Sunday Summary 12-3-17

It’s Sunday Summary time! National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is over now, and I haven’t written a word of fiction since then. I didn’t write much fiction during that last week either, truth be told. The EDJ (aka Evil Day Job, which is what I call it whether or not it’s being evil) and a new contract job took up more time than I had anticipated, and so I ended NaNoWriMo about 17k below the official end goal. However, given that I hadn’t intended to participate in NaNo this year until about a week before it actually started, I think I did pretty good to get in 33k words.

NaNoWriMo Ending Stats:

    • Total Word Count Goal: 50,000
    • Total Words Actually Written: 33,565

And now what?

Well, I do want to finish this story. I won’t be writing on the story as frequently or as furiously as I had been during November, but I will still be writing. I also will still be joining my fellow WriMos for the weekly write-in that I’d been attending during NaNo. They meet up year-round, and so joining them will help me keep myself accountable with the writing. It will at least get me around other writers on a more regular basis, and I tend to write more when I’m with others of my own kind.

Later, once I’ve finished the story, it will get to sit for a little while before I look at it to edit it, and then I’ll begin the polishing process. Will this particular book turn into anything? I don’t know. In some ways, it already has. It has turned into my way back into writing, and that alone should be recognized as a great achievement.

Last note: Sunday Summary posts will be changing a little now that NaNo is over, but I haven’t figured out quite how yet. Please excuse the mess as I play with the posts over the next few weeks. Also, if I end up with completely random posts, they will probably be scheduled for Sundays.

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Sunday Summary 11-26-17

It’s time for another Sunday Summary! National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) progress is better than it often is at this point. Thanksgiving weekend sometimes kills my word count. (It did this year. I haven’t written a word on the NaNoNovel all weekend yet.) This year, in addition it’s also partly killing my blog writing, so apologies that this is a very short blog post. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

The Stats (as of Saturday night):

    • Total Word Count Goal: 41,675
    • Total Words Actually Written: 32,560
    • Favorite clip written this week:

This tree’s trunk was straight. No easy slope up and down, and no branches lower than the one I was sitting on which could provide a sort of ladder. 

I wasn’t stuck. Really. I just wasn’t ready to get down. 

 

Sunday Summary 11-19-17

It’s time for another Sunday Summary! I am still doing National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), but I am slipping a bit behind. Sigh. And we haven’t hit the Thanksgiving prep yet, either, so I will probably slip behind even further then.

Still, there has been progress. And I was on track on the half-way date (11/15) so there’s still hope that I can finish the 50k by the 30th. Time to start writing, so I’m going to wrap this blog post up now.

The Stats (as of Saturday night):

    • Total Word Count Goal: 30,006
    • Total Words Actually Written: 27,023
    • Favorite clip written this week:

I didn’t mind Robert being here, but I did mind him cuddling with my person on my cuddle day. I never got to cuddle with Susan any more.

Needless to say, I was sulking in the corner.

No, not in the corner. I was sulking in the middle of the room.

Sunday Summary 11-12-17

It’s time for another Sunday Summary! Are you participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this year? If so, how’s your progress?

I have been discovering the joys of online virtual write-ins. My region is active on Discord, and so when I come home from work I’ve been logging in and joining in about 1-2 hours of word sprints. Given that I average 600 words for a 15 minute sprint, this means I can get my days word count in a very short amount of time (compared to previous years).

I didn’t get as many words this week as I’d hoped, partly because on Saturday Mr. Wyrm and I had fun time with friends, and I got no words in. Also, on Friday (I had the day off work due to Veterans Day) instead of spending all day writing I also started on my Christmas cards. I’ll have more pics on Wednesday with my WIP post, but here’s a teaser:

Christmas Cards 2017 - part 1

But back to writing. I’ve been really enjoying it. And about a month ago I had decided it was time to let the dream of writing fade away. Funny how as soon as I decide not to stress over something, it becomes fun again. /sarcasm

The Stats (as of Saturday night):

    • Total Word Count Goal: 18,337
    • Total Words Actually Written: 18,717
    • Favorite clip written this week: Making sure to stay at least one step ahead of the reaching hands, I stalked downstairs and planted myself in front of my food bowl.It was long past breakfast time.

I still haven’t decided how I’m going to organize these posts in the future. Maybe I’ll start posting longer snippets instead of a short one. Or maybe I’ll discuss writing habits or tips and tricks. After NaNo, this may turn into a general weekly summary, too. I’m still open to ideas, if you have any suggestions.

