NaNo Update: Week 2

Progress (word count or a general status update): 12,000-ish words

Current Mood: I’m still not 100% over this cold, but I’m back to a functioning level, so … happy? I guess?

Inspiration (a writing-related quote): “The first draft is a skeleton….just bare bones. The rest of the story comes later with revising.” Judy Blume, speaking TRUTH.

Goals as of Today: Just keep writing. Even if I don’t get to 50,000 words, even if I have to throw out every word I’ve written, just keep going. It’s the only way I’m going to figure out what this story is really about.

Recent Favorite NaNo-WiP Line: I’ll see your line and raise you a scene snippet, mostly because, while I like this a lot, I’m pretty certain it’s going to be left on the cutting room floor when all is said in done. (Here, time-traveling secret agent Iris is waiting to be ushered into a meeting with the Vice President):

“Nonsense!” Joe turns to Colton. “Why don’t you run down to the Starbucks and get Iris one of those pumpkin coffee things all the girls are crazy about.”

I hold up my hand. “No, that’s—”

“Iris, you’re probably thinkin’ to yourself, ‘But, Joe, it’s the middle of the summer. They don’t have those pumpkin coffees until the fall!’ And you’d be right, except that there are a few perks to being the Vice President that aren’t available to the general public.” He winks at me.

Except that you aren’t the Vice President, you total, total tool. 

Non-NaNo News (because life DOES go on): Hey, remember how my backyard is under major construction because we’re putting in a pool? Well, it should be done and filled with water next week. WOOT! Naturally, it’s now too cold to use it, but it’ll be nice to look at at least.

In My Downtime (ha!) I’m Reading: Dude. Nothing at the moment. But I just got a new book I’m really, really excited to start.

You should read this blog post: The Publishing Industry is Not Deserving of Special Protection By: Nathan Bransford Because: It’s the truth but rarely do people have the cojones to say it.

Gratuitous Photograph (because I love ’em!): My little girl turned three this past weekend. THREE! Insanity. In many ways, it feels like she was just born yesterday. We did a gymnastics-themed party at a gym, and behold, I give you pictures of cupcakes! (They were delicious).

How’s NaNo treating you? Or just life in general?

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8 Responses

  1. Sophia Richardson says:

    I love the ‘total, total tool’ line. Really. And awesome news about the pool. I would kill for one and the nice weather necessary for swimming to seem like a good idea.

    • Meredith says:

      Thanks! And luckily we’re having a pretty warm November so far, so I think we’ll actually get a few weeks use out of the pool before we have to abandon until the spring. 🙂

  2. “It’s the only way I’m going to figure out what this story is really about.” Yes. On the occasions I know I’m sucking, this is what I tell myself, because it’s the only thing that’s kept me going when I’m trying to get over the hurdles.

    Like Sophia, I think the TOOL line is total, total perfection. As of now, I’d say you should definitely keep it. 🙂

    I read the comment you left on my post today, and no, I’m not 100% sure I’m being diagnosed correctly. My doctor is an MO (osteopaths, I think is what the O stands for) and she seemed pretty confident. She showed me some stretches and did a few minor adjustments and invited me to come back for some more intense adjustments. So, we’ll see, I guess. If her advice doesn’t help, I’ll definitely look into the periformis muscle you mentioned. And thanks so much for the info… I’ve never heard of periformis syndrome!

    • Meredith says:

      I’d never heard of it either until my sister told me. But either way, sciatica or periformis, it’s a lot of pain. I sympathize with how awful it is. 🙁 Hope you’re feeling better soon!

  3. Karen Strong says:

    Aw, the baby is getting older.

    It amazes me at how so many freak out when writing a draft. It’s supposed to suck! LOL. But I digress.

    Keep up the good work. I’m glad that you’re feeling a little better.

    • Meredith says:

      Definitely supposed to suck! But even though I go through this every time I write a book, it’s still frustrating. I wish I had the ability to write perfect first drafts. Surely there’s a magic pill somewhere I could take to make this happen, right?

  4. Aww, happy birthday to your little girl! Those cupcakes look awesome. Congrats on your word count so far – you’re doing so well! And I’m glad you’re feeling somewhat better.

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