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12 November 2013 @ 10:32 am
Hello my darlings!  
Well, I have caught up on my flist through November 1st.  I didn't comment on everything because that would take me all day, but I have read it.  Oof.  I was just talking to a coworker about social media, and I'm like, I don't feel that I'm measurably more busy this year than I was last year or the year before, but for some reason I just never have time these days.  But I'm going to start making time, by God.

I am too lazy to get a 2013 NaNo icon, but yes, I am doing NaNo this year.  I'm actually just adding 50k to The Orphan Queen, which I started back in the summer of 2011.  I finished Part One just before November started; now, Part One is almost 130,000 words, so it's actually a whole book?  But I'm just going to write the whole thing before I worry about books vs. parts and the idea of a series and all that jazz.  Right now, I'm stunningly in love with the whole thing, and it's going exactly as I want it to go, and I love all my characters and think I'm brilliant, &c.  This is often what happens when I'm in the groove on writing, and it's kind of funny to me, because I think it's just my brain psyching itself up to spend all this mental energy on this one thing.  Like I justify it to myself.  "Yep, spending a couple hours again today writing, doing it on my break and at lunch and secretly in the back, but it's okay, because I am a genius!"  IDK.

Really, though, I'm very excited about it.  I feel like maybe after Part One gets a spit and a polish after November, I'd like to have some beta readers take a look at it, but I'm afraid if I get negative feedback it would throw a wrench in the works as far as bustling ahead on the rest goes.  We'll see, I don't know!

We replaced the light in in our bathroom with a light-slash-fan, which is quite nice as we didn't have a bathroom fan before and showers were steamy.  We also replaced the light sconce thing above the sink.  (The old one got all rusty because of aforementioned lack of fan.)  It was a two-day project, and I use the pronoun "we" a bit freely, as I don't know anything about wiring, and there's only so much room in the bathroom, so I wasn't very hands-on myself.  Dad spent a lot of time in the attic replacing wiring and getting everything set up, and we bought him a cake to thank him.  :)  So improvements continue, slowly.  My sister did tear down the remaining nasty half-rotten, moldy walls in the basement, so that was fun!  Baby steps, baby steps.
vjs2259: ghibli_heart two friendsvjs2259 on November 13th, 2013 01:50 am (UTC)
Hi! I don't have time to spit myself. Where did that phrase come from anyway? I am doing Creeping NaNo myself. Up to 3500 words or so! I don't know if I'll finish the stupid story or not but that is my goal.

I've been thinking about using NaNo to finish a previous NaNo, but not this misbegotten year. Too much family/parent/health stuff. And #2 gave up after about 1000 words. Still, it's a start, and not bad for a barely double digit kid.

I'll try to comment on your comments but tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow. Tonight I have a free moment (or two!) and will try to fill in more gaps in the story that never ends.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on November 14th, 2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
I feel like even if you don't hit the 50k, it at least gets you in the mindset of writing every day, or trying to make measurable progress, so NaNo still works for me.
cath822cath822 on November 13th, 2013 02:10 am (UTC)
Let me know when you have a draft of Part One; I'd love to read it! I'm woefully terrible at reading for pleasure, so it would be fun. :)
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on November 14th, 2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
Okay, thanks! This is tremendously exciting news. PDF work okay?

Edited at 2013-11-14 04:41 pm (UTC)
cath822cath822 on November 16th, 2013 11:11 pm (UTC)
PDF works great!
vjs2259vjs2259 on November 15th, 2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
I like the vague feeling of belonging to something bigger. Someone else, somewhere, is also staring at the keyboard and tearing at their hair.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on November 19th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, there's four people including myself in my local writers' group doing NaNo, and there's a definite sense of being in something together, like compadres, or something. It's kind of silly, but it works. Silly, unattainable goals usually work for me anyway, though, as I don't really get discouraged if I fall short. I figure I still made more progress than I would have otherwise.
Martinela_loony on November 18th, 2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
This reminds me that I really need to update my journal too^^

Yaye for working on Orphan Queen, I really liked what I got to read (and if I'm allowed I'd love to read Part One).

But the house seems to shape up nicely, go you and your sister :D
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on November 19th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
Of course you're allowed! And thanks so much in advance. :)))