Wow! It’s been too long!

Almost a year and a half since my last post here. That’s… not good.

Well, as one of my resolutions for 2013, I want to write a post for one or the other of my blogs every day. I wrote one after midnight on the first at my livejournal and this blog gets today’s post, I guess. The livejournal is usually more, uh, lively as I post about everything and anything there and this one is supposed to be more about my writing, which has been less than stellar recently.

I did do NaNoWriMo in 2011 and 2012, trying hard to actually finish something. My August stint in 2012’s Camp NaNoWriMo was a bomb — who knew my household was just that busy in August?! This year, however, the Camp sessions are in April (since the Office of Letters and Light have dropped Script Frenzy) and in July, IIRC. I think I should be able to make one of those sessions work, though I will try for both.

My 2012 NaNoNovel was pretty much dreck. I had taken the advice of my writing friends on lj and started something new. Within the same universe as Wight Knights but a prequel, if you will. It did have the saving grace of setting some things about my universe in stone but the characters were flat. I didn’t know them at all. I might revisit it later; I’m just not sure.

I did make a change in my writer’s tools, though. I’ve toyed with yWriter off and on and this year I used it pretty much exclusively. It fits the way I write, using scenes that you can actually move around within the chapters. It also gives room for notes and character descriptions. It might actually make a planner rather than a “pantser” out of me yet!

More to come later. There’s a little Thunderbirds fanfic I’ve started; it will probably end up as a new chapter in my “Missing Scenes Anthology” once I’ve watched an episode for clarification. My friend Lillihafrue is back to writing, too. She’s been bouncing ideas off of me to finish up one of her stories. Having a writing community, like what you get with NaNoWriMo, is such a help with motivation. Here’s hoping that 2013 will be better than 2012 for my writing goals!

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Tikatu is the long-time alter-ego of L.D. Bennett. She enjoys cat naps, head bumps, and regaling the world with the further adventures of International Rescue.