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A Pilgrims Progress

Admittedly I am not a Pilgrim. I don’t think my family has been in America long enough to have been Pilgrims. Certainly not on my dad’s side, anyway.

Even so, I was thinking about Jane Austin and Little Women, because I have to collect quotes for a client, and I thought of Pilgrim’s Progress, which I recall being referenced over and over in that book.

My book progress is what I’m really here to talk about. I was at 37,307 when I started today. Now I’m at 39,329. That’s a sold 2,022 words written so far today. I want to get to at least 40,000 this week, so I’ll try working on it more later.

*This just in: I am now at 40,066 words on my novel.  That means I’ve written 5,323 words so far this week!  Yay!  I think that gives me leave to play this:

Although I’m not going to wear a unitard like that one.  So, don’t ask.  I couldn’t pull off his fabulous chest hair.


Friday Already?

This is madness.  I look away for one minute and a whole week goes by.  What have I been doing all week, you ask?  Not writing much, unfortunately.  On Monday I was up to 37,021 words.  Today, before I start challenging myself to get some darned writing done and stop editing and pondering, I am at 37,307 words.  Time to roll up the ol’ sleeves and get some writing done!  See you on the other side.


Word Count Update

So, in my effort to add words to my manuscript, I managed to edit out words.  Good going on my part, right?  But, I did actually write more words in the end, so that’s got to count for something.  I started out at 34,743 words and ended at 37,021 words.  That means I added 2,278 words between yesterday and today.  Not quite my 1,500 word a day goal, but close.  If you count the writing I actually get paid for, I wrote way over that.

It’s so gorgeous outside, I wish I could have an external office.  It’s my dream to one day have a house that I own, and for that house to have a little shack in the back.  I want to redo the shack and make it a tiny library/office.  In my dream home, the shack would have plumbing so I didn’t have to go into my home for bathroom breaks, and I’d just be out there, writing and watching things grow, rain fall, plants die, squirrels come and go, and more.  My dog would sleep at my feet as he’s doing now, and I would just create all day long.  Le sigh.  In this shack there would also be a super comfy chair, and two walls lined from floor to ceiling with bookshelves.  I could take down a book and read it in my comfy chair, my dog in my lap, and a lamp burning bright.

I’m pretty sure if I had such a place, I would never leave it.  I would get a mini fridge and a hot plate and eat out there, I would get a cot and sleep out there, and my husband would hate it.  So, we’ll see if there’s a tiny writing shack in my future.

I leave you now with something my good friend and actually published author, Jess Haines, tagged me in on Facebook.  She knows me all too well:

And from there I got sucked into this:

That’s all, I promise. I’ll post more tomorrow.

It’s Been a Whole Week

I have not posted in a week, which is a sad state of affairs.  As you may guess, I did not do nearly as well last week as I did the week before.   I am at 34,743 words, which means I wrote 2,804 words last week.  I basically wrote Monday and Tuesday and that’s about it.  I was a bit under the weather, which sucks.

Just to give an idea of what I need to accomplish now to make my goal of finishing my novel by the end of NaNoWriMo, I need to write at least 25,257 more words.  I probably should make that number 35,257, because I’d like my novel to be between 60k and 70k words.   In the last 20 days (since I started counting), I have written 12,778 words.   I have 41 days until the end of November.  When you take out weekends (because I almost never write on weekends) and Thanksgiving, I have 25 days until the end of November.  This means I have to write 1,411 words daily.  That’s actually not that bad.  I was doing the math while writing this and expecting to get a frightening number out of it.   That’s only about 7,055 words a week (that’s a five-day week).

So, I guess I’ll go for at least 1,500 daily.

I’ll write another update when I do my writing.  Right now I have to catch up on work stuff.

But, so I don’t leave you with nothing, this is what downtown Portland looked like yesterday (and probably looks like today if the fog in my backyard is anything to go on):


It Has Come to This

I thought that title was pretty dramatic, and today has been a pretty low drama day – besides bathing my dog who has been itching himself like a crack addict with his medicated shampoo, and then being stopped in the street as I walked him by a lady looking for her lost dog.  Also finding out that three of my favorite podcasts need dinero right now in order to last through 2014.  Besides all that, it has not been a dramatic day.

This is my dog

This is my dog

This is who my dog reminds me of when he's itching the crap out of himself

This is who my dog reminds me of when he’s itching the crap out of himself

But enough.  Le’s talk words.  Let’s count said words and see what we’ve got.

As of the beginning of last week I was at 25,858 words for my young adult, dark urban fantasy novel tentatively titled “Hunting Annabelle.”  As of Sunday night, my word count was at…(drumroll) 31,939 words.  This means I wrote 6,081 words last week!  That’s almost the 7,000 words I was dreaming of writing every week.  Yay!

So, in the spirit of trying to write 1,000 or more words a day, my wordcount for today is 33,558.  This is 1,619 words written today.  Jolly good, what?

Now, because I know it’s probably pretty boring just to hear word counts and not what the words are all about, I’m going to give a little, teensy hint.  This story’s protagonist is a teenager with an eating disorder and an addiction.  Three of her best friends have recently been in a disaster.  One lost his leg while the other two are missing.  Our heroine has to overcome her own issues to find and rescue her friends.  The setting is modern-day Los Angeles, with a twist, since it’s fantasy and all.

