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.

Misc Monday ~ in which dreams are not always goals

Let’s talk in a little depth about one of my 101 in 1001 categories today: the Writing category. When I started the 101 in 1001 challenge, I was planning on working on my dream of becoming a published novelist. Therefore, one of the main categories of my challenge is writing. And yet, now that I’m over a year in to the challenge, I find that this is no longer a focus of mine.

The change in my mindset made me start thinking about dreams vs. goals.

Sometimes, your dreams are your goals. You can work toward something that you’ve dreamed about, and it’s both a dream and a goal. Or you can have dreams that float at the back of your mind or deep in your soul, but that you aren’t actively working on, and therefore while they are still your dreams they aren’t also goals.

For me, being a published author has been a dream for a long time, but it’s almost always been something I played at instead of worked at. The only times I’ve done more than play around at it were when I was unhappy in my personal life. (Part of me wonders how much I subconsciously associate success in my writing with unhappiness. Most of me suspects this is a pretty high association, and I need to work on that.) So, I was planning on using this 101 in 1001 challenge to turn writing from a dream only into something that was also a goal.

And then, for one of my other challenge items, I started evaluating my day job. And I didn’t like what I saw. I also didn’t like what I had in mind as a nebulous “while I’m getting the writing career going” plan. So I started to look at what I could do to be more satisfied and more fulfilled in my day job, and realized that my best option was to focus on that instead of on the novel writing.

Yes, being a published novelist is still a dream. But right now I don’t have the drive to make it a goal. I don’t know that I will ever have enough energy to both work on improving my writing and improve my day job at the same time. You have to pick your battles, and choose where you’re going to spend your energy. Therefore, my primary goal right now is to improve my day job to the point where it feels like a career instead of a job. (Yes, I’ve been in the workforce for decades, and still don’t feel like what I have is a career.)

I am not planning on changing the 101 in 1001 list to reflect this change in focus, however. Sometimes it’s good to be reminded of your dreams even when they aren’t your primary goals.

What about you? Do you have dreams which are or aren’t goals in  your life? How to you balance the two?

Belated ROW Update #8

IMG_0183.JPGOops – Monday again, and I haven’t posted my ROW update! Ah well, better late than never.

1. Some kind of writing task at least two times a week. Yes, though one of the two days had me mostly thinking that I’m working on the wrong project, and trying to come up with something else to work on instead. (4/8)

2. Exercise at least three times a week. Yes. Easily, this week. (5/8)

3. Knit 2 squares for the 2015 Geek-A-Long blanket. The first square is done, and the second is started. Yay! (1/2 squares)

4. Finish a crocheted scarf I’m working on for a friend. DONE. (1/1 completed scarf)

5. Post ROW blogs at least once a week, and visit (& comment on!) the blogs on my blog roll plus at least 5 random ROW-er blogs. Yup. Or at least I was caught up at some point during the last week, so I’m considering that a win. (6/8)

Have a wonderful week!