Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sunday Night’s Escapade

It was 9:30 at night and even though I was exhausted from a busy day, I got in my head I just head to finish it. Grabbing my laptop and putting on headphones, I snuggled into bed and opened the word document. Just half a chapter more and I would be done. I could do that and then probably be in bed by 12. That wasn’t too bad.

11 o’clock. . . “I’m getting there! This is totally happening!”

11:30. . . “Oh. . .half an hour until midnight? Well, maybe I can still do it. I’ve come this far.”

Midnight. . . “It’s 12 already? But I still have so much to write!”

12:30. . . “I should go to bed. What am I even doing? But. . .but I’m almost there.”

1 o’clock. . . “It’s one in the morning? . . .Oh Bah! Forget reason. I’m finishing this thing!”

15 or 20 minutes later. . . “The End.”

*cue the dancing*

1:35. . . “ZZZZzzzzz.”

Thus was my writing adventure Sunday night.

As of January 25th I’ve been writing a steampunk, time travel story titled The Avriot. I may have mentioned it now and again on this here blog. Now I can officially say IT’S FINISHED. The most exciting words a writer can say. Okay, technically the first draft is finished, which basically means it’s farrrr from finished, but for now I’m calling it finished. Yeah? Yeah.

The Avriot Book CoverSince January I’ve been focusing on two big writing projects. One is writing this first draft of The Avriot, and the other is doing a full edit/rewrite of another story of mine, Secrets of Camelot. My goal was to get both things done by October at least, so then I could take that month to start planning for NaNoWriMo. The editing is proving to be extremely time consuming though. When August rolled around with September in sight I realized I was really going to have to double my efforts to make that goal. The problem was I never had enough time in a week to get everything done that needed doing with two projects going. So at the beginning of August I made the decision that I was going to finish The Avriot by August 31st. I thought it would be great if I could also finish my editing of SoC by that time but I sort of knew that was just wishful thinking and unrealistic. In any case, if I finished The Avriot then I would have far more time to focus on editing Secrets of Camelot come September and hopefully get it done before October.

With this plan set, August formed into a month of mad keyboard clacking and much consumption of caffeine. The Avriot was well on its way to its final chapter.

These last two weeks I’ve in particular been pumping out the words as fast as I can, but it’s been fun. It’s usually an effort for me to get loads of writing done at once, it starts feeling like a chore. But not so in this case. I’ve been obsessed with it, using every free minute I can to pour those words out, fully immersed in the tale. The ending came before I knew it. . . .For the most part.

It was Saturday night that I finished a chapter and realized I only had one more chapter to go to wrap everything together. I decided then and there that I would finish it up Sunday. Problems came when we were gone for almost the entirety of Sunday. But I so wanted to finish it that day. So when we got home rather late that night I made up my mind I would just stay up and finish the book. I never suspected it would keep me up until 1:30 in the morning. I like my sleep. But when you’re a writer sometimes these things just happen. It was quite exhilarating though, staying up in the late hours of the night writing away at the climax. And even more exciting when that last sentence was written. Nothing more thrilling for a writer than actually finishing a book! But this book took me on a thrilling ride from the first sentence to the last.

I’m a high fantasy gal all the way. I’m not much on branching out when it comes to writing. But when one day I got a random thought of a girl stuck in a wedding dress during an adventure and an hourglass that allowed for time traveling I could not help but write the tale. The ridiculous, ridiculous tale. This is no serious novel. It’s a fun, crazy, weird story with the most curious cast of characters I’ve ever made. Though it’s great to be finished with it, I already miss those silly people. Luckily, this is not the actual end. It’s a trilogy and I have every intention of writing the 2nd book. . .sometime. For now, I’m just reminiscing over the adventures this first novel pulled me through. I have no doubt that there are plot holes galore, and a gadrillion inconsistencies, and a bunch of nothing going on in the middle section, and who-knows how many grammar errors, but, to be honest, I think this is the most fun I’ve ever had writing a novel. It was so different and absurd and just. . .FUN. I loved it!

