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I’m back from World Fantasy. I had such a good time. I saw a lot of wonderful people–made some new friends and reconnected with some old friends. I also drank a lot of scotch and didn’t get much sleep (at night — I napped both days I was there.)

I got very inspired again for the novel — not that I wasn’t inspired already, but I came up with some more neat and nifty ideas. (Yes! Pain and suffering for all! Woot!)

I am not doing NaNoWriMo — last year I wrote the first draft of a novel in 4 1/2 months, so I don’t really feel the need. However, in support of my friends who are doing it, I’m doing a DIY NaNoWriMo this month. My goal is to write for at least 30 minutes every day. I cannot pile up two days, and write for an hour one day and not at all the previous day. So far, even with the con, I’ve managed 30 minutes or more every day for the month of November. (Yeah, I know, it’s only the fourth. Work with me here!) I don’t think I’ll have any problem continuing.

I’ve finished typing up chapter five, and I’m 3000+ words into chapter six. Total word count for now is 28104. I’m going to work a bit more on chapter six tonight. I’d like to finish it tonight (it isn’t possible, but a girl can dream, right?) Hopefully I will finish it tomorrow night — the co-op board meeting was just postponed a week, so I’ll be able to write all night tomorrow night. Well, and watch Heroes, of course. *G*

But now, even though it’s only 9:30, I’m thinking it’s really close to time for bed. Good night all!

Comments (14)

  1. I’m so glad you had such a fabulous time! I love how such immersive things like that are so inspiring. I used to come away from music retreats so inspired to practice my fingers off.

    I really like your DIY idea…I may copy you. I’ve been so focused on making these projects that I keep reminding myself I actually have quite a bit of writing to do. I don’t relish the idea of doing it all at the last minute. And 30 minutes a day is a nice, manageable chunk.

    (Yes! Pain and suffering for all! Woot!)

    Har. Indeed.

    • 30 minutes a day is doable for me. I tend to do more. But one of the ways that I use the 30 minutes a day thing is to actually get work done. Some days I’m tired and cranky, and I don’t want to do *anything*. Those days, I can generally cajole myself into doing 30 minutes (“Come on. It’s only 30 minutes. Then you get to go do this thing that you really want to do! It’ll be easy!”) yes I really do talk to myself that way sometimes. What? It works!

  2. hurray for pain and suffering! we all know cute and fuzzy characters deserve every bit of it. glad world fantasy went well. damn, i wish i could’ve been there. next year for sure.

    • Dude. The pain and suffering is *good* for them. Really.

      And yes! Next year in Calgary! It’s only 10 hours away by car. I may end up driving. (Road trip!)

  3. I’m so glad you had such a fabulous time! I love how such immersive things like that are so inspiring. I used to come away from music retreats so inspired to practice my fingers off.

    I really like your DIY idea…I may copy you. I’ve been so focused on making these projects that I keep reminding myself I actually have quite a bit of writing to do. I don’t relish the idea of doing it all at the last minute. And 30 minutes a day is a nice, manageable chunk.

    (Yes! Pain and suffering for all! Woot!)

    Har. Indeed.

    • 30 minutes a day is doable for me. I tend to do more. But one of the ways that I use the 30 minutes a day thing is to actually get work done. Some days I’m tired and cranky, and I don’t want to do *anything*. Those days, I can generally cajole myself into doing 30 minutes (“Come on. It’s only 30 minutes. Then you get to go do this thing that you really want to do! It’ll be easy!”) yes I really do talk to myself that way sometimes. What? It works!

  4. hurray for pain and suffering! we all know cute and fuzzy characters deserve every bit of it. glad world fantasy went well. damn, i wish i could’ve been there. next year for sure.

    • Dude. The pain and suffering is *good* for them. Really.

      And yes! Next year in Calgary! It’s only 10 hours away by car. I may end up driving. (Road trip!)

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