|26 Oct 2011|| Allison L. Miller|
Hey Glo! hope everything is going good in Chile and can’t to hear about your adventures when you get back! Glo 'the Bug' Bowden
replies: "Hi there, Allison! Thanks so much. I am finally home!! I got your comment in my inbox and decided it was high time I get to responding to all you wonderful peeps. "
|30 Oct 2011|| Lindsay Verde|
I’m doing great - new job keeping me busy, my little brother got married (wedding was beautiful). What about you? I’m excited to hear about your adventures in Chile!!! Are you managing to settle back in to home life? Glo 'the Bug' Bowden
replies: "Ha ha! Apparently I’m not juggling everything quite as well as I thought I was. I totally missed replying tothis comment. Sorry, Lindsay! Gracious, things have been a bit all over the place since I got home. i’ve had to sort out school and the like, not to mention I made the crazy decision to do NaNoWriMo this year. I finished, by the way. Woo! - I did Trench Coats and Love Notes the Prequel. Must post one of these days. "
|24 Dec 2011|| Lindsay Verde|
Merry Christmas Gloria! Glo 'the Bug' Bowden
replies: "and a wonderfully merry Christmas to you too, Lindsay! Gracious, I have been neglecting elfwood most horrendously. How have you been in these two month since I last heard?"
|26 Dec 2011|| Anna Michelle Flickinger|
Merry Christmas! You were online so I decided to say that. Hope it has been amazing so far. Glo 'the Bug' Bowden
replies: "well thank you very much! A Merry Christmas to you too!"
|26 Dec 2011|| Lindsay Verde|
I have been sorely neglecting elfwood as well - must get my rear in gear! I can imagine things must be so different being back home after a year! I went to Hawaii for 5 days and it felt disorienting being back after even that short bit of time. So I can try and imagine just how much more so it is for you!
CONGRATULATIONS on Nano! I’m SO proud for you! I didn’t end up finishing this year - I picked the first novel in a series I’ve been developing for years that is my favorite to date and is so much my baby .... and learned that forcing myself to write fast and sacrificing quality meant my muse just could not get the words out on paper. But I did achieve the end result I was looking for, and that was to get rid of my writer’s block. Next time I attempt Nano it will be with a story and characters that aren’t quite so dear to my heart. It just felt like I was being careless with them. *** p.s. I can’t wait to read it! Yay for 50, 000 words of new Trench Coats good-ness!***
My latest news is that I’m getting a puppy! My boss breeds flat-coated retrievers and she wanted to keep a female puppy from this litter but already has four dogs, so she offered me the pick of the litter. I get her in January on the weekend of the 20th.... SO excited! I went to see them this week and they are adorable little black butter balls of fluff. I can’t wait to see how Reese reacts to having a puppy chasing him around all the time. Probably going to get some really hilarious pictures. Glo 'the Bug' Bowden
replies: "Ha ha! That is so awesome! I’ll tell you a secret. I used to be mortally afraid of dogs. It didn’t matter the size. - I remember one time when I was like 10 and this tiny malti started running at me. I ran away crying. - Then I went to Chile, where dogs roam the streets EVERYWHERE. I got over my fear really quickly. - it helped that my stepmom had a springer spaniel, whom I actually got used to and liked before I left. Otherwise my mission would have been a nightmare.
I don’t know if I will ever do Nano again. I am not exactly pleased with the quality of my work. But I suppose it got me writing again, so that is a plus. The prequel doesn’t have quite the same tension as the main story. But then, there is no Rook in the prequel. It’s basically about how they all get their codenames and arch nemesiseseseses. It needs so much editing I don’t know where to begin, but I didn’t actually get to the end of the story when I hit 50,000, so I’ve still got more to write before I think of editing.
|26 Dec 2011|| Lindsay Verde|
You’ve hit the Nano problem on the head - it forces you to write so fast that you sacrifice quality for quantity ... something I’ve never been happy with doing. My characters were coming out so wrong in my nano project - the things they said and did just didn’t reflect who they were and I didn’t feel connected to them like I like to while I’m writing. But it’s a great way to get a first draft down on paper (or computer) so that you have a bare set of bones with which to begin re-arranging and structuring your real draft. I found it a great way to help me discover where the flaws are in my timeline, etc, and where I have big gaps that have nothing happening in them that I need to fill.
