May 4

May 3, 2013: KOG, LC & DD

Writing Session #1: Kitchen Organizing Guide
Author/Genre: J. DeBree/non-fic
Section worked: “Evaluate”
Time spent: 15 minutes


Wrote four paragraphs explaining the first phase and offering method
suggestions for photo/note organization. This is clicking along rather
nicely, I think…

Writing Session #2: Lemon Cream
Author/Genre: Trinity Marlow/Erotic romance
Words Written: 844
Total Words: 1968
Time spent: 40 minutes

I love it when scenes come as easily as this one did…

Writing Session #3: Donteneoux’s Dragon
Author/Genre: JD Corsair/Sci-fi(?)
Words written: 155
Total Words: 155
Time Spent: 20 minutes


I was pretty tired starting this, so it was difficult writing anyways.
Then hubby came home from his poker party and that was that. Still, I’m
glad I got a few words in at least – and “discovered” a very cool thing
about the gauntlets that will tie in nicely to a feature later on. So

Now it’s 1:03am, and I’m off to read for a bit before bed…

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May 3

May 2, 2013: Kitchen Guide Intro & 347wds – Sprouted

Session #1
Draft Title:
Kitchen Organizing Guide
Author/Genre: Jamie DeBree/non-fic
Words Written: n/a – working in sections
Section worked:  Introduction (complete)
Time Writing: 15 minutes

I get two fifteen minute breaks at work – theoretically (I often end up skipping/missing them). I actually did manage to take one today, and spent it finishing off the Introduction for the kitchen guide. It’s actually kind of amazing what you can get done in 15 minutes – I may try to actually take my breaks to work on non-fic more often. It’s easier than trying to fit fiction into that time – less of a mental shift.

Session #2

Draft Title: Sprouted
Author/Genre: Alex Westhaven/Horror
Words Written: 347
Words to Date: 1,931
Time Writing: 30 minutes

First writing session of the evening, and it was going well until I got interrupted. Hence the short word count, dang it. But I do know what’s happening in the next scene, so looking forward to writing that. The “heroine” in this story is evil – as are all my main characters in horror. which makes one wonder – can a heroine even “be” evil? Or does that demote her to just plain “main character” status? Deep thoughts & all….

Now it’s 12:05am, and I’ve spent the last half hour trying to talk myself into writing, and looking at the free comic book list for Saturday. I have tomorrow morning off work – think I’ll just go read, and worry about more words tomorrow…

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May 2

May 1, 2013: 746 wds, English Breakfast

Draft Title: English Breakfast
Author/Genre: Jamie DeBree/Romantic Suspense
Words Written: 746
Words to Date: 3,139
Time Writing: 1 hour

After no writing yesterday, I was behind today, and the plan was to use one writing session for EB, and the next for another draft. But my first session progress was less than I wanted, so I ended up using both for EB. And I wrote myself a lovely little plot point that I have no idea how to justify yet too. But I’ll find out soon enough. As always, this story just took an odd turn I didn’t anticipate…and there’s another one right around the corner. So that should be interesting…

It’s 12:09am (on 5/2), and I’m going to bed. Hopefully tomorrow’s more productive…I really need to get scenes for two drafts done to catch up this week.

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April 30

April 29, 2013: 558 wds, THHG

Draft Title: The Handyman’s Harem Girl (THHG)
Author/Genre: Jamie DeBree/Romantic Suspense
Words Written: 558
Words to Date: 26,719
Time Writing: 1 hour

Tonight’s writing session was annoying, to say the least. One of my dogs has a very sensitive stomach that’s upset, and he requires extra care/watching when that happens. So I didn’t get nearly as many words in as I wanted to.

Adding to that, this particular scene is a bit more difficult as there’s much that needs to be explained – and quickly – before the reader decides the story isn’t plausible and tosses the book aside. Plus there are some plot points I need to set up here, now that I sort of have a general idea of what’s coming later on. So it’s slower going overall, and the dog thing just didn’t help.

The dog seems to be doing better finally (provided I didn’t just jinx the both of us), and while it’s not a full scene (or even close to done), I have enough written for tomorrow’s serial post.

