Nanowrimo Idea

November will soon be upon us. I have been trying to find a great idea for a novel this month. I am still working on my murder mystery, but I really want that to be published. Although I have been developing characters and writing about their past. That I have been sharing with you and more is coming.

But this idea is fresh for me and exciting. I have developed an outline for it. I have a character named Alice. She is divorced, raising kids, working at a menial job, trying to find true love, dealing with her parents, her ex, and keeping up with her friends.

Life is an adventure. It is what we make it so I am gonna put myself in Alice’s shoes and get that message to you. I don’t know if I will post it all daily, but I will write it daily.

What is your idea for our Novel Writing Month of November?

Let the creativity flow and let’s find adventure together. Maybe even Miss Nose will get some jinky on.

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Working on details

When I was taking college English, the Professor asked us to break down our day. We could use a minute, an hour, a day, a week, or so on. But the idea was to break it down small and get those details in. He wanted us to first write a minute, then expand. Detail includes emotions, smells, sounds, color, and anything else to delight your senses.

It looks something like this:

It is morning time and I am going to make coffee in one minute or less.
1:01 I walk to the coffee pot
1:02 I open the lid on the back of the coffee maker
1:03 I pull out the coffee pot
1:04 I take the pot to the sink
1:05 I turn on the water
1:06 I put the pot under the running water
1:07 I fill the pot with water
1:08 I turn the water off
1:09 I take the pot to the maker
1:10 I pour the water in the back of the maker
1:11 I close the lid
1:12 I put the pot on the maker
1:13 I open the filler basket
1:14 I remove the basket
1:15 I take the basket to the sink
1:16 I rinse the basket
1:17 I take it back to the maker
1:18 I open the cupboard door while still holding the basket
1:19 I pull out the filters
1:20 I separate out a filter from the rest
1:21 I place it in the basket
1:22 I put the basket back in the filler
1:23 I pull the coffee out of the cupboard
1:24 I open the coffee and the smell from the grounds releases into the air putting a smile on my face
1:25 I grab the scoop
1:26 I fill it with coffee
1:27 I pour it into the basket
1:28 I scoop another from the coffee can
1:29 I pour it into the basket filter
1:30 I scoop another
1:31 I pour it in
1:32 I scoop another
1:33 I pour it in
1:34 I scoop another
1:35 I put it in
1:36 I scoop another scoop from the coffee can
1:37 I put it in the filter
1:38 I scoop the last scoop for the coffee pot
1:39 I put it in
1:40 I close the filler basket
1:41 I put the scoop back in the coffee can
1:42 I put the lid on the can
1:43 I push start on the coffee maker
1:44 I put the coffee can back in the cupboard
1:45 I put the filters back in the cupboard
1:46 I shut the cupboard door
1:47 I take a deep breath in smelling the aroma of the coffee

As you can see, you can get a lot more out of your stories by thinking about the details your character is going to be doing or facing step by step or second by second. Think of each step you take. Take time to listen to your heart beat as you take a step. If you can’t hear it, use a stethoscope.

Today, this is what I am working on for my stories. I am spending some time on the details. I want to make my stories pop and to do that, I have to remind myself that it is all in the detail. Now you can too!

Talking Characters

I have been working on my murder mystery for the UP lately. I have a strong male police officer as the lead but…. I then recently watched Dead North on the ID channel. Which made me think, should I recreate my main character as a woman?

If you haven’t seen it yet, do watch Dead North. You will see the beauty of the UP and know how vast it is. It really is a serial killers best place to dump a body.

I am working hard on this book. I am very open to input on what can make this an amazing work of art that everyone wants to read.  Please take my poll.

Let’s poll this and find out who will win a strong man or an even stronger woman!

Update with coffee for all

I have a notebook, like a real one with paper and a pen, that I am writing stories in. Once they are done, I will transpose them here for you to read.  I have also been thinking about using the voice recorder on my computer to “write” some stories.

Until I am able to get them typed up, have a cup of coffee on me!

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I need $18,000 dollars now!

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Have you seen the site called Millionaires Giving Money? I have been reading their blog. I have been trying since the beginning of the month to get a loan to buy the house I am currently living in.

The house is owned by one of my male companions relatives. She went to jail on a dispensary bust back in December and got out in the beginning of April. She never told us there was a balloon on her mortgage or even the amount owed. She just said pay it off and the house is yours. Now I have to move.

