Monthly Archives: November 2010
So I’ve been so busy lately that I forgot to update that I hit the 50k mark for NaNo a few days back. I’m currently at 59,403 words for the month and still going strong. I might take a day or two off for the long weekend, but we’ll see.
I’ve been watching a lot of Firefly lately and I’ve been feeling a powerful need to write me a one-shot that takes place between the series and the movie I’m thinking. Yeah yeah, I know I need another story idea like I need a bullet in the brainpan, but I’m still toying with it. My three fanfics are still going strong with no sign of any of them wrapping up just yet, so I’ll have plenty of writing to keep me busy in the near future.
I have to admit that my fingers have been itching to start on some original work too, but I haven’t even gotten to a synopsis for Angel of Mercy yet, so I’m leery of taking on another novel just yet. I think instead I’ll just enjoy the holidays (Already got the tree up! I know, I’m one of those…) and see what happens when I come to the other side of them.
Episode 2.9 – “Katerina”
So many reveals in this episode! That almost makes up for the fact that we have to wait a while till the next episode. Almost.
We start off the show with a flashback to Bulgaria 1490 where Katherine or should we say Katerina, is giving birth to a baby girl. Her father immediately gives orders to have the baby taken away, not even letting her hold it despite Katherine sobbing and pleading to her mother. I guess that explains how the Petrova line has continued over the years.
Back in the present, Elena comes to see Stefan at his request, because Rose has some truths she wants to share. Elena seems very uncomfortable to be confronted by her former kidnapper (I’m betting she’s got some lingering issues over that backhand Rose gave her that knocked her out, but maybe I’m just the petty type?), but sits down to listen to what she has to say. Rose goes on to tell her about Klaus and the Originals and how they’ll stop at nothing to get her since she’s the Petrova doppelganger. Apparently Elijah is the Easter Bunny compared to this Klaus. The short and the skinny of it is, the oldest vampire in history in time is after her and if she’s not afraid of him than she’s an idiot.
Elena takes the news fairly well, no histrionics; instead she just grabs her bag and heads off to school – sans Stefan by the way. Where has the love gone? Stefan looks as baffled as I am. But instead of going to school, she drags Caroline out to the tomb to get her to move the giant stone so she can talk to Katherine. Elena swears Caroline to secrecy, but I think we all know how that’s going to turn out; even Caroline admits that she’s horrible at lying. But Elena pulls out the big guns and asks her to keep the secret as her friend. Caroline reluctantly promises to keep her visit to the tomb a secret from Stefan.
I’m having a blast writing fanfic for NaNo this year! It’s been easier than I would have thought to juggle the three stories at once and I’m averaging a day off a week. So far I’m up to 25,405 words which puts me on track to get to about 75k words by the end of the month if I maintain this pace. Of course I might slow down a bit to try and get some other projects done. I still need to write a synopsis for Angel of Mercy and get some query letters out, and I’m almost done editing down Moonsong to a much leaner wordcount.
Of course the holidays are almost upon us, which means a busier time at work as the weather turns worse, but I’m hopeful I can still get plenty of time to write in. Is it weird that I’ve already got all of my holiday shopping done for the immediate family? What can I say, I’m a planner, I like to be prepared.
Will be turkey shopping this weekend, I have a killer recipe with lemons, herbs and dijon mustard that I’ve made for the past… wow fifteen years now? Boy how time flies… What are some of your favorite holiday recipes?
Episode 2.8 – “Rose”
We start off with Elena being delivered by the guy who snatched her to what is obviously a vampire in the darkly tinted SUV. Nice to see vampires operating without the magic rings. I guess he’s not worried about leaving a body behind though, as he feeds on the guy and leaves him for dead.
Jeremy is slow to figure out that Elena isn’t at home (why didn’t he notice she didn’t come home the night before? Hadn’t she called him and said she was on her way?) He tries to tell Stefan that if Elena wants him to cover for her with Jenna then she has to let him know. They manage to puzzle out that Elena’s gone missing.
Caroline tells Damon all about what went on with Tyler accidentally killing Sarah and going all wolfy. Damon can’t understand why Caroline would have covered for Tyler since he’s such a tool. But she maintains that the werewolf road leads straight to vampire boulevard and by helping Tyler she was helping to keep their secrets too. Damon tries to impress upon her how much she needs to keep what they are a secret from Tyler since he can’t be trusted. Caroline felt bad for Tyler because he was freaking out so much but she understands that she shouldn’t try to be friends with him, it’s too dangerous for all of them.
Tyler is freaking out about Sarah’s death at school once he comes upon the memorial for her at her locker. He seems a bit worried about Aimee’s disappearance too. He spots Caroline and demands to know how she knew he was a werewolf, but she plays the airhead card and pretends she doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He confronts her again after school, demanding to know why she lied to him. His temper is showing and he tries to keep her from leaving by grabbing onto her but her temper kicks in too and she reveals that she’s strong enough to push him away. Really not the best way to get him to drop his questions!
At the end of day 3 I’m up to 8099 in words written, not too shabby I think. It’s definitely a different vibe writing fanfic for NaNo rather than an original novel. I don’t have the freedom of writing complete unpolished crap because it’s a first draft and won’t be seen in this incarnation since I’m posting updates as I go and I’ve got to make sure they’re up to snuff before they get posted. And I also don’t have the benefit of having the fairly detailed outline I had for the other 3 novels I’ve written during the month long writing challenges since I just didn’t have time to get anything down this time.
But on the plus side, it’s gratifying to have people see the results right away. And I’m normally a pretty ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ kind of writer when it comes to fanfic, so that’s okay. And there’s less pressure to come up with something super awesome that I have to then figure out a way to market because my fanfic is just for fun and for the fans. With things so stressful at work, I’m glad I went this route even if I won’t end up with a book to publish at the end of the month.
I wanted to give a heartfelt thanks to everyone for all the support and feedback on fanfic.net! I had over 55,000 hits for my fics last month alone, that is amazing! You guys are the reason I write there, and I’m so touched to have so many people reading.
In other news, I heard back from a publisher today who’s about halfway through reading Pretty Witches All in a Row. He emailed me to let me know that he’s really enjoying it so far and with a little editing he thinks I’ve got the makings of a great book. How cool is that?