November result: 42k words on Orion's Pieces, 2k over my
target. I'm pleased. Yes, I know some have written close to 100k, but I'm not
them. This was likely my most productive month ever, especially the second
part, once I got things going. So, hooray.
It's also been a great distraction from the
novel-on-submission-I-need-to-check-mailbox-again stress. I actually managed to
keep this out of my mind, at least most of the time--so that's worth another
Now November is over and I've deflated like a burst balloon.
I'm tired, and the weasels have returned, doing extra time on their weaselling,
telling me my novel will never sell so I need as well not bother. But I'm not
going to cave it (at least, not yet). I hope I can finish the first part of the
novel before Christmas, which may be hard as we have several family visits this
month, but I only need another 15k (I think) to finish. So, that's the plan.
And over the holidays I'll start world-building for the next novel, which
should be good fun.
[Though with the way the world is going, it may end up being
a rather grim vision... The new novel will be closer time-wise to present day,
maybe only a century or two away, and so much closer to the world today. And
I'm not feeling optimistic...]
On a lighter note, Christmas presents are all bought! I
think I'm better prepared than I've ever been. And I know I'm getting some nice
books and inks! And maybe even a new pen.... Yay!
I've killed a lot of people today... They died in a pointless battle started by somebody who believed they were doing the right thing.
And now my character and I have to pick up the pieces and figure out what to do next.
So, it's been a month since the last post? Wow.
Time flies when you sit in the same space staring the same
letters on the same white screen. The letters do change order and concentrate
in different arrangements, but that's about all the change I get. Oh yeah, sometimes
it's Major Tom trying to bite my fingers as I type and other times it's Earl
But anyway. It's been a month since my novel is out on
submission. I know it's about five minutes in publishing time, but I can't help
getting antsy. With the holiday season, I'm not likely to hear anything before
January. I'm trying to brace myself for the wait, but it's haaaaard...
I've decided to try to do NaNoWriMo, as a way of 1) distracting
myself, and 2) giving Book 2 a flying start. Well... I did manage to distract
myself. The start has been less than flying. Actually, it's been awfully
difficult. I'm guessing part of it must be coming from being unsure if the
whole thing even makes sense, because if book 1 doesn't sell, who needs book 2?
And then there were the usual weasels telling me how it all sucks, how nothing
is innovative but everything is predictable and boring... Sigh.
But, I stuck at it and I think I'm past the biggest hump. At
28k words, I'm well into the middle of Gossimey's part, and THINGS ARE
HAPPENING... I plan to push through till at least end of the month, hopefully
till the end of this part. Then I will decide if I want to continue and write
Tertia's part as well, or set it aside for a while and focus on something new.
I started gestating a SHINY NEW IDEA but it's got a loooong way to go.
Okay, diving back into words. See you at the end
of the month!
(A picture of Earl Grey as the Impostor Cat as a bonus!)