NaNoWriMo17: Day 22

After leaving work at noon today, I managed to conquer 23k words, which brings me up to being only 6.5k behind schedule! Two hours of writing is all that makes the difference at this point. And with the holiday weekend only just having begun, I’m hopeful this success will continue forward as a streak. I’m at 360k right now. I can almost taste 400k (and it is delicious).

Thanksgiving will be full of food and people, and every year I take my laptop to whichever house we happen to be gathering at so I can get some words in. This year, however, my laptop is largely out of commission. (The screen hinges broke. The poor thing literally flops 180 degrees flat. Like a table. But the screen still works! Smart table?) I’ll try taking it over anyway–my sister, who’s hosting Thanksgiving, won’t mind, but I’ll have very limited places to set it up. For example, I can’t set it in my lap. So really then it’s just a floptop?

In any case, I’m going to shoot for 20k tomorrow. In 2015, I managed to write 22k on Thanksgiving, but I’ll be conservative-ish and hope for the best. One never knows with family get-togethers and floptops.

May you all have a fulfilling, festive, family-, food-, and fun-filled Thanksgiving! (Full of words, too.)


NaNoWriMo17: Day 21


I’m writing this at midnight, mind you, but I hit 17k today with five beautiful minutes to spare, so that brings me up to 337k total. It’s 1k less than I really wanted, but I didn’t fall behind any farther, and I managed to dent the slack with a few hundred more words.

I recognize that, at this point, I can validate for the month, but I’m going to push it as close to 500k as I can. I don’t want to lose motivation, and I prefer the green bar over the purple simply because green is my favorite color.

Tomorrow, I will only be working half a day, so I’m crossing my fingers for 20k (well, it’s hard to type when your fingers are crossed, so we’ll keep it figurative). I hit another good spot in this novel, and for once I actually don’t feel like I’m going to collapse, in spite of the hour. Not going to tempt fate, though, so I’m off to bed.

Happy writing, y’all!


NaNoWriMo17: Day 20

After an almost-17k day, I’m up to 320k, which keeps me 13.5k words behind. The good news is that it’s not yet 11:30pm, so I consider that an accomplishment.

Another great thing is that I will have an unexpected half-day off on Wednesday. This should give me enough time to start eating at that trailing number, and then I have Thanksgiving (historically a high word-count day for me) and a half-day on Friday, and then the weekend. For the first time in a week, I’m feeling (maybe prematurely) confident that the half-mill will be a breeze*.

And my favorite character has returned to the story in book 5 of the quintet! Of course, at this point he’s a brainwashed puppet, but that won’t last much longer. He’ll be back to rights within about 3000 words tomorrow, so yay for that.

All in all, a decent start to the week. I will be working to maintain and exceed my pace!

*Breeze is a relative term and should be used with caution. Any mention of “breeze” or “breeziness” does not indicate the absence of hard work, frustration, and ultimate despair. Please consult the This is Going Better Than I Hoped NaNo forum if you find yourself using this or similar terms in reference to writing.

NaNoWriMo17: Day 19

Well, 26k words later, I’m at 303k and have started to cut down on the words I need to catch up. I’m only 13.5k words behind now, which, if I can maintain the 16.5k tomorrow, Tuesday, and Wednesday, will be easily made up from Thanksgiving onward through the weekend. I feel a lot better now.

I also finished my third book for NaNo, and book four in the quintet! Which means I’ve started the penultimate installment, and, wow, it’s so weird to me to have the MC back in her hometown, which she left rather suddenly and unexpectedly in book 1. It’s been fun writing the sensations and overwhelming homesickness being cured as she starts kicking butt at home. Geez, you leave town for two months and they change everything.

I’m calling it an “early” night at just past 11; I need to work tomorrow, and I’m already feeling my eyelids begin to droop. I have found that I have a better day all around if I can get at least 4k words in before work, but doing that requires getting up early, especially if I’m going to practice violin, too.

This is our last full week of NaNo, people. Let’s surprise ourselves!

