Update | Camp NaNo

“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”

― Jodi Picoult

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We’re back on track, people! Or…we’re trying to find the track LOL. I didn’t write anything in March. I’m not kidding. I think my word count for the entire month was around 420 words, which might be my worse month ever. On the other hand, I went through thirteen stories that will be republished soon. So I didn’t sit idle.  

But now I’m writing. April 1st was the start of Camp NaNo, and I decided that come hell or high water, on April 1st I would be writing. And I was. I’ve written 13k in six days, but now I’m gonna work the dreaded day job – is it hell or high water? – so there won’t be many more words this week, I’m afraid. 

My goal for NaNo is 15k, but I think I’m gonna change it. 20k should be doable. We’re only on the sixth today and while I’ll be working a lot the coming two and a half weeks, I should manage to get 7k down, don’t you think? I mean there is always the weekends. 

I’m keeping track of my words, and I’ve written 71.306 words so far during 2021 which is 28.52% of my yearly goal. I feel like I should be further along, but given the circumstances, I guess it’s okay. 

We’ll see how it goes. I need to start planning for holidays stories if I’m gonna write any. My publisher sent out a list of deadlines for the coming holidays, so I need to have a bit of a think on that. So many stories to write and so little time… 

 

What Are You Doing?!

Time

In general, I’m a person who gets things done. I’m never late – there is nothing that gets on my nerves more than a person being so disrespectful as to be late. Seriously, just typing that made me consider maybe doing a post about time thieves and self-centred people instead of procrastination as I’d planned LOL.  

I’m pretty mellow, but I’ll break up with you if you’re late. You might think I’m joking, but I’m not. I guess we all have something that really ticks us off, time is mine.

I might – MIGHT – forgive you once, but the trust is forever tarnished, sorry. So unless you’re mortally wounded, you damn well show up on time or hand in whatever you’re supposed to hand in on time or we’re done. I have enough problems, I don’t need to surround myself with people who think their time is more valuable than mine. I get seriously offended.

So, rest assured, I never miss a deadline. I’ve never missed a deadline in my entire life. But… Sometimes, I could’ve done things faster than I do. 

There are mainly two things I do when I’m not really in the mood to do author-y things. 

  1. I bake. I wish I’d like to cook more than I do, then I’d probably been cooking, but cooking is a must while baking is something I enjoy. So I bake. The kitchen will have bread on the rise on every cleared surface.
  2. I watch videos on Facebook. Not funny videos, not clips on Youtube, not music videos as my darling husband often does. No, I watch The Dodo about dogs getting rescued. Or Hope for Paws. I can spend hours watching one dog (and the occasional cat) after the other getting saved. 
  3. If I don’t bake and I’m not in front of the computer watching dogs, you’ll probably find me out with the hens. They need me to come talk to them. Especially Hedwig. She needs me, so what can I do? LOL

Worry not, I’ll have everything done in time, but I might have to bake a little or watch some poor doggie stuck somewhere get rescued before I’m done.

Right now, I feel like I’m not finishing anything. It’s not true. I have a lot going on, and a lot of things get crossed off my to-do list (ClickUp people! ClickUp is a lifesaver) daily, but I’m not producing any new shiny words. Soon, though. Soon, I’ll write.

Update | Losing the Plot

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

 

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I thought I’d be a little better at letting you know what’s going on behind the scenes this year. So far, I’ve failed. I have ‘Writing Update’ written on my blog spread in my bujo, but in January I used that post to talk about my goals, and if February we happened to have the Super Bowl sale on the day I’d scrawled it down, so…

But, here’s a new try!

So writing update! I’m not writing, sorry. I set my word goal to 250.000 words this year, and I’m 23% done, which means I’ve written 57.724, but I don’t finish anything!

I write a little here and I write a little there, and these last couple of weeks, I haven’t written at all.

I am in the process of re-publishing some of my old stories, so I’m working through them, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t frustrated at this point.

The plan was that I should be writing, and almost be finished with the third Rockshade story at this point, but I haven’t started. Instead, I started writing a witch story, because witches are fun, right? Then I lost a vampire, and there came a werewolf, and I messed up the mystery, and yeah…

And now when I’ve gone through my old books, I realise I have so many guys in Nortown I meant to give stories. Timothy was meant to be next, and Andre’s boss needs him, and Gary only made a quick appearance in Chris’s shop, but I had plans for him too.

I think we can agree on one thing – I’ve lost the plot LOL