Thursday, November 20, 2014

ETA Ten Days

This past week has been eventful and interesting, in the Chinese curse kind of way. I took the weekend off from NaNoWriMo to wrap up my ghost writing gig, which I turned in two weeks early (hooray!) at which point my client instantly offered me another job (gulp) that started immediately (of course). So I'm very glad I've been putting in a few hundred extra words over my NaNo daily goal, because they allowed me to take those two days off and say yes to the new job offer.

I admit, I'm a bit tired, too. Mentally bouncing betweem two projects isn't the problem -- it actually helps keep me fresh and engaged in both -- but trying to manage two separate writing sessions every day and also juggle my domestic responsibilities is the real challenge. I just discovered a couple of tiny mountaineers scaling the dirty laundry piled in the washroom hamper. Thanksgiving is in one week, and while I have a nice turkey in the freezer I haven't yet confirmed the guest list, planned the final menu or found my favorite holiday tablecloth. P.S., sometime between now and next Monday I'm having the carpets cleaned.* Don't ask me which day; I forgot to write it down on the calendar.

Still, whenever I remember to look up from whatever I'm working on, I can catch just a glimpse of that 50K waiting for me at that November 30th finish line. For some reason it doesn't look worried, either. I think it knows how much fun I'm having, and how good it's been for me to get back to a daily writing routine, and that no matter how tired I feel, even that's wonderful, because it's the good, satisfied, I-kicked-butt writer tired I haven't felt for most of this year.

So how are things going with you NaNo novelists out there? Let us know in comments.

*Guess what? They just called to confirm -- they're coming today!


  1. Wow, what a schedule! I'm glad you're happy and energized with your progress. (I'd be happy with *half* your progress!)

  2. I realized last night--just shy of 30K--that I might not make it to the finish line this year. I lost Monday with too much outside stuff that took all day, then Tuesday was fraught and I only managed about 500 measly little words. It's a bit daunting to have made it this far and have it be for nothing in the end. Still, haven't burst into tears yet, so there's always hope.... ;D

  3. I am way behind, but I have all next week to write and no appointments after Tuesday. My son and daughter-in-law are learning to cook Thanksgiving dinner this year. *grin*

  4. Keita Haruka3:45 PM

    Wow! That's quite a bruising schedule!

    I put in some work the last two days and got past 41,000 words. If all goes according to plan, I could very well finish by sunday. It was quite an emotional moment when I passed the dreaded 37,000 mark. :-) I feel on top of the world! Just 9000 to go...


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