Runaway Road Synopsis

So, I’ve had this idea for a book for a few months now and I’m so excited to be using it as my NaNoWriMo novel!Runaway

I’ve been working on the synopsis and a mock cover to get the creative juices flowing while playing with the outline. Hopefully, it helps!

This is the third time I’ve seen that light blue bug. The third time I’ve seen that long brown hair fall across her shoulder. The third time I’ve seen her wipe a tear from her eye.

Mia Brown wants to say good-bye.

Brett Myers needs a new start.

When their paths cross on a long stretch of Highway 85, these two strangers will learn just how much they need each other to heal.

 

Oct- the Plotting/Outlining Month

Oooooohhhhhh– It’s the most wonderful tiiimmmme of the yeeearrrrrrrrr!

Take a deep breath. Smell that? It’s October. Well, it’s actually mid-way through October but for all you writers out there, you know what that means.

Yes, it’s time to get ready for NaNoWriMo!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with NaNo- it’s when insane people (like myself) shoot for 50,000 words in 30 days. That 1667 words a day. Every. Day.

If you miss just one daily deadline, you’re playing catch-up the entire month!

It’s crazy, stressful and, to the outside world, dumb. But it’s amazing to everyone involved.

You have a chance to bond with a community of people all over the world at one time. At some point, a person will be working on NaNo anywhere on the globe. If you think about it, for 24 hours for 30 days, a novel is being born at the same time.

Sure, I know what you’re thinking. There’s always someone writing a book. It’s not a new thing.

But not everyone is doing it at the same time.

It blows my mind when I think of it like that.

via GIPHY

 

And it’s writers of all stages. Newbs (like myself) all the way to best sellers.  Some NaNo projects have even become movies (Water For Elephants for example). That’s an amazing accomplishment.

(Want more examples? Here ya go!)

I hope you guys will join me this year (I’m TTPie1983 on Nano) and I can’t wait to get this book going.

Oh, and yeah, I love NaNo so much, I even wrote a poem last year…enjoy! 😀

 

Light Lines

I’m in an anthology for poetry!

lightlinesFor almost a year now, I have been participating in Three Line Thursday, the web-child of the amazing Grace Black.

Each week, we get a picture prompt. You are allowed only 30 words to speak of said picture. 10 words per line, hence…

Three Line Thursday

I never really thought of myself as a poet. To be honest, I never really thought of myself as a writer until now. 🙂

(I still have trouble thinking that way)

I love this challenge! The pictures are always breath-taking and I use it as an exercise to tap into an untouched part of my thinking. Everyone who participates is so nice and encouraging. The writing community is really an amazing one.

Each week, a judge blindly picks a winner. Someone they felt really spoke true to the picture. Well, I won! Just a few weeks in, I won.

The feeling was awesome and I got to judge the following week. For the first time, I really felt like I may be doing something right.

To see my winning entry, head back a few months here

And if you’re a lover of words, pick up your copy of Light Lines today!

Time Management- Part 1: Where does the time go?

Time.

Nobody has it. Well, at least, I don’t.

It’s strange. I’m the Monica Gellar of my family. I have an organizedunhealthy (and let’s just be honest- weird) obsession with notepads and organizer systems.  I’m in love with list making and crossing things off my to-do list gives me a high.

You can all stop judging me now.

The saddest thing, though, is that I SUCK at time management. I can make a list of a list of a list, but for the life of me, can’t find the time to finish any of them!

I always have the best intentions. The night before, I’ll make a list of everything I have to do, in order of importance. I’ll set my alarm so I can wake up early and get started. I have more calendars than I can count and all of them are filled with what I need to do.

Yet the dreaded time drains take ahold of me. Every. Single. Time.

This wouldn’t be the world’s biggest problem if it weren’t for the fact that I have A LOT to do. Between working, writing, editing, publishing, marketing, writing and grammar classes, taking care of my house, cooking, blogging and having a social life, my free time is nonexistent. Hell, I don’t even have time for myself (which is something I very, very important).

So what am I going to do about it?

I’m going to make up my own Time Management Training Program! Yes, another project. And it’s a project that’s going to eat into the time I’m trying to save. (I get the irony here) I’m also, going to be making it up as I go 🙂

Phew. I’m already feeling better. Are you having trouble finding enough time? Join me in this journey. The more the merrier!

I’ve decided that Step 1 in my Time Management training program will be:

Keep track of what you’re actually doing!

20151009_221920I realized a few years ago that when I was training for a bodybuilding competition, I had to keep a strict diet. In order to avoid temptation, I kept a food journal. I knew that if I ate something bad for me, I’d have to write it down. When I would read through my journal and see that unhealthy, terrible (but oh so delicious!) food, I’d mentally kick myself in the ass. I hated seeing that word next to the stuff I was supposed to be eating so I never ate it. It was a mental game for me.

With that being said, I have been keeping track of everything I’ve been doing and how long it takes me to do it. I’ll write down what time I wake up, when I start getting ready for the day, when I went out for dinner.

I’m even writing down when I watch T.V.  (If you haven’t seen New Girl, oh my gosh, jump on Netflix now! It’s hilarious!)

I’m hoping that this first step will show me what I spend the most time on and what I can do to make more use of my day.  I already know the main time drains in my life (Facebook, you evil monster!) which is a good thing.

Acceptance is the first step, right?

I plan on keeping this up for the next week. After that, it’ll be time to evaluate my list and see what needs to be worked on.

Do you guys have any time management tricks? I’d love to hear them!