Archive for November, 2014

41,000 words! Knowing that there are people watching this blog to see if I make it is keeping me going. No lie.


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Thanksgiving Coma

So, Thanksgiving totally messed me up. Well, okay – I was already a little messed up. The day before Thanksgiving, I hit blank wall. I stared at the words in front of me – and couldn’t think of anything to write. I think part of the problem is that the family is on their way to join the wagon train, and now I am in totally unfamiliar territory, but don’t want to waste precious time on research. Prior to this, has been their life in their perfect little eastern town. You know, to prep for the upcoming journey and provide compare and contrast to what they are used to vs what they will face. So, yeah. Day before thanksgiving I wrote maybe 1,000 words? And then yesterday, Thanksgiving itself, another 1,000. At least I had an excuse for that one! Lots of food prep and all that. So, end result: I am currently at 37,790 words total and will have to write over 4,000 words a day to make 50,000. Do you think I can do it?

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I am in Oklahoma now – we are visiting my in-laws for Thanksgiving. They have only 4 children, most of whom are old enough to be on their own, so the house is often quiet, leaving me lots of time to write. And then, of course, I had Thursday and Friday to myself. Thursday I spent most of catching up on housework and prepping for a guest, but Friday I spent the morning writing, and then I wrote on the airplane and during my layover on Saturday, and for a few hours yesterday. The result? On Thursday, I was at a measly 14, 500 words. This morning, I am at 26, 500 words! You know what that means? As long as I continue the dedication I have shown the last few days, I can totally make this!

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I know, you have all been waiting breathlessly for my next update, which  –  just hasn’t come. I do apologize. I hate to disappoint people who are probably checking every day, just in case. 😛

So, I haven’t updated for two reasons. 1. I haven’t been writing, so I am too ashamed to write. And 2, which is also the reason for 1, it has just been busy! Final week at work  (my husband says my mood hasn’t been so good since our honeymoon), and prepping for Thanksgiving, and a variety of other activities. Saturday, I held my annual Operation Christmas Child Party, where we packed 90 shoeboxes! Slowly going toward my eventual goal of 100 a year. 🙂

And, honestly, I have been tired. I get home and take a nap and still go to bed at a semi-decent hour (which, fyi, is midnight).

BUT – I will get back on the horse – I will! I stopped at 12,000 words about 5 days ago – who knows if I can catch up? But I certainly will try. And I have all day Thursday and Friday to write. Literally, because tomorrow is my last day!!!

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Cover Art

I have reached 7,120 words! Still behind, I know – but ever so much further than I have ever gotten! So, I put together a sample cover page for the book, since Nanowrimo says you have a 60% better chance of finishing if you have a cover page. This is just a temp cover, since I am having my sister Brittany draw the actual one I have in mind. Of course, having someone draw one takes time, which is why I made a temporary one to admire. 😛


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So I made it to 4,800 words! Not much, I confess, compared to where I should be. But, hey, for me it is really good for a week!  Especially a week in which I got what is probably-my-dream-job-and-even-if-it-isn’t-is-an-awfully-big-closer-step-to-it. So, is it terrible that I have had no inspiration to do my utmost at my current job? I plan to fix that on Monday so I can go out with a bang!

Also, I would just like to complain for a second. My coworkers frequently complain that I no longer bring baked goods into the office. But if you would like to know WHY I don’t, then just look at yesterday. I stayed up late on Thursday, made some delicious homemade apple tarts specifically so I could bring them into the office, and, can you guess? That is right. They refused to eat even one. Something about eating right, and dieting, and being on a good path. I give up. From now on, all goodie leftovers go to my husband’s work, where his coworkers gratefully devour everything I send. That is right, from the Dutch apple pie to banana bread – any leftovers? Not even bothering to bring them to my work.

*feeling unappreciated*

Okay – done with that little outburst. Daniel and I had an awesome stay-at-home date last night. I got home and he had a chocolate rose waiting on the table for me, and then we went to the grocery store, picked up some crab legs, $15 bottle of wine, fresh mozzarella, my favorite Madeleines, and each picked out one of those really small but pretty and subsequently semi-expensive desserts they keep in the bakery, and then picked a movie from redbox (using my free monopoly piece code). Then we went home, set up the crackers and cheese, boiled the crab, and watched the movie while we ate. It was totally fun! Not gonna lie, I may have picked The Lego Movie instead of a chick flick. Can anyone blame me? Everything is Awesome! Then, because we had picked out so much yummy food, we pretty much had a second date night tonight to finish it all, and watched Liam Neeson’s Non-Stop, which was also good! But don’t worry – I still fit in 1600 words tonight!

I may not like anything I wrote, but at least I wrote it! And I am posting the below cartoon just because I think it is funny, not because it has any relevance to my post whatsoever, since, for the record I DIDN’T cheat and start before November. . . 😀

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Confession: I wrote only 300 words between yesterday and today.

Reason: I GOT A NEW JOB! After being in jobs I hated – or at least really disliked – for 3 years, I am finally super excited about this upcoming opportunity! So, yeah. last night just as I was sitting down to get in 2000 words, I got the call. Today was just an ecstatic jumping up and down and working out details and signing the offer letter. And TOMORROW I submit my resignation letter! So excited right now!

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