Tuesday, November 20, 2018

NaNo day 20

Woohooo!!!  I hit 50k.  Now the rest of this moth can be a stressful miserable horror without the added bonus of feeling like I have to spend every waking moment home from work writing.  I'm a little over 95k words on the first draft of Shadows of What Might Have Been.  I'm somewhere between 2/3 and 3/4 of the way done.   I'm expecting the full first draft to end up around 130k words at the moment, unless something drastic changes and I need to add more in.  BUT with my day job, and the Christmas season, it's probably going to have to wait until after the new year to get finished up.  We're more shorthanded than we ever have been in all the 15 years I've worked for the Post Office this Christmas, so it's looking like a heck of a lot of really, really long, gruelling hours and little time else to do anything but eat and sleep.  So yay for that.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

NaNo day 13.

13 days in and I just hit 30k.  It's my day off, so I haven't seen the horrors which work has in store for me this Christmas season yet, but if past years are anything to go by, it's going to be ugly.  I think my supervisor tried to call me in to work today, but I wasn't about to answer.  The day after Veteran's Day is the absolute worst day for mail out of the whole year, and there's no way I'm giving up my day off to work it.  I like my job, but I don't like it that much.  Just 20k left to go, and 17 days left in the month.  I only need about 1100 words a day to finish.  Hopefully I'll be able to find the time between work and everything else to get at least that much done for the rest of the month.

Friday, November 9, 2018

NaNo day 9

9 days in and I just passed 21k.  I'm doing ok.  Work has been better these last few days since the election, but, unfortuantely, the Christmas season officially starts at Veteran's Day for the Post Office.  So I don't expect to have a whole lot of time to write after that.  That's why I usually try to power through the whole 50k before the day after Veteran's Day, but that's not looking like it's going to happen this year with my slow start.  We'll see if I'm able to pull through.  I'm ahead of schedule.  I only need about 1300 words a day to finish by the 30th, which seems doable, but Christmas seems like it gets worse every year as more and more people do their shopping online, so, we'll see.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

NaNo Day 4

Uhg, I'm usually so much faster than this during NaNo, but work is just wearing me out this year with all of the extra election mail.  It's literally adding 2-3 hours to my every day of work.  It's freaking horrible.  I did still hit 10k today, which isn't bad for a 4 day total.  I'm still averaging about 2500 words a day so far, which is well above the 1667 NaNo daily goal.  So, yay, I guess.  Hopefully I'll be able to get a lot more done a lot faster once the election is over.

Friday, November 2, 2018

NaNo Day 2: The slightly further along than day 1ening

So NaNo is happening, and I'm working on Shadows of What Might Have Been, book 2 to Memories of What Never Was.  Thanks to next week's election I've been completely buried at work this week, and haven't been able to get home with much time to spend writing.  Hopefully that will change after Tuesday next week.  But I am still overachieving a bit by NaNo standards.  You're supposed to get at least 1667 words per day to hit the 50k by the end of the month, and I've gotten a little over 3000 these first two days.  Also, this story is a little more complex than the ones I usually write, which takes a bit more time to write, so not only do I have less time this year to write in (so far) I'm also writing slower because there's a lot more elements that have to go into the story.  It's all good though.  I'm still way ahead of the goal for day 2 with 6086 words.  To be honest, though, I doubt I can finish the first draft of this book in 50k words.  I already had 45k written, but I think this one is going to end up somewhere between 150k and 170k when it's done.  Anyway, expect more pointless posts this month about me saying how awesome I'm doing.