Saturday, December 1, 2012

NaNoWriMo Isn't Over Yet

I've been putting off this post for hours, but I have to tell you. Sadly, I didn't reach 50,000 words for National Novel Writing Month(NaNoWriMo). Just because the official NaNoWriMo is over, however, doesn't mean Smashwords's NaNoWriMo program is. I've written almost 30,000 words, and I'll keep updating my book on Smashwords until it's finished.

Believe it or not, this was my best NaNoWriMo yet. I started in 2010 and made it to 16,000 words. 2011 was worse. I only made it to about 5,000 words. So even if I didn't win the contest and finish my book, I feel good about what I've done this year.

I may not update my book nearly as frequently as before, but please, feel free to check Smashwords every now and then. The Siren's Apprentice is definitely on its way to completion and I think towards being a great story.

Here's the link to the Smashword's book - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/251397

Thursday, November 22, 2012

My NaNoWriMo Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!(if you're in the states at least). The queen of overdue blogging has returned.

So, I'm sure all of you are looking forward to a nice turkey dinner with your families. I am too, but I'm also burdened with an extra agenda.

Aside from helping my mom cook another excellent Thanksgiving dinner, lavish with cranberry chutney, dripping with mesmerizing gravy, and with pumpkin pie and sweet potatoes, I have to write a ton of words today.

During NaNoWriMo, you don't even get the holidays off, and I'm precariously behind. I have nine days left to finish my book, The Siren's Apprentice. I have nine short little days to write 30,000 words!

My incredible master plan has proved very ineffective, or maybe I'm just being ineffective. Either way, that doesn't matter. I have to push myself to the limits in order to get this book done. Since this week is a vacation week for me, I need to get most of the work done in the next four days. After that, the new term starts, which might be a bit stressful. My goal is to write 26000 words by the end of Sunday, and to write what's left during the school week. School wears me out a lot, so the tedious stuff needs to be done first.

Do I sound insane yet? Good. That means I just might get this all done in time. If not, please forgive me for not being a master at meeting deadlines. I'm still a teen, and this is only my second book. I want to get it done in time, and I'll be embarrassed if I don't, so I'm just going to try and get some words in while I have time. The sweet potato casserole has a deadline too, so I'd better say goodbye for now and pound out what I can.

Later folks! Don't think you've seen the last of me, even if I am the queen of overdue blogging. ;)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Nine Days into NaNoWriMo

And so the queen of overdue blogging returns!

It's nine days into NaNoWriMo. The words are coming, the creative energy is flowing--and I'm 4000 words short.
OMG!
Don't panic. I just need to write about 40000 more words in 21 days. AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

 My solution to this is simple. Caffeine and late weekend nights in my Fortress of Solitude.
--Fortress of Solitude definition: a more impressive name for my room...which needs to be cleaned again

My masterful plan in depth is:
1. Write whether I want to or not. Procrastination is a sin.
2. No excuses like: But I'm too tired!(This is what caffeine is for. Any halfway intelligent person knows this.)
3. When I actually have free time, don't make a web based choose your own adventure game, WRITE!
4. No excuses like: But my sister's blasting music!(There are other places to write aside from the fortress.)
5. When I crave coffee, drink it. The masters have been doing it for years. Maybe it's time I started.
6. No excuses like: But the internet isn't working!(Google Docs isn't the only way to write! Even if the power died for a week, there are still candles, pen and paper.)
7. Don't give up on Pepsi because of my new love for coffee. Soda is one of the five basic food groups. Drink it or else!
8. No excuses like: But I have no inspiration!(What? Did Thomas Edison give up on inventing the light bulb because of inspiration issues? No! Did Albert Einstein give up on figuring out the theory of relativity because of inspiration issues? Hell no! This is neither the invention of the light bulb or the discovery of the fabric of space time. This is the writing of a novel. It doesn't take a genius or their inspiration to do it.)
9. Take advantage of the weekends. Write like the wind! Write like there isn't a month left...because there isn't. Do not waste those precious extra hours of free time staring at a computer screen. Heck! I shouldn't even be blogging while there's still time!(No offense to you guys. I just like being the queen of overdue blogging too much to give up my title.)
10. Well... I just wanted there to be ten things on this list, so here's number ten!

Pretty awesome right? The effectiveness of this plan is so good, it will probably only last me five minutes. I will then go back to my old procrastinating ways.

Well, despite that, I will finish The Siren's Apprentice, whether it takes me to the ends of the earth or it just stays in my fortress of solitude. Keep checking for updates on Smashwords.com. There might be a new chapter when you least expect it. ;)

Here's the link to the Smashword's book - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/251397

Check out my website to get the Ocean's Call for $0.99 - http://www.elisabethniederhut.com/

Saturday, November 3, 2012

NaNoWriMo is Here!

