NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 18

Penrhyn Castle, Wales

I’m sure you’ve been wondering what happened since it’s been a couple of days since you’ve heard from me. Well, since Tuesday, I’ve had two lunch writing sessions with my friend at work, a lot of busy work and the usual choir practice. I’ve also had another evening session at my diner, which is quickly becoming my favorite non-home place to write. It’s hard to beat a place with good burgers, great BLTs and the bestest french fries you can get.

You’d be amazed how much writing you can get done with a nice big pile of warm and crispy fries at your elbow. *wink*

They also have a decent hot chocolate for when the cold front blows into Texas and drops the temps from the 80s to the 60s in a matter of hours. All in all, I managed to get my word count back up, although I am now only two days ahead instead of three because I took a couple of nights off in a row this week. Never fear, fellow wrimos, I’ve officially started my Thanksgiving vacation, and I don’t have to be back to work until Monday the 28th. Not to mention having back-to-back writing sessions with my bestie that will (hopefully) make my word counts skyrocket by this coming Monday evening.

All in all, I’m pretty excited to see when I finish this year. Probably not as excited as my female main character Rowena, who’s found herself unexpectedly sharing a hotel room with my novel’s hero due to a booking snafu, but then we can’t all be shacked up with a hot, handsome knight of Camelot, now can we? :)



NaNoWriMo 2016, Day 15

dcbobmshellsww_shecandoitHello from my local diner, where I’ve just finished today’s writing session with my bestie. I’m trying to get this written before my battery gives out on me, so this might be short and sweet once again.

It’s been a couple of days since I’ve gotten behind the keyboard. After managing to type almost 1600 words Sunday morning, whatever bug has been going around not only my office but my community college had finally caught up with me. I was down for the count for a day and a half, and no writing was to be had.

Fortunately, I was still a couple days ahead so I didn’t have to worry that I’d fall behind. In fact, with today’s word count, I’m back to being three days ahead, and that’s a nifty feeling. So is hitting that 29,000 mark as well. I think it’s very fitting that when I flipped over my DC Bombshells calendar that it was Wonder Woman (my most favorite superhero of all time) who was this month’s pinup girl, and that her motto of “She can do it!” was boldly written as well.

What better motto is there for a month of 50,000 words in 30 days than that?


NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 12

whiteguy_goalGood evening! I think this post is going to be short and sweet tonight because I’ve been running at full speed since oh, Thursday morning and I hit some significant goals today. Considering I didn’t write Wednesday or Thursday, although yesterday I did manage to flesh out the remainder of my novel’s outline and add it to my nifty new writing journal, reaching those goals to stay ahead are even better. What are they? Well, I’m so glad you asked!

  1. Reached 25,000 words on day 12 (that’s today, in case you’ve forgotten), which is 3 days early.
  2. Attaining goal #1 also means it’s the earliest I’ve ever had that many words in the bank in all my years of participating in NaNoWriMo.
  3. Because of goal #1, I get to color in the remaining books on Page 1 of my word count tracker in my bullet journal, something I didn’t even come close to doing this summer at Camp.
  4. Goal #1 allowed me to surpass my prior highest single day word count, clocking in a total of 3,829 in a little under four hours.

All in all, I’d say I had a pretty good day. Since it started out with a morning playing in clay at ceramics class with my mom, ’twas a great day all around.

I’m off to bed, my wrimos. Catch up with you all tomorrow!

NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 10

typewriterladyGood evening, my fellow writers and wrimos! It’s November 10th, and we’re one third of the way through this crazy adventure we call National Novel Writing Month. It’s been a pretty awesome day on my end. Although I had to go to work today, I knew it was going to be a short day due to the early release our organization usually has the day before a company holiday. I arrived to find the perfect parking spot waiting for me, one on the front row next to the stairs so that one side of my Bullitt Mustang would be protected. Okay, yes, I had to repark a couple of times until I was satisfied with my positioning in the spot, but that’s old news, LOL.

I also had a planned lunch write-in with my friend and fellow NaNo-er Kelly, and when the hour was done, I’d clocked in 1,182 words when I hadn’t had any idea where I was going to start going in. Not to mention my meal itself was a tasty one — leftover ‘boom-boom’ enchiladas from my favorite Tex-Mex place with a bit of green chile rice and refried beans on the side.

For a moment I thought my day of good karma would be derailed by absolutely awful traffic at 2:30 p.m.; it took me way too long to get where I was going and I started to get frustrated. All was forgiven, however, when I got to the store and found not one but both things I’d been hoping to find, and both were on a major sale to boot.

With another errand to run, I headed back into traffic and once again the congestion that is Austin reared its head and I puttered along. Exasperated, I finally reached my exit and left the highway, and a closing store sign caught my eye. Never one to pass up a sale, especially at an OfficeMax where magical things like notebooks and pens and other goodies lived, I stopped in. After an hour wheeling around the rapidly shrinking store, I came away with at least one thing I truly needed: a nifty bluetooth mouse (aka no USB that would take up a spot I might need later) for my spiffy new laptop upon which I am writing this very blog post.

Friends, I can tell you that was the best impulse buy to date. This little mouse is slick and smooth and even though the online reviews said I couldn’t turn off my laptop’s touch pad when using an external mouse, guess what? I can! So as I began this evening’s writing session, I was in such a good place I added another 2,270 words to my count.

lunareclipseoctober2014What a day!

