Thursday, November 17, 2011

November 17 - Day 13 NaNoWriMo and the Boston Marathon

Today is my thirteenth post on this blog YIKES! Actually I'm telling myself it isn't because I've had some extra posts in there, but I'm not looking back to see for sure, because I am so superstitious it's scary.

I have a morning procrastination ritual before I log in to write. A series of blog posts I visit, twitter, face book, things like that. Of course, since I'm in the Atlantic Time Zone and many of these sites are from the States, nobody is up and posting when I start. No matter, I check out their space anyway and comment my fool head off. Most days, I can't shut up. 

Today some body posted about superstition. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I have been so wrapped up in my writing that I have not been thinking about all the 'bad luck' floating around out there. I mean I never take a Fifty Dollar Bill if I can help it, knock wood and throw salt. Never say how good you are doing and don't put your fondest desires out there. Never, never say what you really want, out loud.

I started backing up my WIP fifty different way and even making a hard copy. Yeah, I'm superstitious and a little bit crazy. My husband fondly refers to me as the Gypsy Queen. Whew, I'm glad I got that out of my system. This is not what I wanted to talk about today.

Today,I want to talk about NaNoWriMo.When I first told my husband I wanted to do this. He thought I was crazy. OK, he thought I was more crazy than usual. He asked Why? I told him it was like running a Marathon. You do it so you can say that you did. At least, I think that's why you run a Marathon. I'm not a runner. Hello, look around you. I'm a water person. I can tread water forever and even swim quite a ways, if I vary my stroke and my shoulder holds out.

Well, today I crossed a finish line of sorts. NaNoWriMo is about writing 50k words in the form of a novel in thirty days (the month of November). Today I finished up at 52,673 words. When I say finished up, that's in finished up for the day. The novel is far from done. It will probably end up around 85 - 90k words, so we're looking at another 30 - 40k words. Like I said earlier,I can't seem to shut up.

Anyway...I have a new goal. I want to try to finish up the novel by the 30th of November. I think I can do it or at least come close. Let's put it this way; I'm gonna try. 

I do want to say that I've changed my mind about that Marathon thing. NaNoWriMo is something different. I'm not sure what, but I've become involved with a community of superb people. All of them writers, all a little nuts. All of them encouraging, uplifting and caring about each other. The comments and posts I've read about NaNoWriMo have helped me tremendously (ah, come on,this is my one place where I don't spare the adverbs) picked me up when I was down and gave me the courage/drive/persistence to get to the 50k+ point in my WIP. You all have helped me kill or at least silence the Vampires that live in my head.

I like to be clever. In my bios I say I'm a 'word junkie', it's true. I never met a word I didn't like (well,maybe a few) and I like nothing better than the sound of my own voice. Don't let me near an open mike or a blank piece of paper. I live for the applesauce (applause or feedback or comments). Add to that a NaNoWriMo Junkie. I can't imagine not coming back. I'm only half way through and I'm half way crazy in love with the concept. Imagine what I'll be like at the end of the month.

To all you NaNoWriMo Junkies out there. Keep up the good fight. You can do it. You are doing it. It is awesome. You are awesome. Thank you for sharing with me.

Today I found Florence. She helped me write a very difficult scene. Thank you Florence.  Enjoy.

OK,I admit it I like to Howl!

Almost forgot the QOD's

11/16 Being dead is complicated.

11/17 What is she doing? Where is she going? And, what is he doing here, on my ranch,following her?

Almost forgot something else IMPORTANT.

I've been hearing a lot of good things about the book Variant by Robin Wells. I want to read it.You should too. I really want to read it for free. My friend Donna is giving away a free copy. Go here do what Donna tells you and you could win Variant. Go on.You know you want to.While you're there, follow Donna, she funny,interesting and will share lots of good things with you. I like her.


  1. I'm not sure if adwards are your thing, but I've given you one over at my place. Thanks for keeping things so groovy! :D

  2.'re tearing it up!! Good luck with your new goal....and remember to stretch before you hit the road! :)

  3. I enjoy your posts, I didn't realize that my "follow" didn't take the last time, so it's official. I'm follow you now!

    My wife and I wanted to move to the Caribbean about 5 years ago, it just didn't come together. Still want to.. maybe someday.

    I disagree, being dead is not complicated, being alive is complicated. ;D


  4. Congrats on passing the finish line! Woot!

  5. 50K already?! Kudos to you.