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 on: April 17, 2021, 10:32:45 PM 
Started by nicksgal - Last post by nicksgal
Thanks! I'm probably a scene from being done with the chapter and I've hit a sleepy wall. So, something to start up tomorrow I guess.

I'm glad you've gotten a few paragraphs in though, the streak is alive! Starting a new chapter is always hard, it either comes really easily to me or I stall on the same chapter many times before finally finishing it.

I say, take a break and look at it with fresh eyes. Catch up on sleep instead. Grin That's what I'm telling myself, lol.

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 on: April 17, 2021, 10:21:21 PM 
Started by nicksgal - Last post by RokofAges75
Yay, good for you!!

I have not had a good writing day.  I only wrote about a paragraph this morning, and then I went to my parents' house this evening, so I'm just now trying to get back at it.  I've written a couple more paragraphs, but I don't see it being a productive evening.  Hopefully tomorrow will be better.  I just started a new chapter, so I think once I get into the scene I'm writing, it will go faster.  I'm just not quite to that point where the words are flowing yet.

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 on: April 17, 2021, 09:50:08 PM 
Started by nicksgal - Last post by nicksgal
Good news y'all, I've actually caught up on my daily word count a bit and have almost written an entire chapter today. I'm just finishing it up! It's not the one I thought I would write, but at least it's something.

How'd everyone else's writing day go?

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 on: April 16, 2021, 10:48:55 PM 
Started by nicksgal - Last post by nicksgal
They have a new stemless one on their site now: https://store.backstreetboys.com/collections/accessories/products/pink-i-wine-it-that-way-wine-glass  The one I have is from last year; it has a stem and white writing, but is the same design otherwise.

I'm usually team stemless wine glass anyway, so this is perfect! In a few weeks, a bunch of BSB kitchen stuff will appear on our doorstep and hubs will be concerned, lol.


I'm not a tea drinker either.  Only once in awhile when I'm sick will I drink tea.

I have a mug warmer, but I don't use it very often - just one more thing I have to find a place to plug in.  I should get a USB or battery-powered one.  But on the weekend, I just make a bigger cup of coffee and put it in an insulated tumbler so it stays warm for hours.  I like the ones with straws for iced coffee.

Same. Tea is for sick.

That's what I was thinking, the plug would be a deterrent if you wanted to move around the house. I wish I could be a coffee sipper if it stayed warm the whole time, but I usually end up gulping it down because my brain says, "Ooh, this is delicious! Must drink as much of this as possible at one time!" lol I'm not a big iced coffee drinker, the warmth is one of coffee's key characteristic s for me.


Absolutely!  Days like this where I'm too tired to write much, I can still think about it as I'm lying in bed, and sometimes that helps me wake up with new ideas and inspiration.

That's about where I'm at. Ready to sit in bed and ponder tomorrow's last scene for this chapter or start channeling AJ and Howie for the start of the next chapter.

Wow, the Kevin & Nick story trend is going strong!  Three out of the four stories on the Most Recent page have Kevin and Nick on the banner.  (One of the banners is also ginormous - not sure if that's something you still care to moderate or not, Mare.)

I wonder what that fourth story is that decided not to be trendy... lol. I'm kidding, I know it's me. PNecklace probably needs its own banner at some point instead of just keeping PBox's banner...

lmao. I told Mare that when it first got posted, plus the very long summary. I think of all the rules to go slightly lax on in slow times, the banner/summaries length one is it.

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 on: April 16, 2021, 10:31:33 PM 
Started by nicksgal - Last post by RokofAges75
Wow, the Kevin & Nick story trend is going strong!  Three out of the four stories on the Most Recent page have Kevin and Nick on the banner.  (One of the banners is also ginormous - not sure if that's something you still care to moderate or not, Mare.)

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 on: April 16, 2021, 10:29:10 PM 
Started by nicksgal - Last post by RokofAges75
lol! I think I missed that when it was for sale, alas.

