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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
writerfangirl: ([not impossible])
16036/50000 - 32% (more than a quarter! Woohoo!)


Haven't gotten back to my eBays or my my letters, but I did write about 6000 words. According to my NaNo page, at this rate I will be finishing my NaNo by Nov. 23rd. I'd like to finish on the 21st, during the So Cal Write-a-Thon. I want a bell, demmit! :D That would be pretty sweet. I want to be at 25k by the end of the 8th. That's my goal for right now. I have a lot I need to be writing today that isn't related to NaNo. I need to get back to my Maisel classes because last week I've been very neglectful. I need to catch up. I'll be doing my write-ups tomorrow in addition to my nine thousand or so words. I may even get a few more words in before I head to bed.

I have two more write-ins this week. The Monday one will be at CK and the Tuesday one is at the LA Library. I really love the people at both. I can't wait to see the folks in LA, especially because I was having a wonderful conversation with this woman who is passionate about the homeless in LA. She herself has been homeless and she is now an advocate. Based on what she has said so far, it sounds like her life has gotten turned upside down for the good in the last month. She uses Twitter as a way of expressing herself. It is an important tool to people who did not have a voice before. I find this extraordinary. I know Twitter is an important connecting tool, but there are ways it is being used that I hadn't even thought about.

I have put a lot of my other projects on the burner. There is a project that I am collaborating on with a painter. I did a lot of the writing of the proposal and guess what! We got accepted! They don't know when we will exhibit, as they are using the open store-fronts and they will be given out to artists as they come available. I guess this is something for 2011, though, which I am grateful for that because I am going to be very busy from now until the end of 2010. After NaNo, I want to get to doing some more incredible amounts of writing.

I need to buckle down on my writing and my walking.

This is where I am for my words and steps for the year:

Words: 78,789/250,000 (this is through October; I am not including my NaNo words yet)


Steps: 690,000/1,000,000 (690k is 345 miles! Wowza! o.o This is about 40 miles shy of the driving distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco.)

Words: I am going to have to average 85,606 words in November and December to reach 250k (That's 3722 words a day in November and 2762 words a day in December. This is do-able)

Steps: I am going to have to average 155,000 steps in November and December to reach 1 million steps (this is 6,740 steps a day in November and 5,000 steps a day in December. Kind of do-able)

I am trying to ascribe to the every little bit counts method and it seems to be working.

Oops. I didn't even mention the write-in today. I got a visit by the MLs! It was us, two people who had gone to the kick off and a woman from Cal Poly. I was very excited to see that the turn out was okay because at first I thought it would just be me and the MLs. I think I am going to get to CK much earlier on Sundays so I can get a better table. We were spread out and that kind of sucked.

I also have been squandering a lot of time on Bejeweled and Words With Friends on my iPod Touch. And some fun on Fruit Ninja too. But balancing is good, especially when things get done. I am quite pleased. I would like to get that e-Bay stuff done, especially before the 10th when things are free to post.
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February has not been a good month for writing for me, buy it has been for walking. As of the 19th, I am over 100,000 steps for the entire month. This is just about 50 miles. I am averaging over 5000 steps a day. This is where I'm starting from. Come March, I would like to average 5500 steps a day. I'm building my way to 10,000 steps a day (roughly five miles), which is the amount of steps that are recommended.

We got a scale now and I'm not happy with what it said. It's a medical scale, so I don't know if its calibrated or not yet. But in any case, yep, not happy with the results. But regardless, I at least have a place to start from. Between cutting calories and walking more, I would like to be losing an average of two pounds a week. At this rate, It'll take me over a year to get to my desired weight.

I'm already seeing results in my body, even if the pounds aren't dropping just yet (at least based on my recollection of what I weighed at many moons ago when I weighed-in). My legs look a little slimmer and the muscles are harder. I have also noticed my stomach flattening and my cheeks slimming.

While cutting calories, I haven't switched gears to healthy foods yet. My parents always eat out. We don't have many healthy foods in the house, either. I'm going to have to make another trip to Trader Joes soon. Not just that, but I need to eat what I buy, and also not buy more than I can consume in a week.

I'm going to review some of my vegetarian and vegan cookbooks and see if there's anything that appeals. I will buy things based on recipes rather than me randomly buying things. Anybody have any suggestions for low-calorie dishes? I am open to anything, but I would prefer it to be meat-less. Meat is one of those things I have severely cut my intake of, including soda.

I have to say though: after doing 100,000 steps in a month, and sticking to the average number of steps I wanted, I feel like I can take on anything.
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Only been writing for two hours and I just reached 3497. I have 6503 words left for today. No steps achieved yet. I'll start walking after I reach 5000 or 6000. I want to be at least halfway done before leaving the house. We're supposed to be doing some shopping today. That will help with the steps, but not the words. Maybe I could get all the words done by my leaving. We'll see! Going to take a break now.

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