One Spunky Gal

Day Three comes and goes. I’m really loving how Shaleigh is turning out as a character. She’s got a lot of spunk in her and definitely is not your typical protagonist. Her relationship with her father is so broken that she relies almost entirely on her best friend’s company to keep her sane. It’s going to ruin her when that falls apart too.

Yes, fictional writing is all about figuring out how to ruin someone’s life. I probably just spoiled every book in the world for you.

I got some writing in yesterday, but didn’t get a chance to post about it since I had to do lawn maintenance. It’s getting warmer down here, and the weeds are already trying to take over the place. This year’s winter has been incredibly short and mild, meaning bugs will be out in force and early this year. I’m definitely not looking forward to the mosquitoes.

Project: Madam Cloom’s Garden

Summary: Shaleigh’s world is so complicated, that it’s no wonder she’s known for being rebellious and argumentative at school. With her father constantly crying over what he’s lost, and a friend going through major life changes, Shaleigh finds herself feeling more and more out of touch with the people around her. She feels isolated, ignored, and angry.

Then she and her father get into a car accident, and her entire world changes. When she’s greeted by a talking stone animal, she realizes that she’s either dead, crazy, or in another world. But the beautiful land Shaleigh has landed in has its dark secrets, and she’s not as welcome there as she believes.

Current Word Count: 6,132

New Words Written Today: 2,611

Progress: She runs into trouble with her Political Science class, and then gets called out on it by the teacher. Her punishment? Getting moved to a higher level class. After that she finds out why her friend was in hysterics earlier, and tries to console her. She closes out her day with a snarky talk with her dad and a long raid on her favorite video game. Overall a pretty typical day in the life of Shaleigh.

Total Words for 2013: 9,309

Random Research Tidbit: I needed to figure out the difference between tactics and strategy. I’ve always been told that these are very different things, but never saw a clear explanation of how they were different. Guess I finally quit being lazy and looked it up.

The difference between strategy and tactics: strategy is done above the shoulders, tactics are done below the shoulders

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