If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always had.

Saturday, November 26, 2005


I'm not sure how I did it, but I'm over 40,000. Pete surprised Hannah and me by bringing home art supplies so she could paint. Eric gets credit for that one; it's something that he would do.

Hannah doesn't know it yet, but someone is going to see her painting and commission several similar items for her shop. She's going to be able to make real money from her painting for the first time.

I have a rough goal of 2,000 words a day until the end of the month, but I'm going to push for more today and tomorrow. I work Monday and Wednesday, which is the 30th. I'm already cutting it close, but needing 2,000 words on the 30th after I've worked is too close for comfort.

The end is in sight.

Friday, November 25, 2005

38k and rolling

I did more words that I realized yesterday, and have gotten a few in so far today. Hannah had an idea for the youth fundraiser to recruit some ladies in the church to participate in a chocolate dessert contest. The privilege to judge this contest would be determined by a silent auction, and the desserts would be sold by the slice after the winners were announced. After I got all those words down I decided I was hungry and came down for a piece of pie. :) I love Thanksgiving left-overs.

It's been very low-key around here. I haven't gone anywhere; I haven't even put on make-up for two days. Since it was just us for the holiday dinner, we went mostly all out; I didn't bother with all the serving dishes. We did dinner buffet style, so the table looked pretty and we ate by candlelight. It was fun.

Today, cleaning, writing, and maybe a little decorating. Vicky is itching to get the tree up. Shopping? Not on your life! Not today! One of the blessings I counted was that I'm not in retail this year! I love a good sale as much as any red-blooded American female, but I'm NOT shopping today.

Maybe tomorrow.

Thursday, November 24, 2005


That's the sound of me, hitting the wall. I'm down to staring dumbly at the screen, and finally typing words just for the sake of typing them. I know getting words down is the point of NaNo, and most of what I've gotten is pretty good, although I've already caught some inconsistancies and have resisted the urge to go fix them. I'm at 36,018 as of right now.

I'm trying to blame this on Thanksgiving. Truly, my mind is on making sure the food all gets done near the same time, and I sure don't want to burn anything. Even so, there has been a distinct 'lights are on but nobody's home' factor. Add to that the fact that Chloe won't stay out of my lap and you've got a recipe for non-productivity. I've never typed with a cat licking my hand before.

Anyway, enough whining. I do hope you and yours are having a good holiday. Don't forget to count all your blessings, great and small, today, and enjoy your post-turkey nap!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Houston, we have a problem

I just went over 33, 679. That leaves 16,321 words to finish NaNo. I only have four notecards left.

Clearly I underestimated the number of words per scene, which means I need to fill in.

I don't think it's going to be a huge hardship. My notecards at this point are pretty vague, and the one I'm on now could potentially eat a lot of those words up. It's just that now I actually have to think, and with Thanksgiving this week, my mind is not on my book.

The goal is to get past 38,000 by bedtime tomorrow so I don't have to write on Thursday. I think I might be too full of turkey to be very productive.


I came in shy of 2,300 yesterday, which is fine. Hannah realized that she wasn't put here to please man; she was put here to please God. She was about to come home from the hospital when I shut it down last night.

I shudder to think of the editing this is going to take. I'm purposely not thinking about it right now.

For the record (and because I got fussed at over dinner last night), I didn't have to pull taxi duty on Sunday. Eric did ALL the driving, even when I was ready to walk out the door to do part of it in spite of the fact that I was still sweating blood over word count. He's good to me.

Sunday, November 20, 2005


I'm not sure how, but I did 6,552 this weekend. It's nowhere close to the record, but I'm finally caught up.



I'm all but sweating blood to get words today. I'm having a hard time focussing, and the notecards aren't helping. I realized that I'm writing fluff. The whole point of this book is supposed to be a sort of spiritual coming of age for my MC. She's supposed to realize that it doesn't matter what other people think, it doesn't matter if her house is spotless, or if she makes brownies from scratch. What is important is that she glorify God through the raising of her children and the loving of her husband. I haven't been doing such a good job of conveying that, I don't think, but she's in the hospital for the better part of a week now, and her husband just brought her Bible to her, so maybe I can fix that. I'm sure it will really hit home when she realizes that her husband and sister-in-law are handling everything while she sleeps off her pain meds!

I still have a good 750 words to round out the day. It sounds like the drier is almost done, so I'll take care of laundry, and then it's back to the grindstone. I can't even have a glass of wine yet because I have taxi duty for youth group tonight. *sigh* The things I do for my kids.

26--er thousand and something

I don't remember the little numbers from yesterday. The long and short is that I didn't do anything Friday, but got over 3,000 yesterday in two shots. It's been so busy here, and I'm only just finishing my first cup of coffee today, so the brain hasn't kicked in.

It sounds like breakfast is almost ready (Thank you Lord that Eric likes to cook) so I better make it quick.

In addition to writing and working, we went to a big chain home improvement store yesterday and gave them a nice chunk of change for closet stuff: extra shelves, brackets, etc. The downstairs closet under the stairs now has a nice wide shelf in the back, Alex has a new shelf in his closet with space for more if he wants to add them later (or if I do after he moves out), and I have new storage in my closet. We got the ones where you screw the little slotted things into the studs and put in brackets to hold the shelves, like you see in clothing stores. It gives me the option to add on later and shift things around. I'm happy with it.

Other than that, I've been running errands, like returning books from Amazon. I ordered audio and they sent me paperback. If it was for me it wouldn't have been as big a deal, but it's a gift. The worst part is that I can't be sure it was their mistake, so I can't yell at anyone!

OK, breakfast is done so I better scoot. If I can get near the internet access computer this afternoon I'll post an updated word count here and at NaNo.