NaNoWriMo: Day 25 (2019)

26 Nov

It’s a race to the end now! I think I can do this.

Today’s word count: 962
(Yesterday’s word count: 945)
Total word count: 40,060

So these past two days weren’t great, but they were OK. I’m less than 2k off pace right now and with how much I’ve been doing with my family, I’m ok with that. I think I can still make it to the end. It might be tight, but I can do it.

I’ve decided to start my conclusion. I think I’ll end early so I’m going into a bit more detail than I planned on, including more conversations than I had planned on, and trying to stretch it out. I can always delete some later, but I’ve got to get to 50k. It feels very obtainable now so I think I’ll do it.

I’m hoping to get some writing done in the evening. We have lot going on tomorrow because my grandma is turning 100! It’s going to be really fun and I’m looking forward to it.

Until next time, write on.

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NaNoWriMo: Day 22 (2019)

22 Nov

I’m writing this from a standing bar at the SeaTac Airport and I’m ready to be done writing for the day. But you know what? It was awesome.

Today’s word count: 4,229
Total word count: 38,153

Yeah! This was my best day so far. I was nervous because I only got 100 words in before work this morning. I was really nervous about getting everything packed so I stopped writing to get my things together. I was able to write at the Detroit airport, on the plane to Seattle, and then a bit after dinner at SeaTac while we wait for our final connection. I’m letting myself be done for the day because I’m really glad to have gotten as far ahead as I did and being caught up to the ‘path to success’ again.

I’m plowing ahead to my climax. It’s time to get excited about writing again as we end this marathon and writing the climax is the only thing I can think of that is going to continue to push me forward. I’ll write a really long epilogue if I finish early. At this point, I feel like finishing is not a problem. I’ve got this.

We’ll see what tomorrow brings. My best bet is either taking advantage of my jet lag to write early or getting a bit done in the middle of the day. Tomorrow night is my grandma’s first birthday party (of three) so I won’t get much done in the evening.

Until next time, write on.

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NaNoWriMo: Day 21 (2019)

21 Nov

Catching up is the worst part.

Today’s word count: 2,234
Total word count: 33,924

This was a very okay day. I didn’t write in the morning so all of that was done after work. I wanted to do more. I’d hoped to break 3k today, but it just isn’t going to happen. I’m half asleep as I type this and I need to get to sleep before a long day tomorrow. I’m just going to be happy with what I was able to accomplish.

I can’t stall my plot any more so I went ahead and pushed to my next plot point. There are still a few major plot points to go, but I feel like I shouldn’t be more than a third from the end. I know climaxes tend to be fewer words than you think and I’m trying to get ahead of that.

Tomorrow is going to be rough. I’m going to get a short work out in before work and then I’m only working a half-day before my husband picks me up and we head to the airport. Then we’re flying across the country and won’t get to our destination for about 12 hours. I’ll try to write on the flights, but it’s not going to be easy to be as productive as I’d like. Fingers crossed. Maybe it will be amazing.

Until next time, write on.

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NaNoWriMo: Day 20 (2019)

20 Nov

Two-thirds done. Crap.

Today’s word count: 2,282
Total word count: 31,690

Two days in a row missed again. I’m getting bad at this. I really can’t afford to miss another day and I need to catch up. I had a massive day today catching up and trying to get back on track but I’m still short of where I need to be. I wish I had done more, but work is wearing me out, too.

I’m dragging my middle a bit. I’m using the time to develop a relationship that I probably needed to work in earlier, but it’s as good a time as any to grow it. I am slowing down a little on purpose but I’m okay with that. I think there will be a lot more to this story on revisions since I’ve dropped a side character I wanted to make much more central to my plot. I’m letting myself be fun at this point and I’ll have to do revisions regardless so I might as well enjoy this process.

Tomorrow needs to be a big day for me. I have time for it so there’s a good chance it will be. I hope I can get caught up or at least get closer than I am right now. I’m leaving for a week-long family vacation on Friday. That will either give me plenty of time or mean I have none. It’s crunch time so I have to keep it going.

Until next time, write on.

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WWW Wednesday, 20-November-2019

20 Nov

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!IMG_1384-0

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Currently reading: Total changeover this week! I started reading Wild Ink by Victoria Hanley on my phone. I’ve been trying to read more writing books lately as I get ready to submit my first novel and work my way through NaNo on a second. We’ll see if this provides any help.
I was able to start The Maximum Security Book Club by Mikita Brottman on audio. This is a shorter one than I thought so I should move through this pretty quickly. I’m looking forward to seeing how Brottman structures this book because it could concentrate on the literature or the men and I’m not sure yet what she’ll pick.
I also started Not Without my Daughter by Betty Mahmoody as planned. I’m a little early in it to make a judgment but I will say I missed reading memoirs and I’m glad to be reading one again.

Recently finished: I finished My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart a little unexpectedly. I didn’t realize so many of the final pages were not part of the text so I finished it mid-lunch one day. I was a little disappointed in this book. It wasn’t really a cookbook nor a memoir. I gave it Three out of Five Stars.
I also wrapped up Eastbound from Flagstaff by Annette Valentine finally. I liked the beginning 200 pages of this book but the last 150 feel flat to me and I left it feeling disappointed. I believe it’s part of a trilogy and maybe more time should have been spent on the second half of the book and another book added to the series. I gave the book Three out of Five Stars.
I also wrapped up The Mortifications by Derek Palacio and was, yet again, a little disappointed in it. The magical realism was stronger as the book went on and it was an element I wasn’t a huge fan of. I usually avoid magical realism and I didn’t realize it would so prevalent here. You may notice a trend here: I gave the book Three out of Five Stars.

