As soon as NaNoWriMo ended (see below), I plunged into preparing for our holiday vacation out West. This involves doing lots of laundry and housecleaning (I got behind during NaNoWriMo), making packing lists, actually packing, doing the Christmas shopping online, putting up a few Christmas decorations (just a few, because we’ll be away), and running all the assorted errands that need to be completed before we leave midweek. Yikes!
In and around all that, I am trying to fit in some work on the book every day (see below). I might also get a Christmas letter written and printed so we can send out cards for the first time in years… but don’t hold your breath.
NaNoWriMo update: NaNoWriMo is over! Technically, I didn’t win, because I didn’t make it to 50,000 words. But I feel as though I won! My primary goal in doing NaNoWriMo was to kickstart myself into actually writing instead of dreaming about it — to get past the fear and inertia and actually get words down on paper. Or virtual paper, anyway.
One month later, I have over 30,000 words of scenes, soon-to-be deleted scenes, brainstorming and summaries for some future chapters, character sketches, etc. I have also started on the necessary research, which will be extensive. (You aren’t supposed to research during NaNoWriMo, but there were a few things I needed to look up because they will significantly influence the plot.) Most importantly, I’ve learned that I can do this, and that I enjoy it. I need a lot more practice to become any good at it, and I have no illusions of publishing this or any book anytime soon, but I plan to keep going, and I hope to complete this story by the end of 2023.
So yes: totally a win.
Total words written as of midnight on Wednesday, 11/30: 33,120 (out of the 50K goal.)
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- Sunday Post – 12/11/2022
What I’ve Been Reading/Watching
Reading: I read I Will: A Christmas Novella by Lisa Kleypas. I had read it a few years ago as part of an anthology. I forgot until I was halfway through this reading that the novella has some consent issues. (Though the genders are swapped, I still feel uncomfortable with that.) But it was still a 3-star read.
I am STILL reading The Reluctant Countess by Eloisa James (ARC), but I might hibernate it for a while; it’s not working for me, and I’m not sure if it’s me or the book. I’m also still sort of reading No Plot? No Problem!, a book about writing a novel in a month by Chris Baty, the founder of NaNoWriMo, but I may put it aside until next year because the “in a month” focus isn’t applicable right now.
Now that NaNoWriMo is over, I hope to get back to reading a little more… but since I’m still going to be writing, I won’t have as much time for reading as I did in previous years.
Listening to: I finished Season 2 of the Writing Excuses podcast and started Season 3.
Watching: I’m in the middle of a Harry Potter rewatch, so this week, I watched The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Goblet of Fire, and started The Order of the Phoenix (which I’ll probably finish tonight.)
Added to the Hoard this week
Purchased (Kindle and audiobooks)
Kindle: A Prayer for the Crown-Shy; The Violin Conspiracy; Firekeeper’s Daughter; The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue; Without a Summer; The Well of Ascension; The Dragon’s Promise; Married By Morning; The Runaway Duchess. With the exception of Without a Summer, they were all on sale.
(Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)