Post-NaNoWriMo update #1

I’m writing, but it’s not pretty. I’ve got germy people all ’round and a massive bruise on my shin (tripped while getting into the shower). I’m in a losing battle with my body. And let us not speak of other things that are bringing me down, they are of an unspeakable nature. I’ve also found that I can’t keep my NaNo writing binge going at full speed. For one, my lunchtime has been lost to finals week reference madness! Last month, I was managing about 40 minutes of writing a day during my break, but I’m back to sneaking a quick bite between projects and reference sessions :(. I’m mostly writing in the evenings now, which always affects my productivity. It’s like working two jobs  and finding that I’m my own worst boss. I’ve also been trying to sneak in reading time for pending reviews, and workout sessions to make up for bad behavior (i.e. holiday party treats). I need a holiday. A real one this time.

*grumble grumble*

I’m crampy and moody and Anúna is making my head hurt.

NaNo update #4

I did it! I just ran the draft through the validator and came out with a whopping 53,158 words (that’s about 1,000 shy of my Office word count). I’m so excited and proud of myself for sticking to it. I’m really jazzed about finishing it. I’m building up to my climax now and don’t want to lose my momentum, so I’m going to push myself to stick with my writing schedule before I let any academic side projects take me away from creative writing. I’m loving this! aaaaah! I’m a bit too hyped up right now. Gotta go! Need to save and back up!

I’m a Winner!

A writing milestone

On the eve before NaNo, I finished Secret Project #1.

It’s called Cassiel, though that’s just the working title I gave it when I started in 2006. Yes, 6 years of on again, off again writing. I started right before I entered grad school (the first time), and worked on it steadily for that first year, then I just stopped. I had too much to do between school, thesis drafting, and work, and it seemed like something that could easily wait. And it did.

A couple of years after I started the project, I had about 10 chapters sitting in a folder, so I edited and charted out all the details so I could start writing again. Then I stopped again. It was time for grad school, part 2.

Last July, school was finally over. I would have professional and academic drains on my time. I would have to juggle a full time job and a relationship, but writing was suddenly something that I wanted to spend time on—even on days when it seemed like my time was compartmentalized into a crazy schedule of workout, go to work, go home, eat, write, sleep. I wrote. I took breaks and told myself I needed time off, but I kept coming back to it and plowing away.

Then I told myself I would take part in NaNo this year, and start working on one of those other secret projects I had stashed away in my writing folder. I gave myself until November to finish what I had started. I would not be working on two projects simultaneously, ain’t no way, ain’t no how. So I finished. Draft 1.5 at least.

It’s long, to start. Too long, so I will have to do some major revisions. And I know my voice changed halfway through the writing process. The writer who started this novel is not the writer who finished. My voice changed, how I write changed, and this work will change again before it is really worth shopping. But, for now, I will let out a long, contented sigh, and wait to tally up my word count (well over the 100,000 mark, so far as I can estimate) and make editing decisions. Maybe I’ll even start looking for a reader (a daunting thought for someone who refused to let anyone even see her work when she was writing).

This is one resolution I can scratch off my list 🙂

Now, for Project #2.