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Hello!

This blog has been a ghost town for about four months now. I’m not sure if it was my longest hiatus but it was definitely another long one.

I could bore you with excuses that hold no weight anyway or tell you what I’ve been up to (I won NaNoWriMo this year by the way) but really, I don’t want to.

Let me be honest here. This blog here, good old Writing Wings, started out as a fun experiment for me. And I learned a lot and had fun. But I changed my intention of this blog way too much. And now that I’ve been away for so long, it’s just a quiet but persistent nagging in the back of my mind.

I don’t want to write here anymore though. I have a balance of old friends and new friends, family and perfect strangers, atheists and Christians. It’s a bit tiring to balance my audience here. I do want to keep blogging though. But I want to do it for me.

I’ll be writing elsewhere. Sometimes stories, sometimes political rants, sometimes perfect chaos of nonsense. But I’m not going to tell you what the blog is. If you discover it, you can read it. Most likely because you will find it by tags that will show that you are looking for my type of writing. I want my new audience to like me for what I write, not who I am.

I will be closing out all of the pages of this blog except the blog itself. They will remain online and public for as long as I don’t feel shameful for them. If you would like, go back and read old stuff. Or just walk away from here like I will after posting this.

For all of you still here, I’d like to thank you most of all. My audience. No matter who you are, what you believe, whether I know you or not. If you have stuck around until this very end, thank you. You have made me feel like I wasn’t just clicking keys for nothing. You all are great.

Thanks for the great ride.
~Author Faerie :)

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Leaving Camp

Well, Camp NaNoWriMo has reached its final day. I had a lot of great writing days in there. Learned some new tricks and ironed out a few story ideas. Unfortunately though I will not among those with a 50,000 word novel.

I have some goals to take away from camp though:
1 Write something daily – I have slotted two periods of time in a normal day to get some writing done. One right after work and one later in the evening. If I can get up on time or earlier I might move one of those to the morning or just add in a morning wake up writing session. Anyway, my goal is to put words on a page everyday.
2 Personal Journalism – I will be keeping a journal again (like I did a few years back for a while) and writing about the day and how different things made me feel. I think this will help me in many ways to keep track of things that stuck out with me throughout the day. I don’t have to write a lot but I do have to write every night in the journal despite my mood. (This will be separated from my other writing times and not count as a normal writing time.)
3 Work Space – I will pick a work space for my writing time and stick to it for that writing time. My favorite spots as of lately are my new desk area and my coffee place down here called Smelly Cat (I’m told it’s from Friends but I didn’t watch that…)
4 Story Focus – I will focus on no more than two separate stories at a time. Unless I am working on a special project or series.
5 Blogs/Articles – I am very interested in writing political opinion blogs and articles so I will be doing more of those as well. Many of which will be posted on this blog here. But I will also look for other ways to get my voice heard.

Am I disappointed with not finishing a novel during camp? A bit. But I’m more excited in what camp has sparked in me again. I have a writing track now and I’m ready to tack off!

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Yay! Camping has finally started! Woo hoo!

And guess what?! I’m already ahead! Not by much but still ahead!

Here are a few tips that I’ve found this year already or are leftover from last year’s NaNo:

    1. Don’t blog/surf online for fun/etc until you’ve at least matched where you are supposed to be for that day.
    2. Get ahead as much as possible when you are in the zone. You will need that stock up later in the month. I promise.
    3. If you don’t have an outline yet, take a break and put some of your writing time towards putting together at least a vague one. It will help you tremendously. And you’ll make up that time no doubt.
    4. IF you have an outline but get stuck somewhere, skip it! That’s what the outline is for! Write scenes out-of-order and whatever you have in your head at the moment. It will save you a lot of wasted “writing block” time.
    5. Similar to the last one, learn to use the brackets as ways to insert a thought like [and then they do something that gets them to the place where _____ happens]. Seriously, you will love yourself later on and either save yourself from writers blocks or even boring scenes.
    6. Other suggestions for brackets are things that you need to fix with characters or plot holes but don’t want to waste precious writing time on that stuff, such as [change Sam’s name to Jessica from this point forward], [go back and fix Chelsea’s back story so that she now has a sister] and [act as if Owen and Jadara haven’t met yet]. Just don’t put your entire story in brackets. That defeats the point of writing a story.
    7. If your morning allows for it, get some writing in before you take off for the day. It will boost your confidence knowing that you at least have a few (or more) words already under your belt for the day. I did that today and it felt great. :) You won’t regret it if you do but don’t go out of your way to try this if you aren’t a morning person.

Well hopefully my first round of tips is somewhat helpful for someone. Mainly just keep writing, if you come to a block, skip it or just write something else entirely until you get an idea. Good luck campers!

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Well, online anyway. :)

This June I will participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. It is a summer version of the regular NaNoWriMo in November. I will still be trying to complete a 50,000 word novel but the twist during the camp months (there is also an August camp) is the addition of cabins. Each cabin holds six writers to write together and encourage each other throughout the month. It’s a great idea for a camp like this. Online encouragement of people doing the same crazy thing that you are.

On a personal note, I am very ready to start writing. I’m hoping that this month goes better than my last attempt in November. I learned a lot of tricks then that I will be applying during camp. Only three days left.

So if you are camping along with me, good luck!

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Wow! Hey, look at this! There’s a world out here! This is so fascinating!

Hello all of you NaNo buddies (who are procrastinating by reading this here) and non-NaNo people (thank you for putting up with us). Whoever you are, thanks for greeting me on this break of mine.

Okay so maybe I’m not in that much of a cave for NaNo as I thought I would be. Actually, I’m doing more networking in NaNo than the rest of the year combined. Between Scribophile, the NaNo site, Google+ and actual real life people at my area’s Write-Ins, my  social life is kind of soaring right now.

My first year of NaNoWriMo is going better than I thought it would. I’m ahead in my word count by a good amount and still going strong (8,553 at the end of day 4). I did run into some big blockage though that took away a lot of time for me though. My computer decided to start acting up. And I mean terrible twos combined with teenage rebellion and Alzheimer. (Okay maybe only two of the above.) My laptop decided to make programs go unresponsive often and for long periods of time, wouldn’t update anything properly and required me to restart it about once every 10-20 minutes. BUT I believe things are all in working order now and I can only hope that my laptop holds out in the good state until November is over. After that, I will gladly fix whatever needs to be fixed as well as giving my laptop a much-needed break.

But until then, NaNo calls!

How is everyone else doing with NaNo? Word counts?

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Hey all you crazy fellow NaNo-ers out there.

Just thought I’d share something awesome with you. It’s a software called Scrivener. It’s an amazing system for story planning and first draft. All those little features you wish you could have in a basic word program at your fingertips or mouse point. And once you learn how to use the features it has, you won’t want to go back. If you want to try it out through NaNo, check out their extended NaNoWriMo trial here.

Now this writer needs to get back to her planning. Less than a week left!

~Author Faerie

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Oh crap!

Well, I did it. I signed up for NaNoWriMo this year.

What is NaNoWriMo? Google it! Actually no, I’ll sum it up for you: Starting November 1 at midnight, insane writers from all over challenge themselves to complete a 50,000-word novel before November 30 runs out.

My problem? I have no idea what I’m getting myself into! I have only a week left to figure out what I will be working on this next month! A week to decide, outline, gather coffee and stock up on extra sleep before the frenzy begins. What have I done? Someone help me.

~Author Faerie

PS Join me?

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