Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Excuses, Excuses

Hello, All!

It's Wednesday afternoon, even though I usually post Wednesday mornings. Normally, I don't really condone excuses, but I've got a list of them for you today.

  1. NaNoWriMo - I'm between 47k and 48k, so I'm on track to finish my 50,000 words!!! This is very exciting. (And totally time consuming.)
  2. My husband has been working all sorts of crazy hours this month, so things have been a bit hectic in our household. Plus, I missing him. (Very sad for me, you see?)
  3. I've had an obnoxious cold for the past two weeks, and I actually chose to go to bed crazy early last night rather than write you an intelligent and entertaining blog post. (Ahhhhhh, it was a delightful night's sleep. I smile when I think back on it.)
  4. Nope. I'm out. Huh. I could have sworn I had a few others to throw out there.
And now let me distract you all with this picture of me petting a cow:

I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but this is a VERY large cow. Or at least I thought so. He was way bigger than me, I can tell you that.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

NaNoWriMo Progress

So, to be honest, you nearly didn't get a blog post this Wednesday either.

NaNoWriMo is freaking hard!

But it is kind of cool just how much it's forcing me to write, plus the site itself is pretty darn neat, even though I know I'm not using it to its fullest potential.

For example, I can use the site to keep track of my novel's progress. There are statistics and a chart and everything. Here are my current stats (from Tues night):

As you can see, I have been writing a helluva lot of words per day (in my opinion). I've got just over 35k done, and at the rate I'm going I might actually finish early (ha!).

I'm not sure how many of you realized this, but I am a total nerd. I am a big fan of charts and graphs and things. I even know which one's the x axis and which one's the y. (Hint: "Words" is written along the y axis.)

So I'm totally loving this graph, mostly because it shows that I've been keeping steadily above my cumulative goal for each day. I find that to be incredibly encouraging because, darn it, this is hard stuff.

So that's all for today . . . I've got more writing to do!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Oh, Dearie Me

I've missed my Wednesday Post!

I've been writing away, trying to get my 50,000 words in for NaNoWriMo, so I do have some sort of an excuse. I'm just over half way and on track, but it has started to feel like a bit like a slog. I still think I can do it, though. I'm trying to push through!

And because this post is barely a post, I'm going to add in this photo that I took of a goat. It makes me smile.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Writing Update 11-6-13: Query Impatience and NaNo

Cool Dragon Doorknob by MacMANU

It's been a week and three days since I sent out my first round of query letters, not that I'm counting or anything (I am). I haven't heard anything back yet, but the reasonable part of my brain knows that it would be highly unusual to have heard back by now. The unreasonable part, of course, wants to know what exactly's wrong with my book and why no one loves the poor, misbegotten thing.

Fortunately, NaNoWriMo has been distracting me very successfully. (Hmm, I wonder if I can count this post towards my total word count. Nah, I'll try to tough it out with my actual manuscript).

As of the end of Tuesday (day 5 of NaNo), I had written just over 12,000 words. That actually puts me about two days ahead of schedule, which is good. I play to win! And writing 50,000 words in 30 days is rough stuff.

I wish I'd managed to build a little bit more of a word count buffer for myself over the weekend. Getting in 1,667 words per day can be tough. Some times I just sit there and stare at the screen, wondering how to write what I think I want to write. Fortunately outlining has kept me going, always giving me something to write about even if I'm not quite sure it's right.

I feel like I'll definitely have a few more thoughts on NaNo that I'll want to share later. It's early days yet.

And hopefully I'll have (good) querying updates to share later as well. We shall see.