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Check In 4-27-11

I’m over 1600 words ahead! That means that I’m more than three days ahead of my cumulative goal right now. I keep being afraid I’m going to suddenly get stalled. There’s going to have to be a lot of detail in parts of this story and I just hope I’m up to the challenge. I’ve got to figure some stuff out, so even though I’m a pantser, I may have to plot just a tad on this one.

How is everyone else doing?

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I’m just sitting here on a Sunday morning before church, drinking a cup of coffee, and reflecting on yesterday. I got so much accomplished…house cleaning, laundry, using my new steamer on the floor…and writing. I’m now ahead of my goal by 640 words. I like being ahead so that when something happens that I don’t get to write one day, I don’t get behind. Being ahead is a great feeling. And I’m really getting into the story. Sometimes that takes awhile, and I think it has to do with getting to know my characters.

How is everyone else doing?

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Pet Peeve

I’ve said this before…one of my big pet peeves is people having blogs that are hard to comment on. I tried to post a comment to a blog today (it was one of the ones I was supposed to post to as a sponsor) and they had the open id option disabled. So if you didn’t use FB, Twitter, LJ, or some others I never heard of, you couldn’t post. I couldn’t post from my WordPress ID. I have a LJ account, but I never use it anymore. I wondered why no one else had commented on the post, and that’s apparently why.

Yesterday, I wanted to comment on a blog where I would have received a free ebook (it was that IBC indie author cage match). The author’s site thought I was spam. I answered the question that proved I wasn’t (math problem, 13+2), but when I submitted the comment I got this message “Sorry, but your comment appears to be spam.” What? Really? I tried several times because I REALLY wanted the book, and I wanted to comment on this blog (it’s a contest for the most comments). My friend didn’t have any problems commenting. Why didn’t it like me??? I promise, I answered that 13+2 was 15. 😦 I wouldn’t mind just buying the book, but I’m aggravated enough that I just won’t.

I’ve tried to make my site easy to comment on. The first time you comment, it has to be approved (to weed out the spammers), but after that, you should have no problems. But if anybody EVER has problems posting to my blog, PLEASE email me at lauralynnelliott@yahoo.com! I never want to make it hard for people to talk to me.

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Okay, so I’m doing two posts today. I never do that, but I HAD to show everyone my awesome new shoes. They might be a little over the top for some people but…. Anyway, check out my previous post if you want to see a picture.

Now, back to ROW80. I’m a little bit behind again (not too bad), but my friend wanted me to go shopping with her last night. Shopping? When was the last time I really did that? So I thought about how I had worked so hard on my books and how I deserved to use a little of that money on JUST ME. So I did. :0) Anyway, I’m moving along pretty well on the novella. Part of the beauty of being a pantser (shut up Kait and Susan, LOL) is that I was going along writing what came to me, and I suddenly thought of a perfect reason WHY what was happening was happening. I had no idea when I started writing. So sometimes I’m as surprised as the reader would be. And that’s really fun. :0)

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Shoes

My new shoes. That’s all.

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I don’t have a lot to tell. I’m a little bit behind on word count due to getting in so late last night, but I’m not going to tell friends no when they want to go out to eat. I have a life. But I’ve got a scene in mind that’s good for at least 1,000 words, so that will catch me up, I think. Some days I get on a roll and write more than my goal of 500, so I don’t worry about getting behind a day or two from time to time. I always catch up and go over my goal. Until, of course, something really drastic happens. And I don’t want anymore “drastic” this year!

Happy writing, everyone!

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Squee!

The other night I DVR’d the last 15 minutes of Castle (a show I’ve never watched but wish I had) just so I could see one of my favorite authors. Michael Connelly had a guest appearance as himself. That was just so awesome!

Also, I’m going to NYC in June! I’ve never been there. I was supposed to go there on a New England bus tour back in 2001, but 9-11 happened a month before my trip and they, of course, wouldn’t let us go. The good thing is that this is a business trip, so it’s not costing me anything. :0)

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