Nerves, Novels and NaNo

Today’s hashtags: #nervesfromhell #phoneinterviewno2 #workintexasapps #gottakeepapplying #playingcatchup #dontgiveupyet #snoopywritingmascot #fantasy #shapeshifters #thankyouveterans #goNAVY

Hello! It’s been a few days since I decided to tackle NaNoWriMo while also looking for a job, and I thought since I had the time–it’s technically a holiday so I can do whatever I want–I’d check in with you guys and let you know what’s been going on in my crazy ol’ world.

As mentioned in my previous post, I had my very first interview on Friday, Nov. 8th. Part of the reason my NaNoWriMo word count is soooo very far behind is that I had to do all the prep work for the interview most of last week. I did managed to squeeze in a new job application on Thursday just to try and stay on track. Turns out that was a brilliant move on my part as a mere two hours later, that company emailed me to set up a phone interview for Friday. That phone call went well enough to get me a second phone interview that took place over lunch earlier today, and seemed to go well.

All of that means I now have count ’em two potential jobs in the works. Okay, sure, neither pays as well as my old job did, but if worse comes to worst I can make it work. Both have good programs for promoting employee morale, which after the last few years is definitely something I’m looking for. They both have upward mobility as well, and considering I’m still a good ten years out from retirement, that’s good too. It might come down to location, location, location in a head-to-head match up, but let’s save that for when it applies.

So with all of that job stuff going on, I wrote absolutely zero words between November 6-9. I made a point not to go see what bestie M’s word count was, mostly because we’re tied with number of NaNo wins and I really didn’t want to see how far ahead of me she was. Fortunately she’s amazing and reminds me I’m the Come From Behind Kid when it comes to word count. I caught up a little last night after our DnD game with friends, and considering I still have quite a bit of the day left, I might just earn that title back.

Here’s hoping I can actually figure out what it is that I’m supposed to be writing. Turns out the storyboard outline I’m working from for Aurelius Heir doesn’t have quite the level of detail that Camelot did, so I’m turning into a bit of a plantser this year and I’ll have to pay some attention to continuity during the editing phase. Yeah it slows me down a bit, and I might digress on occasion, but such is the writing life.

Before I sign off, I want to send out a THANK YOU! to those currently serving or those who have served on this Veterans Day. Grandpa was in the Navy, so the USN holds a special place in my heart, but I have many buddies from different branches of the Armed Forces and this goes out to them. You know who you are. :)

Happy writing, wrimos!