News Update: 3/16/2015

It seems I’ve been neglecting the blog even more than I’ve been neglecting my novel. Whoops. Well, lets remedy that, shall we?

Blog post: Novel news.

In April, starting April first of all days, I am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo in hopes to hunker down and get some scenes actually put to paper. This is the plan, and by mercy, I’ll do it, just you watch me. I will!

But April is still some odd days away, and I’m not going to wait around for it. Still, I need to put my plans down in plain view, or else I might begin to stray once more. Can’t have that!

Year Goal: 365,000+
Progress to Date: 43
To Go: 364,957
Meep. I’ve done a lot of revising of the novel, but I don’t actually count that! Moving on!

Camp April: 30,000+
Progress to Date: 0
To Go: 30,000
Guys. April isn’t here yet!

Novel Projection: 1,000,000
Progress to Date: 37,152
To Go: 962,848
Yeah, you read that right. Even though I’ve worked on this for two NaNos, and did 50k in each, turns out, most of those words aren’t actually worth keeping after a run-over with the review steamer, or they follow characters and scenes that the book isn’t actually allowed to see. Of course. But it is moving forward, which is amazing all on it’s own.

Good news is, Arc One is done. The major hurdles I had to work through– fight scenes, incidentally, are the worst– took their own place and time to occur, and took forever, no less. But I am entirely satisfied with the results.

What am I doing tonight?

Well, tonight I’m writing a blog post to tell the world how lazy I am. Tomorrow is grocery shopping, during which I will be writing a book review, and after of which I will be working on cleaning the house. Reading a book– well, finishing reading the book– has given me a boost in creative energy that was sorely needed to spur me onward.

Another huge ego polish was recently passing my one-hundredth day in my language studies. Why is this relevant? Maybe it’s not, maybe it is. Nobody really knows. But it’s an intensely satisfying feeling.

Now, I’m going to go reread my manuscript for plot-holes to exploit in the next arc. Later!

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Newspost: Christmas is in Full Swing

NaNoWriMo has been officially over for five days now.

I beat it. Moreover, I managed to do it in my allotted twenty. Due to the weirdness of Amazon’s work-system, I finished on the twentieth, no less! Talk about a victory party here at my house. I eked over the line in the early morning on the twentieth day, validated my novel, and went to bed. I spent what days I didn’t work in the remaining ten of NaNo boosting a close friend and encouraging her to pass the goal; she made it on the twenty-ninth.

We both made it, but oh, what a month. Wow.

I’ve already ordered our victory shirts.

And today I finished ordering Christmas gifts for the year. Cost me barely fifty dollars, that last one; but everyone will have something under the tree.

I still have a whole slew of Christmas cards to finish– that’s a project for later today– but the heaviest ones, those with the most time consuming letters, are done. There were three of them. It took me all day yesterday.

This is what I get for writing to friends in other languages. Meep.

I’m still waiting for two others to get back to me with their addresses, and for my brother to give me his route concerning his Christmas trek, so I can decide exactly how many more stamps I need and how much money I have to put in the tin. Three of my cards cross the American boarder, and so they take more expensive stamps. But the ladies getting those cards are my friends, and I’m willing to pay the extra.

There’s a young woman who rides home after work with my mother and me (she works my mother’s shift) every evening; I think I’ll give her a card this year. Sounds like she could use with a pick-me-up, from what I’ve heard.

But! When I’ve finally finished with the Christmas cards– I think I can get back to writing. That’s a goal. I owe Everybody role-playing tags yet, and while they’re pretty considerate during NaNoWriMo, I like to balance novel-writing and RP during the rest of the year.

Good news about the Novel though! NaNoWriMo bumped me up to a proper 37148 words in the first draft; turns out a lot of what I wrote in NaNo wont fit in the novel proper, since it’s all written from the perspective of characters I’m not following, and it covers scenes that the main characters don’t see. It’s wonderful to know what’s going on though, it’ll help me track my plot-lines easier!

Maybe I can haul it up to 40k by New Years. I can try!

–Natasha