Friday, November 29, 2013

NaNoWriMo is over!

This has been an amazing ride!  1667+ words a day, a book finished in a month... 

When I started, I was ready for this to be difficult.  Trying.  Instead, I found that the pressure reinvigorated my writing spirit.  I had felt like I was dragging my heels in the mud, barely eking out a few hundred words a day, and sometimes not even that.
No more.
Now I know I can find the time.  I did it for a month.  I can do it for another.  And another.  And another.

Thanks for reading!  Keep an eye out for my NaNoWriMo book in a month or two.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Day 7 of NaNoWriMo - my first setback

So I've been cruising along on NaNoWriMo, getting a little over 1700 words in each day, just ahead of the curve.  Day 7 comes along, and, while on break and at lunch I get a little over 400 words done.  No problem.  I'll finish at home.

I get home, unpack my laptop...and the charger is missing.  I forgot to bring it.  You wouldn't think that would matter, except my laptop (since my personal one got stolen) is a piece of crap that can't hold a charge for twenty minutes.  Seriously.

So I bust out another 400 or so words before the battery gives out.  Less than half the day's quota all told.


I shall persevere!

I will make up the missing words today and bring myself back up to speed!

All hail NaNoWriMo!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

NaNoWriMo is...AMAZING!

Hello, faithful readers!

First, I want to say, "Wow!"  I updated my blog for the first time in a while yesterday...and in less than 12 hours I got over a hundred pageviews!  Thanks!

Now...NaNoWriMo.  For those of you who don't know, NaNoWriMo is the acronym for National Novel Writing Month; the objective is to complete a 50k novel in 30 days.  This requires an average of 1667 words per day.  I started writing a sci-fi/thriller novel (it didn't start out as a thriller, but you know how that goes).  I'm on track and will cross 10k words today, Day 6 of NaNoWriMo.

What can I say?  Putting myself under this kind of pressure to write has been like a shot in the arm, like a draught of caffeine when I'm dragging!  I had forgotten how much fun it was to just churn words out on the page like that; since I lost my computer (and the half-novel that was on it), I've been struggling to find time to write.  So many things kept getting in the way - the day job, kids, sleep - and I was having a hard time putting 100 words down, let alone my old quota of 1600.

But...when I have to do it?  When it's the matter of success or failure at an admittedly made-up deadline?  I get 1700 + easy and still have time in the day.  I find a few moments to type and there are another 100, 200, 300 words.  It's like I'm on steroids, like a runner in a marathon would feel if he/she was dragging ass after the 21st mile and someone came by and pumped all the fatigue out of their body (I was looking for a realistic analogy with that, but couldn't find one <.< >.>).  Keep a lookout for Cycles of Destruction - Earth, first draft finished around the end of November!

Keep reading!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Damn, got overwhelmed...

So my computer got stolen, I lost 30k words of a book because of it, and I've been busy busy busy...

But NaNoWriMo has got me off my butt, and I'm back!  If you sent me a message or something and you thought I ignored you, I promise that wasn't the case.  I'm reconnecting, writing, and coming back into the fold.

I wanted to give a big "thank you" to everyone who reviewed my novels while I was away!  Your reviews make my day.  Thanks!

I'm 8500 words into my NaNoWriMo novel, a sci-fi thriller story called Cycles of Destruction - Earth.  I can't wait to see where it goes!  I'm also working on a paranormal fantasy story involving Apollo as the last pagan god, so stay tuned!