Reading update

So, I have not been doing well in reading my Sherlock Holmes book…don’t get me wrong, it’s a great book, I just have been very mentally scattered and busy with the holidays. No more excuses though, the holiday insanity is over (even though we are going to be very slammed at work for the next 6 weeks) and I need to settle down and read daily. Decided that while I want to get through Sherlock Holmes, I am going to try reading another book first that is not filled with short stories and is rather one complete novel. Which one am I going to start with from my list? I am allowing myself the day to decide upon that. There are some great novelists on my list and while I am out today, the bookstore will beckon me. More on the decision later…. 🙂

December 21st – Project

What did you start this year that you’re proud of?

Well, I have started a lot of new things in 2009. However, most of my new projects are actually beginning in 2010. That said, I will highlight two things that I had going this year.

One thing I took on this year and completed all the way to the end was NaNoWriMo. I took on the challenge to write 50,000 words in one month and finished with over 50k worth of words written and even a day early! I was very proud to have completed that challenge, as I have done it the previous two years and never made it to the end.

The other project I started in 2009 was my goal to move back to Asheville by next summer. In association with this goal, I began a blog to chronicle my journey back to Western North Carolina. This particular project is one that is “in the works.” While I have declared what I am going to do and gotten the gears turning, so to speak, January 1st really begins the “official” countdown to my return to Asheville.

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This blog post is a part of Gwen Bell’s Best of 2009 Blog Challenge

NaNoWriMo Conquered!

Just after 8pm Eastern time tonight, I crossed the 50k word count mark! This made me an official “winner” of NaNoWriMo 2009. My final word count, 50,092. I still have much more to write story wise however, as I am not even halfway through the novel. Well, it could be halfway, but irregardless, there is much to write to complete the first draft of the book.

Feels so good to have accomplished “winning” NaNoWriMo, and I already can’t wait until NaNoWriMo 2010! 🙂

The finish line is in sight!

Oh yes, that glorious finish line is in my sights now. It is merely feet away and soon, oh so soon I will be crossing it’s yellow ribbon line and celebrating. As of last night, I am less than 3,000 words away from the 50k NaNoWriMo winning word count goal. My word count presently sits at 47,314. Yesterday alone, I wrote over four thousand words which was very gratifying. The rush I feel when I am writing and have really dived into the story and into the characters heads is like nothing else. Amazing experience to have.

Vegetarian Writer & NaNoWriMo

I wanted to let my blog readers know that I am now a writer for Examiner.com! My area title is Orlando Vegetarian Food Examiner. This is a great opportunity that I cannot wait to really take advantage of. The amount of articles for the remainder of this month will be low due to NaNoWriMo, but I hope to write at least an article a week once the novel writing is done. Please click on the link and bookmark my page. I really appreciate everyone checking it out and passing the links on to anyone who might also have an interest.
http://www.examiner.com/x-30279-Orlando-Vegetarian-Food-Examiner

Quick update on NaNoWriMo…. I crossed the 30k word count mark late last week and am very happy to be a little more than halfway to 50k. Some writing days are harder than others for me, as I have had days where my characters and story really speak to me and I can write and write and write. Other days have proven to be more of a challenge, as though the characters are telling me to leave them alone and go away. 🙂
Anyway, I am further into Nano than I have ever made it the previous two years I have done the event, so that is already an accomplishment. Next up, hitting the 50k word count goal!

Distracted…

So, here it is 11:30pm on Saturday night and I remain distracted. Distracted and under some sort of odd funk. When I say distracted, I mean mentally just not fully able to concentrate on the one thing I know I must do. That is write my novel. True, I have been busy most of the day, getting errands and what have you done, but the last couple of hours, I could have, should have been writing. Instead, I played the procrastination game as I watched Seinfeld in the background.

Now, I’ve been experiencing this “off” sort of feeling now for two or three days. I’m not sure if it’s my ADHD or simply exhaustion, but I am not getting the things done I had planned to do. This distraction problem seems to extend to the rest of my day as well even when I’m at work. It’s going to attempt to get back on the production track tomorrow. It will be a challenge, but I’m up for it. 🙂

So, what happened to Nano?

Job loss and having to move back to Florida happened basically.  I was all gung ho about writing “Blood in the Sky” when my former boss sprung the “your job is going to be gone” thing at me.  That said, November 2008’s Nanowrimo came to a screeching halt. I had to deal with the insanity of life and it’s curveballs.

“Blood in the Sky” is being worked on, it’s my novel “baby” and will get completed. I’ve got a lot invested into it, including hours upon hours of research,  so it’s a work in progress. 🙂