Saturday, September 1, 2012

I'm Back! NaNo News & GUTGAA

My blog had a makeover.

It is good to be home. I've missed y'all! Thank you to all who visited my blog while I was away. I stuck to my guns, and entered the August Camp NaNoWriMo challenge. At 8:55 p.m. on August 31st, I finished with 51k. The word count was an add-on to an existing wip, giving me a total of 74k. CUFFED, my romantic mystery is now first-draft complete!! I'd like to thank Clare Dugmore and Catherine Stine and lots of folks on FB for all your encouragement and support along the way!! Y'all rocked it!

I'd like to share three books, which assisted me in writing CUFFED. 
1. Bullies, Bastards, and Bitches by Jessica Page Morrell - who taught me how to add a dose of badassery to my characters.
2. Writing Mysteries a Writer's Digest book, edited by Sue Grafton - which gave me knowledge of how a mystery is plotted.
3. Will Write for Shoes: How to Write a Chick Lit Novel by Cathy Yardley - who taught me what the heck chick lit is all about (and what it's not), and that even a mystery can be a bit chick-litty if it has the right ingredients.


***GUTGAA NEWS***

The lovely and talented Deana Barnhart is working her tail off on her Gearing Up to Get an Agent Blogfest. GUTGAA will be a six-week fest, including tons of opportunities to get your work in front of agents, and you'll also meet lots of writers! So, for the next six weeks, part of my posts will be geared to GUTGAA. The fun begins NOW! (My answers are in purple.)


Questions for the Meet and Greet

-Where do you write? Mostly in my office / computer room / and unfortunately, my husband's bicycle-building room. When the clanking of tools is too loud, I move to another room and write long-hand. But, that's only when he's home from work.

-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? My lamp.

-Favorite time to write? At the crack of dawn, and for some strange reason, 2-4 p.m. is also a creative time for me.

-Drink of choice while writing? Is it stereotypical to say, coffee? Well if it is, I nailed the stereotype.

-When writing, do you listen to music or do you need complete silence? I like to create radio stations on Pandora that lend to the mood of the piece I'm working on.

-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it? A headline in our small-town newspaper.

-What's your most valuable writing tip? I'll have to pass on a tip I was given by Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Never. Give. Up.
Me as I finished Cuffed last night.

Mini-Bio: Candilynn is a tenacious (stubborn) writer of many genres. She recently finished her first draft of CUFFED, an adult romantic mystery w/ small-town Texas style & wit. She's a member of SCBWI, and a local writer's group. She's also the mother of two fabulous daughters, and the wife of a police officer, where her own (meddling) experiences lent a hand in creating CUFFED.



53 comments:

  1. Congratulations for finishing Camp NaNo! :)

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  2. yay candilynn! and look at your cute owly blog!
    great stuff!

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  3. Thanks, Laura!
    @Tara, thank you! Yes, I decided it was time for a blog makeover. My inner-owl muse worked its magic during Camp NaNo, I decided to give him some credit by letting him share my work space. :)

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  4. Congratulations again, Candy. You're most welcome for the support, and thanks for all the encouragement you gave me in return. I had a great time talk about writing, and comparing word counts! I know I said this before, but let me know if you ever want a second opinion on Cuffed, I'd love to lend a hand. :D

    I LOVE the new color scheme and header, looks fantastic!

    Really great meet and greet, it's nice learning a little more about you, and that your own life inspired Cuffed (great title, by the way.)

    Good luck with editing and revisions! :D

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  5. Congrats on finishing Camp NaNoWriMo. I didn't even try this time around.

    Love you're new color scheme and header.

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    1. *your* new color scheme.

      I hate when I do that.

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    2. I do that too, and usually after I hit, "publish". Thanks for the visit. I'll be popping in to visit my long-lost blogs this week. See you around!

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  6. Congrats on both completing camp and finishing a draft! I too completed camp but the draft isn't quite done yet. We're gettin' there!

