lilgryphon: (Ari)
( May. 28th, 2009 11:03 pm)
I didn't post yesterday, so I feel that I should today, at least to give a bit of an update, as I feel horrible for not getting the next chapter up of TE.  I've been trying so hard to stay focused and committed to my rewrite, but today was a loooong day that left no room for editing.

It didn't help that I got maybe 3 hours of sleep last night, if I'm lucky. I had far too much on my mind and everything kept running though my head, mostly Cassandra, Aidan, and Bryan - and the fact that I had a job interview in the morning.

As every interview I get, especially those for a receptionist, are rare I think I had just worked myself up a bit and was stressing before the interview itself. It seemed to go alright, luckily it was at 10:00, it gave me time to wake up a bit, but not so much that I started to get sleepy all over again. They said they will be calling me back for a second appointment, so here's hoping.

After my interview I headed downtown to the family history library to work on my genealogy, I had an appointment with someone that was supposed to help me track one of my ancestors from Greece at 1:00 so I figured if I was going to pay to take the train downtown I might as well spend some actual time working on it. I did not, however, find the ancestor I have been looking for; but I did find one of them that has been driving me crazy for a while, so it was worth the trip. I'll have to post a bit about the craziness of my family "mystery" at some point, but not tonight.

Then I had our monthly game night with some family and friends and only recently got home, needless to say I'm falling asleep at the keyboard, but I had to write something, I can't go too many days without an update or posting more of TE, I feel like I'm shirking my duties!!

As for the edit, I did steal some time while on the train to look over Cassandra some more, hopefully I'll get a chance to hack through her chapter tomorrow. If not, look for Bryan's, it will be there.

I keep telling myself I have to stay determined and focused, or else I'm never going to get there!!
lilgryphon: (Ari)
( May. 15th, 2009 10:32 pm)
So I've been home for a few days, and been trying to catch up on things, mostly over on my deviantart account. I've been trying to wade though around 500 pictures, which you can imagine has been very time consuming. I'm still not working though, so at least I've had time to accomplish a bit.

The trip was awesome, we drove up through Idaho and spent our first night in Oregon, along with most of the following days (although one night was in Washington simply because we had crossed the Columbia River). Unfortunately we had a lot of rain the first few days, and not just the normal Oregon drizzle, we also got caught in a few downpours. Some highlights of Oregon were the Multnomah Falls and the Sea Lion Caves. I also loved the picturesque Oregon Sand Dunes. I used to visit Sand Dunes a lot in Utah when I was a kid, but never near a body of water before!

After Oregon we moved on to California and had an amazing campsite overlooking the ocean.  We also visited the Redwood Forest, but it was so overcast that day that none of my pictures turned out that great.

The end of our trip had us drive through northern Nevada, which was pretty uneventful. We did stop at the "Shoe Tree" which was interesting to say the least, I'll be adding those pictures up to my account probably tomorrow.

Although it was fun, it was great to get home. I really missed my husband and our babies. Miley and Ari have hardly left me alone since I've been back. Today I've been spending a lot of time writing, and of course, on a new project. I'll post the beginning after I get this up.

I think that brings everything back to up to date, lets see if I can do better at keeping it that way.

Not that I've been around much. I've been really busy trying to settle into our new life here, looking for work, and now missing my sister and nieces terribly. I'm going away with my mom, granny, and aunts for a few days, so I won't be around if anyone tries to contact me online. When I get back I plan on trying to catch up on everyone's posts, including my own. I haven't forgotten about you, Skimble, and I'll try to get caught up when I get back ~ sounds like you're busy having fun of your own right now, anyway!
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( Mar. 19th, 2009 12:31 pm)
It's funny, just as I decide to take a break from my novel, it seems my muse has decided it doesn't want me to.  Of course, that doesn't change the fact that I still have a major decision to make before I delve back into the massive rewrite that Tiger Eyes requires me to devote to it.  I started writing TE when I was first married, almost nine years ago now, and my writings have, thankfully, evolved quite a bit since then.  What started as a stand alone novel has turned into at least a trilogy, and maybe even longer than that.  Rajala has became a world all its own, and I have at least a dozen stories aside from TE in mind for the universe I have created.  Of course, the first step would be for me to finish TE (which I guess, technically it is finished, it does have a beginning, middle, and end) but the rewrite that is involved is almost starting from scratch.  Which I have done, two or three times, but I keep returning to this same issue - I don't know if I want to write it in first or third person.

That probably sounds a bit crazy, I mean, it was third person to begin with, but at some point during one of the rewrites I thought it would be interesting if Bryan told it from his perspective and his own words, if you will.  For about a month ideas flowed through my fingers and it seemed as if I was finally getting somewhere again, and then I began to question my decision.   Sure, the rewrite was going great, the story was flowing nicely, but in changing the perspective I had in essence chopped out a large part of the book that had been devoted to another character, Cassandra.  I could retell parts of her story through Bryan's eyes, and I had come to terms with what I had to lose, until I started thinking of the second book.  That storyline would cause a split in my three 'main' characters, the third being Aidan, and they would all be in different locations for a period of years, which would leave Bryan virtually unaware of what was taking place in his former companions lives.  Add to this a fourth character, Kennan, who I felt could give the readers insight on Bryan that he himself was not able to do.  After all, no one sees themselves in the same light as an outsider.

So, then I decided to start again, and this time having each chapter from the perspective of the characters individually, although not in first person (because that would just be confusing, not to mention a bit odd).  I've managed to do about five chapters in this manner, but they don't flow as they did before.  And when I have a new idea I often find that I write it out in first person, without even registering I have done so.  It just seems that first person is what works for me, but I don't know if that is what is best for the story...
lilgryphon: (Ari)
( Mar. 17th, 2009 07:36 pm)
Alright, call me crazy, but I did not know that you are only supposed to put one space after the end of a sentence. I was always told in school that it is two, and no one has corrected me. This is driving me nuts, I had to take a typing test for a job interview today and had to start over a couple of times because my thumb is trained to do two spaces, not just one. When did this change, and where the hell was I? I mean, I type about 70-80 wpm, and trying to retrain my fingers is going to be impossible. I have to keep fixing this post as I write it! All I can keep thinking is of the word documents I've got piled up on my laptop that are full of these double spaces. Tell me I'm not the only one that was oblivious to this change...
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