Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Behind Schedule

I have a recurring dream where I find myself back at work at my old IT job at the hospital where I used to work, but in a consultant role.  Usually the dream ends when I remember I don't really like working there and I don't have to work there anymore.  Last night, the ending was different.  I realized I needed to stop working because I need the time to finish my novels - I told them I had to quit because I'm a writer, and I didn't have time to give two weeks notice - my novel was waiting.

And it is.  I did finish jotting down all the edits for the middle chapters of my novel - but I didn't type them up.  Chaos took over last night with my kids - and exhaustion after that.  I did fall asleep at the first commercial break during Chelsea Lately.  That's good sleep for me, even though my alarm went off at 5:30. 

I have 20 minutes this morning and not much time later to type up the edits.  I'm going to take it one chapter at a time today and take however long it takes.  I really wanted to get the whole thing done and off to beta readers before Halloween.  I signed up for NaNoWriMo and want to start something new on November 1.

My assumption is that NaNoWriMo was a name that some writers came up with.  Really?  That's the best they can do?  It's impossible to pronounce.  Why not NNWM?  NWM?  Novel Month? 

For NaNoWriMo, I plan to write the prequel to the novel I'm finishing this month.   It's a story I hand-wrote and then lost.  It's here somewhere - I'll probably find it as soon as I write the last word of the new version.  Initially, the characters were different - I think it will work better with the characters from my current story.  When I did the last revisions, I added in "hooks" (I hate that word - it sounds so hokey) to connect the two stories.

I am so happy I finished writing the middle section, the problem chapters, and that I got positive feedback from my critique partner.  The ending is done - just needs some polish, so that should be easy enough to complete if I get this middle section done by the end of the weekend.

I'll read your posts later today when I'm done with whatever I can get done.  I hope you all have productive days too. 

I think moving forward, I will add pictures to my blog.  I dunno - does it really make a difference?


  1. Good luck. I'm working at the day job today. No new post from me.

  2. Hope the kids give you a break and you have time to work on it soon!

  3. Shelly and Alex - Thanks. I did it. And then I realized my ink cartridge is empty and I've got no extras. At least it's done - the middle at least. Just need to polish up the ending.

  4. Seems many of us are running behind schedule lately. Glad you're finishing up your novel. That's really good news and have fun with NaNoWriMo. Did I get that write? It's a lot to remember. lol