My Employer doesn’t realize it’s November

I already wrote about my crazy schedule this last week.  In the Tetris game of time management, I wasn’t able to get all of the pieces of my life to fall neatly into place.  Or, maybe I did, but the lines didn’t clear out and leave room for other things.  I don’t know.  I’m still a little too tired to metaphor correctly.

My NaNoWriMo project was going really well until this week.  I was even managing to keep pace while at the convention, and again on Monday.  I only have a single hour free on Mondays, and I was able to fill it with about 1200 words.  I was kicking ass and taking initials; I didn’t have time to stop and take names.

Then, just like last year, there was some travel in the middle of the week, and my schedule went straight to hell.  I couldn’t write on Tuesday or Wednesday, and I was too exhausted Thursday and Friday.  That means that I need to write around 9000 words today in order to get back on track.  I have a hard time seeing that happening.

I’m not going to worry too much about the word count.  I’m actually not that worried about getting to 50,000 by the end of the month, though I still think it’s an achievable goal.  The writing is what’s important to me, not the quantity.  The quality is also important, but I’m getting better at leaving the first draft well enough alone, just to get through it.

I will spend a good amount of today with Mel Walker.  I’ve been having a ton of fun writing this story.  It’s been more fun than the fantasy novel.  I still want to tell that other story, but I’m realizing how good an idea it is to let it sit for a month.  When I get back to it, I’ll be better than I was when I left it, and I’ll be able to give those characters a greater treatment.

Before I settle into writing, I’m going to go help a friend move.  Someone once told me that if your mind is tired, go exercise the body, and if your body is tired, exercise the mind.  I’m still tired all over, so we’ll see what happens.  I haven’t told them that I’m coming to help yet.  I just know that they’ll be at their house with a truck in about 30 minutes.

After the move, I’m going to chain myself to a table at Starbucks and see how long I can sit and type.

2 thoughts on “My Employer doesn’t realize it’s November

  1. It’s so great when you have a few projects going at once. No matter what your mood, there’s still some world you’ll be excited to drop into. You’re definitely going to make it.

    • Thanks!

      When I have multiple projects going, I tend to choose favorites. The one for NaNoWriMo is my current favorite in every way. I don’t want to give up on the fantasy novel, but the more distance I have from it, the more doubt creeps in about its viability.

      That is just standard self doubt, though. I will finish, regardless my evil inner editor.

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