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STATUS UPDATE # 13

I did so much to do a post here yesterday to report my activities and status report, which is the same for Wednesday regarding that day’s activities. However I’ve been swamped with promoting my 99cent promotion on KINDLE for “I Kissed a Ghost” which ends this Saturday @ 11 PM [PT] [GMT/UT].

On Wednesday, as you read from my post I “got interviewed” by Nicky Wells on her award winning blog site which meant promoting it on Twitter and elsewhere.

I did some more promoting of my Five Sentence Fiction endeavor for the prompt of “LETTERS” which dedicated to OUR VETERANS for which I’m getting quite a few personal message, with each needing to be personally answered.

And I had to spend a few hours taking care of personal matters.

On Thursday, I had been more of the same. And in addition I wrote my response to this week’s prompt of “PIECES” from Lillie McFerrin.

Some good news, I’d been invited to write a short story for an anthology which is due to come out next year. I first submitted my idea for one of the topics of the anthology, and it got accepted. Once I received this acceptance I did a rewrite of my FSF response so it would be appropriate for use on the topic of AIDS/HIV, and submitted it. I’m HAPPY to report my submission got accepted, albeit she actually wanted to have a short story. [But isn’t Flash Fiction a short story ]which has a great deal of “brevity”]

As far as my status is concerned:

On Wednesday I wrote nine pages with about 2,650 words. On Thursday I wrote five pages consisting of approximately 1,350 words. I originally had planned for Chapter 30 to be a few pages longer, however I saw an opportunity to have a chapter break where I left off with my writing

My Total Count Now Stands AT:

Chapters = 30

Pages = 208

Words = 60,400

I’m using the NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month guidelines; which requires an author to write a minimum of 50,000 words in a month as my motivation. And as of yesterday, I’ve written approximately 32,800 words, making the target figure quite attainable.

FIVE SENTENCE FICTION - Pieces

Every Thursday Lillie McFerrin [http://www.lilliemcferrin.com] presents her readers another prompt for which we’re asked to simply write a Five Sentence Fiction. This week the word she’s given us to use is “PIECES.”

Wisdom Out of the PIECES

P eter didn’t know what to expect when he first heard the news of the approaching storm.

I nstead of paying attention to the precautions being transmitted over the radio and television, he decided to matters into his own hands and headstrong wherever his two feet would take him.

E ver sure he’s doing the right thing; he kept on ignoring all the warnings he heard from everyone around him.

CE rtainly wisdom would eventually take over; but when?

S hattered PIECES of his life is all that he could find now, after the storm had passed, leaving him with the wisdom he didn’t possess before.

I'd love to hear your comments

STATUS UPDATE # 11

Despite the face I’d been busy during the morning and afternoon yesterday, as well as having to attend a four hour community after dinner, I still managed to write my chapter for the day consisting of seven pages and approximately 2,000 words.

I’ve also received several wonderful comments for my latest “Five Sentence Fiction” for the word “LETTERS,” and if you haven’t done so already, I’d like to invite you to read it now and hopefully decide to leabe me a comment.

My Total Count Now Stands At:

Chapters = 27    Pages = 187    Words = 54,360

STATUS UPDATE #10

For this past Friday and Saturday I’d once again failed to write the chapter a day I’d promised myself to write for the month of November. It isn’t that I didn’t want to; I got side-tracked interacting with people regarding the post I’d made this Thursday [Nov 14th] for my Five Sentence Fiction endeavor regarding the word “LETTERS,” which has made quite an impact on those who’ve read it. And given this, I spent several hours working the social media letting people know about this.

On these two days I also had to prepare for the marketing of my $.99 cent celebratory promotion for the KINDLE edition of “I Kissed a Ghost” [see my previous blog entry.] I’d love for everyone to consider getting a copy during this promotion which ends this Saturday, November 23th at 11:00 PM [UT/GMT for the UK and PT for the US]

The good side of all this social media interaction, yesterday my Klout score had gone up 1.09 points to my new high Klout.com score of 63 [63.24]. It’s about 6:00 AM [ET], my new Klout score hasn’t been determined yet, however I see a strong possibility of it hitting 64 today.

Well yesterday, it had been more of the same for most of the day; that is until the later portion of the day when it became time go out for dinner [we chose OutBack Steakhouse] to celebrate my OH’s birthday.

Anyway, to make a long story short when we got home I was determined to write my chapter for the day, which I did. Although it only contains seven pages and about 2,250 words, this chapter which is part of a back flash, is chockfull of emotions, which I found to be quite difficult to write since I wanted to make the future readers of this Contemporary romance novel will feel the same emotions as my character.

Right now my Total Manuscript Count stands at:  26 Chapters / 180 Pages / 52,358 words

STATUS UPDATE # 9 / A TIME TO CELEBRATE

I so much wanted to do some writing the past two days, however the best laid plans of mice and men oft times go astray.

After laying out the skeleton of what I wanted to write in my next chapter an idea came to my mind, and I've been busy carrying it out.

What idea came to my mind?

I said to myself that since my OH is having a birthday and we’re having our 20th anniversary I decided TO CELEBRATE these two wonderful occasions my having a $.99 PROMOTION for the KINDLE version of my first YA Paranormal/Time Travel/First Kiss romance novel entitled “I Kissed a Ghost”

The promotion runs from:

[US] http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CRQ9SC6

Sunday, November 17, 2013 12:00 AM [PST] until Saturday November 23, 2013 11:00 PM [PST]

[UK] http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CRQ9SC6

Sunday, November 17, 2013 12:00 AM [GMT/UT] until Saturday November 23, 2013 11:00 PM [GMT/UT]

Please feel free to pass this information on to your friends or family, and of course, I'd love for you to consider getting a copy for yourself, your daughter or any other young girl member of your family.

