Monday, April 27, 2009

This could be a miracle but I am still writing!

I have been writing like a "mad woman"...  most of it in notebooks since I have been working a lot and for some reason most of my ideas have been popping into my head during work or during my one hour train commute.  It might have something to do with me not enjoying my 9 to 5  job ...I'm not sure.

I wanted to sit down and type today but yesterday I received a lovely birthday present and it inspired me to do something else creative.

You can find out what I did at my other blog.

As for my "book"... the MC (female) who is on a journey through a very wretched land (?) ... has come to a point in the story where she needs to go out on a limb and try to "rescue" somebody... she is one of the world's biggest procrastinators, or so she thinks... so I  am not sure how she intends to do this...

This writing "process" has been very unique for me.  It is as if I have almost no say in the story.
It is more like I am watching a film in my head and I am busy dictating it onto paper.  I know EXACTLY what everyone looks like and all the details of the MC's apartment etc... OMG the wallpaper...!

I'm a tad bit worried about dialect though!  Since their is this "odd" English "dude" who looks a lot like the current Dr Who.
I have no idea who I am going to ask to read this story first just to make sure my "English dude" doesn't sound like "a lame 38 year old American woman who has been living in Japan for over 20 years" .... any ideas?

Oh, and the "villain" of the story... "he" is turning out to be quite sneaky...Kevin Spacey/ Bobby Darin sneaky...(not the Usual Suspects sneaky).

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

what happens when you get sick?

What happens when you get sick?  I have no idea, but I am starting over.

I was totally out of it from April 3rd up to yesterday.  A high temperature had me bedridden.  I couldn't open my computer and turn it on, I could hardly walk near my desk!

I got delusional.. because of the fever...

I had nightmares.

Strange dreams.

And then I had the ULTIMATE strange dream.

Why do I say ULTIMATE ?  Because, it is now my new book.  The story came in three dreams over 3 days.  Stephenie Meyer mentioned that she had a became TWILIGHT.

My dream didn't have any vampires...I think. 

But this is going to be "my Twilight".  


Maybe I still have a fever...but I am really excited about this story because it includes a little bit of everything that I've ever wanted to write about.  For research and inspiration I have lined up the following books I have at home to read, or reread:
the Japanese ones in the middle are :
Akutagawa Ryunosuke's book of short stories
an introduction to the gods of Japan
and an introduction to Celtic history and myth

The one book missing from the picture is Alice's Adventures in Wonderland...the book seems to have taken a trip along with my copy of Peter Pan...another book that could be in this picture too.  Where do books walk off to?

I am SO excited.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Day 19 of writing

OK...I have been writing.  I just haven't posted about it.  Why?
I keep starting over! (Not editing.)

I have 5 stories going now...  I have had a tremendously inspiring week.  

for example:
new job = new people = new characters
Sakamoto Ryuichi's concert (I write about the experience here.)

So, now I have my original "The Strangest Story Ever" (8,023 words) along with (these are all file titles not real titles, I hope...)
+"That Girl that ended up in my embryo file" (8,054), 
+"The Romance of Curlicues and Dials" (roughly 3,000 this is still in notebook form so I'm not     sure), 
+"The Apple Book"(256 words...I think this is going to become a compilation of short stories)
+"Homage to If on a Winter's Night a Traveler" (still in notebook form so not sure about this         either but it looks around 1,000)

Total word count around 12,310.  It's supposed to b e 25,005.  Ooooops.

I can't stop thinking of more new things to write about... The more I write, the more daydreaming, the more I see things in everyday life that seem interesting to write about etc...

I should have given my blog a different address. 

I will think about priorities later, this is a time for me to let it all out.  I will keep writing whatever strikes my fancy for the remaining 11 days.  If I let my "inner editor" into the gate now it will probably drive me so crazy that I will dump all the files in the garbage can and THAT WILL NOT DO.
So, although I am failing terribly with NaNoWriMo, I think it is good that I am writing again.

Like I said before, starting a new job and a new novel around the same time is NOT a good idea.

AND I agree that if your trying to write a novel in 30 days, it IS a good idea to start on the first instead of in the middle of the month forget where you are...very easily...

I will continue to write about my progress on all the above titles and whatever else pops out of my head.  Then, I will edit and start another attempt at a novel in 30 days, this time starting on the first of the month.