I also really enjoyed what I was writing today, especially the bits about eclipses and comets and astral events. You see, each of these are needed in order to break my character’s curse, and it was fun seeing how his lady reacted when learning of all the pertinent details. When I started writing this story way back in 2014, the lunar eclipse in question hadn’t yet occurred so I couldn’t include a nifty picture of it like the one here. Now, though, there’s all kinds of info on it that I can use in my story to add those details that just make it a much richer story.

So I leave you tonight a happy gal for many reasons. I’m further ahead in my word count that I’ve ever been in all my years of doing NaNo. Because I didn’t quit with my lunch session due to being already ahead in the word count, I now get to watch my Blu-ray of “Star Trek: Beyond” I picked up at Target as my reward. On top of that, tomorrow’s Veterans Day and a holiday for us, which means I get to sleep in late before picking up Mom for some breakfast and then an extra day of pottery class.

Not a bad place to be, huh?

Speaking of Veterans Day, thank you to all those who are currently serving or have served in our armed forced, including my grandfather. GO NAVY!


NaNoWriMo2016 Day 8

rhyslatchedbookHere we are again, my wrimos, and it’s been a much more successful day. Today I met once again with my wrimo friend Kelly, and we had a very productive lunch writing session. I managed to get more than halfway to the 1,667 needed for the day, and that one hour’s work surpassed the count I’d had from my entire writing session the night before. Tonight I returned once more to my favorite diner, ordered myself a grilled cheese and fries (the perfect meal for a rainy, chilly night) and finished up my scene in a couple of hours.

The fact that I was back up in the twenty three hundred range that is my usual, rather than the wimpy eleven hundred words I barely managed last night, clued me in to a couple of things. Firstly, my binge watching television while writing perhaps isn’t as good an idea as it has been in the past. Second, listening to my novel playlist is the best way to get any choral songs rumbling around in my brain to go away. Third, finding a good place to hide out for a while and write, especially one where you’re a regular and the staff knows you so you don’t feel guilty for hogging a booth for the night, is a great alternative to home.

So I leave you for the night with my word count at 17, 861, and that puts me almost three days ahead. It also temporarily puts me ahead of my bestie Meagan as well, so I think that’s a mighty fine note on which to end my day.


NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 7

dontthinkjustwriteHello from the trenches on this first Monday of NaNoWriMo. I have to tell you, it has felt like nothing but a Monday all day. Here in Austin, it’s been drizzly and overcast, which is dreary and blah and makes you long for even just one ray of sunshine bursting through the clouds. On top of that, it’s also the first work day after having set our clocks back for Daylight Savings Time. I’ve been really tired and low energy most of the day, and boy am I thankful that I was able to ramp up the word count over the weekend. That edge means that on a slow day like today when I hit only 1,170 words, I don’t have to panic or feel bad or get all grumpy if I don’t hit the daily recommended word count.

I’m also a little bit off from having the choral music from yesterday continuously running through my head in rotation so my concentration isn’t up to its usual snuff. Top all of that off by wanting to get back to work on  my writing journal and get everything transferred over, I think you could say today that the distractions won the day.

But you know, that’s the best part about NaNo. The support you get, especially from the friends who are also doing this crazy competition with you, is great. They chat with you via IM to keep you inspired and to keep you motivated (I am going to match Meagan’s word count one of these days if it kills me) and also to suggest that perhaps where you were thinking the scene should go might not be where the characters want it to go an maybe that’s why your writing has temporarily stalled out.

I fell victim to thinking too much today, trying to craft the perfect scene, instead of just getting it down on paper and worry about the perfect rhythm and wording later.

Like in December. Of 2017.

Thus the photo in today’s post. I think for the next couple of days, it’s going to be my new mantra. Don’t think, just write, and crank it out. Here’s hoping I can follow my own advice!

NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 5 Report

castaspellHello again, my fellow NaNoers. It’s the end of Day 6, a quiet Sunday evening, and I’ve just finished up today’s writing session. It’s been a slow day, my having clocked in only 2,236 words. Meagan says I’m becoming a snob about word count. She might be right, because I don’t believe I’ve ever been this far ahead in word count before. I both blame her and thank her for that. My lack of oomph tonight I’m chalking up to having sung my guts out at church today for 5 songs a service times two services and a grand total of five hours and a slightly hoarse voice. But I am particularly proud that I didn’t sit back and coast on my nice high word count I’m at 14,292 in case you’re following along) and just blow off the day. Nope, I persevered.

Today’s piece of the story was my hero telling his lady fair his history of how he’d been cursed 1,500 years ago by a sorceress casting a spell on a moonlit night with her grimoire in hand, kind of like the witch in today’s photo post. My version of Morgana is in fact the very same character from the BBC television show Merlin. Their world of Camelot so perfectly fits what I imagined for Rhys that I totally and completely and without shame adopted their world as my own. I’ve probably already told you that, but it bears repeating because it’s just that awesome. I’ll probably watch all five seasons of the series again before the book is done. Okay, maybe I’ll hold off until November is over and I actually have some free time for bingeing television, but it will happen.

Anyway, back to our hero. He’s feeling pretty good right now because his lady believed his story and now he might have a chance at breaking his curse. I’m starting to get a little nervous, though. I’m running out of outline, and sooner than I’d like I might have to become a pantser.

Won’t that be interesting!