Writing Buddy

I call her my little cupcake. And my blogging buddy. And my writing buddy. Her real name is Hosanna, but she rarely gets called that by me. (We won’t go into the dozens of other nicknames I have for her.) 
We grew up on opposite sides of the world, which was perfect because that meant she was awake during my late-night writing sessions, and we therefore chatted immense amounts. I went and visited her family for a month several years ago, and when I was there she would lean over my shoulder and read my story as I wrote. Since then I’ve sent her nearly everything I’ve written, only to have her gobble it down crazily-fast. Hosanna’s the only person I know who can out read me, so I’m always trying to think of books to recommend to her. (Or stories to write for her to read.) 
I call her my writing buddy because, not only does she read my stories as I write them, but she also lets me discuss all my new writing developments with her. It’s incredibly fun to bounce ideas off of her, and hear what she has to say about plot twists. (It’s also possible that I taunt her by threatening bad things to happen to certain characters, but I’m not admitting to anything.) 
Hosanna has not only read more drafts of WLHYL than anyone else (besides me), but she’s also enthusiastically reads a lot of the feedback I’ve received from beta readers, and then gives me her opinions on their opinions. In fact, it’s not unusual for me to copy and paste large amounts of feedback emails in chats to her and then demand (kindly) to hear what she does and doesn’t agree with. I also sometimes send her my responses and make sure that I’ve worded everything nicely when I’m replying to an email that I didn’t really appreciate. 
I’m often times baffled by how much Hosanna truly likes my writing. She’s forever encouraging me to keep going, and commanding me to write more. It’s seriously an honor to have someone who can read so many of the words that come out of my imagination and still want more. It’s also sometimes amusing to me, because even though she’s a dedicated bookworm, and happily listens to all of my plot and writerly talk, Hosanna doesn’t write. (Like, no stories at all. I should know. There was a time “way back when” when I was supposed to do some creative writing classes with her and a couple other people. Let’s just say it was not pretty.) 

I call her my blogging buddy because nearly every time I sit down to blog she and I start chatting and she keeps me company as I make loud laments when a blog post isn’t coming together. I also sometimes send her parts of the post and ask if it sounds okay and makes sense. Hosanna is also generally the first one to “plus-one” the post on Google+ each day, which always makes me happy. Her excitement for my writing is incredibly inspiring.

I call her my cupcake because cupcakes make me happy and Hosanna makes me happy, so it’s quite natural. Plus, it’s fun choosing a new flavor to call her each day. (Like, for instance, today she’s black cherry with cream cheese frosting and a beautiful fresh cherry on top.)

Hosanna has spent this last week with me which has been marvelous and a lot of fun (especially since she’s spent the last year on the other side of the world). I’m quite thankful to have such a staunch supporter of my writing, especially one who seems to never tire of talking about books and writing.

Hosanna, you are a fantastically amazing friend and I’m very thankful for you. (And the fact that I can be so crazy around you.) Thanks for being so enthusiastic and encouraging! 

NaNoWriMo Is Over – Winner?

 You know what guys? As the first few minutes of December pass by, I’m sure that there are some people who just finished up a vigorous race to finish the last of their words for NaNoWriMo 2012. Others probably gave up ages ago. Still others might have finished with plenty of time to spare.

Me, what about me? Who knows if you all still remember (with my very limited about of posting this past month) that I too, decided to take part in NaNoWriMo this year. And since I did, the question begs to be answered: Did I or didn’t I win? (Winning = writing 50,000 words during the month of November.)

Yes.
I did win.
And I won with several days to spare.
(The 27th, actually.)

So of course now you’re wondering why in the world it took me this long to let you all know. I asked myself the same question. Because pretty much, I wrote my final words, and I was like “Oh my goodness! Now I get to tell all my blogging friends that I actually just accomplished what I set out to do!”

And then I thought that again the next day. And the next day. And the next day. Yes, I know, I still haven’t answered the question. But I’m getting there. Be patient with me. Seriously, this is kind of like running a marathon or something. (Ok, so I wouldn’t know, ‘cause I’ve never done it, but I can imagine!) *Right there ^ is the answer* I didn’t post on here because I was too tired. As much as I enjoy writing and want to write all the time, it still takes energy. Lots and lots of energy, and that’s one thing I don’t have an over abundance of.

Seriously though, I’m totally thrilled to be posting on here again. I didn’t even realize how much I was missing it, although I did miss it. This blog has become a really great asset to my life. There was a time a few months ago when I was very consumed by getting my pageviews and following count up, but recently, I’ve just been like “Yeah, these people are loyal. They actually enjoy what I have to say. They listen. I’m happy for them.” And I’ve not stressed over trying to make my blog be the coolest thing ever just so more people come and see it, because I’m just so thankful for those of you who do come and look at it – and of course if you’re one of those lovely people who leave comments, that makes it even better! (I know, random place to mention that, but hey!)