I am a truly bad blogger. This post is two days overdue! Well, better late than never. =)

So, the exciting month of noveling has finally arrived. The Siren's Apprentice is on a roll. The Ocean's Call is $0.99. Chapter one is on Smashwords, and it's 100% free!

I went to a write in at Stella's Coffee Hause this morning. Typically, I added too much sugar and honey to my coffee. It was a nice place to work. I met a really nice woman who I sadly can't remember the name of. Remembering names is not one of my many talents, so sorry to everyone I've ever done that to.

I talked and procrastinated most of the time, but I did finish chapter one. It took me two days  longer than I would have liked, but it's done and ready to read.

It took me awhile to write this opening chapter because I wanted to get it just right. I edited way too much by NaNoWriMo standards. The whole point is to just pound out your rough draft. Hopefully I can say goodbye to my inner editor this month, but that's pretty unlikely. Oh well. :)

So, if you're interested, you can download and read chapter one on Smashwords. Keep in mind that it is not officially published. It is just the rough draft and part of Smashwords's NaNoWriMo program. It will only be available during this month, and it will only be free during this month. Don't think that means it isn't copyrighted, though. ;)

Here's the link to the Smashword's book - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/251397

Check out my website to get the Ocean's Call for $0.99 - http://www.elisabethniederhut.com/

Saturday, October 27, 2012

4 Days Until NaNoWriMo!

OMG! I can't believe there are only four days left before November! I'm practically jumping out of my skin with excitement and anxiety!

My dilemma(yes there is a dilemma) is that I have to outline 19 more chapters.
OMG!!!
Outlining is absolutely essential for me. I can't write a book without one. I've already thought up so many new ideas that my original vision of a 230 page book is at the bottom of Grasmere Lake(I live near a park). My story has gone from simple and a little boring to having two extra plot lines. This all started with the crazy little idea that my book would have more depth and detail if I switched between character perspectives. Two characters became four. This means only one thing.

I need more Pepsi!

Finishing this outline is my #1 priority.(Aside from school. Of course. Heh. ^__^)

So, goodbye for now. I really have procrastinated long enough already. I need to get as much done as I can before I go comatose.(Which will probably be in about two hours. :P)

Monday, October 22, 2012

NaNoWriMo and The Siren's Apprentice

I have been a seriously bad blogger. Has it really been over two months? YIKES!

To make up for this unforgivable act, I've decided to set aside some time for the month of November. You may or may not know it, but every November, millions of writers around the world sit down and write a 50,000 word novel. Without exception, they must write it within those thirty days in order to win a contest called NaNoWriMo(National Novel Writing Month).
 

I’ve decided to make NaNoWriMo the month I write my second book. The excuses have gone on too long. The Siren’s Apprentice must become a reality.

So to make this even more fun, for me and for all of you, I’m going to enter Smashword.com’s NaNoWriMo program. This will allow you to track my progress and read each stage of the rough draft for free.
 

Because this is the sequel to my previously published book, for the month of November, the price of my first novel, The Ocean’s Call will be reduced from $2.99 to $0.99. Also, on Smashwords you will be able to preview 75% of it for free.
 

Thank you for putting up with my infamous lack of blogging, and I hope you’ll join me next month on my journey to continue Cassie’s story.
 

In the meantime, here are the trailers for The Ocean’s Call and The Siren‘s Apprentice.
 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

It's been awhile so...

I want to apologize for not posting in awhile, so here are a couple updates.

The first update is that I'm going back to school. I'm still working on graduating highschool, and I'll be graduating late.

This Thursday is orientation and registration day, then I should be starting my classes on the 27th. Mostly I just need to finish up my math and science classes. I like school and I'm looking forward to seeing old acquaintances.

The second update isn't such a good one. Recording the podiobook has proven to be much more difficult than I expected. The recording quality is not what I first thought either.

The result is this:
1. I don't think I can give you a decent quality podiobook.
2. The concept of creating not just this podiobook but one for each of my future books is just too much of a task to do on my own.
3. I feel like I need to focus more on writing book 2. After all, my free time is going to be much more limited now that school is starting.

So I'm very sorry if I've disappointed anyone. I'm just trying to be practical. I'm a one girl army with a lot on my plate right now.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Author interview with J. Naomi Ay

A few days ago, J. Naomi Ay, who is the author of several science fiction novels, interviewed me.

You can find the interview here on her blog.

Even though I haven't read any of her books, they look very good. Although maybe different in her books, the writing style of her blog is entertaining, thoughtful and witty. It is well worth checking out.

If you're an epic space saga fan, you should also check out her The Two Moons of Rehnor Series and The Journey to Rehnor Series on her website.

