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NaNoWriMo: Days 25, 26, and 27 totals

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I think I’ve pretty much given up. I’m not at all upset by this. I did a lot better than I thought I would considering being in school at the same time with five kids (and my husband still off work and driving me nuts). If I feel up to writing I might put a few more thousand in, but 30k is respectable. I’m happy.

I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo every day since 2005. That’s ten years. I won in 08, 09, 10, 12, and 13. I’m batting .500. Next year will be better. I’ll be done with school and have more time to plan ahead (instead of only coming up with an idea two weeks before November starts). Actually right now I want to go back and start editing the novel I wrote last February (in 2013). I had a few ideas for it but couldn’t start with November looming. Looking forward to next year.

NaNoWriMo: Day 24 totals

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So I wrote. Not as much as I wanted, but I wrote. I challenged myself to put 5,000 words in, and had the best intentions of doing so. And then my dad showed up, complaining that I spend all my time doing homework when he is around. I was forced to hang out all day with him and the kids which meant I got almost no time to write. I started that morning eager to write. By the time I got to sit in front of the computer, I was worn out and uninterested. I still managed to write 3,665 words. But it wasn’t 5,000. That brings my total up to 30,423 words. I’m extremely behind and have come to terms with the fact that I won’t win this year. I just don’t have the energy with all the writing I do for school.

I said I’d give it a go this year, and I think 30k is a pretty good number while in school. If I’d had more interest I think I could have easily pushed out 50k words along with all the short stories and essays I needed to write for school this month. I just didn’t feel like it emotionally.

NaNoWriMo: Day 22 and 23 totals

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I should have started combining days a while ago. Still no writing. Homework basically filled my day on Sunday. With Thanksgiving this week, I decided to be all studious and get a bunch done today, so I am now off to write. Apparently I need 3,128 words a day now to finish on time.

I’m challenging myself to finish 5,000 words today. Can I do it?

NaNoWriMo: Day 20 totals

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Buffy won out again, as I knew she would. I somehow crammed like eight episodes in before I crashed at 1:30am. But I have serious plans to write today. It’s been a week, and I need to catch up. I really didn’t think I’d finish this year because of school, but I haven’t even been trying. Last year I drove myself crazy and busted my butt to put words down. I can do it again this year.

Today, I also have to finish a short story for my fiction class. I’ve been having difficulties even thinking of ideas that are worthy of an upper level writing course. This week we focus on pacing. I have a rough draft, but it sucks (as usual). I think in between revising it, I’ll work on my NaNo novel. Maybe if I just keep writing it will all work out.

And if I’m a good girl, I can still get some Buffy in tonight. I have three more episodes left in season four to watch.

Word count for Friday, November 20: 27,758. No change in seven days… YAY!

NaNoWriMo: Day 20 totals

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Depression and Buffy the Vampire Slayer have done a number on my productivity. Okay, so my procrastination does a number on my productivity. I’ve been mainlining Buffy and knitting. Now it’s the weekend, and I’ve got homework backed up on top of my missing word count. Sill 27,758.

NaNoWriMo: Day 19 totals

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So this is getting kind of ridiculous, don’t you think? In my defense, the last few days were barely above functioning. Today was the first day I’ve felt like I could accomplish anything, and I spent it on homework. I haven’t really been thinking about my novel, except in how it can help me finish my assignments in my media writing class.

Should be at 33,333 by the end of today and I’m still at 27,758. Only like 5,500 words behind (including today’s count). Pffw, I was almost 9,000 behind on Saturday.

NaNoWriMo: Day 18 totals

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Do I even need to say there were no words written. See my previous post about school and my mental illness rearing it’s angry head. I’m still not that worried, though.

Word count: 27,758… still.

NaNoWriMo: Day 17 totals

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Sometimes these updates feel kind of pointless–I don’t do much writing. I wait until I get pretty far behind then do a spurt to catch up. I got up late yesterday and just kind of felt blah so did nothing. My 14yo came home from school and we got into the deep discussion about The Walking Dead that I knew we would. Then she got into a huge argument with my husband. I got sick of hearing the noise so I decided to go to dinner and took her with me so we could continue the conversation. She’s the only person in my real life I can discuss TV shows with. Trying to discuss TWD with my husband is pointless as the only thing he says is that Daryl is going to die. *big eye roll*

Anyway, after a long dinner and talking, we went shopping, and didn’t get home until 9pm. I didn’t feel much like writing so I chose to watch Buffy. I’m already halfway through season two (Jenny Calendar just died *sniffles*). I wish I had The Walking Dead on DVD so I could binge watch that.

