Sunday, December 19, 2010

Jen Comes Into This Century

Hey All!


Well, I know I've been quiet. Busybusybusy. Nano turned out to be a really great experience, but I didn't even come close to that 50K. Oh well. I did my best and still produced about 16000 words for WALKING IN SHADOW. It gave me some great direction on just where I think the book will go, and for that I'm very pleased. It was great getting back in the trenches and digging for those words. They hurt, yes, but there's nothing like coming out the other end with some actual pages to show for all that frustration. Some of them are even good. :)

A couple of very big things on my horizon:

1. I've officially started to move all of my FAKING IT files into Scrivener. Yes, that means it is officially back on the front burner. YAY. It's proving a little difficult because my filing system is a complete mess, but along the way I'm looking at bits here and there, thinking about things I might like to change, etc. I feel like this is a really good thing--using Scrivener. It isn't so much that I want to use it for its plotting capabilities, etc... it's that it will help keep me organized. (I hope) Having all of my scenes, etc in one centralized place where I won't get various versions confused (again, I hope) will be one huge step in the right direction.

2. My sister has sent me a Kindle for Christmas. It's winging its way toward me as we speak; should be here on Tuesday. I have to admit I was a bit hesitant about the idea at first, but then I thought...OMG, I'll be able to download like a bazillion free classics that I want to reread or have never read, and dude...they're FREE. lol. I actually went on Amazon today, picking through the titles to see what I might want to peruse first. Dude. DUDE. There's a book called THE BOOK OF WERE-WOLVES. (Has anyone read it??) It's supposed to have some really interesting stories about various werewolf myths and what not. I am SO getting it. I can't believe I didn't know about it before, actually. But yeah, I want, I want, I want!!

Another great thing is that I'll be able to do beta reads, or readthroughs of my own MS's with it. OMG. I can't wait. My sister said I couldn't open it until Christmas day. Cough. Yeah, I won't. *big wink*

This year has been a HUGE year for me on the techy front. Last May I got a Droid, which introduced me to the exciting world of texting. I used to say I would NEVER be a texter... uh yeah, I was wrong. Granted, I still think it's _extremely_ in the _UMPTEENTH_ degree kind of rude, to be whip out your phone and text while in the middle of a conversation with someone (or dinner, or in a movie theatre), so I try to never do that. SO RUDE, YO. Also, what's up with the texting while driving?? Dangerous, people! At least wait for a light. LOLOL.

So yeah, I'm all kinds of tech.

I'm really hoping to keep up with this blog a lot better than I have. I know I keep saying that and disappearing for months at a time, but I DO have the best of intentions. :) I miss all of my long lost peeps!! If you see this, drop in and let me know how you're doing, okay?



Deniz Bevan said...

Hey Jen!
I think that's how I'd get a Kindle too - if I ever got it as a gift. Until then...
On the other hand, I *am* jealous of your Droid!
And even more exciting to hear you're writing [g]

Tara Parker said...

Glad to see you are posting again! Congrats on the Kindle and Droid. Text me sometime. (At a light!)

Carol A. Spradling said...

Hi Jen!
It's great to hear you're writing again. I love everything you write. I hope you have a great Christmas. Let me know if you need a beta reader.

Jennifer Hendren said...


It's whole lotta phone for me. Let me tell you, I'm still breaking that sucker in. (g) But it's cool. I'll definitely let y'all know how I like the Kindle. I'm not 100% sold on the idea, but we'll see....I shall try to keep an open mind.

And thanks! :)

Jennifer Hendren said...


Will do! So good to hear from you. :) I meant to comment on FB the other day -- I happened to see one of your albums pop up. Lily is a DOLL. :)


Jennifer Hendren said...

Hey Carol!!

OMG. Been a long time. What's up with you? We need to catch up sometime soon. :)