Daily Writing Progress #37

Sunday, November 20th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 25452
    • New Words: 2337

Monday, November 21st

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 26071
    • New Words: 619

Tuesday, November 22nd

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 28018
    • New Words: 1947

Wednesday, November 23d

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 28128
    • New Words: 110

Thursday, November 24th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 28128
    • New Words: 0

Friday, November 25th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 30971
    • New Words: 2843

Saturday, November 26th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 33412
    • New Words: 2441

Grateful but not posting about it this week

I have a lot of things in my life to be greatful for. I’m in love with someone who loves me, and we have two snugly kittens. I got to meet three of my great-grandparents and all four of my grandparents. I am in good health. I have a job and a steady paycheck. I qualify for Covered California. I have a home. I have a really good pie crust recipe. I am on good terms with everyone in my family. 

Lots of good things. 

But right now I’m sad. Last week, my father’s mother passed away at the impressive age of 102, the same age her mother was when she died. Grammy had been saying she was ready to go for the past few years… but it’s still sad. It happened right before Thanksgiving and my dad’s birthday. 

I will miss her so much. I will, as soon as I get to Montana next week for the funeral and all the nostalgia is going to hit me all at once. For now, I am merely sad. 

August 1914 – November 2016

Daily Writing Progress #36

I could be doing better, but I feel okay about this. (Major personal accomplishment in that sentence alone.)

Not bad, considering I’m going most of my writing on my phone via Google doc.

Saturday, November 12th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 14179
    • New Words: 2254 (!!!)

Β Sunday, November 13th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 16861
    • New Words: 2682 (!!!)

Monday, November 14th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 18077
    • New Words: 1216

Tuesday, November 15th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 18784
    • New Words: 707

Wednesday, November 16th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 20138
    • New Words: 1354

Thursday, November 17th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 21547
    • New Words: 1409

Friday, November 18th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 22079
    • New Words: 532

Saturday, November 19th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 23115
    • New Words: 1036

I didn’t mean to be a pantser

At the beginning of October I had a plan. I was going to come up with an outline for a second draft of last November’s novel, from start to finish. Because I had hit the 50k mark but not actually finished the novel, I was determined this time. 

Then, my laptop keyboard crapped out on me. R through O in the top row stopped working and my motivation to prep dropped out from under me right along with it. Although I had been making good progress on an outline, that progress screeched to a halt — I had made the fatal mistake of using an online site to map it out that I couldn’t open on my phone. So what did I end up doing? I put that novel on hold and started a new one based on characters I’ve had floating in my brain since college. All I started with were two main characters, a basic plot direction, and nothing mapped between point A and point Z. 

Because I waffled on changing my plans right up until the last minute, I started writing before November 1st. It was a good thing I did; until the past few days, my word counts have been below the advised daily average. Never before have I so blatantly pantsed my way through a challenger like this. I don’t have a title, a summary, an outline, and I’m not bothering with breaking it up into chapters yet. 

But it’s okay!

I like what I’ve produced so far. I’ve given myself permission to go back and flesh some things out when I get stuck, which has relieved some of my inner editor’s frustrations. Because one of my MCs is a writer I have regular opportunities to change up the tone and genre. All the daily tensions from my job have found an outlet, albeit translated into a completely different line of work to avoid embarrassing myself or anyone I know. I don’t know if I will hit the 50k mark in time this year, but I’m cool with it. 

Most of all, I am grateful that my partner is participating alongside me this year. Their world building geniologies are an inspiration — and if I ever need help naming a random new character, I have someone to turn to. I love our chats about what we’re working on at any given moment. At some point I might even drag both our butts to a local write-in. 

Best of luck to all my fellow WriMos out there! If having a writing buddy is helping you out too, feel free to share. 😊

Excerpt from the PI novel one of my characters wrote

Also posted to my account on The Prose. I don’t have a title for it yet.


The cold barrel of the gun tapped against Clint’s cheek and slid slowly, gently along his cheekbone. Jack was leaning in closer with a jeering smile on his flushed face, and Clint could smell the 80 proof on his stinking breath. It did nothing to improve the quality of the air that hung thickly in the little alley, especially thick around the dumpster immediately to the left of where Clint stood.

β€œWhat was that?” Jack asked again, softer this time. β€œI don’t think I heard you. Properly. So say it again, loose lips. Because if it’s what I think I heard, well.” The smile faded. He pressed the gun a little harder, a cold circle just left of his captive audience’s nose. β€œI guess that depends on what you said, right?” Continue reading “Excerpt from the PI novel one of my characters wrote”

Sunday Gratitudes #43

β€œGratitude improves physical health. Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier than other people, according to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences. Not surprisingly, grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health.” (x)

What have you felt grateful for this week?

I’m grateful for…

🍜 – Slow Sunday mornings.

🍜 – Playing Mahjong games on my phone.

🍜 – My amazing partner, who just did like twenty pages of complicated genealogy charts for NaNo. Blows me away.

