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  1. Sibermom65

    Nanowrimo 2018 - Who's On Board?

    Thank you for your kind words. It is true I can't just write - I go slow because I cannot help but think it through. Nano is helping me to get words on paper and save the editing, but I still don't just put down words. You have encouraged me not to give up on myself. Thanks again!
  2. Sibermom65

    Nanowrimo 2018 - Who's On Board?

    I thought I was doing great , even if it is well below the recommended levels. But when I hear about you folks averaging over 2000 words a day, it makes my 400 words a day seem sickly. Now I'm feeling really discouraged instead of inspired.
  3. Sibermom65

    Nanowrimo 2018 - Who's On Board?

    Way behind - first three days I did great, but I haven't had a chance to do anything since. On the plus side, We picked up the last of our new kitchen cabinets this afternoon and should finish getting them installed this coming week. then I'll be able to start shuttling things back into the house and preparing my new writing studio for it's finishing job so I'll have a decent place to write by next summer.
  4. Sibermom65

    Nanowrimo 2018 - Who's On Board?

    A writing buddy is much of what you choose it to be. It can be no more than someone who follows your progress, or it can be someone who you can chat with, exchange ideas, or read and critique (not criticize) what the other offers for comments. I would be happy to be a writing buddy for you, whether you do Nano or not. If you do sign up, my "handle" is Sibermom. Short of time? How well I understand that! When my oldest was that age, I wondered how my neighbor found the time to do all the things she did, and was even "bored" enough to enroll in a college class. Then one afternoon I solved the mystery - her 2 yr. old was still taking long naps twice a day. Mine had given up naps by that age. Have you considered trying Dragon or one of the other programs where you only have to speak into the mic? You could be rocking a child, folding laundry, or washing dishes while you "write". Of course, it would take a little extra editing later to remove things like ""Answer the phone" or "No, no! Don't touch!"
  5. Sibermom65

    Nanowrimo 2018 - Who's On Board?

    Don't be intimidated! You may be a Nano Rebel. Determine what works for you - maybe a goal like 1/2 hour every day working on the story you have. Then go for it. you still have the support and encouragement of the group. I know from experience that goes a long way. What's your story about? Do you want a writing buddy?
  6. Sibermom65

    Nanowrimo 2018 - Who's On Board?

    MG = Middle Grade., targeting readers 8 to 12 years of age. (Most of us have been blonde at one time or another.)
  7. Sibermom65

    Nanowrimo 2018 - Who's On Board?

    I'll be participating, but I guess I'm one of the rebels. I won't be trying for 50,000 words. That's a little too lengthy for my MG story.
  8. Sibermom65

    Self-published Vs Vanity

    Steve, it must be terribly frustrating to spend so much time traveling and trying to impart your wisdom to others, only to have them tune you out and not follow your well meant advice. I will pray for you that you will be able to take a much deserved rest. Burn-out is a real problem with teachers in all fields, especially when you don't feel you are making a difference. I hope it isn't too irritating for you if the rest of us continue to debate the characteristics of vanity presses as opposed to appropriate self publishing.
  9. Sibermom65

    Self-published Vs Vanity

    My premise being...? That there is a difference between going to a vanity press and using a reputable printer? Or do you believe there is no such thing as a reputable printer? That intelligent people only use traditional publishers?
  10. Sibermom65

    Self-published Vs Vanity

    I'm not sure why you are suggesting I was less than smart or was dissatisfied with the route I chose. I chose to go with self-publishing because of the narrow niche I was targeting and because I needed a maximum return for books sold, as it is distributed as a fundraiser for church groups. I saw Ingram Spark as a printer, rather than a publisher, and I was please with their work. My question revolves around helping other wannabees steer clear of Vanity presses if they decide to go the self-publishing route themselves.
  11. Sibermom65

    Hi Everybody!

    Welcome from one WriMo to another! Where are you stationed? What branch of service?
  12. Sibermom65

    Self-published Vs Vanity

    I'm part of a presentation coming up at our library next week. During the Q and A, I'm rather expecting people to ask about publishing their books. I want to be able to discuss the different types of publishing to include "traditional" and self publishing. But what might distinguishing features be between self publishing and vanity presses? When I used Ingram Spark, I was responsible for the editing formatting, and cover design. I paid up front for the printing and must do the marketing myself. They do not select which books will be printed based on quality or marketability. How is that different from Vanity presses?
  13. Sibermom65

    Let's Practice Writing Your Bio

    Nicola, your rewrite of my bio is interesting. I'll have to do some rethinking about what I have written. The idea of us all trying some rewrites of bios is interesting. I'll have to look up yours though in order to take a stab at a rewrite.
  14. We all know the antagonist should be a rounded, not flat, character. They should demonstrate likeable traits as well as bad ones, and should have a back story and motive behind their actions. My problem is that in my story, the MC is battling a Satanic figure. ("You call him Tsernobog, some say he's Loki, my grandfather would have said he's Lucifer.") How can I make him into the fleshed out character a good antagonist is supposed to be?
  15. Sibermom65

    Printable List Of Crutch Words.

    I use really frequently, but mostly because my MC uses it (speaking and thinking - a 1st person POV). Does this mean I should avoid using it?

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