Thursday, November 21, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013: Day 20 - On the Other Side of the Sickness

I'm not completely out of the woods, but I'm definitely better than I was last week. And this week my energy has finally returned which has been very productive for my writing. I'm very happy to report that I finished A Breath in Time on Monday! (This is my longest completed novel now!) Also, that means that I finally have words to report for Point of No Return. I thought this sequel would be harder, but the new main character is really jumping off the page. He now has a last name: Sikes. I'm sure he'll tell me his first name and military rank eventually.

Words Written Today: 2,185
Total Words for NaNo: 31,363
Total Words for A Breath in Time: 78,342 (FINISHED!)
Total Words for Point of No Return: 3,026

I leave you with my newest favorite song and band:

Friday, November 8, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013: Day 7 - 1k is Definitely NOT Enough

I know that 1k per work week day is enough to make my goal, but I feel like I'm barely reaching my stride when I suddenly hit 1k and hit the brakes. But I don't see how I could write much more than that with my energy levels running on empty during the week when I get home.

We'll see. I may not want to write more than 1k next week if I somehow manage to finish A Breath in Time over the weekend in the 10k sprint I've set up for myself.

Words Written Today: 1,026
Total Words for NaNo: 15,092
Total Words for "A Breath in Time": 65,100
Total Words for "Point of No Return": N/A

Thursday, November 7, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013: Day 5 and 6 The First Missed Day and The First Catch-up

So, no post yesterday, because I fell flat on my face and succumbed to TV thereby ensuring that no writing was done. However, today, I wrote that 1k and a little more so I'm technically still on track (since on Monday I was nearly 900 words ahead).

Today also marked the first introduction of the physical form of my villain in A Breath in Time. Which, of course, freaked dear Alice (my MC) out. I will continue her freaking out session tomorrow.

Words Written Today: 1,213
Total Words for NaNo: 14,068
Total Words for "A Breath in Time": 64,076
Total Words for "Point of No Return": N/A

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013: Day 4 - Oh Yeah, Work...

So reality came crashing back down today with the beginning of the work week. I made my goal of 1k but just barely today because I was so tired. I get off work earlier tomorrow so maybe I'll have time to write a little more than today. 1k barely got the ball rolling before I stopped.

Words Written Today: 1,018
Total Words for NaNo: 12,855
Total Words for "A Breath in Time": 62,863
Total Words for "Point of No Return": N/A

Monday, November 4, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013: Day 3 - The Rewards of Pushing Through

...are a story that writes itself much faster. Though it did slow down a little towards the end of the day but I think that was because I was slowing down due to being tired. Writing is hard work. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Especially if you do it for many hours in a row.  It's the equivalent of a full-time job to get those words out onto the page.

But now the weekend is over and I go back to my day job and 1k to 2k a day. The story won't progress as fast, but hopefully the momentum will remain until the second 10k push next weekend.

Words Written Today: 4,943
Total Words for NaNo: 11,837
Total Words for "A Breath in Time": 61,845
Total Words for "Point of No Return": N/A


No excerpt today because I'm typing up this post late at night. I'll pick an extra long one tomorrow. Promise!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013: Day 2 The Long Slog Part 2

Whew. I thought I'd never make it to my 5k goal today but I did. However it cost me to write every single word. However, at the end I was rewarded. In the last 10 min and 200 words of the day the story finally shifted and started rolling. I think 5k will go by much faster tomorrow.

I guess I never outlined my goals for this NaMoWriMo. Due to work completely exhausting me during the week, my goal is to write 5k on Saturdays and Sundays and then a minimum of 1k during the week. I'll keep pushing on as fast as I can though to build up a lead. At least I don't have Thanksgiving this year to destroy my time to write at the end of November. Just report cards to slow down the beginning of it.


Words Written Today: 5,117
Total Words for NaNo: 6,894
Total Words for "A Breath in Time": 56,932
Total Words for "Point of No Return": N/A

And the first excerpt:


“Alice!”

The yell near my ear jerked me awake. I waved a hand vaguely and connected with a warm, round something. I stopped trying to turn off the alarm as I realized the something was Kitty’s head.

“Why are you patting my head?” This time she didn’t yell.

“I wanted to see who was making a racket and waking me up.” I scrubbed her head before withdrawing my hand to rub sleep out of my eyes. “Did you eat already?”

“Mhmm!” She crawled onto my bed and snuggled next to me.

“Was breakfast good?”

“Yes! Mommy let me have my favorite cereal.”

“No wonder you are hyper. Too much sugar makes for a loud, excited Kitty first thing in the morning.” I tickled her and she squirmed, giggling.

“Have you packed everything for that trip I told you about?”

“Uh-huh! Mommy said we’re going to Earth for a trip. Are you coming?”

“I think I will. Though, I might come at a different time. I have to stay here to help all the people leave. And then I get to leave on the last shuttle. You, my cute Kitty, will be leaving before then.” I squeezed her before tickling her a little more.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

And We're Off! NaNoWriMo 2013

It's finally here and words are finally being put on the page to finish the novel from last year, now renamed "A Breath in Time". It's been a hard slog to get back into the story, but I think I managed to get back on track after today. This weekend should be the final ticket to getting myself thoroughly situated back in the story and world. That is, if report card writing doesn't get in the way...

Words Written Today: 1,777
Total Words for NaNo: 1,777
Total Words for "A Breath in Time": 51,815
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