Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Day 25

I'm SO close!!!  I mean..I still have at least another twenty or thirty thousand words to write to finish this book, but still, 50,000 in a month is a feat.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Day 24

Woohoo, less than 10,000 words to go!  I can't believe how far I've come already.  It doesn't really feel like it was a sacrifice at all...which is great!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Day 23 - Back on track

I've caught back up and am a tiny bit ahead again.  Woohoo!  And we haven't even made it to the long weekend yet.  My office is closing on Wednesday at noon, so I plan on driving straight to Barnes and Noble to spend over four full hours there.  I'm pretty freakin excited about it.  I never count on afternoons like that though, anything could happen.  One of my daughters could get sick, I could get sick, some work thing could pop up...but I now have 3 flex days to take before the end of the year, so I'll keep that in mind if the afternoon doesn't work out.  I can just plan to take a day off the week after Thanksgiving.  Maybe I'll take that Monday off?

Time for bed for now...

Saturday, November 22, 2014


I just got to Barnes N Noble for my weekly writing session and the most amazing thing happened!  There's a girl sitting by herself with a macbook and I'm nosy and saw the screen and recognized it immediately to be Scrivener!  So exciting!  And I'm sure she's doing NaNoWriMo because she's on Chapter 17, and so am I (because if you do the typical average of 2,000 per chapter, that's where you'd be (about) on this Day.

I'm a wimp so I haven't said anything, plus I keep wondering if I'd want some random stranger coming up and interrupting my progress if the situations were reversed.  So I just sat behind her with my iced coffee and rice krisy bar.  I'm not reading over her shoulder, I promise, but that's only because I can't do it without looking super blatant.

Anyway, I came here for a reason, so I need to stop stalling.

She's being way more productive than me.  Whole grande coffee done already.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Day 20ish

I'm still doing this, I swear.  I had a jewelry crisis the other night so I didn't reach my word count goal that day, then last night I fell asleep writing so I came up short.  And tonight I only got to 1500 words, so I just can't get back on track here.  But I'm determined to do better this weekend.  I don't have as much jewelry to work on and I have my new trusty Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to help my productivity (I just got it set up tonight...hence the reason why I didn't write as much and I'm going to bed at 12:30...I'm going to be exhausted tomorrow!).

Look what my husband got me:

Such an awesome gift...super excited about it.

Only about 17,000 words to go before I finish my first ever NaNoWriMo!!

And I have a 4 day weekend to work on it (we live too far from family to have any plans other than a nice dinner just the 4 of us..ie, lots of writing time, so I'm not concerned that I won't be able to finish this).

Okay...bed time.  


Monday, November 17, 2014

Day 17

I'm really really loving this experience, and the book I'm working on.  Which at day 17 is probably a good sign.  Up until this month I've only ever tried writing young adult and this project is making me wonder if that's not the voice I'm meant to be writing.  It could just be the amount I'm writing everyday, but I've been thinking about my project a lot more throughout the day now than I remember doing with the last manuscript I wrote.  And I'm thinking about it like I think about a good book I'm reading.  I don't mean that to sound vein or presumptuous...I just feel like I'm connecting more with this type of writing than anything else I've done up until now.  So I'm excited to look back and reread what I've accomplished this month.

So here's yesterday's part 2:

And today's totals:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Day 16

I plan to stay up late tonight again and Steve goes on a work trip tomorrow so I should be able to make time to write after the kids go to bed for the next few nights.  I'm still on track...even if I did fall behind a little...

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Day 15

Work and jewelry are my excuses.  But I'm busting my butt to get back on track, so cut me some slack...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Day 12

Really really really tired...

