NaNoWriMo: Day Six (word count: 8838)



I am hauling bootie now! 8838 words today. I’m a little over 26,000 words so far. That’s fantastic! I learned that I just need a few things:

* to be awake early in the AM (apparently I am more creative now that I am later in the day)

* a cup of coffee

* Law and Order on the TV

* be sicker than a dog

* a busy spousal unit in the other room

* occupied puppies in the kitchen

* no job (!)


NaNoWriMo: Day Five (word count: 2502)



Day five for me. Day 16 for most everyone else. So, I’m averaging 1/3 of the writing days that everyone else is. Giggle.

The spousal unit helped me devise an Excel spreadsheet that told me what words I need to average every day in order to keep on track. At this point (if I write every day), then I need to average 2343 words per day. If I don’t write again until next weekend (oh boy), then I need to average 4080 words per day to stay on track. Quite handy this little Excel spreadsheet. It offers me reality in one simple little document.

If only I could count my blogging toward my daily word count. This little one is 118 words long.


NaNoWriMo: Day Four (word count: 4441)



I got up late – have a headache (a sinus thing, really) – and I wrote 4441 words. What the heck? How did that happen? Slowly. Very slowly – but I plodded along. During work. After my shower. In a break I found here and there.

But that still puts me 8469 words behind where I should be. Doggone it! But, I am 14869 words INTO it! That’s awesome.

I am determined to “win”! I will WIN! I just need a few hours here and there every day to do my daily count – and catch up. No problem.

Nope. No problem.



NaNoWriMo: Day One (word count: 2267)


Okay – so you’ve noticed that it is November 9 and I’m saying that today is Day One of my NaNoWriMo adventures. Yup, that is true. I am officially 8 days behind.

So, what does that mean for our heroine? 2381 words per day. That’s a lot of words every day!

Today’s update: 2267. And my fingers hurt. But I cranked it out in less than an hour. I am framing my story – figuring out who the characters are – and where I want them to go. It’s going to be a busy 21 days.

Wish me luck.



Quick update – NaNoWriMo and “The Girls”

Just finished my writing session for the day. I just hit 16829 words! The kids met grandpa and they introduced him to the wraith in the pool. Scared him a lot! Hee hee.

16829 words is 159 words ahead of the recommended daily allowance for NaNoWriMo. 10 days at 1667 words per day = 16670 words. Hooyaaa!!

And my daily count (for the 5 out of 7 days that I write) is 2500 words. This is Day 7 for me, so I should be at 17,500, but that’s all right. I’m just 700 behind that.

I’m planning on attending an all-night writing frenzy this weekend, so I’ll catch up. :-)

The Girls

Well, one of our girls has bad legs. Esther. We’ve been chatting about what to do with her. We think she might be in pain because her legs shake when she stands and she doesn’t stand much. However, she does roost once in a while. And I noticed the other day that she walks on her own feet.

Here they are (I took this today – don’t let the watermelon fool you. I found it at the store the other day). Esther is on the very right, with her back to us (I don’t know if you can see her legs, but they are quite large):


And she hasn’t started clucking yet – the other girls (including her bio sister) have. She still cheeps. And she is soooo funny. She chases after the other girls like a little sister cheeping at them as if to say “wait for me!” And she comes when we call her.

However, she spends the majority of her time, laying underneath the warming light in the coop.

We hope to get her into the vet soon. Then, we can make an informed decision about what to do. We’ve decided that if she is in pain or if she is contagious/whatever, then we will put her to sleep. But if she isn’t in pain or a problem for the other girls, then she stays. She is very entertaining and awesome and let’s us handle her a lot. We think she’s a great addition to the flock. And the other girls cuddle with her at night so they aren’t put-off by her. But we don’t want her to have a rough life.

We’ll keep you informed.

Off to get ready for work. Cheerio.


NaNoWriMo Day 5…

After hauling serious bootie the first few days (I averaged 2500 words per day), I’ve hit a block. A wall. A block wall.

I made it to a little over 1200 words today, so I’m giving myself permission to stop for now. Can’t get blood from a stone, right?

So, I’m stopping at 11,300 words to date. More writing tomorrow.

Have a great one.