Welcome to My Full-Time RV Living LifeStyle Blog!

I suppose I should mention that this is an RV blog. The picture of me standing beside a motorhome in the banner probably tipped you off to that fact already, but you know how it is with blogs, any body can put anything in the header.

Anyways, I was born, raised, and live in Maine, I have 12 cats, and some people would call me homeless. Nope, I have a home, I just don't have what people call a standard house. My house has wheels and her name is Rosebud. My backyard stretches on for thousands and thousands of miles all the way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

Once upon a time I had a "regular home" but a flood came and took it away. Me and my cats spent the next 3 years living under a 8x6 tarp and survived through 3 blizzards and Maine's coldest winter on record when the temps hit -48F. After that me and the cats moved in a Volvo. As hard as it is to live in a tent with 12 cats, it's even harder to live in a Volvo with 12 cats, and a motorhome named No Hurry was the answer. No Hurry: my home, my office, my RV.

I plan to use this blog to share my thoughts, ideas, adventures, and advice on being self-employed, living and working a full-time RV LifeStyle with an army of cats, while boondocking in the wonderful (and sometimes sub-zero) state of Maine.

I hope to write a post a day featuring random thoughts as they pop into my head, and hopefully 2 or 3 posts per week will focus on something helpful to those seeking to live in an RV full time. If you've any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions on what sort of posts you'd like to see me write, please comment and let me know.

I hope you all have as much fun reading this blog as I know I'll have writing it.

~Wendy

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

FAQs: Do you write a novel start-to-finish, or keep going back and editing previous chapters?



Do you write a novel start-to-finish, or keep going back and editing previous chapters? I'm interested to know how most people would write a novel. I've only ever written one, but I basically sat down and wrote it start to finish, and didn't go back to re-read the start until I'd got all the way to the end. But then there are people who'll write a bit, then go back and edit a previous chapter or even add a new one in near the start, and keep going back and forth and writing the novel in 'pieces'.Which do you do, and why does it work for you? :)




I probably have the most hectic scatter brained method of writing possible, because I am absolutely all over the place when I write! LOL! I rarely have a plan, I never have an outline, I almost never know the what the ending is going to be until I get there, and I don't write straight through. I'll write a scene that may end up in the last chapter, than write a scene that may end up in the first chapter. That's another thing, I never write a full chapter at once, I write in scenes here and there than string them together later. My finished work rarely has chapters. I just don't use them, for whatever reason, no idea what the reason is.

I've been writing the same series since 1978, so I have about 75 characters fully fleshed out and any one of them could get grabbed and thrown in as the main character. The series covers the life of a single family starting in the 1300's right up into current times, so I can use plots that will fit any of those time periods as well. Usually the stories are set in the family mansion/castle which is haunted and prone to being filled with demonic things like ghosts, vampires, etc, usually the stories are horror (often splatter punk slasher gorn), but than I'm a fool for romance and heck a few centuries of family means folks are falling in love at some point so I sometimes toss the horror theme out the window and let romance take over. But than there's the whole, this family ain't human, they are aliens who crashed landed on earth centuries ago, so once in a while I just leave earth altogether and set out in space, to tell the story of the "rest of the family" back on the home planet.

Needless to say with this setting, the large cast of characters, the odd mish-mash of genres overlapping, and my hit and miss style of getting it all down on paper, it is sometimes quite amazing that I am able to string enough scenes together to create a complete story!

Of course, I'm far from a "mainstream" author and my finished work is an "acquired taste" so I'm not shooting to become a best seller in trade paperbacks here, either. I'm a niche writer, with a few devoted fans who love my stuff, but critics and mainstream readers wring their hands and roll their eyes at "the utter trash and smut" I write. Ah, the joys of being a "smut writer", every one loves to hate your work. ;)

But yeah, so I get all these little quips and scenes written, than I have to piece them all together like a jigsaw puzzle and figure out what it was I intended to go where, or do I even know what is supposed to go where? Usually I don't, actually. But once I get it all sorted out, than I have to edit the mess into a free flowing piece. That's the part I hate. I so dislike editing my work. I have huge stacks of stuff I haven't published yet, simply because I dislike editing so much that I toss it in a pile and run off the write the next story instead!

