Monthly Archives: November 2009

HANaNoWriMo Day 10 Word Count Total: 18,353.

After a couple of days where the writing seemed to bog down a little, I think I worked through a couple of tricky plot points and got my momentum back today and burned through just over 2000 today.  Pretty damn good for a week day, especially during Week Two. NaNoWriMo conventional wisdom is that Week Two is usually a complete disaster; it’s only Tuesday, but so far, so good.

Breezeway Blows Town, Day 10:

18353 / 25000 words. 73% done!

Fellow Wrimos or writers may already be familiar with Write or Die on the web, a sprint timer for writing that plays awful sounds or actually deletes your writing if you pause or go to slowly before the clock runs out.  Now for a nominal fee, you can download the Write or Die Desktop Edition, with all of the functionality of the web version plus the ability to save your text directly from WoD (instead of copying and pasting into a word processor or text editor) and to engage in real-time word wars with other users.  I bought the Desktop Edition the day it came out (no freebies in exchange for promotional blogging, I should note) and have used it several times to boost my daily wordcount.  I haven’t engaged in live word war yet, but I am open to challenges.


HANaNoWriMo Day 9, Total Word Count: 16,321.

No time for much of a post tonight, but I hit 15,000 this morning and 16,321 words tonight, leaving me a margin of more than 1,300 ahead of where I need to be.  Here’s the graphic for those of you who need a visual aid:

Breezeway Blows Town, Day 9:

16321 / 25000 words. 65% done!

NaNoWriMo tip:  Geek Survival Guide is running daily NaNo tips this month, plus how to evade space vampires and more!

HANaNoWriMo Update: 14,725 words total

Breezeway Blows Town, day 8:

14725 / 25000 words. 59% done!

Not a bad weekend for writing.  I added 4600 words to my draft, even a few that I think may be worth hanging on to.  I got a little exercise – an hour of taekwondo with the kids yesterday, and a short long-run this morning (5.15 miles in 46:38 minutes), so I feel slightly less like a slug.

The kids are noticing that I’m spending more time writing, and are doing more writing themselves, as if that were possible.  If there were ever two people who didn’t need NaNoWriMo to loosen up their inner editors, it’s the two of them.

Speaking of the kids, Junior had his four front bottom teeth pulled on Thursday; they weren’t getting loose, but the grownup teeth are growing in anyway, and things were getting a mite crowded in Junior’s mouth.  His stunner of a smile is gone, temporarily, but he handled it well.  He’s going to make some orthodontist very happy (and rich) some day.

More NaNo tips:  YA authors Scott Westerfield and Justine Larbalestier are posting tips for NaNoWriMo on their blogs on alternating days.  Links at their names.

HANaNoWriMo Day 7, total word count: 12,725.

Breezeway Blows Town, Day 7:

12725 / 25000 words. 51% done!

Today I wrote 2,626 words (up from 10,099 words yesterday) and passed the halfway point for a half-assed NaNoWriMo goal of 25,000 words, or the one-quarter point for the full NaNo 50K.  It’s starting to look more and more like the full 50,000 words is doable, but you never know.  The big thing that I thought was going to cause all kind of havoc in November turned out to be nothing, which means that it’s just an ordinary month with a major holiday at the end of it.

I’m still in the very early stages of the story; in the last day or two it started to bog down a little, so I finished the early scenes with the Chief Protagonist and moved on scenes introducing to other point-of-view characters for a nice change of pace.

I haven’t gone for a run or gone to the gym since NaNo started, and I feel like a complete slug.  I still don’t know what I’m going to do tomorrow morning — I missed last Sunday’s long run, I don’t know about missing two in a row.  Maybe I’ll take a shorter long run as a compromise.  We’ll see.

Here’s an excerpt from today’s output:

As he fired up a five-dollar Rocky Patel, he heard the crackle of a patch of ice breaking behind him.  “Hello, Felicia,” he said without turning around.  “You’re getting clumsy in your old age.”

Try not to get too excited.

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, you might want to give a listen to I Should Be Writing #135, which is all about NaNo, including interviews with pro authors and serious WriMos Nathan Lowell and David Niall Wilson, and NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty.  Host Mur Lafferty is doing NaNo as well.