So there you go, the sneak peak that was no peak at all.

My Favorite Podcasts

Podcasting and audio magazines have been an inspiration for me for several years. I think the first few I discovered were the Escape Artist family and Mur Lafferty’s I Should be Writing. Heck, I remember when Podcastle actually started! Way to make me feel old.

Why am I bringing this up? My beloved Escape Artists are asking for funding – and are giving the listeners good reasons for subscribing to them. They are providing some premium content and, more importantly, they are going to keep their audio doors open. They are also talking about all the fabulous new offers they want to provide faithful listeners like me.

I’m buying the monthly paid subscription for the Escape Artists and for The Drabblecast this month and the months after. If you haven’t heard of these amazing podcasts, check them out. If you have and you enjoy them, please buy a subscription. Not just for your listening enjoyment, but for those fledgling authors who would never get a chance otherwise to get paid a fair price for their hard work.

So, do a good deed, support one of the independent businesses that epitomizes modern short story publishing.


As an update: Even Boing! Boing! is talking about this!

Weekend update

In my last post, I forgot to add a title, so I titled it “Apparently not worth writing a title for.”  In case that’s weird in the future, that’s why.

Anyway, I said I’d be busy this weekend and I’m about to make that promise into reality.  But I did get a little writing done last night and this morning.  I am now at 31,486 words.  That means I wrote 1,288 more words between yesterday’s post and today.  Whew!

I’m freaking out a little because I am obsessing about this book constantly.  I went on a date with the husb last night and all I could think about/talk about was my book.  Oh well.  I just need to work harder and finish it.

I gotta go now, but hopefully I’ll be able to write more in the morrow.  I leave you with a little ear candy:



Apparently not worth writing a title for

When I write as much as I did yesterday, much of my time is taken up by edits the next time I write.   Even so, I made my quota of 1,000 words today.  I also broke the 30k barrier today and hit 30,198, which means I wrote 1,112 words.  That means I’m at 4,340 so far for the week.  I’ve really overbooked myself this weekend, so I’m going to try and get a bunch of work done now and try to write again tonight.  If I want to actually make the target I set out for myself at the beginning of this challenge (1,000 words a day), I have to write another 2,660 more words.  That’s probably another hour and a half to two hours of writing – depending on how quickly I can immerse myself in the story.

One challenge I’m running into right now is that I am trying really hard to follow a plot that I already wrote, but there’s a lot to fill in in between the major actions.  There are also a lot of parts to the major action.  How do I know when I’m just doing what I should be doing and making the plot go to its logical conclusion, and when I’m just fiddling around and adding crap that shouldn’t be there?

The other thing is that I’m at 30,000 words and I’ve already hit act 3.  While this is a YA novel, so the word count can be kind of low, but what if I get stuck at 40k words?  That freaks me out.  I’m hoping to make this book between 60k and 70k words.  Also, what if I hit the sweet spot on words, then edit it and want to cut out like 10k words?  Then I’m screwed.  That’s why sometimes I have to turn the counter off and just write.

Finally, I have some mysterious stuff happening and I’m not planning on answering all questions by the end of the book.  One question will still be wide open.  I am planning on writing more than one story in this universe, so does it matter that there’s one wide open question at the end – but the rest are wrapped up?  There are other authors who do this, but they usually have a book deal for the series first…

On another note, I researched hospital scrubs for my novel, and now I’m getting google ads for “Scrubs and Beyond!”  Really?  From one search?  Come on now.


Back on the Horse

So the last couple of days have been pretty busy, but not for my fiction.  Oh well.  Today I wrote!  That’s an accomplishment!   I had to turn off the word count sign on my word doc to be able to concentrate.  For some reason today I’m having a hard time getting stuff done.  I think I can blame my dog for part of that.  He kept waking me up and now I’m tired.  But no matter!  I have overcome all adversity!  Here is my word count 29,086.  I was at 26,728.  That means I wrote 2,358 words today!  Not bad.  I had a slow start and was having a hard time staying in the story, but it took me somewhere interesting, so that was neat.

Now, it’s back to my real job with me!  Gotta meet those deadlines, baby!

I leave you with some fun stuff I’ve found over the last days:

First: The Oatmeal’s thought s on Columbus Day – or can we just call it Bartolome Day?  or Indigenous People’s Day?

Second: I have a blog about my failures and successes in cooking.  I just started it and the first post – on cooking wolf fish – is scheduled for tomorrow morning.

And, finally, this video – because my mom showed it to me, which makes it even more funny in my book:

End of Day Wrap Up

Today has been busy – and tomorrow promises to be equally, if not more busy.  So, just a swift update on word countage, then off to fold mouse-dropping-free laundry.

When I started writing, I was at 25,858.  I am now at 26,728.  That’s 870 words.  Not perfect, but I’ll try to get up early tomorrow and make a bigger dent in my numbers, along with a big dent in my work.

G’night internet land!

Time to join my dog in the snuggles!

Time to join my dog in the snuggles!

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