No, I’m not going to try to talk you into or out of it – but it’s a meaningful question, in November.
I NaNoed for the first time way back in 2009. My kids were eight and five then, and my goal was to participate, and finish, if I could, without disrupting the rhythms and flows of our lives. I barely broke 50K, but I was a winner in many ways, even though it would be years before I had a completed draft of Blood and Breath – which will be nearly completely trashed, and eventually rewritten as two volumes of my Trueborn Weft series.
I’ve missed only one year since then, when I had no idea what to write. NaNo works for me -I plan my rough drafts around NaNo months, and I’ve gone from talking about finishing drafts to actually doing it – three times a year (actually, if all goes well this year, four).
Yesterday was #DoubleUpDay, the annual NaNoWriMo fundraising day, where donating and word counts go hand in hand. I was at 17, 325 words when the day began, and I ended with 29,989 words – not doubled, but tying my 13K best-ever day…and the characters are alive and revealing themselves in surprising ways…oh, and I got my halo.
What fires up your writing mojo? NaNo, or something completely different?
I intended to post up my final October progress report – but that might not happen. Life goes on…
Second Serving Sunday: The NaNovember Edition (a recap/mashup, and peek ahead, for your reading pleasure!, and I’ll post the link when it’s complete).
NaNoWriMo: Complete draft of Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #3). This near-future fantasy will be about 60,000 words, total. I’m officially at 29, 989/50,000; a little above NaNo par for 11/17. 12/24 scenes completed; nearly halfway through the novel, in both scenes and word counts. I’m loving these characters and their intertwined stories, and #DoubleUpDay was very good to me – I tied my best-ever NaNo count.
Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Resume and complete draft (currently on Scene 29/50). I intend to complete this draft as my rebel NaNo continuation, once my ‘official’ project is drafted.
The IDIC Romance: Choose one freewriting for each letter to develop into an A-Z post; make episode list for rewatching, and take notes as needed. Hey, #itswritingresearch! 1/31 stories chosen. 21/26 letters completed; 1 /2 V completed. This week: Complete drafting.
Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead where possible. I’m doing better at combining posting and drafting, now that we’ve had a few days to settle back into our home lives. Still missed some posts, though.
Catch up all blog comments and visits. I’ve made a start here. I’ve still got a rather intimidating backlog, but I intend to stay current, and get to older comments in spare moments.
ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. All caught up after travel. Feels good!
- Maintain below 333 messages. I’ve found a system. I can sort through mail quickly on my phone, while I watch TV, which I do three or four days a week. I keep my Kindle handy for reading things that trigger interest, and for an inbox count, which my phone app doesn’t show. I got to about 400 messages in my last viewing session.
- Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue. Collecting screenshots from The Boyo’s various online projects, in preparation for wrapping up the Peer Review issue.
- Get computer repaired!
- Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. Focus on maintenance and implementing ideas from 5,000 Words Per Hour. 7/5 hometending. Lise’s room; kitchen; family room; living room; study; our bedroom. Clearing the decks in preparation for using the book ongoing and progressing.
Continue planning/ attending outings and events as desired. Intention for future travel; ideas in play, but nothing concrete at this point.
- NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Doing a bit better overall; hoping to get to one of these critiques in the next couple of weeks.
Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Beta #2 complete through Chapter Four (p15/121).
- My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Oh, yes! Lots of connection, conversation. Walks and outside play. Reading bedtime stories. Couples’ time. Shared videos and meals.
- Complete 7 pending book reviews.
Write in Abundance,Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. 7/7 for journaling and meditation.
T’ai chi practice: at home three times; class once or twice a week. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory.
- Make time for physical activity five days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. 6/5; 4/3 with phone.
Leaps of Faith:
Poetry Chapbooks:I did some very basic research on what chapbooks are; letting the concept simmer for a bit.
Website/Business blog: More informal brainstorming with my Accomplice.
Fantasy convention: As it turns out, it would have better to check this out prior to the weekend it’s being held. They’ve met their attendance cap, and prices are far too high for this to be a possibility for me this year.
Fan fiction stuff