Category Archives: NaNoWriMo

this is more like it!

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and now Sunday–and I have done my 5 minutes (at the very least) all of these days. 🙂 It’s mostly journal-type stuff, but Saturday I added some wordage to my NaNoWriMo 2010 re-write. It’s not perfect, of course. I’m kind of looking at this as the second first draft, since a lot of it is just going to be completely different.

I sort of started the reboot yesterday as well, but I’m not sure how that’s going to go, exactly. I kind of thought I could do a short story with it and submit it to Jeremy’s Mad Scientist anthology…but I don’t know about that now. We’ll see what else I can come up with this week.

I’m already kind of full-up on things to do this week already, with sewing the baby quilt (picture to be provided when there is a baby quilt to photograph!), doing my outplacement stuff to get info on either finding a new job or starting my own business (more likely both of these things), helping out at the coffee shop, and doing doula business stuff. It’s going to be a long week, but I think it’ll be a good one. 🙂



five-day headache

Just when I think it’s not going to happen today, it happens. It’s not a headache that makes me want to scream and claw my eyes out or anything; it’s just kind of dull and there, mainly on the left side. My mom told me to call the doc if it keeps happening, and I believe I’ll be calling the doc tomorrow morning.

On the writing front, for ROW80: my goals were up and down this time, everything from writing 5 minutes a day to doing NaNoWriMo in November, and a few places in between. Nothing has stuck this time around. It took hearing of Anne McCaffrey‘s death to get me writing again this fall, and I’ve written about 5K words in the past few weeks. I don’t think they’re brilliant, and who knows if they’ll go anywhere, but the point is that I’m writing again.

I think that I may not write tonight, however; though I’ve taken the bulbs out of the light above my head and turned down the brightness and contrast on my three computer monitors, my headache is slowly increasing. Definitely time to call the doc tomorrow.  *sigh*


ROW80 post of updatedness

Though there’s not really anything to update. Life is quite hectic right now. I probably shouldn’t have signed up for this…but I think I was hoping for a reason to find some writing time–any writing time. Any at all. Hasn’t happened yet.

I haven’t even set a goal for Round 4 yet, other than writing every day, which will work its way into NaNoWriMo in November. Wow…not sure how that’s gonna happen, either, except that the coffee shop I’m helping to construct/paint/polyurethane wooden counters/scrape old carpet glue off the floors/move and carry garbage for should be open by the end of October at the latest. Hopefully then I’ll be able to get some sleep as well.

Words of encouragement? Anyone? *echo*


Round of Words in 80 Days – Round 4, here I come!

I skipped round three, because I didn’t get anything done. Things have changed in my life since then, and NaNoWriMo is coming up, so it’s time to get going.

And I’m thinking of dumping my Facebook page because it’s sucking my time a lot like Twitter did earlier this year.

Thoughts on that? Don’t know who will look at this…but I would appreciate input from other busy people if you have any. 🙂


saturday writing group

Type and Gripe. Totally. There are three of us here right now–whoops, down to two. I’m spending my time looking at spec fiction markets with open submissions. I’m not writing anything, of course, but I am looking at markets and bookmarking them. Silly…

I need to concentrate on writing more. Like get out one of my myriad books on writing and spend time every day doing an exercise. Sitting here staring at my computer in the vain hope of coming up with my next “brilliant” idea isn’t working!

The artwork at our Saturday morning coffee shop has finally changed from frightening naked woman paintings with bird heads and various other random images to stuff with chickens and bunnies and chinchillas and flowers. Much less disturbing. I wonder if they got any complaints on the previous show?

It’s possible I need to re-sign up for A Round of Words in 80 Days. NaNoWriMo is coming up quick–only like a month and a half away now!!!–and I have NOTHING lined up for that. Getting into writing something every day would really be ideal before November happens! Especially since I may need to be AHEAD of schedule this year; I have a doula client due December 10th, and I know that if I leave everything for the last days of the month, I’ll end up attending a birth at the most inopportune moment instead of writing. Of course, I’m not getting paid for either venture, so it’s about even…but I would really like to finish NaNo this year. 🙂 And finishing the story would be a bit of a bonus as well!

I believe I need to set up a schedule for my days. Like a real one, seven days a week, from wake up time to sleep time. I think I’ll work on that at work today, if we’re not too horribly busy. Scheduling time to write a schedule…nice. If it works, then it’s awesome. Maybe I can set up a spreadsheet like my new YNAB program and “budget” my time in minutes. Hmmm…perhaps not. That might be a little bit of overkill… 😉


217 WORDS! or ROW80 update 1.19.11

That’s right, folks–217 words written yesterday. It’s the first substantial amount of words I’ve written since the end of November. And when I say substantial, I mean more than the sentence I’ve written on my re-write of the NaNo novel.

This particular 217 words was on a fanfic series I’ve been working on since last year for “Supernatural“. We were given 30 prompts (1 word prompts, in this case) and directed to write 30 so-called “snapshots”. They can be tied together as a story, or glimpses of a character or characters’ lives, or anything else you can think of. There just need to be 30 of them. I think I’m on 12 or 13, and have actually only published 9 or 10 of them on LiveJournal. I was stuck for a while on one of the snapshots, and I think I’ve finally unstuck myself. Amazing what realizing that fanfic writing is still WRITING will do for the stalled imagination…

In other news, I told my boss about my doula plans. I realized in one of the class sessions last weekend that I just really needed to tell him–partially because I’ll be needing some somewhat flexible time off days, but mostly because I don’t want to lie about it anymore. I guess I was worried he would fly into a rage and fire me, but once I realized that wasn’t gonna happen, it was all okay. So I told him I’d be around until the end of September, and I think I’m going to stick with that–unless I get employment through a birth center or a hospital that starts sooner. I need to keep working, and have a steady income, to pay things off between now and then so I don’t have to have such a steady income when I’m done here.

So…that’s the news as I know it. Until Sunday!!!