I just looked back through the archives and it took me exactly a month to get through the first 25,000 words of Meet the Larssons last year, as noted in this post.  I’ve got to believe I can do better now than I did in the first month I started writing again, right?

Now, if you’ll excuse me, Chadicus looks like he’s trying to catch up to my word count. Can’t have that…

HANaNoWriMo Total Word Count: 8714.

No time for an update, it’s ridiculously late. I’m backdating the time stamp on this post by 10 minutes so it hits for the correct day. Been working on work work all evening, so no NaNo progress since the train home. Big day in other news, but that will have to wait until tomorrow or the weekend.

HANaNoWriMo Word Count Total as of Day 4: 7547.

Breezeway Blows Town, Day 4:


7547 / 25000 words. 30% done!

My half-assed NaNoWriMo project continues apace.  While it looks like I’m on track to do a full NaNoWriMo novel at 50,000 words by November 30, I’m painfully aware that it’s only November 4, and a lot can happen to throw a wannabe novelist of his or her game.  I’m sticking to my 25,000 goal until I get a hell of a lot closer to 25K.

I finished rereading Stephen King’s On Writing this morning.  This is my third time reading it, and I think I got more out of it now that I’ve been writing my own fiction for close to two years.  If you’re writing and you haven’t read it, I strongly recommend it, even if you’re not necessarily a fan of King’s work.

HANaNoWriMo Word Count Total as of Day 3: 5766.

I’m falling asleep at the computer pathetically early, but so it is.  It’s 10:37pm, and, after writing both ways on the train, at the ChiWriMo South Loop Write-In over lunch, and again at home, I’m falling asleep on the keyboard of my MacBook.

Here’s today’s chart for my NaNoWriMo progress:

Breezeway Blows Town, Day 3:

5766 / 25000 words. 23% done!

One resource for fellow Wrimos that I’m enjoying is the encore presentation of The Nanomonkeys over at The Secret Lair. This is an encore feed of a short daily podcast that ran during the 2006 and 2007 NaNoWriMos, but is essentially as useful today as it was then. Highly recommended.

HANaNoWriMo Word Count for Day 2: 4036

Breezeway Blows Town, Day 2:

4036 / 25000 words. 16% done!

HANaNoWriMo Word Count for Day 1: 2697.

Breezeway Blows Town, progress so far:

2697 / 25000 words. 11% done!

Of course, this is just 11% of the way to my half-assed goal of 25,000 words, not 11% of a finished first draft.  But the prologue is done, and I’ve started on Chapter 1. I feel like I’m getting some momentum, which is a good way to start and a sure sign that I won’t have time to write anything else this week.

Weekend Update: Halloween Yesterday, NaNoWriMo Today.

We had an awesome Halloween. As usual, the Siren risked her health and sanity working her tucus off to make the kids’ costumes:


Robin Hood


Joan of Arc

I threw something together at the last minute to amuse the Unfocused Children:


The mysterious Zorro!

Trick or treating went well. Unfocused Girl monitors the candy Junior gets, tells him when something has peanuts in it, and politely asks the candy-dispensing adult if they have anything without nuts. There were a few houses where the answer was no, they’d just bought a Costco-sized bag of Reese’s and that was all they had, and I had to ask her not to lecture them. She’s a good big sister, and didn’t take any candy from those houses even for her own pumpkin-shaped bucket so we wouldn’t have them in the house.

After trick or treating, we had a few neighbors and friends and their kids over. The kids watched The Never-Ending Story, and the adults enjoyed tasty adult beverages. It was all fun and games until the guests left and it was time for bed: Junior could barely stop crying because Halloween was over.

I had to wash my hair twice to get most of the black spray-coloring out of it, and it’s still a little darker than usual.

Frakking WordPress just ate the second half of this post when I tried to save. Trying again.

Today is the start of National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo. I’m giving it a half-assed effort this year — I’ve set a loosey-goosey word count goal of 25,000 (half the official NaNoWriMo goal), but my real goal is to kick-start a new novel, Breezeway Blows Town. If I don’t make 25,000 words but make a good start on Breezeway, build some momentum, and get back in the habit of writing almost every day, I’ll be happy.

I’ll post my word count here, since that’s the only measure I’ve got. Fellow Wrimos can buddy me; I’m user 261488 on the NaNoWriMo website.

Go ChiWriMos!