THANKS for kind support and being one of my followers on this blog.

STATUS UPDATE # 8

          

My prediction came true again concerning my inability to keep to my commitment to write a chapter a day. Monday had been the last day for my OH to be with me for the entire day, so we spent the day getting our hair cut and dyed. Yes, we both dye our hair; how else will we be able to look a little younger than we are. After taking care of our hair we went to have some Baked Eggplant Parmesan, fried is out due to our diets.

Tuesday became a day in which I spent a great deal going through the hundreds of emails I hadn’t had a chance to read. I also had to take care of the backlog of posts needing to be approved as well as the requests to join the three LinkedIn groups I own. If this wasn’t enough I also had to deal all the requests to follow on Twitter, the requests to become my friend on FaceBook, as well the confirmations of the friend request I made; each of these had to be answered individually.

Yesterday, Wednesday, had a day full of prior commitments, from my monthly meeting of the retiree club for the union I once belong to [9 AM to 4 PM including the time using public transportation] and an important community meeting [6:30 PM to 10 PM]; I wound up with no time to write a single word.

Luckily a sense of normalcy has begun to return today. I cleaned up all of my emails and items related to my presence on the internet. I then responded to Lillie McFerrin’s prompt word of “LETTERS” to this week Five Sentence Fiction. Of course I had to watch two episodes of Season Three of StarTrek: Enterprise streaming on NetFlix to catch up with the entertainment I’ve missed during this same period of time.

As the final hours of Thursday approached I finally sat down and wrote my one chapter daily commitment, this one consisted of five pages and approximately 1,100 words.

My Total Manuscript Count now stands at:

Chapters = 25

Pages = 172

Words = 50,096

                                                                                                                                                                                                          

FIVE SENTENCE FICTION - Letters

It’s Thursday again and Lillie McFerrin [http://www.lilliemcferrin.com] has once again present us with another prompt word, which we’re to use in endeavoring to write a Five Sentence Flash Fiction. The prompt word for this week is “LETTERS.”

This week I decided to be a little more poignant especially since we’ve just celebrated Veteran’s Day here in the US. I’ve also been successful in using the acrostic format which is starting to be my “TradeMark.”

SADNESS IS CONTAGIOUS

LE slie sat in the den of her home crying.

T he tears which came flowing over her cheeks weren’t ones of sadness, they were ones of the bittersweet remembrances she got as she read the LETTERS which her then future husband had sent her during his first assignment in the Middle East.

TE resa, Leslie’s daughter, sat by her mother’s side trying to console her, but to no avail.

R eluctantly Teresa started to read the LETTERS herself to see the reason for her mother’s dismay.

S adness became infectious because these LETTERS allowed her to get to know the father she never knew, as she fell victim to the words in the LETTERS as well.

Would love to hear your comments.

STATUS UPDATE # 7

As I wrote on Friday, with my OH home for this week my ability to write a chapter a day would be almost impossible and I’ve been correct again. From Friday until Saturday I only wrote about three pages. However, today, with the change of weather we stayed home and I had a wonderful marathon session of writing for about six hours writing nine pages for a total of twelve and approximately 3,825 words for the chapter I’ve just finished.

Chapter 24 is the longest I’ve written so far and it’s also one of the most important ones. It is in this chapter that Jessica tells Emily, the head nurse on Bill’s ward and alumnus of the high school they went to, how Bill and she met.

In this chapter we hear about Jessica’s first experiences with Bill’s innate ability to read her thoughts, and the warm, secure feeling she gets every time he embraces her.

Not only has this chapter been the longest and one of the most important ones, it has also been the most difficult. After I’d finished my first draft I noticed it had been nearly pure dialogue without a trace of a narrative. I had also written it in the first person which I found somewhat hard to follow as I read through the entire chapter. This meant a total rewrite consisting of changing the POV, adding a narrative, allowing us to hear Jessica’s thoughts on what’s happening, as well as a change in the dialogue itself.

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day so I’ve got OH home for one more day before things will return to their former crazy normalcy.

My Total Manuscript Count now stands at:
Chapters = 24
Pages = 167
Words = 48,955

STATUS UPDATE # 6

As I predicted, with my OH home for this week my ability to write a chapter a day would be almost impossible. Luckily we had a slight change in our schedule. We went up to the mall in Stamford CT on Wednesday instead of yesterday as planned; and with the rainy day we had yesterday [Thursday] I stood home doing my writing, while my OH had gotten an earlier appointment with the foot doctor than originally planned.

Yesterday, I got to write one chapter. However, before I copied and pasted it into the actual manuscript, I read it one more time and realized I actually could split this chapter into two. The end result is I got two chapters, both with six pages; the first one had about 1,725 words and the second one had about 1,650 words.

My Total Manuscript Count now stands at:
Chapters = 23
Pages = 155
Words = 45,117

FIVE SENTENCE FICTION - Dancing

It’s Thursday and once again Lillie McFerrin [http://www.lilliemcferrin.com] has offered up another one of her prompts for her Five Sentence Fiction blog.

This week she’s chosen to give the word “DANCING” as the word to base your endeavors. Hopefully you’ll enjoy my endeavor where once again I’m using an acrostic format. I await your comments so I can respond.

ONE DANCE WAS ALL IT TOOK

DA NCING has always been the favorite pastime for Michael and Charlene ever since they met at their high school prom.

N early fifty years ago there, they sat, two wallflowers staring at each other while everyone danced.

C ursing themselves that no one had come over to ask for a dance all night simply because no one would have thought they had the ability.

IN secure, Michael finally got up the nerve and timidly turned to ask Charlene for a dance, which she nervously accepted.

G racefully they started to dance to the amazement of everyone there; their dance card now filled for the rest of the night, and their lives.