My New Website

July 15, 2015 § 2 Comments

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July, 15, 2015

I have a new website! From now on, I will be posting at www.shannonyvonnemoreau.com.

I’ve been working on my new site for awhile now, since Angela James spoke at the March LERA meeting about the importance of an author website.

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So it is with a twinge of sadness that I write this last post to Read, Write, Bliss. RWB has been my blogging home since January 2012, when I announced that I was going to finish my novel by the end of the year. It actually took me a wee bit longer than that, with rewrites and all, but it’s good to have goals. Without them, I wouldn’t finish anything I started.

Most of my RWB posts are now on my new site at www.shannonyvonnemoreau.com/blog.

See you there!

This Maybe Isn’t the Most Efficient Way to Write a Synopsis

May 11, 2015 § 1 Comment

or, I’m in Synopsis-Writing Hell. Liquor isn’t helping.

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May 11, 2015

Not to say that I didn’t try, though.

Vegan Bailey's from Mind Body Green recipe

Vegan Bailey’s from Mind Body Green recipe

I finished my latest round of manuscript cuts a few days ahead of schedule. The next step was to rewrite my synopsis. This is how I made the best use of my time advantage:

1. Took a few days off from even looking at the damn thing. Fiddled with the NaNoWriMo draft instead. Went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron. Told myself I’ll start the synopsis on Sunday.

2. On Sunday morning thought to myself, “Gah. It’s Sunday already? I so do not want to work on the synopsis. Besides, Not That Kind of Girl is due at the library tomorrow. Spend the day reading that instead. I’ll start the synopsis on Monday.”

3. Monday I remembered I am also supposed to be planning my new website. Why start off a Monday doing something hard like a synopsis? I spent the morning looking at authors’ websites for ideas instead.

4. Tuesday I exported my manuscript outline from Scrivener to a .csv file and then to Excel so I can use it to rework the synopsis. Great start. Then I left early to take the car in for the oil change in case the carpool to the Claudia Rankine event in Santa Fe fell through. (It didn’t.)

5. Just wasn’t feeling the synopsis writing on Wednesday. I spent my morning hour looking at other author sites again.

6. I slept in on Thursday on account of getting to bed so late the night before after going to the Claudia Rankine event. No time to work on the synopsis even if I wanted to. I didn’t.

7. Friday. It hit me that a whole week had gone by. Panic fluttered in my stomach. I wrote down in my planner “I don’t even want to look at my f***ing synopsis.”

But I did it anyway. It was not quite as horrific as I thought it was going to be. It needs all kinds of work, though.

All kinds of work.

I’d rather watch the birds.

Cat in the Corner

April 7, 2015 § 2 Comments

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April 6, 2015

I shooed him off my writing chair.

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I waved him away from my keyboard.

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Now he’s found a new place to hang out.

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In the corner of my bookcase, behind the printer, on top of the wireless router.

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I know. So pitiful.

At least I can get some writing done.

Nobody Threw a Chair at My Head

March 16, 2015 § 1 Comment

Or, Writers–so dramatic.

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March 16, 2015

So I finally saw the movie Whiplash. It is a brilliant illustration of the artistic passion that drives one to be great at something one loves at all costs.

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At Saturday’s LERA meeting, Angela James, Editorial Director of Carina Press, conducted a fabulous and informative day-long workshop. Part of the workshop included a session where Angela would read the first two pages of our respective manuscripts and give a critique. I submitted mine, since I am in the process of rewriting. This was perfect timing.

Angela pointed out some things that I am either already aware of, such as my word count–I know, I know, I have to cut the word count— or that are relatively easy fixes. The best part was that nobody in class told me my dialogue sucked and that no real person would act the way my characters were acting.

I’ve come a long way since the 9th grade.

And hey, this didn’t happen:

I’ll take the win.

Kind of Like a Robert Johnson Song

February 23, 2015 § 1 Comment

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February 23, 2015

The fun and frivolity of February are coming to a close. Thank God.

I need more sleep. The panic attacks are increasing in frequency. I’m two weeks behind on my self-imposed reading regimen. The work I’ve been doing on my NaNoWriMo project has just been brainstorming plot hole fixes and fleshing out back stories, nothing that feels constructively creative, and that is making me antsy.

It’s time to hunker down and stick to my writing schedule again. For real.

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Plus, one of my car tires has a slow leak. I need to get a new stove. There is a creaky pipe somewhere in the house. I’m feeling kind of like Robert Johnson in “Malted Milk.”

My door knob keeps on turning
It must be spooks around my bed

Which reminds me of one more thing I gotta do: stock up on Vodka.

My 5 Step Process for Revising My NaNoWriMo Manuscript

February 2, 2015 § 1 Comment

or, I’m Pretty Sure I Don’t Know What the Hell I’m Doing

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February 2, 2015

  1. Realize I’ve spent too much time marathoning Masters of Sex and pull out manuscript to re-read for the first time. Think, “Huh. This sounded so much better when I was writing it.” Nod off and go to bed.
  1. Ignore manuscript for two weeks and read books about one night stands instead.
  1. Receive encouraging messages from NaNoWriMo and start over, with a notebook, a red pen, and two or three shots of Vodka.

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  1. Make notes to myself like, “Develop this or drop it” and “Must figure out S & R’s relationship” and “What is the issue here?”
  1. Occasionally, once in a while, every so often, note, “Huh. That’s pretty good. I don’t remember writing it. Not at all.”

5 Writerly Things to Do in 2015

January 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

or, 5 Things I, the Writer, Will Probably Do This Year. At Least, I Should Do Them.

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My cat thinks he is going to help me look up recipes in a cookbook. That's nothing new.

My cat thinks he is going to help me look up recipes in a cookbook. That’s nothing new.

My friend T sent me a HuffPo article that lists 52 new things writers can try for 2015. So many of the items were such great ideas that I found it kind of overwhelming. So I picked just 5 things that I will definitely think about/try/do in 2015.

Participate in NaNoWriMo in November 2015.

I had such a great time participating in my first NaNoWriMo last November that I am going to do it again this year. If I hustle on my rewrites sufficiently, maybe I’ll be scribbling out the first draft of a sequel.

Map a book you love.

Already happening. I’m trying to figure out where the heck I went so wrong on overwriting my first novel. Right now I’m mapping Jane Eyre, since the structure of that book has influenced how I view my heroines’ journeys. I’m also appreciating that while the recent movie adaptation was a decent effort, it never captured the magic and wit that is Jane and Rochester.

Read your work out loud.

Last year, I had actually seriously considered participating in my local DimeStories literary open mic night—before the holiday crunch set in, that is. It would be a good way to practice my public speaking. Eep. Hyperventilating. Like I said, I’ll think about it.

Do a literary pilgrimage to see a site where a favorite author lived or wrote about.

Now this is synchronicity. I just read an article in the paper about the D.H. Lawrence house in Taos reopening. This summer—day trip!

Set up a separate bank account for your writing pursuits.

Yep. As soon as I start making money from my writing, I’ll get right on that.

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