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Friday’s Features: Nocturnal Lives and A Kiss in the Rain

animalHAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!

Okay, so maybe I’m a little too wired. I’m a little excited. Tonight, Sean (remember he’s the 18 yr old) will play with the band in his school’s last regular season football game (and that’s American football, which no, I DON’T agree with them calling it football when the ball spends more time in hands-I just don’t get it). His school has advanced to playoffs which start next week. Tonight though, I and my ex will escort Sean onto the football field as part of their Senior Night festivities. It’s a big deal in high schools here in Texas. I have the dress, the shoes, had my hair done (it will lighten back to blonde, I promise), nails done, and all that’s left is to wait until I can shower and get dressed. So, while I’m waiting I thought I’d give an update on NaNo and do Friday’s Features.

First, NaNo:

words written yesterday: 528. No, I did not reach my goal BUT with all I had to do yesterday that number is nothing to sneeze at, especially since I started at 10:30pm and wrote until 11:55pm. I got the update entered on the site and then went on writing. Those numbers will count towards today, thank goodness. And today I plan on spending as much time with Anna and Draco as possible. I want to get my word goal reached, not including the extra writing I did past midnight. We’ll see how much I actually do get done because I won’t be able to write this evening. By the time I get home I’ll be able to enter my totals and that is it. I’m hoping to reach 10k words today, if not more.

where I am at in the story so far: I started the tower scene this week. I’m still on the tower scene. I began by breaking it down into two parts and the first part has taken over the last two days. I am just letting it write itself and when I go back to edit I’ll probably end up cutting into a couple of chapters. The second half is actually finished and just waiting for the first half to catch up to it (see? working backwards). I’ll post a little of it on Monday.

what I’m discovering about the process: 

1. the moment I sit my butt in the chair to write is the moment everyone decides mom is needed. I have retaliated by retreating to my room, turning on my music and only opening the door if I hear blood-curdling screams. (not really, but I don’t answer the door for an hour unless they tell me it’s an emergency-a 15 year old is old enough to get a cup of milk for Tornado, make sure Tornado doesn’t take his bulldozer toy to the cat litter to build a dirt road for Alfie and Thomas the train, and to keep the cats off of my laptop on the table which has become it’s home during the day. At night I work at my desk upstairs.)

2. i beginwriting by finding anything else to do. When I make time to write, I spend 20 minutes figuring out what songs I want to go on the book’s playlist, 10 minutes checking Facebook, Twitter, email, etc., and the rest of my time writing until 11:50pm. I try not to go back and edit which is actually the hardest thing to do.

3. my characters are real. They have let me know this in no uncertain terms. Not all of my characters are as forceful as some I could mention here (hack DRACO hack), but they are very real in my head. In fact, I may be falling for Draco. I’m not sure yet. I think his whole tactic is to wear me down and then attack. Yeah, that sounds like him.

4. some people do not understand why I am doing what I am doing. I’m not sure why this is bothering them. Writing takes time, and this does pull my attention away from other things that I normally would be doing. For the most part, my family and friends are highly supportive. They are giving me encouragement and making sure they tell me they believe in me and that I can do this. They are excited for me and want to see me succeed. But there are others who just don’t get it, who think I need to focus less on writing and more on other things. I’ve tried to explain it, but they still don’t understand. I’m not letting them stop me, however. This is important to me, and I’d be supporting them if our positions were reversed. I’m a big fan of people following their dreams, and I will be your biggest supporter. Please be mine. That’s all I ask. It’s not so much. Help my dream come true by motivating me, encouraging me, supporting me, and believing in me. I can do this. I know I can. Just don’t distract me while I’m writing. Unless you are a cute, tall British man bringing me a cup of tea and a kiss on the head. That I won’t mind. Okay, so if you are a cute, tall, man brining me a cup of tea with a kiss on the head I won’t mind that either. Just remember to tell me how awesome my writing is and how proud you are of me for doing this. You’ll receive your reward later. (~wink~)

Second, Friday’s Features:

Website: Nocturnal Lives. This is the blog home of Amanda S. Green, leader of my writing group and my friend. Half the time, Amanda and I spend wanting to wring Amber’s neck because we really want Amber to come out of her shell for long enough to publish a flash fiction collection. The other half we spend discussing other things like how our ex’s must be genetically related, or that I need to sit my butt down and write. I’m doing it, Amanda. I want you to go check out her blog, because, like me, she was forced into participating in NaNo. But she didn’t have her arm twisted by Amber. Lucky her. Amanda is working on two stories right now. One is for NaNo and the other is for a Christmas novella. You HAVE to go check out her NaNo story! I am laughing until I have tears in my eyes. It is awesome. Please, go read it. It’s a hoot! Amanda also writes over at Mad Genius Club. You should check it out, too.