But now, with it done, I have ample amounts of free time to finish up the edit of Secrets of Camelot before NaNo comes along.

. . . . . . . . . . . .

Ha ha. Nope.

Sometimes there’s stories that leap out of nowhere, grab you by the throat, and squeeze every inch of your inspiration into their selves, hogging it all until you agree to write it.

Now, I had absolutely NO intentions of taking on a new writing project any time soon. ESPECIALLY while I was trying to finish two big writing projects and then have NaNo looming ahead. That would be mad. But when a story has you by the throat there’s only so much you can do.

It was about 3 weeks ago that one snagged me and has refused to let go. I don’t know if I’ve ever had such a burning desire to start a story. It’s been driving me mad! But I just WOULD NOT start it, I couldn’t! I had way too much going as is. And I never write two stories at the same time. But it wouldn’t. go. away.

So, I decided to compromise. I wouldn’t allow myself to start it until The Avriot was done, then I could. Let me tell you, that gave me lots of incentive to finish The Avriot! I was trying to finish it up anyway, but this just give me an extra push.

It’s been hard resisting. Especially at first. But the more I worked on The Avriot the more I was able to push that other story idea aside (at least a smidge) and appreciate the fun-ness of The Avriot again. But. . .now The Avriot is done. And this new story is grinning up at me expectantly, forcefully shoving the common sense side of me that says I need to solely work on Secrets of Camelot.

Let’s just say a new story may soon be finding its way in my story folder on my laptop.

The strangest thing about this story is that it’s set in modern times. . .and the real world. I’ve never done anything like that before. But I assure you, there’s still plenty of fantasy that shall crop its way into it. It wouldn’t be a Lauri story if it didn’t. Hee.

We shall see what this week brings. Perhaps I’ll actually give some info on this new story in the near future. For now though I’m perfectly content with quietly celebrating another story finding its way to “The End”.

Hope you guys didn’t mind me rambling a bit. Have a blessed week, you beautiful people!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

It’s Great to be a Writer When…

(As a follow up to last week’s post.)

You’re allowed to call daydreaming “work”.

You have entire universes in your head.

You get to have experiences you never would in real life.

Every experience you do live through is fuel for writing.

Your mind is teeming with wondrous things.

Your characters become your best friends.

Creativity and imagination are the only tools you need.

It’s very therapeutic.

You realize a writer’s job title is “make stuff up”.

All the studying you need to do is simply reading books you love.

You get to have adventures everyday.

Being insane is part of the job.

You get to “meet” all sorts of new people through your stories without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home.

Your words impact others.

Staying up at ridiculous hours and consuming unhealthy amounts of caffeine is perfectly acceptable.

You get to blast your music as loud as you want because it’s inspiring.

Your view of the world is beautiful and adventurous and different from most people.

Your stories throw out exciting surprises at you.

You make new discoveries.

You realize writing is a big, scary, tedious, gruesome, time-consuming, overwhelming thing to do but because of that very reason it’s one of the most incredible things you’ll ever experience.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

It’s Hard to be a Writer When…

You get your best idea at 3 in the morning and have to drag yourself out of bed to jot it down.

Your favorite character up and dies unexpectedly.

You get a new story idea that you’re just itching to write right in the middle of NaNoWriMo.

You have so many novel ideas you know your life isn’t even long enough to write them all.

You only get inspired to write during the moments you’re too busy to and never have any motivation for it when you have ample amounts of free time.

Writer’s block.

Writer’s block

Writer’s block.

Your story gets lost in an abyss of unfixable plot holes.

You’re caught having a conversation with imaginary people.

You’d rather just sit around acting out the scenes in your head than actually bother writing them.

Your characters threaten to murder you.

You forget that sleep is essential.

People don’t realize you’re not responsible for your characters’ actions.

You get inspired by reading but never actually do anything about it because you just want to keep reading.

It’s time to edit.