They have a new stemless one on their site now: https://store.backstreetboys.com/collections/accessories/products/pink-i-wine-it-that-way-wine-glass  The one I have is from last year; it has a stem and white writing, but is the same design otherwise.


I get that. I'm definitely done with my coffee within 30-40 minutes every day, an hour at most. I wish I could get more into tea because I like the idea of sipping hot drinks all day on principle, but coffee is just easier to make, tastes better, and has more caffeine.

One of my roommates was a more leisure sipper, so for Christmas I got her one of those coffee mug warmers, she absolutely adored it. Could be the solution to your mug problem.

I'm not a tea drinker either.  Only once in awhile when I'm sick will I drink tea.

I have a mug warmer, but I don't use it very often - just one more thing I have to find a place to plug in.  I should get a USB or battery-powered one.  But on the weekend, I just make a bigger cup of coffee and put it in an insulated tumbler so it stays warm for hours.  I like the ones with straws for iced coffee.


I love the days where I have enough of something to write myself a little note about it for later, even if it's not a full scene. Then sometimes it does turn into a full scene with fresh eyes. Smiley

Absolutely!  Days like this where I'm too tired to write much, I can still think about it as I'm lying in bed, and sometimes that helps me wake up with new ideas and inspiration.

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 on: April 16, 2021, 10:05:34 PM 
Started by nicksgal - Last post by nicksgal

I have never tried the timer method.  I'm not sure if it would make me more productive or just make me feel stressed and under pressure.  I guess it's worth a shot next time I find myself focus failing.

What gets my butt in the chair is knowing what a good mood it puts me in when I have a productive writing day.  I love writing [fanfic] and the feeling I get from it.  I look forward to that, but the only way to get that feeling is to sit down and put words on the screen.  It helps when I am emotionally connected to the story and excited about what's coming up in it.

Thinking and daydreaming are definitely important parts of the process.  That's how you get that emotional connection and how you keep the excitement alive, even when you can't write.

I've tried it for cleaning, but not for writing. Or, not the pomodoro version. I guess I timed how long it took me to edit a chapter of PBox once to compare actual writing time with dicking around. I have not tried that for brand new writing on a PNecklace chapter yet, so perhaps it's something to explore.

I agree with you, it feels great to have a productive writing day and it's motivating to keep the productivity going. Wanting to write the story and interact with the characters always gets me excited about continuing to write. I don't know that I would do two NaNos for anything but a PBox&Co story. I think back when their rules were stricter and fanfic was a bit taboo, let alone working on a partially started project, PBox was the only other one where I had an even remotely higher word count. So, I guess I'm here for my little demon buddies, lol.

I love the days where I have enough of something to write myself a little note about it for later, even if it's not a full scene. Then sometimes it does turn into a full scene with fresh eyes. Smiley

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 on: April 16, 2021, 09:57:23 PM 
Started by nicksgal - Last post by nicksgal
Yes, it's one of the wine glasses from their site that says "I wine it that way." LOL

lol! I think I missed that when it was for sale, alas.


I'm more of a leisurely sipper when it comes to coffee, so it always gets cold if I put it in a mug.  It's fine for before school, when I have to drink it fairly quickly while I'm getting ready, but not so great for a morning marathon writing session.

I get that. I'm definitely done with my coffee within 30-40 minutes every day, an hour at most. I wish I could get more into tea because I like the idea of sipping hot drinks all day on principle, but coffee is just easier to make, tastes better, and has more caffeine.

One of my roommates was a more leisure sipper, so for Christmas I got her one of those coffee mug warmers, she absolutely adored it. Could be the solution to your mug problem.


I also looked on Etsy and was disappointed by the lack of BSB tumblers I liked!  I am also somewhat picky about tumblers; they have to have a lid that is easy to drink out of, but not easy to spill.

I had to look up the kitchen towels.  Here they are for anyone else who's interested. I have a problem with buying way too many cute kitchen towels, but the fact that it's BSB and has a clever pun... yeah, I may need one.

