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Ideas are plaguing me while I fail miserably to write them out in their entirety. Nothing more coming quite yet, but soon. Hopefully.

(Have I finished the last story I started? Pfft.)

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Motley Musings, March 26th

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 4:07 PM by MotleyDreams:iconmotleydreams:
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I am so goddamn good at procrastinating. Ashamed How is it that I can even claim this is stuff I "want to do" if I find every excuse to get away with not doing it? It's really starting to irk me. It's sad, I've played more bingo in the last few days than I've done the various writing things on my list (play-by-post game forum posts, NaNo prep, etc). And that's just pathetic.

In other news, it was nearly 60 degrees (Fahrenheit) today. I kicked myself out of the house to Starbucks and for a couple errands, luckily getting home before it started pouring. And tomorrow it's supposed to continue pouring. *sigh* I guess it wouldn't be spring without a crap ton of rain, and winter lasted so long it has to pour to catch up? Something like that, anyway.

Someone (I forget who) posted a poll about this - April Potluck Call for Participants - and I decided to join in! I'm not much of an artist, but I've had a lot of fun trading snail mail with Grimmsy, and this seems like a good way to ensure that someone gets a card/letter with something actually creative in it, rather than my usual treatise on whatever the heck is going on lately. If it goes well, great! I'll keep at it. I'm inclined to trust people, though depending on how much I participate I may rent a PO Box instead of giving out my home address. Depends on how much it costs, I guess. Cost/benefit analysis, anyone? I'd love to see a few more people join in, I'm all for continuing the tradition with whomever I'm paired with past the month-long pairing if we both agree. Facepalm Of course, it will be a bit futile if Grim and I get paired, we've been trading cards/letters/stuff for months.
AprilWriMo Countdown: 5 Days Left!
How many people are doing something this April? (If you are, are you coming to my AprilWriMo Kickoff Event?) I'm looking for a successful 20K Camp NaNoWriMo that might turn out a decent manuscript once put all together with some old scenes and some revamped old scenes. It's not quite as prestigious as the 50K November NaNo, but hey, every little bit helps, right? At least succeeding at writing 20K new words would give me the sense that I *can* do this, and maybe I'd try another November in the near future.

If you are doing something in April, you've got five days left for your prep (as of when I'm posting this, at the end of my productive time on Thursday). I've even put my checklist here so I have to admit how far behind I'm feeling. I got out index cards today to rearrange my old manuscript's plot points (the ones I can reuse with the new version's changes) because I kept erasing the pages in my Camp notebook so much that they're stained and dirty. I kinda figured I needed a new method, but at least I've got the first half mostly worked out now. There are a couple things I need to work out because I need something to happen before something else and I didn't leave room... that sort of thing, but otherwise I have most of my outline written. Oddly enough, I lack the end. I know what I want to happen, I just haven't quite figured out how yet. I need to do some more, but at least it's sorta clear what I have and what I don't, which it wasn't before. :meow:

My 2015 NaNo Preparation Checklist
Star! Premise
Half Star Three Act, Nine Block, 27 Point Outline
Half Star Characters
No Star Themes
No Star What-Ifs
No Star Horrible Things To Increase Tension

Skin by Nichrysalis, modifications by me.

AprilWriMo Kickoff Event!

Wed Mar 25, 2015, 12:29 PM

April is <Something or Other> Writing Month!

For a lot of people, April brings a challenge of writing every day for a month, whether that is 30 poems in 30 days or 30,000 words of prose. Some of us are revising that much work. But whatever the case, we're all going to be doing a lot of writing in April.

So I bring you, the AprilWriMo Kickoff Event!

Who: You, silly.
What: word wars and write-in
When: Wednesday, April 1st @ 3pm EDT (What time is that for me?)
Where: #CRLiterature
Why: To kickoff a month of madness!

I hope you'll join me in #CRLiterature with some ideas, some caffeine, and whatever else it'll take to get you writing for this event!

See you then!

April Events

Wed Mar 25, 2015, 12:12 PM
If you're like me, it helps to have other people's support and collective enthusiasm to keep you going. To that end, I'm trying to collect a list of hosted events (not just random hanging out in chats) around dA that might help you and me stay energized. Not everything is necessarily NaNo focused, but word wars and write ins of any style can help.

If there isn't an event you'd like to see, feel free to let me know and I'll see if I can't find one or find someone to create one. Interested in hosting an event yourself? Let me know that too!

For my NaNo cabin, it's a little bit of a trick to get us all in one place at the same time, given the spread of timezones (GMT-4, GMT+2, GMT+12, others?) but Friday afternoon here should be safe, and possibly Saturday late morning, though that's getting late for New Zealanders. We will have to see what comes of it, but I've tentatively set aside time each week for my cabin mates. This works for me, since I'm usually most active in the afternoon, but it kinda screws anybody in the rest of the US who might be at work or school during the day. If that comes up we'll have to see what happens.

Week 1: April 1st - 7th

  • Wednesday, April 1st Kickoff Event @ 3pm EDT, at #CRLiterature - Open to all AprilWriMo writers! I'm planning for some word wars offset by some write-in time in the middle.

  • Friday, April 3rd @ 4pm EDT, at #MotleyMusings - My NaNo cabin chat. (Exclusive, sorry.) In case there are other things going on, we might as well meet in my personal chatroom so we don't disturb other people. If this time works well for us, I won't bother searching for other times and we can meet weekly, maybe with some plans for trading ideas or whatever else we need.

Week 2: April 8th - 14th

  • Wednesday, April 8th One Week Down @ 3pm EDT, location TBA

Week 3: April 15th - 21st

  • Wednesday, April 15th Halfway Point @ 3pm EDT, location TBA

Week 4: April 22nd - 28th

  • Wednesday, April 22nd One Week Left @ 3pm EDT, location TBA

Last Blast: April 29th - 30th

  • Wednesday, April 29th Last Blast @ 3pm EDT, location TBA

Event Wishlist?

  • Let me know, maybe I can coordinate a few more things.

Don't forget there are probably people hanging out in #CRLiterature, #NaNoWriMo, and #CaNaNoWriMo who might be up for spur of the moment word wars or other fun.


Marie Efromson
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HendrikHermans Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for faving my work !
MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
LadyKia Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
Thanks for adding my story to your reading list. I appreciate it. Hug 
MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I saw your request for a beta-reader so I wanted to check it out. :) I don't think I'm the right beta for you (and my free time is nil at the moment), but I will see if I can comment at least.
LadyKia Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Thanks for looking me over though. Even little things are encouraging.
RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015   Writer
You are a sweetheart! Thank you for the :+fav:s. :love:

Though you didn't know it, you made a horrible weekend so much better. :huggle: Thank you for being you.
MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I couldn't collect everything, but I can collect a couple. ;) I would collect more, but since I haven't had a chance to read it all, it seems a little disingenuous to just file them away (and probably forget them given how life is). I hope I'll get that time soon, though!
RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015   Writer
Oh, I don't expect you to collect things you don't like. wink  I know that not everything I write and photograph is to everyone's liking. :)

And take your time on getting to reading it - there are a great many other artists on site who deserve your love as well! :dalove:
IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014   Writer
:hug: Just because. <3
MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
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