo!
Then the nail biting begins.

Theresa Milstein said...

Wow, that's quite a list. I know you can do it!

I'm in the middle of three projects, with an occasional fourth short thing thrown in.

Medeia Sharif said...

That's an intense list.

I'm working on three projects. I may fall short on one at the end of this ROW80 round. I'll see.

Romance Book Haven said...

Hi Deniz!

That's quite a list you have there! All the best my friend with all your projects!

Nas

Deniz Bevan said...

I can't wait to find out, Alex!

You're right, Glynis, you are!

Aww, thanks Sara!

You're right Denise - I do all these things because they're so much fun! Good luck with your submission :-)

Thanks for the vote of confidence Theresa and Medeia and Nas!

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  • Ox-Tales anthology
  • Istanbul Noir (Akashic Books anthology)
  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
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  • The Mzungu Boy by Meja Mwangi
  • By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • secret beta read!
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  • A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert Gertrude Bell (compiled by Georgina Howell)
  • Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K Jerome
  • Dead Man's Folly by Agatha Christie
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • A River Town by Thomas Keneally
  • Free Fall by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Heartburn by Nora Ephron
  • New Europe by Michael Palin
  • Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
  • The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie (possibly a reread)
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  • Walkabout by James Vance Marshall (reread)
  • Wish I Might by Kait Nolan (novella)
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  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Weep Not, Child by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
  • A Secret Vice by J. R. R. Tolkien (edited by Dimitra Fimi and Andrew Higgins)
  • A Pocket For Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • The Narrow Corner by Somerset Maugham
  • Cakes and Ale by Somerset Maugham
  • Le gout d'Istanbul (anthology) (skimmed)
  • Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  • Blue Nowruz by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie
  • secret beta read!
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  • The Mewlips by J. R. R. Tolkien (poem; reread)
  • Just for This Moment by Kait Nolan
  • To Err is Human -- To Float, Divine by Woody Allen (short story)
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  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman) (only half read)
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  • Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster
  • Discovering You by Brenda Novak
  • Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson
  • Report from the Interior by Paul Auster
  • Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame
  • Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
  • The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien (reread)
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  • A Mother's Confession by Amanda Palmer (lyrics and liner notes)
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  • Guide to the Names in the Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, in A Tolkien Compass
  • Dirge Without Music by Edna St. Vincent Millay (poem)
  • For my Wife, Navid by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • An Evening in Tavrobel by J. R. R. Tolkien (poem; reread)
  • The Lonely Isle by J. R. R. Tolkien (poem; reread)
  • Bilbo's Last Song by J. R. R. Tolkien (poem)
  • Ancrene Riwle, preface, by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats by Percy Bysshe Shelley (poem)
  • Absence of Mind by Marilynne Robinson
  • The Peoples of Middle-earth - Book 12 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck by Beatrix Potter (reread)
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  • The Young Magicians edited by Lin Carter (anthology; includes two poems by J. R. R. Tolkien and all of rumble rumble rumble rumble drum belaboured by C. S. Lewis, referred to in The Last Battle)
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  • The Devil's Coach Horses by J. R. R. Tolkien (essay)
  • Guido's Gondola by Renee Riva and Steve Bjorkman
  • Save Our Public Universities by Marilynne Robinson (essay in Harper's Magazine)
  • Edmund Campion by Evelyn Waugh
  • Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
  • Career by Yevtushenko (poem)
  • Human life in this century by Yevtushenko (poem)
  • Willow by Anna Akhmatova (poem)
  • Sonnet LXVI by Shakespeare
  • Sir Walter Raleigh to His Son (poem)
  • Fair Jenny by Robbie Burns (poem)
  • MacPherson's Farewell by Robbie Burns (poem)
  • World's End, the collected Sandman No. 8 by Neil Gaiman
  • O Wert Thou In The Cauld Blast by Robbie Burns (poem)
  • The War of the Jewels - Book 11 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • The Rolling English Road by G. K. Chesterton (poem)
  • The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
  • A Tradition of Eighteen Hundred and Four by Thomas Hardy
  • The Hierophant by Lee-Ann Dalton (short story)
  • The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
  • 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (reread)
  • Lonely Planet guide to Switzerland
  • Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
  • beta read!
  • Ode on Venice by Lord Byron (poem)
  • Little Miss Scatterbrain by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Little Miss Lucky by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Little Miss Trouble by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Homage to Switzerland by Ernest Hemingway (short story; reread but I really don't remember it after 20 years)
  • The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier (reread)
  • Sing a Long Children's Songs
  • Emily's First Christmas
  • Up At the Villa by Somerset Maugham (novella)
  • Telling Stories by Tim Burgess
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Marble Collector by Cecilia Ahern
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  • The Case of the Hungry Stranger by Crosby Bonsall (reread)
  • extracts from the diary of John Evelyn (Volume 1 of 2)
  • extracts from Lord Byron's letters about Villa Diodati
  • Pippin the Christmas Pig by Jean Little
  • Ite Missa Est by Anthony Martignetti
  • The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Red Angel by G. K. Chesterton (essay)
  • Emily's Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary
  • The Boy Who Set Out to Learn What Fear Was by the Brothers Grimm
  • The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (reread)
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  • Preludes by Wordsworth (extracts read aloud)
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  • Dance Me A Dream by Kait Nolan (ARC)
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  • Lost My Name book for Emily (https://www.lostmy.name/)
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  • Neil Gaiman comics on Sequential app
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  • see the 2014 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2014/12/books-read-in-2014-review.html
  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
  • see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
  • see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
  • see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
  • see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
  • see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
  • also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
  • see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html