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NanoWriMo Break

I was going to do NanoWriMo this year. I really was. I had my story all picked out. I had time set aside. Then I got three new clients and had to fit in their work instead of my work. So, I’m going to make February my NanoWriMo.

My point is, sometimes life happens. Sometimes a month can get reeeeeaaallllyyyy stressful. So, for all of you participating in NanoWriMo… first of all, WELL DONE for participating!!! You are amazing.

Second of all, if you need a little break, here’s something fun that put a smile on my face:

Watch the whole thing. The last song is hilarious.

Just remember, ultimately, all you do is win. Happy NanoWriMo!


Happy Belated NaNoWriMo

It’s National Novel Writing Month and I, predictably, have been notably absent from my fiction writing corner.  I swear, this happens every year.  Either I’m a very contradictory person or someone really screwed up making NaNoWriMo in November.  Either way, I’m here now, writing, and that’s all that counts.

Since I basically didn’t post AT ALL last week (shame on me!), I will tell you that I did not do all that well, but I did do some writing.  I ended the week at 42,815 words.  This means that, yes, all I wrote last week was 2,749 words.  Not horrendous, but not great.

The idea now, in order to get this book into some semblance of a correct word count, I need to do about 1,400 words a day (just on the week days).  I am trying to do more at the beginning of the month, though, because my husband’s bday and Thanksgiving are at the end of the month, plus my bday is at the beginning of December, and I don’t want this book dragging on till then.  If it does, you’ll find me in a corner somewhere in Portland, OR, sobbing.  Hopefully I’ll be at home or in Powell’s.

So, my word count for today is 43,851.  That’s 1,036 words done today.  It’s not a great start, but I haven’t been writing on the book since the beginning of last week, so it took me a little bit to immerse myself back into the story.

As an aside, last week one of my very dear friends came up to visit.  She is actually the reason I moved up to Portland – after which she moved back to my hometown, Los Angeles.  We had a great time catching up and I got a chance to

This is part of the Shanghai Tunnel system.

This is part of the Shanghai Tunnel system.

see some of Portland that I normally don’t take the time to see.  One such place with the Shanghai Tunnels.  We went on a haunted night tour – even though Halloween is over.  It was pretty impressive.  There used to be an entire underground substructure to Portland, with opium dens, prostitution, and – most notably – kidnapping and human trafficking.  Portland has a tragic history on this subject, and there is still human trafficking today, but back in the day there were men who would find vagrants, lumberjacks, cowboys, sailors, and others “just passing through” and kidnap them.  Then they would sell these men to a sea captain and the man would wake up on a ship – out at sea.  Women were also kidnapped and sold to other cities as prostitutes.  It was an extremely spooky and horrific tour which made no joke out of the intense human suffering that occurred down in those tunnels.  I really found it fascinating.

That’s all from me today!  I will be more consistent now that my friend has flown away.

I leave you with a writing quote:

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” – Mark Twain

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):


A Little Help From My Friends

I am a podcast junkie, and I am already extraordinarily jealous of people who get published on audio magazines like The Drabblecast, Pseudopod, Escape Pod, and the Dunesteef.  I’ve been published on The Way of the Buffalo, but honestly I haven’t made a consistent foray into the short fiction world.  In fact, pretty much every time I start to work on something short, I end up working on something long.  My current book – working title “Hunting Annabelle” – came from a short story I wrote, then rewrote, then rewrote again.

The reason I bring this up is because I have several friends who are self publishing right now.  They get that instant gratification, they get the money, and I start to wonder what I’m doing trying to get traditionally published.  But then, I have only recently got up enough courage to think that what I’m writing might be interesting to more people than just my mom.  Then I started working on one of my original novels (yes, I’ve written more than one – and I hope none of my old ones ever see the light of day).  Once I realized that I was overwhelmed with the project to which I had set myself – it was epic fantasy – I went to short stories.  Then I decided the story I’d rewritten a bunch should actually be a novel.  Now I’m starting again.

Now that I’m about a third of my way through the story (it’s at 22,479 words as of today), I am feeling some impostor syndrome.  I always feel like this shouldn’t happen – and it always does.  I mean, I write nonfiction articles for a living!! So, why do I feel so impostor-y when I write fiction?  One way I deal with inner turmoil as a writer is by seeking inspiration.  My usual sources are the wonderful (and now Campbell Award Winning!!!) Mur Lafferty and those inspirational people at Writing Excuses.  I also have a dear friend who I wish lived closer that is a traditionally published author.  Heck, my mom is an author for goodness sakes!!

I think what’s really happened is I set a target for myself and now I’m freaking out.  I decided I have to finish my novel by the end of NanoWriMo.  There’s no way on earth that I think I could write an entire novel in one month, but I figure I can at least finish my novel by then.  That gives me about 2 months.  Which means I have to write about 1000 words every day.  That isn’t that much, but I am, by nature, a procrastinator and an over-estimator.  I always start out going “Oh, yeah, that’ll be easy.  So easy that I can put it off until tomorrow.”  So, I’m fighting against myself.

In an effort to get this project done, I’m going to try and post my word count on a semi-daily basis until the first draft is done.  Then I’ll have to figure out another way to get some help from my friends. 🙂

I leave you now with a Macklemore song I like to use to pump myself up (note that it’s explicit):

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