So, even though my mind isn’t wanting to work very much right now, I have a really cool new idea for a book. I’m going to try and hold off on it for a little while, because I really need to focus on editing, but you’ll probably be hearing about it before too long. Just listen (watch) for the word limes. Simple enough, no?

But really, editing needs to come first. Pretty much, I need to give myself a little pep talk here, so just hold on a second while I tell myself something I need to hear.

Ok, Aidyl. I know you’ve got all those great ideas bursting to get out of your head, but editing is really important, too. 
I know, I know! But I don’t go around telling people that I’m an editor… I’m a writer!
Well, writing stuff is great. If no one wrote, then there would be no need for editors… But you want to get your stuff to the editor so you can publish it, right? 
Oh, oh oh! Publish? Yeah, I want to publish my books. Can I tell them? Can I? Can I?
Aidyl! Be quiet! That news is for another day, another time! 
Oh, come on, don’t be so stuffy!
Aidyl, be nice to me. And if you edit quickly, then you’ll be able to write again before long. Plus, you still get to work on your 100/100 challenge story. 
Oh, alright then. But that doesn’t mean that I’m happy or that I agree with you.
Fine, Aidyl. Fine. Just edit. Take a deep breath and edit. 

So yeah, I know that was probably really awkward for you to read just now, but at least you get to see what it feels like when I want to write and know I should be editing instead… (Editing = getting manuscript ready for real editor.)

Please now, let me know about your writing experiences. Did you do NaNoWriMo? Did you it? What have you been writing this past month? Thank you, everyone, for encouraging me, even if only by reading my blog during this crazy month!

(Oh, and great job to Kiri Liz and Writeinthelight17, the two NaNoWriMo writing buddies I did the most stuff with. They both did a great job in reaching the 50,000 word mark! And Writeinthelight17, you totally blew me away with your final word count. Peoples, she reached over 75,000!)

NaNoWriMo… Joining The Family

I think I’m beginning to feel welcomed into the family. The NaNoWriMo (from now on referred to as ‘NaNo’) family, of course. Reading quite a few blog posts yesterday where everyone was talking about NaNo (or maybe those are the only blogs I clicked on…) made me so glad that I decided to join it this year. The feeling of belonging in the “writing community” is something that can’t be beat… 
Here, let me give you a little glimpse of what my life looked like yesterday:
*Lots of pretty markers
*Different sized flashcards 
*My laptop
*Sugar-free Jolly Ranchers (ahem, I only ate three, but still, they were pretty much the hight of my day)
*And do you see who’s poking her nose up? 
*And AIG DVD’s, being used for research 
*And lots of emails, blogs and songs on youtube
Making a Calendar for myself on my dry-erase board:


A closer look at some of my flashcards. ^ I brainstormed in a way that I’ve never done before, because my mind was totally blank. I knew was the basic setting, the purpose of the book, the characters, etc… But I couldn’t think up a plot line. Therefore, I set my timer for five minutes, and wrote all the words I could think of, some had to do with the setting, some didn’t. (Orange Card) 
Next I set the timer for ten minutes, and wrote a bunch of sentences that could go in the book… I couldn’t believe it, but by the time I was done with that, I had a good idea of where I wanted the book to go. Yeah, pretty cool. 

My writing buddy. *I kinda feel bad calling her that, when I just asked y’all who wanted to be my writing buddy, but I’m talking about to totally different things here.* And… I told you I would tell what her name is…. Drum roll, please! And the name of my puppy is… Novel! Kinda fits, right? I write novels, the name of my blog is *Noveltea* and yeah…

So, how’s your writing coming along? I would really enjoy hearing from more people who are doing NaNo and why/how they’re doing it, or who aren’t doing it, and why? 

I’m… Joining The NaNoWriMo Rush – Writing Buddy, Anyone?

Ok. Deep breath. I have decided to do it. To take part in National Novel Writing Month, more commonly known as NaNoWriMo. I’ve said it now, so I guess that ties me in, right? Gulp.

I actually feel kinda lost when I think of doing it. I look at their website, and I get the ‘new girl’ feeling. As if everyone else has been doing this forever, and I’m pasting a smile on my face, trying to fit in with the flow, despite wondering how in the world I’m going to make it.

So, here’s my question: How many of you are doing NaNoWriMo? How many of you have done it before? Do you have any tips? Secrets? Ideas? ‘Cause pretty much, I’m eager to hear anything you so desire to tell me.

Another thing: Do any of you who are taking part in NaNoWriMo and want to be my writing buddy? Not that I’m even sure what that means…
I’m looking for someone who I can discuss plots, characters, word counts and ideas, etc… with. Are any of you interested? I’m thinking of someone who is serious about their writing, is open to nicely critiquing my stuff, and being willing to be nicely critiqued. 😀
(I’m not into fantasy, scary, creepy or overly romantic novels, but pretty much anything else I’m interested in.) 
And I guess the person wouldn’t even have to be part of the NaNoWriMo, I just need some more writers in my life! Sound good?