I am looking hard at other options to pay her off and get the house. The house only has a acre but it is a house and land can be purchased later.

The site has some interesting suggestions such as making a video and naming millionaires or billionaires asking for donations.  It names one fella who was donated a million dollars just for asking. He never said what he wanted it just that he wanted it.

So here I am thinking, “what if I ask Bill Gates for $18,000 US dollar bills”? I wonder if he would send it to me no strings attached. Maybe Oprah would? Who could be name drop asking for donations? I do rescue feral cats, spay/neuter them with my own cash. I rescue birds as well. I don’t take in many. The birds I rescued need a forever home and I am giving them just that. They don’t need to be flipped for money or abused any more. The cats are TNR. I release them with vaccinations and fixed. I tipped their ear too so anyone else catching them will see they are already done. I figure it is the least I can do. Since humans are suppose to be caretakers of the whole planet and not think they are rulers or gods of it.

Maybe I could ask some prominent people for $1,000,000 like the other guy.  You know what I would do if I had that much or won the lottery. Say hello to a medical spa and a resort spa for the rich and famous in the Upper Peninsula! I know some chiropractors and physical therapists who would join me in that medical spa. I doubt they would sell me the House of Ludington to make into a resort spa though. That is what I would do with that hotel instead of turning it into low income apartments. Escanaba needs to get some tourists in and get some money flowing.

Anyway, maybe I will make a you tube video. Maybe I will just say, “Hey, Donald Trump, can you give me one million dollars?” Why not? Let’s see where it can go.

P.S. I published this on my other blog so I am sharing it here as well.

A Little Easter Message thanks to the West Wing

I have been watching West Wing again since it is on Netflix. I haven’t seen it in eons. It strikes me how much this show really shows the American politics as it is today. I was watching “Take This Sabbath Day” and it hit me what the Priest was telling Mr. President. We pray for things to come and G-d sends them. It may not be G-d or the G-dess in form but it is them sending us an answer.

The Priest gives him the old story about a man and the flood. Then he tells him G-d sent you a Priest, a Quaker, and a Rabbi. All of them said the same thing and the President didn’t get the message. He did nothing to stop the execution.  You need to listen for the answer when you pray. But the story the Priest tells him has many different versions. Let me show you some.

“God sent a truck, a boat and a helicopter”

God Will Save Me

The Drowning Man

The Parable of the Flood

I Sent You a Rowboat

God Will Save Me My God will save me

There are a few.

Happy Easter everyone! May you have carrot cake and coffee after you are stuffed with eggs! Have a great day!

Tuesday in March

Good Morning Everyone! I know, I haven’t written in a while. Figured since it is quite right now at work to just update you all.

I am still working on stories. I did have a computer malfunction in which I lost several pictures and stories. Now I have to figure out if I can rewrite them or not.

I am sure you all miss Miss Nose and I promise as soon as I can get this UPPCO bill down to like $80 a month, I will be back at it. I doubt that will ever happen but one can dream.

I hope to win the lottery and stay home doing nothing but writing. I did win $4 on MegaMillions last Friday so I am excited about that.

I am hoping you all have a great Easter. I did make some baskets which I will post after I sew them together. All the parts are crocheted, I just need to put it together, then pictures for you all to see.

Hope your day is great and drink a ton of coffee for me! Happy Hoppy Tuesday! Meow!

 

 

A Day To Take The Coffee Out

I realize I haven’t blogged in a while. I know it is important to do. One should keep up with the followers and keep them entertained.

BUT……..

I am working on a very, very, very long story. I can’t believe how many words I have written so far. It is turning into a novel or even a novelette at this point.

I work, a lot, and many of my hours are just sitting, waiting. I have been using that time to write, read, crochet, and study to retake my esthetician written test.  I am certain the practical won’t be all that hard. Maybe.

Muscles and skin will be my business for a while which makes me pray that I can give up my other endeavors for the green stuff.

I do several things like home health care, pet sitting, house sitting,  cooking, and cleaning for people. But when you have to pay bills, every dollar counts no matter what you are doing.

I even had a spark to make some podcasts. I have been writing little radio shows. I am thinking about purchasing a podcast all in one microphone. Then I will need to assemble a cast to make each show, but I bet you will all love them.

When you are doing overnights and at the moment no coffee, you really need something to keep your mind alert and you awake.