Yay for overcoming a fear! I was testing my fear of large bodies of water in Hawaii ... it helped that the water was crystal clear and there wasn’t any weeds/squishy stuff to walk on, just nice white sand. But I know I’m still afraid of dark water, lol. The ironic thing is that I’m not afraid of drowning or being attacked or such, I’ve swam since I was an infant. It was that my mom told me about her fear of dark water when I was a little kid and how she almost drowned and I somehow took her fear as my own - silly, really, when you think about it. Glo 'the Bug' Bowden
replies: "I honestly don’t know where my fear of dogs stemmed from.
I don’t want to look at Trench Coats again for a really long time. There are so many more plotholes in the prequel because of the speed write that I don’t think I can continue it. I should probably fix it before I put it up here. "
|18 Apr 2012|| Allison L. Miller|
Hey Glo! First of all, its great to have you back on elfwood
We all really missed you. I hope your trip to Chile went well! So, I’ve read on the above guest book chat with Lindsay that you have a prequel to TCLN coming out? AWESOME! Are you planning on posting on elfwood? Also, if I may ask, what is the whole Nano thing you and Lindsay were talking about? it sounds intriguing. Glo 'the Bug' Bowden
replies: "Oh my goodness! Of course you need to get in on the NaNoWriMo madness. NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. Basically all throughout the nation (and the world, actually) in the month of November, crazy people attempt to write a novel of 50,000 words or more. The idea is to get those ideas out on paper as quickly as possible. I used Trench Coats as a spring board, and was able to write 50,000 words of the prequel. It’s not very good, but mayhap I should put it up here for kicks.
You can go to nanowrimo.org to register for the novel writing month. Well...that’s still forever away, but you can see the website for rules. "
|20 Apr 2012|| Allison L. Miller|
Ok, so I am officially a member of nanowrimo, but I’m afraid I still don’t completely understand everything about it I can’t seem to find any information on the website as to rules, how to participate, etc. Any idea of where I can find all that stuff? By the way, it looks really cool! thanks for introducing me to it Glo 'the Bug' Bowden
replies: "Here’s the info you’re looking for, methinks : http://nanowrimo.org/en/about/whatisnano "
|29 Jun 2012|| Lindsay Verde|
Hi Glo! How’s your summer going so far? Been keeping busy? Glo 'the Bug' Bowden
replies: "Far too busy if you ask me! We just finished our annual Celtic Celebration, which required late nights of sewing, and extra practices at weird hours. But sooo worth it. - Aside from that, just work work work to save up for school. how about yourself?"
|2 Jul 2012|| Lindsay Verde|
I love watching Irish dance, it’s so beautiful. My co-worker’s daughter just went to the All Ireland’s. They published an article in the New York Times about the dancers but sadly it was all about how much make-up the girls wear for competitions, their wigs, the spray on tans, etc. There was nothing about their actual dancing and the HOURS of dedication it takes to get where they are. It’s sad how the media always tries to put a negative spin on everything. Wow, now that I’ve got that out my system, lol!
Seems like I’ve just been working a lot as well - trying to save up for a town house or house if I can - that and getting ready to show Kali. We only have 2.5 weeks to do so, eep! I went with a friend to a Zumba class that they held at a lounge last night - it was slightly awkward doing it in front of people who weren’t participating, though we managed to get a few of them up and dancing as well by the end! XD Glo 'the Bug' Bowden
replies: "You have uncovered why I never want to be a competition Irish dancer. They get kind of silly in competitions, and forget that it’s about the joy of the dance, not about how expensive and pretty you look. I’m part of a non-competing dance school. And while our technique is not as good, I’d vouchsafe that we have a heck of a lot more fun. Here’s our performance in five minutes. My contribution to the show this year was the ninja dance, which you will see in the upper left corner for a good while of the video. Glass Slipper, Rubix, and Callisto are all in it, and myself of course. (Cal’s got the short sleeves, Slip is the one fighting here. Me and Ru are two of the ninjas in the back)
See, I told you non-competition schools have more fun.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvJsGSJZ7mU&feature=youtu.be&h- - d=1
Ok....so maybe that was ungenerous of me to say. Competition dancing, and the real hardc
ore stuff, is super inspiring to me, and I aspire to dance as they do. In fact, I wish I had enough know-how to get certified.
Also - we do a themed show every year. This year was Around the World, hence you see Ninjas...and Flamenco, and African dancing, etc. "
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