May. 20th, 2004 08:45 pm
Still working on my outline. It's going pretty well I think.
I just finished Amber's complete storyline.

As for Sacrifice, I was going to work on more scene logging but I'm running out of time. Hopefully tomorrow I can do something. I have been itching to *write* something besides my outline. I also have a few ideas for short stories floating around in my brain. I've only done a few in my life, b/c I tend to be longwinded, but I think it's time to branch out more.

ranting and raving. Enter at your own risk )

I'm thinking of adding in the Blood Bond thing to my story. For those who don't know (and I'm not an expert-yet) it's a bond that is made by drinking a vampire's blood three times. Apparently in the human world it is done also. And I guess its osrt of like a marriage, but deeper and much, much more intense.

So. The two main vamps are Wynd and Aden, who were separated due to a difference of opinion. They have been searching the world for each other since. In the original, there's no Blood Bond but a Joining, which is a vampire marriage ritual in my world. I like the intensity of the blood bond and it will provide alot of tension and conflict. My thoughts are thus:

1) Depending on the number of drinks, the Bond (herein referred to as BB) can be weak or really strong. I'm thinking of having Wynd be fully Bonded with Aden but Ashe (the alter-the protag) be only somewhat Bonded with Aden. There's a scene where he mesmerizes her and tricks her into having a Joining. Wynd is suppressed at this point (Wynd is battling with Ashe's twin sister Fallon for control of her mind). Confused yet? Anyhow, I think this BB thing could raise the stakes up a notch.

2) The BB also is considered the vampiric "true love." And it is hard to break. I think this could make things much more difficult for Fallon. In the original, Fallon is actually an angelic creature and Aden cuts off her wings. In this version, I'm going to have Wynd take away her psi abilities, leaving her defenseless. The BB will become that much more to the surface when her shields are down. She will resist, but with great difficulty.

So those are just my ramblings on it. I have a slew of other changes I'm making. At first I was just going to add in a new story arc for Fallon, and tell two intertwined stories-but now I'm thinking of bringing in the history between Aden and Wynd.

And, I already have ideas for both a sequel and a prequel. ;)

I've been so stressed out lately, with teaching, and work problems. I cannot stand that place or the people or the customers. Before I just grinned and beared it, but now, I find myself so angry-agree at everyone, including myself, b/c of these circumstances. If the job market was better, I'd be out job hunting, but I need the steady paycheck-so I stay. I just realized that apart from my high school fast food job, which I worked for 10 years, this is the longest I've been at any job. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or bad thing.

Then, there's the novel. I feel so overwelmed by it all. I'm geeked to finish the rewrites, but i just haven't had the mental energy to devote to it. I need to get back into the swing of daily writing. Back when I was doing that, I never had any trouble writing-it's as if my brain was programmed to write, and all I did was interpet everything. Really. And the marathons at Forward Motion were (and still are) a great help.

I just feel like I'm not getting anywhere. It could be the depression talking, b/c I've been depressed for quite awhile. Part of it is the frustration that lately all I've been doing is eating, sleeping and working. :( Nothing else. Even my lunch hour is nuts, b/c we have all these visitors, who need to be entertained, so there's no peace. I love (and need) that quiet time. I asked my hubby to shop himself today-usually we go together-b/c I'm wiped out. And i have a project I'm doing for a student that was pretty involved, and I *just* finished it. So true to form, I gotta hit the shower and get to bed.

I really cant wait for vacation time-I haven't taken any yet and hubby wanted to go somewhere-but even a few mental health days would be great.

Tell me it's gonna be ok.
Tell me I'll feel better.
Cuz it feels like Hell to me. :(



Apr. 28th, 2004 09:05 pm
12,508 / 10,000

I'm so geeked. I wrote about 1200 words in poetry today alone. I'm gonna be sad when April Fools is over. It is so much fun! I'm really glad I joined.

For those of you who don't know, my 2-Year Novel project at FM is about a girl who has dissociative identity disorder, aka multiple personalities. In the book, she creates an alternate personality after a car accident that kills her twin sister.

I was doing some research this morning and realized how intense this subject really is. I can't imagine going through my life switching from one personality to another, and not remembering anything I did. Supposedly, severe trauma is what causes it, usually in childhood. It just seems horrifying to me.

I've been grappling with how to present the story. I've started on some scenes (pre-writing) and have been working on the details. And I've decided to tell it in a few different POV's:

Amber, the surviving twin - first person
Amber as Laura (alternate) - third person
Rick (Laura's husband) - third person

I think this will be the best way to get inside her head, and to show the switches, but not in your face. I want some mystery as to what is happening. And some tension...so the reader will constantly be wondering what is happening to her.

It's going to be an interesting book to write, that's for sure. And I've never read anything about someone with DID, so I'd like to do that sometime, just to see how it's been handled.

So those are my thoughts. I'm pretty geeked about this project. I love disturbing psychological stuff, so this is right up my alley. :)



Apr. 24th, 2004 12:10 am
10,308 / 10,000

I made my goal!!!!!!!!!!!!

And, as a bonus, solved a major problem with Survivor, my 2-year Novel.

*CA does the happy dance*

8,143 / 10,000
4,667 / 10,000

Almost halfway done!