Word count still at 17,758 and now I’m behind again. Oh well.

NaNoWriMo: Day 16 totals

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Burnt out. That is my description for yesterday. I didn’t even want to write all day. Fortunately, it wasn’t really a concern as I had a bunch of homework to catch up on which took all freaking day. I really don’t understand half of what the assignments are talking about in my one class. I get the information, just not the assignments.

After homework I watched Buffy until 1am.

Total still sitting at 27,758 which means I need 575 words to keep on target for today. Easy peasy.

NaNoWriMo: Saturday totals and Write-in-Motion

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Write-in-Motion was a resounding success for me. I started almost 9,000 words behind. After writing for two hours and seeing my counts, I decided to set my goal for the day at 12,000. I think I had one of the highest goals of the group. Last year I did 10,000 so as to catch up, and I made it–barely. I remember it came right down to the last minutes, but I made it.

This year started out slow. My husband took me to breakfast at Shari’s to kick things off (pancakes and bacon). The restaurant shares a parking lot with our first meeting space.

Caffeine count: 2 iced teas

At nine we all met up at New Seasons Market. It was my first time in there and their eating area was really nice. Last year we had a ton of people show up so that every stop was beyond crowded. This year–there were like five of us. I spent the hour checking Facebook because I was not awake yet. And everything I wrote got mistyped. It was horrible. Ordered a coffee. I wrote the last twenty minutes or so.

Caffeine count: 1 large cappuccino with 2 shots of espresso (I have to say it was better than the ones at DiTazza’s)
Words wrote: 256

After that we drove to a library near by. We had a large meeting room. There were like eight of us in total by then. We stayed about three hours, I think. It was better than last year where we had like thirty people crammed in a room the size of my bedroom.

Caffeine count: 3/4 of a 20oz Diet Coke
Words wrote: ~3000

We then moved to the big library in downtown Vancouver. We had two small rooms on the fourth floor where the outlets set in the tables did not work except for three by the door. Luckily we had extension cords. Other than the poor couple that had really bad colds (the woman looked horrible) sniffling and coughing, it was really quiet. So far I haven’t gotten sick, which is good–I tend to catch bugs very easily. I hope they’re feeling better soon.

Caffeine count: 1/4 + 1/4 of 20oz Diet Cokes
Word count: ~5000 (total=almost 8k)

We drove over to a used book store. Last year there was almost no room to right; this year there were open seats. Which was nice because elbow room! I started getting envious looks when I updated my word count chart. Up to 11,000 when we left.

Caffeine count: 3/4 of a 20oz Diet Coke (finished my supply)
Word count: ~3000

The last stop was a Burgerville near the mall. I lucked out to sit across from three screaming kids. They came in after we did and just had to sit on the other side of the divider from me. Ugh. I only needed about 1,000 words by then. This actually took like an hour because I spent half the time chatting with a friend I’d been riding with. But eventually I hit my goal. I’d been watching the word counter get closer and closer as I typed. Then I just happened to look down as I ended a word and saw I was at exactly 12,000 so I stopped.

I don’t think anyone else went past 9 or 10k. And really, it was a piece of cake. Quiet + motivation + caffeine = me writing lots. I can write 750 words in about 20 minutes, 1000 words in 30 minutes, and knock out 2000 words in an hour. I once stayed up for 36 hours straight, 26 of those writing non-stop (thank you bipolar). I wrote an entire 48k word fanfic.

Caffeine count: large iced tea
Word count: 945

Totals for the day:
Caffeine: 4 glasses iced tea, 1 large cappuccino, 2 20oz Diet Cokes
Words: 12,000 exactly

I got home around 9pm and crashed. My caffeine buzz started to wear off so I just watched Buffy and crocheted until my thumb hurt (don’t ask).

Final word count for NaNo: 27,758. I not only caught up but went over by a day and a half. W00t!!

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