Reality reminds you it exists and needs to be tended to instead of your story.

The internet is just so distracting.

You have an entire story plotted but realize you don’t have a title yet.

Non-writers don’t understand you.

You’re anxious to start a new story and have all the characters figured out and the middle and the ending and everything in between planned but no beginning.

You realize writing is HARD.

Writing is Difficult

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

When Life Makes You Say… [Guest Post]

Today I have the honor of my own beautiful mother guest posting.

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Over at her blog, Sweet Tea & Simplicity, she always has such encouraging things to say. I just couldn’t help but get her to share a post here on Musings of an Elf! So, without further ado:

When Life Makes You Say…

“But I just don’t know what on earth to do in this situation!”  God is your Counselor. (Ps. 119:24; Is. 48:17)

“But I am afraid!”  God is your Protector. (Joshua 1:9; Ps. 91:1; John 14:27)

“But I’m so lonely!” God is your Unfailing Friend; your All-time Companion that has your back 24/7. (Deut. 31:6; Is. 49: 15-16)

“But I feel so weary and weak.”  God is your Strength, and His Power is more evident in times of weakness. (Is. 40:31; 2 Cor. 12:9-10)

“But my life is overwhelming.”  He is your Firm Foundation.  Allow Him to keep you steady, by walking closely to Him. (Ps. 40:2; Ps. 46:1; Rom. 8:37)

“But my life is full of chaos and confusion.”  The Holy Spirit’s continuous presence is with you to guide you. (Is. 54:10; Ps. 32:8; Prov. 3:5-6)

“But my world is upside down and I feel uneasy and fearful of the present and future!”  God is your Hope. (Deut. 31:6; Ps. 31:24; Ps. 43:5)

“But I need…” God is your Provider. (2 Cor. 9:8; Phil. 4:19)

“But I’m just not content with the way my life is.”  Contentment and joy come from our relationship with Jesus, not our circumstances. (Is. 26:3-4; Ps. 107:9; Phil. 4:11-12

“But I am physically sick, and emotionally drained.”  God is your Great Physician, your Healer, and although we may not always understand His ways, we can trust Him, because He always has our best interest at heart. (2 Cor. 12:9; Ps. 103:3)

“But I feel so sad and rejected.”  Rest in His arms.  He is your Comforter.  He will never reject you. He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Gal 6:17)

“But I feel shattered and broken hearted.”  Allow the Lord to use this, my friend.  He will heal your broken heart. (Ps. 34:17; Ps. 147:3; Is. 61:3)

“But my life seems hopeless!”  Hopelessness, to a person that is saved by grace, may be a matter of not understanding.  Peril can cloud our thinking.  If we only knew what He has in store for us, though! Look beyond the raging storms in your life and allow God to enlighten you.  He will provide you with much reason to hope and rejoice! (Eph. 1:18-20; Jer. 29:11)  

“But I feel so unloved.”  Jesus loves you so much that He died for you so that He can be with you forever. (Rom. 8:38-39; John 15:9; Eph. 3:17-19

“But I am facing a terrible battle!”  God is your Victorious Warrior and He is committed to winning the battle for you if you will follow Him. (Deut. 33:27; Ps. 34:7; 2 Thess. 3:3)

“But I’ve messed up.”  God is full of forgiveness, and mercy, and grace if you have trusted Jesus as your Savior. (Ps. 86:5; Rom. 10:9) (If you would like to know more about trusting Jesus as your Savior, click here.)

“But you don’t know how terrible my circumstances are!”  That is true, but God does.  He will be with you.  Seek Him wholeheartedly. (Jer. 29:13) Allow Him to guide and instruct you.  Don’t focus on your troubles, my friend, focus on Jesus.  Be consumed by His call; trust and understand that “all things work together for good.” (Rom. 8:28)  When you do that, life will take on a new significance and meaning, and you will discover and experience joy, regardless of the challenges that you face. (Ps.32:8; 1 Peter 4:12-13; Phil. 1:6)

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