Quote of the Moment

"Magic comes from what is inside you. It is part of you. You can't weave together a spell you don't believe in." - Jim Butcher

Monday, November 20, 2006

Yea, Kept Putting It Off

I kept putting off posting here. Bad me. Again.

Anyway, I don't have my exact number tally right now in front of me. But, I think it's 6,111 words now.

I wrote two days last week and four days the week before. Maybe I'll up it back to four days this week (although, we have no clean dishes).

19k in 11 days though? Maybe. Maybe not. Who knows. I do know my goal was never really 50k - heh. I need a good balance between quantity and quality.

I so know I need to finish the rough draft of Shepherd, and I also know tracking my word count in the excel file has been fun and helped me to write more. This might mean I have to do that every month. I'd like to eventually shoot for 10 hours a week of writing until the rough draft is done, or 5-7k words a week. I really need to get a handle on time management, I tell ya.

That's the post for this week, unless I plow out loads of words and feel the need to report...er brag? Happy writing!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Not As Much As I Wanted....

But still I wrote at least. I mean, I've written 14 and a half pages in the span of 7 days. Most I've written in such a short period since I was working on my thesis novel!

Okay, need to be fast. Have to get back to work.

Yesterday 1.5 hours = 1093 words

Total: 3616

Hopefully I'll at least reach 25k. That would thrill me. I'm sorry, but I just don't have the spirit of most NaNoers - I hate padding just to up the word count - that just makes more work when revising, in my honest opinion.

Here's hoping the big business planning meeting gets over with before the expected 4pm time (I brought my laptop just in case). Happy writing!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Yes, I know, I'm lazy

Okay - I meant to blog last night, but I go caught up in other things. It happens. For me, a lot.

Anyway, I didn't write last weekend. I felt the psuh to finish Halloween Quests on EQ as they ended Sunday night, and I wasn't feeling well on Sunday. There, it's the truth, not excuses.

I did write yesterday, though.

Yesterday's total about 50 minutes = 778 words! (btw I edited Friday's post - I had the wrong word count for the day)

Grans Total = 2523!

One tenth of the way to my own personal goal, and one twentieth to the NaNo goal. Today, I need to try to ignore house cleaning and Everquest (bank rearranging on 14 characters and a guild bank of all things) and shoot for like 3500. Not sure if that can happen before my husband gets home and we need to go food shopping. We'll see. I did get up before noon, which is a plus.

Wish me luck, and I might blog later.

By the way, it looks like the meter is working again, so I'll go fix it up right now.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Er....word meter

I wrote some more today.

1 hr = 1020 words!

I didn't know my fingers could type that fast.

Anyway, the Word Meter site seems to have an error saying the account is closed, and then the alternate site I have used for word meter isn't responding properly either. Not sure what's going on. Perhaps it's a conspiracy to not allow me to track my progress. Guess I'll have to do it just via posting here and using my NaNo profile.

Total count as of today: 1,745 words

Click on the link to view my NaNo Profile. Maybe I'll even add an excerpt once this weekend if there's a spot I really like (okay, really like and willing to share with the world so that everyone can shatter my hopes of what I thought was good).

Happy NaNoing!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

NaNo, Oh NaNo

Yes, it's been another month since I blogged (or done a million other things that are on my list). I will not make any promises about future posts because when I do, I just insert my foot in my mouth.

Yesterday kicked off the beginning of NaNoWriMo. I have decided I'll be doing it kind of unofficially, and not with the exact NaNo rules.

First, there is NO WAY I am starting another new novel. I have too many that I've begun that need to be continued. Last thing I need is another beginning. So, I plan to continue with the rough draft of Shepherd of Dreams. It's not even a fourth of the way done, so I have plenty of rough draft ahead of me that would go higher than 50k words even.

Second, I actually don't intend to reach 50k. I haven't been feeling well the last couple months, and I don't want to push myself and get even more sick. Also, this is the first time I am attempting NaNo along with having some type of "real job." Out og the three days I work, getting up at 4:45am and not getting home until 6pm at the earliest just doesn't help with writing time. I know I can get at least 500 words done each work day, but the after work days are what truly get me because I had so little sleep for the work day before that I am exhausted and beaten. I hope to reach at least 25k, but even 20k would be awesome because that would beat out what I was able to get to in 2004 and 2005.

Third, I am staying away from the NaNo forums. The site is super slow for one thing, and reading those forums is just time consuming.

I was thinking of doing a daily update, but I probably won't. I'll at least put in a word count meter and update that when I write more.

So, to those legally NaNoing or like me, NaNoing kind of, I wish you luck. Happy writing!