Happy Halloween!

Today’s my self-imposed deadline. Chance that I’ll make it? Slim, at best. But that’s okay, I think. I could make choices today that would let me finish–I could skip yoga and cancel my evening plan to see the Spin Doctors at Epcot. But I’m not going to. A well-balanced life is more important than meeting an artificial deadline.

I blew yesterday’s goal out of the water, though: 2,634 words and I like most of them quite a bit. Let’s see if today I can add another thousand!

An end in sight

Met my goal yesterday, more or less. Spent the day hating every word but writing them anyway. Finished the chapter, and said, blah, but I’m moving on anyway. Then read the chapter and actually quite liked it. It’s nice when that happens, but I wish I could skip the stage of hating the words first.

Today’s goal: to write a big chunk of the last chapter. At least 1000 words and I’m actually hoping for more like 2000. I’m not entirely sure of how the pieces of the ending fit together, so it’s time to find out.

A quick note

Met my goal yesterday: fixed some words, added a few others.
Today’s goal: to finish this chapter and be at least satisfied enough with it to let go of it and move on.

I’ve got one more chapter and an epilogue to write before I’m done and two more days to meet my arbitrary Halloween goal. I’m not optimistic. But I will probably start looking for beta readers very soon if anyone reading this is interested. Leave a comment or send an email.

The NaNoWriMo Cometh!

Sorry that I’ve been so quiet for a few days. I had a quick trip with my family to South Florida to visit my brother-in-law. It was really nice to get away for 24 hours!

When I got home, I officially signed up for NaNoWriMo. Why not?! Just another online venue to publicly declare my writing goals and hopefully feel some sense of accountability to it.

But I discovered that the Orlando group was having a Kick-Off Event at a restaurant less than five minutes from my house the next day. Cool!!

I went to the event yesterday, and I was amazed that over 50 other authors were in attendance too. I did enjoy the cultish fervor among the NaNoWriMo-ites (or whatever we are supposed to call ourselves). I love being in a crowd of like-minded, equally nerdy/unique individuals. 😉

Although the sizable crowd seriously diminished any chance of my winning a door prize. (And I seriously wanted to win one of the two flasks. They didn’t have Supernatural logos on them, but what the hell. I could still use it as a prop if I decide to do Halloween as Dean Winchester.)

So, I apparently have three more days to prepare before the big write-athon begins on November 1st – and I’ve already earned 5 badges!! (Badges? Really? This feels like the Girl Scouts.)

But, I am ready. 😉

(NOTE: I wanted to post an image of one of the button ads they let us use to promote that we’re doing NaNoWriMo this year. But as a graphic artist, this year’s batch of buttons are horrid. So this will be an image-free post today. :/  )

 

Mistakes were made

I’m annoyed with myself.

Yesterday I managed 1000 words. Go, me. Unfortunately, quite a few of them were rewrites of Saturday’s 500 words. I finished out the day with 1200 words and a vague feeling of dissatisfaction.

This morning, I finally figured it out. I ended my previous chapter with Rose shrieking in exasperation. But these 1200 words don’t pick up with her having that same energy level and they should have. There’s some cute stuff in there, and I’m not completely unhappy with the flow of action, but the tone is wrong. So today I’ll be back on that same 1200 words, trying to make Rose’s actions, thoughts and emotions consistent with where she was, instead of the sudden drop in her tension level which is what I wrote over the weekend. Progress, I suppose?

At least I understand where I went wrong. But I’m vexed with myself for not having seen it Saturday morning. I didn’t quite waste two days (words are never wasted!), but it feels like I came close.

Today’s goal: to fix this scene AND move on. I want these words to be better and some new words to be produced. My Thursday deadline is fast approaching.

An ongoing binge

Wrote my 500 words yesterday, then promptly returned to my Grimm binge. C came home while I was watching, giving me my first reason to explain that I wouldn’t be yelling at the television if I didn’t like the show. If I’m watching a show that I don’t like, I just sort of wander away. I get distracted and think of something I should do, and then it turns out that the entire episode has played while I was off moving laundry around and writing a to-do list and checking my bank statement or whatever minor task was more interesting than sitting still in front of the screen. Most television shows fall into that category for me. Grimm, on the other hand, at least through season 2, involves wanting to throw things and much complaining about characters’ behavior. I can’t wait to get back it today. 🙂 I might also have to swing by some fanfic forums, too, and find out what sort of stories people are writing.

First, though, 1000 words on my story!

A Grimm Binge

Totally broke my chain yesterday. Smashed it into pieces. I kept getting distracted, feeling like I had plenty of time, because I had nothing that I planned to do except write, write, write.

And then I started watching Season 2 of Grimm. Ten episodes later, I still had the feeling of being in a really good book that I just didn’t want to let go of. But today, I’m not going to start watching until I’ve written at least 500 words, and done at least a few other useful things. Laundry, maybe, and running errands.

I think I’m finding it hard to let go of this project. I keep adding little bits instead of simply writing the last two scenes. I’ve been working on it for so long.