🍜 – Making progress on my NaNo novel and not being too fussed about my daily word count being below the goal average. I still feel like I’m king good progress on getting out a first draft of the story I want to tell, which is an accomplishment for me.

🍜 – Having a new fence! The old one was just a partial one and not completely closed in. Our landlord had to save up for it a bit longer than we expected, but it’s so nice to finally have more privacy in our bedroom, which has these huge gorgeous french doors and was until now totally visible from the back drive.

🍜 – The newly closed in backyard space. We can let the cats out now and not have to worry about chasing them in complete circles around the duplex.

🍜 – Posts I made on Facebook being shared. This hardly ever happens, and then suddenly it happens twice in one week: one about the election and one about the cider I work for finally being in our favorite restaurant.

🍜 – Being emotionally on the same page as the person I love best in the world.

🍜 – The lavender pills. My boss had me drive to her farm one county over two days in a row, which is about a 130 mile round trip on windy, somewhat nerve-wracking road, and I don’t care if lavender really works or if it was just the placebo effect but I was pretty okay with it.

🍜 – A good meeting with a guy about some freelance work. I have marketable skills as an experienced Facebooker, mwahaha.

🍜 – American Horror Story. Omg why so entertaining.

🍜 – Daylight Savings Time. I love gaining an extra hour. Long live fall!

🍜 – Getting all the leaves swept off the back porch. It took a long time and now it looks really nice out there.

Daily Writing Progress #35

Wednesday, November 2nd

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 3522
    • New Words: 516

Thursday, November 3rd

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 4274
    • New Words: 752

Friday, November 4th

  • Project:
    • Total Word Count: 5376
    • New Words: 1102
  • Thoughts: I’m not hitting the ideal daily word goal of 1667, but so far every day I write more than I did the day before!

Saturday, November 5th

  • Project:
    • Total Word Count: 6535
    • New Words: 1159

Sunday, November 6th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 6821
    • New Words: 285

Monday, November 7th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 7853
    • New Words: 1032

Tuesday, November 8th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 8269
    • New Words: 416

Wednesday, November 9th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 9315
    • New Words:

Thursday, November 10th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 10166
    • New Words: 1046

Friday, November 11th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 11925
    • New Words: 1759
  • Thoughts: Woohoo, word count on target for today, first time!

Sunday Gratitudes #42

I’m grateful for…
πŸ’€ – Being so stoked about NaNoWriMo! I decided to go with a new novel idea that cropped up in brain at the last minute and it’s the most excited I am about writing right now. 

πŸ’€ – Feeling good about my word counts. I’m not hitting the ideal daily word goal, but so far every day I write more than I did the day before!

πŸ’€ – Seeing proof that my partner and I aren’t the only ones with a ton of stuff living in our cars. 

πŸ’€ – Getting my laptop back from the Genius Bar free of charge. (However, they did not fix it and I’m going to have to take it back and probably get the keyboard replaced. Meh.)

πŸ’€ – Winning an argument at work. I can tell because the other person abruptly stopped replying to my emails. (This does not necessarily mean I will get what I need to do my job, just that someone was nudged perilously close to admitting that they were incorrect about something and I do in fact know what I’m talking about. You gotta laugh at stuff like that.)

πŸ’€ – Figuring out how to better move the novel along. It needed more action, so since one of the MCs is a writer of detective novels I’m going to shoehorn in excerpts from his books. 

πŸ’€ – Getting to reuse something awesome I wrote back in my tumblr RP days that I was always super proud of. 

πŸ’€ – That the above gratitude is not cheating. I have to do a lot of rewriting to make it fit this new context, but the bones of it are perfect for what I need. 

πŸ’€ – The lavender pill I took before a freelance business meeting. Considering I got stood up and am still calm, I’d say it’s a good day. 

πŸ’€ – Iced chai latte in a personal cup. 

πŸ’€ – Sweeping our apartment. Cats shed more than I expected during the winter…

πŸ’€ – Getting so much cleaning done! I took out the trash, the recycling, the random boxes we didn’t need, scooped litter, and did a total disinfecting clean-out of the litter dome. 

Daily Writing Progress #34

Wednesday, October 26th

  • Missed this day.

Thursday, October 27th

  • Project: Todd (draft 1)
    • Total Word Count: 1853
    • New Words: 132

Friday, October 28th

  • Missed this day.

Saturday, October 29th

  • Missed this day.

Sunday, October 30th

  • Project: Todd (draft 1)
    • Total Word Count: 2097
    • New Words: 244

Monday, October 31st

  • Project: Todd (draft 1)
    • Total Word Count: 2125
    • New Words: 28

Tuesday, November 1st

  • Project: IWSG post #3
    • Word County: 336
  • Project: Todd (draft 1)
    • Total Word Count: 3006
    • New Words: 881
  • Thoughts: NaNoWriMo is off to a good start!