Tuesday, May 29, 2012

At the End

For two out of three days this weekend, I had a headache that wasn't quite a migraine, but it was bad enough that I couldn't write much. I did manage to write three new chapters and got to about 71,000 words once my headache passed. 

I've never reached 67,000 words in one story before, so this is huge for me. 

I tried to write at the pool, but it was really crowded with lots of distractions.  I couldn't focus on my novel, so I jotted down ideas for my next story and ended up writing a chapter of it.  Eventually I got lost in it, and whenever I looked up, this guy was staring at me like he was trying to figure out what I was trying to do.  "I'm writing, dude, what does it look like," is what I wanted to say.  Instead I kept writing.

I won't be getting around much this week - I am very close to the end of my novel and really want to get it done by Friday. 

Today (please, God, let it be today), I will write the chapter that begins the last day of the story, the day when everything goes to hell for my MC and everyone around her.  It's so exciting!

And next week I'll be on vacation.  My plan is to go unplugged - no laptop, no gadgets other than my phone - just my favorite pen and a journal with lots of blank pages so I can start something new.  We will know the world is coming to an end if my husband goes on vacation without devices - so I may do some writing and blog-commenting from his fancy pants iPad or whatever he brings with him (hopefully our crappy laptop that won't be missed if it gets sand in its parts).

I will come back with pictures.  We are officially turtle volunteers - hopefully we'll find a nest or will see some baby turtles bust out and head for the ocean. 

Have a great week!

23 comments:

  1. Glad you are so close! Now get back to that chapter where everything goes to hell.

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    1. I am! My husband agreed to take my little guy to the dentist today, so I will have one quiet hour.

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  2. Good Luck! It really does sound exciting. Enjoy your time off and say hi to a turtle for me, if you see one.

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  3. OMG...Turtle volunteers sound fantastic. Have a great time!

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    1. We get to walk the beach looking for nests. I hope we find one.

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  4. I'm rooting for you and I'm glad you are feeling better!
    Best of luck.
    Heather

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  5. Lol! I have the giggles about...Dude, I am writing. :-) So awesome you are so, so close to the end. Whoop, whoop! Hope you have a great vacation and sending you positive vibes that you start the chapter of the last day TODAY.

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    1. I got to 75,500 words this morning - three more chapters done. And the beginning of the last day started. I'm so excited.

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  6. I love finally reaching the big day, the point you've been building up to the rest of the time. I always feel like, okay, this is why this story is so important to me. Good luck!

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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    1. It's totally worth it to get to the end.

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  7. Wow, Tonja, that is so exciting. I know you will do it. And then you can celebrate with the turtles.
    Karen

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    1. Thanks. I appreciate the support. I somehow wrote almost 4000 words yesterday morning. I only have three chapters to go. Hopefully I'll have it done before I go to sleep.

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  8. 71000 is a lot of words, something about finishes something, anything, is a huge deal. I hope you celebrate.

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    1. I love finishing. I got to 75,500 and had to up the word count on my little widget to 80K. Very exciting.

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  9. Congrats on 71,000 words! Woot! You'll finish. I know it. Enjoy your vacation. I'm laying low this week, too.

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  10. Wow, 71,000 words is very impressive! You really deserve a vacation after all of your hard work! Have a wonderful time! Julie

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    1. I'm planning on writing on vacation. I just need a break from everything else (as if I'm not going to be cooking and doing laundry on vacation). :)

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  11. Well done for getting that far your break is well deserved. Hope you have a great time!

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  12. Oh wow! This is such an exciting time for you!! Good luck with getting to the end of your novel and have a fabulous vacation.

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  13. That's awesome that you wrote more on this story. Vacation? Oh, I dream of those. Yes, we want to see lots of pictures. :)

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