Thursday, October 11, 2012
Edits, Exterminators, and NaNoWriMo
Progress on edits:
In the last two mornings during my mental meltdown over the mice, I was able to edit eight chapters of my WIP that my writing partner marked up for me, five of them this morning while waiting somewhat impatiently for the exterminator. They aren't the final edits, but I feel great about the changes and amazingly lucky to have such a talented CP.
Tomorrow (unless a mouse runs across my foot or shows it's little face) I am going to jump back into final edits. I was hoping to do a chapter a day in October. At least I kept writing on days that were difficult instead of making excuses.
I have made plenty of excuses about exercise. I have done zero - although I think I may have burned some calories in my cleaning frenzy yesterday.
And I'm having a hard time keeping up with comments and reading other blogs while obsessing over revisions and rodents. I'm sure you all understand.
The dude walked into my garage and found tons of mouse poop. Definitely mouse poop. Apparently he can tell the animal from what it leaves behind and explained in great detail how to tell if it's fresh. Awesome.
He thinks they will go to the attic, where they will eat the rodinocide (cool word, no?) and then they will leave the house and soon go to the spirit in the sky. I prefer to be humane about removing creatures from my home, but I can't cope with this.
He also thinks it's going to be a problem if they crawl into an open bag of cheesy chips. My kids did not clean their rooms yesterday. Today is the day. And now I'm a bit of an expert on mouse poop. Hopefully there isn't any under the stinky laundry in their rooms. Must remember to wear gloves.
I've got the badge on my sidebar and signed up. I added a little graph for my word count. If you want one, go to http://www.svenjaliv.com/wordmeter/.
I've decided I'm not going to write through Thanksgiving. I need time with my family, and, well, I like cooking on Thanksgiving Day with my kids. So I'm going to try to double up the first few days and write more than 2,000 words a day so I won't have to write as much at the end of the month.
Honestly, it would be cool to finish the whole novel, not just the first 50K.
Just an observation - the regional group in the area I live in is run by teens. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Good reason to stay off the forums and just write.
I had to change my user ID because, well, the system said my email didn't exist when it did the day before. I'm not sure I care.