And than there's the only thing: I'm generally a short story writer, not a novelist. When I do write novels, they aren't actually novels, because either they end at a novella length of only 75,000 words (trad publishers consider a novel to be 90,000 - 120,000). If I was going by NaNoWriMo standards which say a novel is 50k I'd be all set, but publishers call 50k a novella. Oh well. Either that, or I end up with 200,000 words of slightly connected 10k each short stories instead of a single story novel! As a short story writer I am great! But I suck at make my novels actual be novels. So usually I just settle for "short story collections" masquerading as novels.

But I suppose when I stop and think about it, the reason my novels always turn into short story collection, is because of the scattered up way I write the things down. I bet if I sat down and wrote a novel from start to finish that I wouldn't have that trouble.



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Ever wonder what it was like to live with Autism? 
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I have Autism. For more of my life I rarely spoke and was considered "too crazy" to ever live a normal life. I communicated via writing instead of vocally. I did not attend school. Psychologists said I would never drive a car, never get a job, never go to college, never function as a meaningful member of society, never be able to take care of myself or live on my own. They said there was no hope for me, I would need full-time care my whole life. 
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My progression was long and slow and very hard. Things other people found easy to do (getting dressed, brushing teeth/hair, walking across the street, etc,) I found extremely confusing and hard to learn. I was prone to wandering off and getting lost (I still am). Driver's ed takes most people a few weeks to learn - it took me 5 years. 
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I determined to prove the doctors wrong, but it was far harder to do, than most people would imagine. I got my first job working at Macy's at age 30 (a very difficult job as I had to deal one on one with customers and I still at that point was not talking in a manner that could be understood by others). I got my GED at age 34. I got my driver's license at age 35. I started college at age 36. By age 37 I had become a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Student and I was finally able to speak to others in full spoken verbal conversation for the first time in my life. 
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Something that people often say to me is: "You don't look retarded, you look normal, you seem to be getting by okay, why is it that you need adult supervision?"
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One of the reasons why an adult with Autism needs “adult supervision” is their brain does not tell them they are in pain. Was just commenting on the FaceBook status of a friend who got hurt, and it occurred to me that a lot of people don’t understand how it is I had 4 root channels awake and without pain meds, or how I also sat through reconstructive surgery on my face, after having my lip ripped off by a rooster, or again when I had surgery for CTS, or how I can go weeks with a broken bone and not know it is broken. Over the years, people who really, really, REALLY know me well, have come to know that if I say the words “I hurt” than, I’m in a state of needing to have been taken to the hospital, several weeks ago, as doctors put it “her propensity for pain is astounding, look at what I’m doing, she’s not even flinching and I haven’t given her anything for the pain”.
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When I went to the dentist, because my teeth hurt, the girl at the desk told him “she can wait, she doesn’t seem to be in any pain” an hour later he was giving her hell for not rushing me to the hospital, because my jaw was so bad I needed surgery to remove my teeth and have a plate put in. (yes, I have false teeth on one side of my jaw) .
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I am thinking of all the times I have required major medical repairs, because I didn’t know I was hurt and it took those around me several weeks to realize, I don’t respond emotionally or physically to pain.  I fell down and hurt my arm last year – did the ice thing: for 3 days, than Ben comes over and asks me “what’s wrong with your arm?”, and I tell him I fell down and it hurts, can’t move it, but I’m okay; he looks at it than next thing I know he’s in a panic driving me to the hospital. Yep, it was broken and I didn’t know it. 
