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Intaker
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nicolecabrera
How long do you think a novel should take to write????

Intaker
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nicolecabrera
Intaker is taking another spin with rewrites. Can I get it right finally, I hope so...but to quote my MC, "hope makes you think crazy things!"

I swear I've written this book at least three times (from start to finish) and it's still not done. How can that be?

The afterlife is getting to my head. Being dead for the past two years has been exhausting. Some days I want to throw it out and start something new...ever felt that way? If you're a writer then I know the answer!

it's been a while
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nicolecabrera
I haven't posted in some time. Mostly, due to the fact that my writing is taking up my computer time. My new WIP, Intaker, is almost finished. And by finished I mean first draft, so the word done is still a few months away.

News:
I've been invited to join a fantasti crit. group, lead by an amazing author. She has helped me bring this book miles from where I started. I am eternally grateful to have her in my life and thank Mindy for making it happen, thank you Mindy!!

My son is ready for school to start...like today! He's bouncing off the walls, while mommy has to work at her desk. I have serious mommy guilt about it, so I enrolled him in pre-school for the summer, "ahem" that made mommy a little sad but baby boy is thrilled, so mommy will be gettin over herself real quick!

Big girl is doing great, f-cats are done, thank goodness we all survived the melt downs and high tension filled days, now we're smooh sailin' and ready for warm beach weather!

We're still in So.Fl. I wasn't sureit would last this long, but we've adjusted and love the beach so another year will be fine. But I miss my friends in Cali a whole lot!!

Well, that's about it, I have to run and pick up my big girl and do a drive thru for taco Tuesday, then it's spending time with my family before my big day with the group tomorrow, can't wait to find out what needs to be changed and what can stay put!!


More later...

Nicole

researching with a major question
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nicolecabrera
I've been doing a lot of internet searches involving angles, life on earth and of course the afterlife. What I read so far has me thinking that most Jews, do not truly believe there is an afterlife. A deeply rooted Christen belief, that there is a Heaven and life will continue after our bodies pass. In the Jewish faith I read that they live to serve G-d or Yahweh here on earth through a contract. Not sure how that works, also I was shocked to find out that many Jews, believe in "gilgul neshamot" ie. reincarnation. I can't explain why I find this shocking but I do. I have to admit I am fascinated by idea of past lives and the soul being reused in another body, to be reborn. I my new novel,Margaret, reincarnation was the premise for my original ending. I pulled away from the idea because I didn't think it was universal enough, but now after reading this I am reconsidering my ending again.

I know this is a touchy subject, but I would really love to hear what you believe will happen to us when we die? (you can be brief or as colorful as you want)

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nicolecabrera
The close of the year is almost upon me and I feel the pull to start something new. I'm currently working on two new books, and I moved across the United States only a year ago, so the something new has to be different then last years something new...hmmm.

I really think my something new should be a new, or two groups. I have a crit. group right now. My current group meets once a month, I LOVE it so much but I feel maybe a few more would be great too.
It's hard to find a good group and right now I feel so blessed with the one I attend. I think I'll start combing through the blue boards. At the suggestion of a friend, an on-line group may be the right fit for me right now.

It's hard for me to get out as much with baby boy still no in school. Next, year however, free time for mama!! Pre-school will be the best medicine for my work! Sorry son, mama's needing a break!

Ok, so the search in on. I'm going to find one or two new groups before the new year! I'm super excited about this idea...

Nano newbie
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nicolecabrera
I've taken the plunge...

Second day in and I'm already 4,467 words in. I don't expect to keep up this pace, although I wouldn't complain if I did. I know there will soon, hopefully not tomorrow, days where 200 words will take me an entire day. It's happened before.

You can catch me at Nano under the name NC Murphy or my novel's title Anywhere But Here.

Good luck to all of you joining me on this quest, or should I say insane adventure?

Monday complaints....
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nicolecabrera
I can't wake up today, three cups of coffee, a shower and still, I want to crawl under the covers and close my eyes for the night...hello it's not even six in the evening. I've felt like this all day. This haze of sleepiness has clouded my vision for my day. I went to bed with a post-it-note of what scene I wanted to work on in the morning, nope, not a word has been written, ugh!!!

I did manage to enroll myslef in an on line writing course. It's free, so that's good but it's also twelve hours long, not so good. It's bound to cut into my writing time. I guess I can't complain though, if I turn out to be a better writer because of it then, it will be worth the time and effort.

That's all for now, thankgoodness Mondays only come once a week. What is it with Mondays that make me drag around my body like an old wet sock?

begin a new
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UGH! Margaret needs to be more YA and the plot is not teen enough either. How did that happen? I don't see myself as an adult writer. My other novels are YA, so I have a choice finish what I started, 120 pages in, or start from the beginning and stay true to my career path, hmmm...

I'll start over thank you very much.

I'd rather fix one MS than change my whole outlook.

Ok, enough with the pity-party, back to work.

Changed the title too.

Hello Margaret, it fits with the new plot better.

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nicolecabrera
The heat here in West Palm is finally subsiding a bit and so that means *sighs with heavy regrett* I'll be getting back to the whole walking and exercise thing outside of the gym. I can't see spending the money and gas to go to the gym when walking is far better: for me, my bank account and the environment. Oh, well it was fun while it lasted. I know my son will be excited he loves when we go for walks. Yeah, I can see why. He gets to sit under the shade of his jogging stroller and eat cereal while mommy sweats her behind off.

I could use a little behind off at the moment so it will be worth the effort.

On the writing side of my life, I've done pretty well with the new novel. I'm at that terrible middle stage, where it seems to sag and drag. The other day I wanted to give up and toss the whole mess. This first draft is probably my worst ever, it is going to need a major overhaul when I'm done, I can just feel it. There are days when I want to quit with it and start something new but I know it will passI just need to stick with it. There are days where I can't seem to write more than a sentence or two.

This morning however I wrote another 1,700 words in less than two hours (minus the interruptions of from my three-year-old, juice boxes and a peanut butter sandwich)
But I was encouraged by te progress and hope it wasn't a fluke.

torn
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nicolecabrera
It's Saturday morning. The sun is high and blazing, the kids are happy and fed and all I can think of is writing...but the pool looks so inviting too. Of course, the kidos would vote for the pool. With August coming to a close I feel the heat of my personal deadline on my back. I've never been successful with one of my deadlines in the past, but this time I really want to say I did it. I feel like it's practice for when I have a more serious, pending and demanding dealines. I feel torn, pool-work, what to do?

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