Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Multiple people told me they assumed I’d be taking the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo off this year because of the new baby and I was like, “Ha! Have you met me?” It would have been sensible and healthy to take Camp NaNoWriMo off after just having a baby so OF COURSE I didn’t. Here’s how that worked out…

Here’s what April 2017 looked like in writing…

Total Words Written This Month
57,795 words

Average Words Per Day
1,926 words

Monthly Goal
I originally set a goal of just 10,000 words, I ended up increasing that goal over and over until I found myself ending the month with a goal of 50,000 words as usual. What can I say, that 50k is just so easy to shoot for.

Yearly Goal
241,403/200,000 words (121%)
Have now decided to go for broke and upped my yearly goal to 500,000 words.

Things completed:

  • The Fourth Orange (one-act version)

Other Works Actively in Progress this Month:

  • my adaptation of Pintosmauto
  • outlined a silly parody of Carousel 


How did I manage close to 60,000 words in all this new baby, new mom of two, new house madness? I have no ever loving clue. I’ve lost a lot of what used to be my writing time because I never get to write at night anymore and I can only write during the day if the preschooler naps AND the baby also naps which are two pretty big IFs. I make up some time on the weekends and on the two mornings a week when the big one goes to swimming lessons but that’s only because her grandparents have been taking her to swimming for me and this was the last week for that. It seemed like I had so little time to write before the arrival of Baby #2 but now it feels like I didn’t know how good I had it. Isn’t that always the way?

I certainly never feel like I have a lot of time to write or that I’m getting a lot done but I never do so that’s nothing new. While writing time is scarce, I’m making the most of it and far better than I did when my first daughter was born (see graph). This month I FINALLY finished the one-act version of Fourth Orange! Then I finally committed to replacing one of the tales in the full length with my adaptation of Pintosmauto which I spent the second half of the month on. Revision remains incredibly difficult and slow with a haphazard schedule like I have but I’m making it work which is all that matters.

I’m about halfway done with Pintosmauto and I know trading it out was the right decision as it fits the tone of the show much better than the other one did. Once that tale is finished, I’ll be looking at the full length as a whole and chopping down the length as much as I can. Once I get it down to fighting weight, I can show it to people and AHHHH I am so incredibly excited for this play and to finally show it to the world!

Up Next

I’m at the point in my revision of Pintosmauto where I could finish it in a couple of days if I still had a normal writing schedule, but, things as they are, who knows how long it will take me. For example, I haven’t gotten to touch it all week because of various things so progress was stalled even though the story is working fine.  I really want to get the full length available by the summer but I’m trying to keep my hopes low because anything could happen.

Once the full length play is done, I’ve got a list of things I want to work on next and which one I pick really depends on what is calling to me once we reach that point. I’m leaning towards doing some non-fiction both because it’s easier to do while sleep deprived and brain dead and because it might me a quicker buck which we could really use right now what with all the expenses of baby and house.