Guess Who’s All Caught Up on NaNoWriMo?

kc50kThat’s right, ladies and gentlemen, after starting my day with an hour of practice on my choir music, I’m finally all caught up through today’s NaNoWriMo word count. Yee-HAW! It went nice and fast, which I appreciated considering my truncated writing window for the day. I am now free to relax a little before heading off to my appointment and then to Mom’s, where we’ll have a little something to nosh before heading up to church for our community Thanksgiving service tonight.

Not a bad way to start the day, and gives the rest of the day a nice happy overtone.

Today’s Word Count: 2,977

Word Count to Date: 41,742

Writing Time Today: 3 hours or so

Current Feeling: Relief!

Motivation/Inspiration: Going over the word count goal for today so I am in good shape for the holidays. Even if I am not able to write at all on Wednesday or Thursday, another couple big pushes over the weekend and I’m golden.

Biggest Triumph: Getting the word count in with just one scene.

Biggest Setback: Oh, the usual: my cat!

Insights: I’m noticing that I’m writing longer scenes with this novel than I have in the past. I don’t know the cause, but it makes it easy to hit the word count when you do!

Happy writing to my fellow Wrimos, especially those of you who, like me, had fallen behind. You got this!

Mega NaNoWriMo Day and HItting 100

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This is what’s been flowing through my house the last couple of days, and I hope it sticks around…

It’s been another long day of writing, and I am here to tell you that I can’t make a habit of this. Yes, I’m loving that I am capable of cranking out the word count when necessary, but I don’t think my back can take many more consecutive days of this. Fortunately, tomorrow should be an easy day as I persevered today and racked up even more words than Sunday.

To top it all off, WordPress officially let me know that I now have over 100 followers, and I couldn’t have hit that milestone without this thing called NaNoWriMo. So thanks to all my fellow Wrimos and all my followers – I’m thrilled you’re interested in what goes on in my little corner of the ‘Verse! As a treat, I’m going to include an excerpt for you from the last scene I wrote today instead of the usual insights. I hope you like it!

Today’s Word Count: 5,867 – that’s over 11,000 words in TWO DAYS (falls over in a heap of exhaustion)

Word Count to Date: 38,765 – 11,235 to go.

Writing Time Today: all day, in two sessions

Current Feeling: Pooped.

Motivation/Inspiration: Seeing how much I could get done today so that whatever I did tomorrow would be gravy (and no, that wasn’t intended to be a holiday pun; that was a happy accident).

Biggest Triumph: Writing three complete scenes in one day, after taking the morning off for my almost-forgotten dentist appointment, a trip to the grocery store to pick up the things I needed for my contribution to Thanksgiving dinner, and cleaning out the fridge, the pantry and almost everything else in the kitchen.

Biggest Setback: Forgetting something at the grocery store that I will need before the week is out. This is why I like my lists, no forgetsies.

Excerpt:

Reese looked out at the men and women before him, and was reminded of himself at that age, kneeling before a knight not much different from himself. He’d recited these same words to that knight as he’d joined the ranks of the second circle of the most famous chivalric order in history that to this day the world believed to be fictitious while he knew himself to be its last surviving member. Making eye contact with every young soul before him, he began.

“As a Knight of the Round Table, be ye one of the twelve of the first order–Arthur, Bedivere, Bors the Younger, Galahad, Gareth, Gawain, Kay, Lancelot, Lucan, Percival, Tristan and Yvain–or be ye one of the twelve of each of the eleven lower orders, you now represent the highest order of chivalry in Camelot. This oath you shall swear as your Code of honor and service to your King:

“Never shall I do outrage or murder;

“Always shall I flee treason;

“Never shall I by any means be cruel, but rather give mercy unto him who asks for my mercy, even in the midst of combat;

“Always shall I do ladies, gentlewomen and widows succor;

“Never shall I force ladies, gentlewomen or widows; and

“Never shall I take up battles in wrongful quarrels for love or worldly goods; rather always shall I battle for nothing less than God or country.”

As he finished, his words echoed through the silent studio, and he felt them resonate through his entire being. It had been fourteen hundred and eighty four years since he himself had sworn that oath, and fourteen hundred and seventy seven since he’d broken one of them in the midst of the chaos of war. In his mind’s eye, he could still see how Tegan had looked as she’d lain there before him, broken and lifeless, her blood dripping from his sword to the muddy battlefield beneath his feet. Her fatal wounds had not been inflicted with malice, but rather through recklessness and inattention, not that the reasons mattered any more now than they did then. She was still dead, he was still cursed, and Morgan le Fay was still and would always be a vindictive bitch…

Until tomorrow, my fellow Wrimos. If you’re behind, don’t give up but keep on writing. You won’t know what you’re capable of if you don’t.

