Monday, December 10, 2007

I am Officially Ashamed

I never meant for it to happen like this. Things just got out of control. At first it was just a few days. A week. I never thought I was capable of something like this.

I haven't posted in almost a month.

I apologize to those I've hurt.

So why the lag? I wish I had a good excuse. The best I can do is that I have indeed been confirmed to have anemia and I am honestly taking naps at every available opportunity. I just feel so worn out. Still, I've managed to get everything else accomplished that is absolutely necessary and we all know that blogging IS a necessity.

How did NaNoWriMo go, you ask? Sheepishly I admit that I finished just shy of 8500 words, which is a lot of words, but painfully distant from 50000. I got to a certain point, didn't know what to do and sort of just stopped. I don't think I knew I had stopped. I kept meaning to jump right in, but then kids got sick, Thanksgiving (including lots of travel and kids with Chicken Pox) happened and soon November was over. Whoops. Oh well. I do intend to revisit this project, but I think my method will change slightly. I was hoping to write chronologically, but I think I'll just write the most exciting parts first next time.

I have stored away in my little brain some blog topics, so don't expect the drought to last. But first I must humbly thank Jaye Wells for nominating me for the Shameless Lion award. I've seen this award floating around and never thought I might actually be a recipient. There are few I could have felt more honored to be nominated by. Jaye is a blogging (and writing) goddess.

The rules are found at the Shameless Lions Writing Circle.

Here are my three things I believe make writing good and powerful (however much my opinion on the subject counts).

1. Basket-skills - I believe good stories are woven. There are so many elements involved in writing a good story, and they must all be delicately balanced so that the best parts peek through at the best times so that the overall finish is flawless and flowing. The longer your story, the more precarious the balance. That is something I discovered during NaNoWriMo. There are thousands of ways to write the very same story, but only a handful of them will be good.

2. Investment - If a writer doesn't believe in their character, no one else will either. I think an author needs to be emotionally invested in the characters and stories she is writing, trying to imagine every aspect of emotional and physical reaction to situations, finding the details. Yeah, gotta have details. I think good writers see their stories as their children.

3. Striking Stereotypes - My favorite books are the ones where you think you know what's going to happen and then something COMPLETELY different happens. When writing it's easy to ask yourself, "so what happens next?" The hard thing is not accepting your first answer, or your second or third.

Incidentally, these are all things that I think I need to work on. A lot.

Most people I find deserving of this award have already been nominated, and if my nominations are a repeat, my apologies. You can just feel that much "warm and fuzzy"er.

1. The Quoibler - Angeligue is a clever kitten who's proven dynamic and humorous both on her blog and in contests she's submitted to. Her strengths are her sincerity and wit.

2. Struggling Writer - I've admired this man's stories for a while now and give him a hearty kudos for finishing NaNoWriMo with an excess word count. He's got a flair for the funny and enjoys the same kinds of writing I do. Rock on, PL!


The Quoibler said...

I'm blushing!

I don't know what to say... and that doesn't happen very often, as you might imagine.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

And on another note -- hallelujah! I've been "hood-winked" and Hoodie is back in town! I'll lift up a can of diet soda to that!


strugglingwriter said...

I feel truly honored to be nominated by you. Thank you so much!

I hope you and your family all feel better. :)

Hoodie said...

Angelique - Thanks for the warm welcome back. Happy you are blushing.

Struggling - You're very welcome and we are all doing much better now, thank you.

Anonymous said...

Feel better, Hoodie. We understand.

Congrats on having your excellent writing recognized!

Jaye Wells said...

I'm thrilled this brought you out of your hiatus. It's definitely well-deserved.

Church Lady said...

Take care of your health first. We all keep checking in....

Hoodie said...

Jason, Jaye, and CL - Thanks for the well wishes. You love me! You really love me!

SzélsőFa said...

Congratulations, Hoodie!

Vesper said...

Congratulations for the award, Hoodie! Well deserved. I like your three choices of what makes your writing powerful.

Take care of yourself and of your family. And don't worry. True friends won't go away... :-)

Hoodie said...

Szelsofa - Thanks.
Vesper - Thank you, too. It's comforting to know I've got support out there in the big wide world (web).

Aine said...

Hoodie, glad to see you back! Jason and I have been worried about you. Anemia in addition to a family is more than enough of an excuse!! Just take it easy. We're not going anywhere. Real life is much more important than the blogosphere.

Hoodie said...

Thanks Aine! I appreciate the understanding.