So, how have you been?
I never checked in on Sunday. It’s not that I forgot; I wanted to….
But, sometime during the week, I got this wild idea that it would be amazing to break the 50,000K halfway point of my personal NaNoWriMo goal during the Novemember 9#NaNoThon.
If I could pull it off, I figured, I would best my record time by a full day, and set myself up with a little extra time at month’s end – this draft will almost certainly be over 100K, and my ultimate goal is to complete the entire draft this month.
I did it!!
Just before midnight, I checked in with 50,006 words, and a daily total of 9,994.
It was quite a day, and, Sunday, I had that post-marathon fatigue. I started a post, but couldn’t get it really moving, and so I stopped.
By Tuesday, I was ready to begin one of my most anticipated scenes – my take on Spock‘s return to the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Just as I was ready to begin writing, Jim came home from doing errands – and suggested that we make a two hour drive into Massachusetts to look at a car. That might seem crazy – except that we only buy used cars, our budget is very modest, and I have been waiting for a new car I could call mine since my beloved Intrepid was totaled a couple of years ago. I also have very specific requirements for a car, because the children and I often make long drives to gather with friends or explore the world.
Oh, and I’ve lusted after a Subaru Outback since they started making them, and since Jim got his Legacy last fall, that lust has kindled.
And now, I have one!
Yes, we were away for hours, and drove for hours, and it was cold.
But, by next week, my cute little 1998 Outback Limited will be nimbly carrying us through whatever whether upstate New York has to offer….and doing it in more style than I had hoped for. Even cooler, it’s the same color as Jim’s car, and the same color as my Intrepid. I’m already in love with it, and know that it is a delight to drive – two hours on rural roads through the mountains made it delightfully clear.
Yes, I really do get that excited over a 15 year old station wagon! =D
My NaNoRow Goals Buffet Platter Included:
Offering a sustainable schedule of features.
Maintain four non-ROW80 posts weekly, throughout the round. On target, allowing for NaNo.
Last week, I only managed my two Wednesday posts.
This week, I missed my Coffee and Conversation post.
Keep up with comments; or post an explanation. I tend to lose track when I am especially creation-focused. Target attained!
Not as on time as I would like to be; but better than in previous NaNo months.
King of Shreds and Patches – Complete ~ 100,000 word draft during NaNoWriMo 2013. On target.
Completed Scenes: 28/60. Almost halfway! =)
Word Count: 62,004/ ~100,000. (Yes, I passes the halfway mark last Saturday, just before midnight, during #NaNoThon!)
Word count is running high, as my rough drafts tend to, but, with planning, not as high as in previous drafts – this one is also tighter and more cohesive than any other rough draft I’ve written.
I will estimate a final count as I near the end of the WIP.
And to wrap up the prepping phase:
Chart vital stats for each scene: (the old whowhatwherewhenwhyhow). On target.
35/60 scenes completed.
Set up scenes in Scrivener. On target.
34/60 scenes set up.
Double check all notes and prep for consistency. On target.
35/60 scenes completed.
Still making tweaks and changes as I move through the process of creating my”cheat sheets” for each scene. Overall, I haven’t needed to adapt much.
Tidying and beautifying my physical, virtual, and interior spaces.
Continue family room shift, with new desk as anchor. On target.
Very slowly, but surely, this is coming together.
Keep email inbox and Spam folder clear. Check at least twice weekly; sort, file, and delete each time. Target attained!
Exercise and Movement.
Make time and sweetness for Jim, in ways that are meaningful to us both, and in ways that are important to him. Target attained!
Yes. Healing is ongoing, and we are finding our balance after the turmoil.
Romance, willingness to open, change plans, and adapt.
Do the same for the children, individually and together. Target attained!
Patience, snuggles, time together, conversations, sharing interests.
Immerse myself in writing, living, and being with my family, striving for presence. On target.
Oh, yes. All of these have been big parts of the last week.
Regularly evaluate; adjust as needed. On target.
Adjustment is a bit slower during NaNo, but ongoing.
Practice movement daily, for at least a few minutes. Target attained!
Hometending, and moving a small stack of firewood. Stretching.
Add a little more intention to this, and remember to move even when in long nighttime writing sessions, at least occasionally. On target.
Doing better, overall.
Allow time and space to indulge my passions. Target attained!
Yup. Giving this special focus, during NaNo.
Tend sponsor duties promptly. Target attained!
- Weaving Prose and Deeper Peace; NaNoROW Update, 11/6/13 (shanjeniah.com)
- WIPpet Wednesday: There’s a Thing Out There! (shanjeniahstruebornjottings.wordpress.com)
- NaNo Day 13 – Frustration Setting In (janisimonroe.com)
- Caught up on NaNoWriMo! (lifewithrecovery.wordpress.com)
- Weaving Through Discord: ROW80 Update, 11/4/13 (shanjeniah.com)
- NaNoWriMo: The stretch (newenglandmuse.wordpress.com)
- #NaNoWriMo: Outlining (firstnightdesign.wordpress.com)