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  7. I really like your new look to your blog. And the ghost of Ernest Hemingway, of course, approves of your use of his quote. He muttered something about wanting royalites, but I reminded him he was a ghost. He reminded me that I had just been run over by a car and couldn't bob and weave as well as I used to!

    So you listen to Pandora while you write, too? We are kindred spirits. :-)

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    1. Kindred spirits, yes, I certainly agree.

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  8. Congratulations on finishing!! The new look is great. Glad to have you back.

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  9. Welcome back Candi-lynn and congrats on getting Cuffed cuffed. Great! Many of us take November off for NaNoWriMo. I am working on my plan for my next novel which I'll first draft in November. Can't wait.
    I love Writer's Digest articles/books on how to.

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  10. Congrats on 74k words and completing CUFFED. Live the bio and I'll be seeing you thru GUTGAA in the coming weeks for sure.

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  11. Thanks Alex!

    Denise, I'm contemplating November. But I'll be doing a SCWBI writing intensive the first weekend on a young people manuscript, getting it ready for submissions. Maybe I ought to opt out this year. If I decide to to it, I'll be drafting the second book of Cuffed. They'll stand alone, but I've got 3 separate stories in my head. Thanks for the visit!

    Hi, Rahul and thanks!

    Tracy, nice to meet you! I'll be sifting through the GUTGAA list this week. See you around. :))

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  12. Awesome new layout! I love the hooter up at the top :) Also pretty cool to get to know you a little better :D And thanks for the book recommendations...AND welcome back my crankypants friend!!!

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  13. Great to see you back! Blog looks great. ^_^

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  14. Welcome back! Not sure which I like better, the owl or the quote. :P Congrats on your NANO and good luck with GUTGAA! :D

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  15. Congrats on finishing your NaNo Novel! I love that feeling so much :) Good luck with GUTGAA!

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  16. It all looks great, and I know none of those craft books and they look super! Definitely will check them out.

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  17. I really need to check out Pandora. I've heard so much about it. I didn't know what your blog looked like before, but I love the colors and the owl.

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  18. I love the new look, though I admit I'd grown fond of that cowgirl stance.

    Your photo is tickling me to no end. Your dog looks ready for your brand spanking new draft to come tumbling out that printer, head tilted, like, "Woof! Come on already."

    Congrats on making your goal and achieving what you set out to do. CUFFED has a bad ass title. Can't wait to see what it's all about :-)

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  19. Your blog did get a new makeover! I love it! It's so clean and pretty AND the owl totally makes me think of Owl from Winnie the Pooh and I love that =D

    Congrats on finishing your first draft!

    2-4 is an odd time to be inspired to write, but hey, we gatta do what we gatta do :)

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  20. @Randi, hope you haven't been wearing the crankypants too much this month!
    @Angelina, thanks!
    @Melissa, I missed conversing on Twitter with you!
    @Rebecca, yes, it is a great feeling to have finished.
    @JRo, If you have to write in a bad guy, check out the second book, it's outstanding!
    @Suzi, You can customize your stations on Pandora. It's great!
    @Angela, I had my other picture up so long, I sort of miss it myself! My dog sits with me every time I write. She's probably sick of me on the computer all the time. :) "Cuffed" just sort of popped into my head one day, and it stuck.
    @Juliana, Thanks! I think the 2-4 works well because I'm done with odds and ends around the house, no one is usually home then, and it's hot as blue blazes outside during those hours.

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  21. Hello my dear! CONGRATULATIONS again on completing NaNo!! Whoot whoot!

    And good for you for being able to write in the wee hours of the morning. My characters aren't up that early ;)

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  22. Nice to meet you, congrats of finishing your novel, definitely a throw your hands up moment!

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  23. Aww, gee thanks for the notice. Hey, I think I actually have a copy of Will Write for Shoes. Now I have to locate it to look through! I like to write between 2 and 4 pm but dawn never works for me. Congrats on finishing that first draft.
    Catherine Stine’s Idea City

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    1. @Kelley, thanks my dear! My characters and I like the wee morning hours because we can tip-toe around the snoring inner-editor. :)
      @A.J. thanks!
      @Catherine, Will Write for Shoes, is hilarious, and cleverly written. 4 thumbs up!

