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Mead, Writing, and Running

I made my first batch of mead a few days ago! I’m excited about it. It’ll be ready in 6 months (though I can wait longer than that, I’m too impatient to do so).

As far as NaNoWriMo goes, I’m at 32,000 words. I did have a nice lead with my word count in the first week, but the past few days my writing has come to a standstill, mostly out of laziness. But thinking about the fact that I only have 18,000 to go until I “win” is motivating for me. 18,000 is nothing! I’m already 64% of the way to 50k! So, today I’m going to hunker down and write, write, write.

I have an on again/off again relationship with running. I ran for the first time in a while on Sunday, so today I’m going to run again, and I’m actually looking forward to it! I’m just waiting for it to warm up first outside. I’m going to try to have a nice productive day and get my running done and my writing done.


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NaNo Update, Week 1

Tonight ends week one of NaNoWriMo, and I must say it has gone quite swimmingly. In other words, I have been kicking ass and taking names! My word count as of right now stands at 19,565 words, and I plan to top 20,000 before I go to bed later. The bare minimum I should have had by today, if I were doing the minimum of 1,667 words per day, is 11,666. So I’ve got a nice little 7,899 word lead over the minimum count. It’s nice to have a buffer there just in case I can’t write a couple of days this month, for whatever reason.

And I even developed a cold a few days ago. Totally stuffed up, but it hasn’t slowed me down.

In my last post, I said I was going to take this lightly and have fun with it, but I decided¬†not to do that, after all. I’m writing sword-and-sorcery, but the story is “serious” and I’m not just writing whatever I want in there. I’m really loving it so far, and I’m absolutely having fun writing it even though it turned out to be a “real” story and not just a free-for-all. I love reading sword-and-sorcery, and so I’m doing my best to create my own contribution to the genre. And at the head of that contribution is my own warrior woman, the fearless Ethraton!

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NaNo 2013!

It’s been a long time! I’m seriously bad at keeping up with blogs or other forms of social media. I’m delving into an I Don’t Give A Fuck philosophy to help battle my stupid social anxiety (that even extends to my blogging habits sometimes, hence why I always have trouble keeping up with them!). Part of my new IDGAF outlook on life is my approach to NaNoWriMo 2013: I am going to write a fantasy adventure that embraces whatever looked-down-upon trope I want to include. Tolkienesque fellowship? Yep. An all powerful magical artifact and an enemy bent on conquering the world? YEP! Because IDGAF! This is just going to be for fun, and at the end of it, when I hopefully have 50,000 words of literary vomit, I’m going to print it out and then burn it. It will be a wonderful exercise in not giving any fucks. And I am definitely looking forward to it.

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What I’m Reading, What I Gave Up On, & What I’m Writing

What I’m Reading:

The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien (I never get tired of rereading it!)

Red Nails – Robert E. Howard (Conan the Barbarian!- I had to laugh at the dialogue tag “quoth he”. No joke, that’s really there)

What I Gave Up On:

Under The Dome –¬†Stephen King (boring) (gave up: 120 pages in)

The Eyes of the Dragon – Stephen King (extra boring) (gave up: 90 pages in)

What I’m Writing:

El Diablo – (horror novelette) Nearly done. I should have been done with it a while ago but I got distracted by another idea! (see below)

Roem (working title) – Fantasy story inspired by native cultures and mythologies of North and South America. Originally intended to be “sword and sorcery” but has developed into more epic-ish fantasy. No elves, dragons, trolls, orcs, dwarves involved. I thought, why is pseudo-medieval Europe the standard setting for fantasy stories? I want to do something different.

What are you reading/writing/giving up on?


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Smashwords; new iPad!

Well, I just published my short story The Devil and Thomas Wright on Smashwords!

Here it is.

In other news, I had my first sale of that story on Amazon! How exciting! Also, I mentioned earlier my hand-me-down iPad crapping out. I’m happy to say that I now have a brand-new iPad 4. My husband bought himself a Nexus 7 (I think it’s too small for my tastes!). I’m enjoying using Pages on the iPad, because in the time the other iPad was down, I was using Pages on our old iMac (so many gadgets in this house!). I had been using Storyist on the old iPad, and I do like that app, but since I use the iMac a little now for writing, and it already has Pages on it, I’ve switched over to that app on my new iPad. I actually like it better now than Storyist! It’s especially convenient how it updates between devices, because sometimes I like to write on the iMac, and sometimes I like to write on the iPad in another room (with a bluetooth keyboard).

The other night I realized I could pair the bluetooth keyboard with my iPhone (also new! Yay! My previous one had a badly cracked screen) and type on the Notes app on the phone with the keyboard! I found that to be pretty funny, and I think some day I should go to my local coffee shop and set up my iPhone on the iPad stand, break out the keyboard, and start typing away. Hey, if it works, it works!


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The Devil and Thomas Wright – my first published story on Amazon!

Today, I took the plunge and published a short story on the Kindle store! Here’s the link! (As of right now, the cover image is not up yet on the Amazon page, though the story is now live.)

A short story by Jenny Gaines

Check it out!: The Devil and Thomas Wright

Image used for the cover of The Devil and Thomas Wright by Kriss Szkurlatowski

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My first Very Short Stories on Twitter

As she opened gifts of onesies, her family and friends looked on. Her husband didn’t watch; he was in the back room, with someone else.

This #vss on Twitter

Edited to add VSS #2!:

It was the shabbiest sweater in the thrift store. She asked if he would take a quarter; it was all she had. She left empty handed.

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