Friday, July 20, 2012

My recording studio went kaput

Today my dad helped me set up my mini recording studio. The entire thing was only a high quality mic and my laptop. It seemed great at first, but I kept hearing this annoying humming sound. It just so happened to be my dinosaur of a computer(the Windows 2000 ME). So I settled down in a comfy chair. All seemed well, then I heard nasty crackling sounds.

What happened? Well, the mic adapter was so large that it reached the chair arm. So with one end of the adapter leaning hard against the chair arm and the other end in my laptop... it destroyed my microphone input.

My laptop only has a built in, cordless recording system left. I was dismayed to the point of wanting to cry, but I reminded myself that there were people all over the word going though a lot worse things. It seemed incredibly petty considering what the shooting victims and their loved ones were going through.

I took a break, then I decided to try out the microphone on my dinosaur(the WinMEsaurus). After restarting it, I was delighted to find that the mic wasn't broken. This delightful feeling lasted about five minutes. The computer's recording quality was terrible. The sound recorder had an exceptionally low bit rate per second.(non techy translation: a really small, really bad file)

It became apparent that I could not use my dad's fancy microphone, so I made a decision. I will just use my laptop's built in recording system. It's a Windows 7 Studio laptop with a great sound card. I listened through some of my recordings, and even though it's not 100% studio perfect, it's super close.

So what if my depressingly small recording studio went kaput. This podiobook is going to make it!

A word of acknowledgement about the Colorado shooting

I would like to address something important that happened late last night. In my home state of Colorado, 12 people were killed and 38 others were wounded. This took place in a movie theater of all places. It was showing the new Batman film when a 24 year old man named James Holmes came in dressed up like the Joker and shot 50 innocent victims.

Most of you probably already know this story as it has gone international, but I wanted to take some time to talk about it. I also want to let the victims, as well as their friends and families, know how sorry I am. I wish the dead peace and the wounded a quick recovery. Good luck everyone. Just hang in there. Know that there are people who care and want to help.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

My room is scary now

Over the past few days I've been cleaning up my room so I can set up my mini recording studio. The result is that three quarters of my stuff are now gone. I must have thrown out a couple hundred pounds of things, including my Barbies(yes I used to play Barbies). A few other things from this horrifying list of keepsakes also included my old claymation stuff, a fake disembodied arm(I used to have a passion for making horror movies. They sucked.), and most gruesome of all, hundreds and hundreds of moth eggs... DUN DUN DUN! Lesson learned. Don't leave wool yarn out.(What, I can't know how to knit?)

Anyways, my room is now so empty that it's scary. Yes my room is scary when it's empty. My cat misses what used to be her jungle gym. Now it's all nice smooth wooden surfaces. All my books now fit on one shelf of my book case(I read mostly ebooks now), so I have dedicated an entire shelf to my very own self published novel, The Ocean's Call. It is on fabulous display(thank you person who invented book ends).

So aside from that scariness, one piece of the jungle gym still remains. My old Windows 2000 ME. It is currently in the process of wiping itself clean for donation. It should finish in about a week.(lol! Maybe just the weekend.)

So my podiobook production is going to be delayed for just a bit. In the mean time, feel free to check out some of my ancient horrors.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hello World!

I want to explain a few things and hopefully get rid of any confusion.

I've started a blog a little late in the game. What is my game? Well, currently, it's that I've self published a book. So whether you want to call me an author or not, that's how I think of myself.

Many authors have blogs before their books are published. So what is my excuse? Sadly, it's that I was reluctant to take the huge step of putting myself out there. Once out on the world wide web, not just as a faceless name on a book cover, but as a person, life might never be the same.

Even though I'm a little late, at least I've finally taken that big step. So, hello world. Hello to everyone who wants to hear what I have to say, everyone who wants to know a little bit about me and my opinions.

The Ocean's Call as a Podiobook?! What's a Podiobook?

While checking out my new friend, Smashwords.com, I found out about a cool website called Podiobooks.com. This begs the question, What on earth is a podiobook?
A podiobook is an audiobook that is presented like a podcast. This site hosts free podiobooks from indie authors and publishers.
I personally love audiobooks. I like listening to them and making them. So, since I'm an indie author with a passion for this kind of thing, I've decided to give Podiobooks.com a try.
It will take me awhile to record The Ocean's Call. I still have to set up my mini(make that VERY mini) recording studio. Fortunately, my dad is a musician, and he's letting me borrow his high tech microphone.
It will be a lot of work to make a podiobook, but it sounds like fun. The first episodes should start showing up in March 2013 with weekly updates. Around the time all the episodes are online, book two should be available in print and as an ebook. =)