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40007 / 50000 words. 80% done!

This update needed one of those nifty counters, so here we go! I'm on the last stretch now. I am attempting to finish this thing on Sunday (today!) so even though I am not at the Night of Writing Dangerously, I can at least finish on the night. And when I do, I am going to invest in one of those spiffy Viking hats. Must. Have. Viking. Hat! And then I'll wear it to further write-ins because I will still be going to those even when I'm finished. I am trying to write a whole lot more before the end of November. I am in a year challenge and for most of it I slacked off in it. I have nearly 141,000 more words to write after I complete my NaNo. So I'll be attempting to write another 50,000 words in the last days before the 30th. Wouldn't that be something? I would be pretty stoked about that. I can do it. I can so do it. Especially because I have a lot of writing projects to work into it. And I am counting my journal entries too. How meta is it that I am talking about it here? Heh. I need to check my steps because I need to get to those too. December is going to be plenty rough on me since I haven't been using my pedometer.

I'm not happy with my plot, but I am getting it down on paper. I think it has potential. When I revise--and I will revise this one--I am going to rework the style. I have been writing from one character's point of view during each day of November. Instead, I am going to write shorter passages for each character on each day, or the important days in their lives. There is a lot of potential here even if it hasn't been realized yet. I will also be revising my short story collection, which takes place before this piece. I am intent on getting that published next year.

Beginning today, to get my 250k words and 1million steps, I need to average the following:

Averaging 3683 words a day
Averaging 7413 steps a day

It's time to really get myself into shape with words and steps. I've been letting myself slack for too long. Gotta get more sleep, write more, and walk more. I hope this really sparks some things up. I'll start on this new regiment today.


I'm borrowing this from my friend [livejournal.com profile] myras_girls. Thank you!

Today I'm grateful for:

Family and friends
My kitties and my pup
Doctor Who
Steven Moffat
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan ♥ ♥ ♥
Comfy socks (especially K.Bell soft and dreamy socks)
Music on my iPod
[livejournal.com profile] roxicons and her icons and Flikr account
Writing
NaNoWriMo
Lush
[livejournal.com profile] geonncannon and his brilliant writer mind (I am SO excited about the Sanctuary/Warehouse 13 drabble he is doing for me. I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to this. Helen/Tesla/HG Wells. It is going to be fucking epic!) (Geonn--I hope you know I completely trust your writing skills) Seriously folks. You need to read this guy. He's a published writer and everything! :D Utter brilliance.))
RPing...Oh yeah. :D
Twitter
Sera Beak
My laptop
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30,031/50,000 - 60%


In all the years I have done NaNoWriMo--six officially, plus that seventh year unofficially--I have NEVER been ahead this far in the game. I am typically struggling. I think I have officially written more now than I did last year. I've been putting things off--even homework stuff--and making NaNo my number one priority. I don't like doing that, but it is also my one thing that I am doggedly trying to get done this year, and early. I am going to the Redondo Beach write-a-thon *fingers crossed, if I can get a ride* in LA, and want to finish there, or by there. That's this Saturday. I need to average 4,000 words a day to get there. I can get this done. I have enough characters to play with right now.

I have hit that dull point in my story, sadly. That point where all the characters are sounding alike and they are getting a bit whiny. I need to have something to actually happen. There will be some fun mixing of a pair of ex's coming up soon. One's a witch and one's a werewolf, and he wasn't a werewolf when he was dating here. I did go into flying by the seat of my pants again. I haven't hit all the plot points I have wanted to yet. I'm not even sure what the end game is. Maybe it will not identify itself before I get out of the 50k. What I plan to do is after I write this, to read it, and make notes on it and expand and work it out. Cut and expand. My rough draft has just been about me getting it down in some form. It feels really tight to me. I remember reading the short story collection this novel is tied to and thinking how nervous my writing was. This shows me that I have indeed grown as a writer. It was really nice to see that.

Let's see. Other things that are going on. I am still working on getting my items sold on eBay for my fundraising, but I found that I need a copy of a letter from the OLL that says it's okay that I do that on eBay. Doh! Either I get the letter or not. If I don't, I am still putting the items up on eBay. :)

I have watched some good television lately. I have really become a big fan of Smallville of all things. This past episode, "Abandoned," really hit all the points for me. I loved how there were three storylines going on, where there was emotional development for each character. I think the show is hitting its stride. I hope it doesn't really end this season. There isn't good genre television around right now, especially genre that can get into a little bit of whimsy.

This episode got me thinking about the kind of writing I prefer in television. I'll be doing a write-up about that on my other blog soon. Hopefully before next weekend. I want to get a post a week, at least, there.

My Tuesday will be pretty interesting: [livejournal.com profile] brokenbacktango and I are going to go see Matt Smith on Craig Ferguson. I'm still blown away that I was able to pull this off. I found about the show really late in the game, even after Ferguson had started to tweet about it. There's going to be a Dalek there! I've wanted to see/meet him, but didn't think I would get a real chance given that he's filming and probably wouldn't be over in CA. So this was such a treat that came up. I've never seen to Ferguson before, so I have no idea how things are done over there. But can't wait!

In the second half of the month now and there's still a lot to do. One good thing is that NaNoWriMo feels so feasible. It was feeling like that already, but the ending is in sight. I have less than 20,000 words left. THAT is hitting home for me.

Gotta get to bed now so I can get up in a few hours and get back to work.

PS [livejournal.com profile] roxicons has some of the greatest icons I have ever seen. Go check them out! So colorful and pretty.

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