I hope you have enjoyed our little update. Back to work I go. As I get my stories together, I will get them up for you all to read and enjoy. I will try to remember to keep you all updated on the progress as well.

Good night Upper Peninsula!

 

Happy New Year’s Everyone!

Today is 12/31/2017 and in just a few hours from now we will be in a new year of 2018.

I often wonder why we celebrate this new year holiday. Everyone just picks up where they left off last year. The first month is filled with goals that never become reality. Intentions no one really has the intention of doing.

This year, I am working on my goals. I am writing more and really taking my time to make sure the writing is great. Quality over quantity.  I know they say when you have a blog you need to write daily like it is some sort of journal where everyone peeks into your most private times reading them with excitement. But I can’t do that.

You see, my life is boring. I go to work, I come home, I go to bed, I eat, I take a shower, blah, blah, and more blah. Who really wants to hear this? I could tell you everyday about my driving adventure from Rock to Munising. Which is usually nothing more than the traffic jams brought on by the deer, turkey, eagles, and whatever else decides to cross the road that day!

I ended up crashing this computer and now have to pay for a software to find all the stories I was working on. Sad but true. I need to get some gravy money. Massage has been slow in Munising. It always is when the town leaves to warmer climate. That is what the residents do anyway. Munising is hopping in the summer though with all the tourist which is why summer for me is not a good time to blog.

Winter is the best time for me to work on stories and I have 5 I am working on right now. Yes, I keep telling myself to finish one, get it on the blog, and then start another, but we all know what our minds are like.

Right now I am working on a ghost story, a science fiction story,  a mystery,  trying to find a new Miss Nose story in my head since those are the ones I lost, and I came up with a new idea, books with crocheted dolls. Yep, working on that right now. I am writing the story and then I will crochet a character for the book. I am going to self publish the book which means the story won’t be posted on my blog. Well, it may be but possibly a link to a website where you can purchase the item.

Which brings me back to this New Year’s Eve celebration of ending last year and ringing in a year that is just another day marked on the calendar. What is it you really want to celebrate? Is it family? Is it friends? Is it what you accomplished this last year?

If it is what you accomplished, will you make a best of 2017 together? Like pictures, awards, stories, and the like? I don’t think anyone does that. I think this is a great idea to celebrate the end of the year with a highlight of what you accomplished. That would be a better celebration. As my Grandma always told me she wanted me prepared for her funeral. As I get older, I see that more and more. I get my Grandma more and more each day.

Another reason I sort of blog the big stuff in our life with pictures and places we went. Just a bit of a documentary for my kids and grandkids. This way they will be able to go to my blog and see some great stuff I did. Maybe they won’t have to rely on my memory and story making processes like I had to with my Grandparents. Although, their stories were great. Especially the war stories my Grandpa had.

Anyway, there is an update. Stay tuned for more great stories! 2018 will have them. My goal is to get them out to you as they are finished properly. Might take me a few months to do that, but I want you to have a better reading enjoyment than just some words thrown together quickly in a rough draft. My main reason for having this blog to begin with was to put my stories in print.

May you all have a safe new year’s eve and a glorious new year filled with accomplishments! May you have a highlights version of the year next year. I think I will work on that myself! LLAP

I realize I haven’t written in a while

SSSSOOOO, grab your coffee cup, grab a seat, sit on down, and let me tell you what I am up to.

I decided to start working on my Miss Nose stories and instead of bouncing from one to another, focus on just one. I did this with Murder of a Journalist. I am working hard on it, rereading it, editing it , and making sure it sounds spectacular. Only 1 problem!

IT IS TAKING TO LONG! 

Now for most that isn’t a problem but when you are blogging and away, people lose interest in your blog. I am hoping to make better quality work for everyone to enjoy. It isn’t just about writing to get a story out but to really write a story well. To keep you all on the edge of your seat. To keep you all wanting to stand in line for the next ride.

I am nearing the end of Murder of a Journalist. I just have to figure out how to get that villain to confess. Once that is finished, then you can preview the story. And oh what a story it is.

The last few days I went from 11 thousand words, to 10 thousand, then just under 9 thousand. Now I am back up toward 10 thousand words. I have taken details out to shorten it so you can read it. I even put up a poll to see how many words was a good read for you all. But really, I have no idea at this point how many words it will be or how much I will re-add to the story.

But I hope you all stay tuned for the next installment. It will be a doozy.