Reading Next: I think it’s an audiobook I’ll need next and I’ll have to go with The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. This will help me wrap up my When Are You Reading? Challenge. I also want some more YA in my life, it’s been a while and I miss it.


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Have any opinions on these choices?

Until next time, write on.

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NaNoWriMo: Day 17 (2019)

17 Nov

I’m finally ahead! We’ll see if this lasts longer than one day.

Today’s word count: 2,641
Total word count: 29,408

I was able to write in three chunks today and I think that really helped me push through on the word count. I made up for a few days of minimal writing and even got ahead! This is a lot more than I expected.

I’m trying to slow the story down and it’s going pretty well. I’m developing a relationship with my protagonist and his love interest slowly now. I probably should have started working it in earlier, but better late than never, right? Maybe this will keep me going to 50k.

Tomorrow will be tight. I’ll get some writing in before my book club and some after, but I’m not sure it will be enough. Fingers crossed my cushion is enough!

Until next time, write on.

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NaNoWriMo: Day 16 (2019)

16 Nov

I know I didn’t post yesterday, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t write! I’m just forgetful and don’t want to write about writing when I’m done writing.

Today’s word count: 2,313
(Yesterday’s word count: 2,908)
Total word count: 26,767

Today could have been better, but it was good enough. I had a swim meet this morning and it left me physically exhausted and sore. I tried to balance relaxing, eating, and recovering with writing. I’d say it went OK. I hoped to go into the week ahead but maybe I’ll be able to do that tomorrow I’m optimistic.

I’m getting more and more nervous about having enough story to get to 50k. I keep writing more detail into my scenes and writing scenes I hadn’t planned on to stretch it out. It all comes out in editing, right? So I’ll put down now what I can. I’m sure I’ll find something I missed later that will need to come out.

I’ll try to split my writing tomorrow between some time before church, maybe a little after, and finishing up after my workout. I hope I get some help around the house so chores don’t eat into that too much. Fingers crossed.

Until next time, write on.

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NaNoWriMo: Day 14 (2019)

14 Nov

I don’t think I can keep playing catch up like this. I need a surge!

Today’s word count: 2,773
Total word count: 21,546

I got a lot more writing done than I had been and I’m really glad about that. I had free time this evening and I filled it with writing. There was a TV show I wanted to watch yesterday and couldn’t. I used that as a reward to myself for getting writing done. If I wrote for 30 minutes, I could watch for 30 minutes. It helped me write with focused energy for short times and I think I pushed through because of it.

I’m feeling down about my progress. This is the first day I’ve written where I didn’t catch back up to the daily target. I’m still almost 2,000 words shy of target and I’ll be even further behind tomorrow. I’m starting to wonder if I have the discipline to do this.

I’ll have time to write in the morning, which I’ve grown to really like. I have a conference all day tomorrow so I’ll have to do some work in the evening but I think I can still get words in. I’m hoping the morning is super productive to help me feel good for the day.

Until next time, write on.

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WWW Wednesday, 13-November-2019

13 Nov

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!IMG_1384-0

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Currently reading: I think Eastbound from Flagstaff by Annette Valentine will be done by next week. I really enjoyed the first half of the novel but it’s slowed down for me a lot and I’m dragging a bit through the last 100 pages. I thought it would be done sooner but oh well.
I made a great surge with My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart. I had a slow conference with a lot of downtime to read a silly cookbook and this was perfect because the frequent interruptions weren’t a problem. I’m optimistic about getting this one finished this month.
With just one audiobook, I’m moving through The Mortifications by Derek Palacio pretty quickly. The audiobook is well done. I’m noticing a lot of subtle magical realism elements that are often found in Hispanic literature. It’s not a favorite of mine, but I’m still enjoying it and learning a lot about Cuban culture from it, too.

Recently finished: I loved Caveat Emptor by Ruth Downie and I’m so glad there are more books in this series. I recommend this book series a lot because I think it deserves more attention than it’s gotten. It’s funny and well-plotted. I gave the book Four out of Five Stars.

I’ve only posted once since last week and thankfully it was a book review (as I’m growing behind on those). I posted my review of When I Crossed No-Bob by Margaret McMullan on Thursday. I gave the book Three out of Five Stars.

Reading Next: I’m still reeling from all the free time I have to read what I want! I need to be ready with an audiobook and a physical book soon. For my audiobook, I think I’m going to listen to The Maximum Security Book Club by Mikita Brottman. I saw this one at Powell’s and talked myself out of buying it but still wanted to enjoy it eventually. It seems like now is a great time.
I’m also going to get ready with a physical book from the library. The next on my list is Not Without my Daughter by Betty Mahmoody. I’ve heard this is a crazy-true story and I look forward to enjoying it!


Leave a comment with your link and comment (if you’re so inclined). Take a look at the other participant links in the comments and look at what others are reading.

Have any opinions on these choices?

Until next time, write on.

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NaNoWriMo: Day 11 (2019)

11 Nov

I’m taking this whole thing one day at a time. I wish I was looking ahead more, but it’s not looking good.

Today’s word count: 2 090
Total word count: 18,773

I got done what I needed to for the day, but I didn’t get ahead as I would have liked to. I’m just not feeling very motivated to get further ahead than the day requires to keep me on pace. I keep thinking an exciting scene will push me ahead, but it’s not doing it.

I’m still nervous about finishing the story before 50k. I think I’m rushing ahead too fast. I’m sure there are scenes that belong in the book that I’m missing but I don’t know what they are right now so they’re going to stay hidden. That’s what editing is for.

Tomorrow is going to be hard. I have a workout before work, I’m working late, and I have a meeting right after work. I doubt I get any writing done tomorrow. Maybe a few hundred words, but I’ll be behind by the end of tomorrow. I’m trying to be optimistic but it isn’t going well.

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!