Friday, November 21, 2008

Narrowing the Gap

Ah, November. Don't you just love this month? The air is crisp, snow flurries fall and it seems like anything is possible. The world nestles in, prepares for a long, cold slumber. It's a month filled with family...friends...good food...and NaNo.

Yes, there are those among us who push the limit of an otherwise-peaceful month. We're not content to simply indulge in the flurries, family or food.

Some call the National Novel Writing Month journey an adventure. Others, a challenge. Still others speak of it with reverence, as if the whole write-a-novel-in-a-month gig is a spiritual cleansing ritual.

Call it what you may. Whatever suits your needs. Call it anything, as long as it helps you get through the month.

Me? I know the truth. November? It's the month when I prove to myself something I've long suspected. I must be nuts.

No, I'm not kidding here. I really must be nuts. Or, more precisely, I am Must Be Nuts.

I finished A Morning Glory Christmas a couple of days ago. Two, I think, although days and word counts are blurry at this point. I'm happy with the story, already have a sequel in mind and am hopeful that it will clean up nicely. All good.

What I kept mostly to myself these past weeks is that I've been working on another NaNo novel, using the Must Be Nuts name. Crazy, I know. But true.

You see, I figured out a couple of NaNos ago that in order to complete two 50,000-word novels one would have to write just over 3,000 words each day. I tossed the idea around in my head and thought Why not?

So now I'm hoping to get A Blue Moon Romance done before the end of the month. Yesterday I got several hours of uninterrupted behind-in-chair time so I knocked just over 7,000 words off the gap between me and the finish line. Today looks like a snowy, cold day so I'll probably give it another push closer.

I'd hoped to finish both books before Thanksgiving but now I'm not so sure that will happen. There are only a few days left before the holiday and I've got all the usual pre-feast stuff to take care of--shopping, housecleaning, know the drill. I'm sure you're doing a fair bit of all that in your house, too.

Still, I'm hopeful that the last chapter of A Blue Moon Romance might emerge before we all sit down to the big dinner. After all, it is November and that is the month when just about anything can happen, right?

You know what I've got planned for today. What about you? Anything going on in your world that you'd like to share? I'm all ears!


Marianne Arkins said...
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Marianne Arkins said...

LOL... I saw both of your user names on my buddy list, and watched the word counts change, and wondered....

Now I know.


Dru said...

I knew it was you.

I have to visit my mom and pick up several packages at her place. Then I have to do some major food shopping for when my niece and nephew come up (boy, do they eat a lot). I'm excited about their arrival. It's the only time I have food in the house and the biggest thing is we will be baking some of your goodies.

Have a good Friday.

Wendy said...

Your word count is truly an inspiration - even with just ONE NaNo novel. I'm stuck and not sure I can pull enough out to make the 50K before the end of the month. Life got in the way. But I am hubby-free for the next 10 days, so . . . As for my Friday, I'm looking forward to a shipment of new books at the store - always feels like Christmas when that happens!

Anonymous said...

100,000 words in a MONTH?


Ceri Hebert said...

I'm stunned and amazed!! TWO??!? You have to be the biggest inspiration! I struggle with fifty thousand words, I can't imagine 50 more. Best of luck to you!!

(and I don't think I'll have an ending to my NaNo. Am I supposed to have an ending? Mine could easily go to 75K)