My Return to NaNoWriMo 2014

Me, upon realizing just how far I'd fallen behind

Me, upon realizing just how far I’d fallen behind when I did the totals this morning

Hello everyone! I feel like I’ve been gone much longer than a week, and when I woke up Monday feeling just so-so, I had no idea I would get completely wiped out and exhausted. Let me just go on record and state that I absolutely detest having allergies, especially in November when combined with a touch of a cold. I know it wasn’t the flu, because I got a flu shot this year for the first time in three years, so it couldn’t be that. Naaaah.

Usually this junk doesn’t hit me until after the first of the new year, so I blame that lovely arctic blast as the cause. It’s not so bad until you get to the point where you’re coughing every second and you can just forget about anything but laying on the couch with your cat on your lap because you don’t have enough energy to do anything else. Today it’s 79 degrees outside, when it was just last week we had highs in the 40s. Crazy Texas weather!

I was determined to write today no matter what, though, and although I have sore ribs from all this wretched coughing, I pushed through it and got halfway caught up (I started the day at 10,822 words behind, including today’s target).

Today’s Word Count: 5,329 (wow)

Word Count to Date: 32,898

Writing Time Today: all day, in two sessions

Current Feeling: Impressed.

Motivation/Inspiration: Making up as much of my word count deficit as possible.

Biggest Triumph: Cranking out just under half of the word count needed to get me caught up. I don’t believe I’ve ever written that much before in a single day, so yeah, that goes in the Triumph column. I have another all-writing day planned for tomorrow, and Tuesday morning as well, before the holiday events begin.

Biggest Setback: Having to pause to do research for information on things I needed in the scenes I was writing. Even with a planned plot, sometimes the devil’s in the details.

Insights: I approached today as if it were how I might spend the day were writing to become my profession of choice. Get up, write, lunch, write, end of day. I can definitely tell you it’s doable, but my back would insist on a better setup than a tray table and a big cushion on the couch.

That’s it for me. Time to go feed me and my cat and relax a little. Jusqu’à demain, mes amis écrivains!

NaNoWriMo Day 16: Double Green

To the music by The Who: "I am a NaNo Wizard, I've got to have a plot twist!"

To the music by The Who: “I am a NaNo Wizard, I’ve got to have a plot twist!”

Hiya everyone! It’s Sunday evening and we’re past the halfway point with this thing we call NaNoWriMo 2014. Personally, I’m proud to have made it this far, as that means I’m pretty likely to make it all the way to 50,000 words. I’m hoping that this week I can keep staying ahead in the word count so that when Thursday rolls around, I won’t have three days worth to make up over the weekend. But I know that I can do it if need be, so no worries.

Today’s Word Count: 2,125

Word Count to Date: 27,519

Writing Time Today: 2.25 hours

Current Feeling: Relaxed.

Motivation/Inspiration: Knowing I was ahead of the game when I started writing today, and wanting to stay ahead. Oh, and knowing that my reward for reaching 25,000 yesterday, “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” is sitting on the shelf waiting for me to open it and throw it in the Blu-ray player. You’re not wrong if you’re sensing a theme here. :)

Biggest Triumph: Finally getting to the scene I thought I was going to write four scenes ago.

Biggest Setback: Kitty interruptus once again, although today I managed to keep her feet from the keyboard. If she’s the worst setback I have the rest of NaNo, I’ll be a happy camper.

Insights: I figured out today the way I think I’m going to go with my post-NaNo writing strategy. It requires some online shopping and maybe a trip to a teacher supplies store, but I feel good about it. Next step is to write it all out so it’s down on paper; that way I’ll have a harder time ignoring it.

Well, that’s all for me. Wow, I still have plenty of evening left to spend it snuggling on the couch with my pussycat. Not a bad way to end a day of writing!

NaNoWriMo Day 15: Green

The late Heath Ledger as William in "A Knight's Tale"

The late Heath Ledger as William in “A Knight’s Tale”

Happy Saturday, Wrimos! I hope many if not all of you got your goals accomplished today. Myself, I did great. Yep, guess who’s caught up her word count and is even a teeny bit head for tomorrow? ME. That means I’m back in the green.