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The doctors where baffled at why the hell did I wait 3 days to go to the hospital, than they look at my medical records “oh, Autism, that’s why”, unfortunately, one of the stranger symptoms of Autism is, a numbing of the senses, the whole being allergic to everything from sunlight to wool to food, means my body is so used to hurting, that when I’m hurt really bad, it doesn’t send a message to my brain telling me I need help, instead my brain goes “ho hum, more pain, so what?” and the chemicals that are suppose to be triggered to tell me “hey, I’m hurt really bad here, I need to go to the hospital” don’t kick in, so I can go for days (or weeks as was the case when I broke my hip 2 years ago) before someone around me notices somethings wrong, and asks “hey, why are you limping”, and I’ll say “oh, got beaten up a few weeks back, hurt my leg, couldn’t walk for the first few weeks”…”why didn’t you go to the hospital”…”it doesn’t hurt that bad”…”but, it’s a broken bone!” … “really?”
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It’s one of the reasons I need “adult supervision  in spite of being in my 40′s, because my brain doesn’t pick up on the fact that I’ve been injured.
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I suppose more frightening than “not knowing” I’m injured is when I have a stroke and continue on my day like normal, but wander around with out a clue where I am or who any one is. I’ve had 3 strokes in the past 3 years, that’s why I keep forgetting things when playing D&D, I mean, I know every edition of this game inside out and I’ll be mid game and suddenly have no a clue what to do. I had a stroke again, a few weeks ago, that week I missed the game session, when I told my friend I wasn’t feeling good, I had spent most of the day wandering around the campus without a clue where I was or what I was doing there, missed my classes that day because I couldn’t find the buildings, I only randomly meet up with my friend and for some reason remembered I was suppose to play a game that night, otherwise I wouldn’t have known to tell her I was going home.
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It’s upsetting actually, to know you are in a place where you should know where you are, but just not recognize anything. I’ve been without “adult supervision” 6 years now, and for the most part I do good, but it’s when I get hurt/injured/sick that I run into trouble, because my brain just lacks whatever it is it needs that would normally tell me to go to a hospital.  I’ve got a permanent injury now from waiting so long before realizing my leg was broken. 
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Autism is noted for being an illness so painful that the brain shuts down and stops registering the pain. This is why Autistics have their strange little jerks, twitches, and jumpy movements - these are times when pain is registered in our brain. The extreme constant pain is caused by over stimulation of things we are allergic to: lights, sounds, touch, most all foods, most all fabrics, tags in clothes, etc, etc, etc. There are so many things irritating our bodies all at once, that the brain doesn't know which pain to go after first, so it just shuts down and tells us to sit on the floor and hum a song until the pain goes away.
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Unfortunately another symptom of Autism is being very clumsy, having a lack of proper balance, and thus fallen down frequently, having extreme difficulty maneuvering on stairs and uneven terrain (all this being a result of the fact that our brain is so out of whack because there is so much pain going on, that it can not focus on walking steady) which means I'm more prone to fall and become injured than the average person, but being so used to pain that my brain ignore extra pain also means that even though I am getting hurt more than normal, I'm also getting treatment for said injuries less than normal because I don't realize I've injured myself (not even when gushing blood, as was the case when the rooster ripped my lip off), unless another person is there to point out said injury, or in such instances as the day I tried to walk away and discovered I could not move because may hand had been shut in the door, which was locked and I had to wait for someone with a key to come along and open the door, by which time my fingers had turned black from lack of circulation - pain ignored - I only noticed my hand was shut in a locked door because I was unable to walk away from the door. This is why I need adult supervision.)
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This is the reality of life with Autism.

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Now you can find out what it's like Being an Adult with Autism

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Good morning Starshine! Liked this post? Looking to connect with me online? I love social networks and am on most of them. You can find me on: BloggerEtsyFaceBookGoogle+Keen, LinkedInMySpaceNaNoWriMoProBoardsScript FrenzySpoonflowerSquidooTwitterULC Ministers NetworkWordpress, and Zazzle Feel free to give me a shout any  time. Many blessings to you, may all your silver clouds be lined with rhinestones and sparkle of golden sunshine. Have yourself a great and wonderful glorious day!

~Rev. Wendy C. Allen aka Empress EelKat of Laughing Gnome Hollow



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