Poem: Today’s poem is by my new friend Rod E. Kok (pronounced like Coke). I met Rod through the October Poetry Writing Month Challenge. He writes over at www.rodkok.ca. One of the prompts we were given one day was to write about the rain, and I loved his offering. It’s evocative, the imagery visceral, and the emotions strong. I was in the poem. I loved it. And so, I’m sharing it with you here because it is just beautiful. Look for it at the end of the post, as usual.

Well, that’s it, folks. I need to go do my own personal word sprint, and I hope you have a great weekend! Off we go then.

xo Jesi

P.S. If you read yesterday’s post, the patches are on the jacket! All of them. I have a smallish bruise on my right index finger to prove it, too.

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Kiss in the Rain

By Rod E. Kok

 

 

a light drizzle falls

as we walk

hand in hand.

 

streetlights pale glow

cuts through the somber

dawn.

muted street sounds

keeps our path

tranquil.

 

damp shoes provide

no warmth to our feet,

but somehow that just

doesn’t matter.
 

a quiet shadow beckons,

I pull you into it’s depths.

wiping raindrops from your lips

no-one is witness

to an impassioned kiss.

 

soaked clothing provides

a cold barrier,

yet our romantic fervour

is heat enough.

a light drizzle falls,

but we are oblivious.

 

cloudy days provide

their own rainbow,

it only takes

a kiss in the rain

to see it.

Jesi Scott is an aspiring writer of novels, a poet, and blogger. She has guest-blogged over at The Well-Tempered Bards, and has a post featured at For Love Of…. Jesi has two poems published in Memories of Mist, a literary anthology, and one published story in a newsletter. She is currently working on releasing her first poetry collection as well as writing her first novel. When not writing, Jesi can be found getting lost in bookstores, singing and dancing around the house, experiencing culture with friends, and generally having fun with her four sons when they aren’t driving her weeping into her closet, which she calls her Padded Cell. She loves to rescue stray bookmarks, as well as books, and has opened her heart to any and all stories needing a home. Archery is her current favorite thing ever but you might want to stand back a little as she still has a tendency to drop the bow occasionally.

5 Comments

  • Dawn D

    I love everything about this post. Homecoming, how you keep at your dream regardless of what others think, the fact your characters are very real now and the poem in the end. Thank you for sharing all this. It gives me hope that one day, I too may be writing a novel…

    • Jessica

      Thanks Dawn! I’m glad you liked my post.
      I recently read a quote from Hemingway about writing. It was that ‘when writing a novel you create people, not characters. Characters are caricatures’. I loved that because my characters are real to me, These are people I am living with in my head. I have conversations with them, they react, they have emotions. Some are not fully developed yet, but they are still real.
      And Rod’s poem is wonderful. It’s one of my favorites. And no one can stop me from reaching my dream. I won’t let them. Not anymore. I have spent the last 13 years of my life being made to feel that I am not good enough, that my ideas are wrong, and that I am to blame for another person’s bad choices. Eleven months ago I said ENOUGH. It changed me. I know I can do anything I put my mind to. I’ve already proven it to myself. And the only thing stopping you from writing your novel is you. We are our own enemies. We are trained to think we aren’t smart enough, good enough, that we need to have this degree or that, and so we give up before we begin. Write. If that’s what’s in your heart to do, do it. Sit your butt down in a chair and write. I am amazed at myself some days, at what I can do. And it will happen with you, too. I believe in you!

      • Dawn D

        I love that quote.
        I love how you describe your characters. One day I will do it too. I have stories to tell, which is why I started to write a blog. I didn’t believe in its worth in the beginning, but slowly, with people who keep coming to read it, read me, I must admit that the writing must not be that awful 😉
        I will write a novel one day, I know it. But right now, I have to focus on some career development, for which I have to do some writing too. That plus children, going through the divorce and everything around it… I just wasn’t ready for NaNoWriMo. And I am not ready to do it by myself quite yet. It’s Ok, I can do it when other things in my life are more settled 🙂
        I totally relate with what you say about the past 13 years of your life. I don’t know your story, but that’s more or less how my spouse made me feel for 20+ years… We ARE smart enough, we ARE good enough and we WILL make our dreams come true 🙂
        I believe in you too 🙂

        XO

  • asealskhaki

    Hi! I nominated you for the One Lovely Blogger Award 🙂

    To accept it, you must publish a post in which you’ve added the logo of the award (which you’ll find on my site), a link to the person who nominated you, seven facts about yourself and nominate seven other bloggers.

    Cheers, and congrats! 🙂

    • Jessica

      Thank you so much. Second time this year I’ve been nominated for this which makes this the best! Yay! And congrats on your nomination as well. 🙂

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