Hand is not doing well at all, I think I may need a shot. :(

De Quervain’s Disease
De Quervain’s Disease is a painful inflammation of specific tendons to the thumb. The swollen tendons and their coverings cause friction within the narrow tunnel or sheath through which they pass. The result is pain at the thumb base. De Quervain’s, which is named after the Swiss surgeon who first described the condition in 1895, is one of the most common types of tendon lining inflammation (also called tenosynovitis).

What are the symptoms of the disease?
Pain along the back of the thumb, directly over the two thumb tendons – the extensor pollicis brevis and the abductor pollicis longus – is typical of de Quervain’s. The condition can occur gradually or suddenly. In either case, the pain may travel into the thumb or up the forearm. Thumb motion may be difficult and painful, particularly when pinching or grasping objects. Some people also experience swelling and pain on the side of the wrist at the base of the thumb. The pain may increase with thumb and wrist motion. Some people also feel pain if direct pressure is applied to the area.

What causes De Quervain’s Disease?
Overuse, a direct blow to the thumb, repetitive grasping and certain inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can all trigger the disease. Gardening, racquet sports, and various workplace tasks are some activities that can aggravate the condition. Often, its cause is unknown. De Quervain’s affects women eight to 10 times more often than men.

How is it diagnosed?
The test most frequently used to diagnose de Quervain’s disease is the Finkelstein test. Your doctor will ask you to make a fist with your thumb placed in your palm. When the wrist is suddenly bent to the little finger side, the swollen tendons are pulled through the tight space. If this maneuver is very painful, it is likely that you have de Quervain’s Disease.

How is the disease treated?
Treatment usually involves wearing a splint 24 hours a day for four to six weeks to immobilize the affected area and refraining from any activities that may aggravate the condition. Ice may also be applied to reduce inflammation. If symptoms continue, your doctor may give you anti-inflammatory medication – which may be taken orally or injected – to reduce swelling. If de Quervain’s disease does not respond to conservative medical treatment, surgery may be recommended.

Surgery for de Quervain’s is an outpatient procedure. It is usually done under local anesthesia. Surgical release of the tight sheath eliminates the friction that worsens the inflammation, thus restoring the tendons’ smooth gliding capability. After surgery and splinting, your doctor will recommend an exercise program for your thumb and wrist. Recovery times vary, depending on your age, general health, and how long the symptoms have been present. In cases that have developed gradually, the disease is usually more resistant to management and improvement in function; and it may take longer to achieve symptom relief.


Apr. 12th, 2004 06:02 pm
I finally got a diagnosis. I have de Quervain's Tenosynovitis.

We think when I lifted something at work, that triggered it, and not knowing I had it, it kept flaring up. I've been told to ice it 3 times a day, for an hour, 20 mins on, 20 mins off, take motrin, and avoid movements that aggravate it.
I also need to get an xray, to make sure nothing is wrong there, and also, I may need steroid injections if things don't improve. I'm hoping that I can get it feeling better and not need them.

I hope everyone had a nice Easter!


note: cross-posted on evelyn_k
I haven't disappeared....just been having alot of health issues. Yikers. The fibromyalgia really flared up badly and I'm back on the right meds, and I've started allergy shots.

Hurt my hand, but it's healing.

Writing ALOT. I have the Sacrifice rewrites almost done. I've pushed my personal deadline back to September. I'm also going back to school to finish my Art degree. Been teaching alot, too.

Once the rewrites are done, I'll post the 2nd draft.

I'll try not to be gone so long.

50,136 words tonight!! I am so happy!

Since I dont think many people are reading this, and my time is severely limited, I will be doing occasional update son my progress.

Today I'm at 22,107 words!!!!!!! My goal is to reach 25k on or before the 15th. Halfway. ;)

I've also posted a complete (so far) version of my novel on my other LJ journal, username evelyn_k. Anyone who's interested in reading and/or giving me feedback, please post here or there, and I'll give you access.

Also I am willing to trade crits.


Very very good day today. I was at just under 5800 words last night and it was not going well. Today at work I managed to finish a whole 2434 words ! YAY ME!

So now I'm at 8189 words! I wanna hit 10k tomorrow!!!!

The plot was starting to seriously unravel, but luckily I was able to give it a push. Now i can't wait to write more!

Already have 1284 words written on The Sacrifice. It's coming along beautifully.

Last night it felt like New Year's Eve as we at Forward Motion NaNo Chat counted down to midnight. I wasn't gonna start last night but gave into my muse and wrote 292 words. A very nice beginning.

An old friend's birthday is today, and last night just after midnight I toasted him ...

it became the first scene of my novel. So old friend thank you, wherever you are.

It's not the destination but the journey that makes the difference.

Off to write some more...will post snippets soon.

Yeppers, it's that time. I'm resurrecting this baby to talk about and possibly share my work in progress that I will begin in November for NaNoWriMo. This will be WIP #4 for me. *shivers*

Since January, I've began the following works:

~Life as a Moving Target-poetry chapbook
~Transparent Eyes-main WIP, approx 35k words so far, paranormal/psychological romance. Very dark.
~After December-approx 3800 words so far, paranormal/alternate reality romance
~The Lost Vampire/Brennia -Labor of Love project, approx 15k words so far, love triangle with a gothic twist.

Stay tuned for further updates.

ever feel lonely in a room full of people?
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