30 Days of NaNoWriMo


So, NaNoWriMo is officially over.  For about ten hours as of this posting.  It’s been an amazing, exhausting month.  My goal at the beginning was to write more words than my longest NaNo novel, which was 112,958 words.  That meant writing 3,766 words a day.  Some days I wrote more, some days I wrote less.  On Day 29, I ended with 5,809 words left to reach my goal of writing 112,959 words in a single month.

For perspective, that first record was set when I did not have a full-time job.  This year I have a full-time job.  I have a commute too, but at least it’s on a bus so I can spend most of it typing.  I was writing almost up to the wire last night.  I crossed the 112,000 mark at about 11:40pm.  I have twenty mintues to write 959 words.  Doable.  I often do 800-900 words in a fifteen-minute sprint.  I wasn’t too worried about it. Continue reading

NaNoWriMo Day Twenty-Four


It’s been a rollercoaster of a week since I last posted here.  Let’s start with the high note, which was the NaNoRDU Day of Writing Everywhere (#DOWE).  This was an event that involved nine write-ins hosted between 8am and midnight (some of them concurrent), sprints running that entire time in our chatroom, a massively ridiculous (and likely very inefficient) spreadsheet for tracking how much everyone was writing and when, two capes for sprint winners to take pictures with, a lot of really yummy food, and a TON of words getting written. Continue reading

NaNoWriMo Day Seventeen


It’s been a good week.  I crossed the 50k mark on November 13, which ties my record for fastest finish from 2012.  Though my record high word count was from 2010 and the site doesn’t have my graph, so I can’t be sure it’s a real record.  My jury duty got postponed and then canceled, so I didn’t lose valuable writing time to that.  And I’m staying at or above my goal of 3,766 words per day on average.

Stats so far:

Highest word count day was yesterday, November 16 with 7,538.

Average words per day is 3,889.

Total word count at the end of November 16 was 62,229.

And I’m looking forward to an amazing weekend full of writing.  We do a big all day writing event in my region on one of the middle Saturdays (usually the same weekend as the Night of Writing Dangerously HQ fundraising event).  It’s tomorrow this year and it’s going to be a blast.  We have write-ins planned all day, a spreadsheet to track competition over sprints and total word count, and great prizes for winners.  It’s going to be a long day full of fun, writing, and lots of great food.  I’ll be exhausted by the end, but it will have been totally worth it.

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, how’s your project going?  Are you keeping up with par and/or your personal goals?

NaNoWriMo Day Ten


So we’re more than a week into this and I’m actually doing pretty well.  I haven’t quite been staying on track with my personal NaNoWriMo word count goal of 3,766 a day, but I always write more on weekends, so I expect to have caught up to that before the end of the day Sunday. I’ve been attending and hosting plenty of write-ins and my region’s on-line chat is almost always active, which is awesome.

In NaNoRDU, we have a tradition of posting tweets of the interesting things overheard at write-ins, either said by us or by random strangers.  I just wanted to share a couple fun ones we’ve had so far this year.  They can be pretty hilarious.

2017-11-10 NaNoRDU tweets

We get up to some fun shenanigans at write-ins, and I’ve been enjoying them so far this year.  Looking forward to tonight’s.

So here’s the rundown of my writing stats so far this year.

Most productive day was November 11 with 5,036 words.

Average words per day at the end of November 9 was 3,615.

Total words at end of day on November 9 was 32,543.

Looking good so far this year.

Keep those words coming, all your WriMos out there.

NaNoWriMo Day Three


So it’s NaNoWriMo (that’s National Novel Writing Month), so I’ll be focusing on a fiction project this month.  I’m writing a story that takes place in the same world as Strong Fort Spathí, but focuses on different characters and locations.  This one is set at Black Ashe, the Wiccan University in Fort Madison IA (or at least my fictional version of it).

I’m excited about the characters and the idea and the story.  As of going to bed on the second, I have 7,556 words written so far.  Blog posts are going to be fairly short this month, and mostly center around my NaNoWriMo project, but I’ll still be posting the traditional 2nd Friday image prompt, and I’ll still post a response to that on the 3rd Friday.  (Because words are words, so I get to count my response sprint as NaNoWriMo word count.)

Good luck to anyone else out there doing this crazy challenge.  My personal goal is to beat my all time high word count in NaNo, which means writing at least 112,959 words this November, which is 3,766 words a day.  I’m on track so far.

Let’s do this!

Happy New Year – Where I’m From – 2017 Edition


I really like this poem prompt and it has a lot of room for creativity.  Once a year in January, I’m going to do the prompt again and post it to the blog to see where I’m from that year that might be different from the year before or the year after.

Here’s a link to the “Where I’m From” Prompt.  If you’d like to join me in this poem prompt, please link to your poem in the comments.

Here are links to my 2015 and 2016 poems for comparison.

And here is the 2017 version of “Where I’m From.” Continue reading