Also, kudos to the creator of this NSYNC towel that also came up in my search: "Don't leave dishes *NSync." LMAO

I loved those cute straw ones, but they're just so impractical compared to a water bottle. Travel coffee mugs, same. Easy to drink out of, difficult to spill.

I was perusing on my phone and not computer, so I did not grab the link, my bad everyone who also likes adorable things for their houses with great puns.

lmao that is clever for the NSYNC one.

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 on: April 16, 2021, 09:48:32 PM 
Started by nicksgal - Last post by RokofAges75
Speaking of sitting down and making yourself write, here's today's Camp NaNo Care Package:

"What gets your butt in the chair (aside from Camp NaNoWriMo!)? What makes for your best writing? These are not always the same.

For me: Pomodoros get my butt in the seat and words on the page (twenty-five minute writing sprints, tomato-shaped kitchen timer optional). But my best writing happens when I let myself stare out the window and not worry about the timer and how many words are spilling and squirting onto the page. I do my best writing when I remember that thinking and daydreaming are writing, too, no matter how long they take."


Today's Writing Challenge:

If you need to get some words down on the page, take Jen's suggestion and try to Pomodoro technique! Set a timer to write for 25 minutes, then take a 5 minute break. After 4 writing sessions, take a longer (15-20 minute) break. Repeat as many times as you like or are able to!

So today's question: what gets your butt in the chair? What makes for your best writing? We talked about environment/rituals yesterday, so take this as you will.

Also, see, she said thinking and daydreaming are writing too. I think we're all on the write track when we say "you thought about the story today" being writing.


I have never tried the timer method.  I'm not sure if it would make me more productive or just make me feel stressed and under pressure.  I guess it's worth a shot next time I find myself focus failing.

What gets my butt in the chair is knowing what a good mood it puts me in when I have a productive writing day.  I love writing [fanfic] and the feeling I get from it.  I look forward to that, but the only way to get that feeling is to sit down and put words on the screen.  It helps when I am emotionally connected to the story and excited about what's coming up in it.

Thinking and daydreaming are definitely important parts of the process.  That's how you get that emotional connection and how you keep the excitement alive, even when you can't write.

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 on: April 16, 2021, 09:36:58 PM 
Started by nicksgal - Last post by RokofAges75
Ooh, a BSB wine glass. I should get one of those, lol. I chug my coffee, so I don't really have the hot/cold problem, lol.

I quickly perused and found some tumblers, but they looked too tall to be tervis tumblers, so I didn't look into their insulation too much. I did see some kitchen towels with their picture that said "don't go baking my heart," and you better believe that those might be my next weird purchase, lol.

Yes, it's one of the wine glasses from their site that says "I wine it that way." LOL

I'm more of a leisurely sipper when it comes to coffee, so it always gets cold if I put it in a mug.  It's fine for before school, when I have to drink it fairly quickly while I'm getting ready, but not so great for a morning marathon writing session.

I also looked on Etsy and was disappointed by the lack of BSB tumblers I liked!  I am also somewhat picky about tumblers; they have to have a lid that is easy to drink out of, but not easy to spill.

I had to look up the kitchen towels.  Here they are for anyone else who's interested: y=backstreet+boys+kitchen+towel&ref=sr_gallery-1-2&organic_search _click=1" target="_blank">https://www.etsy.com/listing/764265630/dont-go-baking-my-heart-backstreet-boys?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_quer y=backstreet+boys+kitchen+towel&ref=sr_gallery-1-2&organic_search _click=1  I have a problem with buying way too many cute kitchen towels, but the fact that it's BSB and has a clever pun... yeah, I may need one.

Also, kudos to the creator of this NSYNC towel that also came up in my search: y=backstreet+boys+kitchen+towel&ref=sr_gallery-1-11&organic_search _click=1" target="_blank">https://www.etsy.com/listing/941407446/a-nsync-hand-towel-design?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_quer y=backstreet+boys+kitchen+towel&ref=sr_gallery-1-11&organic_search _click=1  "Don't leave dishes *NSync." LMAO

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