*breathes a huge sigh of relief*

It feels good to know that I am caught up, that the writing went really smoothly and there were no moments of “okay I have no idea what comes next.” What’s next for me post-writing is most likely a viewing of “A Knight’s Tale” starring the late Heath Ledger. That’s what happens when you’ve just written a jousting scene and you have snippets of the Battle of Rouen skimming through your brain. Go ahead, I dare you. Write a scene about a joust and tell me that you have no desire to watch that movie afterward. :)

Today’s Word Count: 3,075

Word Count to Date: 25,394

Writing Time Today: 3.75 hours

Current Feeling: Relief!

Motivation: Hitting that 25,000 mark right on schedule (and that’s sched-ule with an English accent) as I was supposed to and knowing there’s that much less pressure tomorrow when it’s time to write after a fun-filled day of hanging out with my bestie M celebrating her birthday.

Inspiration: Having a good day in ceramics class, and also having a lunch consisting of a wonderfully tasty burger and piping hot and crispy french fries. These things set the right mood for my writing sessions today.

Biggest Triumph: See aforementioned word count.

Biggest Setback: A kitty who had a tendency to want to walk across my lapdesk in between my keyboard and me, causing me to write a few things like 000000000000000000 now and again. *chuckle* She’s now curled up besides me, as I had since figured out all that attention meant “feed me!”

Insights: I’m still having a little trouble getting to the point as far as moving the story along. It’s taking me three scenes instead of one to get to the plot point I thought I was going to write. For a competition like NaNo, this isn’t all bad, as hello! word count. Later on though, it might bite me in the butt during the editing process. When’s NaNoEdMo again, if there is even such a thing? *smile*

That’s it for me, lords and ladies. I’ll catch you tomorrow after some much needed sleep and a day of fun.

NaNoWriMo Day 14: Keen

The Day of Writing Furiously

The Day of Writing Furiously

Happy weekend, Wrimos! Now’s our chance to either catch up or to surge ahead. I had two writing sessions tonight in my effort to get my word count back where it should be, a longer one before and quick one after the administration of fluids to my elderly kitty. Ah the joys of a fur baby!

Today’s Word Count: 2,100

Word Count to Date: 22,321

Writing Time Today: 2.5 hours or so

Current Feeling: Accomplished

Motivation: Catching up to that pesky number in the square marked “14” on my NaNoWriMo word count calendar. It’s been taunting me all day at work and into tonight from its place as my desktop wallpaper.

Inspiration: Discovering I’d written myself into a great spot to introduce another of my secondary characters. She’s going to factor into things later on, and so far, I’m not sure who’s side she’s on, her own or my characters’.

Biggest Triumph: Keeping going although I really wanted to watch the movie that came in the mail from Netflix.

Biggest Setback: Getting a late-ish start on writing because I took advantage of the sale at Old Navy. Seriously though, is that a setback or another triumph? Ha.

Insights: As I typed this post, I belatedly realized I absently named two of my supporting characters after two fellow Wrimos, one new and one not-so-new (I met him last year): Kate (although in my story she spells her full name with a “C”), and T.J. Both are good with a sword, but T.J.’s the one who got wounded in his semi-finals match during the battle of the knights to see who would be named champion, and that led to the face-to-face meeting hero and heroine. See, we really do put people know into our novels! :)

Have a great weekend, all, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, even if it’s not sitting at home with fingers flying across a keyboard.

NaNoWriMo Day 13: Sorta Mean

Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod in "Highlander"

Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod in “Highlander”

Well, it seems as though this year Tuesdays and Wednesdays are going to put a kink in my plans to hit that 50,000 word goal of NaNoWriMo. For the second week in a row, I’ve had two consecutive days without writing and I’m Catch Up Girl once more. Today I did manage to get to a bit over 20,000 and I’m happy about that.

Today’s Word Count: 2,148

Word Count to Date: 20,221

Writing Time Today: 2.5 hours

Current Feeling: Satisfied I didn’t give up and go home.

Motivation: Listening to Queen’s album “A Kind of Magic,” which is the unofficial soundtrack to my favorite movie about a different kind of immortal, “Highlander.”

Inspiration: Getting done so I can go home where it’s warm and hug my cat!

Biggest Triumph: Keeping at it so I could get another day’s word count under my belt (so to speak).

Biggest Setback: Now that the weather’s shifted and that arctic blast blew through Texas, it’s flipping FREEZING in my office at work, and it’s not the comfortable space it was just a week ago. Had to dig out the fingerless mittens so my hands would work.

Insights: Being behind in my word count doesn’t stress me out as much as it used to. Of course I say that now. We’ll see how I feel about it the closer it gets to the end of the month…

Until tomorrow, my fellow Wrimos!