Saturday, April 2, 2011

36, 448

Yep.  That's how many words I have so far.  And yet... they're totally disjointed.  I have a lot of work to do before my words turn into a story.  Back to it.

Friday, April 1, 2011

still hope...

So I have no idea where my book really stands.  I have been inundated with drama over the past few weeks, and this week was no easier, so... my book still has yet to be written.  But!  There is hope, still hope, always hope...  I'm going to keep pulling from all the diary entries I've written over the past years, and then piece them together into one fat cry for help.  Poor little Katelyn Rose is still trapped in my head; she needs liberation via paper and pen.  :(  Elsewise I fear she'll perish...

So.  First step:  brainstorm/outline.  Second:  figure out what I already have that I can use, and what I still need to write.  Third:  compile what I already have.  Fourth:  write what I need to write.  Fifth:  stitch everything together and give it one full read-through, out loud, to identify problem areas (revise as I go through it).  Lastly:  figure out how to make my book available online on Monday, April 4, 2011 for my famous fifty!!!

... but firstest first:  put away clothes, eat food, tidy up.  and somewhere in the midst of writing:  work as nanny, grade papers, do pooploads of homework, spend all day Sunday with my friend (confessing said drama), buy plane ticket to Europe, plan college campus visits in detail (because I have to choose which college I wanna go to before the end of April!!!  AARSDHGLJ A), call grandparents, and find my own center.  Hopefully the writing will help with that last part.  I do love writing... I am ready for you, my love!

Cheers and luck.  :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

scared face time

So I totally missed my writer's club meeting thing because I was too busy finding Jesus and having girl time with my cousins.  Anyway, this is bad, because I didn't get to freak out with my writing club buddies and work on an outline for my book.  I NEED to start writing tomorrow if I want to get my book finished in time.  I don't think I'll be able to do it, but at this point, I'm doing it anyway...

I think I'll set up my book to have 13ish scenes.  Not chapters; scenes.  They'll just be random ones throughout Katelyn Rose's life.  I'm thinkin' this book doesn't have to be too long; I just really want it to be quality stuff.  Here are the themes I want to explore:

the tragedy of living a lie
the inevitability of misunderstanding between individuals
the chasm that separates males and females
time, in a non-linear fashion (or at least disjointed)
what would have happened if I had made the wrong choice

These are just a few themes I want to incorporate.  There are plenty more.  :)  I'm actually excited to get started!!!  If only I didn't have piles of homework to do, lists of chores to complete, a bajillion papers to grade, munchkins to nanny, family to visit (which, in actuality, is necessary to my health), relationships to deal with, etc. etc...  So much time, so little of which I am a part!  BLEH!  MUST WRITE!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

We haaaaave 50!!!

So.  I've got my 50.  I guess that means I'd better start thinking about my book...  Luckily this Sunday is writer's club, so I'm going to beg my fellow writer-buddies to help me come up with an outline for my book.  I'm still kinda stuck on chapter two...   : /

Also, I'm sick.  Tonsillitis.  No good.  This week just might kill me.  BUT, on the slightly less gloomy side, I now have 50 cheerleaders (more or less... I lost count when it hit 47-ish) to get me through!  My sister is already in the act of kicking my butt.  It's like volunteering for an extra week of boot camp, just for "fun."  No fun.  The pressure hasn't hit me yet, but when it does, it might be the first time I've cried since, like, yesterday.

uuummmm.... so wish me luck!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Okay, so far 23 people have signed up to be my readers.  If I get 50 before Friday, March 25, 2011, I hereby swear to write my entire book during my spring break.  My readers will be able to access an online copy of my book on April 4, 2011 if I get enough support!  :)

(I gotta say, I'm kind of freaking out...)

First of all, I need to figure out an outline for my book.  I'm going to have my writing club buddies help me with that.  I can't wait to update y'all on the process!  (IF, like I said, I get 50 by Friday.)

My fingers are crossed!

Monday, March 21, 2011


I still haven't got anything good going for myself so far.  I keep saying that instead of spending my time working like crazy for a degree in creative writing, I should just quit school and WRITE, and I would get so much farther... *sigh*

I'm really starting to feel down about my lack of new stories.  I think I'm going to just spend my Spring break writing and FINISH MY BOOK.  I wonder if that would even be possible?  hmm...

Okay.  So I just set myself a challenge on facebook.  If 50 people promise to read my completed novel on April 4th, 2011, I'll do it.  I'll write it all.  Who's in?

Sunday, March 20, 2011


So, I missed two days.  lame.  I really suck at this commitment thing... but in my defense, I was doing some serious soul-searching, which usually would lead to some awesome stories except that I CAN'T SEEM TO WRITE AAANNNNYYYYTHING and I'm going crazy.

OH, I have some amazing news!  My short story "Her Daughter's Flower" got published by Delta College's magazine Artifact!!!!!  My second published piece ever!  (My first published piece was a front-page article and picture in a local newspaper, but it was only about fish, and the editors changed my first paragraph and added three typos in the process ERGH so I pretty much just try to forget about that...)  Anyway, if you want a taste of my writing, and not just this boring blog stuff, go read it!  Please!  And no I'm not begging... anyway go read it pleasepleaseplease right now!!!

ahem.  so.  that's pretty much it...

Friday, March 18, 2011


I promised to post again today, and I am.  There.  Done.  I won't count this as a full post, but I want to dedicate myself to SOMETHING, at least.  I went to school starting at 8:00 am and I'm still up working now at midnight - non-stop school or work all day.  So, I don't have time just now, but I kept my commitment!  It's a start!  I'll be back tomorrow!!!  I promise.


Thursday, March 17, 2011


Man, this is just like my first blog post last semester.  I have nooo idea what to blog about, because I haven't really been writing anything.  Which, in itself, is worth posting about...

I think it's time to make a promise.

Let's see.  I write because it's like spitting my soul out onto the paper, so I'm not all bound up in my own emotions.  My life's ambition is to have children, but I don't know if that's going to happen... so my characters are my children.  My precious Katelyn Rose, especially.  I don't know where she even came from; she just popped into my life, and now I'm desperately trying to create a world for her to exist in.  Otherwise she'll be homeless, and die of bitter cold.  I write because the act itself lifts me out of my depression.  I write because I never know what to say, but I do know how to write it.  I write because sometimes, I am nothing but words, and I need a home, too - so I flop down on the page, spin around a couple times, collapse in exhaustion, and sleep off the confusion.  I write because I am this.

BUT.  I haven't been writing lately (except for in my creative writing class, but that's only revision, and I am really craving a fresh story).  It's like I've given up.  I'm taking 20 units in college, I have three jobs, I'm barely able to keep my apartment, not to mention my relationships... and I always leave my creative writing homework until minutes before it's due.  This needs to change.  That's why, instead of sleeping - which I haven't done in days - I'm writing this blog post about how I don't write anymore, hoping it's the first step.  I don't want to leave my writing for last.  I mean, c'mon!  I'm a creative writing major!!!  I need to get my act together.  So.  This is me, thinking about my writing FIRST for once in a long time.  It's time to get my priorities in order.  I'll be back tomorrow night.  I promise.

~Jaclyn Marie

p.s.  Katelyn Rose says hi!!!