Got up at 3:45 this morning...let my house at 4:30 to drive to the airport.  Flew to Los Angeles for a training in Donor Perfect Online for work...then flew back to Phoenix and got home at 9 this evening.  Bad parts...I had to bring a breast pump and pump in the trainer's hotel room (awkward, right?), had to be away from the family all day (couldn't nurse Abby this morning and made her stay up late so I could nurse her to sleep tonight), plus getting to flights on time and all that stuff stresses me out.  But I had some time to write while waiting for flights and sitting on planes.  So that's good.  And now I'm going to bed.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Day 9 Parts 1 and 2

I had kind of an awesome day with the writing.  Hang on a second.  This may have been the fullest day I've had in every regard of my life, ever.  Recapping..I woke up (terrible night of sleep), made a list (detailed down to the time in which I needed to get everything done), started...
Nursed Abby
Picked out photos for Abby's spotlight board at daycare
Had breakfast and wrote for about 20 minutes
Went for a run with the dog (3.1 miles)
Took a shower
Gave Abby an early lunch
Nursed Abby for her nap
Went to Barnes n Noble and wrote for an hour and a half
Went to Walmart to pick up the photos and other various items
Got home just in time for Steve to leave for work
Cleaned, mopped, put away dishes, made the spotlight board collage thing, folded clothes, got some finished jewelry sanded and fired in the kiln, nursed Abby, played with Jane, gave Jane a bath, helped Steve put away groceries he picked up on way home from work, pumped, ate dinner, nursed Abby for bedtime, finally sat down to read for fun (Unbroken...finally), half watched an episode of Homeland, then finished out the day with another 2 hours of writing.

Part One:
 Part Two;

So now I'm going to bed.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Day 8

I fell a little behind yesterday, having written only 932 words.  Today I did my regular amount of around 1700 then realized I forgot to put my words in from yesterday, so that chart is a little off.  Whoops.  My bad.

And tonight I'm feeling pretty great about my stuff so far.  It's a roller coaster, one day I'll feel like I do right now (I'm the best writer on this planet) and other days (most days) I'll feel like I should do everyone a favor and stop this ridiculous time-consuming hobby.  There's really rarely any in-between days.  I guess the in-between days are the ones where I'm not doing any writing.  I feel like I should be writing, but I have no strong opinion about the quality of the writing I produce.

So right now I'm writing more than I've ever written before (except when I was really pushing to finish that book a couple of years ago) and I'm feeling (so far) pretty good about the quality.

Hopefully I can keep it up.

Good night :)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Day 6

Finished early today.  So tired.  Didn't reach the goal for today but close enough:

1519 words tonight...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

What the hell??

I'm typing along...feeling pretty good about the quality of my stuff...when suddenly it's like the backspace on my keyboard is stuck.  Over 200 words were deleted by the time I just closed out of Scrivener and restarted my tablet.  I still don't know what happened, but I suspect it was just a random, very poorly-timed glitch in the tablet.  I couldn't get the on screen keyboard to open at all, no matter what program I was in.  So I had a pretty ridiculous delay tonight in my writing, but it woke me up so I was still able to recover (rewrite) the jist of what I had down originally and reached my daily word goal.  But seriously...what the shit?  I couldn't be more annoyed...

Monday, November 3, 2014

I am exhausted. Day 3.

I'm sure I'll get better at staying awake to write at night.  For the first time (from what I can remember) I wrote out part of a dream I started having about sponsors at work.  Wrote the word sponsor into my book after saying it in my dream to my boss.  That was a fun kind of first.  I got a second wind, but only after eating a small meal consisting of junk food (a blow pop, lightly salted Lay's potato chips and a box of dark chocolate yogurt covered raisins...I feel slightly sick now and I'm only barely keeping my eyes open, but it got me through my goal word count so I guess the calories were worth it?).

So here I am on Day 3...

And it's only 11:15.  Maybe a later cup of coffee will help tomorrow night?  I had a cup tonight but it was over 5 hours ago.  I really hope I don't gain 20 pounds this month using food to keep me from passing out on my keyboard.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Day 2

I plan to do another 500 or so this evening...maybe more.  Going good so far!