NaNoWriMo17: Day 18

After a long day at Disney–both for fun and to help me escape the stressors currently bearing down on me–I was able to rack up 6k, bringing my total to an unexciting 277k. However, this is a great jumping-off point for tomorrow–do I smell a 23k day to push me to 300k? I sure hope so. I’m 23k words behind today, which means if I can hit 300k tomorrow, I’ll only be a day behind. With Thanksgiving coming up, I should be able to make that up.

I’m calling it a night early to give me the best chance to do well tomorrow. As can be understood from most of my “disappointed” posts, weariness is the #1 cause of my frustration.

I hope everyone’s weekend has been chock-full of words so far! Let’s make this weekend count!

NaNoWriMo17: Day 17

Yet another disappointing day of just a couple hundred words shy of 11k, which brings the tally up to 271k. That’s now about 12k behind schedule. In my defense, today was definitely among the top 25 worst days of my life, and the issues were not even writing related except for the stress of juggling NaNo with everything else–and I’m sure staying up late to write doesn’t help.

All day, my characters have been in the middle of a huge ship battle, which has been fun, but it also means that the end of book 4 is coming, probably within the next 10k words. I’m only planning to write another 6k tomorrow due to a previous engagement, however, so I might not finish the book until Sunday.

I’m leaning on Sunday to help me catch up considerably. We’ll see how I feel at that time, but I would like to write at least 20k, which would start working on that lag a little bit. Maybe I might even be able to spur myself on to 300k, depending on how much I write tomorrow. Then I’ll have a week and a half in which to write 200k. *faints*

NaNoWriMo17: Day 16

I took a much-needed breather today, and that might be what happens over the next few days. I’m just too busy this week to worry about staying up extra late to get this writing done, and I know I can catch up. How do I know that? Because I must catch up!

So I’m calling it a night at a little over 10k written–not my worst–which brings me to 260k, 6.5k under par. This is okay; it can be recovered, and it wasn’t unexpected. I figure as long as I don’t get more than 25k behind schedule, I should be all right.

I hope everyone has been able to get plenty of rest!

NaNoWriMo17: Day 15

And… we’ve reached the halfway point!

I had everything planned today. It was going to be tight, but I could do it. I could hit 250k. I would take lunch to write, then I had to help a friend for 1.5 hours including travel time, and then I could write all night long.

Except I went out to lunch with my coworker/mentor instead (which I was glad to do–I’m being trained, and I got a chance to ask questions I hadn’t yet been able to), and then the simple favor for my friend, whom I consider family, combusted into a full-blown tech issue that stretched the visit to 2.5 hours plus travel and still hasn’t been resolved, much to my frustration. After taking care of some things at home, I started writing again (I had about 6,000 words from the morning) at about the time I prefer to be in bed during non-NaNo months!

But, as I posted on the NaNo forum, the words were worded. I am sitting at 250,015 words after writing 15,999 today (no, I didn’t want to write that extra word), right on par for 500k. I have tons of obligations over the next few days, but I’m not going to complain about them. They are what they are, and the main challenge of NaNo is to write a novel even when you’re busy.

Anyway, the sleep must now be slept.

Happy writing, everyone!

NaNoWriMo17: Day 14

After a long day fighting insurance companies (which took up my lunch writing time), walking with my mom to reintroduce myself to the “outdoors” (it’s a pretty cool thing, this “outdoors” concept; I’m going to check into it some more after November), and dictating in my car at every opportunity, I’m closing up shop with over 17k written for the day, which gives me about a 500-word buffer. That brings me to just over 234k.

Tomorrow I have to be at 250k to stay on track. It’s getting tough. I’m falling asleep while writing (really, I’ll still be typing, wake up a few seconds later, and realize I started writing whatever irrelevant thing I was dreaming/thinking about), and the distractions are growing. This week is heavy with obligations, and while I love all of those people to whom I have those obligations, it’s still a massive drain on my time! And I want to practice violin, dangit.

Tomorrow is shaping up to be a challenging but doable day, so I’m going to sign off now that it’s just after midnight. Write all the words, people!