Sunday Summary ~ NaNo Begins

For the month of November (and maybe after that, if I feel like it) I am going to switch my blog posting schedule a bit. I’m not going to post Misc Mondays, and will instead post Sunday Summaries. The main focus of these posts will be writing, since November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

So, to get started, how has the first (most of a) week of NaNoWriMo gone?

    • Total Word Count Goal: 6,668
    • Total Words Actually Written: 10,018
    • Favorite clip written this week: I stared at her. Perfectly safe? Because of a piece of paper? I was a cat, and even I knew better than that.

Also a random note for this week: Saturday (11/4) was Double-Up Donation Day! There were both donation and word count goals for the community, but they were also challenging authors to double their personal word count. My personal goal was to hit 10k by the end of Saturday. How did I do? Well, on Friday night when I quit writing for the day I had 5,301 words. By the end of Saturday’s writing I had 10,018 words. Not quite double the words I had prior to that, but still over 10k.

Anything else I should include in these posts? Are any of you joining me in the writing binge that is NaNo? For those who are as well as everyone who is not, I hope you have a great November! May you be productive in whatever your chosen endeavor happens to be.

Oops.

Oops. Again.

Let’s see. Oops #1: I really fell behind on NaNo, and didn’t get my 50k in. I’m not too concerned about this, as a lot of life stuff happened instead (largely the EDJ getting crazy-busy) and I decided I wasn’t going to drive myself crazy (crazier) or worse, kill myself trying to finish NaNo.

Oops #2: I haven’t been blogging for a while. Let’s see if we can fix that.

Oops #3: I’ve been even worse at blog VISITING. I’m going to try to fix that, too, but no promises during the holiday season.

ETA: It’s snowing on WordPress again! Wheee!

MONTHLY GOALS:
  1. OCT: Prepare SF (novel project codename) characters & plot for NaNoWriMo. Good enough. I didn’t do as much as I had wanted on this, but I did enough.
  2. NOV: Write 50k words or more in SF. Nope. But I’m not too fussed over it, since I did get in lots more words (and a good start to a writing habit) than I had been getting previously.
  3. DEC REVISED: Maintain my writing habit and keep working on the SF first draft. I’m not aiming to finish the first draft this month anymore, but instead to just keep writing, just keep writing.
WEEKLY GOALS:
  1. Work on writing projects a minimum of 5 days / week. Nope. And this might slow down during the holidays, but I’m still going to try.
  2. Visit and comment on a minimum of 7 other ROW blogs / week. Also nope.
  3. Write a minimum of 3 blog posts / week. At least one of these should be a ROW update. And yet another nope. But I have some scheduled posts, so I may be able to change this to a yes on Sunday.

Yeah. So that was pretty dismal. BUT I’M NOT GIIVNG UP. And that’s what really matters, right?

Oh – one fun thing is that I’ve been finishing lots of secret knitting present projects, so you’ll get to see them all as FO posts after Dec 25th. I haven’t been sticking to prior-existing WIPs, but just about everything new has been a gift. So I guess I’m (essentially) sticking to my Year Of The WIP goal for 2014.

I hope all who celebrate has a great Thanksgiving last week, and enjoy your December holidays, whatever they are!

WIP / Writing Weds

Time for an update! Though sadly still no knitting pictures that I can show you to prove that I am still knitting, even though I’ve been doing a lot more writing lately. But I do have the ROW80 Goals Update:

MONTHLY GOALS:
  1. OCT: Prepare SF (novel project codename) characters & plot for NaNoWriMo. Good enough. I didn’t do as much as I had wanted on this, but I did enough.
  2. NOV: Write 50k words or more in SF. In progress… This weekend is going to be a low word count one, though, so I need to crank out as many words as I can (and still stay sane) before that…
  3. DEC: Finish the first draft of SF. When done, set aside. (No revision allowed until 1 month after completion date.)
WEEKLY GOALS:
  1. Work on writing projects a minimum of 5 days / week. On track. Not as many words per day as I want, but there has been daily progress so far.
  2. Visit and comment on a minimum of 7 other ROW blogs / week. Yup! I made a point of doing this on Sunday as soon as I posted my ROW update. Don’t look at me like that. I wasn’t procrastinating my writing, I was working on other goals while I was online.
  3. Write a minimum of 3 blog posts / week. At least one of these should be a ROW update. So far so good. Actually, with this post, we’ll be at three. So this goal is a success too!

Words, words words… must get more words.