It’s 12:33am, and I think I’m off to bed.

April 27

April 26, 2013: 626 wds, Donteneoux’s Dragon

Draft Title: Donteneoux’s Dragon
Author/Genre: JD Corsair/Sci-fi
Words Written: 626
Words to Date: 1860
Time Writing: 1 hour

It’s been several weeks since I had the chance to get back to this draft, and I found myself struggling a bit with the language tonight. Things like this:

“But you really need to go, Mari.”
  – Perfectly fine for a contemporary story, but since my little made-up countries are more medieval-like, it won’t work in this draft. So I changed it to:

“You really must go, Mari.”  – Far more consistent with the type of speech patterns I’d like to hear from Peraine, my main character.

I spent more time than I wanted to on things like that, but it’s my own fault for leaving the draft sit for so long. The closer I stay to it, the easier the voice will get, so working on it once a week should solve that issue.

I was hoping to write the gauntlet scene tonight, but I just got up to the edge, and now my eyes are insisting they’re done with bright screens for the night. It’s 12:51am, and I’m going to find my kindle for a little bit and then head to bed.

April 26

April 25, 2013: 989 wds, Sprouted

Draft Title: Sprouted
Author/Genre: Alex Westhaven/Horror
Words Written: 989
Words to Date: 1589
Time Writing: 1 hr 20 minutes

Tonight’s drafting (two sessions) was one of those “just keep writing” sort of things. I still have no idea what’s going to happen, or even where the story itself is, really. But interesting (and somewhat gruesome) things are happening, so that’s good. If I keep moving forward, I’m bound to bump into an actual plot eventually.

It’s occurred to me that I put the wrong date yesterday…it was for the 24th, and I posted on the 25th. So I’ll change the post title for yesterday and get it right today. Chalk it up to late-night “creative brain”.

I’d work on this some more, but I’m falling asleep (literally – can barely keep my eyes open). So I’m headed to bed at 12:35am. Tomorrow, switching gears completely for a little fantasy time…

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April 25

April 24, 2013: 625 wds, Lemon Cream

Draft Title: Lemon Cream
Author/Genre: Trinity Marlow/Erotic Romance
Words Written: 625
Words to Date: 1025
Time Writing: 1 hr 20 minutes

Tonight’s session was fun, though it took me a little while to figure out where things were headed. I discovered the world of mind-mapping tools today (great procrastinatory materials there), and I actually created a map for LC. Now if I keep my tablet beside me with that map, I can refer back t the map for things like eye color, hair color, and timeline issues that previously I didn’t have a good solution for. So we’ll see how that works.

In any case, I got to know Alec better tonight, and his personality will definitely affect how this story goes moving forward. It’s different than I thought it would be, not in a bad way, just…different. I still think he’s a good match for Susie, and I’m looking forward to writing the next scene, which will be back in Susie’s viewpoint.

And now it’s 1:30am, and time for bed.

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April 25

A Writer’s Journal

Years ago, I used to blog about writing. And then I started publishing, and wanted my blog to be a place for readers to go, who might not necessarily be interested in the actual process of writing.

Now I find myself wanting a place to keep a sort of record of my thoughts after a good writing session, because I’m constantly learning and working to improve, and I think having those thoughts to refer back to would sometimes be very helpful for me when working on specific areas of my writing.

I could do it privately, of course…but I like the blog (web-log) format, and I also think that sometimes other people can give insight into our thoughts that wouldn’t have occurred to us otherwise.

To that end, I’m hereby dubbing this my writing journal/blog, primarily for thoughts on drafts I have in progress. I’ll post here most weeknights after my normal writing sessions with my thoughts on the day’s work and anything else that applies. Some days I’ll post excerpts, or editing samples, or whatever seems to fit for that day. I write in several genres as well as non-fiction, so the blog will encompass all of those at some point or another. Comments will be moderated, as usual (first post screened, after that they’ll post automatically).

Questions? Feel free to leave a comment, catch me on your favorite social media site, or email me.

Incidentally, my buddy Dolly Garland runs a journaling site called Kaizen Journaling. She doesn’t advocate electronic journals, but if you’re interested in journaling as a consistent exercise, you should check out her site.