Monday, March 14, 2011

Thank-You, God!

As always, I have been putting something off until I had it perfect which is ridiculous.

My brother was in Tokyo when the earthquake hit. He got home safe and sound last night. Thank You, God!

There's always so much for which to be grateful, but this is definitely at the top of my list.

I have been busy with so many things. I am working on an actual first edit of my re-write of my 2006 NaNoWriMo novel which was called Happenstance (hideous, I know.) It is now called Married To Death. 

The first thing I did was read what I wrote way back when and highlighting characters, places, time references and key descriptions. then I cut 11,944 words (it still hurts) which was a random story one of the characters told so I could chalk up numbers on my word count but really had nothing to do with the story.

I made a spreadsheet of all of the peoples, places and things including any references to them so I can find them all easily. Then, I did a timeline spreadsheet. I was pretty consistent in keeping seasons and things straight.

After all of this I floundered a bit trying to organize what I wanted to add and clarifying the plot and sub-plots.

Then, I found a really good website with lots of free information called How To Write A Book Now. You should check it out. Free. Short. Informative. Helpful.

Now I am trying to finish an actual first draft by March 31st.

Merry Meet and Blessed Be


  1. whew thank god on the frace in tokyo...

    good stuff on the wishes...

  2. I'm so glad your brothers is safe!
    ... and good luck with your rewrite :o)

  3. Nessa, I am so glad to hear that your brother is safe. What a tragedy for that part of the world.

    Good luck with your book. What a behemothian undertaking. It requires extraordinary courage.

  4. Good news about your brother's safety. What a terrible thing they are dealing with in Japan.

  5. I'm so glad your brother is safe. What a relief for you....there are so many who still don't know about their family and friends.
    Good luck on the completion of the first draft of your book.

  6. Hey Nessa, good to have you back and so glad your brother is safe.

  7. Praise God your brother is home, safe.

    Whew! Sounds like you have been quite busy. I'm going to check out that site you linked.

  8. I have been praying for your brother and your family and wondering since I hadn't heard any more. I am glad he is home safe.

    I am proud of you for your writing, too. Mine is so off track!

  9. Thank God he's ok.

  10. OMG I'm so happy to read your brother made it home safe and sound. That's a true blessing. Wishing you and your family all the best. Take care. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo