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So it’s December Now

Posted in nanowrimo, writing on December 4, 2014 by Nellie

I know I said I wanted to update this blog (at least once a week) but NaNoWriMo sort of had me sucked in and I had enough issues keeping on track. But I did it.


With a little over 50k, I clocked in another win. Now usually I put the story(ies) aside to let them ‘rest’ or otherwise forget about them even if they are unfinished. I’m trying to NOT do that this time around and teach myself better writing habits as well as writing daily again, even if it is a couple hundred words. Need to start somewhere. I found that I wrote more on the weekends because that was when I was away from home. I tend to get sucked into the couch and not want to do anything. Doing something other than planting my butt on the comfy couch.

I also need to catch up on my TBR pile because there is a huge pile of books that I want to read and new ones coming out that sound interesting all the time. I’m also making a list of things that I want to finish and a word count for the coming year. Hopefully I can last longer than a few months.

So how are your goals going?


NaNoWriMo – Status Update

Posted in nanowrimo on November 8, 2011 by Nellie

So far, I have managed to get to fifteen thousand words for my NaNo even though I haven’t really been feeling motivated about it the past two days. Maybe it’s because the chapters aren’t really doing much other than setting an atmosphere. I guess. Although I have run into a bit where I might have to wing it until I can find something official.

One of my characters is a sharp-shooter and carries a rifle with her. Right now, she’s in a situation where she’s competing against others who are skilled in shooting targets. I, myself, have never held a gun or a rifle. The only thing I have seen is in movies or shows on how things are held. So, this could be interesting right now. I can just go back later and elaborate on it if it’s wrong. But if I want to do anything with this story, that’s one of the things that I’ll have to clean up.

I can only thank the different places that offer word sprints that I can boast a word count that is a day or so ahead of schedule right now because I don’t know how I would have done it other wise.

Ze plot bunny is very cute and fluffy and keeps hippity hoppitying away.

ROW80 Check in and Indecisiveness

Posted in nanowrimo, ROW80 on October 30, 2011 by Nellie

NaNoWriMo is two days away and I still haven’t figured out what I’m going to do between the two stories. Perhaps working on character bios will help. Or perhaps, I’ll do what someone I talked to and flip a coin and just pick a damn story. Either way, I’ll figure out what to do soon enough because NaNoWriMo waits for no man. And seriously, if I let it go to long then I’m not going to catch up and I already did the 10k word deficit. Not. Fu.

Last post, I talked and linked about people who Pants and people who Plot. So I was being silly and made some icons.

And then yesterday on top of it all, we got some freak snow storm and it made a mess of things. The snow is mostly melted today but there were a lot of trees down or damn close to it. We were lucky in that our power didn’t go out but I can’t say the same for some other people. There are some that might not get electric back till Tuesday. And it’s getting chilly out.

ROW80 and NaNoWriMo

Posted in nanowrimo, ROW80 on October 23, 2011 by Nellie

I’m not sure how to start the post here. Right now, I just got back from the barn after driving the mini. I actually used my roommate’s mini since he’s more used to what needs to be done with the commands compared to mine who is rusty after three years not being worked with. So the roomie is training him while I get more comfortable with the reins and the different speeds of the trots.

Anyway. I didn’t do much writing last week since joining up with ROW80. Only 300 words on so on top of the existing 3k that I’m not counting towards my goal. I had intended to write last night but came home with a pounding migraine and I wasn’t feeling really creative. I took two Aleve and went to bed at 9pm. Woke up at 9 this morning. So obviously twelve hours of sleep was a good thing. I had been feeling run down and November isn’t going to get much better. On the good side, when I went to a meet and greet (that people got shy and didn’t show), at least I hung out in a cool bookstore. An Independent that is sitting in a prime location around other shops. They also did a little NaNo display that was nice with No Plot, No Problem and a few other writing books.

One of the ones that had been recommended was Spilling Ink, A young Writers Handbook by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter. It was recommended on the basis that while it’s written towards young writers, even adult ones can get some good advice from it. And I must say that it is very nice to read. It’s simple and has cute illustrations. While the adult How To books can get technical, this one keeps it simple and has the reader sitting down and using most every day occurrences to come up with new ideas. It’s for the young or the young at heart.

On top of the 50k I need to write for NaNo, I pledged to to another 15k of short stories. We’ll see how I’m in by the time this is all over. Maybe I should make up the “Do No Disturb Till January” sign now. 🙂

Caturday is a real day! (and other distractions)

Posted in blogging, Caturday, nanowrimo on September 10, 2011 by Nellie

funny pictures - Meeting in progress
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Have some cute kittehs!

Distractions. We all know they happen. As well as procrastination. I’ve been a member since 1995. Or something like that. It’s been a while. Either way, the internet can be a really distracting thing and I’ve found now that I’m doing the Write Campaign, that I really need organize my time. Especially now that I need to get my butt in gear to get things ready for NaNoWriMo. Not only getting the words done but to also organize the write ins and fun stuff like that. I need to contact the libraries and there is one place that I know of where people can meet.

Usually by December, I’m worn out and ready for the break. Not to mention that I’m doing some cross stitch things as present. I’m going to have to do a lot of time management.

At the end of the month, I’ll be going on a small camping trip to Assateague and will probably use that to get rested up.