Okay first off, I just have to share this thing my husband sent me. This is the BEST parental reminder EVAR.
Granted, given the generational gaps in music, possibly the teen wouldn’t even get that, but props to Mum for creativity!
Second, did you know that there’s now a Wii app for Amazon Instant Video? They’ve had Netflix and Hulu forever, but when I went in to update this morning, I saw Amazon Instant Video. I know a lot of folks have multiple systems (we watch AIV through our Xbox), but a lot of folks (particularly those with young kids) have the Wii, so I thought it might be a good thing to tell peeps about.
So, now, the update. I did not write Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. Saturday and Sunday I was just flat busy. We had a really full social calendar this weekend and there was epic cleaning involved (one of those These People Are Seeing The House For The First Time cleans) and a LOT of cooking. Monday I got side tracked by this whole notion of writing for fun. I dove back into my idea file to see what I had in there that might tickle that fancy–something I’d come up with but that didn’t fit the parameters of my current publishing plan. And there was one project that was originally intended to be a component of a joint venture with Susan and some others that’s never going to happen (she folded hers into another book and everyone else dropped out of the project). It was a project I never could settle on being YA or adult because I really wanted it to be about early 20 somethings. This was before NA popped. So I ended up spending Monday pulling all my notes from that, reviewing them, organizing them, and solidifying a bullet point outline. And then Tuesday I finished up my abbreviated toolkit. Sue me. I can’t pants anymore. The whole idea of it makes my eye twitch.
Susan’s pretty convinced she’s broken me. I used to be an inveterate pantser.
Anyway, I finally sat down to write yesterday afternoon after the AC guy left (we were low on freon, which was causing the coil to freeze). I’d been stuck in this confrontation scene and hadn’t been able to move on. Finally sorted it yesterday, plowed through just over 1600 new words and was able to knit together bits and pieces from previous incarnations of these scenes, such that I’m actually 3 scenes further than I was when I started. I’m sure it’ll need further smoothing in revisions, but the content is there and I’m MOVING ON. Four and a half scenes from the end. I’m feeling the momentum and getting excited.
I want to finish the next scene and a half this week. That gets me up to the start of the big battle scene, which I’m going to have to do some planning on to make it as epic as it needs to be. That should also get me up to the weekend. Saturday we’re shooting a wedding, and Sunday is, of course, Mother’s Day. So probably won’t be any writing then.
I’m on Chapter 12 of my 15 lectures for my new class in the fall.
In other exciting (for me) news. Susan figured out how to turn on word count in Evernote, so that it shows the wordcount at the bottom of each note. At which point she started laughing because she KNEW I would absolutely be immediately figuring out how I could add that to my tracking spreadsheet (which I did). :pets the spreadsheet: I’m a social scientist by training. We like data. Just accept that this makes me adorkable and move on.
LOL!! I’d track the word count too.
That’s a nice busy to be. YA = young adult NA = ? (narcotics anon was all I could find) And adorkable is the perfect term to describe you.
New adult. It’s exploded in popularity as a genre in the last 6 months or so.
(Hi, I’m new to #ROW80, stopped by to say hello…)
I’m so confused about NA. I know it means New Adult, but people seem to have different definitions. I’ve heard everything from “set in college” to “early-twenties, whatever the setting” to “college age, has to have lots of explicit sex.”
What are your thoughts on that?
Welcome! Oh the sex thing drives me insane. That’s so not the point. New Adult as a genre is, of course pretty new (in terms of being formally recognizezd), so some of the conventions are still being figured out. But what it is…is actually going to turn into a really long explanation, so I think I’ll just post about it tomorrow!
I look forward to it! So many definitions make it seem like it’s only applicable to contemporary settings. It will be interesting to see how it’s all sorted out.
I’m totally pinging my agent for an opinion on the subject.
i am SO FREAKIN EXCITED about this New Adult genre. Nearly everything I write fits into this category. Awesome.
Oooh. Thank you.
There’s an Amazon app for Wii! Yay! I’ve always had to watch Amazon Instant Videos (when I couldn’t find what I wanted on Netflix) on my iPad or computer. This is a big WIN for me!
Susan broke you, LOL. She may eventually break me and my stubbornness. 🙂
HOORAY, thanks for telling us about AIV for Wii! *eyes AppleTV and laughs maniacally now that there’s a way around it*
You ARE adorkable. As a fellow social scientist who is also in love with data, I GET YOU. <3 😉
Hey Kait! I’m back in ROW80 again! I’m really looking forward to your NA post. The Wii app will be fabulous since our AppleTV died.
The word count is available for all Evernote notes. Just click on the note info icon, a stylzed i. Or did you find something different?
Thanks for recommending Evernote by the way. I use it a lot.
You can make it permanently display at the bottom under View –> Show Status Bar.
I’m using an iMac and iPhone, both with the up-to-date version of Evernote. The iMac doesn’t have that selection. There’s no status bar but that i icon shows the ‘Note Info’ box which contains status information such as word & character counts, last time synched, attachments, creation date, tags and other stuff. You have to reselect the icon to update the info, it doesn’t update automatically as you type. There is also a menu selection Note –> Show Note Info (or shift-command-I).
The iPhone version has the same icon but the Note Info does not include word counts.
That information may help some of your other readers.
Adorkable!!!! Writing, planning, then writing. Monday counts as a writing day!!!! And in spite of that busy schedule it sounds like you got the house clean, new ideas churning, a system that both feeds the writing AND the tracking well in place. Great progress. Great positive energy. And the story is moving right along.