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  24. I find that 2-4 pm time one of the best writing times for me, too, as long as I'm not exhausted from work. I don't hear a lot of people saying "3:00pm is my best time" so I was pleasantly surprised and even had to check to make sure you said pm and not am! And, don't you love Cathy Yardley? :) Congrats on finsihing Camp Nano!!

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  25. YAY Texas! Romantic mystery novel from a writer who has a police officer husband. Sounds like you've got a good thing going there.

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    1. Same thoughts here - intrigued!

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    2. @Lara, thanks and yes, I adore Cathy Yardley. :)
      @Lyndsey, I'll be ready, very ready for this blazing state to cool down. 100 degrees is getting old, it always does come Sept.!
      @Stephsco, thanks!

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  26. Woohoo! Congrats on the NaNo success and finishing CUFFED! Thanks for all the advice and pointers about helpful books. (I kinda miss the blog's old look though...)

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  27. Congrats on finishing your MS. It looks like the dog is less impressed. :) What a cutie!

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  28. Hey great to meet you! Love the owl!
    And Jessica Morrell's books are outstanding. She's been such an amazing influence on my writing.

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  29. Great job on finishing your MS. Your writing resources sound excellent. I devoured a few essential craft books but I'd like to delve into more genre-specific craft books. Thanks for the inspiration!

    I was going to ask if you were in RWA but it sounds like SCBWI -- do you write YA too?

    Here's my GUTGAA Meet & Greet post: A Girl and her Diary

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    1. @Lexa, hi! Thanks for your sweet comments about my old blog. I'm missing it too. Already.
      @Laura, all Ms. Glen Ellen wants for me to do, is get off the computer and take a walk outside. :)
      @Pk thanks, and I agree J.M. is amazing!
      @Stephsco, thanks so much! Yes, I write YA, childrens, and adult. I'm not a part of RWA, yet. :)

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  30. Nice to meet you! Congrats on finishing your ms. I love that feeling...that is, I love it until I remember I have to do revisions. ;)

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  31. I've never tried Pandora *hangs head in shame* I really need to.

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  32. I love the picture of you finishing your MS. I need to stage something like that, to forever capture utter rapture. :) Good luck with GUTGAA!

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  33. Congratulations on finishing NaNo! And you have a first draft. I did BuNo in June and also got a first draft. I got my idea from the newspaper as well!

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    1. @gailcn, thanks! But, for the first time, I'm excited to get to revisions. *checks for fever*
      @Angela, yes you do. :)
      @Jeannette, my daughter, an amateur photographer, captures every moment on camera. I love it!
      @Gwen, yay for you!!!

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  34. Cute owl, and I loved the Charlaine Harris quote. Good luck with GUTGAA. http://anjeasandro.blogspot.com/

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  35. Congrats on finishing that first draft! I did two months with full WriMo count this summer and am STILL not done... ah well... Fun get to know you stuff, too!

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    1. Wowzers, Hart! That's terrific-two months in a row! You'll get there. :))

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  36. Those look like awesome additions to any writer's arsenal! Congrats on finishing the 51k! Nice to meet you!

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    1. They are great books!! And, thanks for the visit. :)

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  37. Sorry it's taken me so long to get over here! I am so jealous of this Pandora radio station I keep hearing about - it's not available in the UK! :(

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  38. Sweet site! Hahaha on the clanging of the tools! Congratulations on a great site and best of luck to you in the Contest! I'm a doctor who was a trauma patient...who is gearing up not only to GAA, but to go back to work helping women with menopause! Woo~Hoo!

    Dr Margaret Aranda

    www.girlpowerinamm.blogspot.com

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  39. Well, heck, CandiLynn, it was an honor to be one of your cheerleaders! As far as the books that helped I actually own the chicklit one, which is funny because I don't write it. The BBB one sounds pretty hilarious and great, and I just may have to pick up a copy!

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