Friday 28 November 2014

I did it!!!!

 I am so excited right now!!! I've made it to the end 50,536 words as of 10.58 on November 28th, 2014

My name has a pretty purple bar that says winner on it. And yes, I already ordered my "2014 Winner" t-shirt. It has a knight and a dragon on it. How could I resist! LOL

This has been a crazy month and if not for a number of other authors cheering me on I never would have made it. Roxy Mews and her daily check ins on facebook. (that she kept writing even when she passed the finish line herself!) Tracey Reid, Sarah Sexton, and Louisa Bacio all checked in every day and kept me focused on working and getting those words down even when I wanted to sit on my ass and knit.

As soon as I figure out how I can get the words from my brain on to paper without needing my hands I'll never stop knitting! :)

This isn't the end for this book though. I was a NaNo rebel this year. I started the month working on a short story for the Romancing the Capital convention in April. When I hit "The End" on that book, (at 16830 words) I switched gears and started working on a new full length novel.

I do have a goal of 70K on this new book and I want to have it finished by the end of December. I'm 33,526 words into it which means I need to write 36,474 words in the next 33 days.

Piece of cake :)

Friday 7 November 2014

Day 7 of NaNoWriMo 2014

Today is the end of the first week of NaNo and I'm proud of myself. I have little green bars every day, meaning I've met the minimum required words to ensure I'll hit 50K by the 30th.

In fact, I'm ahead of the game. I could take today off no problem, I could take tomorrow off too and not feel any extra pressure, I bet I could take the next day off and still make it.... see where I'm going here. I'm my own worst enemy in November. It's not from a lack of ideas, or writer's block or any other excuse I can come up with.

Bottom line, I get lazy.

I know I do and I have this incredible ability to talk myself into not doing anything or procrastinating to the point where I have totally screwed myself and there isn't enough coffee in the world to aid me to the finish line.

But, not this year. I'm going to stay on target and get'er done. I know where I'm going and what I want to write. I read somewhere that if you do something every day for 21 days it will turn into a habit. So if I keep the course and write everyday no matter what and I get 21 green bars in a row, I wonder if it will get easier. Will the habit nudge out my inherent laziness?

Only one way to find out......

Wednesday 5 November 2014

Happy November!

See the cute little word counter over to the right? ----->

Yup that's me hard at work on my newest project.
NaNo has a gorgeous steampunk feel to its graphics this year and I'm determined that I'm going to kick the 50K ass.
My goal is 60K!
Yes, you read that right. I'm pointing to the bleachers and giving the pitcher the stink eye. I'm going to knock this one out of the park this November. 2k a day is my goal and so far I'm keeping up to the pace. I'm not saying that I'll trip up at some point. That's a given. but hopefully I'll have a bit of extra stored up for those days that I just can't get to the computer.

Also there is my on going goal to keep up with blog posts and website updates. That's something I've always struggled with

I can't complain on how things have worked out so far. I have two publishing contracts with Decadent Publishing's 1NS line and am in the middle of edits for them. You can click on the pages above for more information about my books and projects.

It's a little bit strange starting over with a new name. Not many of you know that this is my second pen name, bonus points to anyone who knows my other alias ;)  But, it's exciting because I'm not governed by the same rules I was before. I can write what ever I want and what ever genre I want. Maybe that is why this month is so exciting to me? The last time I won NaNoWriMo was when I was working on my second or third book before (I've forgotten now, LOL 18 books will do that.)

While I like to think I'm a little older and a little wiser, I still feel like this is a freshly paved road and I've got on my favourite pair of runners....and my ass looks like the chick in the picture.

But, that's enough sports metaphors for one day. I've got to go feed my muse some chocolate. See you at the finish line.